Pretty Masks by C.A.Bell

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Pretty Masks was a delightful, dark and well written short from C.A.Bell.  Again, I didn’t read the blurb so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it but it was so good! I read it in one sitting as it isn’t that long, but also the story hooked me in.

I love how Bell doesn’t shy away from showing a side to people that other authors tend to avoid. For example I wanted to shake Lois’ mother, she was so frustrating as a character and don’t get me started on the husband! I love how broken Lois was, barely holding it together in some parts and then so deviously brilliant in others.

This little taboo read takes a look at what’s behind the mask that we wear in society. It looks at what lurks beneath the pretty, perfect face that hides dark, murderous secrets and the twists and turns will keep you from looking away. This is admittedly my first book by C.A.Bell (although I do have her poetry book in my tbr pile) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This review is only short because I don’t give away too much; my only gripe is that I wanted more! I would’ve loved for it to be longer.

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Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose

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As you already know if you’ve been following Page One for a while, we love the dynamic and dirty duo Charleigh Rose. They’re our go to for hot, heavy and quick, but Misbehaved is something a little different. You see Misbehaved is the first full length book from this pair and ohhhh ma gawd it was worth the wait.

Misbehaved is so much more than your typical teacher student romance, it is steamy, filthy and has just that hint of knight in shining armour that makes our knees buckle.

Remington Stringer is sassy, independent and unafraid of anything except losing her anchor and the one person who has always been there for her, her step-brother Ryan. But their relationship is changing, evolving in a way that Remi can’t control and that frightens her.

Remi gets offered a way out, a chance to give herself a shot at a future she’d only dreamed of before when she’s offered a place at a prestigious private school. Her plan is to keep her head down, survive the snobby academy and get out of Vegas but then she meets Mr James and things change. Remi can no longer deny that her life is falling apart, that things are spinning out of her control. And as for Mr James, he’s stubborn, aloof and ever so sexy. There’s this amazing chemistry between them and I FLOVE them together.

This is a book full of sexiness, complicated taboo relationships and adult themes. It’s well executed and sucks you in so fast that you’re almost half way through before you’ve even looked up. I will be buying this in paperback, that’s how much I love this book. Well done ladies, it’s another 5 stars from us!

Only Skin Deep – N.L. Greene


Both Mateo and Elizabeth have endured so much and when their paths cross during a chance encounter they feel an instant connection. But when the past returns to haunt them, will love be enough to save them? 

Only Skin Deep tackles a lot of complex themes that are all tangled up in a sweet romance come thriller/mystery which makes for a pretty interesting combination that I think a lot of readers will like. N.L. Greene’s characterisation is strong, I only wish there was a little more development in Mateo and Elizabeth’s relationship. The story moved a little too quickly for me. I wanted more of that build towards the HEA. But I will say, the story’s pace does keep you hooked! 

Easy 3 stars with that little something something extra. 

WTF is Indie Love?

So you may have seen us pimping ‘Indie Love’ around a lot on Facebook these days. But unless you’re in the Facebook group you won’t really know what it is so I’m going to do a breakdown post for you.

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The Indie Love Facebook group is a group for Page One Books. It originally started as a base to get people interested in and sign up for our writing weekend but then we decided to expand – to try and make it a place for authors (published and unpublished) to come and chat, ask questions and get invaluable advice.

I say we, but really it’s my brainchild. Ashleigh helps me out, she shares things, she’s got a say in what we do with Indie Love but right now she has other commitments. So if you have any questions or ideas, I’m the best person to ask.

I write under a pen name, and as I released my first short story I realised that there was a lot I didn’t have a clue about.  I was unsure about formatting, I didn’t know how to word my copyright page and what was relevant and what wasn’t. Then there’s the upload to Amazon – what categories, what keywords, how to price, to KDP or not? Should I also use Draft2Digital? How do I get Amazon to price match? How do I grow my page? And get people to share my book? Is there etiquette for contacting bloggers?

It really is endless and when you’re confused and stressed you feel like throwing in the towel – so I wanted Indie Love to be a place where you can find these answers and ask questions that others are thinking too.

Right now, we’re still just a small Facebook group but I’m hoping to spend the next couple of months growing it. I bought the domain name and I’ll be working on the website in the coming weeks. The plan is to fill it with tutorials, how tos, advice, guest posts, interviews and have a useful links and services section where you can find recommended bloggers, editors, formatters and so on.

Page One Books will still be running, it will be all about bookish things, reviews, cover reveals and then Indie Love will be a bit more behind the scenes – so how you put together a cover reveal, how to construct a great review etc.

I hope you stick around to see my idea grow, and if you’re in the UK don’t forget there are still spaces on our writing weekend which we plan to make an annual event!

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Down In Flames – Samantha Conley

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Kristen Daniels didn’t plan on falling in love and getting engaged to Brett Ingles the lead singer of the Silver Tongued Devils, but she did. However, one night changes everything and in the aftermath she begins to see Derek Calloway, Brett’s best friend and fellow band mate, in a whole new light. 
Down In Flames and the Silver Tongued Devils reminded me a lot of Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series just with an added thriller like twist, which made for a pretty (I mean who doesn’t like a boy in a band?!) enjoyable read. Although fair warning, for those of you who don’t like love triangles, walk away now! Its pretty central to the plot. I’m talking to you Hannah! Other than that there’s romance, a bit of intrigue and I’ll say it again, boys in bands!
So I’d say if you’re a fan of Kylie Scott and have been trying to fill the Stage Dive hole in your life, give Samantha Conley and the Silver Tongued Devils (such a great band name) a chance. I don’t think they’ll disappoint!

Asking For It – Louise O’Neill

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“they are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I was a liar until proven honest”

Asking For It is a hard look at our society and the way it treat victims of sexual violence through the story of Emma O’Donovan.

What is extremely interesting about Asking For It is Louise O’Neill’s characterisation. Emma is not a nice person, but she did not deserve what happened to her.

In framing her story in this way, I believe O’Neill purposefully sets up the reader, forcing us to question our own complicity in victim-blaming as the dynamic of the story quickly shifts from teenage drama to a reflection on the reality of rape culture. Did you judge Emma for her decisions that night or her previous behaviour? Does it matter how much she drank or what she was wearing?

Was she asking for it?

This makes for a difficult, and at times uncomfortable but above all, a necessary read.

This is an important book, a book that gives voice to so many subjects that are too often ignored. As Louise O’Neill herself writes:

“We need to talk about rape. We need to talk about consent. We need to talk about victim-blaming and slut-shaming and the double standards we place upon on young men and women.

We need to talk and talk and talk until the Emmas of this world feel supported and understood. Until they feel they are believed.”

This is a must read.