Showing posts with label Tabatha Vargo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tabatha Vargo. Show all posts

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Slammer By Tabatha Vargo

The last place Christopher Jacobs, aka X, thought he’d find himself was behind bars. Ten years later, the boy he used to be is gone. In his place is the shell of a man with murder under his belt. Any emotion he once had was left under the gavel when he was given life in prison. That is until the new nurse in the infirmary joins the block. 
Putting your hands on a prison employee will get you the hole, but some things are worth their punishment, and something tells him Lyla will be worth more than he bargained for. 

Lyla Evans isn’t sure about her new job at a maximum security prison, but showing uncertainty and weakness isn’t an option. Taking care of murders and rapist isn’t ideal, but survival is key. She’s warned ahead of time about a prisoner named X, but when she’s attacked, it’s the dangerous X that saves her. Fraternizing with the prisoners is forbidden, but sometimes the most forbidden things are the sweetest. 

Warning, this is a VERY DARK read and does have rape in it, so I strongly suggest you have a strong stomach. Although I didn't read the scene, and moved past it once I realized what was happening, it still made me feel sick reading about the after affects on the incident. 

This book is NOTHING like I thought it would be. I'd been hoping it would be a strong case of wrongly excused. And without giving anything away, the books is so much more. There are so many hidden turns, so many hidden twists that I didn't see the ending coming. No matter how much you tried to work your mind around what was going on, it still fucks with your head. 

I'm not going to go into what happens through the book, or describe each character to you, or what I enjoyed most about the book. This is one book you can't review like that. It needs to be read going in blind. A must read.

It's brilliantly written and you can tell Tabatha has put a lot of work into this book, you can see that with every page you turn. 


Friday, 24 October 2014

Playing Patience By Tabatha Vargo

Sometimes all you need is Patience. 

Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn’t quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him. 

Zeke isn’t the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren’t so easy to find. 

Playing Patience isn't your typical school romance. It's deep, it's dark, and it's shockingly stomach turning. 
When I first read this I couldn't believe what I was reading. As a mother, I could never imagine hurting my kids physically or mentally and I don't even want to get into sexually. 
Zeke has being his dad's punching back from as long as he can remember. The abuse has hardened him out of his trailer. He doesn't let anyone in, doesn't let anyone see the abuse he receives. 
I really liked him. I could understand why he acted the way he did with Patience at times, but then at others, I wondered what the hell he was thinking. 

Like all the other reviews I had read I will say the ending is really rushed. We don't get answers to what we want to know. I mean, there must have been a case as to why the dad was shot dead etc. And how Zeke never got caught in the case. I dunno, the ending all seemed rushed, especially when the rest of the book dragged in places. It repeated on it self a few times also. 

Other than that, the seriousness of the book is heartbreaking. It's just shocking to read. How a parent, or pretty much anyone could do this to someone else is beyond any words I could give you. I think the author handles the situation well and doesn't overdo it or over step the mark. 


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Best YA/New Adult contemporary romance novels

Best 2013 adult contemporary romance novels for 2013. 
My list. 
Here are some of my favorite novels this year. Hope you all enjoyed them or will when you read them just like i did.