Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Secret Heiress by Luke Devenish book review



A fabled house. A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins...

Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naive country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm and when Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it’s not for her servant’s skills that she’s wanted.

It’s her inquisitiveness...

But before Ida starts her first day, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her.

Someone does. Handsome blond Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory’s fiancĂ©. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid – and a friend.

But Miss Gregory’s will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory... A strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory.

Could Samuel Hackett be responsible for his fiancĂ©e’s death? A pact made with Barker, Hackett’s dark and dangerous valet, is effective in silencing tongues. The two young men return the second Matilda to her inheritance – and set off a series of bizarre events.

Secretly in love with Samuel, yet determined to aid the fragile heiress, Ida uncovers eerie messages from beyond the grave hinting at Summersby’s disturbing past – and its foreboding future.

And Ida learns the terrible truth about the secret heiress … and an even more shocking legacy.


Review 
4 stars.


The Secret Heiress is An Australian Gothic novel by Luke Devenish a relatively new genre for me. 

I found it to be a refreshing read, something new and exciting and with all the underlying factors one would expect within a gothic novel I found it delivered. 

I was not disappointed.


Doom, inheritance, darkness, mystery, past, and old buildings. The tone of the story is well presented throughout the book, giving the reader that Gothic feel . 

The Secret Heiress contains a lot of mystery within the pages one that will have you page turning to find out which way it goes. Mysterious servants, grand and beautifully detailed house , two beautiful women,  dark and eerie forthcomings and lots of unfolding within the pages. Layers of story line added in  , gives it depth and added intrigue. 

The Secret Heiress first follows a young woman Ida in the year 1886, who begins work as a housemaid at Summersby House, which is set in Victoria - Australia. 

17 years later Biddy makes a move from Melbourne to wait upon a secret heiress In Summersby house - Both narratives are set 17 years apart both .

Devenish pens his story well, the plot is well delivered, giving us dark, eerie with that gothic - macabre or other darker elements entwined.

The Secret Heiress has a prevailing atmosphere of mystery and intrigue. I found this evident between the upstairs and downstairs staff .

Throughout the entire novel I had a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension. so to speak. 

This alone had me hooked to find out more. Luke created the atmosphere well between the pages, by also giving us well defined characters, a love triangle - treachery , lies and often slight confusion to the mystery of the twins status . But upon reading further this all pans out. 

Not knowing what will be thrown in or coming next - completely UNPREDICTABLE. 

A perfect read for all those dabbling in this genre,a challenging but highly gratifying read. 


You can find The Secret Heiress here on this Link - Simon & Schuster australia


Thank you to Simon & Schuster for supplying me this book for my honest review. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Argument by Pepper Winters Cover Reveal

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✫ ✬ ✭ COVER RELEASE FOR THE ARGUMENT✫ ✬ ✭
A snarky, sexy standalone coming soon :)
Pre-order Links will be advised very soon.
Release date is tentatively booked for July 2016
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✔ Blurb:
They say the key to a good relationship is one with no drama.
They say you’re not trying hard enough or married the wrong person if you fight.
Sorry, but I call bulls***.
I’ve had plenty of relationships: some sweet, some happy, most an utter failure.
Until I met Harriet.
Our first conversation was an argument.
Our second conversation was an argument.
Our entire connection was based on…yep, an argument.
We tore up the rules of chance encounters and polite first meeting etiquette. And after the week I’d had, I was ready for a punch-up.
Hell, I craved one.
And Harriet was there to antagonise me.
The first time we met, we spent every hour from dusk to dawn, arguing.
And when the sun rose, neither of us wanted to stop.
Because there was something so refreshing about being honest. Saying exactly what you thought. Picking faults just because you itched to fight.
It was only supposed to be one night. A night where the town was our battlefield, the clubs a microphone to our bickering, and the stars a listener to our squabbles.
Only…I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
You see, arguing turned out to be the best damn thing I’d ever experienced.
So, instead of agreeing to the terms we’d set, I revoked them. I went home with her. I refused to leave. And our argument turned into something so much more than a random quarrel.
It turned into war and our love wasn’t sweet…it was hostile.
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For a limited time only, Pepper also has two standalones available in Kindle Unlimited. If you subscribe, check out Destroyed and Unseen Messages for free.
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DESTROYED is a sexy standalone that deals with a mother’s love for her child, a man’s love for a woman, and the love that destroyed them all. It has no cliffhanger and is available to read NOW FOR FREE in the Kindle Unlimited Program. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TaqpGl Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1ZWYKKe Amazon.com.ca: http://amzn.to/1KdCwla unseen pg USA TODAY BESTSELLER #1 Romantic Bestseller “Secrets brought us together but they ultimately destroyed us.” She has a secret. I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d have do to get free. He has a secret. I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want. I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go. Secrets destroy them. **Pepper Winters is known for her Dark Erotica. This book is more a Grey Romance. It isn’t fluffy, and still deals with darker subjects, but it isn’t brutal.** Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TaqpGl Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1ZWYKKe Amazon.com.ca: http://amzn.to/1KdCwla unseen pg Unseen Messages Facebook Cover Art This book is also a standalone full of heartbreaking, heart-soothing romantic love. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1YyQAYH Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1XAJN0q Amazon.com.ca: http://amzn.to/1SRh43v unseen pg
“Instincts are what keep us safe from fate. Ignoring them can change your life forever.”
USA Today Bestseller Standalone Romance
Fame and fortune arrived overnight and after months on the road with her singing tour, all Estelle craves is peace. Tired and ready for paradise, she travels to Fiji to recuperate.Stubborn and surly, Galloway is avoided by most–which is exactly the way he likes it. However, he’s done spending his life in regret and hopes to find redemption in the tropical wilderness. Together, they board the flight that changes their fate forever. Crash landing on a deserted island, they not only have to figure out how to survive with no skills and daily dangers–learning how to fish, find water, and build shelter–but also inherit two children who look to them to keep them alive. However, staying alive might be the least of Galloway and Estelle’s problems. As days creep to months and rescue doesn’t find them, their desire for each other ignites. They started as strangers. They grew to be friends. They fought the desire to be lovers. Lust can be the most beautiful thing. Love the most rewarding. But not on an island where life hangs by a thread and giving into temptation can kill you. Can they survive being forgotten or will love be their ultimate undoing? From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1YyQAYH Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1XAJN0q Amazon.com.ca: http://amzn.to/1SRh43v PW Don't forget to follow Pepper on social media for updates on her upcoming releases, sales & teasers.   www.pepperwinters.com Books to look forward to:
May 2016 ebook (4)
and THE ARGUMENT
July 2016
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Have a great week <3

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cover Reveal Warped by Emma James



BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
 
Warped by Emma James
(Hell’s Bastard # 2)
Publication Date : June 2016
Genre : Dark Suspense Romance, Adult
 
 


BOOK BLURB:

 
WHISPER
I was never meant to be free.
Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?

EDGE

We were never meant to meet.
Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet n' wild girl?

No Mercy happens.
 
 




 
AUTHOR BIO:
 
Writing has been a part of Emma James' life for many years until she decided to take a leap into the self publishing world and see where that journey takes her.
Writing words on paper is as important as the air she breathes. There's nothing more satisfying to her than writing all day to bring to life amazing characters who will stay in your heart.

Life is about finding that one thing that you know you can do well and living it.

It's never too late to find it.
 
 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Un Series - Complete Box set - Shantel Tessier

Title: The UN Series: Complete Box Set
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2016 Cover Design: Sommer at Perfect Pear Creative
The Undescribable Box Set- Full Series includes: 
Samantha & Slade's complete story- 
Undescribable, Unbearable, Uncontrollable & Unchangeable (novella)
Tate & Missy's story- Unforgettable & Unforeseen (novella)
Parker & Katherine's story- Unpredictable 
Along with an entirely NEW novella that will ONLY be available in this box set with POV's from ALL of your favorite Undescribable men!!!
You won't want to miss this 8 book series in one (5 full length novels and 3 novellas)!!

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RELEASE PARTY ON APRIL 10, 2016
"Undescribable is Shantel's debut novel and I really can't describe its greatness! This is a story about love, second chances and opening yourself for new experiences and life itself. And it also has Slade...Just Slade would have been enough for you to read this book, but Slade with a good story in the mix? You really can't miss it!!!" ~Review for Undescribable by Carol - Beauty in the Beastly Books Blog 
"One word...this book is Unforgettable. This is by far the best book Shantel has written. Don't get me wrong, I love love love Slade and Sam, but this is different. Its dark, raw, gritty, and very emotional." ~Review for Unforgettable by Heather Driscoll (Amazon)
"Gahhhh! I freaking LOVED it. I swooned and died over Parker. I hooted and hollered and opened my heart up to Katherine. This story was everything I thought it would be, yet nothing like I thought it would be, all at the same time." ~Review for Unpredictable by A is for Alpha B is for Books
Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their four year old little princess. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book She has published five books in the Undescribable series and 2 books in the DASH series. She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.  Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughter, along with their two cats and dog.
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