You’ll be Panting and Maybe Crying after Reading Overdose, A British Bad Boy Romance

 

Overdose image
Overdose by Raven St. Pierre

Overdose: A British Bad Boy Romance by Raven St. Pierre

Published October 2016

I purchased this book from the Kindle Store for $3.99. Get it now. Not kidding!

Warning: This book deals with some SERIOUS issues such as abuse and other forms of violence.

___________

The author warns us that this hero is flawed and dirty.

However, nothing prepared me for the rollercoaster ride of feels and even threats of tears in my eyes as I read this work. Let me tell you why.

Zander Hale is all kinds of messed up. He is a narcissist. Insomniac and a sex addict. Dr. Vanessa Ferris of Ferris and Ferris has to treat him. But what she did not expect was a primal, sexy beast who is also a mental health doctor himself, to take such an interest in her.

It also didn’t help that her soon to be ex- husband works with her and is always so nosy. They have a son together, but Vanessa is truly done with her cheating husband.,

The first time Vanessa tries counseling Zander, she finds him too prideful and way too cocky, but he is an honest man. He makes it known on first meeting that he wants her. To Zander, Vanessa is becoming his very own brand of addiction and if the tension becomes too much, he’ll have to do something about it.

Now, here is where the book earns a whopping five hearts: This is the first time that there isn’t a “comedy relief” or “sista-friend” in this work of fiction for the protagonist to lean on.

To me, sista friends and comic reliefs for certain books, slows down the pace.

There were times reading this book that I wish I could help her with her situation with such a controlling husband. But it was refreshing to not have that interference, she mostly drew her strength from Zander and so I appreciated the alone time they had with each other.

I also really liked the fact that there really weren’t any heroes in this story. Everyone had flaws. The difference is in how they handled themselves.

Without giving too much away, Vanessa shut her husband from her life as soon as he cheated, but it seems he had something important to tell her that she just would not hear. I paid attention to this in the story, knowing good and well he blew his chances with her, but still…something was off about him.

Zander, to me was the true victim all through life. Again, I will not spill his beans, but his times of being cocky were obviously “bravado masks” for when he was hurt. But I  enjoyed him bantering with Vanessa and the way they steam up the darn eBook was FIRE!

I found it interesting that the main characters: Dr. Simon, Ferris, Zander Hale, and Vanessa Ferris are all mental health doctors, but Vanessa gave Zander the time of day to hear why he does what he does, instead of affording her husband the same listening ear.

However, you will quickly figure out the darkness her ex- husband was hiding and will be glad she turns to Zander.

The book goes more into Zander’s background than Vanessa. We get bits and pieces of her past life as far as academics and career is concerned but I do not recall her mentioning her own parents at all.

I highly recommend this book because it is a testament that true love can kick any bad situation’s butt if we hold out hope for one another and the future. The hero in this book not only made me swoon hard, but conveyed that all people deserve a chance at happiness.

Another great page turner from Raven St. Pierre!

Here it is! ‘Low Down and Dirty’, the Review

Low Down and Dirty novel
Low Down & Dirty by Addison Moore

Low Down & Dirty(Volume 1) by Addison Moore

Published by Hollis Thatcher Press, LTD. 2017

Cover Design by: Gaffey Media

Received as an Arc from Author but is currently on sale on Amazon so head there now!

First of all, a huge shout out to Addison and Kathy for this amazing ARC!

When I have an Addison Moore book in my hand, I know I will be laughing, swooning and just binging on the words she knows how to wield so well in these books.

Low Down &Dirty is one such book which literally begins with me bursting at the seams with LOLs. Harlowe Hartly is down on her luck. She feels sick, just lost her job and loses her home- all in the span of less than a day.

She finds herself going to her bestie, Raven.

Raven suggests she live with her brother.

What Harlowe did not count on was falling for the dark haired, blue eyed male version of her best friend. Levi turns out to be super hot and charming.

But Levi has a few secrets of his own.

Annnnnd Raven issued a serious notice to the both of them:

Do not fall in love.

Let me just add a side note here in case you are still wondering if Levi and Harlowe’s story is worth it. Levi is the most honest and intense man ever. In the bedroom, on business, friendships, whatever- he has secrets but who doesn’t? Harlowe’s entire being just can’t resist him, even with a threat hanging over both of their heads…

As I said before, I prepared myself for giggles and pure romance where the guys’ words sweep you off your feet.

The banter between Levi and Harlowe, the surprising scenes, the tension was pure reading ecstasy for this book.

I think the word gift/gifting was used way too much, but otherwise this book was hot.

P.S. 3AM: Kisses fans will be pleased to reunite with old characters in this one!

Want more reviews of classics and brand spanking new books? Subscribe to my blog! Mobile users may need to scroll to the bottom of this particular post to join, or just add me to your reader/rss feed 🙂

~The Write Web

Sample Saturday: Talented(Talented Saga, #1)

talented

Talented by Sophie Davis

Published by Dabber and Baehr(2013)

Available on Kindle or Kindle App and other formats.

Why did I sample this book?

  • I am a big fan of YA novels in general.
  • The cover looks freaking amazing- so why not?
  • Most importantly, the storyline involves a girl who is born with psychic powers and she has to learn to block out thoughts.
  • The protagonist is not the only one with special powers. Due to a disasters that occurred over a hundred years prior, people and the land itself has changed drastically.

Already the story has me in its clutches. I hope to just buy the whole bundle and have it shipped, because a series like this has to be read all at once. No delay!

In the meantime, I have purchased some books from my previous Saturday Sample posts. More reviews will be arriving shortly.

If you have read this series already or at least the first one, let me know in the comments below!

-The Write Web

Sample Saturday: Lion’s Blood

lions blood
Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes

Lion’s Blood(Insh’Allah Book 1)

Author: Steven Barnes

Published by Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.(2011)

With all of the racial and national tension going up, I think I needed to sample a book that was fantasy but gave some historical “meat” at the same time. Who better than Steven Barnes? I am already a fan of his wife’s work.

Lion’s Blood is about an alternate history: where whites are the slaves and blacks are the cruel slave masters. It appears to be a series and already just from reading a few pages, I know I will be a fan of Steven Barnes’ imaginative work. I love when books are bold!

Why Did I Sample This Book?

  1. I heard of Lion’s Blood before through visiting a local library years ago.
  2. His wife, Tananarive Due, writes amazing fantasy/horror books.
  3. This book has received so many high praises already, maybe because it is bold, daring and definitely on time.

Let me know, does this seem like something you would read?

Comment below!

Sample Saturday(The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology)

lonely planet

The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Publisher: The Lonely Planet(Nov. 1, 2016)

Edited by Don George

Various Authors

Format: Kindle*

I have never just picked up a travel guide and read it. I get that there are travel writers out there, but as a fiction/memoir kind of chick, I thought it would be out of my league…

Why Did I Sample this Book?

  1. Contrary to my own belief, we can all learn from travel guides. Particularly how to describe people and places well.
  2. In this particular anthology, I learned about “brilliant suns” of Australia, the urge of happiness when a cabbie in Bangkok actually shows up to give you a lift and the powerful, yet silent friendship on a train that leads to a bedroom where even more silence happens.
  3. A travel essay/guide is essentially a brief memoir.
  4. Lastly, you feel as if you’ve traveled to the place yourself.

I read more than a few stories in here and hope to find more travel writing I enjoy.

Have an amazing and Blessed Resurrection Sunday/Easter!  🙂

*This anthology can be downloaded for free for two weeks from Freading.com!

Sample Saturday (Sycorax’s Daughters)

Sycorax27s-Daughters-200x300
Sycorax’s Daughters

 

Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra Brooks, PhD.

Publication Date: Cedar Grove Publishing(February 21, 2017)

Print and Kindle Editions Available

If you’re like me, you download free samples of interesting books on Kindle(app) to see if they are worth your dollars.

Every Saturday I’d like to feature up and coming books I’d like to read and share. We will see how this goes!

Why did I sample it?

  1. The first story begins with a woman named Thistle and a dude named Wilder going through a dark forest just to meet her mom…like who would do this? Spooky!
  2. I am just so tickled that this is a collection of 28 horror stories and 14 horror poems.
  3. The meaning behind Sycorax’s Daughter(Sycorax was the deceased sorceress in Shakespeare’s Tempest(1611)

If you have read the book already, let me know. I am actually thinking of ordering the print version when I can(hopefully soon!)

Until then I will put it on my Goodreads shelf.

Happy Reading!

🙂

Five Fiction Books That Changed My World

woman reading

Without further ado, here is the list!

  • 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult, is hailed as a “raw and important work” about school violence. A teen is picked on mercilessly and eventually becomes something to be very afraid of. This book opened my eyes up to the seriousness of bullying.

We all know it is serious business, but Picoult wrote the story from an angle that felt as if many voices were speaking at once. I learned that writing with care and the art of research is important in any story.

This particular series follows a five thousand year old blonde vampire named Sita who we are supposed to hate, but I couldn’t help but relate. She is depicted as fully human with her own struggles and enemies.

I am not ashamed to say I cried a little. Perhaps because of the series ending and not necessarily what happens in the end..? Bottomline: If a vampire story can make me cry, then it was a good darn book. Also, if I can empathize with a wicked vampire, I can empathize with anyone, right?

  • Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews– need I say more? With Lifetime cranking out the books to television and Andrews’ books continue to pop up at Walmart, Bookstores and online in an unending ghost written foray, these books remain popular.

This book was probably one of the first books to keep me up at night.

There I was, 12-13 years old reading a gothic fiction about children being left in an attic so long that confusion, incest and other problems arose. That book made me understand that sometimes family is just in blood only. Anyone can hurt you.

Flowers in the Attic is one of those richly dark travesties of literary treasure and genius.

  • Seed to Harvest Series by Octavia E. Butler was a masterpiece. Still is. I bought the thick tome off of Amazon one year, maybe 2011, and dived right into it.

Patternmaster/Seed to Harvest, dates back to pre-slavery Africa where Anyanwu is gifted with shape shifting abilities, while Doro can literally jump his spirit self into other bodies. It awakened my own need to write sci/fi this good. It reminds me of the “Black” version of X-Men, but so deliciously written.

  • The Station Series* by Trish Marie Dawson gave me chills and sweet thrills. This book showed me that writing about a sensitive topic such as suicide can be dealt with using fantasy, research and great insight(and an amazing author!). In the series, Piper Willow dies and wakes up at The Station, where suicides go and become mentors and volunteers to people on earth who are considering suicide. The goal is to prevent people from committing suicide in the first place. Romance was high in this series too.

It gave me a new perspective on death in general.

It is not the end but a new station in existence. No one has the concrete answers but fiction allows us to play with what the answers could be.

Those are the five books which have changed my life in some way.

*The link will take you to a free Kindle copy of Dying to Forget, Book 1 in the station series.

**Affiliate links are sprinkled through this post. This simply means the link will take you to a site where you can learn more about the product and if you purchase anything I will receive coins for it. I appreciate you!

Please post your comments here and like or subscribe if you like the content. Thanks again to all of you reading and clicking around on my blog.Without

These posts are for you, the ultimate bookworm or writerworm 🙂