Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 30, 2015 in Sunday Brunch | Comments Off on Sunday Brunch #8 + Giveaway: Cole McCade
by Cole McCade
Today we chat with
who’s latest title, The Lost, just released this past Tuesday.
If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would be your crime?
Forgetting to lock and sometimes even fully close the front door. Anyone could walk in our house, half the time.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Metamorphosis. To be able to change my appearance at whim, in subtle or even drastic ways.
What would your superhero name be?
Shiki. It’s actually my nickname among friends because I look like an anime villain, to them. It’s a Japanese male name that also means “time of death.”
Chunky or Creamy?
Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?
Yes. I’m very good at finding information when I need it, and people tend to trust me with pretty much their life stories and most personal details. Not that I’m proud of the fact that I’d be a good stalker.
You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?
One Direction’s “Drag Me Down.”
Godzilla or King Kong?
You are an alien with your own spaceship, who do you abduct?
That’s a hard one. Um…Tilda Swinton. I’m not 100% convinced she isn’t one of us anyway, if I’m an alien…but she’s stunning and strange and I love her.
We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?
I probably won’t know until 5 minutes before you get there. I’m an improvisational foodie. I make up recipes on the fly. Maybe…hm. Whitefish marinated in champagne and nutmeg, then garnished with mint and almonds, wrapped in palm leaves, and baked.
Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
Lucy Liu and Tom Hiddleston.
There’s something wrong with Leigh.
She’s known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She’s a slave to her own twisted lusts–and it’s eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she’s always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one’s ever given her what she truly needs.
Until Gabriel Hart.
Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn’t the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He’s the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won’t settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.
But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past–one she’ll do anything to escape.
Even if it means running from the one man who could love her…and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.
TRIGGER WARNING: 18+
This book contains material that may be triggering or deeply disturbing to
some readers, including scenes discussing or detailing rape, physical
and emotional abuse, and incest. Please focus on self-care and, if this
book is triggering to you, do not be afraid to put it down and walk
away, or skip certain chapters. Be good to yourselves.
Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant, and his nights writing romance novels. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts:
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You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 29, 2015 in Reading Guide | Comments Off on Reading Guide to Tillie Cole
Have you been dying to start reading books by Tillie Cole and don’t know where to start? Did you just finish a Tillie Cole book and want to find more books by her?
Black Heart Reviews is here to help you!
From contemporary romantic comedy, Russian Bratva, SEC football players, and sexy, bearded bikers, Tillie Cole has a wide range of books to offer you.
– Eternally North –
Contemporary romantic comedy about a foul-mouthed, voluptuous Brit who moves to Canada and falls for a ‘in-between movies’ Hollywood mega-star.
*In the works. No release day set.*
– Sweet Home –
New adult contemporary romance series that tells the romantic tales of University of Alabama football players and the women they fall in love with.
– Hades Hangmen –
Dark and gritty contemporary romance series that tells the intense, tragic, gripping, emotional, and heartbreaking breaking stories about former members of a religious cult and the men of an outlaw MC that they fall in love with.
– Scarred Souls –
Scarred Souls is a dark romance series set within the inner workings of a Russian Bratva family and their underground fighting dungeon.
After years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl… Ye-haw!
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
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Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 28, 2015 in Rerun Reviews, Reviews | Comments Off on RERUN Reviews: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
Published by Priscilla Glenn October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.
BACK TO YOU begins with our heroine, 26 year old Lauren Monroe, applying for a preschool teaching position at Learn and Grown Day Care. After impressing the head of the school, Lauren is immediately offered the position. On her first day of school Lauren welcomes a new student to her class but is stunned and surprised that she’s the daughter of her ex-best friend from high school, Michael Delaney. Seeing Michael after eight long years automatically floods Lauren’s mind with the memories and strong emotions she had kept tucked away or tried to forget. Being that she’s Michael’s daughter’s teacher, Lauren is unable to avoid him forever and must face the man that changed her so many years ago. Michael Delaney was the only boy in Lauren’s life that had totally captured her heart but would ultimately break it and leave her unable to truly give herself away to another man.
She couldn’t help but smile at the irony of the fact that the baddest boy in school could somehow always make her feel like the world was good.
The story of BACK TO YOU is told between the present and flashbacks from Lauren and Michael’s time in high school and moments in Michael’s younger years. Lauren and Michael were an unlikely pair from the time they met and became friends back in high school. Lauren was the sweet, quiet, and follows the rules by the book kind of girl while Michael was the mysterious, volatile, and troubled teen. Although there were several rumors floating around about Michael, Lauren feels drawn to Michael and befriends him. Over the years the two become best friends and carve a special place in each others lives.
Michael was a misguided teen and lacked the love and an attention a young boy should have been receiving from his mother. The guilt his mother had been burdening him with over the years eventually leads him to believe that he will never be good enough for anyone. For Lauren, Michael was everything she’d ever wanted. Even with all of his faults and issues, Michael was all she ever wanted. But no matter how hard she tried to penetrate the wall he’d erected and show him how much she loved him, Lauren was still unable to convince Michael that he was not the bad person he’d been led to believe. It’s Michael’s fears of being a disappointment that eventually leads him to break Lauren’s heart and leave her feeling betrayed.
I always knew I would fall in love with you, but you were never supposed to love me back.
While the story of BACK TO YOU isn’t all that new or unique, it’s Priscilla Glenn’s execution that makes it distinct and beautiful. You discover these two characters when they are young and vulnerable teenagers and then as adults who are still coming to terms with the consequences of their actions. Lauren still struggles with the heartbreak she suffered by Michael. Michael was her first and greatest love and one that she obviously isn’t able to forget. Michael has settled down since his high school days but still carries the same insecurities and emotional bruises from his childhood. Priscilla Glenn lets you fall in love with Lauren and Michael’s love story not only when they’re teenagers but as adults. For Lauren, this story is about her finding the love she had lost and getting a second chance at holding on to that love and never letting go. She rediscovers why she fell in love with him in the first place through her memories from the past and spending time with him and his daughter in the present. As for Michael, it’s about his redemption, forgiveness and regaining the trust he’d lost so many years ago.
Sometimes if something is really important to you, it gets stuck in your body. So even if your mind thinks that it’s gone, it’s still there, kind of hiding inside of you, just waiting for you to remember. It never goes away.
For lovers of contemporary romance, or for those who are looking for a sweet, emotional story full of love, second chances, and redemption, then BACK TO YOU is one book you’ll want to add to your library. Priscilla Glenn has definitely made her mark with this touching story that will leave you laughing, crying, and discovering ever lasting love.
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 27, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: The Goodbye Man by Ashleigh Giannoccaro & Mary E. Palmerin
The Goodbye Man August 7, 2015
Dysfunctional empires were made to fall.
I am Caesar. Broken and conflicted. I am a man who gives false goodness to those who crave it. I provide solace to the ones who beg to be saved, giving them the goodbyes they want. But, my quiet little world is about to be shattered by the whispers from heaven and hell.
I am Mateo. Unlovable and unworthy. I am the boy everyone runs from. I keep love close to me in little jars of perfection, reminding me of a thousand goodbyes I never had to say, because I left them before they could leave me.
I am Svetlana. Dirty and Used. Birthed into brutality while still trying to comprehend my version of normal. I am an injured lamb, eaten by filthy wolves day after day. Just as salvation seems like it's within reach, a goodbye from this awful world is all that I wish for.
**Graphic content warning including detailed depiction of brutal, bloody acts. Physical and emotional abuse is also apparent throughout this book with graphic sex scenes, both consensual and non-sensual. Reader discretion is highly advised. Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen or those who are easily offended by the above mentioned acts.**
Two abused prostitutes, an organ harvester, a necrophiliac and a junkie pimp… Sounds like the start of a bad joke. It’s really the main characters of the most fucked up book I’ve ever read. Ever.
I am not the worst thing that can happen to you, but I will be the last.
Svetlana was born to a pimp and hooker. She’s never known a life outside of being abused and used by her junkie father. He sells her for his own addiction. She wishes to die. She wishes to be loved. Her mind is just as, if not more, broken than her body. She doesn’t see herself as anything other than a vessel for abuse and rape. She believes that is what she was born for.
Others are created for love. Me, I was made for hate.
There is a point where Svetlana’s entire world changes. A point where Ceasar and Mateo come into play. They change some things about her existence for the better, others … not so much. Because Ceasar and Mateo are not sane and good individuals either. They live in the shadow’s of the world’s underbelly. They do unspeakable things to people who they hope won’t be missed. They save poor souls, they give life, but they do it with horrific acts.
I need her to be ready to give up. I want her to want to say goodbye, as it’s so much more satisfying when they have no will to live.
Ceasar and Mateo both come to love Svetlana. And she them. But these people don’t know how to love. They know fucked up feelings that they don’t understand and they confuse for love.
Hell, sweet angel. You are in hell. Welcome, we all fit in so well here.
There is not a single good person in this book. Svetlana comes the closest, but it would take this girl years and years of therapy to truly get there. The Goodbye Man is a tale of the cruelest people, living in the darkest shadows and yet somehow surviving and grasping for the chance at love and acceptance.
The Goodbye Man is written in a way that makes it very easy to get inside of the head of these characters. Which is equally thrilling and disturbing. My only real complaint is that it was, at times, too repetitive. The point was made and then made again and it lead me to skim at a couple of points. Beyond that, this is a fairly well written, completely disturbing, dark ass read that will probably stick with me for a while.
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 26, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Reveal: Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?
My name is Sevin.
Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.
Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.
After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.
Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.
I’d accepted those rules and my fate.
Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.
That was when restraint became a problem…especially since the one wasn’t Elle.
It was her sister, Evangeline.
You know what they say about best laid plans.
My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.
Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. Only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 25, 2015 in Dark Side Discussions | Comments Off on Dark Side Discussions #1: What’s your favorite dark read?
I’ve been reading a slew of dark books lately. Dirty Promises by Karina Halle, The Goodbye Man by Ashleigh Giannoccaro and Mary E. Palmerin, Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole, Begging For It by Lilah Pace, Tank by Carmen Jenner…anyway, it got me thinking.
Not everyone likes dark reads, but some of us LOVE them. Quite a lot. Maybe it’s not always the story that draws us in, sometimes it’s just a character. A character that may be inherently evil or maybe he’s just a really bad guy with a little good shining through.
Regardless, it has me wondering what that ‘thing’ is in these books. Of course, it will vary from book to book. So, let’s start this new feature off by just asking the simple question first.
What is your favorite dark read?
Future Dark Side Discussions will be specific to a book or a character. Because we want to know what you love about them and if it’s the same as what we love about them!
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Aug 24, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: Where We Belong by J. Daniels
Where We Belong by J. Daniels
Published by J. Daniels August 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.
Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.
With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.
Who said anything about keeping things legal?
Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.
Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.
Just like everything else with Mia. Since the beginning, what I feel for her goes deeper than marrow.
Ben! Mia! And a lot more Ben! I love this series entirely too much, it’s always a sexy, fun read with a little drama to keep the momentum going. This novella was a perfect peak into what one of our favorite couples have been up to. Oh and they have been up to some pretty steamy activities, but what makes this story even better is Ben’s love for Mia is so dedicated and pure you just hold your kindle to your chest while reading and let out quite a few “awww’s” and let all things Ben Kelly takeover!
Ben and Mia have known each other since being adolescents and now years later they are married with 2 handsomely charming little boys, who like to interrupt their sexy time at any opportunity… These two just can’t catch a break, but when they do all bets are off! The smut level in this novella is completely off the charts, which brings me to the next order of business…
“Fucking greedy. My greedy wife needs it. Needs my cock filling that hot ass mouth.”
No your eyes are not playing tricks on you, you read that right. Obviously us ladies love our smut, I know I do, but J. Daniels is a smut pedaler and nothing short of it that’s for sure! Mia was just as kinky as Ben and I love when our heroines are sexy little vixens. Boy oh boy did these two get on like bunnies when they got a chance… Ben is so vocal during their “sessions” shall we call it, that it just put me in a trance. There are so many things that can be said about this particular matter, but I may be getting a little riled up thinking about it so I’m going to stop here.
An emotion passes over Reed’s face, something I know I feel a thousand times a day when I think about Mia. He looks relieved, like he’s finally able to take a breath after going so long without it, his eyes going soft before he slowly closes them.
It was so nice also getting more of the complete Bama gang, however, being that Reed is my favorite I was extremely excited for his few appearances made and lovely Beth Davis! Tessa and Luke these two are so special and I had a feeling a certain author left something a bit open ended with them , possibly another novella or full length book? The newcomers CJ and Riley are going to give us a run for our money I’m sure of it, but like a junkie I’m ready for my next fix! Lastly to conclude things this novella should not be read as a standalone I would HIGHLY ADVISE reading the first three books in the series prior to indulging in this one. You wouldn’t eat a hamburger without the fries would you? Exactly you wouldn’t, so read them in order to be able to grasp the whole story and fall in love with the amazing men that make up The Bama Boys!