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Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

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Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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Sigh.

You know those books that you want to end but you never want to end?
Yah.
That’s…
Last Seen Leaving.

The mystery was good. So good. And I love that I knew knew knew who who who.
And that I knew knew knew that tricky part at the end. I knew.
Happy dance you guys. I love when I figure out a good mystery well in advance. I feel super smart 🙂

Anyways I tweeted yesterday that all my Adrien with E lovers should read this book because Flynn was hands down Adrien @ 15 except without the heart issues.

I loved Flynn. I wanted to wrap him in my arms and just rock him. He reminded me of my kid in lots of ways. And it was rather endearing to this mama Bear.

January…. I swear I liked her less the more the book went on.
Ohhhhh those tangled webs we weave when 1st we practice to deceive……..
But in the end, I was happy for her….. maybe happy is too strong a word…. but I was resolved with the end. Except you know I’d like a follow up story ok.
Like say 10 years down the road.. that would be really really nice.

And I love any character with the name Kaz. Its like I have to love them just for that name alone 🙂

Also, the writing was lush.
The author really can weave a story. I love books for the way words flow together and these flowed so lovely you guys. It was like lyrical music for my soul.

Mare

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3) by Laura Thalassa

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3)

Synopsis

She’s a martyr.
A myth.
A ghost.
A legend.
She’s my soulmate and my captive, my conscience and my wrath. I love her too much to let her die; I fear her too much to wake her from her slumber.
She’s mine.
And now she’s gone.

He’s unnatural.
Undying.
Unethical.
Unstoppable.
He’s the keeper of lies and lost souls. Mine slipped through his clutches.
I am his wife, his queen, the love of his very long life.
And soon, I will be his executioner.

The Series

The Queen of All that Dies ...

The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1)
by Laura Thalassa
The Queen of Traitors (The ...
The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World, #2)
by Laura Thalassa
The Queen of All that Lives...
The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3)
by Laura Thalassa

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Silvana

 

4/4.5 Stars!

AAAH this book is by far my favorite of the three books, only due to the character growth which Montes went through. I rarely keep on reading books which have a hero that doesn’t appeal to me, however the smooth writing by the author, the drama and the heroine kept me engrossed and wanting to read. In this book , Montes managed to make the book, he was the star. In book 1, the king Montes wasn’t my ideal hero, he was weak, vain and selfish. By book 3, Montes was everything a hero should be.

Reading The Queen of All That Lives, nothing went the way I thought it would after the cliffhanger of book 2. By 49% I thought I had everything figured out and was certain of my theories as to the resolution of the conflict, I just kept on reading to see how the author will take us there; however nothing was like I predicted it to be, the author added a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. The second half of the book kept me glued to the pages.

The only reason I didn’t rate this 5 stars is due to the repetitive inner thoughts of our protagonists, I would have liked more dialogue as I really enjoyed the banter between Serenity and Montes. When I first started the series, Montes and Serenity were not a couple I was rooting for, their dysfunctional relationship had me doubting a HEA. The series went on and I fell in love with their dynamics, the mistrust, love, hate and obsession.

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“Serenity?” I glance over at him. “I was lying. You don’t get a choice. I’ll give you five minutes to change, and then whatever state of dress you’re in, my men will bring you to me.” He’s so lucky I don’t have a gun..

 

This has been quite an entertaining series, the journey to the last book has been nothing but fun. I would love a spin-off book about a certain character, just saying!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review of Burn (Dark in You #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Burn (Dark in You #1)
by Suzanne Wright

Synopsis

Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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Silvana

 

3.5/4 Stars!

This was suggested by my lovely friend Gaby, who is  a big fan of Suzanne Wright; it was my first read by Suzanne and it certainly won’t be my last.

The problem I had with first books in some series of the PNR/Fantasy genre, that a few authors concentrate on world building and developing the characters, that it takes away from the plot and the romance, not Ms Wright; We have here a complete novel IMO that had all the elements to make it enjoyable. This book had descriptive and captivating writing, an engaging and fast-moving plot, well-developed characters, suspense and action which made this FUN, FUN and more FUN to read.

One of the main things I enjoyed were the characters, and as Gabs perfectly described them, our protagonists Harper and Knox are ‘sassy and bossy’- Thank the lord for that as I was really getting sick of ‘whiny and whipped’. They were well-developed, had such great chemistry, amusing banter and the sexual tension was riveting. Suzanne Wright made a strong believer out of me, from the first few chapters that Harper and Knox belonged together.

I have to mention the secondary characters who were just as interesting and enjoyable, mainly Knox’ sentinels and Harper’s friends, I see some sparks there, can’t wait to read their own books- The villains and the suspense made for some nail-biting moments.

While it’s not a ‘I can’t put it down’ kind of read for me, I still recommend it and would read the following books.

 

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Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

23341855 The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower. Climb on and hold tight . . . In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

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Silvana

~~~4 Stars~~~
**** ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION ****

When I need a book that guarantees me a fun heroine, an alpha hero and an engaging plot that is rich in romance, humor and great characters; I always look for a KA book, whether a new book or a reread of my favorites. KA is my guilty pleasure sans the guilt- A perfect comfort read.

Ride Steady has to be my favorite out of the Chaos series, really enjoyed it. I loved the fact that it started with our hero’s back story while he was still in high school, where our heroine Carissa is a cheerleader and he is smitten with her from afar- there were moments I loved and some which were painful, how I wished to inflict pain on Carson’s dad for the way he treated him.

Fast forward to the present and Carson is known as joker, a member of Tack’s MC gang. Carson is reunited with Carissa when he helps her while stranded on the road,  finds her broken by a bitter divorce and burnt by her ex ; unfortunately she doesn’t recognize him and so starts our journey with these two.  As with all KA’s heroes, he acted like a bit of a jerk towards Carissa at the beginning, but KA alphas thankfully do not follow the concept of ‘cheap grace’, once they decide to redeem themselves in the heroine’s eyes, they go all out.

This is a book for KA’s die-hard fans, a ‘not to miss’ for her loyal readers who know the KA brand, what to expect from it and which KA never fails to deliver- a FUN read which is not heavy on angst, great writing and the best epilogues.

Click For Other Books In The Series

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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Pre-Release: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell

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About the book: 

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

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*** Thank you Mr. Hassell for a copy of the e-book ***

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He could be a stranger you gave a second glance
He could be a trophy of a one night stand
He could have your humour, but I don’t understand
‘Cause he’ll never love you like I can, can, can

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From the moment I got this book I was hard pressed to put it down. I’ve had a book hangover for dayzzzz after devouring this. Dayzzzzz.

I don’t even think it was 1 moment or 1 phrase, a word or a paragraph that stuck out to me. It was just overall badassery that Mr. Hassell knows how to bring alive on the pages.

It was the realness and the rawness and the chemistry that “contemporary romance” has been lacking something serious of late. The sexual attraction, the chemistry, the UST, the raw depths of emotion. The hey I’m not fuckin perfect. The no one is angle. All of this has been missing from the up and coming contemporary romances that have passed my e-reader by, So it was refreshing. And gritty. And so perfectly imperfect.

The characterization, the flaws, the struggles. It made it hard to read and not reflect on personal entities. The European parentals, the upbringing, nationalities, the meshing, and the people who helped you make it through.

I mentioned Badassery right. Well if Mr Hassell writes good badassery he also wrote some seriouzzzzzzzly amazing dirty talk & delicious sex scenes, So delicious that, I kid you not, broke my e-reader.

I can’t pimp this book more. I would give you quotes and teasers of the delicious sex but I figure that would just be really mean.  So if all I can give you is my word, well you have it.

Refreshing, gritty, real and raw. Also delicious.

Add it, read it, love it. Cause you will.

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Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul
There may be lovers who hold out their hands
But they’ll never love you like I can, can, can
They’ll never love you like I can, can

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AND. There’s 5 books in this series. And book 2 is going to be so so so good..,, Because Raymond.

PS. Mr Hassell if you any way feel bad about breaking my e-reader you can just make it up to me by giving me book 2 ok. We’ll call that even right?!?! Right?!?!?

Mare

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Review~~The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward

21849362 Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..

 

 

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Mare’s Review:

Dearest Virgin Scribe. JR Ward RUINED me.

I have been as per usual searching high and low for a book that would break me in 2. Well Fuck me twice, I need not search anymore.

I have had bulging eye syndrome for 4 days now. I never want to look at my face in the mirror again. Cold compresses on my eyes don’t work, hugs don’t work, nothing worked. NOTHING.

This is BDB! A book I would devour in 1 day. Because lets face it, JR Ward’s boyz are good for a few things. Great sex, funny talk, good jokes, True?

Who knew I’d read my boyz Trez and iAm and completely shatter?????????? I for sure as fuck didn’t!

Now I know lots of people are going to hate this book. Rant, rave and stew because Ward did it again!

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She killed off another Shellan.

And here’s where for me the 2 books differ. I didn’t cry when Wellsley was killed. I didn’t. Cause I don’t read BDB for the women. I read it for the guys. Face it. We all want to be that Shellan or Chosen to our favourite vamps. Shit I want an orgy with 5 of them. So the girls, meh, I don’t really care. Except for Bella. I like her 🙂

And going into book 13 I didn’t really care for Selena. Not really anyways. But DAMMIT. SHE MADE ME LIKE HER! I FUCKING LIKED HER!!! AND SHE DIED!!!!!
And the whole book was 1 big depressing funeral. Because Lord knows you knew it was coming from the beginning of the book. YOU KNEW. And you had to read this whole book crying big tears with snot running down your nose, trying to catch your breath because you cried so hard you COULDNT BREATHE!!!!!!!!

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Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright
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Trez and Selena’s date. JFC. I died. I died so much inside. I cried so hard. I couldn’t Breathe.

Because say what you will. Trez. He’s a man of worth. Seriously. His thoughts, his actions, his thoughts. His thoughts did me every.single.time.

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All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you 
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When he would continuously touch her hands. My undoing.

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Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you 
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Every time she cried. My undoing

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Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard 
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Their epic fight. JC was that ever my undoing.

When she died. Im tearing up writing this and thinking about it. Because for the Love of Everything HEA are needed. No one is supposed to DIE!

But I can see, in a way, why Ward did it. Because we would have had another Z/Phury book. You would have had another Doc Jane. It would have been a repetitive motion all over again.

And in the way Ward did conveyed so much love. So much heartache. So much Realness and Rawness that you felt yourself bleeding along with Trez.
This is my opinion. And I respect every opinion out there. Even the 1 star reviews. Because truly in a paranormal romance one of your main MCs SHOULD NOT DIE.

This was hands down the Best BDB book i have ever read to date. And that is saying something because Lord knows i love me my Qhuinn. And Zsadist. And V True.

It was not the characterization. It wasn’t the setting. It was her words that damaged me.

This is a book that i wish i could read for the 1st time over again. But i know, When I need that good cry, the one that rips your soul apart, the one that has booger and tears streaming down your face, the one where your daughter says “MOM! Are you alright?” And hugs you so tight. Where your husband rubs your back because he knows that you needed this and your search for 1 of the best books ever has been found. That feeling. Is priceless.

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What can I say that Mare hasn’t written above in her review, this book was a journey into  heartache. I have to confess that I read the spoiler which JR Ward wrote on release day, I read it and it made me want to read this novel even more.

This is by far one of the most heartbreaking BDB books to date, I understand why many readers were angry with the direction it took, it’s the Paranormal Genre and in this genre,  the plot took a route that was a first, it was too much but just right for me. It made me cry, sometimes sob but I loved it; This came at a time in my life, where I needed this kind of read.

Selena, my poor Selena, I loved reading about her in this installment. her and Trez were magic; It’s like JR Ward wrote one of the most beautiful love stories, just so she can see us wallow in misery upon reading how it turns out.

iAM gets his HEA and what a great HEA it is; The twists it took for that to happen were unexpected and very much welcomed.

Layla appears in this and I loved reading her scenes very much; the lady needs her HEA and I want it with Xcor, she has definitely earned it. Xcor may not have been my favorite character in the BDB books, but reading this made me like even him a lot more. I can’t wait to see how their story unravels.

Rhage made me smile a lot while reading this, being in his head was such a welcome relief; His love for Mary made me sigh, true and everlasting.  I cannot wait for his book which is next.

I wish my favorite king vampire appeared more in this one, what can I say, I can’t get enough of Wrath- Hope to see more of him in the next book.

I am giving this 5++++ based on how it made me feel, as well as the usual JR Ward’s brilliance with words. I have to thank Mare for reading this with me, having someone cry alongside of you has never been this much fun.

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Pre- Release Review: Craving’s Creek by Mel Bossa

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For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.

Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.

But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involved in a horrific incident.

Now, at age thirty-one, Ryde’s life is a mess of alcohol and the painful imprint of his last look into Alistair’s desperate eyes. Since the evil they encountered on that shore, his first love has been lost to him—until he learns a friend’s wedding is to be officiated by a priest named Father Alistair Genet.

Amid the rush of emotions, one thought crystallizes: Ryde’s love for Alistair not only has never died, it’s stronger than ever. Stronger than God. But it may be no match for the church…and the repressed memories that are slowly tearing Alistair’s mind apart.

Warning: Contains a drunken confessional, a self-destructive clergyman, and a fight to the spiritual death for love.

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Thank you Samhain Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of this ebook

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My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner
If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

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Sometimes it isn’t about the cover or even the story. Sometimes it’s what the written word can do to you. Your soul. Your heart.

Words written over 2000 years ago still have the essence to sooth you or burn you. Wars, love, hate, right, wrong. They all come from sources. No matter who your God is, no matter what your religion, we still to this day go back to this book and pray, cry, scream, yell, laugh. baptize, marry and bury.

A book that has been passed down from generation to generation. That has stayed the same no matter how much the world has changed, evolved, grown.

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“We were born sick,” you heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me, “Worship in the bedroom.”
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick
But I love it
Command me to be well
Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen

4

Cravings Creek gripped me from page 1. I finished this book in 3 hours. This book. This book is Mel Bossa. This book is what I’ve been craving. 

She has a way of intercepting the past and the present. She has a way of exploring family dynamics, right and wrong, feelings that bleed on the pages. You can feel it. She has these 1 liners that speak to my soul.

“Beauty is like a scent. It clings to you even when its gone.”

4

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

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The story starts with the boys at 17. In lust and a perpetual state of hornyness. Written in 1st person, we enter the mind of Ryde and his obsession with Alistair.

My Lord but did Ryde wear his heart on his sleeve. You wanted to yell at him slow down, relax, breathe. He was so intense. And you felt the intensity on the pages.

“Her love is so big, it’s like standing in front of the ocean with a straw. No matter how much I try, I’ll never be able to take all of my mother’s love in.”

4

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

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“I don’t really know how to…I mean, how can I compete with God?”

The story takes us through a 14-15 year span with a horrific tragedy and how ultimately these boys have dealt with it. Or rather haven’t.

The fight for love, and obstacles, the essence of your very being, how your past can shape your future.

Mental illness and suppressed memories.

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Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine-looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful 

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Obstacles, the fact that someone’s belief can stand in the way of your happiness. The rigid mind frames, the open minds, the zealous,  the people helping you fight the good fight. The HFN.

This book. Ugh. This book was so bloody good IMO. It had to of been for me to read it in 1 sitting.

Right, wrong, belief, hope.

In the end, the truth will always set us free.

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Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

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Mare

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