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Six Brothers (Gypsy Brothers #2) by Lili St. Germain *Review and Excerpt*

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Title: Six Brothers (Gypsy Brothers #2)

Author: Lili St. Germain

Genre: Erotica

Release Date: February 10, 2014

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Synopsis

I have lied.

I have cheated.

I have given my body and my life to the man who destroyed my family and left me for dead.

I have killed, I have sinned, and worst of all, I have enjoyed the misery of others.

I have licked the salty tears of a father mourning his firstborn son, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet.

I have died, and I have been resurrected, a phoenix from the ashes.

I know I’m going to hell. I’ll burn in the fiery pits alongside Dornan and his sons for the things I’ve done, and for the things I’m about to do.

But I don’t care. It will be worth every lick of the devil’s flames on my guilty flesh to destroy Dornan Ross.

One down. Six to go.

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Review

4 stars

And here I thought I was ready for Six Brothers. Pfft! That would be a resounding NO.

If I thought Seven Sons had it all, I was mistaken. This story has MORE – more of the gritty, the darker and the edgy.

Sammi aka Juliette continues with her quest to eliminate Dornan’s sons one by one and she’s not opposed to strike when Dornan’s defenses are down. Picking up where Seven Sons left off, Lili St, Germain places Sammi in the middle of the chaos unfolding after Chad’s death.

Dornan is overwhelmed by Chad’s death and Sammi figures that she must provide him comfort at his time of need. Although disgusted by the lengths she goes through to gain Dornan’s trust, she soldiers on even going so far as to find pleasure in Dornan’s suffering. But the one regret she does carry centers solely on that one brother, Jace, the boy who won her heart so long ago and the one she will have to betray to complete her plan.

Conflicted emotions.

Violent encounters.

Revealed Confessions.

Deranged Pleasures. 

This story had it all and then some. I appreciated the bit of back history that was revealed in the story and the times where Sammi showed some vulnerability. Granted, these were few and and far between, but they were there nonetheless, which only helped me to better understand Sammi’s need for revenge.

Once again the author managed to draw me into the story, kept a hold of my attention throughout and left me wanting more. I want more of Jace, more of Sammi and more of the revenge. No, this is not your clean cut type of story, but I wouldn’t accept Sammi’s story any other way. She is not sick, delusional or confused – she is a woman who was wronged horrendously as a child and it’s her time to hand her wrong-doers what they rightly deserve.

All in all, an excellent chapter in Sammi’s quest for revenge with emotions abound, intrigue and a bit of forbidden romance thrown into the mix to keep me more than interested.

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Prologue

Some people would call me a whore. A girl who sold her soul to the devil. Who let him inside her, with no remorse. Who danced with the monster who destroyed everything.

To those people, I say only this: I didn’t have to sell Dornan Ross my soul. He already owned it. And once I’ve killed him, maybe I can get it back.

When I think about life before Juliette Portland supposedly died, I think of the midday sun, and the way it caught the water, making a million tiny diamonds glisten in the Venice Beach waves. I think of laughter and first kisses, of ice cream, stolen beer, and Ferris wheels.

I think of how much I loved Jason Ross, and how valiantly he fought to protect me when the rest of his family were beating and fucking me to within an inch of my life.

I think about my father, and how whenever he was near, I felt safe, no matter what.

I think about my mother, and how indifferent she was to my existence, to the point where my father was going to take me away from everything, including her, so that we could have a life free of the constant danger that a club like the Gypsy Brothers meant.

I think of how, if he had succeeded, what a wonderful life that would have been.

It’s true what they say—keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Only, they forgot to add: Don’t keep your enemies so close that they can strike without warning. That was my father’s mistake. That was our fatal undoing.

When I was planning my revenge, I vowed not to make the same mistakes he did. Allowing the enemy too close—Dornan was VP of the club, my father had been the President, but he had been quickly losing control as Dornan and his sons outnumbered him.

I vowed not to make the same mistakes my father did. But here, now, laying pinned beneath Dornan as he fills me with his rage and grief, his eldest son dead by my hand and the funeral in just a few hours, I have to wonder if I’m heading down the exact path that led to our destruction all those years ago.

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Book One – Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers #1)

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About the Author

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Lili writes dark erotica and NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, is due to be released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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Touched By Another by t.h. snyder *Review and Excerpt*

 

Title: Touched By Another (Touch #3)

Author: t.h. snyder

Release Date: January 26th 2014

Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/82864893

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Lately, Emma MacIntyre has been pretending to live the life of a perfect wife while her husband Keith takes control over her family business. With the loss of her parents to a tragic car accident and a fight that causes her brother, Riley, to move out of state Emma chooses to stand by her husband.

While sorting out her parent’s estate, Emma stumbles across a few hidden secrets that she suspects Keith has kept her from. Heartbroken Emma turns to her brother for support, hoping to also rekindle their own broken relationship. When she moves to Boston Emma finds herself reacting to a complete stranger when he is willing to comfort her and listen to her pain.

Is Emma ready to move on with her life and leave the hurt of her failing marriage behind? Will Emma fight the urge to fall once she has been Touched by Another?

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3-5 stars

I had the opportunity to read these 3 books back to back so I thought it best if I did a combined review instead of one for each book. I usually don’t go about it this way, but each story in the series takes place within the same timeline and are intricately woven together.

I don’t mind having stories in a series overlap, but I can’t help but think that it could have been brought to the page in a different manner.

In Touch Me, book 1 in the series, we get to experience Char and Riley’s story. Although an insta-love story, which I’m not usually a fan of, the author did bring forth their connection making it easier for me to overlook my dislike of the concept. I loved their banter and their easy camaraderie. I thought Riley was a bit too perfect and understanding, but I could see he truly cared for Char.

In this book we get to meet Derrick, Char’s best friend. He’s been dating Char’s sister, Chloe, since they were teenagers and now are going through a long distance relationship while Chloe pursues her dream in Los Angeles and Derrick remains in Boston.

Touched by You, book 2 in the series, tells the story about how Derrick and Chloe came to be a couple and the hardships they’ve had to endure to still be together.

Of the three stories, this was my favorite. It had more range in emotions and although it overlapped with the previous book, it also brought along events that affected not only Derrick and Chloe but Char and Riley too.

I enjoyed watching as Derrick and Chloe’s relationship strengthened with each new obstacle thrown their way. They were determined to make it work, but their downfall was inevitable as long as distance remained in their path. Thankfully, their love for each other was strong enough that when tragedy struck and they found themselves facing an uncertain future they could depend on each other and give their relationship another chance.

Emma has been living with Derrick while she gets settled in her new life in Boston. After leaving her husband, she needed to move away from reminders of her former live. She spends time with her brother, Riley, as well as with Char and Derrick. She’s not looking for a relationship, but appreciates the kindness she’s been shown since she arrived in Boston, especially Pete’s. There is something in the quiet man that draws her to him.

Pete just got out of a relationship and is not ready to start a new one. But Emma is new to the city and he wants to make her feel comfortable now that she’s planning to start her life anew. As they start to spend time together, they develop a solid friendship based on trust and mutual respect. Neither one of them wants to risk their friendship by exploring the attraction that simmers between them but fate is a sneaky bitch. Acknowledging the fact that life’s too short to live wondering what if and regretting actions not taken, Emma and Pete give into their attraction and feelings.

Touched by Another tells Emma and Pete’s second chance story. I loved watching them together and thought they fit perfectly – both hurt by past relationships, but longing to connect to someone. Their interactions were honest and deepened the romantic connection that was developing as the story progressed.

And here is where my problem lies. Much of the content of this story became repetitive to me, especially when full dialogue I had read in Touched by You was brought to the page. Again, I don’t mind stories intersecting, but I felt that details and aspects of the story that dealt with Emma and Pete’s developing romance were not explored fully. I felt cheated in a way because I wanted to experience their relationship fully regardless of the events that transpired.

In conclusion, each story was sweet and romantic with interesting characters that not only had chemistry but were deeply connected to each other. I enjoyed each couple’s journey and was glad to see them take advantage of their second chance in life

Excerpt

There really is so much we need to talk about and I don’t want to push her into anything too soon. The last thing I want to do is hurt her or scare her because I’m moving too fast.

It drives me crazy how much I care about her. I watch as she talks with everyone. Her smile and those eyes can light up a room, at least for me they can. She’s such a caring person; always putting the needs of others before her own. I know one of the things she wanted to accomplish with her move to Boston was to start putting herself first more often. It’s hard for her; it’s not in her nature to push others away. It’s one of her qualities that makes me love her so much. No matter what she needs or what I want to do for her, she always makes a point to make sure I have what I need first.

She’s something so special to me now that I don’t know what I would do if I lost her.

About the Author


t. h. Snyder was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books. Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!

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