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The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan

the tied manLilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle.
On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin. She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits.
As the weeks pass, Lilith finds that she too is drawn into the malign web that her patron has spun, yet against the odds she forges a strong friendship with the damaged, dysfunctional Finn. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer.
Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sex.

Grade: A-

I read this book at a time that I was becoming convinced that there were no decent self-published e-books left to read. Lucky for me, Tabitha McGowan not only proved me wrong, she introduced me to a cast of characters so real and vibrant I mourned finishing the story.

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Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines


fallenShe is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve
and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick
mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing
that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s
desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never
been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her
mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their
sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the
lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is
her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs
off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also
getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll
never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may
never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen
too far.

Grade: D

This book was dangerously close to a DNF for me. I wasn’t too angry, I think it only cost 99 cents. But I recall thinking that the writing was so bad that reading it as a kind of joke saved me from wanting to bang my Kindle against my head.

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