Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow

The Dangerous Hero
by Linda Barlow
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

The Dangerous HeroThe Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves Stephen Silkwood, a writer and someone who has strange tastes in deciding and manifesting love. The first woman he ever first tried his violent love on, was someone he could also never get out of his mind. As his path crosses Viola Bennett's once again, he is determined to not mess up his chances this time. Viola is plagued by the past and her complete mistrust of this man who broke her heart, shattered her dreams and completely broke her spirit. Can they both get over their pasts and their mutual wariness and admit to their feelings for each other, is what the book takes us through.

The book is a typical violent romance take on a guy who has it all, and who likes to never hear no for an answer, and a girl with a fragile heart and a cautious approach to life. The pace of the book was brisk enough to be gripping and the characterisation helped the storyline. Stephen's character was a tad predictable, with his steely demeanour and his justifications for his behaviours and actions. Nevertheless, the plot was still engaging and I would recommend this to lovers of romance genres.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses.

Viola was the first woman I ever tied up. We had one of those brief but intense summer romances.

OK, so I screwed that up. But now, years later, I've got a second chance.

The thing is, she doesn't trust me. I write novels about a brutal spymaster whose craving for blood and torture is insatiable. Hidden in my home is an authentic medieval dungeon. I'm a connoisseur of finely-wrought leather floggers, silken ropes, the restrictive corset, the binding cuff.

I don't mean to frighten her. But hey, I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Mastery and submission, pleasure and pain. I'm looking for that special partner--somebody to torment, somebody to love.

The door to my dungeon is open. It is up to her to walk in.

The Dangerous Hero is a contemporary romance novel by USA Today bestselling author and Rita Award Winner, Linda Barlow.
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About Linda Barlow

Linda Barlow is the author of 23 novels in various genres, including family sagas, historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, and general mainstream fiction.
Publishers have included Doubleday, Dell, Penguin, Warner Books, New American Library/Signet, Berkley/Putnam, Silhouette and Harlequin. Her books have been translated into approximately 20 foreign languages.
Her romances have won numerous industry awards, including the Rita from Romance Writers of America (1989), Best New Historical Romance Author from Romantic Times (1986) and a Lifetime Achievement award from Romantic Times. She also contributed two essays to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a collection of scholarly essays on the enduring appeal of the romance. This book won the Susan Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture in 1993.
Linda is now indie publishing and loving it! She is updating her backlist and writing new novels, too. The first book to be rewritten and indie-published is the new edition of her classic historical romance, Fires of Destiny, which was a finalist for the Rita Award in 1987 (available now!).
Linda served as President of Novelists, Inc. in 1992 and did two three-year terms on the Executive Council of the Authors Guild in the 1990s. She was Romance Writers of America’s keynote speaker at the annual conference in 1989.
When she is not at her computer writing, she is likely to be reading. She can't imagine what her life would be like without books!

My Lea by E. Mellyberry

My Lea (A Broken Love Story, #1)My Lea by E. Mellyberry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Aspiring for simple delights, Lea is eagerly looking forward to her new adult life, when destiny plays a cruel trick by sending Andrew her way. Cold, ruthless and detached, Andrew is someone who has let his emotions die a slow death a long while ago. Unable to resist getting drawn towards Lea, he is torn between what he wants and what he doesn't. He doesn't even hesitate to tear Lea up in the process, in order to save his sanity. Do Lea and Andrew manage to keep their feelings afloat, along with their lives, is what the book takes us through.

Ouch! Troubled hearts always make for a heart-wrenching read, as does this one. The emotional pull and the angst in this book are so compelling that the reader almost cries out in pain with the protagonist Lea when life goes wrong for her. Andrew's characterisation depicted very heavy internal conflicts, which was presumably what the author aimed for. Lea was endearing as the young, sweet and bewildered girl who loses herself in a battle with the demons. I would have loved for the pace of the book to have been more brisk.

This was still an enjoyable read.

My rating: 3 stars

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My Lea
E. Mellyberry
(A Broken Love Story #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2014
Genres: ContemporaryNew Adult
A simple girl. A broken guy. One horrible incident. When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly. Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away. He was also the guy who hurt her. Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple. Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He’d been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it. His traumatic past refused to let him go. When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.


Melly is a full-time mom, wife, and fangirl. She used to work in a school and she’s very passionate about education.
Melly has been writing children’s books since 2011 under the name mellyberry. She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, mostly MG, YA, NA, contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. She avoids horror and sci-fi as much as she can.
Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.
Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area. According to her, San Francisco is no doubt the most romantic city in the world.

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