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.
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
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
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.