A Satanic cult. A woman’s brutal assault. Can she face her darkest fear before a demon is unleashed from hell?
Kirsty Thompson is no stranger to trauma. But when a vicious attack leaves her drugged and disoriented, she never expected to wake up to a permanent scar. She starts having demonic visions, all linked to the ancient symbol carved deep into her back…
With the help of her best friend Amanda, Kirsty discovers that the mark originates from The Devil’s Bible and forges a connection between her and a terrifying entity. As they track the man who assaulted her to a satanic cult, the presence hunts them from the shadows. Can Kirsty escape the devil worshippers and her bond with the heinous demon to save herself from eternal damnation?
The Mark is a terrifying standalone horror novel. If you like mysterious depraved forces, tales of the occult, and stories that will have you looking under the bed, then you’ll love Lee Mountford’s gripping tale!
This is my review of The Mark Audiobook. This is also the first of Lee Mountford’s work that I’ve ever read/listened to. It certainly won’t be the last!!
The Mark is a fast-paced, suspenseful horror story. L. Mountford has written The Mark in such a way that it gets you thinking as you read, it makes you pause and reflect from time to time, or at least pause and look over your shoulder. I did this more than once!!
The Mark is a creepy and unsettling read, one of the best I’ve encountered for a while. That said for me I think the book/eBook would have been better for me, why? Because I don’t feel that the narrator does the book the justice it deserves, more annoyingly I can’t quite put my finger on why I feel like this. To me, it just felt off.
But don’t let that put you off if you fancy the book. I intend to get myself a copy of the book; either in eBook or paperback; and read it myself, after I’ve read some of Lee Mountford’s other work.
The actual writing of The Mark is really good. It’s easy to see that Lee has put in effort, research, thought and emotion whilst writing this. His characters have a good level of depth and are realistic.
It’s easy to become totally immersed in the world that Lee Mountford has created, and his words grab your attention and hold you there in the thick of the plot until the very end.
Overall this is a great creepy, check over your shoulder horror book. I’m looking forward to discovering more of Lee Mountford’s work!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Lee Mountford is a horror author from the North-East of England. His first book, Horror in the Woods, was published in May 2017 to fantastic reviews, and his follow-up book, The Demonic, achieved Best Seller status in both Occult Horror and British Horror categories on Amazon.
He is a lifelong horror fan, much to the dismay of his amazing wife, Michelle, and his work is available in ebook, print and audiobook formats.
In August 2017 he and his wife welcomed their beautiful daughter, Ella, into the world. Michelle is hoping she doesn’t inherit her father’s love of horror, but Lee has other ideas…
There are so many people in here. Royals and social climbers of the Winter Court, I try to see into the
edge of the room, cast in shadows, but the light surrounding me blinds me from it. The applause
continues as I make my way onto the stage, in front of the table where the Vasara’s sit, with Cade to the
left of his father who is just an older, slightly greying version of Cade, and Rowan to the right by his
mother. I curtsy as tradition dictates and hold my submissive position until I am released by King Earon’s
“Emilia Daarke. What a long time it has been! Maybe this time when you leave here, it will not be in
bloody circumstances,” his cruel smile takes up half of his face and I hear the laughter and spattering of
applause from his audience behind me. I look to Lanora, whose face is unreadable. Cade sits stoically as
if his father has said nothing, but I see Rowan wince slightly from the corner of my eye. I will not be
baited, because that it exactly what they want.
“King Earon, it has been a long time. I’m glad the years have been kinder to me than it seems they’ve
been to you,” I say sweetly, my insult obvious but I know these people, I grew up with them. Trading
insults is nothing more than a game to them. He pauses, and a hush descends across the room, before
his laughter belts out, the sound bouncing across the room and I breathe a little easier knowing I’ve
started well, and I’m not bleeding yet. Insulting the winter fae is dangerous game. Sometimes they
laugh, other times, they’ll kill you where you stand. Blood sport is nothing unusual to them.
Cade stands and circles me, blatantly taking in my form in the corseted dress, which hugs and
accentuates every curve I have, trying to demean me without words. I stand and take it, being treated
like a piece of meat, as is expected.
“You, Emilia, chose to return here, after your twin brother was slaughtered here at my own hand, and
yet, you still wish to marry me and become queen of this court. Is that right?” Cade faces the audience
rather than me, everything for their entertainment and to make me feel like less than nothing.
“That is right, but must you really treat me with such disrespect. Someone who could potentially be your
future wife, your future queen. Can you not even look at me when you address me?” I don’t see his
hand as it reaches out and strikes me across the face, lightning fast, the shock of it knocking me off
“Maybe you are the one who needs to learn some respect, to the future king of this court, and to the
man you are hoping to marry. Know your place.” He towers over me, and that’s when I work out his
game. He wants us to submit, to show that we are weak and unworthy of him. So I brace myself and
“My place, your highness,” I spit, “is not on my knees, or at your feet.” I stand tall and take him face on.
“No queen of your court or mine is a submissive coward. I was not raised to cower before you, but to be
the strength and power at your side.”
About Sloane Murphy
My name is Sloane, but people call me a variety of names, particularly after they read my books. If you’ve read them, I’m sure you can use your imagination to work them out. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and cities ever since.
My husband, Chris, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. Living my dreams, with him by my side and our crazy fur baby creating chaos.
At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and sales jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else, despite always wanting more.
I’d been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of about 11, but my love of reading has always been strong. In 2012, I got my first kindle and discovered the works of Samantha Young, Addison Moore, Amanda Hocking, Tijan, A.E Murphy and many many more.
In 2015 I stumbled into the indie world by accident. I emailed a certain indie author after falling head over heels for her books, and she became one of the best friends I will ever have. She’s a gladiator! But she pulled me in, and took me to my first book signing. She encouraged me to start my blog. She encouraged me to put my art out into the world, first with teasers & covers.
Then when I finally told her about my stories, she encouraged me to put them out there. Between her and the one I love the most – thank you, Lauren Rowe – (my twinnie, and my best friend) I found the confidence to put myself out there, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Where do I start? I’ve had Descent on my TBR list for a while now, but I just never seemed to get round to reading it. Then I saw that Sloane was looking for some people to review for her. So I thought “now’s my chance”. So I did. And boy am I glad I did.
I finished reading this at 1.20am on February 15th on my break at work and I was genuinely disappointed that I didn’t have book 2 to continue with straight away. Anyways I digress… back to my review…
Descent is written in dual POV. It goes between Addie and Xander. Each chapter is clearly labelled so there is no confusion at any point. I really enjoyed the dual POV, I thought it added more depth to the overall story.
I found the characters to be well developed and realistic too; well, as real as a Vampyr can be. They are not portrayed to be perfect, they have their flaws which helps with the realism of them. The bad guys play their roles well and I found that I both loved and hated them for it.
Addie is a very determined young woman, she has her dream of being in the Red Gaurd and is hell-bent on proving herself more than capable; even though no females have ever been in the Red Guard before.
Xander is a Vampyr who is trying to keep his real feelings hidden and also trying to protect Addie. Xander knows more than he is letting on about Addie, I can’t help but wonder if this will eventually come back and bite him on the arse though!!
The plot is enjoyable, easy to become immersed in and holds you captive until the end, where your left wanting more. I felt completely surrounded by Addie, Xander and their thoughts, feelings and emotions throughout. Just when I thought I was starting to figure out where we were heading, BAM, I would encounter another twist/turn that I hadn’t expected.
Descent has action, romance, humour and plot twists throughout, and Yes there is a cliffhanger ending!!
For me, this was a great starting point, and I for one am hooked! I cannot wait to start book 2!!
✫.•° Crash; Immortal Chronicles #2 by Sloane Murphy °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
In that one moment everything changed. Everything I thought I knew shattered with just a few words.
Who knew the truth could be so devastating.
I need to decide which side to take. But can I even trust myself?
She’s gone, but I’ll scorch the earth to find her if that’s what it takes.
I’ll call upon friend and foe for the battle that is to come. The fires of hell couldn’t keep me from her and whoever
thinks they can take what is mine, is going to regret it for all time.
One thing is for sure. The Crash could ruin us all
I read Descent in a little over a week & had my review written within a day of finishing it. Then I began reading Crash knowing that I would have book 3, Soar shortly after. I’m so glad I did.
At the end of Crash, I was left reeling, I honestly couldn’t believe that Sloane could do such a thing right at the end! Yes, there is a cliffhanger, but what a cliffhanger it is!!!
The characters in this book are so multi-dimensional. The ones you think you hate when you first meet them, have a knack of growing on you & before you know it you think they’re great & you’re rooting for them.
Addie is a strong, stubborn, in depend.it woman. Her strength & willpower are to be tested to the absolute limit in the book. Xander has my heart & has completely ruined me in this book!
I found Crash to be darker, more emotional & more twisted than Descent. But the world that Sloane has created continues to grow with each page & each book. Crash has helped to clarify some of the issues raised in Descent but I have been left with just as many new questions; that I know are answered in Soar book 3 because I’ve already read it 😉
The characters become further entangled with each other & allies found where you wouldn’t expect them to be. This book is a complex twisted web of details that are only unravelled when Sloane decides to tell you. The way Sloane writes shows the passion she has for these characters & this story, as well as the emotion & thought that has been put into creating such an enchanting world & collection of people.
✫.•° Soar; Immortal Chronicles #3 by Sloane Murphy °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
There is only so much one person can endure before they break.
There was nothing I ever wanted less than to be Princess at the Royal Court.
After devastation rocked my whole world, the return of my mother doesn’t seem like the dream it was supposed to be.
I know how to be a warrior. I have no idea how to be a princess…
With her whole world turned upside down, and her heart still broken, who will
Addie be at the end of it all?
Hearts can break, faith can plummet, but souls can Soar.
So book #3 of The Immortal Chronicles… I read this straight after book #2 & I’m so glad I had this ready to read. I’m going to try & keep this spoiler free. What to say… Firstly you MUST read books 1&2 before reading Soar.
Soar throws us right back to where Crash left off. We rejoin Addie as she tries to deal with the events of book #2. We watch as she is given no choice but to join her family & take her rightful place in it.
These characters are amazing. They are so lovable & so realistic. Their emotions are so strong & consuming both for them & for us as readers. It’s clear to see just how & why they feel the way they do, everything about the characters draws you in & allows them further into your heart.
The overall plot is an intricate, tangled web of action, drama & details that is carefully unravelled before our eyes. Soar grabs a hold of your attention from the very beginning & pulls you further into the story & doesn’t let you go until the very end. Which then leaves you wanting more!
Sloane has written a powerful, beautiful, descriptive piece of awesomeness. Seriously this book is so good! As I was reading I was trying to guess what was coming up, but I never managed to guess correctly. Just when I thought I had an idea; BAM; I was met with an unexpected twist.
Even though this is book 3, I feel like those characters & this author have a lot more to give. I’m intrigued to see just where we will be taken in book #4. Soar does end on a cliffhanger, compared to the cliffhangers at the end of the first 2 books, this one is EPIC!!! 🙂 No way in my wildest dreams did I see it coming!
My initial thoughts at the end of Soar were WTF? Sloane, how the hell could you do that? Did you really end it there? Where in the name of all that is holy is book #4? I NEED Book #4!
Sloane, you’re evil, EVIL I tell you!
Honestly peeps if you haven’t read this series, please do. But be prepared for a ton of emotions & heartache.
Awesome Book Sloane! Can’t wait for book #4.
✫.•° Rapture; The Immortal Chronicles #4 by Sloane Murphy °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
The Final Instalment
I never wanted to lie to her, but I knew I couldn’t keep her safe if she knew.
I hurt her, more than I ever wanted to and I have to live with that each day that I’m away from her. But one day she’ll know, that every day spent away from her was hell.
I have been sat (im)patiently waiting for this book ever since l finished reading book 3. I wanted to read this book so bad but at the same time I didn’t because I know it’s the end of the series & I don’t want to say bye to these characters, but I have now 🙁 I honestly did not see that ending coming, I was most definitely not prepared for that ending.
It’s safe to say that after reading books 1-3 I had become quite attached to these characters, I mean really attached, but Xander & Addie more than the others. I thought Sloane had destroyed my heart in book 3 but I was wrong, so wrong! Now however I know she has, she has literally destroyed my heart, shredded it into tiny little pieces!!! I cried, twice!! -I’m saying no more for fear of spoiling the story for those who haven’t read it yet!
These characters have grown & flourished in every book & Rapture is no exception. Addie continues to adapt & grow with every challenge she faces. In book 1 I never would have thought Addie would be willing or capable of being a Princess but she steps up to the challenge & I think she nails it!
All of the characters; I won’t name names just in case you haven’t read the other books in the series; play their roles exceedingly well. They all bring different elements to the overall story & help to weave a spellbinding tale for us readers to devour.
The overall plot is not what I was expecting to happen. There are twists & turns that I didn’t see coming, & when you least expect them. I felt like there were a couple of parts that were skipped over, they were mentioned after the event happened as opposed to us experiencing the event alongside the characters. It doesn’t really take away from the story as a whole, it just made it feel a little rushed in those particular places. The ending is… one hell of an ending! As much as it wasn’t what I thought would happen, it is right, it fits perfectly. I fully understand the reasoning behind the ending especially as I know Addie.
Sloane’s writing has been a pleasure to read once again. Her writing creates a world that sucks you in & holds you captive until the bitter end. You experience everything with these characters as if you are physically alongside them. You cheer them on, fear for them, cry for them & your heartbreaks right along with theirs!
I’m truly sad to say goodbye to this lot. But I’m excited to see what Sloane comes up with for us readers next.
✫.•°Meet The Author °•.✫
Hi everyone! I’m Sloane *waves*. I’m 27, a total book nerd with a penchant for travel and I probably use the words Dude & Awesomesauce far too often in real life.! I write mainly Paranormal Romance NA & YA, but I’ll be branching out into other Romance genres too.
I was born and raised in Peterborough, England along with 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a plethora of cousins, I come from a REALLY big family! I’m one of the clumsiest people you’ll ever meet, but I try to stay on my feet *haha*. I still live here with Mr M & our fur baby Arya.
Please don’t be afraid to come and say hi! I don’t bite I swear 🙂
Now she’s on an uphill battle to find herself, once more.
Will love help, or hinder the fight?
Sometimes, deciding who you are, means deciding who you’ll never be again.
✫.•° My Review °•.✫
This is a really good book, it’s the first of JA Heron’s books that I have read and it won’t be the last.
I found myself completely immersed in Kat and Benny’s lives. These 2 characters so very real and as if they were actual friends. Kat and Benny come from very different backgrounds, but that doesn’t stop them from being best friends. Kat has dealt with so much in her life so far. When did things become too much for Kat, Benny has no choice but to step in and help save her best friend.
This book was nothing like what I was expecting. It’s clear to see that the author of put a lot of thought, emotion and research into her writing. She deals with a real but hard-hitting issue but she does it in a way that shows consideration and sensitivity whilst allowing us to understand just what Kat is dealing with.
This book has so much packed into it; a great storyline, love, heartbreak, friendships, loss and sadness. It also shows just how strong some people really are!
I’m really glad I had the chance to read Jersey girl and I’m looking forward to discovering more of JA Heron’s work.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Jane Is a self-confessed coffee addict and chocoholic. Like most women, she enjoys nothing more than snuggling with an enjoyable book, a steaming mug of coffee with a few munchies on hand.
She is a proud Indie Author and loves the freedom to write at her own pace, usually embracing a cup of coffee, while her three cats keep her company. She can often be found reading aloud what she has written to them, but they don’t offer much of an opinion.
Jane lives in a small town called Burton on Trent, Staffordshire in the heart of England. This small town where she lives is famous for making beer (the home of Coors Brewery), and the very smelly birthplace of Marmite. She has called this industrial town ‘home’, all her life.
Jane is a mother, a wife and loves to write books of all genres. She believes in variety and loves nothing more than to try her hand at anything her mind conjures up.
Her back catalogue includes:
Erotic romance ~ ‘Belleza’
Erotic romance ~ ‘Alias’
Erotic thriller ~ ‘30 Days’
Women’s comedy drama ~ ‘GirlsQuad – A Best of Friends series: Book one’
Women’s comedy drama ~ ‘GirlsQuad – A Best of Friends series: Book Two’
A contemporary romance ~ Jersey Girl
She is currently working on a few bright, shiny, and new projects, due to be released very soon.
Jane believes in her work, she believes in her stories and she hopes you will too, she will be bringing you lots more tales from the heart.
Title: Deviant Attraction A Dark and Dirty Collection
Author: Jennifer Bene
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Sometimes you can’t fight attraction.
No matter how deviant it may be.In this naughty collection everyone has their deviant desires, secret
fantasies, and wicked attractions that tempt them into the unknown. Whether
it’s a private party where a good girl gets the chance to bring her dark side
out to play, or a high school reunion where a second chance at the love of her
life gets even better when his best friend wants to play too — ‘The Invitation’
and ‘Reunited’ will give you all the kinky menage romance you can handle!
And if you’re feeling extra naughty, the twisted novella ‘The Rite’ brings
together danger, dark lust, and a magical HEA to take you through the darkness
and into the bright light of love.
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bene brings all three of her
hot, deviant, and oh so dirty novellas together — available in print for the
Includes all three novellas and their accompanying short stories: ‘The
Invitation’ with short story ‘Ben’s Day’, ‘Reunited’ with extended ending ‘A
Night Off’, and ‘The Rite’ with extended ending ‘Magic is a B*tch’!
Bene is a USA Today bestselling
author of dangerously sexy and deviously dark romance. From BDSM, to Suspense,
Dark Romance, and Thrillers — she writes it all. Always delivering a twisty,
spine-tingling journey with the promise of a happily-ever-after.
The first time Toby Hunter got arrested for defending Lilac Clarke’s honour, he was only fifteen years old, but he’d loved her from behind his black-rimmed glasses for as long as he could remember.
With a desperate need to protect her from a distance, one arrest turned to two, two soon turning into three, and before Toby knew what was happening, the sleepy village of Southwold was turning against him for daring to stand up for a girl like Lilac.
Beautiful Lilac with her flowers in her hair, her camera in her hands, and her sweet, pink, sugary-lipped kisses.
They could hate him for loving her all they wanted. Toby was a boy who did what was right, not what was easy, and he was always going to grow to be the man willing to give her what she deserved.
I have a lot of Victoria’s books on my TBR list, but I’ve never managed to find time to read them. When A Girl Like Lilac was released I saw so many people saying how good it was that I decided to grab myself a copy and see what all the fuss was about! So, A Girl Like Lilac is the first of Victoria’s books that I’ve read and now I know I need to read more of her work!!
A Girl Like Lilac is a coming of age story like none other than I’ve read. It’s clear that there has been a lot of thought, care and attention devoted to this book and characters. The characters are far from being perfect, they are flawed which only proves that they are human, as no one is perfect. This is a very real story not only does A Girl Like Lilac portrays a story of love, it highlights the real-life issues and struggles that we all live through and deal with.
Toby and Lilac are put through so much in this book and I felt like I was every bit a part of this journey. I enjoyed every bit of Toby and Lilac’s lives that I was privileged to be a part of. A Girl Like Lilac is an emotional story and a true rollercoaster ride. I felt every emotion as if it was one of my own, and the emotions that were my own were fitting for what I was reading.
Victoria’s writing style has shown me just how talented an author she truly is. This story was a truly amazing display of friendship, love and life. I was hooked from the very first page and the more I read the further into Toby and Lilac’s lives I was drawn.
A Girl Like Lilac for me was, no, is a fantastic, beautiful and emotional story, one that I will not be forgetting in a hurry!
I’m so glad that I’ve read this book and I now can’t wait to read more of
If you’re looking for an emotional, romantic, realistic coming of age story, then I strongly recommend reading A Girl Like Lilac!
A huge 5 stars from me!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you don’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.
AJ Love, previously written as Annie Hughes, brings you a contemporary romance with a dark twist. This shady romance will take you on a rollercoaster as Layton and Kane fight their way through the bad, the tragedy, to find each other as well as their own peace. Check out the hot new cover for Even at Your Darkest, with the story itself coming soon.
Life being Layton Parks isn’t easy. Everything she touches seems to just fall apart at her fingertips – the air conditioning, the coffee maker, her ability to say no. A push over at heart, Layton does what she’s told, when she’s told. With two jobs bleeding her dry, she barely has time to register the rut she seems to have fallen in. Despite this, she’s okay with her life. It’s simple and uncomplicated.
Until it isn’t.
Kane Thatcher doesn’t need any help in being broken because he’s already a walking mass of shattered shards. Unlike Layton, Kane is no one’s Yes Man. After a split decision three years previous turned his world upside down, he’s finally living independent, with no one to worry about but himself.
Until he isn’t.
He’s curious about her, and determined to make her stand up for herself and be who she wants to be.
She’s a little scared of him, yet knows there’s a softer side of him hiding behind all the hate.
Will they bring out the best in each other, or will outside obstacles force out the worst? Will hate win over love, or will they be able to navigate their way through it together?
My name is Sebastian, but they call me the Killer. I have never lost a fight; never let anyone touch me without regretting it. I am a fighter, that’s how I survive in the gutter that is The Market, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Rome.
Rome, the city of eternal beauty. But also the city of lost souls. When gangster Alejandro de la Crux wanted to have a word with me, I had no idea what was coming. He wanted me- the Killer- to protect his ex-wife and his son, while he went into hiding. Someone wanted him dead, wanted all of them dead. I had no idea it was Andrea, the woman I had met years before, the woman I had lost my head for.
It was her. She needed help. And I wasn’t going to let anyone touch her, not even her ex-husband Alejandro de la Crux.
“He’s going to kill us if he finds out” she told me. “I am going to hell anyway” I whispered in her ear, before moving down to kiss her again. “I am coming with you” she murmured against my mouth.
This is the first book by Laura Rossi I have read, let me say now it won’t be the last.
I was completely captivated by the story and characters, Sebastian and Angela both grew on me, making me feel as though I was part of their story. Sebastian and Angela experience so much in this book, but no matter what they face they seem to continue to meet it head on and continue to fight for what they believe in.
Laura has written an epic rollercoaster of emotions, her talented words are like a fishing rod loaded with bait, I was the fish that took the bait and was then reeled in hook line and sinker! I was pulled into this story alongside Sebastian and Angela, I felt their emotions as if they were my own.
Laura’s writing style captivated my attention in kept me hooked until the very end, even then I still wanted more. As the story unfolded I was kept trying to guess just what was coming next, each time I thought I knew I was met by another twist that I did not see coming.
Skins is a story that I won’t forget easily it safe to say that Skins made it onto my list of 2018 top reads. I’m looking forward to reading Scars.
✫.•° Scars: Sequel to Skins °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
I gasped for air and counted my last breaths.
One, pain shot up my stomach.
Two, my throat burned.
I kept looking at the sky, as I lost any will to move.
Before my eyes closed, my last thoughts were for Andrea.
They thought prison would change me, that isolation would make me weak, maybe break me. But I wasn’t alone, I always had the darkness with me.
My name is Alejandro De la Crux and I never let anyone cross me without paying the price, their lives for my honour.
I was left to rot in prison by my ex wife and her lover, The Killer. That Rat.
They thought they could run away from me, that they could live happily ever after. No one can fool the devil, no one can fool Alejandro De la Crux.
“Patience, revenge takes time. But it will come, my time will come.
Note to reader: Scars is the sequel to Skins. Although the book can be read as a standalone, reading the prequel Skins is highly recommended to fully understand the characters and the series of events described in the story.
This is the sequel to Skins; which not only did I rate 5 stars but also was one of my top reads of 2018 so far; I did not expect Scars to rival that position, but it does.
I’m going to try so hard to write this review without giving anything away.
Scars is written in 3 different POV’s; Andrea, Sebastian and Alejandro; it’s perfectly clear who’s POV you’re reading and when. The 3-person POV works extremely well in the book as it allows us into the mind of each character. It allows us to understand the thoughts and feelings of each of them. Scars gives us an insight into the mind of an obsessive monster; Alejandro, as well as the intelligent and protective minds of Andrea and Sebastian.
These characters have grown and developed so much they are so intense and complex, just when you think you know them they show yet another side or layer. With each of these new layers, I found myself loving or hating them more.
The emotion in this book is palpable, and it’s not just the emotion from the characters but the emotion that Laura has put into her writing. More than once I found I was either holding my breath or my heart was pounding, I also found myself extremely close to tears.
Laura’s writing style is incredibly clear and shows her natural talent for writing a darker more twisted story, although I haven’t yet read her other work. The way Laura switches from one POV to the other seems effortless and seamless. The characters had already worked their way under my skin after reading Skins, now they are firmly in my heart.
Overall this book is amazing, however, you MUST read Skins first!!
If you want an intricately woven web of intense, gripping, gut-wrenching, breathtaking suspense, with action and an epic tale of love then this is the book; well 2 books for you!
Discover how it all began… Franklyn Jones is a devoted husband, a loving father and a middle manager working in London. His only secret is he can see ‘The Otherside’, a world that hides in the shadows of our own. After his claims of these creatures leads to the loss of his family and his commitment to a mental health facility, Franklyn’s life came to a complete stand still.
Eventually, Franklyn is recruited by the BTCO, a secret agency that monitors and maintains the truce between both worlds. Thrust into an advanced training regime based on his ‘gifts’, Franklyn soon finds himself out on his first case, investigating the disappearance of several people in Elvedon Forest in Suffolk.
Closely monitored by his trainer, Denham, Franklyn edges further into this new world, hunting a violent entity that lives within the trees, whilst also being watched by a mysterious warrior. The explosive prequel novella to DOORWAYS and THE ABSENT MAN, BERMUDA takes you back to where it all started.
Bermuda takes us back to the beginning, this is our chance to learn about Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones. We are taken back to Franklyn’s life before the BTCO. Bermuda allows us to understand what he went through and what has happened to make him who he is today.
Franklyn is found by the BTCO and he is showing the BTCO headquarters, where he begins his training. Whilst undergoing training a case comes in that the BTCO decide that Franklyn can handle along with Denham.
So story aside… I’d hate to post any spoilers 😉
I think that Rob has written a fantastic prequel to the other books in this series. Bermuda answers the questions that I had after reading Doorways and The Absent Man. Bermuda clarifies the part of Franklyn’s life before the BTCO as well as the beginning of his BTCO career.
Rob’s writing style grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held me captive until the very last word, and even then I still wanted more!
I felt like I was there right alongside Franklyn experiencing everything with him. His thoughts and feelings felt as though they could have been my own.
Having finished reading Bermuda I now feel as though I understand Franklyn a lot more. Franklyn has experienced so much, he has developed, learnt and grown so much since he was just Franklyn Jones, husband and father!
I like the guy and genuinely do feel for him. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every page of Bermuda and I cannot wait to see what Rob has in store for Franklyn in the future.
Honestly, if you haven’t read Bermuda you really need to and if you haven’t read any of the other Bermuda books you really should, I don’t think you’d be disappointed.
✫.•° Doorways; Bermuda Jones Case Files #1 °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
There is more to the shadows than just darkness
The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency, whose members all possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see this other world.
Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to the Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with both worlds, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.
As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a threat that could destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.
Discover a new world in this fast-paced urban fantasy packed with thrills, action and the odd one liner.
I’ve been really lucky, and I’ve met Rob. He was a signing in Peterborough last October, this was the first time I had ever heard about him. He’s a lovely bloke, my only regret was not purchasing a signed copy of his books, maybe next time though.
This is the first of Rob’s books that I’ve read, and it will not be the last one!
Bermuda Jones is different he has the ‘knack’; the ability to see what other people can’t. It is because of this that Bermuda works for a government agency that is so secret almost no one knows it exists. When people start going missing Bermuda and his partner Argyle are sent to investigate the disappearances and put them to put an end to them. Will they be able to get one step ahead and stop the next one from happening?
This book had me utterly hooked from the start. Doorways to me is a mixture of supernatural/ fantasy and crime thriller with some mystery and I think it works really well. I have loved how Doorways brings together the fantasy/supernatural world as well as the real world. The book is set in the real world but with creatures from the ‘otherside’ in it too. Doorways explains these ‘others’ as creatures from the ‘otherside’ that exist in the real world but can’t be seen by everyone. The ‘neithers’ are creatures from the ‘otherside’ who work and fight for the real world like Argyle and Vincent.
Even though the ‘others’ and the ‘otherside’ are thought to be fantasy and made up, I found myself more than once thinking what if they are real? what if they do exist but we just can’t see them? Rob has given these ‘other’ characters a life which is very believable, Bermuda is portrayed in a very realistic way, I really do feel for the guy, because of his gift (or curse as he calls it) he’s been through and lost so much, and that is something he’s still struggling to deal/cope with. I love how this guy despite hating that he has the ‘knack’ still continues to fight and tries to save everyone, all whilst flaunting his lack of respect for his superiors at the BTCO.
I found Rob’s writing to be very informative and descriptive, which makes envisioning the story really easy, it’s almost like watching a movie in your own mind! It’s clear that Rob has invested a lot of energy, time, love and care into writing Doorways.
Doorways is packed full of mystery action and humour too; the humour does break-up the more serious tense moments incredibly well.
I feel that Doorways is a great start to the Bermuda Case Files Series and I’m itching to see just what happens next.
On to The Absent Man!
Yeah, I have that ready and waiting on my Kindle 🙂
✫.•° The Absent Man; Bermuda Jones Case Files #2 °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
Something is killing…
A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town.
Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn’t know with a police force that doesn’t want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows.
It’s been 6 months since Bermuda and Argyle saved the world from Barnaby. Now Bermuda & Argyle are being sent to Glasgow to the track another killer. This one is ripping the heart clean out of its victims.
As Bermuda and Argyle hunt down this murderer they seem to be unaware of the horror that lurks in the shadows, stalking them too! Can Bermuda and Argyle stop this murderer, or will they become the hunted?
Once again, I was thoroughly hooked from the very beginning. What’s not to love about this book. It is jampacked from cover to cover with action, creatures from another world, emotion and twists.
Bermuda had just started trying to repair some parts of his personal life when he was sent to Glasgow, this sets back his progress when he misses his daughter’s birthday and fails to phone her first thing due to being unconscious.
Bermuda is an amazing character he constantly puts the needs of the BTCO and the world before himself and his personal life. As well as having to hunt for killer Bermuda must deal with the Glaswegian police and the wrath of the BTCO seniors and his own guilt and emotions.
Rob has such an amazing way with his words. He has created another world right alongside his real world, both worlds are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters are fitting and have a real ability to get under your skin, they had begun to feel like friends in the first book and now that friendship is reaffirmed.
The writing style of Rob is clear and has a seamless flow to it. He can swap from action scenes to more personal scenes/moments with ease. Each scene leads effortlessly to the next. Rob packs so much detail into his writing, the time emotion and energy that Rob has put into his writing is clear to see.
I have loved every page in The Absent Man and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Robert has in store for Bermuda and Argyle in book 3!
Rob, is it done yet? *Stares hopefully at Rob*
✫.•° About Robert Enright °•.✫
Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).
After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!