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I’ll stab you in the heart.
I’m coming for you.
No secret dies.
But you will.
In the concluding part of Chloe and Cai’s tale of frantic, tempestuous, meaningful love…
When news breaks that enigmatic magazine editor Jennifer Matthews is dead, it irks Chloe that Cai refuses to shed even one tear. What she doesn’t know is that he was expecting it, perhaps even, hoping for it.
In this dark, romantic tale of revenge, Cai explodes the deepest, most destructive aspects of his past as he comes to terms with the tragedy at the heart of Jennifer’s downfall. With Chloe’s love and support, he must brave his demons and dodge death to finally end a bitter feud between two damaged families.
**This book is not intended to stand alone and is the second in a three-part series, concluding in UNLEASH – Kayla Tate’s story.**
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5.0 out of 5 starsGifted by author in exchange for an honest review.13 April 2015
By Books and Beyond Fifty Shades – Published on Amazon.com
Cai and Chloe are trying to live as normal life as possible. All that changes when Cai’s past comes back to haunt him…again. When Jennifer dies, Chloe is shocked that Cai doesn’t care that she’s dead. What Chloe doesn’t know is Cai has been waiting for when it would happen. Can Chloe help Cai deal with his past and all the damage between the two families? Cai must find a way to deal with his past without losing Chloe. Is Chloe strong enough to help Cai deal with his past?
This dark romance shows how as much as you want to protect the ones you love; you can’t. Cai must trust Chloe to help him fight the demons that won’t go away. But are the lies and deceit going to be too much for Chloe to handle? I thought I couldn’t love this series anymore after I read Unbind, but once I was finished with Unfurl I changed my mind. This series is a MUST READ!
We finally have the ending to Chloe and Cai’s story and I promise you it’s not one to be missed. If you thought that Unbind had crazy secrets, Unfurl takes it one step farther. All the mystery of Cai’s past comes together and I literally screamed when 2 big reveals happened. Sarah Michelle does a beautiful job tying up all loose ends from Unbind. Again, she is so descriptive with her writing that you can literally see this all happening in your head. The characters are more relatable than ever.
I truly hope you give them a chance; I promise you that you will not be disappointed!!
Finished this on Thursday night and still thinking about it now!! A real page turner but at slow speed as you really need to take in everything that is going on! A fabulous sequel to Unbind and one I had to read to get the answers to all the questions from the first. Cai and Chloe are still together (fab) and on a learning curve to trust and the truth. There are so many little and big twists and turns that I sometimes had to re-read sections to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.
All I can say is if you have read the 1st book then this is a MUST READ. If you haven’t read the first book then you NEED TOO!! I hate revealing plots but I wish I could see in reality the paintings that Cai is responsible for (sigh) and wish he would paint me as that guy is seriously HOT!!!
I am now looking forward to Kayla’s story…….who knows what other secrets will be revealed.
This will be a rather self-indulgent blog post and I will not apologise for this! LOL.
It was around a year ago (I think) that I agreed to attend this event thinking, it’s ages away, it’ll be a laugh, yet as the day approached I realised I had no idea what I had got myself into! I had to get serious all of a sudden. I needed stuff to take with me for a start and trust my luck, some of my recent novels didn’t arrive through the post on time, including a batch of Unbinds – and I still don’t know where the shipment is!
On the morning of the event, I suddenly felt a little bit sick. I was reminded of the morning of my wedding when I stepped into the shower and vomited into my hand just because so much preparation had gone into that one day. Anyway, on March 14th I was thankfully not sick but I only managed a pot of tea and a miniature patisserie at my hotel before we had to make the walk to another hotel down the road, where said author signing was taking place. Once inside the Great Northern in Peterborough, I was greeted by chaos and activity and the nerves disappeared because it was time to get on with it all!
The first girl to my table told me she thought A Fine Profession was amazing and refreshing, she really liked it, and she bought a copy of A Fine Pursuit there and then. Great start, right! While sat at our table, my hub and I got to talking about my back catalogue and his favourite of the bunch remains A Fine Pursuit. I asked why and he said the psychology and the challenge of unpicking a character as interesting as Noah Yeardley. Anyway, (I did mention this would be a self-indulgent post, but I’m feeling a rare sense of pride right now), yet more people came to my table either just to chat, have me sign books, take swag or whatever. I was just happy people were approaching me!
I was shocked when one lady had one of my protagonists’ names printed on her t-shirt. O.M.G. Feckin’ fab. Said lady was very nice, asked for my picture with her, and mentioned she’d endeavoured to work her way through a book from each of the authors attending which was no easy job, given there were 30+ authors at said event. Not only romance authors but crime, horror and all kinds in between.
I was also blown away when quite a few people produced photo books with a page dedicated to each author, book covers on show and some quotes too! It’s at that point I realised that people have access to me and not only that, they’re interested too and want to make me a part of their community. Most of the time, authors sit at a laptop with only their own company because that’s the life of an author. Or so it always seemed to me!
Anyway like I said, I had no expectations of this event and it was my first big event, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I certainly felt a bit more assured than I did when I did my first library talk a couple of years ago, and certainly more assured than when I did a writers’ group talk last year and a book club one too – and I’ll tell you why! Last Saturday I was actually in the company of other authors who’ve also taken the step, as I have, to either self-publish or publish their work and ‘put themselves out there’. It’s really not something I did lightly and I know most other Indies like me didn’t take that step lightly either. To have that camaraderie is amazing, regardless of which route in publishing you’ve taken.
The overall feeling I took away from Peterborough was that most people want to read and most people want to write for all the right reasons. Everyone was so supportive and gracious of one another. The people I spoke to were more than aware how hard it is to get a footing in the writing world and yet we all do it for the love of words. Everyone I spoke to that day was genuinely passionate about books! They’re the best people in my eyes!
It was refreshing to step away from my laptop for a day or two and actually reflect on everything I’ve achieved so far. I think a lot of writers forget to reflect because we live in such a fast-paced world and hardly have time to draw breath! Sometimes we just have ideas we have to pursue and the world moves around us as we dedicate ourselves to writing a book, which is a risk and a sacrifice, but never not worth it (as I’ve come to realise).
Some readers told me they absolutely got one book of mine and others told me they got another. From my point of view, all I’m ever working with is the fact I know I can write and if I get an idea then great, I follow it. I write it and hope someone gets it. That’s all I do, because I love writing SO much. So when a person came to my table and said one of my books was their favourite last year, I was like WOW. Total bonus. One hundred thousand per cent bonus.
The thing with events like signings or whatever is the fear that you won’t get to speak to everyone for long enough or you forget to thank people, forget to meet everyone. I didn’t get round everyone because there were so many authors but there were some people I don’t think I will ever forget! I took away the feeling that it’s not always important to conquer the world, but to own what you do and really stand proud and represent that thing you do, whether it be as an author or as a reader or blogger or whomever or whatever your vocation in life is. Just own whatever it is you do well and be proud of your niche, because variety is what keeps the world evolving and without that, we really wouldn’t ever have change and that’s what I strive for all the time. Change might lead to something new and exciting.
After the books were signed that day and the banners and swag and tins of sweets put away, we sat down for a dinner and ball and that was when the day really got started for me. Speaking to one woman on my table, she asked me which is the book I’ve written that I believe in most. She also asked which book did I enjoy writing the most. I still say the book I enjoyed writing the most was Angel Avenue and I don’t think my opinion on that will ever change. I also happen to believe in that one the most. I explained to this lady that it’s a book some people just don’t get for whatever reason but I tried to tell her that sometimes it’s not about understanding everything in a book, it’s about how that book makes us feel about characters. I personally love books where you can read between the lines and take a moral away with you or just a feeling of thankfulness for everything we have in our own lives. I’ve written some pretty erotic stuff in the past, involving whips, chains, belts, dildos, you name it – I’ve never been shy of exploring all that. Human sexuality is the single most written-about thing on the planet. Yet despite all those other erotic books I’ve written, I still feel such a powerful, deep, not even sentimental but overawed emotion whenever I go back and pick up Angel Avenue and Warrick Jones (the guy printed on that lady’s t-shirt). He is the one male character I’ve written that I still think about. I’ll love him forever. So as we sat at that table, said lady clicked a few buttons on her phone and downloaded that book. That’s the world we live in now. Convenience. Expectation. Volume. Ease of access. Standing out in the crowd will never be easy because of this mass outpouring of creativity. It’s a blessing and a curse that anyone can publish relatively easily now. However, this particular author event proved to me that the people who succeed and the ones who remain authentic and original are the people who never sacrifice who they are and now I am glad to say I know some of those people personally! Passion really translates – and it really sells!
Far be it from me to reveal what us authors got up to later on in the night but the night owls amongst us who didn’t get to bed before 2.30a.m. laughed our socks off so much, we’re still talking about this and will be for months to come! A sign of a truly nourishing and fulfilling day! Amen to the organisers Hourglass Events and Orchard Book Club. They did a fantastic job, made a lot of authors realise they’re not alone in their fears, aspirations, dreams and endeavours… and more importantly we’ll all be back!
Many of us have signing hangovers for a number of reasons and I know I’m itching to meet people all over again very soon! Roll on Leeds 2016!
On a side note, I want to ask anyone who has enjoyed my books to please, please review them! Many people tell me they’ve loved my work and I just don’t see this love reflected on Amazon or Goodreads. Please do me the honour of just writing a line or two of review. It makes all the difference. It’s easy to read a book and leave it there, I am also guilty of this, but I try to review whenever I get chance. It not only helps other readers make a decision about their purchase but also drives more clicks to our pages and therefore hopefully more sales and hopefully more happy readers! Please review today and make everyone happy! Thank you!
I picked this book up one evening and started reading, soon discovering it’d be one of those that I’d require a stretch of time to chew through without interruption. It is for this reason I put the book back down and picked it up again when I knew I would have a window of quiet time to dive in and really allow myself to absorb the story crafted here. For crafted it is.
Jazz Baby tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who has the voice of a much more mature woman. I mean that in more ways than one. When everyone she loves dies, I guess that adds to the reasoning there. I was also reminded of a time when girls and boys had to grow up much quicker.
Some parts of this book made me feel really uncomfortable. Like I said, because of the mature voice you often forget she’s a teenager and the odd quirk in the narrative cleverly reminds us she’s just a young teenager – and still all these nasty, horrible things are happening to her. You have to take a breath for a moment when you realise that. You couldn’t tell that the book (from an entirely female perspective) was written by a man either! The attention to detail was extraordinary and the dialects gotten down to a T.
I had to attune to the dialect even though I’m used to reading lots of different voices. However, it was strange how this need to listen to the words more carefully made me feel as though I was in Baby’s time and place. Her often poetic turns of phrase and perspectives took me right out of this time and into that one.
This is not a read I’d go for if I were looking for something romantic and light. The pace picks up massive speed towards the end and you’re on the edge, wondering what the heck is going to happen. There’s blood, guts and guns. You become invested in the story and the twists keep coming. However, it’s certainly a read that tells of meticulous research; knowledge of the Deep South, an interest in that era and a faultless attempt to work something the author is obviously passionate about into such a brave, honest, authentic work.
I’d like to see a sequel set further down the line. Or I’d like the author to write a gangster novel!
Having read and reviewed previous novels by Sarah I couldn’t wait to read this one. And believe me it did not disappoint one bit. It has kept me company on the bus ride into work for the last week and let’s just say it was annoying when I had to get off each day when I really wanted to just keep reading!!
Jules is an interesting and engaging character, at first you wonder what she is doing standing at the same corner each Saturday? luckily it is not long before the mystery unravels and Warrick appears on the corner and into her life. Oh I wish she had been my English teacher!! Gradually Jules reveals to Warrick the story behind the street corner and as he breaks down her barriers she tells him the sad story about her past and Laurie.
With Warrick’s support she faces her past and starts to believe that she can find true love but what is Warrick hiding from her when he starts to leave in the middle of the night??
Well I hate to ruin a great story and this is one of them so I’ll just finish by saying that I loved the slight twist at the end and the way the author has dealt with the serious issue of bullying. So what are you waiting for go and buy this book and take a stroll down Angel Avenue with Jules and Warrick.
And I received this brilliant review today… so get it free while you can…
I will confess to not being the target market of the average romance novelist. I’m more of a Quentin Tarantino type girl, flawed and rough around the edges. However, occasionally I agree to review romance novels, because above all I’m a reader. As a reader I love to enter new worlds created by writers and meet awesome new characters. The reason why a romance novel would appeal to me is because of the need for extensive character development. It is this quality that I LOVED about Angel Avenue.
Because I loved the characters in Angel Avenue so much, I checked out the author a little more after reading it. I was curious if she identified herself as a romance novelist or was her scope a little broader. It was as I suspected…broader. Sarah Michelle Lynch’s Angel Avenue is a great read due to the characters. If you are the type of reader who needs to connect with the lead characters, this might be a good read for you. Jules is wonderfully flawed and doesn’t really know what she’s searching for. Warrick may be just what she’s looking for but things are never as simple as they seem.
I recommend this character-driven story for anyone who has loved and loss (everyone???) Yeah…I guess that’s everyone. Don’t judge Angle Avenue by its cover. This is a story about how we heal as we grow and sometimes the process….is painful.
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
I received this review (below) for Angel Avenue today and it blew me away. I don’t really know why to be honest… well I do… and I don’t. I love writing. I love storytelling. Most of all, I love it when someone says they got something from my words. I enjoyed writing this book more than any other. That alone in itself is so much a blessing. To love what you do is a precious, rare gift. To truly love it, heavenly. The outstanding reason why I enjoyed writing this book more than any other – I didn’t put any expectation on myself or any stress. I did what comes naturally – what all writers should strive for – just write what is real. What feels pertinent or particular to your experience at a certain juncture in your life.
I leave you with this quote… and the review obviously…
“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.” – Ernest Hemingway
Riveting, modern-day romance
When I read the beginning lines, it seemed the stage was set up for a working girl on the prowl, yet the interesting twist at the very beginning made me stick around. The emotional development of the two main characters, Jules and Warrick, was beyond great. It was expertly placed, pleasingly methodical. Both characters had their sets of challenges, and the author goes above and beyond to paint out the progress as they both go beyond the pain in order to achieve happiness.
These characters were universally engaging and it’s one of the many things I appreciated about this work. I saw so much of myself in Jules: a few scenes made tears well in my eyes because her agony was so sharp and so vivid. Although I have never adapted her technique to fill the void for companionship, I can wholly empathize with being drawn to someone’s admiration of me when my self-esteem has been dragged through the mud by others who were supposed to consider me sacred.
Warwick wants to be Jules’ hero. He doesn’t want to see her suffering, yet he doesn’t want her to know about his own kryptonite. It is this very defense mechanism and Jules’ own inhibitions based on past experiences that causes bumps along the way.
In addition to the pacing of conflict, character engagement, and passion throbbing throughout the story, descriptions of locations were suffused in such a way that you felt as if you were actually there-sipping beer at the pub, going sightseeing, or volunteering at the different locations.
If you want romantic scenes with the right mixture of spontaneity, tenderness, primal urge, and sensuality–
If you want a modern day tale of the challenges that can occur when two people are trying to find true love–
If you want a read that puts your spirit as well as your mind at each and every scene–
Then you must NOT hesitate in getting Angel Avenue by Sarah Michelle Lynch. This is a must win: all across the board. This has the makings of a modern day romantic classic. (EXTENDED REVIEW HERE)
Welcome to another segment of Review Square. Today, we’re hosting a review of Sarah Michelle Lynch’s erotic novel – “A Fine Profession”, in part of The Chambermaid Series.
When I was asked to read the book, to be honest, I was a bit reluctant because of the timeframe that I can deliver the story’s review. I’ve read novels that were good, but filled with far too much fluff and filler; never straight to the point. In this one, I over-estimated the timeframe, and managed to get through the story, within a few weeks time.
The Chambermaid is a character I can identify with and relate to, except that I’m a guy. When I first read the story, I had to admit I needed to re-read the story, because I wasn’t following it through. The beginning of the story did have fluffs and fillers, and I was almost turned off, until I got a better understanding of the beginning of the story. My interest of the story began when I read the pieces between Alex and Charlotte. Charlotte was a cancer survivor who was just finding herself. At first, she never understood why Alex treated her so special, and how much he had cared for her. Charlotte pushed him away, but her awakening didn’t happen until after his death, and her chance to reconcile with Alex never happened.
Without giving any other spoilers, I read the story through, and I’ve got to say… hell ‘fuckin’ yeah! Where was this author all through my life. If a movie was made, I’d watch the movie. I’ve always been a fan of Emmanuel, but Sarah Michelle Lynch has created “The Chambermaid.”
I rate story – a Platinum Read (5-Star). While I’m not a reader of BDSM, I am a reader of erotic romance. Author Sarah M. Lynch made a name of herself on AfterDark Online. This is a story that if I was to hear about it in the movie theatres, I would watch it, and put it on my DVR, or ask for my DVD. The first two chapters, I will admit, are the tough part, if you’re the kind who’s looking for the straight-to-the-point feeling like me. However, Author Sarah M. Lynch delivers. My advice: read her story through, you’ll grab on to her excitements in her story. She has the potential.
If I had to say about the sex scenes in the story, you are going to need more than a toy to please yourself; even more than napkins. I’ve read erotic romance novels, and despite her writing a BDSM erotic romance, I see her as an erotic romance novelist. She has the ability to cry out for pleasure. And she finally made her mark on AfterDark Online as the first author on here to write a 5-Flame story. I’ve read plenty of stories where the authors will turn you on, and keep you masturbating or having unadulterated sex. I will never disclose, but tell you what to look out for. Home girl, take a bow. You’re first person to make it known. I must advise you, you’re going to get wet or hard off her sex scenes. She more than just delivers, she’s putting you there; very cinematic!
The cover of the story was just as enticing as I could imagine. This is an author who takes into consideration of her stories and the imagery of her story. I also have a thing for women in lingerie, except I’m not into being dominated. LOL.
When it came to suspense level, she also managed to make it to a Game-Changer Status. There is something to be glad about reading this story. She is the first one to reach an all five-status; overall feeling, sex scenes, and suspense. author Sarah Michelle Lynch has made a name of herself. If a movie deal was to take place, my advice would be don’t be a fool. I could envision it on film. Baby girl, give yourself a round of applause! You are the first to hit an all-five category! While BDSM isn’t my true forte, I’m willing to keep an open-mind about reading it. Somehow, I can see Sarah Michelle Lynch writing more erotic stories in the future. My advice, keep a watch out for her.
After Dark Online give you a round of applause. You’re the first to make an all-five star status, and we hope to see you on here again.
A fine pursuit is a tale told from Noah’s perspective. After Charlotte left him he is desperate to win back her love, and to do this Charlotte stipulates that she needs him to eventually re-visit events from his past that have affected him deeply and have clouded their happiness and also his previous relationships with women.
He agrees to this and helped by Charlotte and his therapist, Noah confronts damaged family relationships from his childhood and adolescence that are still haunting him as an adult.
Noah’s therapy sessions are well researched and believable. The incidental erotica adds some fantasy and escapism to a well-written story. I strongly recommend this book.
I have been stupidly bogged down with editing and stuff lately. Got a busy week of signing stuff off coming up.
Personally, I can confirm my next novel is something very different to anything I have ever done before. I am reluctant to release details at the moment but I can confirm, it is literary/contemporary fiction.
More to come. Until then, check out The Chambermaid. She got a few more reviews this week and I am super pleased that I am reaching various corners of the globe!