Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Massacre by Erica Chilson


Eons ago, in a land known as Misery Castle, four Whittenhower patriarchs leave behind a legacy for future generations. This Christmas fable, bound in leather and abandoned for decades, was located in a secluded tower, surrounded by dense forest. Destiny or a gift from above, its discovery was just in time for this soon-to-be patriarch to use its knowledge to soothe the fact he is to become a father.

*Massacre is a novella also featured in Erica Chilson’s Holiday Anthology #1, along with Wonder and Tied Knots, offered at a discounted price.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
Be very clear, you really do need to have read this series to get the depth of meaning of this story. It provides some interesting clues to relationships we have been aware of, and reminds us of the earlier times and how they were supremely manipulative even then!

I love the way it felt like a really old fashioned Christmas story with a moral (haha, immoral more like). I so want to be in that tower and to get the chance to read those journals; what secrets I would uncover?

Not wanting to spoil the experience, I have to just tell you that it is both a fun interlude and a reminder of how many machinations have already happened to get us to where we are now. Enjoy!




Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

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Wonder by Erica Chilson


Dr. Bethany Essex is looking for a Christmas miracle.

After spending her youth reaching goals in her academic career, everything was falling into place. Bethany was finally in a place where she felt safe to build her family, looking forward to a home to share with Rory.

Years of infertility took its toll, both emotionally and financially.

All around Beth, life’s joys are being realized for her friends and family, but with the envy comes the guilt. Guilt over taxing her husband with endless tuition, office space, and fertility treatments, to the point they can’t afford the home Beth so badly wishes she could fill with children.

Devon, Essie, and Rory make sure Bethany never has to wonder what might have been, if only she’d open up by placing her trust in them.


*Wonder is a novella also featured in Erica Chilson’s Holiday Anthology #1, along with Tied Knots and Massacre, offered at a discounted price.

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Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
Seeing the results of Beth and Rory’s struggle to have a family is heartbreaking, as what seeing what it did to Beth’s self-esteem made my heart hurt. But Beth and Rory have so many people around them who love them, and we get to see them all at the Christmas Eve celebration of the Blended families we know and love.

The sadness at the beginning of this novella makes way for Christmas crazy and lots of love. It was fantastic to see a glimpse into the future when everyone is a little older, in some cases seeing them with their own children. It has me eager to read more of the stories of these characters to see how they get to where are this Christmas. But for me, the most exciting moment of Wonder is the glimpse of Sage and Weston. I cannot wait for their story.

I loved every minute of Wonder. Just thinking about it brings happy tears to my eyes. I’ve already read it twice and I know I’ll re-read it again and again.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This novella is the ninth in the series. I was going to say that you really do need to have read all the previous books to enjoy this one... but actually, if you are new to the series, then this will seem like a moment in time in the lives of many characters, with the focus on Bethany, and her deepest desire to have a child. It will hopefully entice you to reading an amazing series.

It was such a treat to catch up with many of the Blended family, even if initially we get to experience the deep sadness of Beth at her inability to conceive with her husband, Rory. Her reflections on how they had assumed it would just happen, then spent all their savings on IVF, and now, giving Devon the chance to bring their family closer together. As faithful readers will know, Devon has faced his own demons, but as part of the polyamory relationship with his wife Essie, Rory, and Beth, he has a mission to blend their family forever.

A very thoughtful and evocative episode, by the end I felt that I had just been to the party and caught up with a group of old friends. Can't wait to see how the new living arrangements settle down.


Shannan☆☆☆☆
Wonder is book nine in the Blended series. This series cannot be read as standalones and should be read in order as the author intended.

Beth has worked her butt off achieving what she's needed to to have the career she's always wanted while everyone around her has started their families. She's always thought she and Rory had time for buying a house and filling it with children but after months of trying and IVF treatments, she's left not pregnant and feeling guilty. Rory, Devon, and Essie will do everything in their power to make Beth's dreams come true, she just has to trust in them to achieve it.

Watching Beth, a woman who has been so sure of herself, crumple, rings true with so many women in this position. She felt like a failure. Rory, through it all, was her rock and unexpectedly, so was Devon,

I love that this was a holiday novella. The perfect quick read that gives you substance about the foursome but so much more with everyone gathered for the holiday. You get to see conversations of other couples. Weston and Sage were a huge hit for me. I can't wait for that story! Hell, I can't wait for anything more of the Blended world! 



Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Isn't it amazing the pressure that we put on ourselves to conform, to be like others and then punish ourselves when it doesn't happen in the time frame we expect it?

That's exactly what's happened to Beth. She wants a family, a child of her own, something that would cement her place in the polyamorous family she has made with Devon, Essie, and Rory. She feels as though she is a failure in her own relationships while she's counseling others to be more secure in theirs.

What Beth doesn't realize is that she is the glue that holds the foursome together. They all love and respect her, and what she has accomplished in her career. It’s Beth's doubts that are causing the other three members of the quad to worry. They want to give her the child she desperately wants, and Devon believes he's the one to give it to her.

Christmas is a wonderful season and one can hope that Beth accepting her life as it is, will give her the strength to adapt to what her life could be if given a chance.


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Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wonder (Blended #9) by Erica Chilson to read and review.

Tied Knots by Erica Chilson


Jackson Duncan is struggling to figure out where he fits into Brennan Kennedy’s life.

Adults now, events from their teenage years still plague Jack and Bren, as they try to carve out a life for themselves, hoping Jesse and Libby will do the same.

Sharing a duplex for Honor’s benefit, Bren’s passive-aggressive need to always be the good guy, means Jesse is forever crossing every boundary Jack puts down.

In Rusty Knob, West Virginia, boundary lines are either respected or blood is shed.

Peace is going to take a Christmas miracle.

*Tied Knots is a novella also featured in Erica Chilson’s Holiday Anthology #1, along with Wonder and Massacre, offered at a discounted price.

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Veronica☆☆☆☆
Usually when you get a Christmas novella you expect something full of Christmas cheer, someone discovering the meaning of Christmas, and a sweet happy ending. Tied Knots is a little more realistic. It is all relationship angst and family drama. After all, what is Christmas without a little drama?

The evening I sat down to read Tied Knots I’d had a rotten day. Seeing Jackson struggling in his relationship with Bren gave me someone to root for and Jesse’s appalling behaviour gave me someone to point my day’s rage. It was just what I needed.

I was thrilled to spend some more time with the characters I love from Rusty Knob and get a glimpse into how they celebrate the holidays, warts and all. By the time the story was over, I was feeling relaxed and I was pleased with Jackson and Bren and happily hating on Jesse. Tied Knots hit the spot for me.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the fifth book in the series, and you really do need to have read the previous books to understand the dynamics at play. These are not simple – something which anyone who has read Erica Chilson's books will understand! I am writing this review assuming that you have read previous installments.

This little glimpse at how life is panning out for Jackson and Brennan, living in the adjoining house to Brennan's ex-wife and her girlfriend. Duplex living designed to enable Bren's daughter to spend time with both her parents, is also meaning that Jesse retains the control and ignores all boundaries that should exist. We get a few examples of just how difficult everyday life can be, rather than the success of the parenting plan.

Whilst not the happiest of situations when approaching Christmas, it does cause the problems to be aired, and hopefully resolved. Once Jesse admits her issues, there is a chance of success. I did laugh at the results of Bren's trip to the DIY store; he definitely did not want to be thwarted again!

Loved the glimpses of other relationships and their status, and the very appropriate ending. Just the perfect read for a lazy Saturday morning (or any other time really).


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Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

Connect with Erica

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tied Knots (Rusty Knob #4.5) by Erica Chilson to read and review.

What About Us by Sidney Halston


Irresistible beats and tantalizing bodies heat up the night at South Beach’s most scandalous new club.

Alex:
I hate doing business in clubs. Especially one like Duality. I’m here to seal a deal, not indulge in whatever hedonistic illusion they’re selling. Until, through all the skin and sex on display, I see her. Helen Blackwood. The girl who once filled my youthful fantasies, whose name is now synonymous with pain. Her father’s lies destroyed my family, leaving me with nothing to lose. And yet I can’t deny my electric response to her touch... or my urge to protect her when I see the bruise on her face.

Helen:
Growing up, life prepared me for society galas and powerful men, not minimum-wage jobs or drunk exes with anger issues. But I’m a survivor. So here I am, practically naked, serving drinks at a Miami nightclub. I don’t mind the stares. Apparently, Alex Archer does. After twelve years, we aren’t exactly friends, but money is something we both understand. Something he knows I need. I’ll be his personal assistant, even if it means working with the man I hate... and the man I still want.

No cheating. No cliffhangers. And no dress code.

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Mary☆☆☆☆
Growing up together, Alex and Helen were told by their parents that they would one day be married. But when their worlds come crashing down around them, they lost touch with each other.

Years later, Alex finds Helen working in a bar in Miami and he can't understand why when she has all that money from her family. The hatred he feels is consuming him but the protection he feels towards her is overpowering the hatred.

Helen can't believe her eyes, after all these years he finally shows up and he wants to take her from her job. Why didn't he try to protect her when she needed him? Now she doesn't need him, she can take care of herself. But the feelings she has for him have come back in full force.

Can Alex see the truth about her and how she has lived the last 10 years? Will Helen see the truth about her father? Can Helen and Alex move on from the past and have a future together?

I really liked this series and love Alex and Helen but would have liked more of the others from the past books. This story was really good, and you could feel the pain that Alex and Helen were going through, and I found myself rooting for them to win in the end. You can read this one without reading the rest in the series, but I would suggest reading them all, it is a great series. So sit back and enjoy it, I have.


Mary Jo☆☆☆
This book is set on the edge of the other books in the series. I was hoping for more interaction between the main characters in this book and those of the previous books.

The premise of this book is good, but at the same time, I think it left some ideas unexplored. In this day and age, I find it somewhat confusing for people, especially those with money, not to keep track of people they believe did them wrong.

As for Helen, I can't believe she didn't keep up with her family's former friends, or even googled the crimes her father was accused of. Her ex also causes a lot of drama, which she tries to deal with on her own.

As for Alex and Helen's romance, I did like their interactions between them, how she didn't give up her independence and how Alex came to respect her choices.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series. I would say that it has links to the previous books but could be read as a standalone. That said, the others are excellent, so don't miss out! Helen works for the guys we have met in the previous books, and they are protective of her.

Alex and Helen have a difficult past, the say the least, so meeting after 12 years brings up all manner of bad memories. As we learn in the story, their versions of what happened vary dramatically, and until they can reconcile their feelings with the truth, they are destined to always feel a disconnect. I really enjoyed how Sidney Halston led them both to the facts that they needed to listen to, and the truth they needed to face. It was beautifully done, especially for Helen and her relationship with her father.

The strength of their sexual attraction and chemistry clashed so well with Gabe's distrust and Helen's disappointment. Add in Luke and the mess that was, and the scene is set for a hot, fast-paced, and yet thought provoking romance. A very good addition to the series, thank you.


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USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "Just Do It"—Nike. And that's exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of What About Us (Panic #4) by Sidney Halston to read and review.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Do You Feel It Too? by Nicola Rendell


For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans… but they’re not from the ghosts.

Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.

There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a really enjoyable read, with a romance which is definitely worth believing in, and some interesting twists!

Lily lives in the flat above her sister and nephew, her life settled and calm. Then she hits a guy in the face with a microphone stand, and her world changes forever. Gabe, the recipient of said hit, is also struck by his attraction to Lily, and cannot stop thinking about her.

There is a classic insta-lust / love feel to this story, which works well, possibly because they are both that bit older, and so, more worldly... well, Gabe at least! The humour in the book is led mainly by her pet and her nephew. There are some truly laugh out loud moments that also cement in the reader's mind, that this is real, not just infatuation.

I really enjoyed the investigations into ghostly events, and the tour of the area to find the unexplained. It brought a mixture of charm and innocence to the book, which suited Lily perfectly. I have to admit I would have read on about them a lot longer if it had been written, I was totally engrossed.



Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post and the USA Today blog Happy Ever After. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that.

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