Beast by A.Zavarelli


This was my first book by the incredible A.Zavarelli (whom I got to meet in Berlin! Also got to meet the model from the cover. Eeek!) and I’m a little sad I waited this long! If you don’t like taboo and dark then this one is most definitely not for you. It plays with themes of revenge, abuse, stockholm syndrome and has very strong, questionable sexual themes.

That said, I freaking loved it!

Beast was angsty, twisted, dark as hell and you knew reading it that you should be repulsed or even disgusted but instead she sucked you in and made you want this taboo pairing to work.  I devoured this in one night, I couldn’t get enough of Javi, Belle and their brutal relationship. I had a serious book hangover after this one, my mind was left reeling and I sat whispering ‘fuck’ several times before I finally put the damn thing down.

I think I’m a little desensitized when it comes to dark and taboo, a lot of what I read is classed as that but to me it doesn’t seem very dark. Beast was different. This was pitch black dark. Fumbling around on the ground trying to find your courage kind of dark.

So if you like deviant and depraved, go and buy Beast now!

 

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Cracked Smile by Amanda Williams

This was a short and sweet horror story about a creepy asf doll and the things it gets up to.  It’s told from the point of view of Britney, a 12 year old who has this strong sibling rivalry with her younger sister. So naturally when things start happening in their new house, specifically targeting her sister, Britney gets the blame. The storyline is a little predictable if you like horror and I would have liked a few more ‘incidents’ before the end.

I think if you liked Goosebumps you might like this, it is aimed at a younger audience but it makes for a refreshing change of pace if you’re looking for something different. There are a few editing issues and I think I would have liked it to be a little longer, but it works as it is.

 

Bully by Penelope Douglas


The last couple of weeks have been filled with book quality. Lots of amazing reads that I couldn’t put down and Penelope Douglas never disappoints.

Jared and Tate used to be besties, hanging out in a tree, sneaking into each others rooms kind of besties but three years ago something changed. Since then Jared hates Tate and he uses every opportunity to remind her of that. At the beginning of the book we see Tate just taking his bullying, but then she goes to France for a year and comes back fighting fit. She isn’t going to take his crap anymore and then the games begin.

The push and pull between Jared and Tate is palpable, it’s electric and it’s well written books like this that keep me hooked on the love-hate dynamic. The sex scenes were ridiculously steamy, like toe curling, need a fan or a bucket of ice kind of steamy and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Pen Douglas (I read Corrupt first so that sauna scene had me prepared for the raunchiness).

The side characters helped to keep this plot tight and brilliantly interwoven. So much drama going on which kept it fast paced and I loved Madoc, he is someone I definitely want to read more of!

 

The Indigo Rebels – Ellie Midwood

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In 1940 the German army marched into Paris. Three siblings, three completely different people, Giselle, Kamille and Marcel, suddenly find themselves face to face with the occupation, and it will change their lives forever…

It took me a little while to get into The Indigo Rebels but once I did, it became a real page turner. The historical setting and premise of the plot is very interesting and well researched (not that I’m a WWII expert), but the story is ultimately driven by Ellie Midwood’s characterisation. Her characters are well rounded individuals, with their own strengths and weakness, offering contrasting views and experiences of the occupation. This combination ultimately makes for a really enjoyable read.

I’ll be adding Ellie Midwood’s name to the list of authors I’ll definitely return to.

Recommend.

Dazed by Maria Macdonald

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Dazed by Maria Macdonald is a New Adult book with a college setting. It centres around Laura, a girl whose past means that she she struggles with being social. She doesn’t like many people, she can’t trust them and she builds walls around herself to try and keep from getting hurt. Since she doesn’t care what people think, she’s true to herself and is a unique character. I love her cartoon t-shirts and quick comebacks.

But when the Reigns’ twins transfer to her school, things are about to get shaken up. As if the school’s Queen B didn’t already hate her enough, things get complicated when both Tarrant and Caden want Laura. But this isn’t your typical love triangle – welcome to a world of sassy comebacks, lingering looks and twists galore. And if she wasn’t already outside her comfort zone, these brothers will push her into the social limelight and Laura will finally have to start taking down her wall- brick by brick.

It’s an emotional, angsty read with relationships that are so interwoven and complicated that it makes a great read. The cover is stunning and I really can’t wait to read more about this group of friends!

 

Ruckus by L.J.Shen

Holy crap. What can I say about this next installment in The Hotholes series?

Read it. Read it now. Yep, that about covers it.

I enjoyed Tyed, Blood To Dust and Sparrow. I adored Defy and fucking loved Vicious. Those alpha assholes claimed a part of my heart. But I seriously have no words for Ruckus. I’ve been suffering from the biggest book hangover ever! Dean was amazing! And Rosie together with Dean? Wow!!

Rosie LeBlanc knows that Dean Cole is no good. He dated her sister. He’s a drunk. He’s a Hothole. And she’s sick, dying even…but he makes her feel so alive. How do you resist the light when all that surrounds you is darkness? He makes her want to reach for the stars.

There are a million reasons why they shouldn’t be together, why they can’t, but when Dean is the only one who doesn’t suffocate her and when he rescues her from her overbearing parents she realises that this Hothole is more than just a rich Jock.

Typical of Shen there are angsty moments, twists galore and a storyline that will keep you enraptured. Try and put it down without finishing it first – you won’t be able to it’s that good. It’s a sexy, sinful read that I devoured and loved.

 

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.