BOOK BLITZ – The Dirty Ones by J. A. Huss

Title – The Dirty Ones
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication date – December 4th 2018
Genres – Dark Erotic Suspense
ITS_WORKING
Synopsis:

They said write what you know so that’s what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it’s not me who’s lying, it’s them.
Our story isn’t for everyone. It’s not even for us.
So if you’re looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You’ve got a hold of the wrong book.
This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and “try new things” and then pull it out and decide… #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I’m making one promise with this book.
Just one.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors.

 

LOVERS

Excerpt:

In my dream we’re dancing. It’s a party, but not one I was ever at with them. Everyone is here. Hayes, Connor, Bennett all wearing tuxes. Me, Camille, Sofia all wearing gowns. They are the gowns we found in the basement room that first night with Louise.

I stop dancing when I realize that. I’m partnered with Bennett for some reason, which is also confusing. So I look around, searching for Connor, then Hayes. Connor has Sofia pushed up against a wall, his hand hidden beneath the long flowing layers of her elaborate skirt. Her head is tilted upward, mouth slightly open. And he’s whispering something in her ear.

I’m jealous, but turned on. So I lead Bennett over to them and take my place next to Sofia against the wall. Someone is kissing me. Bennett, or Connor, or maybe Sofia—but then I realize it’s Hayes. His soft lips caressing the side of my neck. His soft words wrapping around the tender skin of my ear just like Connor’s words wrap around Sofia. “Do you like it?” he asks. “I want you to like it.”

“What are we doing?” I whisper back. “When did this become who we are?”

And Hayes says, “It’s not real, so don’t worry about it.”

But it feels real. Camille is kissing Bennett now, her body pressing up against mine. Her soft, full breasts are bare. Somehow she’s gotten herself naked. And in my dream I laugh at that. Because it’s so typical of Camille to just take off her clothes and be indiscreet.

And then we’re all naked. All twisted together in the sheets of some giant bed. Camille’s bed, I realize. Now we’re at her Christmas party. And there’s butterflies in the air. Clear-winged butterflies like the ones at Connor’s parents anniversary. Dozens of them. No, hundreds of them. Their soft wings flutter around my hot, feverish skin like a summer wind. Making a cool breeze that feels so good.

But it’s not the butterflies. It’s Connor, blowing air across my pussy as his tongue laps against my folds, looking for the sweet spot. And when he hits it, I buck my back.

But Bennett is there, whispering, “This is wrong. This is so fucking wrong.”

And I reply, “Shut up,” because I’m irritated that he’s ruining the feeling of Connor between my legs. “Just shut up.”

And then he and Camille are gone and I get this weird feeling that they’ve left us. They figured it out—this wrongness—and left us.

But Hayes is there, saying, “Shhh, they don’t know anything. Don’t worry.”

But I do worry. Because I want to know what they don’t know. And Hayes is the secret-keeper and he’s close now. So close. “What don’t they know?” I ask him.

But Connor steals the words from my mouth with a kiss and it’s too much. I forget about my questions and how none of this makes sense and say, “It’s just a dream.”

And Sofia is touching me now. She was always so careful when she touched me, afraid she might do it wrong. But I used to tell her, “There’s no wrong way.” And that always made her happy for a little bit.

Which makes me think about her sadness. And her books. Those books she writes. The dark, sexy stories that steal your life away for days, or months, or years. And I say, “When did you change?”

And she just looks at me with her sad, sad smile that’s on her face so often now, I’ve grown used to it. She says, “You know when.”

But I don’t. I don’t really remember anything except that tower. And the book I wrote. And those dresses down in the basement. Why were there dresses in the basement?

“Kiera?”

It makes no sense at all. Why that guy had dresses. Did he have a fetish?

“Kiera?”

But they weren’t dresses, were they? They were costumes.

“Kiera!”

I open my eyes to find Connor on top of me. Holy shit, this is real.

Huss
Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

Author links:

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Taking Turns, Turning Back, His Turn -Turning #1, #2, #3 by J.A. Huss

REVIEW 

WARNING!  Enter this series with extreme caution! High chance of getting burnt on the heat that comes out of these pages! 

The Turning Series revolves around three men – Elias Bricman, Smith Baldwin and Quin Foster – who have been friends for a very long time and have, during that time, found that they enjoy sharing women. Not just sharing them but playing games with them…everything is a game. That is, until it is not. 

Taking Turns finds theses men in a confusing situation when the woman they have spent the last three years with has vanished and someone else is in their place.  Chella believes she knows what she is letting herself in for.  She needs the pleasure and pain that these men can inflict on her.  Quin wants nothing to do with her, Bric doesn’t care either way, and Smith finds that he cannot stay away.   Something draws him to her but what secrets is she hiding? 

Turning Back sees the return of Rochelle, the woman who broke Quin’s heart and left him in a world of pain for a year.  Why has she come back?  Smith wants her to leave  before she hurts his friend all over again, Quin relies on anger to get him through the time ahead, and Bric seems to know more than he is letting on.  With Smith no longer playing can Bric and Quin find a way to bring Rochelle back into the game? 

His Turn is all about Bric. At a loose end he finds a new partner to play games with, Jordan Wells. Jordan introduces him to Nadia, who although is not anything like either Chella or Rochelle, she is more his type.  The only problem is that they both want the same thing – control! Are they all playing the same game or have each got their on set of rules?

I absolutely loved this series from start to finish.  I was a bit unsure, as I’m not overly into the BDSM Club scene books but having read numerous series by this author before I couldn’t not give it a try.  The club is not highly focused on, the stories are more about the main characters and the relationships they have and build together.  The subject of sex and sharing is very open within these books so, if that is not your thing or you are adverse to three/foursomes, then they may not be for you. 

The build up of the characters is fantastic.  I’ll be honest, if I had read His Turn first I would not like Bric’s character at all.  However,  knowing his backstory and having seen the softer side to him in the previous books gave me knowledge of the character that explained why he did what he did. I think may favourite is Smith.  I can just picture him with his two rat dogs and the puppy, he really will make a great father if they ever have the chance 🙂

The end of this series leads nicely onto the next – Jordan’s Game – which I will starting in the New Year! 

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

Taking Turns – I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.  Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.  Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.  Number Three is mostly reserved.  He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.  It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.  I just didn’t expect to like them. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33192096-taking-turns)

Turning Back – I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.  Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me… Until he wasn’t.  Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.  Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.  And now he might be the only one I have left.  It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better.  And that’s why I’m turning back. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33867511-turning-back)

His Turn – I look her body up and down as I circle her.
Mine?
I smile a devious, deviant, I’m gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.
And then I take her hand.
I lead her to the elevator.
We go up to my apartment.
I tie her wrists together with rope.
Raise her arms above her head.
And chain her to the ceiling.
It’s my turn. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34818548-his-turn)

The Triangle – Shape of Love #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

If there is one thing that can be said about a J A Huss novel/series it is, expect something unexpected.  That is exactly what you get with this book, unexpected twists, unexpected decisions, unexpected…everything!

Christine is not your average 24 year old.  She doesn’t work in an office, the man in her life isn’t her boss, and she most definitely isn’t doing ‘something boring’. But what exactly is it that she does do?  Christine has lost her memory and now a man is standing in front of her telling her to leave with him.

Danny has loved Christine for more years than he cares to remember.  When he found her, he promised to protect her and in doing so he hid his feelings and pushed her away.  Now she is back. One call from him and Danny comes running. Finding Christine the way she was, no memory of anything but him hurt more than he would say, but this is Christine. His to protect, his to love, and his from this point on.

Alec knew he could count on Danny to protect her, save her from whatever was happening, but what exactly was happening?  With Christine’s loss of memory it would take time to piece everything together but by then it may be too late.  Can three people really love, trust and respect each other and what happens when the triangle loses shape? Will it be able to put itself together again?

Absolutely engrossed in this story from page 1.  The tension between the characters, the trust and betrayal, the bits of Christine’s memory coming back to add even more intrigue to an already enthralling story just kept me turning page after page, and by the end there were still so many questions that needed answers…so many questions…

These are very interesting characters.  Christine is way older in her thoughts and actions than any 24 year old should be.  She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it.  Danny is the calming influence, the decision maker, the ‘let’s think about this for a minute’ one, but once he makes that decision he goes full force into it.  And then there is Alec.  What can be said about Alec – rich, entitled, slightly delusional, a whole lot ‘who gives a fuck!’

The sex between these three is HOT! If MFM/MMF is not your cup of tea then don’t get this book cos, trust me on this, there is plenty of heat and sizzle when these three finally get it on!

Another fantastic start to a new series by the talented duo that is Julie Huss and Johnathan McClain.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me. 
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars. 
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay. 
I don’t know why I care. 
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with. 
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know. 
I know why I stay.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41566383-the-triangle)

Passion Rising – Original Sin #4 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

What an amazing journey this has been and I’m so pleased that I shared the ride with Maddie and Tyler.  Because that is what we do, as readers we immerse ourselves into the worlds of the character and the lives they live.  If a book is written well then we can get completely lost in another time and space…an alternative reality, and that is exactly what I got through the course of these four books.

I felt the emotions, although slow to begin with, as Tyler and Maddie grew closer only to be torn apart, either through their own actions or by some evil drug lord! The pain and heartbreak of losing friends and loved ones, the joy and happiness of finding that one person who makes your life complete.

Often I forget that I am on a journey through life, that this is the one and only shot I get at being here with those I love.  It does not mean that I can’t escape every so often into the realms of the fictional, more that the time I spend here, doing whatever I am doing, is what leads to the life I choose for myself.  That is essential what Tyler and Maddie discover. Each choice they make leads to the next and decisions will lead in different directions.  I loved the use of the “choose-your-own-adventure books” they are a great metaphor for life, except maybe where if you choose the wrong path you don’t get to start back at the beginning, you have to keep moving forward towards the end of the book.

Going to miss Maddie and Tyler but that is the great thing about books…they can be reread!

The EOBS is great.  Johnathan has a really wonderful outlook on life and I could hear Tyler in some of the things he says.  Julie is a fantastic author in her own right and I have read many of her books (The Mister Series are a particular favourite of mine).  I eagerly await to see what the next creation is that this duo will bring us.

Synopsis

Old demons are back.

Maddie’s dealing with the fallout of her choices. Safety and happiness are relative, elusive things she’s desperate to have. But they will forever remain out of reach until the demons of her past are laid to rest.

Tyler’s mistakes resurface to haunt him and he’s just beginning to understand that money can’t fix a broken relationship. He must open his heart and search for answers he’d rather not find.

She wants peace in a world made of chaos.

He wants to rid himself of a lifetime of guilt.

They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee.

They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after.

Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38605802-passion-rising?ac=1&from_search=true)

 

 

Angels Fall – Original Sin #2 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Sometimes angels fall. 

Maddie doesn’t really owe drug lord, Carlos Castillo, money. So she hadn’t taken his threats seriously. Until now. He wants it, whether she owes it or not. And if she doesn’t have it in six weeks he’s gonna take her as payment instead. 

Tyler would save the world if he could. That’s a fight that lasts forever. And if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s fighting. So if Maddie thinks she’s gonna deal with an insane drug lord on her own, she’s crazier than he is. 

She’s got a debt she can’t pay. He’s got more money than he needs.
She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens. 

They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet.
Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need.

Good thing you don’t get to choose.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38521449-angels-fall)

REVIEW

I fucking love Tyler! His bizarre sense of humour, his quirky outlook on life, and the fact that he loves Maddie and really does try his hardest to respect her wishes even if she doesn’t see it that way.

The funny one-liners and sarcastic retorts that Tyler just can’t keep to himself.  The Angel/Devil arguments that Maddie has with herself. The inner monologues that send both of them into fazed out moments where the world ceases around them.  All of these are brought about by the genius writing team of Huss and McClain, and that’s just the tip of the story iceberg.

This book had me all over the place, emotionally speaking.  Maddie is still in debt to Carlos and has Logan breathing down her neck.  Tyler, with the help of some friends – old and new, finally becomes what Maddie needs.  There are a few happy surprises along the way and the pair are finally finding some clarity in their lives.  You know when you get to that stage in a book when everything is going right and you think…”ok, story can end now, all is good”…but no, the writer/s just keep on going. There is that defining moment for me in this book, and guess what?  Yep, the writers just kept on going!

No spoilers but if you get as involved with the characters as much as I do, not just the main ones but all the side characters that make the stories come to life, then I would suggest that you have some tissues at the ready.

The third instalment of the Original Sin Series, Flesh into Fire, will be released on 17th April 2018.

At the time of writing this review I know that Johnathan McClain is not well so I would like to send my best wishes to him and hope he Gets Well very soon.

EOBS – Personal note to Julie – I was at the book signing in London and have the photo to prove it!  And I can confirm that your readers do all love you and support you 100%.  I just hope that being in the UK I get to see The Company when it is aired.

Sin with Me – Original Sin #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Two broken people in a city fueled by sin.

Maddie isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing.

The Military taught Tyler about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t.

She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back. 

She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting.

Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you’ll never be the same.
But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37030228-sin-with-me)

REVIEW

Oh Wow! A fantastic beginning to this new series.  Julie Huss has for a long time now been one of my favourite authors and I can honestly say she has done good with pairing up with Johnathan McClain.

The way that Tyler is written had me in hysterics despite the somewhat desperate need behind his actions. The constant talking to himself inside his head is genius because, lets face it, most of us go off on internal monologues and completely lose track of where we are and what we are doing.  Reading about what was going on inside Tyler’s mind is also a little scary!

Maddie had to grow on me. It took me a while to understand why she was putting herself through what she was when realistically there was no need.  But as the story progressed her reasons became clear and I was really starting to feel her despair and outrage with life and the injustice of it all.  The loneliness and hopelessness.

I loved the duel POV.  All too often romance novels are only written from the female perspective.  Men have feelings and emotions too and I love when a writer captures the thoughts and reasons  behind the actions of the lead male character.

For anyone who has read Julie’s previous work there is a little homage to a certain character we all know and love,.   To anyone who hasn’t….what’s the matter with you?!

Angels Fall will continue the story of Maddie and Tyler in the Original Sin series.

Bleeding Hearts: The Complete Duet – Bleeding Hearts #1-2 by A. Zavarelli

How far would you go to save someone you love? Would you give up your body? Your mind? Your heart?

I did and it cost me everything.

He says he owns me. And it’s true.

I’ve signed over complete control of my body and life for six months to a man I don’t know. Five years he’s been planning this. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But my blackmailer serves it up white hot. He’s addicted to my innocence, and I’m addicted to him.

He likes to hurt me. I love to let him. He brings me to life. He sets me free. He makes my heart feel things it shouldn’t.

But he also scares me. He holds the fate of my brother’s life in his hands. A life behind bars for crimes I know he didn’t commit. My blackmailer can’t give up his revenge on my family, and I can’t be with him if he doesn’t. But I’m nothing more than a butterfly caught in his net. Do I really have a choice?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36689298-bleeding-hearts)

REVIEW

Brighton is pretty much doomed from birth.  Although she is innocent there is definitely a dark side to her and it takes Ryland to bring that dark side out.

Revenge can be a very dangerous path to take but I can understand Ryland’s need for it.  I think I would probably be after Brayden if  he had done that to me as well.  He is not a nice person!

I liked the connection between Ryland and Brighton even if they did get off to a rough  -pen intended – start , although I felt that with the way the book was written it came to a rather quick end.  I’m not saying it should have been dragged out unnecessarily but for everything they had been through I felt that it needed more from the point of Ryland going missing (easy for me to say, I don’t write books).

An exciting and steamy read, lots of ups and downs in a turbulent ride of emotions for both Brighton and Ryland.