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Flawed By Francette Phal Review

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“You are this beautiful thing I want to destroy.”Blood.
That’s the only memory he carries from a childhood he does not remember. And now it is all he knows. Blood is his life.Knox Bishop has done a lot of horrible things, all at the command of the man who holds his leash. It’s a matter of loyalty for him. Allegiance to the man who saved his life when he was a child. So he goes where he is needed and does what he is told. He tortures. He kills. He kills. He tortures. It is an unrelenting cycle that he constantly craves and can never quite satisfy.Until her.

Eighteen year old Lacey Barnes distributes her assets to fund her dreams. Medical school is the end game and she is determined to get there by any means necessary. But a family member’s careless mistake derails her plans and now she must pay a price in order to save him.She goes to Knox willingly offering him the only valuable thing she has. Herself. In doing so he allows her into his world, a world she quickly realizes is void of any light and hope for escape is utterly elusive. But escape is something she finds that she no longer wants.”He lays a path of pleasure laced agony for me to follow and I do. Stupidly I follow him down the blinding darkness of his euphoric hell.”

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Silvana's Review

4.5 STARS!

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Having read all of Francette Phal‘s other books and enjoyed them, I had to read this; Let me say that once again I was not disappointed. This book is well written in a thought-provoking style and one which I enjoyed immensely. Francette knows how to write real and flawed characters perfectly.

There are a few scenes in the book that touched on a sensitive subject matter, which is sadly happening in our world and didn’t gloss over it, just showed the ugly reality;  you need to read this book to know what I’m talking about,  I have read more disturbing books  but ‘Flawed’  is still not an easy story to read. KATIA, all I can say is KARMA.

While I sympathized with our heroine Lacey, I was also angry with her. I do understand her need to protect her family, but in some cases, it is best just to walk away.  It would have been best for her and for her brother just to walk away from him and let him reap the consequences of his actions. She was enabling his destructive behavior which led to Knox using that weakness against her

“You see, giving you the option of choosing between yourself and your brother presents you with the opportunity to once again put him first. Family always comes first. That’s who you are. That’s how you think. I know you, Lacey, I see how your mind works. I know the choices you’re going to make before you even make them. How? Because you’ve convinced yourself that this is what you need to function. Another sacrifice for you to make”

Our hero Knox is not someone I would ever swoon over, he is a tortured soul, dark, unemotional and cruel; A complex character that for the most part incites anger, hatred, and  horror with his actions and yet towards the end, the author was able to make me feel empathy towards him. I don’t know if Knox will ever be redeemed but I sure will take the journey with him to the end.

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This book ends in one hell of a cliffhanger, one that has me salivating for the next book. I want Lacey to find peace and be happy, with or without Knox, the poor girl endured and still endures so much.

“Please don’t let them take me. I belong to you.”

“Everything I do now is for her, to protect her. She is the only one that sustains me. The only person in this world I cannot do without. She is the one person I will not share.She is mine.”

Book 2, I’m waiting

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Review~~ The Concubine ( Letters To Her King) by Francette Phal

19549624 “In this pregnant silence, with nothing in the air but the echoes of our spent passion fusing with the sweet scent of summer night, I feel foolish for loving you. The absurdity of it is a blow right between to my battered heart. A concubine in love with her king.”

He rescued her from a fate worse than death and claimed her as his own. In the vast Norian palace, she is made concubine, one of many and is taught how to please the mighty Norian king. She knows she must keep her heart guarded, but how can she when his very touch sustains her soul? When a simple kiss from his lips evokes a burning desire that threatens to burn her alive? He is everything to her, but in her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, she has little choice but to share him the countless women in his life.

In her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, her heart burns every time she must share him with the many women in his life.

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Silvana

4.5 stars

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I wasn’t sure about reading this one at first, I admit the blurb scared me, but I was very curious and intrigued at the same time; I finally succumbed and WOW.

After reading it, I wondered why I waited for so long. This book is intense, full of angst and heartache, I LOVED IT. I actually read it a few months back, but it is still ingrained in my memory.

I recommended The Concubine to a few ladies and I was scared they will hate it, which I knew would affect our friendship; I do adhere to the belief ‘To Each Their Own’, but I just didn’t want to listen to anything bad they would say, thankfully they loved it as much as I did. Just kidding girls, I would have loved you regardless, maybe.

The Concubine is written in the present tense as it is in the form of personal journals. I loved this approach and  felt like I was going through this timeless, emotional journey right alongside Lealin. Lea’s words managed to reach out to me as a reader, feeling her every emotion, be it pain,  fear, happiness, desire or hope.

Even though we of-course are not privy to Marik’s thoughts, I was able to see him and feel his passion for Lea through her eyes ; The author managed to make me fell in love with him. He pissed me off at times, broke my heart at others but redeemed himself.  A flawed man, a just king and a passionate lover. There are a few scenes at the end that cemented his status as one of my all time favorite fictional heroes.

For such a short novella, it covers a lot of time span and the author manages to give  a powerful love story without me ending up feeling shortchanged.

Do I regret reading it? Obviously not

Do I regret waiting so long to read it? YES.

Do I recommend? ABSOLUTELY.

Nancy

4.5 stars

In her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, her heart burns every time she must share him with the many women in his life.

Oh wow! The story is told through Lealin’s thoughts, she is the king’s favourite concubine… written in a kinda narrative poem style… and I’m digging it! Brings out the poet in me. lol… It is a refreshing change.

I didn’t expect I would easily like Lealin…. much more feeling her pain….

Will it always be this way? This unstoppable cycle of simple touches, softly whispered words, and I fall weak and wanting at your feet, never you’re equal, never your partner, always the wanton, weak willed concubine, slave, whore? I wear each title so well that I sometimes forget who I truly am.

It was just sad…

But I admired her love and devotion towards Marik.

Marik, one minute I was hating him, but then, understanding the time and age of the story, I adept! Yet, I’d hate him again… but ended up loving him in the end. I loved how the author redeemed his character.

There is so much more to the story… I never really knew where it was swaying to. I really am pleasantly surprised. And this is not a long read either but every page counts… with the perfect ending. The turning points, the highlights, they were breathtaking.

Here is one more of my favourite quotes :

“You dare to address the King so informally?”

“What do you suggest I call him then when he seeks pleasure from me? It would hardly do if I were to pant and moan “Your Majesties” everywhere. Hardly romantic.”

Snap!!! Haha.

Thank you Silvana for recommending. Mwaaah! ❤️❤️❤️

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francette Phal

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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Redemption (The Bet #2) by Francette Phal Review

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Ellie Holbrook has endured a lot in her short life, but after so many years of heart break, she’s set to get her happily ever after and Devlin Westport, her boyfriend of three years, is just the man to give it to her. Fate, however quickly intervenes when the man who shattered her heart so completely ten years ago comes back into her life. But the worst of it comes when Nicholas finally discovers the two little secrets Ellie kept from him all these years. All hell breaks loose soon after that and it’s all Ellie can do to safeguard her heart against heart break once again.Ruthless business magnate Nicholas Grayson has sacrificed everything to amass his global empire. Seated at the very top, poised at the helm of his corporation nothing can possibly touch him. That is until he learns the truth about the twin children Ellie kept from him. But just when he shakes off the astonishment and works on integrating himself into their lives, an enemy from both Ellie and Nicholas’s past brutally rips his children away from them.
A race against time will yield devastating events and Nicholas and Ellie must rely on each other to save their children

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This starts years after the ending of Beautiful Disaster with Ellie and Nick ten years older and wiser- that’s what rest of the world sees at least. Ellie is trying to move on with her life  and Nick is a man riddled with regrets and plagued by loneliness.

I enjoyed reading this, it didn’t grab hold of me like the first one did but it was still a great read.  I didn’t feel connected with any of the characters except for Devlin and Maddie, I thought Ellie seemed a lot less mature than in book 1 and she is supposed to be  older here and more sage.  I guess reading this right after finishing the disturbing yet addictive Beautiful Disaster, The beginning was slow however it quickly picked up till the last 20% of the book, where I felt it dragged.

Nick and Ellie grated on my nerves, I will lay the blame for this on the fact that I fell for Devlin and wanted Ellie to choose him. I loved the scenes with the kids, They were such a breath of fresh air.

This series has been for the most part an engrossing and enjoyable read. It was surprising and definitely original- I saw some compare the first book to the movie ‘Cruel Intentions’, and I could see their point when I started, but the premise quickly took on a unique flavor.

3.5 STARS!!!

BOOKS IN THE BET SERIES

Beautiful Disaster (The Bet... Beautiful Disaster (The Bet, #1)
by Francette Phal
Redemption (The Bet, #2) Redemption (The Bet, #2)
by Francette Phal
Undone (The Bet, #3) Undone (The Bet, #3)
by Francette Phal

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Beautiful Disaster by Francette Phal Review

Beautiful Disaster (The Bet, #1)They created the game but eighteen year old Nicholas Grayson mastered the rules.

They are young and entitled and utterly bored with their lives, so they play games to entertain themselves. They call it the “bet” and new girl Ellie Holbrook is their latest target. Ellie is not the kind of girl Nicholas dates, but she is pretty enough to be his next conquest and so he sets out to seduce her and claim a nice little prize at the end. But her seduction proves difficult when she openly rejects his advances. In his dogged pursuit of her he slowly finds himself in her small circle of trusted friends and meets her two year old daughter, Sophie.

Life takes a startling turn for Nicholas when he realizes his happiness now lies with the young mother and her daughter. Falling in love with Ellie isn’t something Nicholas ever thought could happen to him and he’s completely frightened at how fiercely she makes him feel. But before he can further examine those emotions and clearly process them, enemies from Nicholas’s personal circle of friends conspire to tear them apart and he must now decide whether their love is worth saving or allow his friends to take away the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him

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4 CRAZY STARS.

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I was hesitant to start this given the age of the protagonists, however read the reviews and this seemed like my kind of book. I was right, it was addictive, these kids ( though you have to remind yourself of their age throughout, as they don’t sound or act like teenagers) and their crazy antics held me enthralled.

It’s safe to say that except for Ellie, none of the characters had any redeeming qualities.  There were so many times that I wanted to shake these kids up, they made me so angry, yet I was intrigued and kept wanting to know what will happen next- for that alone I gave it the 4 stars.

Ellie is  an appealing and tenacious heroine despite all that she went though in the past. Nick is a jerk, a messed up, unfeeling and insensitive jerk till he meets Ellie. This is not to say he turns into an angel, he remains an asshole but with Ellie, he shows a loving side that he keeps hidden.

The author keeps you on the edge, not knowing what will happen next, the book grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go till the last page. For an engaging read, full of twists and turns, high on the crazy antics and angst, I RECOMMEND.

BOOKS IN THE BET SERIES

Beautiful Disaster (The Bet... Beautiful Disaster (The Bet, #1)
by Francette Phal
Redemption (The Bet, #2) Redemption (The Bet, #2)
by Francette Phal
Undone (The Bet, #3) Undone (The Bet, #3)
by Francette Phal

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Monster by Francette Phal Review

Accidental Gold digger.Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
The Tyrant.Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
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A wonderfully woven tale of misunderstandings, passion and forgiveness.
Written in multiple POV, this story is not unique, the premise is not different but the author made sure to deliver a book that is unique and different with a plot that was well-developed; She had the ability to capture my attention with a stellar writing style, smooth flowing prose and characters I was able to connect with, I was hooked from the first page.

Dominic is a man with many issues brought on by a horrific childhood, Eden is a woman in debt. The moment Dominic sees Eden,  he is consumed by his desire to have her, all he could think of is owning her. Eden’s dire financial situation leads her to accept Dominic’s offer of marriage, thus setting up the events that make up this compelling novel; She naively thinks that with this union, she will find stability, a safety net and hopefully happiness. Boy is she wrong because all Dominic sees in her is a gold digging opportunist and he treats her as such for 4 miserable years.

Eden finally has enough and decides to flee, we see Dominic doing and using every means in his possession in order to find her. Their reunion is a wake up call for him, he starts to reassess his former beliefs where Eden is concerned, he begins to SEE her and in doing so, he sees the horrific mistakes he committed in their marriage.

I went in expecting to hate Dominic, but couldn’t. He was as the title suggests behaving like a monster but was he really one?  Dominic was  a mystery that I wanted to see unraveled.

She didn’t understand how someone could be such an open enigma. But that was exactly how Eden saw him. She’d formed an opinion of him long ago based on her experiences and she’d been content to believe in that opinion as true, until now. It was the mystery of him that piqued her unfailing curiosity and try as she might, she could not abandon the idea that there was much more to him than what he chose to display to her and the rest of the world.

I loved seeing Dominic do everything in his power to get Eden to forgive him and to be redeemed, I loved him full-stop.

“I want you to tell me how to make it better.” “How can you make it better when we’re already so broken? How can you make it better when I’m so afraid to let you in?” “Don’t…don’t give up on me,” he entreated. “I know I can be the man you deserve, Eden.”

Eden is a great heroine, she is a strong one. Enjoyed being in her head, felt her pain, pitied her indecision and admired her love for Dominic yet at the same time protecting herself and what’s really important. One person I took a strong dislike to was Jenna, Eden’s so-called best friend.

All I can add is that I will definitely reread Monster in the future. This is my first book by Francette Phal but certainly won’t be my last, in fact having read a sneak peek into her next novel, I’m already looking forward to it and to Carver.

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