Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: House of Shame

House of Shame 

by: Caddy Rowland

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

There Was a House Saga book 4 (Conclusion)

Synopsis:  Phoenix has been plotting to devastate her captor and destroy his brothel of under-aged sex-trafficking victims ever since arriving at Rêve. But the beating he recently gave her over some bank accounts fans the flames of hatred into a firestorm. Now, to her delight, plans to accomplish exactly what she’s been hoping for are in place—and the results will be brutal. Even better, every depraved man using them for sex will be revealed for what they are to their family, friends, and business associates.

Phoenix, Jamie, and the other captives know the plans must play out flawlessly. Any unforeseen glitches will likely mean not only an end to escape, but of their very lives. However, perfection seldom exists. Something is bound to go wrong.

And when it does, Jamie will be left wondering if he’s just signed all their death warrants.

**Content Warning: This drama contains adult themes and scenes that deal with a difficult topic.

Review: When I started reading the There Was a House Saga, I knew I was in for a treat as Caddy Rowland is a wonderful writer and never disappoints. I knew to expect something that would pull at my heart and bring out every emotion within me. Caddy never ceases to amaze me with her work. 

These books are amazing. The story Caddy portrayed is a very difficult one. If you have a heart at all the characters will bring tears to your eyes many times during the story.

I love how Caddy ended the Saga. I only wish that the same happy ending could be guaranteed for those that have to face the same fate in reality.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: House of Trickery by Caddy Rowland

House of Trickery 

By Caddy Rowland 

Publication Date: April 28, 2014

There Was a House saga Book 3

Synopsis: Book 3 of There Was a House saga, a continuing psychological thriller about revenge and redemption.

Jamie has a secret. A secret so dangerous he hasn't even told Phoenix. What’s the point? Without a sure escape, any retaliation is suicide—and he wants far more than retaliation.

He wants total destruction.

He wants every business associate, friend, and family member to know the dirty secrets of the men who cavalierly use him and his friends, all victims of sex trafficking. Those men are monsters, and he will make sure their brutal crimes are exposed to the world.

And so Jamie painstakingly polishes his devastating plan. He has the time and talent to pull it off. They’re so close! He can almost taste the blood of revenge...but any chance of safe escape continues to elude them all.

There has to be a way out of this hellish nightmare, a final piece in this puzzle of survival. That piece needs to fall into place soon. Hope is fading fast.

**Content Warning: This drama contains adult themes and scenes that deal with a difficult topic.

Review: This book is no different than the first 2 in the saga. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. By the time you have finished the first 2 you will have already developed a thorough hatred for Antoine Chavelier but by the time you finish this one that hatred will have doubled. I can not wait to read the fourth installment and find out just how badly Phoenix and Jamie destroy him and his most valued clients!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper 1)

by Ruth Silver

Publication Date: April 24, 2014

Synopsis: Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

Review:  This YA novel provided a very unique take on the legend of the Grim Reaper. I found the story very creative and loved every minute of it. I just wish it had been a little longer. This is a great read and is written very well.

Review: House of Pleasure and House of Pain by Caddy Rowland

I know, I know. It's been a LONG while since you've seen any reviews from me. I truly apologize for that. I have had A LOT going on.
  • I am now 22 weeks pregnant and expecting a baby GIRL!
  • My son's football team won their school CHAMPIONSHIP with a perfect season! Woohoo!
  • The team then went on to play in the county IRON BOWL and won 1st place continuing their perfect season. For the year they have added not one but TWO trophies to the school display case as well as a $500 check to their youth league's bank account! 
  • My daughter's cheer team won FIRST place in their cheer competition as well! 
I'd say we had a pretty awesome season!  

And now for the books!
House of Pleasure (There was a House 1)

by Caddy Rowland 

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Synopsis: Book 1 of There Was a House saga, a continuing psychological thriller about revenge and redemption.

Fueled by rage and disgust, Phoenix runs away from home. The situation there had become unbearable. In fact, things couldn't get any worse.

But they do. Betrayed in New York by a boy who she thought was a new friend, she finds herself taken prisoner by a low-class pimp. Then, when she thinks she's on her way to her first seedy trick, Phoenix winds up locked in a limo with no way out. She wakes up in an illegal brothel in New Orleans. Phoenix vows she will find a way to destroy Antoine, the owner of the brothel. Instead of being Antoine's prostitute, she'll become his lover, his confidante, and pretty soon, his manager. And then, when he least suspects it, she'll bring the entire house down.

She better be damn good.

Review:  As a dedicated fan and blogger I have read ALL of Caddy's books. I absolutely love them all to date. This one was a lot different than what I am used to from Caddy, but it's definitely just as good as her previous books.

The story is, as always, very well written and Caddy's writing draws you in from the very beginning. Caddy is a wonderful author and this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a great page turner! 

House of Pain (There Was a House 2)

by Caddy Rowland

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Synopsis: Book 2 of There Was a House saga, a continuing psychological thriller about revenge and redemption.

The need for revenge boils in Phoenix's veins. It's been almost two years since Antoine Chevalier abducted her, with the intent of prostituting her at Rêve, his illegal brothel in New Orleans. At least she has convinced him of her love and loyalty, becoming his lover and house manager instead of one of the whores. Still, she won't rest until Antoine, his house, and his sickest customers are destroyed.

Jamie has his own issues to worry about. Dumped off and abandoned at Rêve by his homophobic father, he must allow himself to be prostituted or be sold off to be used on the streets of a city like New York, where he'd end up whoring anyway. If he and Phoenix can convince Antoine there's money to be made by having him available, Jamie will do everything in his power to stay where it's much safer. He'll make damn sure to play the role of flaming queen to the hilt. With his delicate Peter Pan looks, who would expect much else? There's no need to show the real person behind the façade—not until he knows for sure how deeply he can trust Phoenix.

Jamie is the wildcard. He'll be integral in taking Antoine down, Phoenix is sure of it; and who would suspect such a sweet looking pretty boy?

If only opportunity would present itself.

**Content Warning: This drama contains adult themes and scenes that deal with a difficult topic.

Review: OMG! I a am totally speechless! Caddy is a magician with words and she has absolutely proven that time and time again. This story is incredible. Caddy is the ultimate story writer. She knows just how to keep you turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the rest of this saga.