We have four great Quick Bites to brighten up your week from Alexis Hall, Adrienne Wilder, Jack Pyke and Jackie Nacht. Don’t forget you can can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.
Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall
Rating ~ 4 Stars
People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything — and sometimes he doesn't need to try.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Sometimes the best things come in small packages and this was definitely the case for me with Alexis Hall’s Waiting for the Flood. A story that is well scripted from beginning to end. An atmospheric, narrative style that is lyrical and easy to read.
This is the story of Edwin a reserved guy who stutters and his confidence low after his partner of 10 years leaves him, not because he had cheated on Edwin, but because he has fallen out of love with him. This has broken Edwin’s heart and he is trying to come to terms with the loss and the loneliness that has caused. I just loved the way this book is written the rising flood waters representing Edwin’s increasing sadness until the sun comes out in the form of Adam and the worst of the flood is over. A lovely HEA. Read this book; you’ll love it!
Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder
Rating ~ 5 Stars
My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.
Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.
But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.
Except for Roy Callahan.
I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.
But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.
And with him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.
The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.
Debra’s Quick Bite
One of the best books I read last year, it left me emotionally wrung dry. It was intense and dark and disturbing and had me on the edge of my seat. It had a villain I wanted to see suffer a horrible death from the first pages of the book, a slowly unraveling mystery and a beautiful love story between the talented but tortured artist Paris and the down to earth Roy. It was painful to read at times, but I couldn't put it down. Adrienne Wilder did a wonderful job of putting the reader inside of Paris' mind which at times was beautiful and other times quite disturbing.
As hard as it was much of the time, I enjoyed Paris' journey as he tries to find a way to accept the pure and unconditional love that Roy offers him, while trying to break free of the abuse and tyrannical grasp of the sister who pulls his strings and uses his mental illness as a tool to further her own twisted agenda.
Broken ink by Jack pyke
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Stolen and Stained.
Carrying a tattoo on your skin no longer just comes with a risk of infection. Get the composition right, you have the latest mind-control drug on the market. It’s the sex-traders’ dream, or worst nightmare, depending on the concentrated dose of the ink—and just who’s wearing it.
For Kiyen, the ink means he’s able to strip raw the minds of the best and worst of society. He’s one of MI7’s top killers and never more driven to select and take down a target. For Falen, the ink has ensured he’s spent his early years as a willing sex slave and low-grade empath. Hiding out in a small town and trying to bury the needs running through his body, Fal’s hoping to stay under the radar of MI7 and their specialist killers. But the ink itself has a mind of its own, wanting to ignite the natural dynamics driving a Dom and sub, so when Kiyen is forced into Fal’s small world, prejudice battles a pure need to touch. Only problem is: Kiyen’s on the run, and in a world where thought can be the worst crime of all, Fal’s in for a fight for his sanity to find out just what it is that’s making a young killer run for his life.
Macky’s Quick Bite
The mistress of psychological warfare, Jack works her mind fuck magic again but this is a completely different feel to anything she's given us. I was completely captivated by its fresh and unusual take on the unexplainable, which in all honesty felt more like I was reading a contemporary BDSM suspense, thriller with a hell of a twist, rather than a full on paranormal/sci-fi. Even though my head kept telling me it could never really happen, the idea of an intelligent ink, modified to control its wearer was something that I could actually imagine a secret government department working on; then the idea that unscrupulous factions could get their hands on it to use it for their own sickening purposes, like human sex trafficking, and the horrific fact that it's children who are being taken, inked and used as sex slaves, made it even more heinous and frighteningly realistic. Once again I was blown away by one of my most favourite ever authors. Jack Pyke rocks and this proves exactly why. LOVED it!
Peanut Butter and Jelly For Two (Paranormal Dentistry For The Fanged And Friendly, Book 1) by Jackie Nacht.
Rating ~ 5 Stars
The sexy chipmunk shifter isn't afraid of the dentist; he's in love with him.
Phillip has the best job working at the Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly. As a chipmunk shifter, Phillip has seen handsome men walk through the door but none so gorgeous as his boss and wolf shifter, Dr. Gunner Samuels. When he finds himself being manipulated by his best friend to ask the big bad wolf over for dinner, Phillip realizes his biggest dilemma, he's never cooked a day in his life, let alone meat. Can Phillip pull off a fabulous dinner for two? And has Gunner had his eye on the sexy shifter all this time?
Liza’s Quick Bite
If you are looking for a bit of a laugh and a sweet story of love and matings, then I definitely recommend this series. It has chipmunks in it, so how can you not laugh? Anyhow in this book Phillip, a chipmunk shifter, has landed his dream job in a shifter dental service. His job is perfect, he loves being around so many other different types of shifters - now if only he can stop being so nervous around his boss, the gorgeous Gunner who is also a big bad wolf shifter.
This is only a short story, but absolutely adorable. Phillip gets coerced into asking his boss over for dinner - problem is he is a vegetarian and his boss is a determined carnivore. Also he hasn't got a clue how to cook. Sweet, sexy and so funny - I wanted to go out and get Phillip some cooking lessons, but it seems they weren't needed after all.
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