REVIEW | Traded by Rebecca Brooke

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00004]Title: Traded
Author: Rebecca Brooke
Genre: Dark & Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 7th 2015

I’m a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy–used and forgotten.

When you’re done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That’s how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now–he’s in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay.

But, don’t worry, he’s come up with a solution, it’s just not one I was expecting.

…I’ve been TRADED.

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MY REVIEW
4,5 STARS!!!

NOTE: This book deals with severe verbal abuse. If you have triggers please consider before clicking.

I am so glad that I read this book. It wasn’t an easy read. Traded is intense but it was so worth the read. I felt connected with Elena and the way Ashton treats her it is way beyond amazing. I loved their story.

Although in theory the situation is not that realistic the verbal abuse and suffering a the lead female character Elena is gut wrenching and absolutely on point. Elena feels unworthy, ugly and is trying her best to be a good wife. She wants nothing more than to please her husband Dominic. Elena believes she is to do everything her husband Dominic says. She is learning to be the perfect wife and since he loves her and married her she owes it to him since nobody else would want her. When Elena married her high school sweetheart Dominic, she never realized he’d end up being such a hateful man. He is constantly saying hateful and degrading things to her and has caused Elena to think she doesn’t deserve better. His taunts and the vile things that spew from his mouth will make you want to wrap your hands around his throat and squeeze really hard. I wanted to pummel this ass hat from the word go. In retrospect that is a great thing for an author; connection with the characters no matter bad or good. He made her feel ugly, unworthy, like nobody else would ever want her.

It gets worse, when Dominic ends up not having enough money to pay his debt to loan shark, he trades Elena for three months. Ashton ‘loan shark’ is astounded that any man would treat his wife the way Dominic treated Elena. He allowed Dominic to trade Elena for three months in order to help Elena realize that she is worth more than and deserves more than Dominic. And being raised by a father who would never raise a hand or desrespect a woman, he doesn’t want to leave such a beautiful woman with such a vile excuse of man. I loved Ashton so much, even though he’s a part-time loan shark, he’s an amazing man who owns several restaurants and was an amazing businessman. He cares for Elena and he did everything in his power to teach Elena how beautiful she is and show her the ways a woman should be treated. Elena was brainwashed by her supposed husband and all she thought is that everything she does should be for him. It’s sad when you realize those kind of relationship exist in real world. During the time Elena spends with Ashton, they grew closer and closer, both falling for each other and as the relationship grows between Elena and Ashton you see her finally begin to life her life again.

This is my first book by Rebecca Brooke and I am definitely going to read more book by her. Rebecca has handled a very serious subject in a brilliant and inspiring book. It’s told from dual POVs and has a happy ending.It is amazing to watch Elena come back to life and finally stand up for herself and what she wants. You will absolutely want to hug, high five and be Ashton’s best friend or right hand man, I just wish there was a book about Miller, Ashton’s brother. I highly recommend reading this story, because some readers can relate to this story in so many ways.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A1+WMZ9gKGL._UX250_Rebecca lives near the shore towns of New Jersey, with her husband and two kids.

When she’s not writing she loves reading and watching SOA and TrueBlood.

 

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REVIEW | Beauty And The Bachelor by Naima Simone

beauty-and-the-bachelor-1600x2400Title: Beauty And The Bachelor
Author: Naima Simone
Series: Bachelor Auction #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 10th 2015

Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake—the stunning daughter of his enemy—is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail…followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no choice but to accept.

Sydney has been controlled by her family her whole life. When Lucas threatens to reveal her father’s shady business, she is once again forced to do her duty for her family. But worse—oh so much worse—is the rush of lust that Lucas ignites in her blood.

Lucas is determined to make Sydney suffer, but it’s tough when he can’t keep from touching her–or thinking about touching her–all the time. She’s not fairing much better since she’s engaged to a darkly handsome beast intent on destroying her entire family…along with her heart.

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MY REVIEW
4,9 STARS!!!

Lucas Oliver has a plan. He is going to get revenge on the man who ruined his life 15 years ago. He has to use Sydney, the beautiful daughter of his enemy, to get his revenge. Sydney has always been controlled, from put-downs about her weight or wild hair, to marrying a man she doesn’t love to help save her fathers business, she is used to sacrificing herself for those she loves. What should have been a simple bachelor auction where she was going to bid on her fiance, ends up with the wrong man and being blackmailed into a marriage she doesn’t want.

This read had a surprising amount of emotion that I wasn’t expecting in a romance. It isn’t just about an expected relationship developing into love. This was about learning to forgive oneself, love oneself, and stop taking other people’s crap and expectations of you. It is about learning to forgive, learning how to grow, and learning how to let go.

Lucas and Sydney are pretty wonderful together and what they do for one another made this book so much more enjoyable. It’s not just about self-sacrifice: it’s about wonder, and trust, and everything in between. Discovery of oneself and acknowledging that just because someone is related to you, doesn’t mean they aren’t a complete and utter a-hole.

Romance and sexiness abounds, and when these two finally reach the point you’re hoping for, it’s so tender and sweet and sigh-inducing.

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3232449I was born the daughter of a sharecropper…okay, maybe not. But, I am the daughter of a pastor from whom I inherited my love of romance. The man can preach a mean Song of Solomon! (There’s that plug, Daddy! You can pay me later!)

Although my first book starred a cucumber named Fred, my first romance came several years later in the seventh grade when I wrote myself as a heroine opposite Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. Through the power of my pen and imagination, Ralph took one look across a crowded stadium, met my dark, mysterious gaze, fell passionately in love and serenaded me in front of millions of fans. Out of all the girls in the world, he chose me! And, of course we lived happily ever after—once we had the inevitable fight, aka black moment, and made up with a passionate declaration of love and fidelity. This same story reincarnated itself many times over the years: with Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, and as recently as last night, Vin Diesel.

Though the characters have changed, my love of love has endured. Shaping the lives of the unique men and women who experience the first, hungry bites of lust, the dizzying heights of passion and the tender, healing heat of love— nothing compares to it. Except maybe discovering new material for love scenes with my husband, the head of Research & Development!

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REVIEW | The Billionaire’s Forgotten Fiancee by Nadia Lee

1800x2700srTitle: The Billionaire’s Forgotten Fiancee
Author: Nadia Lee
Series: The Pryce Family #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16th 2015

The last thing wedding photographer Ginger Maxwell wants to do is face her high school sweetheart, who shattered her world when he disappeared after proposing. But when his powerful family wants her to bring him home or suffer utter financial ruin, she has no choice.

Amnesia left billionaire adventurer Shane Pryce with no memory of the golden beauty who claims to be his fiancée, but her gentle soul pulls at his heart. Together they create new memories to replace the ones that drove him away…but will those be enough when Shane finally remembers everything?

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MY REVIEW
4,5 STARS!!!

The Forgotten Fiancée had me on edge all the way through the book. Ginger and Shane had loved each other from when they were in school then one day, Ginger comes home and finds all of Shane’s things thrown throughout the condo, like he was in a hurry to leave. Ginger was devastated and thinks Shane has left her. Months past and Dane flies Ginger to where Shane is and is reluctant to see him. Shane has strong feeling for Ginger but cannot figure why he has them. If only he could remember. Ginger starts on the journey of trying to stay away from Shane but finds out her heart has other plans. Shane wants to be with Ginger and he hates that he cannot remember anything. Shane struggles with remembering the past and with trying to figure out his relationship with Ginger, his forgotten Fiancée. The story has twist and turns and has surprises though out the story.

 

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

3247259Bilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, got bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband, winter white hamsters and an ever-widening pile of books. When she’s not writing, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.

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