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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Desmond Flynn from Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa

 

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Heeeey bookworms!!!

 

So, last year I read a book that ended up being one of my Favorite Reads of 2016 (I will review it here at some point, I promise)!! Rhapsodic is the first book in the Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa and if you like fantasy novels you’ll LOVE it!! And if you don’t like those, this book might change your mind after all!!

And today I have the honor to share Desmond (the hero of the book)’s relationship tips. I won’t deny it, these made me SWOON so hard and I definitely will re-read this book this month still!!!

 

 

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Ohhhh Des…How I wish to bargain some favors with you!! ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

buy the book

 

RHAPSODIC 

 

 

Stay tuned for more special posts in honor of Valentine’s Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Favorite Books of 2016

 

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Hello, hello, hello, book lovers!!!

 

As you can see (and as usual) I’m late in the “Favorite books of 2016” party! LOL

 

Last year I planned to post my favorites each month, but the year completely swalled me, specially the second semester!

 

But I’m back, again!!! I have some projects for this year and a second blog (in Portuguese) coming! I’m also still IN LOVE with “bookstagramming” (if you’re on Instagram, follow me there! @beautyandthebeastlybooks)!!

 

I have 30 favorite books, which may seem a lot for a list of favorites, but I ended up reading 401 books in 2016 ( the goal for this year is officially 450, but I’ll try for 500). So my number of favorites is less than 10% of what I read, so it’s not that many!!

 

Here they are in the order I read them:

 

  • Unhinge by Calia Read4.5 stars: I loved loved this book! I loved Unravel (the first book – also a standalone) and Victoria and her story really intrigued me when she was mentioned in it Her story though…We have hints of what it be through Unhinge, but in the end there are a LOT of surprises coming our way! Victoria’s story might not be as dark as the one in Unravel, but the twists and turns will definitely keep you on your toes! Calia is a GREAT writer!

 

  • Dirty Ugly Toy by K. Webster5 stars: I was completely HOOKED on this book from page 1. I couldn’t stop reading it for anything and it was an AMAZING story! K. Webster definitely impressed me and won a ticket to my auto-clicks. Her writing is so good and even though we might have seen so many stories in that corner of the dark sub-genre, her story is so unique and fresh! I absolutely LOVED reading this book and recommended it to all my friends and every one of them who has read it agreed with me!

 

  • Dawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann5 stars: This book was so amazing! It was the PEFECT conclusion to Jessica and her brother’s story. It was packed with action and so enlightining! This series were my first books by Jewel E. Ann and she definitely impressed me! All of them featured my lists of favorites. Dawn of Forever is a story so original, so emotional and so well written! A fresh story by an author I’m definitely keeping my eyes on!!

 

 

  • This is War, Baby by K. Webster5 stars: For me this book a perfect story of second chances. Not really a second chance love, but how a character (or more than one) has a second chance at happiness. I absolutley LOVED this books. It’s a dark, mind f*** story with some twists I didn’t see coming and I could feel myself falling more and more in love with the story and with War, of course. I definitely didn’t see that coming!

 

  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen5 stars: I LOVED Sparrow! It’s the first book by L.J. Shen I’ve read and it won’t be the last. I don’t consider it a dark book, but it is a mafia one, which isn’t a genre I’m particularly interested in, but in this case I’m really glad I read it!!

 

  • Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann 5 stars: I have a feeling Jewel will be one of the most featured authors in my favorites list this year! I was so surprised (positively) by this book! I wasn’t expecting the level of tension, ansgt and all the feels it gave me! It’s one of those book you simply HAVE to read to understand how much it makes you feel! Absolutely LOVED it!!

 

  • Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters4.5 stars: This book is so different than Pepper’s previous books, yet it is still a Pepper Winters book. Filled with her talented way to tell a story. This book was real, different and absolutely beautiful. It made me cry and smile. It’s an incredible story! Stelle and Galloway’s beautiful journey will transport you inside the pages of this book and you won’t want to leave!! Beautifully written and captivating from the start to the end!

 

  • Sweetest Venom (Virtue #2) by Mia Asher5 stars: Mia Asher was brilliant writing this book! We waited a long time for the sequel to Easy Virtue, but it did not disappoint! Mia gave us what her book and characters needed. It was real, honest and it left me with a big smile on my face when I finished reading it just a few hours after starting it. Mia writes angst like no one and she gets the right ammount the story needs and doesn’t overdo it! It was perfect. The perfect ending to Blaire’s story! It was truly her story and I loved seeing her maturing through the story. It was bittersweet and beautiful to read this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Turbulence by Whitney G.5 stars:  This book was AMAZING! It was definitely worth the wait and I’m really happy Whitney went back to writing! 5% in I knew I would love this book, I just never knew how much! I adored every page of it and every plot twist (specially the ones I didn’t see coming). I wish this story never ended because I want to read more of it!

 

  • Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42)by J.D. Robb5 stars: This has got to be one of my favorite books in the In Death series. I always love when they show us Eve and Roarke’s day-to-day lives and their routine and how they are apart from Eve’s investigations. This time it focused a lot on one of my favorite characters, Mr. Mira and I loved it! Roarke as usual is amazing. But what I love the most about this book is how Eve doesn’t even realise how much she’s changed and that she lets herself care for people, her officers, her detectives and her friends. I feel like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders in every book and it’s been a pleasure to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa5 stars –  This book was my find of the year! I found it in a picture on Instagram and I just HAD to read it. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. In the photo I saw it, the person compared the hero of Rhapsodic, Desmond, to Rhysand from ACOMAF and I love that book. And boy, does Des give Rhys a run for his money! I think Rhapsodic is more mature and the story is very original. The author’s writing style is SO GOOD! I really liked the way the story was built and written, it spans from the past (7/8 years before) to the present in a perfect way. To understand the main characters, Des and Callie, we need to know how they met and what happened 7 years before. I kept falling in love with Des (and this book) in every chapter, from present to past. This is a book you simply cannot pass, you HAVE TO READ IT!!!

 

  • Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins5 stars – This is a PHENOMENAL book! Yours to Bare is one of those rare books that make us think that if we had to choose only one more book to read, it would have to be it. It has the right amount of angst and the story flows so perfectly! The only flaw in this book is that it had to end! I believe it’s Jessica Hawkin’s best work so far ande I’m so happy I got to read it! Yours to Bare is provocative, romantic, tantalizing, angsty and so much more, you simply won[‘t be able to forget about it after  you read it!

 

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne5 stars – I LOVED this book! This is the kind of book that will for sure get you out of a “book funk”. It’s funny and light, but it’s also got substance. The story, just like the characters, is more than what it seems at first.

 

 

 

Have you read any of those books?
Tell me in the comments! Also let me know how many books you red in 2016 and how many favorites you had!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Break My Heart (Heart #2) by Esther M. Soto

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

Happy Monday!!!

 

I hope you all had a good weekend!

 

Here I am with a new mini-review post!! I read Break My Heart by Esther M. Soto back in September. It’s the sequel of Hold My Heart and I really really like this series!

 

 

 

 

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Ileana Harper is focused on her future with Tommy Colton, the man she fought so hard to get back to, but not everything is at it seems. Unable to confide in Tommy, Ileana holds tight to her last shred of sanity, struggling with inner demons that could jeopardize their relationship and her career with the FBI. Through it all, Ileana is intent on moving onward and never looking back.

Too bad the past won’t stay in the past.

Tommy Colton’s love for Ileana Harper kept hope for her safe return alive in his heart. Now, with Ileana by his side and his new job as a DEA agent, Tommy’s life is finally complete — until a stranger appears, threatening to destroy their bond and tear them apart.

Once again, Tommy might lose Ileana; perhaps this time forever.

They say love conquers all…but sometimes fate has other plans.
What if the past becomes our future?

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

WARNING: This review contain a few spoilers from Book 1.

 

Wow! If Hold My Heart was a nice surprise, Break My Heart was punch in the gut!
What an amazing sequel to an already great story!!

 

Break My Heart picks up exactly where Hold My Heart left out and through the whole story we get to unravel more secrets and also more about the mystery that is Illeana Harper’s life and ability to time-travel.

 

I was surprised (happily so). The love she shares with Tommy is so much more than what I originally thought. And everytime we get to unravel a new layer to this story, it gets more exciting!!

 

As in the first book, the background story in Break My Heart takes a big role in the story and I have a feeling it’s going to take an even bigger one in the next (3rd) book. I think Illeana and Tommy’s time in the war has a lot to do with the mystery in the story. I can’t wait for the next book to see more of it!

 

I really like that this book shows that admitting you love someone and getting together is not what that makes a relationship. It felt very real to see Tommy and Illeana’s struggle to be a couple, specially because they’ve been best friends for so long. I LOVE when we get glimpses from the past in the war and how their friendship began. Those glimpses really make the story “realer” and make us relate more to it and the characters.

 

Things are getting clearer and every new discovery just adds to the story and makes it even more addictive! This story flows so well and it’s so “expertantly” written that when you finish it, you just can’t wait for more!!!!

 

 

buy the book

 

 

MEANT TO BE (#0.5) | HOLD MY HEART (#1) | BREAK MY HEART(#2)  

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

I hope you had a good Monday!!!

 

So, I was writing my Favorites of 2016 post and when I reached The Bourbon Thief on my list, I had so much to say that I decided to write a Mini Review post first! LOL

 

I got an ARC of it before it was released and read it back in April.

 

So here it is, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

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From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

 ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

 

OH WOW! This book is different from anything else Tiffany has published before.

 

Is it a bad thing? Hell no! I’m amazed by Tiffany’s talent for telling stories and The Bourbon Thief is a story that can’t be forgotten!!

 

Tiffany has now taken my two favorite (and taboo) subjects and turned them into epic stories ( I even wrote about those subjects myself, years ago, but in the same story). I did not see that coming at all and I absolutely LOVE to be surprised by Tiffany! Even though some of the things that happen I just KNEW would happen, other things were complete surprises!

 

Tiffany blew my mind and there ins’t BDSM, or even that much sex, in this book. Not that I thought she couldn’t, but Tiffany definitely knows how to write a story that goes beyond sex (The Original Sinners series already proved that even though there is a lot of sex in it).

 

I was so hooked reading this book that I couldn’t stop and I couldn’t belive when I saw I was already at 70%! This is a story full of action, full of an actual story, ful of talent, full of feelings and full of surprises. In other words, it’s an AMAZING story, you simply can’t miss! It will leave you thinking “What the hell did I just read???!!!”, which for me is one of the biggest complients a reader can give an author

 

Well done, Tiffany! You hooked me in another one of your books, which I blame on your astounishing talent to write them!!!

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Pennies (Dollar Series #1) by Pepper Winters

 

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Hi everyone!!

 

I read an ARC of Pennies by Pepper Winters back in July and although I posted my review on Goodreads, I never posted it here. So here it is, my Mini Review of Pennies, the first book in the Dollar Series. Book 2, Dollars, was released this month too!

 

 

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“I’m not the hero in this story, girl. You’d do best to remember that.”

At eighteen years old, I was murdered.

I wish my tale ended there.

However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.

For the past two years, I’ve lived a life of torment as a man’s property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break.

I can’t.

I won’t.

But then he arrives.

The first stranger since I was killed.

Elder Prest, a thief with a heart as black as his soul, arrives as a guest in our twisted home. He has business with my owner, but his interest lies in me. He pretends not to notice my bruises and hides his knowledge of what I am, but the way he watches me makes me feel more human than possession.

As his eyes tear through my walls and his voice demands answers, he challenges my owner for one night with me.

I’ve survived two years of torment because I no longer believe in hope, but Elder is the only man who promises me pleasure instead of pain.

Trusting him is dangerous, wanting him is deadly.

Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?

Whoever he is, whatever he wants…I can’t say no..

 

MY RATING:5  Beastly stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

 

 

First of all, Pennies is a DARK book. So you’ve been WARNED! LOL

 

Damn! Pepper Winters is an AMAZING writer!! She completely broke me with this book, and yet I can’t wait for more!!!

 

I love how Pepper Winters writes “dark” romances. They are always different and fresh. Her ideas don’t follow any trends and she doesn’t write anything for shock value or to make her books overdramatic.

 

And Pennies is not different. The story will get you to the edge of your sit and it’ll keep you on your toes. When you think you know something will happe, Pepper will surprise you once again.

 

The heroine will have you rooting for her from the very beginning and the hero will make you swoon in all his darkness glory. He is a different kind of dark though, different from other Pepper’s books and different from most of the heroes we know, even though he doesn’t seem like he is.

 

And although the book ends in a cliffy (it is a series, after all), the story is very satisfying! I can’t wait for more!

 

 

 

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Ruthless People (Ruthless People #1) by J.J. McAvoy

 

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Hi everyone!!

 

I read this book a few months ago and I LOVED the series. Took me so long to finally read it! And the 4th book, A Bloody Kingdom, comes out tomorrow/today!!

 

 

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To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.

The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.

Power, Family, and Respect are everything.

Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

 

MY RATING: 4.5  Beastly stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

Ruthless People has been on my TBR list since it was released. I loved the cover and I was intrigued by it, but somehow I didn’t read it before. I had no idea what I was missing. I got obsessed about this series. I only ever read one book by J.J. McAvoy then, That Thing Between Eli & Gwen, which was very good, but very different than The Ruthless People series.

 

I don’t usually go for Mafia books, but this one was a (nice) surprise! It’s different than the other mafia books I’ve read, not only because of the plot and J.J. McAvoy’s writing (which is superb), but also because of the heroine.

 

Liam was a done deal for me, I fell in love with him pretty fast. But Mel? It surprised me how much I loved her. She is so no-nonsense and as ruthless as any men. She’s strong and a total badass!!! When I grow up I wanna be like her.

 

It’s not often I get so taken by the heroines, but in this case I really do have a girl crush on Mel. She’s super baddass and it was very refreshing to read a book that doesn’t have a heroine that needs rescuing, or who isn’t a delicate flower. I like those too, when written well. But I love when we get spunky heroines. Don’t get me wrong though, Mel is totally independent and takes everyone, including Liam, by a storm. But she also has a more delicate and sensitive side to her. Not an innocent or “girly” one, but a vulnerable side that doesn’t come out often or for just anyone. She was a real pleasure to read about!

 

I LOVE when I find books that mess with my head and my perception of “right” and “wrong” and this whole series do it! I saw myself rooting for people that, in real life, I probably wouldn’t. And that is the beauty of good writing! We see the people behind the mafia, and I couldn’t help falling in love with them (ALMOST the whole Family 😉 )!!

 

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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ARC Review: Six by K.I. Lynn

 

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Happy Sunday, everyone!!! Although, technically it’s already Monday here! LOL

 

So, Six by K.I. Lynn will be out in just a few hours and what better way to start the countdown than with a review?! Hehe

 

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A gun to the head.

A trained killer.

A deadly conspiracy.

Kidnapped and on the run, my life and death is in the hands of a sadist captor who happens to be my one-night stand. Armed with countless weapons, money, and new identities, the man I call Six drags me around the world.

The manhunt is on and Six is the next target. Can we find out who is killing off the Cleaners before they find us?

Two down, seven to go.

When it’s all over he’ll finish the job that dropped him into my life, and end it.
Stockholm Syndrome meets bucket list, and the question of what would you do to live before you died. The questions aren’t always answered in black and white. Gray becomes the norm as my morals are tested.

Death is a tragedy, and I’ll do anything to stay alive.

Are you ready for the last ride of your life? Six has a gun to your head—what would you do?

This isn’t a love story.

It’s a death story.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

 

 

MY RATING: SIX Beastly Stars (I couldn’t help the pun, BUT the book deserves the maximum rating)!

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

I first heard of Six by the author herself. As it’s been my new way, I didn’t read the blurb before starting it. I did get some teasing snippets from K.I. Lynn while she was writing it and I got so curious. I wanted her to finish writing it as fast as she could so I could read the book and know what would come.

 

And she did not disappoint! Now that I’ve read it twice, I can honestly say Six is (and my book husband Nathan Thorne will have to forgive me) K.I. Lynn’s best work so far! It’s a book so addicting as its characters.

 

I LOVE K.I. Lynn’s sense of humor and her new heroine is full of it. I caught myself laughing out loud for reals so many times! But our heroine isn’t just funny. She is BADASS funny! Six has found his match with her! Six is a dangerous man. One who is not to be messed with, but our heroine manages to do it pretty well. She’s AWESOME!

 

And Six…who is he (besides my latest book boyfriend, of course)? Well, think of his as a man who has no empaty for the human life, who is hot as hell, who is a trained killer and has a gun pointed to your head. What do you do then? If K.I. Lynn is the one who creates him, you fall in love with him, of course!!

 

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I love a jerky hero, but Six takes it to a whole new level of jerkness. There will be moments you won’t like him (that wasn’t the case with me, but I’m crazy like that lol). There will be moments you wil, in fact, probably hate him. But I guarantee you, there will be lots of moments you will need a fan, because the hotness-meter will BURN you! Seriously, K.I. Lynn writes the hotest scenes!

 

But the book isn’t just about our funny heroine and our hotter than hell hero. The story is also amazing. The plot in SIX is surprising and new. I love when authors we love give us new types of stories. SIX is a suspence romance and it will keep you on your toes for sure. When you think you figure something out, K.I. Lynn will play with your head and keep surprising you. She mastered the term “plot twist” with this book!

 

I got hooked by this story from the first page and I really, really, really liked how the story progressed. How everything panned out. There’s a change in the characters and in their relationship as the pages go and it’s gratifying to see it happening. But there are parts of both of them that will never change, which made me happy too.

 

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I also loved the side characters (well, not all of them, there a particular one I begged K.I. Lynn to kill, because I couldn’t stand. She just kept teasing me though LOL). There is one I absolutely ADORE, and there is a particular scene with him that will take the book to a whole new level. hehehe

 

K.I. Lynn created such a great story with these characters and her writing. It’s easy to read a book like Six because it takes you inside of it, like you’re living the story along with the characters. Books like this are perfect because they make us relate to the story. Even though you might have never touched a gun in your life, reading a book like Six will make you feel like you know how it is to hold one to someone else’s head.

 

Our two main characters go through a lot together and that is bound to change them. And the way they feel about each other. It’ll be pretty obvious, with their chemistry, where they’re headed, but they don’t see it and I like how K.I. Lynn keeps us on our toes and only reveals what’s inside her evil mind when it happens in the story. LOL

 

I’m pretty good at figuring out stuff in books, but there were things in Six I never saw coming and it surprised the hell out of me. And I LOVED it. You might think you know what the whole mystery in the book is all about and then you know you figured it out. But you didn’t. Not even close, so kudos to K.I. Lynn for taking me through this journey and keep throwing new surprises at my face. I LOVED it!

 

As I already mentined I really liked how the story progressed and the changes in the characters, but also how they didn’t change some parts of themselves. They remain true to themselves. Six will always be a sociopath and I love him for it!

 

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Six, the character, is dangerous. He is calculating. He is hot. He is crazy. And he is MINE. All MINE, so when you finish reading it beware, because I’ll be watching you to see if you try to steal my new book boyfriend! LMAO

 

Six is full of action too. The story pans out as a great action movie. One with a crazy, yet hilarious heroine (even though this is not a comedy, she will definitely make you laugh), a super HOT hero and a story that will drive you to the edge of your seat and give you a surprise after another through the whole process.

 

Six is on my list of Favorite Books of 2016 and it’s different than every other book in the list. Some of those books are beautiful. Some of them are dark. Some are surprising. Some are fresh and new. Six is fresh, full of action, has a great plotline and great characters and it’s masterfully written. And Six deserves to make the list because it’s a masterpiece. I love a good book that will keep you entertained while you read it and when you know it, you’ve finished it. It will keep you busy and you won’t think of anything else while you’re reading it besides what’s going on inside of it. If that isn’t a sign of a good book I don’t know what else is.

 

Six will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. And then it will give you an epilogue that will make you smile for SURE. I loved this book so hard I think of its characters as real people and I often see or read something that reminds me of them, like they were real. Their story will grip you and you won’t want it to let you go so soon!

 

Expertly written, full of action, hot as hell, and super funny, Six is a book that will keep K.I. Lynn on your list of authors to follow and to click as soon as she announces a new book! It’s that good of a book. It has a complete story that even though it will change constantly while you’re reading, won’t make you confuse at all. It will all make sense and to pass these kind of ideas to paper, is not for just any author.

 

This is a book that, before I read it, I didn’t know I was missing in my list of read books. But now that I did, I can’t imagine myself not knowing this story and these characters. Six is a book that you simply have to read, if you like action books, and if you don’t, it’s because you haven’t read it yet. It will change your mind.

 

If you had to choose only one action-filled suspenseful romance to read in 2016, Six would be it for sure!

 

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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ARC Review: Luka (The Rhythm series #2) by Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

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Happy Thursday, everyone!!!

 

I LOVE when I get to read Jane’s books for the first time, they are the BEST! Here’s my review of her upcoming one, Luka!

 

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luka

 

I’m not a good man.
I’m not a bad man.
But I’ve made some bad mistakes, made the wrong choices.
Who hasn’t? But the consequences are tearing us apart.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
The world tells me I have to choose. Why? Why do I have to choose?
Loving hurts. Dancing heals.

Love makes you soar, makes you fly and sets you free—and then it lets you freefall until you’re smashed and bleeding on the ground. Ultimately, love is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.

Im my opinion.
I love two people.
I love them differently.
One is a man.
One is a woman.
And they are brother and sister.

**** A stand alone novel in the best-selling Rhythm Series. ****

 

 

 

MY RATING: 5.5 IMPOSSIBLY MOVING Beastly Stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

When I read the blurb of Luka I was worried. First because I don’t like love triangles and I don’t do them anymore. Second because I definitely don’t do MM books. Then imagine how worried I was when I saw a love triangle between two men and a woman??

 

I have to confess I was very worried and I doubted it. I never doubted Jane’s talent, because if you ever doubt her talent to write and captive you with her stories you are a fool, my friend. No, I was worried because I didn’t think I’d relate to the story and that is essentially why I don’t do MM, I can’t relate to the characters 99% of the time. But then I find a book that is in the rare 1%. Not because it has a MM plotline, it’s in the 1% because it’s rare to find a book that will move you from the beginning.

 

Joke was on me, because if there’s one thing I can count in Jane’s writing is the way she makes me relate to her characters and their story. And I’ve never been so glad I was wrong about a story!!! Just like Luka I believe that love shouldnt be labeled. It doesn’t matter the gender of who we love, or if we are able to love both men and women. Love is beautiful BECAUSE it’s beyond all that! And I have to thank Jane for showing me this once again!

 

You know how Slave to the Rhythm is on my TOP list of reads this year. That book moved me in a way I can’t ever truly describe. It’s so powerful in every way. But then here I am reading Luka (and as I’m writing this I’m at 82% so I don’t even know how it ends yet), and I’m met with a book that is so powerful in such a quiet way. There’s a quiet power in this book, and it doesn’t make it less powerful than Slave to the Rhythm. It’s a different kind of powerful, but powerful nonetheless. The way Jane is able to move not only me, but also my heart, with her stories always leaves me speechless.  I can literally feel my heart crying reading a book like this. Not of sadness, but because I’m overwhelmed with so many emotions. I absolutely LOVE Luka. Both the book and the character. It’s hard not to fall at least a bit in love with Luka, he is what love should be. Generous, funny, beautiful and unprejudiced. So once again, thank you, Jane for making my heart soar reading such a beautiful book!!

 

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Now that I finished the book..WOW. JUST WOW! I thought it would go to a direction, and it didn’t, but Jane made me love what she did and then in the last 18% of the book she completely TURNED the story upside down! And I’m glad. I’m glad she is an author who has the guts to write a book that isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. I’m glad she shows us that life isn’t a fairy tale after all and that some things can’t be mended, no matter how great they were. If you want a book that is real to its very core you definitely have to check Jane’s books. I have no idea how she does it, I truly don’t and I’m happy and honored to say I “know” her, because it makes me so proud when I get to read a book like this written by someone I know.

 

She made my heart soar for sure. From Slave to the Rhythm I thought I had an idea of how Luka’s love life and interest would go. And he had to go through a lot for Jane to show us a glimpse of that! There was, specially, a moment between Luka and his grandmother that made me intrigued and made me smile, because I just KNEW there was something there.

 

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And there is a character that stole my heart. Elizabeta. She made me laugh and cry. She made me cry so hard and I loved it! She made the book more real for me.

 

I love books like this, that constantly change our minds and I love that something I had an intuition about turned out to be right. But I loved it even more because I never saw it coming how Jane would play it off. And it needed a whole ride for it to be even a possibility. I love Jane’s writing. Seriously. There’s really something about books that do that, that surprise us so much and so close to the end, but in which the story doesn’t get lost. Just the opposite. This story makes so much sense and not once did anything seem out of place.

 

It seems like I need to thank Jane again. She changed my mind about something and then changed it again. It seems this book is the rare 1% not because of the MM part after all, as I mentioned before, but because it’s rare to find books that move us like this.

 

Luka is SO MUCH more than a story that has a male couple. It’s much more than a story that has a straight couple. Luka is simply MORE. And trust me, you definitely need to read it. If you don’t like MM, whatever are your reasons, you still need to read this book. It didn’t turn me into a MM book reader, but it turned me into a better reader, not because of it, but because Jane wrote it!

 

And I may need to cross what I said earlier. The power in this story might not be so quiet after all. It’s hidden, but it’s there and when you see it, it’ll crash into you and you’ll never see it coming.  Amazing job,  Jane! I’m really honored I got to read this book and seems like your books always seem to find me when I need them most. I definitely needed Luka in my life (both the book and the character). It changed my views on things and it confirmed some of the ones I had before. Sometimes love isn’t enough and things can’t be mended. But if you’re lucky enough you’ll find something better and even more worth fighting and living for. I needed this story today. I needed to feel this much today.

 

I  can’t wait for Jane’s next book, because I can’t wait to have all these feelings again. I crave them. And it seems this exact kind of feelings only Jane can bring into my heart. So hurry, Jane, because my heart wants more of the soaring only you can make it do!!

 

 

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LUKA will be released on June 16th, but you can already PRE-ORDER !

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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ARC Review: The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantôme

 

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Hey everyone!!!

 

So one of my favorite books this year, The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantôme is live!! Here is my review of it! I’ll have more posts about it this week and a surprise too!

 

sinopsis

 

 

TBO

 

Love isn’t always bright and shiny.

Sometimes, it’s dirty and wrong, buried six feet deep in a secret place where only wild things dare to go. Hidden behind a big black curtain that covers things no one should ever see.

Sometimes it happens between two people who should never be allowed to come together. One who is a match, and the other who just happens to be gasoline.

One strike is all it takes to burn the whole world down, and that’s exactly what they plan on doing.

Even if it kills them.

 

 

MY RATING: 5 “I LOVE BEING BAD” Beastly stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

Of course when Stylo Fantôme writes a book named The Bad Ones  the characters are going to be BAD. And I LOVE that!! I love when characters are a certain way and don’t apologize for that. It’s even better when they OWN it!! They are who they are, and there’s no reason for it but the fact they WANT it. And Constantine and Dulcie sure OWN it!

 

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This book for me is Stylo at her best! I love her writing, I think anything she writes she will please me, I love her attention to detail in every step of her books (from the covers to the story and the character interviews she gives), we can se she does her homework and that united with the talent she has to write stories makes for some of my favorite books!  By now everyone knows how versatile she can be and I really like that, but when she writes the controversial stories, the dark ones, for me it’s when she THRIVES!

 

I love Stylo’s characters, I think she builds them so well. As I said in my opinion she is a writer tha can write in every genre and be good at it, but her “different” reads (the somewhat controversial and “darker” ones) speak to my soul in a whole new level. That’s why the Kane trilogy and now The Bad Ones are my favorite books by Stylo. After all I’m the kind of weird reader who just LOVES the controversial books ( and yes, I’m being ironic on the weird because I’ve been called “sick” so many times for some of the books I like LOL). For me the more taboo and different the better!!

 

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I think I’ve probably said this here before but I REALLY like the names Stylo chooses for her characters, they are so strong and have a character of their own!

 

I didn’t know anything about the story when I read it back in the beginning for March, because as I’ve mentioned before I’m trying to go in blind with books this year. I saw teasers though and I was super curious about how bad the Bad Ones were. And man, Stylo did GOOD! If you think my book husband, Jameson Kane, is evil you definitely NEED to meet Con. Constantine is absolutely CRAZY and AMAZING. I kept falling more in love with him in each page and not once I questioned myself. Not because I’m jaded, which I am, but I loved him and Dulcie. I didn’t make the connection before but I just thought that I am jaded when it comes to anti-heroes and it’s probably Alex from A Clockwork Orange’s fault!!! I LOVED that book when I read it 10 or so years ago and now I can make a connection. In that book we can see some people’s nature can’t be changed and that is one of the things I most liked in The Bad Ones. We DON’T want Dulcie or Con to change. They are both perfect the way they are. They are perfect for each other.

 

You will definitely appreciate how bad these characters can be and you won’t be questioning the fact you like it and you will want MORE. You will want to be bad with Con and Dulcie. They are insanely amazing together!

 

I really liked how the story starts when they are a bit younger (not much) and how it spams through the time (again not much). It built a great connection between the characters. I like that even though they came from such different backgrounds, both Con and Dulcie found each other without even trying that much. I LOVED the first chapter, it was somewhat a surprise for me and I love being surprised!

 

I DEVOURED The Bad Ones. I couldn’t stop reading it and I didn’t want it to end. It has a perfect epilogue (I’ll tell you a secret, I’m not the biggest fan of epilogues, mostly because I don’t think every book needs them).

 

The Bad Ones is the kind of story that captivates because it is so GOOD. The writing flows so well and the idea is great, and better, it was played well in the story. A story is not only made of good ideas, the writer must know how to put that into words, how to build the story and the characters and make everything flow and connect. And Stylo did a great job with all of that in The Bad Ones. She makes us fall in love with someone many people would call a monster. Someone that in real life would give a lot of people nightmares. But Con for me is someone I still can’t stop thinking about. There’s just something about him. His snark, his disdain for what society deems appropriate and “right”, his sociopathic ways…and how HOT he also is. He is the perfect f***up packet. And Dulcie? She is the perfect girl for him. In no way I think Con influenced her, she is not a victim and I think that is one of the things that Con finds so attractive about her. I LOVE the fact she is not a flowery heroine. There is a sometimes quiet strenght about her and when she and Con are together it stops being quiet. They are truly each other’s best part, or should I say, worst part?! 😉

 

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For me it was very refreshing to read about characters like them, who are truly bad but with no excuse or specific reason for being this way. Sometimes there are monsters among us, and they don’t have to be all bad to be monsters, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a conscience. It means they don’t care, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about anything, they just don’t care about what most people would. Are Con and Dulcie monsters? Maybe. But it works for them. I love how there is no traumatic past or any “issues” for them to be different. It’s just the way they are and seeing how comfortable they are being that way was VERY fresh!

 

People can be molded, yes. We are so oftenly told what to do according to society’s standards and we have to act a certain way. Tha can even be done to the mayor’s son, the star football player and most popular guy at school. But it doesn’t mean he wants to be that way or that he accepts it. Oh no, he is probably a wolf waiting to feed on his prey. Society can try changing what they deem bad (which in Con and Dulcie’s case is actually BAD LOL), but it will be only a mask. The truth lies beneath it. We all have something we hide from others, some hidden facet about us society might disagree with or we might not be brave enough to show. But in Con and Dulcie’s case it’s much more apparent and they simply stop caring about what is right and wrong. That’s is only their truths. That is something very powerful, regardless of it being good or bad.

 

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If you have to choose one “different”, darker (I don’t consider it really dark, but I’m the dark queen haha) and taboo read this year, it needs to be The Bad Ones!

 

What else can say to convince you? The writing is spectacular, the story is so “new”, the characters are amazing! Stylo has kept me on my toes through the whole story. I was always waiting for the next thing to happen and I was dragged to the edge of my sit (my bed, actually) sometimes. It’s a thrilling story, so fascinating and it will definitely hook you! It has a big ole Carol type of read stamp on it! I want so bad to be bad with Con, but I have to admit Dulcie scares me so I’ll leave him to her. Although I could settle for being their bff! 😉

 

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XOXO

 

 

Carol

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ARC Review: Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

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Hello everyone!! Happy Monday/Tuesday!!

 

It’s been a few weeks since I read Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick and I still can’t stop thinking about it! So I figured it was time to write my complete review of it!

 

 

 

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DANCE. Guns.

MUSIC. Bullets.

RHYTHM. Pain.

Music in my head, dance in my body, the rhythm of my heart.

How far can you fall in just one month? How quickly can the human spirit be broken? Where does evil hide in plain sight?

Ash wants to dance. Needs it. To leave behind a life of expectation and duty, to set his soul free.

But life is never that simple. Every step is a journey on a new road.

For every action, there is a reaction.

Every choice has a consequence.

And when you meet the wrong person, all bets are off.

Laney tolerates her limitations, pushing quietly at boundaries. But when Ash crashes into her world through rage and violence, it sets off a chain reaction that neither of them expected.

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MY RATING: 6 + POWERFUL “Ash” stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received from the author in exchange of an honest review***

 

Starting a new Jane Harvey-Berrick book is always also a new experience. Specially when it comes to epic romances, forged in such a real “fictional” world. The background world to her stories are always so real, and because of that we can relate to her characters.

 

Slave to the Rhythm is a quintessential Jane book. If you have read Jane’s books you know what I mean. It’s got this magical quality only she can bring to words. It makes the words flow so easily and it creates living, dancing poetry in form of sentences and feelings. But although this one is quintessentially Jane, it also brings something new. Something different. A darker side of Jane, a side I never imagined before and I’m glad, because it is MIND-BLOWING.

 

This is in no way or form a book in the dark romance “genre”. It’s not about a girl who falls in love with her captor, it’s not about BDSM, it’s not about a traumatic past. But there is  a traumatic present, that it’s so present, it will haunt you while you read those parts. No, the darkness Jane brings to this book is as real as her writing-style. It’s not her usual style, but nonetheless it is AMAZING. It brings so much proud to my heart to see not only an author, but a person, I love dearly becoming this epic force! When I thought it wasn’t possible, Jane took me completely by surprise with a story that bleeds trough every page.

 

I never read the blurb of Slave to the Rhythm before going in and after reading the prologue I literally exclaimed OH MY GOD! It was that good.  I just KNEW it would be one of Jane’s powerful reads! But I never imagined how powerful she could get until I kept reading it!

 

This book is beyond EPIC! For me it’s Jane’s best work so far! It’s different than her usual stories but it has what Jane does best: making it so real that the story will grip you and not let go of your heart and feelings!!

 

I felt desperate. I felt angry. I felt love. I felt angst. I had so many feelings that it’s  so hard to put all of them in writing! You should expect a great story when you start a Jane Harvey-Berrick book, but I was not prepared for this. I never expected to read a story that would move me this way. Yes, many of Jane’s stories have moved me so much, but never as deep as Slave to the Rhythm.  I still can’t stop thinking about this story and I believe I never will, even though I’m not even sure I could re-read it again so soon. Both because it was so powerful and because I want to hang on to the feeling of reading such an incredible book for the first time.

 

Reading this book was like watching a movie unfold, the story goes fast, but not in a fast pace, it’s because it’s so complete. We get to see the characters as friends and then falling in love and then they have to overcome the difficulties. Difficulties both of them already had before they even met.

 

My poor Ash! Everything he went through completely broke me! And I related SO MUCH to Laney!

 

In none other book of Jane’s I related to the characters this much, I’ve always related more with one of the characters, and felt like the story belonged to one of them a bit more (like Lifers is so much more about Jordan and The Travelling Woman more about Aimee, even though it’s her story with Kes), but with this one the story truly belongs to Ash and Laney, they are true partners  in every sense but specially in how the story is equally about both of them. They are partners in my love and feelings for Slave to the Rhythm. Both of their stories together made a combination of an EPIC love story I will never forget!

 

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I absolutely LOVE dancing and music. So relating to that part of the story was easy for me, but even if you haven’t heard a thing about music or dancing I belive you’ll still be able to relate to what Jane’s characters (and her too) created!

 

I love how she starts the story with the prologue and then we get to see what happened in the weeks prior to how it all started for Ash and Laney. It’s almost like from the moment they meet, the real story begins. No matter what they went through before that, and believe me, it was a LOT, when they are together is like in a movie where the hero and heroine have that chemistry that goes out of the screen and everyone can see why they are so perfect together. That is how it is when Ash and Laney are together.

 

I love that by 50% the story was already so complete, because so much had already happened. I ABSOLUTELY love stories that can be like that and never run flat. There isn’t a flat moment in Slave to the Rhythm and the last 50% are just as amazing as the first ones. This story is a full cycle, and a rollecoaster of emotions you will gladly ride! Some parts of it were literally painful to read. Some got me thinking “Will Jane really go there?”, and not only she did, but she went beyond there. This book is all about going beyond.

 

Laney is a great heroine, she has got a HUGE baggage. I mean, I don’t think any other character of Jane had to deal with as much as she did. Usually her female characters are less broken than the male ones and they help them along the way. With Laney, she was as broken as Ash, but her broken pieces are a bit more aparent. And even so, she has a heart of gold. I think what ultimately drove Ash to her was her compassion and her heart. No matter how many beautiful women he might have encountered, none of them compares to Laney and what she has done for him.

 

Now Ash…Jane surprised me a lot with everything she threw at my poor Aljaž! He is by far her most broken character yet. But he also has this lightness to him. He makes us like him so easily because to him things are quite simple, even when complicated. He finds joy in the most simple of things like dancing and music. And for a love of both I just kept thinking that I needed to enter my book and get him for me, because he is EVERYTHING. Ash has his moments of being unresonable and unfair to Laney. But after everything the guy went through, it’s not only comprehensible, but expected. He has credit for being a bit of jerk, specially because he realises it. He has a good heart and good meaning. The times he might lash out on Laney are extremely unfair to her, because she was the best friend he could ever find. But I got it and I forgive him because we tend to lash out on the people we’re most close to or care the most, with no explanation or justification. I’m not saying he is always right, after all he is a human being and flawed as any other one (I love how Jane portraits her characters entirely, specially their flaws, that’s one of the things that make them so real), but I can give him a wider berth than most characters.

 

For me I not only live their story with them but it was more than that. It was like I was inside the book but watching them. I related a lot to Ash, but Laney? I can relate a lot with her and her problems, and even if you’re not like her like I am, you will relate too, because that’s the only choice with a book so masterly written!

 

I love that this story is so powerful. It’s full of powerful (and real) quotes! We can see (and feel) they weren’t thrown in the book just to impress. They come from the heart and whenever we get a story that comes straight from an author’s heart to their words, we have book magic! Book perfection, I dare say! Slave to the Rhythm is a ONE OF A KIND book. One that you only find a very few to read in a year and I belive it will be a hard one to top in 2016!

 

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You all know how much I love Jane’s writing, I’ve talked about it a lot in here. And several of her books are favorites of mine. Jane has consistentially shown how good of a writer she is, but with this book she steps out of AMAZING, and goes straight to a whole new level of INCREDIBLE. Slave to the Rhythm is simply FLAWLESS.

 

Jane can write. She wrote us about a controversial (epic) romance between an older married woman and a 17 year old boy and then years later. She wrote us about a beautiful boy who finds love in a girl who represents everything he has lost but who shows him the sound of their love is higher than any other sound. She wrote us about a girl and a boy who don’t want to live imprisoned in a life sentence of emptiness and show the society that caring is the road to freedom. She wrote us about the magic in the carnival. The magic that creeps inside our hearts and it’s called love. And she wrote many more stories, those are just my favorites. But now? Now Jane has written about love in a way that, belive me or not, has managed to surpass any other tale of love she has written so far. Yes, love is patient and kind. But Jane shows us that love is also RAW. Love is dirty and ugly. Love can be unfair, but on top of it all love is POWERFUL!

 

It’s oftenly said that the song and dance chooses the dancer and I belive that one of the greatest metaphors in this book is how much love is like dancing. Love is like a dance that you weren’t even invited too. It starts and you have no other choice than to start moving. No matter the rhythm, you can’t help falling in steps with it. Love is the rhythm in which our hearts beat. And to become a slave to that rhythm? A slave like Ash and Laney? That makes Jane the most amazing coreographer because she is the one that makes us realise that a love like theirs  is the biggest goal to achive in the world and the most beautiful show!

 

 

buy the book

 

Slave to the Rhythm will be released on March 8th, but you can already PRE-ORDER it for 2.99!

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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