Thursday, 8 July 2021

Devil you Know Teaser - The Sequel to Beautiful Dangerous is coming!

I believed in happy-ever-afters. I did. Maybe not the kind most people dream of, but my life wasn’t like theirs. OK, in the beginning it was, I was an ordinary girl from an ordinary world living an ordinary life. But that changed, in a heartbeat, and my ordinary life suddenly became extraordinary; dangerous. Deadly. Anyway, it’s a long story, one I’ve already told, once, and that life, I walked away from it. Because I found my happy-ever-after. But it didn’t come without a price. It wasn’t something that was gifted to me, I had to fight for it. We had to fight for each other.

Was the pain worth it?

Yes.

Was the loss of life that came with that fight something I regret?

No.

Sometimes.

Maybe a little, I try not to think about it too much.

Was my happy-ever-after perfect, once the pain had subsided?

It was. As perfect as it could be, anyway.

But nothing is forever.

No-one stays the same, no matter how much they think they do. They don’t.

Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. People start wars without realizing what they’re doing. It happens, even in a world you thought was safer. We can never stray too far from our past, even if we feel like we’ve left it behind us. We haven’t. We can’t. Even fairytales suck, believe me, I know. I know.

But sometimes we need to go back. We have to, go back. Shit happens, shit we always saw coming, we just chose to ignore it. Until we had no other choice. But it still hit like a punch to the gut, knowing we had to fight all over again; knowing that starting that fight, it was going to threaten everything. Knowing that the person you were before, the one you’d tried so hard to walk away from, you have to bring them back. You have to. And that’s what I was scared of. What we were both scared of.

I thought my future was certain.

That was my first mistake.

I thought nothing could touch us anymore.

That was my second.

I thought love could overcome anything, and I don’t want to be proved wrong, but I might be. I might be…

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I became too complacent. Too relaxed. I stopped looking over my shoulder when backward glances should’ve been constant. And now – now we’re paying the price. And that just might be the thing that breaks me. Us. All of us.

My name was Olivia Delgado.

And my story’s not over yet…


Devil You Know will be released later this summer. Watch this space for more details.



 

Book 1 in The Cartel Queens Series - Beautiful Dangerous - is available to download HERE, and it's FREE to read if you have Kindle Unlimited.


Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Book review - Seminars and Shenanigans by Kathryn Brown

 



Gary Stringer's grown up, at least, that's what we're led to believe as we begin this long-awaited sequel to Bedknobs and Bachelors, where we were first introduced to Kathryn Brown's loveable lad-about-town.

As we catch up with Gary, it would appear he has, indeed, moved on from the man he once was. He's settled down. He has a family of his own now, good friends, a decent job, on the surface everything appears to be going well. But nothing is really as it seems, as we soon find out. 

Seminars and Shenanigans is a funny, often laugh-out-loud story of a man struggling with what he feels he should do, and what it is he really wants out of life, because, of course, you only get one of those. And whilst Gary Stringer won't be everyone's cup of tea, I like him. Kathryn has created a character with depth, a jack-the-lad who is so much more than that, and she is one of those authors who knows how to write comedy. This book made me smile, a lot, but there were also times when I was shouting at my Kindle because Gary Stringer can also be incredibly frustrating. But that's good. If you find yourself caring about a character then the author has done their job, and I cared about Gary Stringer. Yes, he's cocky, but not arrogant. He knows he's flawed, and that's what makes him likeable, his vulnerability. There are many times when he questions himself, and his actions, because deep down he's a good man, who wants to do right by the people he loves. And that's what I loved about this story, the fact that Gary makes mistakes, and he realises that - sometimes too late, but that's life, right? But those mistakes are what moves the character, and his story, forward. In Seminars and Shenanigans Gary's dealing with another crossroads in his life, but a very different one this time around. He knows he has to grow up, once and for all, but that doesn't mean he has to do it the conventional way. He's doing it his way. And that's what makes this book a breath of fresh air. Gary's journey is one that forces him to face his demons, it's a wake-up call, and by the end of the book, yes, I still had a smile on my face, but also a slight lump in my throat.

Full of humour, eye-opening conquests (Kathryn Brown can write a HOT sex scene!), and with the ability to still tug at your heartstrings, I loved this book. Gary Stringer is one of those characters you don't forget in a hurry, and that's testament to the author's writing. Five stars from me, and if we ever get the chance to meet Gary Stringer again, well, I for one wouldn't complain. 

Seminars and Shenanigans is out now, and it's FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited! It's also available in paperback. 

To Buy Links:

Seminars and Shenanigans Kindle

Seminars and Shenanigans Paperback


And if you want to find out how Gary Stringer's story began, why not check out Bedknobs and Bachelors? Also available to download, or in paperback.



To Buy Links:

Bedknobs and Bachelors Kindle

Bedknobs and Bachelors Paperback


 Michelle x