[Review] Lust & Loyalty by Shelly Ellis

Posted 27 March, 2017 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

[Review] Lust & Loyalty by Shelly EllisLust & Loyalty by Shelly Ellis
Published by Dafina Books on March 28th 2017
Genres: Drama, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads

It's a life of high-profile drama for the powerful Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia, and they just keep the scandals coming...

Evan Murdoch hoped things had finally settled down in his life. But now he's caught between two feuding women: his pregnant fiancee, and his recovering alcoholic wife who's fighting their divorce with every dirty, seductive trick she's got. But even that doesn't compare to the dangerous secret Evan's harboring--one that could send a Murdoch to jail for a very long time...

Party boy brother Terrence Murdoch is recovering from his devastating car accident. But his relationship with his journalist girlfriend may not survive--especially when she reconnects with her family, her church--and her ex...

After the attempt on his life, half-brother Dante Turner lays low--but not for long. A mysterious young woman may be the answer to his vengeful prayers when it comes to bringing down the Marvelous Murdochs--and this time he's going for the jugular... Praise for Best Kept Secrets "Secrets abound in this full-bodied tale." --USAToday.com "This fantastic novel is replete with scandal, entitlement, treachery and passion up to the surprising end." --RT Book Reviews "Drama, hot sex, and betrayals are all wrapped up in this addictive yet well-written story." --AAMBC Book Club

This book publishes March 28, 2017

HUGE thanks to Dafina and the author for granting me an advance copy of Book 3 in the Chesterton Scandals series. I’m not even a series reader, but this has become one of the few I follow and stay current with!

This book dives deeper into the dramatic, sexy, action packed lives of the well to do Murdoch family of Chesterton Virginia. Evan, who’s caught between a rock and a hard place, is the de facto Patriarch of the family, sitting at the helm of Murdoch Conglomerates. This makes him a target, both for gold digging wives that can’t let go and jealous illegitimate half siblings. When I tell you Charisse, Evan’s soon to be ex is petty? Wooooo. When she shows up at a country club meeting to “expose” Leila as the mistress (like people didn’t know who she was), and then subsequently does her very best to destroy her husband’s pregnant fiancee’s business and livelihood? Chick is cold. And crazy. But I don’t get her end game. Chile, take that alimony and go on with your life.

On top of the drama between the two women in his life, Evan knows something that might send a member of the family to prison… for murder.

Terrance Murdoch was one of those characters that I didn’t like at first– spoiled playboy, former model who lives off of the trust fund he only earned by being a Murdoch… but then he had that terrible accident and I felt like it brought him to his knees. Terrance had to rebuild himself from the ground up with therapy and reconstructive surgery and his relationship with newspaper reporter CJ. But things get rocky when CJ’s attentions are divided between him and her super religious family and Terrance doesn’t deal well with not being the center of attention. Some of his bad boy behaviors return with a vengeance. Things come to a head when Terrance misunderstands what he sees and suddenly he’s single again. But does Terry fit into this old life, with the women he used to chase, the alcohol he used to drink, the life he used to live anymore?

Dante….. *sigh* This brother right here. If there’s one character I have to read with one eye closed because I’m not quite sure what he’s going to do, it’s Dante. Somebody tried to kill this dude, and it did not work and he is not happy about it. He’s simultaneously in hiding and on the warpath and it’s… frightening. He’s an addict, he’s angry, and he’s in a position to hurt someone he’s related to but has no love for and that means bad news for other members of the Murdoch family.

This book follows Shelly Ellis’ tradition (from the Gibbons Sisters on down) of turning out books full of family drama, sizzling sex scenes and page turning, rapid fire action. I love books that make me want to pop a bag of popcorn to eat while I read. It’s like a Soap Opera, but it’s a book. This entire series is FIRE, and I already need the next book.

Each of these books ends in a cliffhanger, but not one that keeps you dangling. Stories that are introduced in the book come to conclusion but the overall arc of the story carries over 4 books. The final installment of this series will be available in November and I. can’t. WAIT!

View all my reviews



BLOG TOUR *~* Loving You Easy by NYT Best Selling Author Roni Loren

BLOG TOUR *~* Loving You Easy by NYT Best Selling Author Roni Loren

It is my pleasure to host a feature for Roni Loren’s 9th Loving on the Edge erotic romance novel LOVING YOU EASY, featuring a nonconventional tomboyish heroin, a smoldering hot Asian hero and handsome hunk to round out the polyamorous couple. I have been reading Roni since the first Loving on the Edge novel and her writing is just as clear, her heroes and heroines just as complex and her plots are just as– if not more– captivating as they were in the beginning. I hope that if you haven’t picked up this book that you will and if you’re into kink and threesomes and handsome dudes and geeky hacker women…. well, there’s plenty of that!

Check out the giveway at the end of this post… who doesn’t like free stuff!




[Review] I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan

[Review] I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan

I have always loved McMillan’s laid back style. It’s more like having drinks with a girlfriend than reading a novel. You’re friends with the main character practically before you meet her and get the inside scoop on her life. She’s a single woman in her 50’s with two grown children, an Optometry practice and a line of men in her wake that she may or may not want to get in touch with again.

I also feel like McMillan’s characters are full and three dimensional, very realistic on the page, from Georgia Young’s neighbors to her best friends to her children and the men in (and out of) her life.





[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

Eric Jerome Dickey has always been a detailed, decadent writer. From one of the first books I ever read by him, Friends and Lovers, I appreciated that I felt like I was ‘in the scene’, like I could go to LA and drive around, because he’d been so descriptive, down to the number of streetlights one might encounter on Crenshaw Boulevard. So when one sits down to read an EJD book, one should not expect to skip and flit over details.



Review: Passion’s Song by Farrah Rochon

I must say, there are few authors that I would read despite the fact that I know, going in, that I’m going to fight with myself over the trope. In Romancelandia, we have certain ‘arrangements’ or couplings. The ‘Pretend to Date’ trope is one I almost never read, so ONLY FOR FARRAH would I pick up a book that I think I am going to dislike and actually read it.