Thursday, October 23, 2014

Left Behind by Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott @ViKeeland - #DylanScott

ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review

Love needs no words. You had me before you even spoke.

Nikki Fallon and Zack Martin are two teenagers living worlds apart. For most of her life, Nikki dealt with the fall out of her mother’s illnesses whereas Zack, the handsome and popular quarterback, lived a charmed life. Fate and tragedy stepped in and their paths were destined to cross. Life handed both tremendous heartache, but hope and love delivered them from grief to the possibility of joy.

My heart went out to Nikki. Displaced, alone and grieving from the death of her mother, she was a lost soul. Barely holding herself together when she discovers family secrets that turn her world upside down. Nikki begins a journey, which sends her miles away from her hometown in search of answers. What she discovers are the missing pieces of her life, family and the promise of hope, which lies within Zack.

Zack was not the stereotypical YA bad-boy book boyfriend. Rather, he was sweet and irresistibly adorable. Having lost his girlfriend, whom he has known for most of his life, Zack is dealing with much guilt and grief. Until one day, Nikki comes along, and a friendship blossoms. I felt for Zack as he struggled to let go of his past and move on to find a way to open his heart to Nikki.

Written in dual points of view, Left Behind was a tender and sweet drama free read, which I enjoyed. The beginning was a bit slow in building each of the character’s background and circumstances prior to them meeting. There were plot twists – some of which were predictable and few I did not see coming. All in all, this was a lovely tale that I would recommend to fans of YA romances.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sociopath ~ by Lime Craven


Advance copy provided by author
in exchange for an honest review

Every once in a while I enjoy a dark read. Sociopath satisfied my urges and left me thinking…..

I am still reeling from the side affects - Lime Craven seriously screwed with my head. This was a dark, twisted, nail biting angsty tale laced with several characters that exhibit disturbing behavioral issues.  It is not a read for the faint of heart and if “triggers” turn you off, heed the disclaimer before diving in. There is a goodly amount of situations that may be considering troubling. You’ve been warned. So if you are brave, buckle up and prepare yourself for total mind-fuckery. 
Aeron Lore. An accomplished and obscenely wealthy businessman led me on a head-trip like no other. Psycho’s Norman Bates, with all his mommy issues, has nothing on him. Aeron’s unstable childhood was tainted by a certifiably insane mother and thus, developed the taste for bloodthirsty kink. Once I began the journey, I was drawn into the inner sanctum of a madman’s mind. He is a man detached from emotions yet obsessed with success, achievements and a beautiful woman. His character was brilliantly written. Although, I must confess I could not connect with his persona, but was utterly fascinated by him nonetheless. His thoughts and actions were sheer lunacy. 
The object of his obsession is the stunning yet equally cuckoo, Leo (Leotine). Once Aeron sets his eyes upon his lioness, he stops at absolutely nothing to claim her…all of her. He is a total Alpha-male consumed by lust and driven by his insatiable sexual desires. 
Aeron and Leo have a strained relationship, both in the business world and in the bedroom, where Aeron’s dominance is supreme. Both these characters have deep, mysterious secrets that take time to unearth. Along the way there are several suspenseful plot twists and intense moments. Whenever I thought I grasped the story, the author cleverly spins Leo and Aeron’s world on its axis. 
The physical connection, for me, was not passionate or romantic. There was no conventional depiction of ‘love’. Well, there wouldn’t be since both, in my opinion, are sociopaths. To be honest, it took some effort to make my way around a few of the sex scenes. But the struggle was worth it as it exemplified Aeron’s craving for control over Leo, his ‘canvas’. 

Reading Sociopath was a unique experience.  I viewed it as more of a psychological/suspense read rather than a romance. With that being said, it was an exceptionally well-written good read for me. The story was told from Aeron’s POV, but from time to time he addressed his thoughts directly to the reader…adding an extra layer of eeriness to the story and more insight into his beautifully demented mind. Craven masterfully shifted from first to second person POV, allowing the story to flow. If you are looking for an intense type of tale, Sociopath will not disappoint.