You Dont Have To Say You Love Me – Sara Manning

8471815Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?

Like other Sara Manning books this one was slow to start off with, but don’t let the leisurely start put you off.  It’s funny when you get in to it and you can’t help warming to the lead character; Neve.  Neve has food issues that I can relate to.  She’s lost an immense amount of weight in a hope that being a size 10 will make other people view her differently and her happy.  She’s in love with a guy who she was at Uni with, he hasn’t seen her for three years but he’s due back in a few months.  The story is about how Neve feels that she needs to have dating and relationship experience so that when William comes back from the States she wouldn’t make any mistakes.  That really does sum up Neve’s low self esteem, she’s been bullied all her life about her weight, burying her nose in a book to escape real life.  Neve meets Max and they embark on quite a hilarious pancake relationship, but Max has his own issues.  I’m rating this as a must read.

Getting Away With It – Julie Cohen

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  Liza Haven couldn’t wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free – and that’s just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee’s dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza’s always been the bad twin, but as she struggles to keep up the masquerade and puzzle out where her sister has gone, she realises it’s not so simple. She’s spent her whole life getting away with it – is it finally time to face up to who she really is and where she really belongs?

 

So the gist of this book is there are two twins, one a “good” (Lee) then other “bad” (Liz).  Lee disappears and Liz returns home to take her place running the family ice cream business.  Liz takes her place because in their home village she’s not liked at all and feels it’s easier to pretend to be the good twin.  I thought that it would be confusing as the twins have quite similar names but the story when following Liz is in first person where when following Lee it’s in third person.  There’s also the standard complication of a love interest for Liz who happens to be Lee’s boyfriend!  It’s a good read, something to save for a rainy day.

The Dark Duet – C.J. Roberts

https://i0.wp.com/d.gr-assets.com/books/1315343569l/12513614.jpgBOOK ONE OF THE DARK DUET: Captive in the Dark

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

https://i1.wp.com/d.gr-assets.com/books/1335114363l/13612739.jpgBOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUET: Seduced in the Dark
The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

 

I must warn you that these books contain very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.  Think Fifty Shades meets the Liam Nielson film Taken.  The story is good, it is quite a taboo subject the author is writing about and the twist although predictable was well written.  There are some places where it gets a bit much and I think it will put many readers off.  And it could be compared to a Fifty Shades in many places – I think I liked these books better than FSOG mainly down to the quality of writing.  Although like FSOG I did find it slow and repetitive in places.  I’m going to rate these as a good read.  They’re worth a read as they are very unusual and not a subject I’ve read about before.

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