I loved the Ultimate Power series, and also Painted Faces. Power is a fantasy series whereas Painted is contemporary romance, much like this one.
Its great too finding a good read that’s also a standalone novel ( as is Painted) as there seems to be a rash or duos/trilogies and so few stand-alones that can satisfy without leaving reader on tenterhooks waiting months – years even, for next part. A huge thanks to L.H. Cosway for keeping to a traditional romance format 🙂
Lana falls in lve with her best friends twin brother at a very early age, but he’s a typical teen boy and to great excess. He bullies her verbally and is incredibly cruel to her, tormenting her at school and at home where he and Sasha live opposite her. He really does make her life a misery and seems to thrive on her pain, but she keeps quiet and finally he moves away to London and she picks up her life. His behaviour shadows her though, she has little confidence and is always looking to see hidden meanings in comments.
Then years later she stays in London with Sasha for the summer. Robert isn’t supposed to be there but the day she arrives he’s there having had an acrimonious split for his on/off girlfriend. Sasha says he can only stay if Lana is OK with it, but she knows how close the twins are and how upset Sasha will be to say no to him.
Robert seems to be different though, Lana picks him up on things she’d have let go before and they have a few angry spats finally coming to an agreement. Gradually he wears her down and a romance develops. Is it true though, or is this an extension of his former cruelty.
Its a fantastic romance full of emotion, a fascinating psychological look at bullying and its motives and makes us all look at past behaviours. I loved it – I loved Pained Faces too and feel L.H.Cosway is not only a superb fantasy author but one that writes excellent contemporary romance too.
Great value too £1.36 for 367 pages.
Stars: five, great contemporary romance to keep you engrossed.
Out later this month are some great books I’ve been lucky to get ARCs of includingthese:
Starting with my favourite from wondeful Tiffany Reisz is The Mistress – a fabulous five star read. Out on the 30th July…put some time aside as once you start you won’t want to stop!
She is addictive…irresistible
Nora Sutherlin, Dominatrix-turned-literary-star, is held prisoner by two dangerous men. Under different circumstances she would enjoy this immensely. These men aren’t lovers, however, but tools of vengeance from an old adversary. Possessor of the hearts of two men, she plays her hardest hand. But her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.
In Nora’s world, however, no one is ever truly powerless. Her friends and lovers will do anything to save her – even if the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak. The stakes are high in a dangerous game of love, lust and passion
‘Dazzling, devastating and sinfully erotic’ – Author Miranda Baker
‘Stunning. One of the best novels I have ever read. I am simply in awe and feeling richer for the experience.’ – Good Reads Reviewer on The Siren
‘This book made me feel everything.’ – Author Courtney Milan on The Siren.
The Original Sinners: The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress
Then more from Nikki and Michael, in Dancing with the Devil. This is first in the sereis and its been revamped (Ha!!) and re released. this is out 30th July. I’ve been lucky enough to get ARCs of four of this series and its a real trear, a series to enjoy and re read. all four will be out by the end of October so its great to be able to start a series and not have to wait ages for next book 🙂
For 300 years, Michael Kelly has existed in the shadows, learning to control the death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and to ease the loneliness in his heart.
Finally- the ending to the fabulous Stark Trilogy ( and thanks to an author who knows that trilogy means three books 🙂 not four or five, I’m sure most people will get the reference here, I was Cross and Fired up over that fiasco….I hate readers being treated like idiots and money makers.)
Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close.
Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss – and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both. Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the heat between us burning stronger each day.
Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.
Sweet Young Thang
then there’s One Hot Night , thats releasing on 22nd and on my list for today/tomorrow depending on how quickly i get through the current books 🙂
Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves’ silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.
Do You Remember – I loved this one, I’m a real Mandy Baggot fan 🙂
First Love. First Loss. Last chance?
2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?
Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.
Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?
Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?
Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! (Entangled Covet) I’ve read this one, its a light and funny romance, nothing deep and dark, just a way of escaping for a couple of hours and smiling at the antics of the heroine.
The Marraige Merger I’ve now read a few from this series and they’re a sweet fun read.
Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She’s stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family’s corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.
Julietta’s been burned before—and trusting her brotherin- law’s friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?