Natasha Knight-Twisted

Oh my fucking god, I’ve been waiting for Twisted from the very second I finished reading Torn. The world that Natasha created for these books is just wonderful, and dark, and engrossing. I didn’t want to leave it at the end of the last book, and I didn’t want to leave it at the end of this book. I’m pretty sure that Natasha is done now, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this world.

So, Amelia is one of the Willow quadruplets. She was there when Sebastian Scafoni and his brothers came to choose this generation’s Willow Girl. She wasn’t chosen, her sister Helena was. But that doesn’t mean that night didn’t affect Amy badly. It did, and she can’t get away from it now. She ran away from the rest of her family, and is now hiding away in another town, and getting ready to do things she really doesn’t want to do.

Gregory was there at the Reaping, and he was supposed to get his turn with the Willow Girl, but Sebastian refused. Gregory did what he could to push Sebastian and the results weren’t what could be considered good. Now, there is a huge gulf between Sebastian and Gregory, and Gregory is pretty much broken AF.

Oh man, the chemistry between Gregory and Amelia from the very beginning is just explosive. She wants to be there, she doesn’t want to be there. She kicks him in the balls, then she feels bad about it. Gregory, OTOH, knows what he wants, and he’s obsessed with this Willow Girl. And he’s damn well going to do everything he can to get it.

I first thought that Amy was weak. I really did. Then as I started reading, I thought more about it. While I don’t think that she’s as strong as Helena was, I do think that she’s pretty strong. I think that what made me think that she was weak was because her entire life has just fallen apart, so of course, she’s going to be off-balance. But, it’s obvious that she does have a lot of strength, and she’s more than willing to fight.

I did wonder about Gregory’s reasons to do what he was doing. I don’t think even he knew what was going on and why he was doing what he was doing. Really, I think there were about 50 different levels and 100 different motivations behind every move that Gregory made. It was really interesting to watch and to watch Gregory try to figure things out for himself.

I think this is probably the last book in this world, but I really hope that Natasha goes back and checks in on it once or twice.

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Just one example of how strong Amelia actually is is what she does to her hair. Not the first time, the second time. That took some ovaries the size of basketballs. See, what I mean about strong?

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go and read it. Happy reading!

Natasha Knight-Torn

A few days ago, I reviewed the first book of this series, Taken, here. Today, we have the second book in the duet, Torn. Because this is the second book of a duet, there are going to be spoilers for the first book here. I will try to avoid them as much as possible, because you know I don’t want to spoil anyone, but it’s the nature of the beast. If you haven’t read Taken yet, I highly recommend it, especially now that we have the second book out. So, if you have read the story, and you are ready for my review, take a leap off my cliff with me.

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OK, if you’ve come down here, you are either ready to read my review or you like spoilers. Either way, you were warned.

We left off with Lucinda shooting Sebastian and Ethan capturing Helena, after Lucinda set her up. This does not bode well for either of them because we all know that Lucinda is a psycho. I mean, she should totally be diagnosed, because damn.

Lucinda takes Helena and puts her in a stone room somewhere underground in Venice. It’s dark, it’s dank, it’s cold, and Helena is there all alone. Well, all alone except for Lucinda and Ethan. Lucinda takes her hate out on Helena and tries to get Ethan to rape her, after all, she’s a Willow Girl, and that’s what they are there for, right? Only Ethan isn’t willing to go there because he’s still afraid of Sebastian. Which he totally should be. Then Lucinda leaves Helena down, in the dark, really all alone this time. Helena keeps counting on Sebastian to save her, but the longer she’s in the cold dark, the less hope she has of him coming for her.

Natasha has done an excellent job with this book and with the duet in general. The way that her characters interact with each other, in whatever combination, is great. She really shows the tension between Gregory and Sebastian, and how hard everything happening is on both of them. She also does a fantastic job with Lucinda. Lucinda is a predator, plain and simple. She has taken poor Ethan and groomed him into what he is. I mean, it’s not her fault that he acquired brain damage, but she’s taken advantage of that and turned him into her puppet. Of course, he could’ve tried to go against her, and we saw that he can make decisions that Lucinda doesn’t like, but still, she has twisted and groomed him. I almost feel sorry for him. Almost. I said elsewhere that there was nothing that Natasha could do to redeem Lucinda for me. I mean, Lucinda could find god, become a nun, and spend the rest of her life working in a leper colony, and I would still totally hate the bitch. And that still holds true.

I can totally see more books coming out of this world, and I really hope that Natasha writes them.

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I find the death of Sebastian’s mother to be a little too serendipitous for Lucinda. I think that she had her hand in at least his mother’s death, and possibly his father’s death as well. It’s nasty as hell that she might have killed Seb’s mom, considering that they were sisters.

I want to know who Helena’s sister Amy is mixed up with. Since she’s in the same general area as Ethan, I really want to say that it’s him, but I don’t know.

I hope we get stories for both Ethan and Gregory, because I can see how Natasha may have set them up for both.

That’s all I have to say on this one. If you like dark, go check this out. Happy reading!

Natasha Knight-Taken

Oh, ducklings, my sweet and precious ducklings, Natasha Knight has taken us on a roller coaster in Taken. One word of warning before I proceed, Taken is part of a duet, so it ends in a cliffie. The second part will be out in 2 weeks, so it’s not like Natasha is making us wait for a long time for the resolution. So, if you are interested in this one but you don’t like cliffies, wait a couple more weeks. Now, on to the review.

The Willows and the Scarfonis have a centuries-old relationship. That’s not a good thing here. For centuries, the Willows have always had quadruplet daughters and the Scarfonis have had sons. It used to be that they had 4 sons, but now they only have 3. Well, they still have 4 sons, but one son in each generation dies. Anyhow, once every generation, when the Willow daughters turn 21, the Scarfoni sons go and reap one of the daughters. They choose one, and keep her for 3 years, each brother getting their year with her, from oldest to youngest. The 3 sisters who don’t get chosen go on with their lives, get married, and one of them has quadruplet daughters, and the cycle begins again. The Willow Girl, the one that the Scarfonis choose, doesn’t always fare well. Their life expectancy after their 3 years is rather short, with a number of them committing suicide. There is one who seemed to survive her 3 years of service well, and that is Helena, the great-aunt of this generation’s Willow daughters.

Helena is also the name of one of the current generation of daughters. She actually looks like her great-aunt Helena. She’s dark to her sisters’ light. They are golden dolls, but Helena has dark hair, with a silver stripe. Ever since her 16th birthday, when her mother told her and her sisters what was happening, Helena has hoped that she wouldn’t be the one chosen. In fact, she went and got rid of her virginity, just so that she could knock herself out of the running.

Sebastian, Ethan, and Gregory as this generation’s Scarfoni sons. Along with Lucinda, who is Ethan and Gregory’s mother and Sebastian’s step-mother, they have come to the library at the Willow estate where the 4 women are standing in transparent shifts and on blocks so that they can be chosen. Helena has had to be bound and gagged while she is standing there with her shift that has a smear of blood on it, marking her non-virginal state. Sebastian is the one who gets to choose which of the 4 women standing in front of him is to be this generation’s Willow Girl, and by all rights, it should be one of the golden girls, but that would make our story really short now, wouldn’t it? Of course, Helena is the one that Sebastian wants.

There’s a lot going on in this book. I don’t know if I like Sebastian. I mean, sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. That’s OK, that’s how Helena feels about him too. She likes parts of him and she likes what he makes her feel, but she really basically just hates him. He’s told her that he wants to break her, she’s told him that he might have her body but can’t have her soul. There are things going on with Sebastian that we don’t understand or have access to, as of yet. I hope we find them in the next book. I’m interested in them. Helena, I like her a lot. She’s strong and fragile, broken and whole, all at the same time. She has to keep being rebellious because that’s the only way that she can be, the only way she can survive. Ethan and Lucinda deserve to burn in hellfire and lava, or to be cast into the center of a sun. I hate them, a lot. Gregory is… an unknown. I’m looking forward to finding out more about him too.

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Aunt Helena’s ring, OMG, I love her ring, and especially love how she got it. But yeah, I agree, Auntie Helena didn’t come back all that sane. But, you gotta wonder, what exactly happened to her to make her do what she did? It had to have been bad.

I’m kind of thinking that maybe Sebastian’s mom didn’t commit suicide, maybe she was helped along by someone near and dear to her. That person seems like they would do that to me.

And fuck, that ending. Ugh.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I may not survive the wait. Happy reading!

Natasha Knight-Giovanni

Natasha Knight writes a lot of mafia romances. She has a series about the Benedetti brothers. Giovanni is not one of those books, but it is a standalone spinoff from those books. You don’t have to have read the Benedetti books in order to know what’s going on here, and they are only side characters in this book.

Emilia is a cartel princess. Her father is dead. The head of the cartel is now her only living family, her twin brother. She’s spent the last 4 years trying to hide. She’s even gone so far as to change her name, going from Emilia, cartel princess to just plan Em, event planner for a boutique hotel. She’s doing really well staying hidden, until the night she comes home and there are 5 men in her apartment. She knows that something bad has happened, and that nothing good is going to be happening because of that.

Giovanni is way up in the Benedetti organization. He made a deal with Em’s twin brother, and he got screwed over. Now he’s out to get ahold of Alessandro, and since he knows where Emilia is, he figures that she can get him in touch with Alessandro, so he and some of his men break into her apartment and wait for her. What he doesn’t expect is a woman who has been broken and who has learned when to accept what she can’t fight while fighting when she can. Including pulling a gun on him when she gets into her kitchen and wants him out of her house.

I have to admit that I didn’t particularly care for Giovanni for huge parts of the book. When I liked him, I really liked him, but I don’t think that he listened to Emilia as much as he should’ve. I think he sometimes got a little too Alpha-y and he just made some decisions that weren’t in her best interests. However, he does redeem himself, and even when I don’t particularly care for him, he does still appear to care for Em, even when he’s being an asshole. I do like Emilia and I really enjoyed following her story. She is strong, even if she’s broken, and she’s a fighter. She may accept that there are times she can’t fight, but she does wait and watch to see what she can do and she will do that. She’s overcome a flawed past and made herself successful in her present. Altogether, I really enjoyed the story, and the like I had for Em took care of anything I may have felt for Giovanni, and I had no problems reading the book and staying in the story.

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I thought that Em was really tricksy with what she did with her dad. It took some serious guts to do that. She had ovaries of steel, for sure.

I thought the storyline with Giovanni’s dad was interesting. It would have been interesting to see more of that, I think.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Natasha Knight-Captive Beauty

Natasha Knight writes a lot of mafia based dark romances, and Captive Beauty falls in that category. It’s also in another fun category, adult versions of fairy tales. In this case, we get a very twisted version of Beauty and the Beast, with some mafia bits, with no Gaston or singing.

Priscilla Hawking has a big brother whom she loves and whom she is very protective of, Jones. One day, she’s headed over to his house when they are both grabbed. Apparently, Jones has been a bad boy, and someone is out to get their money out of him. They are blindfolded and dragged away. When they get to where they are going, the men are going to beat everloving hell out of Jones on the orders of their boss. Cilla can’t have that. She wants her brother to be OK. She tells the boss that if he doesn’t hurt or kill Jones, she will trade herself to him for 30 days and he can do whatever he wants to her.

Killian Black is an interesting man. His parents died when he was a teenager, and his uncle took over the guardianship of him and his little sister. He went to jail for murdering his uncle a few days after his younger sister died. He got out after only 4 years, a much shorter time than he was supposed to be there. Now, he’s a rich, secretive man who rubs elbows with the mafia, lives in the underworld, and owns a very successful gentlemen’s club. He’s intrigued enough by Cill and her offer to take her up on it and to leave her brother undamaged, or at least as undamaged as he was when she made the offer.

Kill has Cill taken to his home. He has such such plans for her. When he gets to his penthouse to put them into play, she fights back against him which makes him stop.

We all know what’s going to happen here. This book is hot and sexy. The connection between Cill and Kill is intense and incredible. I love their names together, it works really well, and I have fun saying them in my head. Yeah, I know it’s weird, but please tell me that I’m not the only one who was doing that. You know that you are now since I told you about it. And… you’re welcome. Glad I could help. That connection makes everything that happens between them so much more intense. It’s almost like I could feel the heat that they generated on my own skin.

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I love looking up Beauty and the Beast pictures to use in various blog posts. There are some really cool ones out there.

Anyway, all the secrets that come out are explosive. I kind of guessed one, but the other one I didn’t guess at all. But OMG, terrible secrets. I’m glad that what ended up happening happened, at least to the one responsible. Too bad that didn’t happen much, much earlier. It should’ve. Some of the terrible things that happened throughout the book would’ve probably not happened.

I loved the way that the Kill took good care of Cill and made sure that she was OK, as well as people she loved the most. It was really good of him, and I think it totally surprised him that he would do that, but he did it.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. I’m going to go put my feet up and finish reading Peep Show. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Natasha Knight-Captive Beauty Cover Reveal

 

Title: Captive Beauty
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Romance

Cover Design: Clarise Tan

Photo: Wander Aguiar

Model: Jonny James

Release Date: January 24, 2018
Blurb
Cilla



The Beast
had Belle.

Killian
Black has me.
How I got
here doesn’t matter, even though he says it does. Says it was my choice. He
doesn’t get it, though. It wasn’t ever a choice for me.
And now, he’s changing the rules.
The agreement was one month. For thirty days, I’d be his. He’s no longer satisfied
with my body alone, though. He wants my soul, too. Wants every part of me. And
even though I can pretend I’m safe when I lie beneath him, this man does
something to me. Something wicked.
A thing
that will break me.
Killian
People suck at consequences.
Cilla made the choice. She offered the deal. I just took her up on it. So what if I
changed the rules half-way in? I’m not apologizing for it.
See, Cilla and me, we’re the same. She’s dark. As dark as me. Something happened to her. Something bad. It damaged her.
But it’s not a hero she seeks. It’s an avenging angel. A dark knight. That, I can do.
I’ll slay her dragons, but it’ll cost her, because in return, I want
everything. And I’ll take it.
She’s mine.
Author’s
note: Captive Beauty is a standalone romance. Think Beauty and the Beast, but
twisted and dark in the best, dirtiest ways.
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Excerpt
Prologue 1
Cilla
He’s watching me.
I know he is. He has cameras everywhere. Why wouldn’t he have one here? In
this, the “special” room? He told me he likes to keep an eye on his things. And
that’s what I am. A thing. A possession.
His.
Fucking his.
And today I
fucked up.
Today he’ll take
it out of my skin.
I shudder with
the thought. With the knowledge of what I know is coming.
I’ll fight him. I
wonder if he expects me to. Wants me to, even. All I know is I can’t submit to
him. I can’t let him break me.
But I am
breaking. Little by little.
I wonder if
that’s why he took me.
This is a game to
him. My life is a game.
I hug my knees to
myself. This room is so cold, unlike the others.
I pull the
blanket up around me, as much for the cold as for protection. It’s not like I
can hide my fear. He knows. He knows the real truth. Knows everything now.
My dress is torn
and I’m barefoot. He took my shoes away when he put me here. I guess the heels
could be used as a weapon. As if I could somehow manage to overpower him.
I try to swallow
but the lump in my throat makes it impossible. I’m scared and I hate it. I
don’t want to admit it. Not even to myself.
Tears wet my eyes
but before they have a chance to fall, I cover them with my hands and rub them
away. I don’t want him to see my weakness. He gets off on it.
I did this. I
pushed him. And I can survive this. I fucking have to.
It’s when I’m
giving myself that ridiculous pep talk that I hear his footfalls in the
hallway. Hear his voice, muffled so I can’t make out what he says. Probably
dismissing Hugo, his fucking henchman. Like he needs one.
Every hair on my
body stands on end when he slides the key into the lock. When he turns it. And
when he pushes the door open, it takes all I have not to crumple. Not to cave.
It takes all I
have to stand and ready myself for battle against this beast of a man.
Prologue 2
Kill
She claims I took
her, but that’s not the whole truth.
I gave her a
choice. She made it.
Someone needed to
be punished. It didn’t need to be her. She chose this. Chose to be here.
Well, okay, not
right here. Not like this. Standing against the far wall, her pretty, jade eyes
wide with fear, the delicate skin around them pink from tears.
She’s scared.
And she should
be.
She knows what’s
coming.
I warned her and
she fucked up.
I take her in,
pretty in pink. Pretty Priscilla. Even with her hair a mess. Her mascara a
black smear across her face. Her dress ruined. She’s scared shitless, but she’s
defiant. I like that about her. Like her fire.
It makes my dick
hard.
I close the door
but don’t bother locking it. No need. She’s not walking out of here tonight.
I’ll be carrying her when I’m through.
When I take a
step, she makes a sound, something like a frightened little rabbit would make
if they could make sound. Her hands are flat against the wall behind her. It’s
like she’s trying to melt into it.
“I guess we were
always going to end up here,” I say.
She has no
response apart from the sudden trembling of her body. She wraps her arms around
herself. I can even hear her teeth chatter. She’s too proud to beg though. Beg
me for mercy. I respect her for that. But I do like the idea of her on her
knees at my feet, clinging to me, pleading with me to spare her this one
thing. 
I slide off my
suit jacket and hang it over the back of the chair. I watch her reflection in
the mirror as I take off one cuff link, then the other, and set them both on
the table. I’m rolling up my sleeves when I return my attention to her. Her
eyes slide to my forearms. My hands.
“I know, Cilla,”
I say.
She looks up at
me.
“I know
everything.”
Author Bio
USA Today
bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark,
tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are guaranteed, but she likes to put her
characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.
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Natasha Knight-Unhinged

I have another cover reveal for you guys. This is a new one from Natasha Knight, who is another awesome author. She writes dark and intense. I’m actually finishing up one of her books today, Captive, Mine. I’ve reviewed some of her stuff before, including her story in Royally Mine. So, here’s her new one, coming out 9/25! I’ve added it to my Goodreads TBR, and I suggest you do the same.

Blurb:

Eve

Two years ago, I made a deal with the devil. That night, I lost everything. That night, I thought he died.

But he’s back. Risen, like Lazarus, from the dead. And he’s dark. Darker than he was before. More dangerous. Unhinged. A scarred, tattooed savage.

The way he looks at me should terrify me, but I’m drawn to him, to his intensity. Consumed by it. By him. Even though I know if I’m not careful, his obsession will destroy me.

Zach

I should have died that night two years ago. My mistake cost my men their lives. It should have cost me mine. But I survived. And the day I learned she did too, I made it my mission to find her.

I sought her out. Tracked her. Shadowed her every move. I’ve been inside her home. Eaten her food. Drank her liquor.

I’ve stood beside her bed and watched her sleep.

She has so many secrets, and I know one of them. It’s the one where our pasts collided. The one that destroyed me.

And it’s the reason I’ve come for her.

I never intended to touch her, but I did. And now that I’ve had a taste, I want more. I want her. But that won’t change why I’m here.

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