My entire life has been unmasked.
Everything I thought to be true has been called into question.
Whom do I trust? What do I believe?
With two men promising to keep me safe and one promising to give me my life back, which path do I choose?
Masked or unmasked?
*deep breath *
I´m going to be very VERY generous about this series. I´m going to rate the series now instead of this book alone because I can´t stomache the thought from starting out with 4* then going down to 3* and then ending with 2*. Which was exactly what happened. I´d rate this book with a solid 2* because it was disappointing in so many ways.
If I compare book 1 to book 3 then there´s a major difference in the whole story. There was nothing left from the woman who hid in the dark. Hell…she was long gone with book #2 and was replaced with a woman who was anything but likable. Everything….I really mean everything happened in a blur.
After all was good again with Alex and Daimon, and all obsticals were pushed aside ( okay…they were killed. End of) they were out to kill the princess of Monaco! Again…I had such a hard time picturing the Grimaldi´s as they were discribed in this series.
To make a long rant short:
I thought there would be a hell lot more killing ( considering their abilities and all) and also alot more ruthlessness. I mean…Daimon was a killer for crying out loud. And nothing happened. Important characters were left to live their lives and the unimportant characters were killed.
Plus…the full truth about Alex was told in this book. Unimpressive.
And the end…..well, I´d rather not go there now. Let´s just say I was totally disappointed.
Now…there is one thing that won´t leave me alone. Why write a series with each book having less than 300 pages? Why not take the story and just make one book out of it? It just doesn´t make any sense to me.
The story could have fit into 1 book. Easily.
And then there´s the cover. It´s supposed to be a series…..so why not make the covers match?
This wasn´t the worst series I´ve read…..it started of fab and turned out not so fab.
Would I recommend this book?
This book? Vol. 3? No. I wouldn´t. The series? Yeah. Why not. Just because I was disappointed doesn´t mean everyone else will be.
Would I re-read this book?
The Divas are giving the Unmasked Vol. 1 – 3 by Cassia Leo a total of 3 out of 5 champagne glasses.
( NOTE: Unmasked: Volume 3 receives 2 champagne glasses)
for the series
for the book
I left my former life – and my mask – behind.
Running from a past where I was born unloved. A past where I was betrayed by love.
Running from an organization with limitless power and stealth. Running for my life.
I never expected to find love on the run. Not in a tiny seaside town on an island in the middle of nowhere.
Not without my mask.
But it seems as if my sad story is being rewritten with someone else’s pen. But whose pen is it?
This question haunts me day and night. And I get my answer on a perfectly decadent evening. When I come home to find my bedroom perfumed with the scent of death.
No. Cassia Leo did NOT do another masterpiece with this one. I´m not wanting to come across as rude or anything….I just can´t sum up the love I felt for the first Volume. There wasn´t anything cool about this one. This was just a story that was told. It was nothing I expected it to be. I was left wanting so much more after the first book.
Vol. 2 starts off where Vol. 1 ended. Alex ran away to an Island and started hiding. She gave herself a new identity and was ready to start a new life.
I don´t know. What started out great turned into non-interesting. Alex´s new life with all the new people…it felt like, after Alex and Daimon had their fatal stand-off, there was so much missing. What really threw me off was how Alex transformed from being dark, dangerous & mysterious to being open with her issues and having fun on the Island. And just like that….I started disliking Alex / Alyssa. What happened to the woman who hid her face?
Anyway: Alyssa starts dating her neighbor and gets involved with life. That´s until she gets this errie feeling that somethings not right. And she´s right!
( totally predictable story since Alex wasn´t so sure she really killed Daimon)
Things start to happen and Alyssa gets sloppy.
All of the sudden things pick up and get interesting again. It took a while…but the fun was back and my hope returned for this book to knock me off my socks. But who was I kidding ( I should really stop hoping so much) there was nothing that I didn´t see coming.
Not even the end tickled me. I´m not saying this book was God-awful…it was just a predictable. And somewhat far fetched. Being a hitman is a scary thing. And writing a story about it can be way cool. But to involve Monaco and the Grimaldi´s is way to far fetched. I live in Europe and I see alot of the actual Grimaldis on the news, etc. so I have a hard time picturing Alex being the princess of Monaco. Or being the daughter of the princess of Monaco. Either way….I couldn´t visualize that.
Let´s not forget about the 200 pages. I flew through that story in a night.+
Would I recommend this book?
Would I re-read this book?
The Divas are giving Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) by Cassia Leo 3 out of 5 champagne glasses
**warning: this book contains situations which might be triggers for some people. Please see the bottom of this description to see if this is the kind of book that you’ll love or piss you off**
For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.
When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.
Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.
As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.
Unless she ruins him first.
***WARNING*** This book deals with drug cartels and as such it contains a lot of sex and violence and some violent sex. It can get pretty ugly, pretty dark and pretty crazy. There is drug use, abuse, a bit of torture and dubious consent. The hero is not a hero and the villains…well, they’re even worse. If this sort of thing bothers you, PLEASE DO NOT READ IT. This ain’t no cupcake farting unicorn kind of book. If you are even a bit squeamish about violence, brutality and rape, this is your warning to stay away from a book that you certainly will not like (and why read books that you know you won’t like?)***
***While this is a spin-off of The Artists Trilogy, prior knowledge of the books is not needed. DIRTY ANGELS is the first in a trilogy, however each book can standalone and follows or introduces different characters***
Just the book I was waiting for! Dirty Angels by Karina Halle is 100% exciting. I had such a fabulous time reading about the mexican cartel and their torturous ways, and I even loved the really fantastic twisted lovestory.
Yes, there were alot of things that would definitely disturb many readers ( such as the brutal torture, all the blood, language, etc…) but let´s be honest here for a moment: You cannot take a mexican drug lord serious if he wears a a mint colored suit and acts like Mother Theresa. I´m not friends with any drug lords from the mexican cartel ( not that I know of ) but I´m sure they´re supposed to be THE most feared people alive ( them and the Russian Mafia ). The author did a splendid job in making me never want to visit Mexico ever again. Lol
There was a lot of detail in this book (which I appreciated). No matter if it was the scenery, the characters, the torture….the vivid images were there. Some were fabulous and some were utterly gruesome. I just loved it.
Javier ( hero ) was one cool SOB. I swear…even if he wasn´t displayed as the most beautiful male alive, he was sexy as hell. The way he treated Luisa was twisted but oh soooo good. * sigh *
Luisa ( heroine ) was a tough cookie. Unbelievable things happened to her, yet she was still determined to fight. Her life starts off shitty then turns into hell. Could Luisa´s life get any worse? Of course. And that´s what happened.
I don´t want to give anything away from the story because it´s really worth the read.
If you´re into captivating, brutal, twisted, bloody, abusive, dark lovestories, then you´ll love this one.
The Divas are giving Dirty Angels, by Karina Halle, 5 out of 5 champagne glasses.
Dace is one of four brothers of the Colletto crime family. His father has been running the family without issue for decades, but now someone is out to prove that the old man’s time to retire has come. Dace’s older brother, Michael, is far from interested in taking over. However, Ettore, the second oldest is primed and ready to seize command. Dace is forced to choose between his vivacious brother, Michael, and the malicious Ettore. No matter his choice, his prime interest is protecting his little brother Antony from getting into more trouble than he already has, all the while trying to keep himself from the beautifully tempting, female detective, Austin Reed.
Release date: June 26,2014
This author never fails to amaze me.
I read The Law Of Kings and I was once again sucked into a world with characters I wish were real.
I just love criminals. Especially the ones created by this author. Dace, and his three other brothers, belong to a well respected ( and well feared ) mafia family. With their family name they have the power to get anything or do anything they want * sigh, swoon*
If I were one of the Colletto´s I´d walk in Mc Donalds and order a cheeseburger. I just know I´d get one looking exactly like the cheeseburgers they show in the TV commercials. Just like that. * double sigh* Anyways……..
This family had it in them to move heaven and hell until one day the family was torn apart by awful events. After the family reunion ( years later ) all four brothers intensified in character.
Michael, Ettore, Dace and Antony couldn´t have been any more different from one another even if they tried. And as for their jobs…..well let´s say they were just as different but still connected. They all work for and against each other. How exciting..:-) I LOVED IT!
I actually got a kick out of all the characters from this book. From the mafia gang to the cops….all loveable. It´s a good versus evil kind of story. Only question is: Who is good and who is evil? Who is trying to fuck who over? This author keeps you guessing which dickhead wants who dead all the time!
Not to forget the sexy love intrest in this story. What went down between Austin ( heroine ) and Dace was something totally emotional in every way possible. I was shocked, I laughed alot, and I was hurting for these two. My God…the stuff they went through was unbelievable.
It was a dark, full of action, mafia ROMANCE ( honestly….the romance in this one nearly killed me. That´s how GOOD it was * wink wink*) with a touch of pure awesomeness. Deadly, sexy to the core!
My opinion on the author:
I´ve read every book written by this author and I can easily say she´s created a small masterpiece with this one. I hardly read a book that has everything I crave for in it. I LOVE angst, I LOVE not knowing what will happen next, I LOVE strong characters with realistic backgrounds, I LOVE to torture myself with the idea that the events I read about can happen in real life, and I LOVE when a story has a dialogue I can keep up with. Jennifer Loren creates characters who aren´t broken…they become broken ( more or less ) at some point in her stories. They´re all pretty normal until shit hits the fan. That shows me, as a reader, that this author has it in her to gradually create a disaster instead of throwing it in at the very beginning. But what I personally enjoy the most is her talent for balance. The characters in her books have their fair share of good and bad moments. Life can´t be 100% crappy, right? Jennifer Loren is a wickedly cool rockstar author with a badass talent for writing unforgettable stories.
If you´re a fan of this author´s The Devil´s Eyes series…then The Law Of Kings will blow your mind.
Would I recommend this book?
Would I re-read this book?
Oooooh yes I would.
The Divas are giving The Law Of The Kings by Jennifer Loren 5 out of 5 champagne glasses.
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Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.
Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide.
Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future.
Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?
Nicole Reed is a rockstar in the book world! I usually don´t cry when reading a book because there´s always a little voice inside my head that reminds me that what I´m reading isn´t true. That small voice kind of disappeared while reading Ruining Me. I cried so much. Even my sleeves from my shirt had wet spots with black smears from my mascara. Sheesh. I can safely say I loved this book but I never want to read it again. Lol. Seriously, I don´t do books that beat me up so badly. It was gut wrenching, and soul wrecking. Why did I put myself through such a book? Well, it was recommended to me. I was asked if I wanted a darker kind of read, or something funny. I wanted the darker one, BUT NO ONE TOLD ME I`D CRY!!
Ruining Me ruined me. How am I supposed to read another book now? Everything was fine until I started to read. Someone shoot me now and put me out of my misery!
I felt it all. I felt the pain Jay went through ( even if I never walked down the same road ) and I was silently hoping for her to break free from her locked up state and return to what she was before she went through hell. I was broken-hearted that she struggled ( boy, did that girl struggle! ) to make it all go away. In short: That girl was pretty screwed.
And then…to top it all off… her broken, dark world became a little colorful when 3 guys entered the picture. What these guys did for Jay was unbelievable. I loved how each of them wanted to help her and all would have done anything if they could´ve. Each of them couldn´t have been more different from one another, yet they somehow all mached perfectly to Jay.
This book wasn´t completely to cry for. There were a few moments when I ( not so lady-like ) snorted while laughing. The Dialogue was great and some lines really cracked me up. But the rest….OMG….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! * sob * No no no no. So awfully devastating * more sobbing *
The end ruined me even more and I thank my lucky stars that there´s another book to this story. How couldn´t there be?
This is the kind of story that gets your hopes up and then crushes you again and again and again. Once you believe you, and the characters, are going to be OK, another event knocks everyone over even harder than the last one did.
Even though I will probably never read this book again I still highly recommend it to anyone who craves a fabulous emotional read. If you appreciate crying and hugging a box of kleenex then this book is definitely for you! If you´re a person who doesn´t like deep, heavy, dark emotional stories…..and if you still chose to read this book….don´t say no one has warned you. You will ball your eyes out. I will forever keep this book in my heart and mind and hope this author never gives up writing.
The Divas are giving Ruining Me by Nicole Reed 5 out of 5 champagne glasses
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Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.
Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…
Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.
Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.
River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.
Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.
Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…
Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.
WARNING: Contains sexual situations, violence, taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*
Once upon a time…there was a fence.
It´s hard to tell what I loved most about this book because there were alot of things I really enjoyed. Unfortunately…..there were also the things I could have done without.
The idea of colliding 2 different worlds with one another is fantastic. I loved to read about the bad-ass, brutal MC´s and the passionate nutcases from a cult. That was exciting to no end!
I also enjoyed the lovestory between Styx and Mae. It wasn´t unique but it fit the story well.
The whole „ I´m gonna beat the shit out of you and kill your sorry ass“ theme was realistic. In my opinion…..I thought the author did her homework more than well ( as she very well explained that in the author´s note) Same goes for the cult side. Very extreme and scary. The author shows a reader what these extreme believers are capable of.
The fact that the author used Greek Mythology was also grand! The hero´s name, the MC´s name, and the lovestory was all connected with Hades and Persephone. Styx / River was named after one of the rivers from Hades….and the biker club was called Hades Hangmen. So, another, complete different world added to the story. The bikers even lived out a ritual from the old Greek days ( putting 2 coins on a dead bodies eyes to pay the ferry on their way to Hades..)
Now to the characters:
Styx/ River was as tough as they come. He was the President of the Hades Hangmen. A sexy as sin young guy who was feared by his enemies and adored by the „ bitches“. I enjoyed his character alot but I couldn´t picture him as he was described. He was possessive and he had a kind side to him….but the sexiness was more in the background for me than all the events. ANYWAYS….what made his character more interesting for me was his disability. No fucked-up- ness. He was as normal as a biker can be….:-)
Salome….or Mae was the complete opposite of Styx and his world of bikers. She was innocent, kind, and quite dull * laughing* I´d like to refer to her as a beautiful abused chruch mouse. The place where she came from was creepy as shit and I was sooooo rooting for her to find out about the real world.
The only…..yes, ONLY thing I disliked about this book was the word „ bitch“. I´m usually a huge fan of using that word ( and many other cuss words, for that matter) myself, but seriously: Bitch was used as a term of endearment. I get the biker language and all…it was just alot of BITCH for one book. „ Bitch gone“, „ Bitch died“, „ Where´s my bitch?“….
NOTE: That was not the original Dialogue
The love Triangle, the fear, all the blood, the murder, the sex….it was all exciting and I just cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment of the series!
My favorite character from the book would absolutely be the fucked up Flame. Dangerous as hell and I´m totally eager to find out what he has to offer!
Have I mentioned the cover? Loved it! And the Title? Now….I´ve been singing It Ain´t Me, Babe from Johnny Cash for hours ( I know the song isn´t from Johnny Cash, but I loved his version much better) and I will forever connect that book with the song…or the other way around!
The Divas are giving It Ain´t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole 4 out of 5 champagne glasses
* I purchased this book for my own enjoyment *
Let me say that when I read the description of Brutally Broken, by Christine Zolendz, I was 100% positive that this book would be soooo much different than any other book I have read. I thought it sounded REALLY exciting and couldn´t wait to start this book.
A deadly game of hide and seek.
With blood still on her hands, Samantha Matthews is on the run, running from dark secrets and a man she prays to God will never find her. Running and hiding, just to stay alive. She had no choice but to run, to leave, to hide and forget about her life before. When Samantha believes she’s gained enough distance from her past and her demons, she stops running, hoping to find her future in the heavily wooded area of the Adirondack Mountains, a place she never expected to encounter a man with secrets as dark and as sordid as hers.
Kade Grayson is hiding, not from the demons after him, but from himself and from the entire outside world, wishing every day he could have just died. Arrogant and domineering, he’s tormented and terrorized by his past, seeing nothing good for his future. With the ghosts of his past still haunting him, he has exiled himself to a life of solitude, only living for his words and through his stories.
An undeniable attraction, turns into hate and then ultimately obsession, an obsession that grows into a powerful story of love and redemption.
Will the bond they have begun to build between them grow stronger than the tragedies that have scarred both of their lives? Or will they allow their demons to consume them?
Well, I started and finished this book. And everything I expected….didn´t happen. It was supposed to be dark…and it wasn´t. Yeah, the characters were all pretty strong minded. But in my humble opinion….I thought everything was a bit emotionless. Oh, Samantha was one tough cookie alright! But when I reached a little past 50% I was fed up with her character. She was annoying and frustrating. I understood she why she left ( although I´d still love to find out what really happened to her ) but I just didn´t like not knowing WHAT exactly happened that made her hide instead of going to the cops. I wanted details, but only got bits of the events. It wouldn´t have been hard to nudge in that little piece of info for a reader. That made the story a little incomplete for me.
While Sam and her friend Jen ran away from the evilness they ended up in the boondocks and got a job at a bar. It was very unbelievable for 2 brutally beaten ladies, with blood smeared faces, to end up with a job at that bar, BUT..they did it! And from there on….the two ladies lived new lives, with new names, etc.
Before you knew what happened, Jen fell for the bar owner and Sam fell shorty after for Dylan´s ( Bar owner ) brother Kade. Kade was loner who was pretty screwed up and wished to be left alone from the world to live with his demons alone. Until Sam.
The constant back and forth battle was exhausting to read about. I was left hanging in the air with questions about the story and characters. Weird thing is: I thought this book could have been fantastic if it had more emotions and more detail on everything. If the characters don´t feel anything….how is a reader supposed too?
There were 2 things I really enjoyed about this book.
1) the humor ( even if this book was supposed to be dark )
2) the writing style
But other than that….I didn´t have the impression that Sam was on the run and hiding, I didn´t think this book was sexy, and I didn´t think feel the love these main characters were supposed to share with each other.
I also didn´t appreciate the ending. I mean…this book was somewhat predictable, and there was a HAE ( in some twisted way ) but I didn´t like how this book ended. And not to forget the non existing clifhanger. Surely, a book with so many questions still unanswered….the author could have at least added a small cliffhanger. Many might think that this book is a stand-alone.
Would I recommend this book?
– I´m not sure. Besides the fact that the writing was great and the humor was really good….I´d say no.
Would I re-read this book?
– Nope. Not my style.
The Divas are giving Brutally Beautiful, written by Christine Zolendz, 2 out of 5 chamagne glasses.
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