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~Review~ Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue


32856461Title: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5


Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.

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It was love at first sight…Umm, no, I am not referring to the two main characters, but to me and this book.

It was so insta-cover-love!!!

Yeah, I know, but I could not help myself. My eyes zoomed in on this book as soon as it popped up on the publisher site. Add the blurb to the mix and all I thought was ‘Yes, please! Give it to meeeeee!’…Now you just have to imagine me wiggling my grabby fingers and you get the right idea. And it did not disappoint. This book was so right up my alley!

It is a sad fact that people are quick to judge, fear and even hates the unknown.

They fight things they don’t know and don’t understand, even if it might affect their own children, relatives or best friends. In this case, it is enhanced humans with special and individual abilities you might even call superpowers. The abilities appear without prior warning, mainly in one’s youth and often overnight and those in question suddenly bear a mark, a small scar on their face. Parents who don’t dump their kids or even harm them are pretty rare and other people often consider the enhanced nothing less than monsters.

An agent with the FBI tries to build up a SWAT team consisting of enhanced humans partnered with a ‘normal’ person to unite their strength and cover all possibilities. It is still in a testing phase, for different reasons nobody is very fond of, not the enhanced team members and not even his own boss…At the same time, this test opens a chance for Finn Mayer, a young man with not diagnosed dyslexia, whose dream is a career with the FBI.

This story was like S.W.A.T. meets X-men meets The Fantastic Four.

I loved how Finn wormed his way into the team and into the heart of Talon, the team leader, with his sometimes innocent and naïve and at the same time smart and clever manner. Finn has a big and honest heart and although the team tries to put all kinds of obstacles in his way, he convinces each and every one of them at some point that he would be the right fit for their team. Sometimes his behavior was a tad too childish for me (he is 24 after all, not 18!), but since he realized it himself, it did not dim my enjoyment of the whole story.

And Talon?…A big badass team leader, built like a tank

Who became the man he is now because of his difficult past and who develops a soft spot for his partner. Honestly? What’s not to love about him? The way he treats Finn when they are together was adorable and the sex scenes were simply hot.

So, if you love a great mix of action and romance, an excellent worldbuilding and characters who turn from rather anti-heroes into H.E.R.O.E.S., this might be just the right book for you! And I’m still doing a happy dance here since I found out yesterday that this is the great start to a new series! I want to get my grabby hands on the next book ASAP because the other team members are more than interesting, so to speak.

I cannot wait to read more about them!

Highly recommended!



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Shattered Poetry by Marita A. Hansen

~Review by ~Judith~


Shattered Poetry by Marita A. Hansen(Broken Lives #2)

Expected publication: December 8th, 2016

****4 Stars****


He was the sweet taste of honey before the bee stung,the apple from Eden-so delicious,yet morally wrong.”

This one picks up straight after book one where Clara and Dante must face the consequences of their actions.
I’m not going to go into the story in too much detail but bearing in mind the timescale here is very short a lot happens.

I have to say my comments/thoughts about Clara didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book,after all, some of the best books have a character you don’t like.

Clara really should be the one taking responsibility here,she knows she’s crossed a dangerous line but seems unable to give Dante up.I found her very self-absorbed for the majority of the book.

I loved Dante in book one and actually liked him more here.Having said that,for some reason,I was a lot more aware of his age here.He’s getting pulled in every direction trying to make sense of everything.He’s confused about how Clara feels for him and on top of that he’s trying to keep a lid on Jasper’s volatile behavior.

I really enjoyed the introduction of Phelia’s pov.I thought this was actually quite important to the story.And I really felt for her,she’s hopelessly in love with Dante and,as a result,finds herself caught up between two rival gangs.

This is extremely fast paced,talk about a page turner….I simply couldn’t put it down.The sex scenes are not very explicit but I actually thought they worked here.Despite the strong physical attraction Clara and Dante have for each other I could feel that their relationship was becoming more than just sex.

The writing is superb.The Author gives us characters that are deeply flawed but I’m so invested in this story.I think the eventual outcome of their story will be epic.

ARC of Shattered Poetry was kindly provided  by the author, in exchange for an honest review.


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~Review~ Broken English by Marita A. Hansen

~Review by ~Judith~   


Broken English (Broken Lives #1)by Marita A. Hansen

5 + Stars……Amazing!!


“I glanced back at the teacher,thinking she was hot as fuck.”



This book took me completely by surprise.It grabbed hold of me and would not let go.I read it in just over 24hours,I couldn’t put it down.

From the blurb, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a sexy Teacher/Student book but it’s so much more than that.For a start it’s a role reversal to similar books,Clara is the teacher and Dante is the student.

Clara….teacher….married, early twenties


Clara is happily married,in her early twenties.For the past few years, she’s been working as a Teaching Assistant in England but has returned to New Zealand and has taken a job as an English teacher at a High School in a rough area.Her husband is following on in a few weeks.



Dante is 15 and to say he’s had a troubled past is an understatement.A lot of books feature a character with a troubled past,sometimes they work,sometimes they don’t….this is definitely the exception.

Dante’s character was real.The Author’s portrayal of his past and how it has shaped his young life was so believable.
The boy is gorgeous,highly sexual and looks and behaves a lot older than he is.
He oozes sex and just about every girl wants a piece of him.He puts on an arrogant front but deep down wants someone to see past his devastating good looks.



So what happens when the Student and Teacher meet??
Sparks definitely fly but this isn’t a hot for teacher book,there’s a lot more depth to it.
Clara tries so hard to resist her attraction to Dante,she knows her feelings are all kind of wrong.

“He lowered his head to mine,looking like he was going to kiss me.I could feel his breath on my lips,a tickle across my flesh,so close I could almost taste him.”

I’m not giving any indication of what does or doesn’t happen between them.I really had no idea which direction the story would go.
The writing is brilliant and apart from the two main characters there are some great secondary ones…not always likable but very well developed.
Flawed Teachers
Flawed Students
And the high school setting was very well done.

This book blew me away and it’s down to Jan’s review (still couldn’t work out how to post a link to her review…but check it out )

Highly,highly recommended!!!!

ARC of Broken English was kindly provided  by the author, in exchange for an honest review.


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~Review~ Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Review by ❤ Mary ❤


Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)by Pepper Winters

My Rating 5 Stars out of 5


It’s hard to read a book like this. I don’t have words to describe the pain, the horribles things which Tess goes through. Things that happen in real life, that are real, and I believe more horrible in reality.This is not fiction. This is real life, our life, to us all, especially us, women.  It wasn’t their choice. They have not chosen to do so. 

Monsters are raised not born. They become monsters. They take without asking for approval or care.

Imagini pentru sex slaveryA woman is a very strong creature.

We can endure a lot..rough life, period, childbirth, various abuses, deceptions, and after all this, yeah..even kidnapping/abduction, rape, beating, sold, slavery. And after ALL this we have to stay sane, tough/strong, and what do you think….TO MOVE ON. Because we are women.

And you wanna know something more …

ALL this-this atrocities are allowed because we are women. All this happens because of people who are supposed to care for us, protect and defend us. They are the ones who do these things or/and the ones who ignore these things. How many women which are in the same situation as Tess have her luck? A luck like Q. To be saved from that horrible life. 

This book is written from Q’s POV but alternates with Tess’s experiences. This book has a more emotional charge than the first book. Q is trying with all his strength to control his interior monster.But he completely lost because Tess makes him lose control.

 So they decide to give a try to their relationship they learn to be together, to know each other and to know their limits.

         Tess is a unique heroine. Amazing woman. Superwoman.

Ignorance can kill. Our actions have devastating consequences. We, as parents and future parents, are responsible for our future of mankind. We are especially responsible for the way we raise and educate our children.

   Mrs. Pepper has a remarkable talent. AMAZING. Only she can show that the beauty exists and can’t grow even in the darkest and ugly places.

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