Torture To Her Soul ( Monster In His Eyes #2) – J. M. Darhower

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Book Description

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Divas Thoughts

So God help us, we loved this book! Aaah. There´s hardly a day that goes by without thinking about Naz and Karissa. What a wonderful, 100% exciting story! And what´s best of all….it´s written from Naz´s POV * dramatic faint *

For those of you who read book #1, Monster In His Eyes, will find this story fulfilling in the best way ever.

This book starts off where book #1 ended- with Karissa hating Naz, and turned out to be an adventure of the two main characters trying desperately to win each others trust back, without trying to hurt each other along the way.

* sigh * we all know that´s not possible. Lol. Not with Naz, and certainly not with Karissa.

Much to our delight…Naz and Karissa gave us what we love in a good book. Angst ( lots of it), love & sex * drop-dead-fantastic *, and of course their struggle to keep each other and chose between right and wrong. And let us tell you- some scenes sent chills down our spines ( in a good and bad way)!!

An absolute MUST READ about love that shouldn´t have existed from the start.

( and we soooooo glad that love happened!)

Would we recommend this book?

  • Absolutely

Would we re-read this book?

  • most definitely. This book is worth going back to reread some scenes.

The Divas are giving Torture To Her Soul 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Unmasked: Volume 3 ( Unmasked #3) – Cassia Leo

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Book Description

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?

Divas Thoughts

*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?

Nope.

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)

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for the book

Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) – Cassia Leo

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Book Description

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.

He’s here.

Divas Thoughts

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?

Hmm….maybe.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) by Cassia Leo 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Promised ( One Night #1) – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Book Description

Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..

Divas Thoughts

Bless Jodi Ellen Malpas for her fabulous stories! This book was one of a few all three of us has read ( that really says alot!). And we all agree that there´s practically nothing to bitch about. We absolutely loved One Night Promised. How could we not? We were stunned shitless.

We loved how we couldn´t predict where this story was heading. Everytime we thought we got it…BAM the story went in a different direction, shocking us more after each scene. OOOH yeah. We were sitting on the edge while reading about Livy and Miller´s relationship.

Livy´s character was grand. Whatever she did, or how she reacted was totally relatable. Everything she did….we couldn´t have done it better or worse.

M…or Miller was this mysterious guy at the beginning and turned into this sexy ass, drool worthy piece of flesh who even had manners! So…we got a guy who has the looks, money, AND who can use the right words at the right time * fanning faces* He had it…he nailed it ( or he rather nailed Livy..Lol….okay okay that was lame..but it had to be. Don´t judge. We´re putting our thoughts together on this one. ).

M is a gentleman? Oooooh yeah. M is passionate? Fuck us silly….he is. Miller has a way to him that make women want to drop to their knees and beg.

Not only the main characters were superb….the sub characters did their magic as well. Livy´s friend, her co-worker, her Granny….all made this story seem so warm and normal. But what wasn´t your everyday special was Livy´s past. Utterly devastating. And the worst of all….she actually put…Nope. We´re not going to spoil anything for you as we believe this is a book that needs to be read without us giving everything away.

The end chrushed our rotten hearts. Seriously….we were like:

„ Oh fuck no. Girl…you just did NOT do that.“

„ What the fuck is wrong with you?“

„ Jesus Christ…knock some fucking sense into these characters!!“

„ Who has time to hunt the author down?“

…and last but not least, our final word regarding the story was:

„ What?“ with pained expressions on our faces. Then….we fainted.

This book left alot of questions unanswered, which means we´ll hopefully get some answered in book 2.

What, in God´s name, made M do what he does?

What drove Livy to do what she did?

How does on woman come up with these things at all?

We´re in no mood to wait until November for book #2. That just sucks, big time!

Would we recommend this book?

We most certainly would.

Would we re-read this book?

Yes!!

The Divas are giving One Night Promised ( book #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Leo ( A Sign Of Love ) – Mia Sheridan

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Book Descripton

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

Divas Thoughts

Maybe I´m analyzing this book too much. But maybe not. But let me tell you that this story didn´t do it for me. After reading so many promising reviews I thought I´d hit the jackpot with Leo. Uuhm….the story wasn´t awful. It was predictable and at times cute. But where were those emotions I crave while reading a book? Puff! Vanished into thin air before I was able to feel them…that´s where they were.

I mean…it was kinda cute and sad to read about 2 orphans and their promise to stay with each other ( or better find each other again and live happily ever after). The story was, up until the main characters were torn apart, believable. After that…I just wasn´t convinced anymore. Call me a partypooper….but I just can´t seem to get my head around 22-23 year olds who´ve gone through more crap than I have with nearly 10 more years of experience on my back. It´s not realistic for me. As a romance reader I tend to watch out for ANYTHING that will tear at my heartstrings. Not here. Not with Leo. And the sex? Well, there was enough sex for 2 books in this one. I didn´t find it it any way sexy, sensual or even close to great. Besides…..oh, forget it. It´s not worth mentioning.

Let´s not forget the speed of Jake and Evie´s relationship. Evie found out Leo died in a car accident through Jake…then she cried a bit and it didn´t take her long to hop on the Jake train. I mean….COME ON! She waited for, what….8 years(??!!) for Leo and then Jake strolls along and then BAM! MY first thought was: „ Damn girl, are you on some time-limit? It´s okay to start having kids when you´re 30.“. And then the end…..I actually saw it coming.

BUT….despite my dislikes…I´m still giving this book a fairly good rating. Like I mentioned before….it wasn´t awful…I just expected a whole lot more of the important matters ( such as emotions, relatable characters, etc) and a whole lot less drama themes ( and there were plenty of them )

There was indeed one major plus point regarding this story. It was a stand-alone. I´m getting more and more fond of those lately.

Would I recommend this book?

Not sure. For hardcore romance fanatics, no. For anyone who likes an OK read for inbetween, sure.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Leo ( A Sign Of Love ) by Mia Sheridan 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Dair ( The Wild Side #3) – R. K. Lilley

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Book Description

I’d started writing everything about her down. I didn’t want to forget.
The color of her hair. The depth of her eyes. The stubborn shape of her jaw. The way her lips shaped words with such expression. The way her voice made my chest ache. The way she gave advice beyond her years. 
The way she listened like she cared about every word. 
The way she made me feel—Alive. 
Every curve and hollow of her body was recorded, in my mind, and now my hard drive. 
There was a bit of truth in every lie, and even if it had only been fed to me in the smallest increments, I wanted, needed to remember the real Iris. 
Because in the end, there was one irrefutable thing that I couldn’t deny.
Hostage or hustler, sinner or saint, whatever she was or wasn’t, whether she lied to my face or taunted me with hints of the truth, all of this seemed always to defer to the more pertinent fact at hand. 
She was mine. 
Inconceivably. 
Undeniably. 
Mine.

After yet another shocking discovery, followed by a disturbing letter, Dair is almost certain Iris has left his life for good. He tries his best to move on. 
Easier said than done, and when an unexpected and dangerous opportunity arises for him to find out what happened to her, he doesn’t hesitate to take it. 
As usual, with Iris, the answer leaves him more lost than the question. 
Every revelation is shrouded in mystery, and every disclosure leaves Dair more in the dark than ever. 
And when finally, the messy truth is revealed in its entirety, will he be ready for it?

This is the final installment in Iris and Dair’s story
This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

Divas Thoughts

Here´s the thing. Reading book 1 and 2 was exciting. I loved how things were wild and that I was constantly kept in the dark. In this one….I was kind of fed up. The cat and mouse chase frustrated me endlessly. There was so much fabulous build-up in the first 2 books that I assumed something grand would happen in the third one. Something that would shock me speechless, knock me out of my socks, or even something that would make me wake my husband in the middle of the night just to have someone to talk too right away.

That didn´t happen. The whole story was about finding out what Iris was up to. All the missing pieces had to be found and when that finally happened in the last half of this book….the story wasn´t as interesting anymore. Dair ( that poor SOB ) was so hopelessly in love with the much younger Iris that he put up with everything that happened to him. One minute Iris was there, loving Dair the way he needed to be loved and appreciated, and the next minute she´s gone again with less or even no explaination at all. And when everything comes to light he still loves her. A-ha. Well, that might be interesting for other readers…..it wasn´t for me.

At the end I nearly gave up reading the book. I felt that Dair needed to set his standards a little higher. Chasing after a young blonde who constantly disappeared made him stand in the desperate corner.

There were indeed some good sides to the story. The sex, the dialogue, and the writing….they were good.

Not saying I hated this book. But I didn´t go nuts over it either.

Would I recommend this book?

Hmm….yeah. But only read about how their story ended. If this were a stand alone then I would NOT recommend this book.

Would I re-read this book?

Since this is a series, I´d say no. This wasn´t my cup of tea.

The Divas are giving Dair ( The Wild Side #3) by R. K. Lilley 3 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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Hardline ( #3 Hacker Series ) – Meredith Wild

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Book Description

Software mogul Blake Landon has met his match in headstrong Erica Hathaway. While his controlling nature and her independent spirit continue to battle, Blake has no intention of letting her out of his life again.

Erica has given Blake her trust and her love, determined that they will conquer any challenges together. But when he demands more and tests the boundaries of her commitment, she is forced to face the dark desires he’s kept hidden.

As their bonds grow tighter, their enemies close in. With Erica’s start-up in danger, Blake’s frustration grows as he tries to protect her from those who would ruin her only to get to him. Can their relationship survive when Blake’s enemies cross the line and threaten more than her livelihood?

Divas Thoughts

We just love it when a story gradually gets better after every book. This third installment topped the first two books easily. The story was well paced. The characters were stubborn and heartbreaking. Blake and Erica´s story was so good that one of us even chewed on the tips of my hair! ( which is nasty….but she couldn´t help herself. Better than chewing on the kindle, right?)

Meredith Wild has a way to make her characters and readers go through hell. As most of you know, we´re not the type of women to get all anxious or jumpy over a character or a situation the characters had to deal with. With Blake and Erica….we were constantly sitting on the edge, wishing for the characters to finally get their chickens in a row. We were more than ready for those 2 figures to find their ULTIMATE HEA.

Not only did the main characters leave a fab impression on us. Nope. Every other fictional figures had an important role to play in this book and we were more than happy to see how the lives of others were connected to Blake and Erica. Absolute fabulous storytelling!

All we can say about this story is that we were 100% satisfied. Everything was perfect. It was just a totally enjoyable, sexy, steamy, swoon worthy read with a touch of excellence.

Another wonderful thing about this story is…..it´s not over yet! * squee *

Hard Limit ( #4 Hacker Series ) is due for Fall / Winter 2014.

Would we recommend this book?

Hell yeah!!

Would we re-read this book?

Anytime!

The Divas are giving Hardline ( #3 ) by Meredith Wild 5 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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Her Twisted Pleasures – Amelia James

Her Twisted Pleasures

Book Description

 

His hand came off my neck, and he wrapped his arms around me, crushing me against him. I grabbed his hair and forced his mouth to mine, feeding the darkness possessing us…. Submission, yes! Not giving up control but having it taken from me. This… this was why I needed Alex. Will was too nice; he would never abuse me like this. But Alex…mmm…Alex had no such qualms. “What have you done to me?”

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless. She craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe. She needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man? 

Will has everything under control. Watching his girlfriend flirt with his best friend fuels his lust for her. He loves Talia; he trusts Alex. It’s all good as long as he makes the rules. 

Alex doesn’t give a damn about rules. He knows how to play with fire without getting burned. It’s just sex with Talia. No emotions means no attachments. That’s one rule he won’t break.

Sometimes dirty little secrets are more dirty than secret…

 

 

 

Divas Thoughts

 

Okay….let´s keep this review short.

I didn´t like this book.

Don´t get me wrong. There was more than enough potential here to make this book a spectacular read. There just wasn´t enough emotions that are necessary to make a love triangle great or even good. No angst, no remorse, no guilt, no passion, no nothing. Which was sad because I had my hopes set up high after reading so many 5* reviews for Her Twisted Pleasures. I was supposed to read about sex and about a screwed up love interest. It was screwed up alright. Some readers might get a kick out of all the sex ( and this book has plenty of it ), but in the long run….a plot is what makes a book worth the read. If that´s missing ( like in this case ) then the story will make you forrow your brows more than often. And that´s what I did. I kept trying to understand the beginning, the middle part, and the end. The beginning was okay. It didn´t blow my mind but it kept me reading. The middle part is where an actual plot pops up but that vanishes in the end. Nothing fits together. It all made no sense to me. I didn´t see the BDSM, nor did I feel the romance that was supposed to be in this book. I have a wild imagination, but no matter how far I stretched it…I didn´t see any submission or dominace.

 

The ending was….well, if I hadn´t known that I only had 10% left then I would have DNFed this book. So…I read it to the bitter end, feeling 100% unsatisfied.

 

Would I recommend this book?

For readers who enjoy sex, sex, and more sex with no emotions attached: yes.

 

Would I re- read this book?

No.

The Divas are giving Her Twisted Pleasures 2 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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Taint – S. L. Jennings

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Book Description

 

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:
Who am I?
And, what the hell are you doing here? 

Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we? 

You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.

Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls. 
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. 
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. 
F*ck. F***ck.

Ok, good. Now where were we?

If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.

For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.

And who am I?

Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.

I am Justice Drake. 
And I turn housewives into whores. 

Now…who’s first?

Divas Thoughts

I found this book while looking for a complete different book. The cover and title didn´t interest me much but I still forced myself to at least read the description. I´m glad I did. I thought this book rocked. I had such a fab time reading Taint by S. L. Jennings.

One thing I totally loved was that the story was told from Justice´s POV. I always love when an author writes from a male´s perspective.

Justice….WOW. What a guy. His whole character was a piece of AWESOMEness. From his looks to his vocabulary to his thinking….it was all just fabulous! And not to mention he had the best job on this planet! I mean, how often do you meet a guy who´s practically a sex teacher for rich couples? No, scratch that; who´s a sex teacher for women who bore their rich husbands!

Ally ( the heroine ),…well, I enjoyed her character. She wasn´t one of my all time favorite book characters, but still good enough for me to like. Ally was sent to one of Justices classes by her own cheating husband to be a better wife ( in the sex department ) Uuu – huh. Well, that doesn´t speak volumes for her husbands character if she gets sent away to learn how to fuck * cough cough* sorry. Still, she was witty and fun and definitely learned how to please at least someone.

The sex in this book didn´t blow my mind but it was good enough to keep me reading. Also, I expected alot more sex. That, obviously wasn´t the case. There were some hot as hell scenes and then there were those moments when I couldn´t feel the passion / hotness that was supposed to be there. And that´s totally fine. I prefer not to stay horny while reading a 242 page book ( if there´s a reason to be horny)

And that´s where I explain my 4 instead of 5 out of 5 rating:

I thought the story was too short. I would have loved to read more.

Now to the emotional department: In my opinion…I thought there wasn´t much depth to the characters. Yeah, each character had their own package of hell to carry on their shoulders…I get that. I just didn´t feel any of it. Which isn´t always a bad thing. The story was still great. Taint was pure entertainment for me.

All in all I thought it was a great, catchy, well written read and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance.

Would I re-read this book?

Sure.

The Divas are giving Taint by S. L. Jennings 4 out of 5 champagne glasses

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This book can be purchased on Amazon.com