Taboo Tales by Alexa Riley

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Okay so here’s another taboo one… are you picking up on my obsession yet?

This is my first Alexa Riley, and I was’t sure what the expect from the dynamic duo. Taboo Tales is the combination of My New Step Dad and Trailer Park Virgin in one volume. One features a step-dad and a horny virgin, and the other features a pseudo-dad and pseudo-brother and well… a horny virgin.

These two reads were good, but a word of warning to the prude — they are smut. Pretty much pure filth about white trash. If you like Jab Comix and over the top cheesy porno lines, then you’ll love this!

Now that said, why did I only give it 3 stars? Well, by now you should know that I love filth, the dirtier, the depraved — the better. But for some reason I struggled with this, I just felt like there wasn’t enough build up to connect. I read one review where they called Taboo Tales a masturbatory aid, and that pretty much sums it up. Good if you want quick filth while you get off, but if you want anything more than that it’ll leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied.

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Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson

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Christine has amnesia. Every night when she goes to sleep she looses her memory. She’s not sure who she can trust, especially when she begins to realise that those closest to her are lying…

Before I Go To Sleep is a well-written, psychological thriller that kept me turning pages late into the night. Full disclosure: I guessed the ending around 100 pages in (just call me Sherlock Holmes) but that didn’t disappoint me. I needed to find out if I was right!

The narrative structure reminded me a little of Gone Girl; a triptych set up moving between the present, the past in the form of a diary and back to the present for the final reveal. The two novels are completely different though, I just thought it was worth noting.

A good concept, well executed. Worth checking out.

Room – Emma Donoghue

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Jack is five years old and he has never seen the outside world. He doesn’t even know it exists. All that he knows is the single, locked room he lives in with his mother.

Room is not a comfortable read yet you find yourself drawn into Jack and Ma’s world and unable to stop. In the times I did, the narrative haunted me; I found myself dreaming about being trapped in a single room. But Room is not a thriller, it is a purely character driven story and in Jack and Ma, Emma Donoghue has created truly original characters that you are not likely to forget.

Room is at once heartbreakingly sad and strangely uplifting, I definitely recommend.

2018 Reading Goals

I mentioned in our update a blogging resolution I made for 2018, but I got to thinking. As we are a book blog, I should also share my reading resolutions or goals for 2018 with you too.

I realised towards the end of last year, I’ve gotten lazy with my reading (and reviewing, but we’ve covered that). Although I have an awesome excuse for why. I spend a lot of time researching lofty theoretical concepts for my thesis and after a long day of trying to differentiate between the Gothic and psychoanalytic double, I’m about done with thinking. I really don’t want to pick up a Man Booker Prize winner. I want an easy read I can get lost in. While there’s nothing exactly wrong with this, I am missing out on a lot of incredible books that deserve some attention.

I also started to realise that I’ve been stuck in a genre rut for months and don’t stray all that far away from fiction. Now I love a good story, but there are so many interesting subjects in this world. Science, History, Politics, Philosophy, Religion, all those concepts that end with ism that I know nothing about. And I should know about these things. There are topics I studied in school that I remember very little of, and I’m kinda ashamed of myself. I’ve become too reliant on Google.

And so my reading goals for 2018 were born:

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I know there aren’t many and when you break it down, they are interrelated but I wanted these goals to be achievable. In previous years I’ve set my self the “I will read a certain number of books in one year challenge”, but I never managed it and I was always a little disappointed with myself. This year I want to look back at my book selves and see variety and feel more knowledgeable.

Do you have any reading resolutions or goals for 2018? Sound off in the comments below.

Where’d they go?! An Update

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Hey guys. By now you’ve probably noticed the lack of postage on Page One. We really have been MIA (cue the Foo Fighters). We never meant to disappear for this long but the truth is, we’ve been really busy. As you know, Page One is a two woman team and while we work awesome together, we are not machines. Hannah has been busy with all of the words in her writing cave and organising Indie Love (which you should totally come to by the way!). As for me, I’m swamped under a pile of research notes for my PhD. On top of all that, we both have jobs that don’t always leave us with a whole lot of time. Oh and we have families who sort of want to see us every now and then. Now don’t take this the wrong way, we love Page One! We are not going any where! But sometimes the blog has to take a back seat, and that’s what happened towards the end of 2017. So if you got in contact with us recently and didn’t get a response, we are so sorry! Life just had to take over for a while.

Anyway, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things this year, so you should be hearing a lot more from us. I’m trying to schedule specific blog days in to my week. A new years resolution if you will.

I suppose what we’re trying to say is, stick with us. We might go away for a little while, but we always come back. Page One is forever.

Cover Reveal: Men of Six

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★★★ COVER REVEAL! ★★★

Title: SIX: A Men of The Strip Anthology
Genre: Erotic romance
Authors: Alice La Roux, Dee Garcia, Derek Adam, Janine Infante Bosco, Marie Skye, Shelley Springfield
Release date: December 18th

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Blurb:
Have you ever wondered what life is like after the stage lights go out?
The men of SIX each take you on a wild ride you’ll never forget.
From sex appeal, to trauma, to baby mama drama,
These boys have it all in spades and then some.
Are you ready to take ladies night to the next level?

Add to your Goodreads TBR: http://bit.ly/CLUBSIX

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Cover reveal: Scandalous by L.J Shen

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is coming September 29th!

Scandalous by LJ Shen
Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/rBwXhs

Start the Series of Standalones Today!
(Free in Kindle Unlimited)
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jzngb4
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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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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!

 

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.