Book Review: The One – John Marrs

Synopsis

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

My Thoughts

I repeat- I do NOT like thrillers…. that much. But after reading the synopsis for `The One` from author John Marrs, I just couldn´t pass this read.

When book bloggers refer to a book having the „whole package“ then we´re not only referring to what´s inside a book… Having the whole package also means that the cover image, the title and the tagline fit with the story.The One

If I had to use one word to describe this book I´d say: Awesome!

What an idea! What a story! Does any author care about my heart rate?

`The One` belongs to those books that make you think hard. The famous „What if…“ question pops up alot during this read and funnily enough, that question sticks with a reader long after the book´s been finished. Then you get stuck with asking yourself “Would I..?” which is angonizing for MY brain.  If that doesn´t say how good this book it then I don´t know what does.

Interesting. Entertaining. Gripping. Thrilling. Intense. Unpredictable.

I cannot remember the last time I was so invested in a story.

And I certainly cannot remember the last time I drove by my best friends house and shoved a book under her nose and begged her to read it. Turned out, she was just as flashed and impressed by the idea and even bought her own copy of `The One`.

There isn´t much I can say about this story because enough is already in the synopsis so I´ll stick to the love gushing…

I´ve read quite a few thrillers before and none have had such an impact on me like `The One` had because the story, in general, feels like it´s not too far-fetched. And that´s also another aspect that plays with a reader´s mind.

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely.

Would I re-read this book? Absolutely! Once I´ve recovered.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Perfect cover for a perfect thrilling story.)

The Characters 5 stars ( Interesting individuals dealing with interesting consequences = Even more interesting characters)

My emotional state after finishing this read – I still haven´t fully recovered.

5 stars

Purchase Links      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

Book Review: A Crack In Everything – L. H. Cosway

Synopsis

Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

My Thoughts

I had a chat the other night with an author about what´s new in the book world.

From the looks of it, I had been missing out, big time.

„You´ve never read a book from L. H. Cosway?!“ She asked.

I didn´t want to admit that I had no clue who L. H. Cosway was nor have I ever heard of her books before. And that´s a shame, really because now I can beat myself up for not finding out much sooner about this fantastic author!

I used my spying time to do some massive research. That´s when I spotted this beauty.

A Crack In Everything

`A Crack In Everything“ by author L. H. Cosway. Honestly- the cover is something beautiful and the title…. There was never a title that had ever described my life as well as this one had.

A Crack In Everything- That pretty much sums up the story of my life. Four simple words.

I had to have this book! Like- yesterday!

I started. I finished. I came to one conclusion….

This is what I would definitely call a picture perfect, dreamy romance.

Not in a cheesy way, mind you. This is a romance packed with hardships and love. With set-backs and growth. But above all- with love.

As us bloggers like to say – This book has the whole package.

There are the emotional ups and downs, the nail-biting guarantee, the swooning, the angst that romances MUST have….Great storytelling and easy reading. I really have nothing to complain about.

`A Crack In Everything` is an interesting, a heart – string – tugging, a breathtaking romance no one should miss out on!

I´m definitely buying the second installment, `How The Light Gets In` ( Cracks Duet #2).

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Yes yes yes yes, YES!

Would I re-read this book? I most certainly would!

The Cover – 5 stars ( I love the colors. Love the art work. And I just fancy the title so much I might even get that printed on a poster.)

The Story – 5 stars ( It´s a great change of wallpaper for me. Not my typical romance and I couldn´t be more happy about that fact. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Omg. Dylan and Evelyn… What a perfect match! Great figures. Great chemistry.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – So hyped! I have a new favorite author!

5 stars

Purchase Links      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

Review-Grievous ( Scarlet Scars #2 ) by J. M. Darhower

Book Description

Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.

Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she’s not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious they call Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know—the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.

But fairy tales aren’t real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can’t slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she’s forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But there’s a white knight in combat boots out there that isn’t afraid of monsters.

You see, it’s impossible to be afraid of something you see every day in the mirror.

My Thoughts

** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review **

And God said, „ Thou shalt not fall in love with a fictional criminal, especially with one who´s lost all his fucking marbles.“

But, hot damn!! I´m already so truly, madly, deeply in love with Lorenzo „ Scar“. I can´t help myself. He´s probably the worst and deadliest passionate nutcase I´ve ever encountered in a book, yet here I am, a 34 year old woman, desperately wanting to become apart of Lorenzo´s world. * ugly cry* ( I definitely have to think about what went wrong in my life…* cracking up* )

The story of Lorenzo and Morgan continues. * pulling hair * And just why did everything have to end? I mean- it sure as Hell felt like the end. I´m a mess. I don´t want to be a mess. I´m supposed to be happy but I´m not. I feel like the author gave me a gift and ripped it away again with the final words of the story. Damn it. That woman better keep on writing or I´ll turn into an even greater mess, suffering from an odd book hangover for only God knows how long.

( Need to get back to the story )

Where were we? Aah, yes. The story continues with Morgan still trying to get her child back from Kassian, the head of the russian mafia. And much to Lorenzo´s delight he helps Morgan. But one does not simply walk onto russian mafia territory and kidnap the prize. No. Getting back Morgan´s child proves to be a difficult matter and it takes a whole lot of craziness to get the job done.

When two mafia bosses collide… shit´s about to get ugly.

The story was intense, ruthless and so damn awesome.

Lorenzo was his logical / illogical self, doing unpredictable stunts at every turn… all while looking like a sexy, imperfect God. I shit you not- you never knew when he was going to kill someone or not or when he was going to be civilized. The important thing to know was- never fuck with him, especially when he was in his library ( I´m going to miss reading about that room.). So, his previous boredom from the first book ( Menace ) has vanished and he was happily occupied with half blindly swinging his gun at people.

`Grievous` is packed with action, tension, betrayal, sex ( which is mighty fine, if you ask me), death, suspense, forgiveness and above all- love.

The romance between Lorenzo and Morgan is not what you´d expect. No typical knight in shining armor, not damsel in distress story. What we´ve got here is a „ You´re fucking nuts, I´m not that crispy either but we got something good going.“ type of romance. AWESOME! So different from all the other love stories I´ve read so far.

There was one line, one moment in the story where I completely lost it.

„ Morgan,“ he says, his voice quiet as he whispers my name….. „Open your eyes, baby.“

You might think that those few words aren´t really special but when you read the story and get to know these people and read what they went through together you understand the significance of those words. And when you do I dare you not to let out a little noise of disbelief. * sigh * So touching and just….$/()(/%&$%§“§$§%$&%/& Everything after that just clicks into place and you KNOW. You just know.

And the end….Holy Heaven! I loved it. I can´t say anything about it without giving the story away so you´ll just have to take my word for it. It´s so satisfying.

I might be a little over enthusiastic about this story but I don´t care. I´m in love and that might never change. This is my favoite story written by my new favorite author.

I recommend this story to everyone who wants some adventure in their romance.

The Cover – 3 stars ( Meeh, not feeling this cover much.)

The Story – 5+ stars ( I´d need to write an extra review for another round of love gushing. Great read. I´ll have to get myself the paperbacks for my sacred bookshelf )

The Characters – 5+ stars ( I love how crazy these folks acted and how normal they thought their lives were. Lorenzo is a brilliant character. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I want to high five the author for writing such a brilliant story.

I´m giving `Grievous` ( Scarlet Scars #2 ), by the awesome J. M. Darhower, 5 out of 5 stars

Check out my review for  Menace ( Scarlet Scars #1 )

grievous To purchase this book all you need to do is go on over to Amazon.com ( or just click here ) and buy the book. Seriously. You´ll love it.  Trust me.

Black Swan Affair – K. L. Kreig

Book Description

I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.

The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop. 

Killian Shepard. 

Shep. 

We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life. 

He’d be back.
He was always meant to be mine.

He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.

So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. 

I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy f*cking family.

My Thoughts

I´ve been having chest pain ever since I started this book. Just thinking about the story makes me rub the spot where my heart is.

Jesus Christ. Holy Fucking Hell….. * wipe sweat off forehead *

`Black Swan Affair` by K.L. Kreig is by far one of the best love triangle stories I´ve read. I thought `Thoughtless` by S.C. Stephens was emotional torture. Even the `Avoiding`series by K. A. Linde was an angsty emotional catastrophe. But this one…. I´m so exhausted and emotionally beaten.

Why can´t all books be like this one?!

I seriously need a full week, in my bedroom, with a box of tissues and a crate of wine just so I can recover properly. Damn this author and her ability to screw with my feelings!

A love triangle. Brothers and one woman. Both love her. One brother makes a mistake. She marries the brother she´s not in love with and the whole world becomes one clusterfuck. I´m telling you- this shit is soul wrecking!

100% unpredictable. 100% full of angst. 100% frustrating. 100% GIVE ME SOME WINE TO DULL THE PAIN I`M FEELING FOR THE CHARACTERS, DAMN IT!

Okay, technically, the core of the story isn´t new. Love triangles have been around the block and alot of those types of stories weren´t well told. `Black Swan Affair´ was beyond fantastic. I was sweating bullets from the first until the last page, hoping for a miracle to happen so the characters suffering would finally end.

This is one of those stories where you want the Heroine to find her happiness but you also demand for both Heros to have their happy ever after, too. * sob * Throughout the whole story it´s clear what Maverick ( Heroine) wanted, or who she wanted. But was what / who she wanted good for her or was what / who she needed the better option? Mav´s life was a hot mess. I can´t really say if she acted correctly because if I were in her position I would have hidden under the bed until everyone disappeared.

Both brothers ( Killian and Keal ) were great. I mean- I loved both! How was that possible? I usually love to hate one person involved in a love triangle but the Shepard brothers wouldn´t allow it. * sigh *

2/3 into the story I was okay with whoever Maverick picked. That´s how exhausted I was. And in the end…. I was happy with the choice she made. In fact- I was so happy I opened a bottle of wine just to celebrate the fact that I and the characters were put out of our misery.

K. L. Kreig did a number on me and for that I can´t thank the author enough. Good stories are hard to find these days. Especially ones that are fabulously written, like this one is. High class storytelling.

Listen up! If you´re looking for the whole package ( angst, devastation, love, loss, great sex, frustrating moments, etc. etc.) then you need to drop whatever you´re doing and read this story.

I sure as Hell will be giving this one a re-read and a re-re-read and I´ll never get tired of it.

The Cover – 3 stars ( The image didn´t grab my attention. The title did, though. )

The Story – 5+ stars ( Blooming Hell. Fucking awesome. A romance that will forever haunt me.)

The Characters – 5+ stars ( Wonderful characters. Just perfect. My favorite is Kael. There´s some serious fangirling going on from my part when it comes to him.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– I´m so fucking tired but 100% satisfied. I need a break before I can start anything new.

I´m giving `Black Swan Affair`, by the amazing K. L. Kreig, 5 out of 5 outstanding stars!

Please, do yourselves a favor and read this book. If you´re into frustrating love triangles then just click here and buy the story. I swear on all that´s fluffy….you won´t regret it.

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Carnage- The Story of Us ( Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

 

Book Description

I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word. 
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

NOTE: This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.

My Thoughts

Hands down- This is one of the most twisted reads I´ve read in years! What a complete emotional clusterfuck.

It´s sex, drugs, rock ´n roll & relationships on a neverending rollercoaster ride. A trainwreck that repeats itself over and over again. You want to look away but you can´t. You don´t want to look away, either. You don´t want to witness the characters devastating moments but you have to! You want to interfere and help but it´s impossible.

Be prepared. Due to the language, graphic scenes etc. etc. etc. this might not be for a younger audience. If you´re under age then please go away now. 

We meet a young Georgia Rae in the early 80´s and watch her grow with the years. She falls in love with Sean pretty young, loves the soon-to-be mega rockstar hard ( too hard ), and from there on Georgia´s life is one huge mess. A mess no one can fix.

And just when you think life couldn´t suck anymore for the poor girl, something more earth shattering happens. ( I´m saying girl / young woman because that´s basically what she is throughout the majority of the story )

Now, after having finished the story I can truly say I´m an absolute wreck. Even more of a wreck than I was after reading the After series by Anna Todd and that had me thinking for days ( Not that I´m comparing After with Carnage. I´m definitely not.). I really thought there was nothing that could top the mess that book created. `Carnage` definitely pulls the rug from beneath your feet.

`Carnage` is one of those stories where you constantly hold your breath because you just know the author isn´t out for her characters to live happy, fulfilled lives ( I´m dead serious. Only a few characters were able to breathe in peace in this story). I kept wishing, hoping, yes, even praying that the characters would have some happy moment in their lives and at one point they do.

But will it last?

Despite this being sort of a tragic / self-destructive romance I thought it was pretty brilliant. I loved how the author went for a different decade. As a child from that time myself, I got excited everytime details were mentioned ( such as, clothes, hairstyles, cars, etc. ). It was like travelling back in time ( minus the drug use, of course. I was a tad too young for that ). * sigh *

When you get yourself involved with a rockband you won´t get hearts and flowers around the clock. You get gossip, heartbreak ( even if it´s slightly unhealthy…okay okay, who am I kidding- The heartbreak was a disaster! She needed therapy. I need therapy! ), the wrong kind of protection, fake friends, etc. It´s not really pretty.

Never have I seen a romantic relationship like Georgia and Seans before. It was just…wow. Talk about loving someone for life! You love with Sean and Georgia. You suffer with them. Their worries become yours and their happiness makes you want to hug the world. 

I refuse to talk about the end. Nope. Won´t go there. All you need to know is that you´ll need a truck supply of kleenex because shit hit´s the fan. You don´t see it coming. Like….at all. When I realized what had happened the waterworks started and wouldn´t stop.

Since this is kind of a „love or hate“ story I wouldn´t necessarily recommend `Carnage`to the world. For readers who love a good wild story with lots of WTH & OMG moments then you´ll enjoy this one. For others who are looking for romances with sappy, clean cut endings..you won´t find it here. 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not really my cup of tea. If I´m honest-I would never have given this book a chance if my friend hasn´t pushed me to read it. )

The Story – 5 stars ( A brilliant mess. Young love, fame, gossip, relationship crisis, self-destruction, love, heartache, drugs, kids, family, life… the author did a great job. LOVE)

The Characters – 5 stars ( * nod * Oh yeah, there was some major loving from my end. They were fantastic. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – far beyond emotionally drained. I cried, cried more and in the end I didn´t recognize myself anymore.

Despite me not liking the cover I´m still giving `Carnage` by Lesley Jones 5 out of 5 stars!

To purchase this book all you need to do is click here and begin to suffer.

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