Veiled Innocence – Ella Frank [review]

Veiled Innocence – Ella Frank

Tick, tick, tock.

Time.

That’s all I have now.

A small room, a photograph, and time.

They want me to trust them and confess my sins.

They told me they wouldn’t judge me—they lied.

I thought we could convince the world that this wasn’t a crime.

We were wrong.

Time doesn’t stand still.

The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…

Now he is gone.

Warning: adult themes/explicit sex scenes

Woah… what the fuck was that?
I haven’t decided if I liked this. I’m genuinely undecided. I’ve spent most of my day with my nose firmly glued to my kindle meandering though this wanting to know what was going to happen in the end. Now that it has ended, I wonder if kept going because I liked the story or if I just had to know what was going to happen to these two characters.

For all intense and purposes, this is not an easy subject matter. It’s topic is taboo; a student and teacher, having a relationship. A heated steamy no holds barred relationship.

The story jumps from the past to the present throughout and while initially I had my doubts, it does work. What also works is the perspectives that we receive from both the main characters in the story. Had this been a one-sided story, I wonder how well his would have played out over all. I don’t think that Addison would have been enough to carry the story. Even though, really the story is hers.

There is just something about Addison that was missing for me. She had just way too much going on for her as a character. Death, abuse, a little bit of self loathing. It’s all just so much, it really weighs her down. It weighs the entire book down and while I get that, that is key to the story, there were moments where my patience for her waned considerably. First she’s emotionally detached Addison, then she’s sultry seductress Addison, next needy broken Addison… and it just goes on in a vicious circle. I won’t say that it doesn’t work for the story, because it does, I’m just of the belief that sometimes, less is more. I would have felt enough compassion for her, if she was reeling from one bad situation in her life. Not the multiple that have been hurled at her.

As for Grayson, he’s not perfect. But neither does he try to be. In his own regard, he is just as broken as Addison is. Fighting his own personal demons and trying as hard as he can to overcome them. His methods of dealing with his emotions left me confused at times.  And during one particular scene, I wondered if the relationship that he was having with Addison was healthy at all.  But then, he would say things like this

“I’ll teach you how to come with a man inside you.”

and this

“I have no idea why I’m allowing myself to be with you, but I have no clue how to stop.”

then this

“Just remember this isn’t a game anymore. You wanted me, and you got me. But don’t fuck around with me.”

and it was like all that stuff other didn’t matter (well, not as much).

As I write this I realize that it sounds like I didn’t like this book. Simply, that’s not the case. While I am not typically interested in teacher/student relationships, I was intrigued by this one, because ultimately I wanted to know what happened in the end. How did they get there? What made them stay there? Can they be together? If they can be, how? Do you get the answers to these questions? I’m of the belief that you do.

Overall, this is a good book! It is, I gave it 5/5. Because even though I bitch about the characters, I still just enjoyed reading it. I didn’t want to put it down. I was consumed by it. I liked the writing style, I liked the dialogue, the pace. I just liked it. The characters got under my skin. I wanted them the whole time to have something that they can’t have. When a writer can make you feel like that. Feel for characters, even when you’re getting pissed off at them. That, for me, makes a good story. One I would recommend you read.

Amazon: Veiled Innocence $3.99 [Kindle Edition]

Diamond Girl (aka Samantha, Sammie, Sunny, Diamond?!?) – Andrea Smith

Diamond Girl (G-Man Series) – Andrea Smith

Book #1 – G-Man Series
This “Limited” edition contains bonus chapters and sneak peaks at the end for a limited time only!
What happens when a 35 year-old soccer mom from Indianapolis, Indiana sends her only child off to college and suddenly discovers that she has no identify of her own?

That’s exactly what happened to Samantha (Sammie) Dennison. Her marriage was loveless from the start; her ‘mannequin’ husband has his own agenda which has never included her, and she feels lonely, ignored and downright frumpy.

Her best friend tells her to get a life, and that’s exactly what Sammie does, starting with a Kickboxing/Pilates class to get into shape, and then continuing her regiment by signing up for pole-dance lessons. Sammie graduates at the top of her class, and ultimately ends up with a secret career as a pole dancer at a Gentleman’s Club in Indy called ‘Jewels.’

Known only by her dancer name, “Diamond,” she is well on her way to finally carving out a secret life and identity all of her own that brings excitement and mystery to her otherwise mundane existence. The thrill of the dance and sexuality she discovers within herself is a potent mixture, but it’s all about the dance with Sammie.

That is, until bad-boy biker Slate enters the picture. He is the ultimate ‘alpha’ male and quickly draws the attention of the dancers – including Sammie. Slate is a ‘prospect’ for the notorious Outlaw Motorcycle Club, but he is also inexplicably drawn to “Diamond.” Sammie is totally out of her league with Slate and the dangerous people he associates with in Indianapolis during the summer of 2012.

No spoilers here, but something BIG is brewing in Indy; and it ain’t about race cars either.

‘Diamond Girl’ will keep the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end; this book has it all: passion, erotica, romance, danger and possibly more . . . much more.

Note: This book is based loosely on actual events that occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in the summer of 2012 involving certain members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club after a two-year investigation conducted by various federal agencies. The names have been changed to protect the parties. Other events depicted in this book are purely fictional for entertainment purposes.
This book is intended for adult audiences. Mature Content.

I’m currently in the midst of Love Plus One. I actually bought the series, because I liked the sound of Love Plus One, and being a person who requires elements of order when I read, I thought I should pick this up first. I’m rather glad that I did.

***Spoilers***
Diamond Girl, tells the story of Samantha, Sammy, Sunny or Diamond, readers choice. No, Seriously!? I was like what the fuck? Her horrible marriage and the man she comes to love. All the while stripping it away at some joint called Jewel and getting accidentally wrapped up in her husbands world as he plots to become the next, not so cool Scarface.

I honestly didn’t think that I was going to like this book. The writing style is not my cup of tea to say the least. In fact, it was so quickly written and so many arcs happening that I had to wonder if Andrea Smith took a breath while she wrote the story. This is my ONLY complaint. But for me it’s pretty significant. Not enough that it stopped me from putting the book down and deleting from both my mind and from my Kindle, but enough that I just felt like I was being thrown up on. You know that all at once feeling. This would have been a great story to plot out amongst 2 books. I would actually have liked more interaction between Diamond and Slate and then later on Sammie and Slate. I felt like we were being given two separate lives so to have that played out a little more would have been great.

I rated this 5/5 over on goodreads, because forgiving some of it’s quick sex scenes and the dialogue that seemed contradictory of the characters, I just liked it. I really do. There’s something about it, that I thought, huh!? This ain’t half bad, certainly no worse than some of the things that I’ve read in the past.

Pre-Order: Silk [Kindle Edition] 99¢ – Multiple Authors

Apparently anthologies are the latest trend to be hitting the Amazon virtual shelves. Thank goodness, because it saves me money and I get to read books that I would have ended up paying more for in the long run. So thank you authors!! I imagine this is a great way to get folks introduced to multiple authors in one go, so to speak.  As well as a potential new series. **Please be warned that some of these books are part of a series and may be the final installment, so be wary! **  You don’t want to start reading something, come to find out that it’s the end.   

This particular set comes out Monday, June 9th.  I’ve included snap shots of book covers and if you click on each cover it will take you to the amazon page where there is a better summary of the story.  Where I could, I’ve also indicated where something is part of a series or the end of a series etc…

Also you may notice that some of the anthologies that I’ve posted may have duplicate books.  So until June 9th!

Eleven of your favorite authors – New York Times, USA Today, bestselling and more.

Eleven men who will be put to the test when it comes to love.

One epic anthology.

Meet the men:

Ryland Dare (The Edge of Darkness – series): A privileged boy living a life of lies.

Reid Connely (Let Love In – series): A gorgeous and darkly mysterious college senior who understands pain all too well.

Deacon Chastain (A Blue Tale – standalone): A guitar player saved from a path of destruction by his rock idol and the music he creates.

Connor Simpson (Next to Forever** Last in series!!): A fiancé who seems to have it all until he’s faced with one of the toughest decisions of his life.

Brett Walker (Trusting You – standalone): A one-night stand who wants more finds himself put to the test when his past threatens his future.

Adam Hill (Remembering Joy – series): A brooding and strangely charming film student set on revenge finds love where he least expects it.

Ryan Campbell (Falling** Final in series!!): An abuse survivor living in a world of his own creation so he doesn’t have to feel.

Harrison James (My Unexpected Forever – series): A single dad with few expectations other than raising his son and making some music along the way until the unexpected happens.

Adam Burke (Better – standalone): An adventurer who works just enough to fund his next circle around the globe gets an opportunity he can’t refuse. The only catch? He won’t be traveling alone this time.

Luke Matthews (Love In Between (Love Series): A guitar player grieving the loss of his fiancée after a tragic car accident no longer believes in love.

Jonathan Statham (Mid Life Love  – series): A self-made billionaire and CEO of Statham Industries used to getting whatever he wants—whenever he wants.

Find out their stories in these eleven, previously released, full-length novels about regret, revenge, forgiveness, and ultimately, love:

The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea
Let Love In by Melissa Collins
A Blue Tale by Sarah Dosher
Next to Forever by S. Moose
Trusting You by L.P. Dover
Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen
Falling by E.K. Blair
My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
Better by Carey Heywood
Love In Between (Love Series) by Sandi Lynn
Mid Life Love by Whitney G.
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*Mature subject matter and not intended for those under the age of 17.

 

Get your VIP [Kindle Edition] for FREE – M. Robinson

I’m going to recommend a book here that is currently free.  I ask that when you read it, you do so with an open and patient mind.

This is a story that puts the term slow and steady to the test, I so many times wanted to put it down, but once it got where it needed to be, I couldn’t complain and I actually contemplated wether or not I would be able to read it again.  Thinking about it, I would honestly say that I probably would.    Once the story began to pick up, it really did so with gusto, as though it was appreciative of you sticking around.

It’s a really well written and well executed story and I would love to know that there would be more from the two main characters.

M. Robinson is releasing a spin-off story later in the year, that will focus on one of the supporting characters within the book. I already have it on my pre-order list.

VIP [Kindle Edition] – M. Robinson

UPDATE: Newly Edited Version has been uploaded on March 23, 2014.

The beginning: A point in time or space where something starts.

32-year-old Sebastian Vanwell, a very successful yacht broker, always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious yacht. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving childhood with a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life: the one person who he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession. That was, until he saw her.

Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried. Coming from worlds apart beautiful, dark, complected Ysabelle didn’t have the rich, protected background that Sebastian had. She had lived a life of hell, growing up in poverty and horrific living conditions with a drug-addict mother who never cared. Ysabelle now lived for one person, and one person only: herself. She was pure perfection. Her beauty, along with a flawless body, had men lined up and driveling over her- ensuring her success as a VIP.

There are too many words that describe the effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy them both.

Warning sex/drugs/language. Mature readers only.

Devour it now before it’s too late! 99¢ ONLY LIMITED TIME 05/11 – 05/25

Another box set available on Kindle for only 99¢, but only available between 05/11 – 05/25.   Be warned many of these books are part of a series, so you may get hooked.

An anthology featuring 8 full length published novels from Amazon, NY
Times and LA Times bestselling authors:

Fading by E.K. Blair

Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.

At what point do secrets become lies?

(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17.

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect. Or is she?
Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she changes the course of her life, becoming a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then through a chance encounter, she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

 *Very Bad Things is a complete standalone novel without a cliffhanger.
 *Very Wicked Things (also standalone) will release early May 2014! Pre-order will be available soon!
 New Adult/Contemporary Romance recommended for 18 and older. Contains adult themes and content.

Shattered Ties by K.A. Robinson

With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.

Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.

When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.

Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.

Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?

Sizzle by Lexi Buchanan

Warning – Sexual Explicit 18+ HEA Ending.

Thalia is twenty-one and has just finished her sophomore year of college. Her new boyfriend, Liam, invites her to spend the summer with him and his family, so as she’s been unable to find a local job to keep her at college, Thalia jumps at the chance. Liam tells her that she can be his guest at his brother, Jack’s, wedding at the end of the summer.

Jack is twenty-five and feels as though he’s drowning. He’s engaged to Mia, against his will, because it’s always been drilled into him, family comes first. Jack’s studying for a law degree, and wants to go out on his own once he graduates, specialising in criminal law. His father wants him to accept a junior partnership in the law firm owned jointly by him and Lewis, his fiancées father, to practice family law.

Then he meets his brother’s girlfriend, Thalia, and he can’t get her out of his head. He needs her to keep her distance, because every time she smiles in his direction, he wants to carry her to his room and do really naughty things to her.

Then Saturday night arrives and Liam takes Thalia to a new bar that has opened on the outskirts of town, where she discovers Jack’s big secret. By day he’s the good looking, slightly older brother with a chip on his shoulder, who gives her hot looks, and by night he’s Phoenix, singer/guitar player for bad boy group ‘Deception’, who makes her sizzle to the core!

He has muscle. He has tattoos. He has piercings. He has a mouth that makes her panties wet every time he opens it. He is supposed to be getting married. He is also her boyfriend’s brother…

Always You by Missy Johnson

I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.

You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Love in Between by Sandi Lynn

My name is Lily Gilmore, and I was supposed to be getting married today. That was until I found my fiancé having sex with my sister in the church moments before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. I grew up with a father who was a womanizer and cheated on my mother every moment he had the chance. He would even stoop as low as to take me and my sister with him on his trysts when we were younger. Cheating was all I grew up with, and I vowed never to live the life my mother did. After finding my fiancé and my sister together, I moved from Seattle to Santa Monica to start a new life of independence and to focus on my passion for photography, man-free.

My name is Luke Matthews. About a year ago, I lost the love of my life, my fiancé, in a tragic car accident. There are no words that can describe how I’ve felt the past year. My life and all my dreams had died with her in the accident. I exist, and I play my guitar to try and ease the pain. My love was taken away, and I will never get that back.

What happens when the lives of two people who no longer believe in love are suddenly changed by fate?

Mature subject matter and not intended for those under the age of 17.

Emerge by S.E. Hall

“You never have to be without me, Laney, never.”

He lied…my everything I ever knew, trusted, wanted…I am, in fact, without him.

On my own and out of my shell, I learn new things about life, friendship and…myself.

Like what you’ve always known may not be what you’ve always wanted.

Dane Kendrick awakened things within me that I never knew existed, unraveling and uncovering the real Laney Jo Walker.

I’m a NEW adult…so is my story.

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

This book contains adult/mature young adult situations.

ALL proceeds to go to First Candle:  http://www.firstcandle.org.  This anthology will be available for only 99c and will run for two weeks only May 11 – 25, 2014

 

Lust(ing) it up Aussie Style – 10 Book Box Set

I’m actually really sorry that I didn’t share this with everyone sooner because if you had pre-ordered it, it would only have been $0.99 (Amazon Kindle).  I apologise, from the depths of my soul.  I truly do.  BUT!! I still think you should get it, because it’s only $1.99 at Amazon (Kindle) and for the books that you’re getting, you can’t beat that price.  Even if you just get it for one book, you’re still getting it a great deal.  I alone got it for Belle Aurora – Friend Zoned.  Sometime ago I read Raw which was a dark, humourous ride that I couldn’t put down.

This is a box set of 10! books by some of the best adult Australian authors.  Each story is a full length book and a great way to be introduced to a writer if you aren’t familiar with them. Below are links to the Lust box set and a description of each novel.

$30 value for under $2!
The set includes novels from NYT, USA Today, Amazon Bestselling and International Bestselling authors.
Bella Jewel – Number Thirteen
We’re thirteen girls, captive to a man we rarely see.
Obedience will become all we know. It is the only emotion we’re permitted to feel.
When we’re bad, we’re punished. When we’re good, we’re rewarded. Our scars run deep. Yet we survive, because we have to, because HE teaches us too.
All of us are special, we feel it with everything we are.
He has us for a reason, but it’s a reason we don’t know.

Belle Aurora – Friend Zoned
Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended.
Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.
When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Carmen Jenner – Welcome To Sugartown
Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.
Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.
But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Chantal Fernando – Maybe This Time
Moving in with my half-brother Xander, I had no idea what to expect.
But nothing could have prepared me for this.
My brother’s friends are wild, protective, secretive, always around.
And drop dead gorgeous.

Jennifer Ryder – Spark
Not many people know that I, Eevie Lawson, have a problem. An addiction to romance novels. I eat them for breakfast. I hide it the best I can, but I need them to breathe. It’s how I cope.
I’ve had a swag of book boyfriends, but now that I’m free from the responsibility of caring for my three younger brothers, it’s time to find one in the flesh.
In real life, no girl meets their hero on page one, or even at the end of chapter one. I should know.

Kasey Millstead – Illicit Desire
Beau Diesel…He was my “one”. My one that I would sacrifice everything for. My one that I wanted to be with until I took my final breath. My one that completed me.
I wanted him. I needed him. But he was off limits. I knew this, but the risk of consequences didn’t outweigh the depth of my desire.
So, I fought for our love.

Kate McCarthy – Give Me Love
Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves uprooting her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.
Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his.

Pepper Winters – Tears Of Tess
My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. Then it all changed.I was sold. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Rachel Brookes – Just Breathe
In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He’s Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance.
The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled.

TJ Hamilton – You Can Call Me Miranda
I was born to dance. I may have even become the best ballerina this country has ever seen.
But when you have no one to guide you as a young person, you become very lost.
I craved love and attention, and I found it in men.

These books contain super hot sex scenes and adult content 18+ only.

$0.99 Sale! (Amazon/Kindle) – In the Company of Killers Series

It’s discount time again!  J.A Redmerski’s series, In the Company of Killers is on sale. Each book is $0.99!! You can’t beat that. Seriously.  All at Amazon.  These are Kindle reads.  If you like sales, get it!!

~Reading Order~
#1 – KILLING SARAI
#2 – REVIVING IZABEL
#3 – THE SWAN & THE JACKAL
#4 – SEEDS OF INIQUITY – A Prequel (2014)

The first in the series: Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers)

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

**Possible Spoiler if you have not read Reviving Isabel***

: Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers)

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

*** Possible Spoiler if you have not read Killing Sarai***

The Swan and the Jackal (In the Company of Killers)

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

There is a fourth book and it’s supposed to be a prequel. I haven’t started reading these yet, it’s been on my wish list! These may be up next. I’m looking for something a little dark.