Review & Giveaway: Rose of Thorne-Mia Michelle

Book: Rose of Thorne (Rose of Thorne, #1)
Author: Mia Michelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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   When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
   Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
   Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
   Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
   Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?
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4/5 Stars
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review 
This book does contain triggers: sexual assault, abuse, violence.
PROS:
  • The structure of this story is amazingly well done. The way it’s set up, letting the reader into multiple minds and revealing secrets hidden from the main characters does wonders for adding suspense and foreboding. The tension is high and continues to mount, you keep waiting for the final axe to drop on their happiness because, as the reader, you know it’s inevitable buy even with this knowledge, the hope for a happily ever after is overwhelming.
  • Sebastian is a mouth-wateringly sexy CEO with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a playboy with a habit of using women for his desires them tossing them to the curb the same night. He’s brazen, animalistic, and hyper-sexual. Be ready to blush at his raunchy thoughts, they’re beyond steamy and irresistible. Sebastian is haunted by his past and immensely selfish. He wants what he wants and he always gets it. He loves a good conquest and everything in life has come easy to him. Yet, he’s left psychologically scarred by a mistake from his past, so much so that he can’t escape and despite how much he wants to punish himself, he is a decent human being that deserves happiness.
  • Sebastian and Skylar are fire and ice. One moment they’re hot and bothered, the next they’re pushing each other away in bursts of anger and heated words. Sebastian is enamored with Skylar, she becomes his world, his everything, and the sheer extent of his emotions is breathtaking. His love knows no bounds and even when it kills him, he resists temptation because he knows he’ll break her. He’s always doing sweet, thoughtful things for Skylar because he is enchanted by her smile. He aims to light up her world and make her forget the nightmares of her past. He’s also one of those delicious men who crowd space in an almost predatory way but he makes Skylar feel safe and protected.
  • The sex scenes are complex moments of passion and giving. They’re aggressive, sweltering throes of sexual tension mixed with slow, sensual love making.
  • Marie, the bakery owner, is hilarious. She’s that saucy, perverse older woman who is constantly winking and making jokes. Plus, her creation will leave you hungry for pastry. 
  • Lucas is a sweetheart. He’s charming, lovable, playful, and always attentive. He soothes and delights Skylar, and despite his tainted sexual past, is quite the romantic. Some of his thoughts will leave you breathless and eager for his next section.
  • While this is a sinfully sexy romance, there are many dark, disturbing elements. Skylar’s assaults are horrific. Every single incident is a devastating, violent, and extremely detailed encounter. There’s no telling is Skylar will make it out alive. The descriptions of the physical assault are enough to stick in your thoughts for some time. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more scared for a character.
  • Trevor and Brandon are sick, disgusting human beings. Their lascivious and disturbed thoughts on women and what they want to do to Skylar are nauseating and graphic. The blunt way they talk about scarring and ruining her made me feel physically sick. Mia Michelle perfectly captures the psychotic and twisted minds of these men. The anxiety escalates throughout and despite Skylar’s bliss, you know the worst is to come and it’s heartbreaking.
  • Skylar is courageous, ambitious, and an all around genuinely great person. She works herself to the bone to support her sister, after every traumatic, horrible thing that happens to her, she picks herself up and remains strong for her little sister. It’s remarkable that she can even function after some of these incidents, let alone start to thrive. Skylar’s hopes and dreams are as beautiful and pure as she is, she thirsts for love and has so much to give. Truly, Skylar is a model for recovery and rebirth. Her smiles dazzle and bewitch, she has the world wrapped around her finger and takes no notice, she’s that modest. Her emotions are complex and conflicted. Her attraction to both Lucas and Sebastian is a source of agony and yearning.
  • If you’re looking for something more than just a tasty CEO romance, something with emotional carnage and devastating secrets, pick this up now.
CONS:
  • Some of the sexual phrasing was noticeably repetitive, especially in terms of self stimulation. 
  • There were a few typos.
  • Elements of the plot seemed to fizzle out and felt almost random. The incident with the guy in the nightclub Jaxx. There was a totally creepy and semi-sadistic section told from his perspective that hinted at future assault that added serious tension. There was a feeling that Skylar would never be safe, that someone would always be the hunter and she, the vulnerable, unsuspecting prey. On top of that, for a character that is so close to her sister, Sophie, practically like a second mother, her presence is largely absent and you could feel the void. I would have loved to see more sisterly bonding or at least small interactions to establish and confirm their relationship. There was more bonding with the bakery lady than her own sister or even best friend, Kylie.
  • Everyone is weirdly obsessed with Skylar and it’s unrealistic. It’s not simply that she’s extremely attractive, it’s a psychologically crippling need to be with her, so much that it almost feels toxic and dangerous for both parties.
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Mia fell in love with the literary world and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.  She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required).
 
Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and swimming.   In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals.   She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door.
Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband and their 2 beautiful young children.

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Nicky Peacock’s Top Ten Films to Watch on Halloween & Bad Blood Promo

My top ten films to watch on Halloween.

Halloween is, for me, almost as exciting as Christmas. It incorporates just about all the things I love: horror, magic, sugar and dressing-up! So if, like me, you have organised a bit of a Halloween gathering and want a list of great films to watch through the night, then look no further. Here’s my top ten frightening movies, without spoilers:

1) Sinister – I originally watched this at the cinema, it scared the hell out of me. It was the first film I’ve ever seen that, when the lights came up, strangers were nodding at one another for comradery! Still scary on the small screen and very apt for me as it features an author as the protagonist.

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2) The Conjuring – the fact that this is based on a true story, is the scariest thing of all (the 1970’s fashions are pretty terrifying too!) Visually disturbing as well as thought provoking.

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3) House of 1,000 Corpses – A little slow to start, this builds into an incredibly horrific and visceral movie – it’s also has some Rob Zombie tunes in there, as he directed it.

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4) Dog Soldiers – werewolves when they were scary rather than romantic. Furry fun with special forces hunks. It also features one of my fav actors Sean Pertwee (who should have been the new Doctor Who!)

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5) The Descent – Claustrophobic and down-right bloody; but if you get the DVD you can see the monster dancing on the special features – which kind of takes the edge off a bit!

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6) Texas Chainsaw Massacre – both the new versions. Really tense and the only one on the list representing the true slasher genre.

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7) You’re Next – Survival horror at its best and most inventive twists and turns.

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8) Dawn of the Dead (new version) – zombies and shopping centres – 2 of my favourite things (don’t worry I’m not going to break out into a Sound of Music style song)

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9) 28 Days Later/ 28 Weeks Later – I’ve always said it about these films, if it was going to happen, this is how it would go down. Watch and learn, you just might need the information for the future.

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10) The Craft – teen witches causing mayhem, what more could you ask for?

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I also wanted to give a quick nod to a couple of TV shows too – scares can be just as intense on the small screen. At the moment I’m loving ‘The Strain’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ and am eagerly awaiting the start of the next American Horror: Freak Show.

So settle in, pop some corn, grab a handful of sweets and turn off the lights. Watching a couple of these films through the night on Halloween will not only be entertaining but will keep you awake for the night, and that might be the only thing that keeps you safe…

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cooltext1602390596 copy“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.” 

A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

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I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?

Writing was really a natural progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!

I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.

Spooky reading,

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