Publisher: Imajin Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
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This is a good start for a series that kind of intrigued me, mainly because of the characters. Sarah wants an uncommitted relationship, short term, purely physical, at the end of which both partners will be satisfied. After some interviewing and negotiations, she selects Nick. I will not insist on what happens next because there are only 63 pages.
Being this the first book in the series, it just shows the beginning of their relationship. But we do find out a lot of the characters ‘personalities. Sarah is a strong woman, with traits that balance each other. She knows exactly what she wants, but in the same time, she has a low self-esteem when it comes to her looks. We get the smallest glimpse into her past and we can see she has her own issues to deal with. Nick is a man who doesn’t let a woman in charge. But he knows when to give in as well. Maybe out of conviction that in the end he will win. He seems arrogant, not in a disturbing way. There is one scene where he is superficial and it almost unnerved me. But I guess it’s understandable, because of the building frustration and all.
63 pages are definitely not enough, as it feels more like a teaser then an actual book. I did not understand some aspects of the story, which I would gladly discuss, were they not spoilers. But I am waiting on book no. 2 and I am hoping for some answers there. For the moment, I liked what I’ve read. Because of the short length, I cannot say if the series will be a great one or not (not yet). Still, we have a good start, that made me curious about what happens next.
THE WICKED NORTH
Series: Hearts Touched by Fire Book 1
Bound by duty and honor to wear the Union blue, a Southern-born West Point officer fights his own desires and the need to protect the woman he abandoned, he disobeys his orders to find her, as the Army of the Potomac marches toward her family’s home near Richmond.
A fascinating tale of life and love during the American Civil War. Fast paced and superbly written it humanizes one of the darkest periods in American History. You’ll need to block enough time to read it cover to cover because once you start reading you won’t be able to stop.
– j j jennings, Amazon.com reviewer
A dishonored swordsman running from his past.
A city shrouded in dark magic.
An antihero born.
Daniel Harper was champion, until a single mistake destroyed his fencing career forever. With nothing left to lose, he flees to Eastern Europe, where he can start over… where he can be someone else.
In the exotic, lantern-lit crevices of a nameless city, Daniel meets two people who open very different kinds of doors than the ones he is searching for: the troubled flower girl Kashka, who holds the key to a nightmarish otherworld; and the enigmatic street magician and self-professed love tourist Ink, who has the power to bend others to his will.
As Daniel plummets into a downward spiral of hedonism and dereliction, he is tormented by macabre visions of a frozen world in endless darkness where an evil tyrant has stolen the sun, where humanity’s remnants fight to scrape out a cruel existence underground, and wandering spirits inhabit the bodies of the recently deceased. Daniel is doomed to return to this Night Country every time he falls into a deep sleep. But the longer he spends there, the more Daniel realizes his curse is anything but an accident….
Adam Vine was born in Northern California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four countries and visited thirty. He is the author of two novels and many short stories. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.
Kevin Meyer is a devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, his iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)… and Stephen King.
Another great book by Adam Vine and to be honest, I was not expecting anything less. Actually, the story exceeded my expectations on so many levels.
Let’s start bay talking a little about the blurb. I believe it does not express the full complexity of the story very well. We have so many interesting facts and so many things that aliment our intellect and so many situations that require our attention. The author has created a story narrated on three dimensions: the real world, where our main character has a job and tries to figure out his life, a fantastic dimension where heroes fight for survival, where life is anything but boring and a story that develops in verse. These three plans will come together beautifully and will form this adventure that will keep you wrapped up for quite a while.
Daniel Harper is apparently your average young man, trying to make a living, get over a traumatic past and hoping for a better future, nothing out of the ordinary at all. He goes out, he drinks, he fails on picking up girls in bars. But he has so much potential when surrounded by the right kind of people. Daniel, as well as the other characters, is one developed personality.
Let’s not forget the mystery surrounding the worlds and how Adam Vine decided to base his story in County, in the City. Country is a county (didn’t expect that, did you? 😀 ) in Europe, we do not have its name explicitly, but there are some hints here and there that can offer an idea. This is such an interesting concept and this just adds to the uniqueness of “Corruption”.
The narration was ok as well, even though Kevin Meyer does not do a great job when voice acting. Most of the characters sounded the same, but the emotions were well transmitted. He would laugh if a character laughed, or sound desperate if the case. So for that he has my deep appreciation.
I feel my review does little to show how exceptional this book is. I feel I have not done justice to the characters, but I do hope you will give “Corruption” a try. Moreover, I encourage you to give Adam Vine as an author a try. He is… a revelation. A breath of fresh air! Thank you Jess for this amazing tour and thank you Adam for sharing your story with us ! Oh, and please stop by to the other bloggers participating in this tour. There is a great interview with Adam and some many other fun facts 🙂
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Notes from ‘Round the Bend
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Another week has ended and I do hope you had at least a week as good as mine! I have received a package these days and only today I could open it. I know what I’m supposed to receive, but let’s see together what I’ve got here:
Step 1: Getting all emotional about the package:
Step 2: Acting like a professional, not tearing through it, for the sake of documentation:
Step 3: Finally uncovered:
Yes, my dear friends, this is “Indiscretion” by Hannah Fielding !!! I was contacted by the author to provide a review and she graciously sent me a review copy, which I am very excited for! Look at this cover, and look close. It has such amazing details and such an amazing combination of colors!
I love it so much and I would like to thank the author for this lovely copy! I am starting right away, got almost 500 pages to go through 🙂 I’ll let you know during next week how it goes!
Four friends. Four college grads. Four people figuring out that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expected.
Brielle Reyes may not have post-college life planned out like some of her friends do, but she figures she’ll work for her mother’s home cleaning service while job hunting for something that makes use of her history and philosophy degrees. It’ll work out as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Her last relationship was a disaster and she has no idea where she’ll be in a few weeks, let alone the rest of her life. Since the only guy in her age range she sees now on a regular basis is cantankerous if handsome client Archer Ward, she probably won’t have a hard time sticking to that vow. Probably.
Archer Ward likes very few things: illustrating as a somewhat-celebrated comic artist and his privacy. When his meddling mother hires him a cleaning service on an almost daily basis because she doesn’t fully trust her son to live on his own with his disability, he’s at first annoyed – even if his house cleaner is the most beautiful woman he’s ever spent more than a few minutes with. When he realizes her dreams may take her far outside of his restricted orbit, he has to decide whether to stifle his interest in her or risk messing up her plans to explore if there’s something more between them.
Neither can deny they’re growing a little fond of each other, even if falling in love just now makes no sense whatsoever. But how often does love ever make perfect sense?
Joy Penny writes books, devours stories, and geeks out about everything from classic romance books to manga. When she’s not working as a freelance writer and book editor, she’s probably immersed in her favorite TV shows, period dramas, and anime series. She also writes YA speculative fiction as Amy McNulty, and one of her books, Nobody’s Goddess, won The Romance Reviews’ Summer 2016 Readers’ Choice Award for Young Adult Romance.
Susan Marlowe is an audio book narrator/voice artist. For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After one unforgettable night with a dangerous outlaw, Fia knows she must limit contact with the kind of man who could never fit in her wealthy circle. Unfortunately, she can’t keep their brief but passionate encounter far from her thoughts. When she seeks him out for reasons unrelated to their chemistry, the worst happens, and Fia is attacked by a madman. With her life turned upside down, she seeks help from the one person she can’t get out of her mind.
Betrayed by someone he should have been able to trust above all, Acer spends the next two decades of his life avoiding entanglements that have any chance of ending with a knife in his back. The MC life provides a safe way to have personal connections and loyalty due to its simple rule: betray the club and punishment will be severe. Still, he keeps a large part of himself locked away inside, hidden even from his MC brothers. When the woman who’s been messing with his head for months reappears in his life needing sanctuary, Acer jumps to her aid. He’s committed to help her reclaim her life, but determined to keep her at arms-length in the process.
As Acer and Fia fight their growing feelings, his club is in danger from a new and different kind of enemy. Will his refusal to put his full trust in anyone, including the woman he’s falling for, end up destroying more than betrayal ever could?
Lilly Atlas is the contemporary romance author of the award-nominated No Prisoners MC series. She’s a proud Navy wife, mother of two spunky girls, and one crazy pug. Every time Lilly downloads a new EBook, she expects her Kindle to tell her it’s exhausted and beg for some rest. Thankfully that hasn’t happened yet, so she can often be found absorbed in a good book.
Noah Michael Levine is an Audie Award-Winning audiobook narrator and producer living in beautiful Nyack, NY. His over 180 titles include almost every genre. While he loves his work completely – and collaborating with all kinds of different authors, he does not love writing about himself in the third person.
Erin deWard is an Audie Award-Winning narrator with over sixty titles in genres ranging from Spirituality to Young Adult to Adult Contemporary and others. She’s worked on stage, screen, and behind the mic for over thirty years. She is beyond grateful to have come to this place in her life and thanks all of the people and organizations that sped her on her way.
In addition to her love of acting, Erin is passionate about her work as an audio describer, translating visual images in media and performance into aural pictures for people who have low or no vision. She studies and performs Shakespearean text and can most frequently be seen cavorting onstage with The Strange Bedfellows, the adult troupe of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre of New York.
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What a wonderful audiobook! And I mean the audio was great and the book as well. I enjoyed every chapter of it and i am sorry that I’ve discovered the series starting with book no. 3.
Acer and Fia meet at a fancy party, where both did not seem to enjoy that much. That is until they land their eyes on each other. And the best way to improve a boring night is to have a one night stand, an unforgettable one night stand. We quickly learn that neither of them seems to meet their parents’ expectations. Probably that’s why their attraction is so intense. Well, never mind! In the morning, both will go their separate way. However, Fia finds herself in search for Acer when she finds out his father is out to get him. Tragedy strikes and she will need all the moral support she can get. And the only person she can trust is Acer, her savior.
The most important thing to mention is that this book deals with rape, our main character is a victim, so trigger warning for that. However, the author has presented her situation in a magnificent way. She had managed to capture Fia’s fears, her trusting issues and her nightmares. Acer finds a way to break her walls and wins her confidence. He will become her strength pillar, all the while being well aware that, when she’ll recover, hen her true explosive self will be back healed, she will get back to her life and family. Also, the hate and desire for revenge are well captured. For me, this entire situation is the center of the story, since the romance is built around it.
Fia and Acer are a match for sure. They are both trying to be independent, to be as far as possible from the life they were born into. Adam Wellington has been betrayed by his own father and as a consequence he has become part of the No Prisoners MC, where he now has a true family, a true brotherhood. Serafina Caldwell is a lingerie designer! Her parents could never associate their name with such an obscene business. So Adam and Serafina become Acer and Fia, perfect for each other.
The narration is great! The way in which both narrators complemented each other was amazing. Erin DeWard has done s great job in expressing Fia’s emotions, her insecurities, her panic attacks, while Noah Michael Levine was the perfect voice for a strong male figure. I would have enjoyed the book just as much, but the audio version is really great.
So i cannot give less than 5 stars for Lilly Atlas’ “Acer”, and even if the ending was a little rushed, I loved it a lot! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the “No Prisoners” series!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.