WWW Wednesday – March 18, 2020

Dear book-lovers,

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The idea of this meme is to answer three W questions, which are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? *Note. Click on the book’s title to check it on Goodreads.

CURRENTLY READING:

So nothing has changed with my three month long reads as I’m still on page 23 of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. The same with A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer, still on page 254. And still 17% into the story of Alien Minds (Dimension Drift #1) by Christina Bauer. There has been no progress made with these three books because I haven’t really been in the mood to read them and I have quite many ARCs to get trough, but I’ll try to finish at least the last two.

Last Thursday I started reading YA dystopian novel that brings awareness to the devastating effects of sex-trafficking industry, Stockholm Syndrome, manipulations, abuse, drug use and more. This is a nightmarish future where sex-trafficking is legal and a blooming business, it is a story of sixteen years old girl’s struggle of discovering her identity and falling in love. So at the moment I’m 25% into The Aviary (The Uncaged #1) by Emily Shore. You can find out more of my feelings, details about the book and the authors, and also excerpt and couple of teasers on it’s anniversary blitz > here, also different excerpt and teasers you can read on its original release blitz > here.

Aviary“Gentlemen, we have a special treat for you today. Feast your eyes on this pure-blooded beauty!”

Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding to protect her from this exact moment. In a world where beauty is bought and sold on the streets like a corporate commodity, Serenity’s natural assets are more like liabilities. Despite her parents’ best efforts, she’s been taken—ripped from her home and the only life she’s ever known—to find herself on sale to the highest bidder. And that bidder? Enigmatic and dangerous, Luc is the director of The Aviary—an elite museum where girls are displayed as living art by day…and cater to the lascivious whims of the highest bidder by night. In this elaborate and competitive world, girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale, and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.

Luc comes to idolize Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes one of the most coveted exhibits in Aviary history. When she discovers Luc holds the key to finding her parents, she must learn to play The Swan to perfection…to win his heart and earn his trust. But she doesn’t anticipate falling for him in the process. Now she faces an impossible choice: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents—or become Luc’s Swan for good and lose her identity forever.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing meets Trix by Ellen Hopkins in this gritty Young Adult Dystopian that tells of a fear-inducing future where the world of sex trafficking has become a social norm and where woman aren’t treated as humans or any more safer than they were in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Content Note: the goal of The Aviary Trilogy is to raise awareness about the devastating effects of sex-trafficking. The Aviary’s major theme is a struggle with identity. These books brush on themes of abuse and manipulation, dissociation, pornography, Stockholm Syndrome, drug use in the industry, and various other subjects. Stories were inspired by real-world truths from survivors and rescue workers. A portion of The Aviary’s proceeds will always go to benefit Women at Risk, International.


RECENTLY FINISHED:

Since last Wednesday’s WWW post I have had a great reading week again, as I read six books 🥳 So let’s just get to them now.

First read was a disappointing one, as I was excited to read Feisty (Do-Over #3) by Julia Kent (2.5 stars) because the synopsis sounded so great, but it was misleading. Even though there were some funny and also steamy moments that I enjoyed, still I was very disappointed in this book. It was just over the top and kind of twisted into something a bit weird. It was just an OK read as I didn’t exactly dislike it. *Note. Misleading part in synopsis – he was not there for a blind date with her.

feistyI’m not too proud to admit that finding Mr. Right involves swiping right. Right? Welcome to dating in avocado toastland.

Here I am, on my first blind date, ever, courtesy of a smartphone app and my two annoying best friends.

So what is Chris “Fletch” Fletcher doing, walking across the room, looking at his phone like he’s pattern matching a picture to find a real person he’s never met before?

Oh.

Oh, no.

The guy I drop-kicked in seventh grade cannot be my blind date. The guy who earned me this infernal nickname.

That’s right.

Feisty.

Next read was an ARC of one of my favourite reads this year so far a dark mafia suspense romance by one of my favourite author duos – Deadly Obsession (The Obsession Duet #2) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (5 stars). I’ll just say that I loved it, as review is coming soon.

deadly obsessionI thought the worst was behind us.

Little did I know the worst was yet to come.

***This is a continuation of Cruel Obsession and is NOT a standalone.***

After being back in this mafia world of J.L. Beck and C. Hallman, I just couldn’t not to go for more of their books. I very much want to reread Rossi Crime Family, but because I have so many ARCs and other books to read then I just chose to read a couple of books that I still hadn’t read yet by these two amazing authors. First was a dark NA bully romance – Breaking You (Blackthorn Elite #2) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (4.25 stars). I very much liked this book, there was a lot of raw emotions and it made my heart beat out of my chest at some points. There was a lot of heartbreak, but at the end it had a bit of sweetness as well. However, I felt like the ending was rushed and I didn’t enjoy the epilogue that much, but the rest was a darkly beautiful bully romance.

breaking youThey say there is always a calm before the storm. A time when you think you’re safe, protected from the destruction that you know is going to eventually come. Harper was that calm. And I? I was the motherfucking storm.

As kids we were best friends. She was the light to my darkness. I used to protect her from her bullies, now I’ll become her most feared one.

Seeing her for the first time after three years was like a bucket of ice water being poured on me. It chilled me to the bone, making me irrational, angry. No longer is she a little girl but a grown woman with curves and eyes that pierce my black soul.

No one knows the darkness that lingers under the surface, all they see is my smile, my charismatic charm. I’m the all American golden boy.

Having her back in my life is awakening something inside of me. She reminds me of everything good, everything I’ll never have and I refuse to let her stay.

She has to go and the only person dark enough, dirty enough to scare her away is me…

Breaking Harper isn’t as easy… I thought I knew everything, turns out others are just as good at hiding their secrets as I am.

Damaged, dark and falling off the deep end. Will I break her? Will I break us?

“Sometimes the scariest monsters aren’t those that hide in the dark. Sometimes they’re the ones hidden right in plain sight… like me.”

**This is a standalone DARK bully romance. This book contains scenes that may be triggering to some readers. This is not a YA romance novel and should be read by those only 18+ or older. **

So after this wonderfully dark NA bully romance I immediately jumped into the next one – Hurting You (Blackthorn Elite #3) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (3.5 stars). I still liked this book, but it wasn’t the same good as most of these authors’ books. I just couldn’t connect with Easton, also maybe it was harder for me to fall in love with this romance itself because this was a love story between two men and one woman.

hurting youIt was such a shame that she was in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

She knew that we would come for her.

We had seen her delicate face that night, hidden in the shadows, and she had seen what we did, her gasp of horror giving her away.

She was perfection, beauty, and oozed goodness but that wasn’t going to save her from us.

No one could ever find out our secret, which meant we needed to get rid of her.

But killing her wasn’t an option and scaring her into silence wasn’t as easy of a feat as we expected. She was strong, resilient , and smart doing whatever she could to evade us.

Thus without even knowing it she turned it into a game, and so we became blood thirty wolves.

Run and we’ll find you. Keep our secret and you might live.

That is until someone else finds out what we did…

**This is a standalone DARK bully romance. This book contains scenes that may be triggering to some readers. This is not a YA romance novel and should be read by those only 18+ or older. **

Lately I have been craving some dark and twisted romances with suspense and angst, so I continued with the theme and read another dark contemporary romance Once A Myth (Goddess Isles #1) by Pepper Winters (4 stars). So this was a dark, twisted and cruel romance, also trigger warnings for questionable consent, sex-trafficking and  things that come with this subject, for mature readers only. I’m actually not sure whether I hated the male protagonist more than I liked him, so even for me this was a harder read than usually, however, it still provoked a lot of strong emotions from me and that’s the reason I chose to read dark romances.

once a myth“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”
“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”
“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirreled away to an island at midnight, delivered to a man even darkness won’t touch, she’s bound by a contract.

Four men.
Four fantasies.
Four pieces of her soul.

Sullivan Sinclair is the giver of fantasies. Any wish, any desire—he is the master at quenching even the filthiest appetites. His private paradise and perfectly trained goddesses are there for one purpose: to ensure every guest is extremely well satisfied.

He bought her.
He trapped her.
She belongs to him.

And today in the morning I finished reading an ARC for a closely approaching blog tour. A historical romance set in Victorian England – The Duke’s Wicked Wife (Wicked Secrets #4) by Elizabeth Bright (3.75 stars). I liked it and review is coming soon. Yup, that cover is very beautiful 🙂

the dukes wicked wifeSebastian Sinclair, the Duke of Wessex, is not in love with Eliza Benton—nor anyone else, for that matter. But he must marry and produce an heir, and love is not required for either. His future duchess must be of high birth and good nature, a lady unlikely to snipe at him over breakfast. In short, the complete opposite of Eliza. So who better to help him find a bride?

Eliza Benton is not in love with the Duke of Wessex. He’s infuriating, arrogant, and an ass of the first order. Not that she has any intention of marrying anyone now that her secret dream is on the cusp of becoming reality. A husband would ruin all her careful plans. But she’s all for finding her nemesis the perfect bride, anything to get him from underfoot so she can focus on her writing.

Thank goodness Sebastian and Eliza aren’t in love. That would be disastrous.


READING NEXT:

Next I will have to read one of my ARCs…

Tell me in comments – What books have you recently read, are currently reading or plan to read next? You can also share your WWW post link here in comments 😉

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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