‘Til Death: Volume 2 by Bella Jewel

 Til Death 2AAHH The Excitement is Real!!!! FINALLY we get to find out what happens next in Bella Jewel’s epic ‘Til Death series. I’ve finally finished taking my University finals so I can post my review today! So here’s my review and all the juicy details you need to know!

  Title: ‘Til Death: Volume Two

Series: ‘Til Death #2

Author: Bella Jewel

Release Date: January 12, 2015

Synopsis

They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.

There is.

I married a douchebag.

I didn’t know it at the time.

He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.

I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.

Then he left me high and dry.

Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.

He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.

I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.

I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.

With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.

Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.

I may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave me.

He has to pay.

And pay he will.

*This is part two of a two book series and it will contain a HEA – Readers over 18+

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Review

 At the end of the last book we were all left in suspenders ( *cough* sorry English humour 😉 ), I mean suspense, as Katia finally found out the truth about her marriage with Marcus and Marcus had finally, FINALLY, realised he was in love with her but instead of apologising and telling her this he pushes her away thinking she’ll be better off without him! What?! WHAT WAS HE THINKING!!! Oh yes that’s right he wasn’t!! Because as soon as we pick up volume two Marcus is wallowing in his self hatred at what a bloody idiot he was and desperately trying to find her to get her back. There really were several times in this book where I was either screaming in frustration or just wanting to thump their heads together!!

The first part of the book brings us up to speed from the moment Katia walks out right up to 2 years later. Katia has moved states and moved herself and her mother into, well, a shit-hole and is working her butt off to support them. Not only does she have her mother to worry about but also  something else that’s followed her and is a constant reminder of Marcus. When she can no longer cope she calls her Father to help with her Mum and he convinces her its time to go back and find her closure by divorcing Marcus.

But of course nothing is that easy is it?

She stays with her brother Ford and along with her other brothers and best friends she fights for the closure she desperately needs but deep down beneath the hatred and betrayal she’s still in love with him and when the passion runs high there’s no denying her feelings.
This has to be the perfect ending to Marcus and Katia’s story. It really is a roller-coaster ride of emotions with a hell of a lot of downs but in the end Bella gives us our HEA. Their path to happiness is paved with anger, hatred, betrayal, pain, anguish and demons – and when tragedy strikes Katia becomes the monster she’s always believed Marcus to be. But at the end of it all does love really conquer all?

There’s a lot of controversy over Katia’s actions at the beginning of the book, about the things she kept form Marcus (which I won’t spoil for you don’t worry) but though I may not 100% agree I think it’s difficult to judge unless you’ve been in that position yourself, and after the amount of pain Marcus caused her I can understand her reasoning. The craziness at the end though I did think was a bit insane on her part!

I screamed, cried, and sat on tenterhooks throughout this last instalment and though it finished far too soon I don’t think I would have handled the suspense much longer! The perfect ending to a brilliant 2-part series.

When I say Bella could write just about anything and I’d love it I’m being deadly serious – I’m pretty sure she’d make my shopping list sound better! As soon as I see a new release I’m all over it before I’ve even read the blurb because I just know it’s going to be fabulous! This story is jam-packed full of emotion and hits you like a tonne of bricks (…in a good way) – if anything is going to give you an emotional hangover its this one! Marcus may be a dick at the beginning but he’ll be up there with your other book boyfriends by the end of it!

Anguish, Betrayal and Passion. Three things this book has in spades. Add to your TBR list and ONE-Click now – this steamy tale is not one to be missed!

5 MASSIVELY HOT & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED STARS!

Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career.

Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Where Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel

It’s Finally Here! After waiting basically a year to read what happens next we finally have the chance to find out what happened to Jess! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Bella’s book (Thank You Bella!) and as part of her Release Day Blitz here’s my review!

Where Darkness Lies Cover
Synopsis

Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.

Dimitri
wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him
nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take
something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.

Jess
is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to
the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his
secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no
one before.

With little to cling to besides their haunting
pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the
darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain
draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.

 

Review

So we know from the ending of Book 1 Enslaved by the Ocean that Jess, a dear friend of Hendrix and also the medic on his ship, has been kidnapped by his stepson Dimitri. Hendrix had taken care of both Dimitri and his mother but when she was killed and Hendrix left to live a life on the seas, a young Dimitri blamed him for both his mother’s passing and the horrendous ordeal he went through afterwards. Wishing to cause Hendrix the same level of pain that was inflicted on him, he takes Jess, someone he assumes Hendrix cares about, in the hopes to make Hendrix suffer and to draw him into his trap.

Jess is thrown into the depths of Dimitri’s ship praying that Hendrix will be able to save her soon – he knows these waters inside out after all. But when the ship docks and she’s shoved into a car, taking her further and further away from the water and further into the woods her hope starts to diminish. Trying to escape him and his goons is futile and only makes him angrier – he’s cold, angry and stubborn but isn’t half bad to look at!

Taken to his house where she’s given a large sumptuous room she decides it could be much worse…that is until she’s handcuffed. With a horrific past and the mental scars to match Jess is nearly pushed over the edge and its from here Jess and Dimitri start to realise that they aren’t that much different, both baring the scars of their pasts and although they shouldn’t, their relationship takes on the form of one so much more than just Captor and Captive…Especially after Jess had showered and eaten properly for the first time in days, leaving her less like a zombie and more like the young beautiful women she is, something that Dimitri doesn’t fail to notice.

Whilst staying with him, Jess learns that this plan of revenge has been in the works for years, his hatred so embedded it’s all he’s lived and breathed for so long; fighting to gather information on Hendrix’s activity and gaining allies. As the two of them grow closer Jess tries to tell him what Hendrix is really like, that he’s got it all wrong but not to any avail even as their trust and desire for one another grows.

But when Jess’ past finally catches up with her, her only hope is for the two men now in her life to work together – but after hating Hendrix for so long, can Dimitri get over his anger, even for Jess?

I must admit I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for this book for SO long now that I was worried when it finally did land on my Kindle it would be a bit of an anti-climax but OH BOY was I so wrong to worry! I stayed up into the early hours so I could read this beauty from beginning to end in one sitting it was that good! I immediately loved Jess, she’s feisty and determined but at the same time she has this vulnerable side which made her so relatable. And then there was Dimitri…..there’s just something about a slightly damaged bad boy isn’t there?! One minute he’s this strong arrogant fighter and the next he’s coming out with incredible things that just make your panties melt off or your heart squeeze.

Heart Wrenching, Heart Racing and Heart Stopping-ly good, Where Darkness Lies deserves a massive 5 stars and is a must to add to your ONE-CLICK RIGHT NOW pile! With an incredible story and the characters to match cancel all plans for the day, get in a tonne of coffee and snacks and find some spare panties because once you start this beauty you will not want to stop, not even to sleep, and with a man like Dimitri you’re going to need the extra underwear!

Links to Buy
AMAZON US / UK / AU
Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

 

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Giveaway

Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel

So very soon Where Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel is going to be published and I thought to prepare myself fully for it’s brilliance I’d re-read and review the first book in the Criminals of the Ocean series – Enslaved by the Ocean. Here’s the blurb…

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Enslaved by the Ocean

Indigo has a troubled past and there’s no denying it. Tired of being scared, she sets sail aboard a private yacht, hopeful that the open waters of the Atlantic will give her and best friend Eric a much-needed respite.

As if trouble followed her, the yacht catches fire. Stranded in the ocean, cold, hungry, desperate, and alone, Eric and Indi struggle to survive.

Just when they think things couldn’t get much worse, they are captured, held hostage by a band of modern-day pirates. Now they’re in even more trouble than they could have ever imagined.

What Indigo couldn’t have predicted is how broodingly handsome Hendrix, their captain, is. The moment Indi lays eyes on him, she feels sparks fly and a carnal attraction she’s never felt before. Hendrix is pure alpha male: hotter than hot, determined, powerful, and hard to crack.

Hendrix has plans for Indi, dark plans that will put her life at risk. If only Indi could connect with him, it might be more than just lust on the line…it might save her life.

Enslaved by the Ocean is a steamy romance and the first in the Criminals of the Ocean series.

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Having never read a pirate book before I went into reading this with a completely open mind. I was expecting to read some back-in-day swashbuckling adventures but as it says in the blurb this is a tale full of modern-day pirates and not the kind you find in Pirates of the Caribbean. They’re the kind that use mobile phones and computer tracking systems…though oh course they still use guns and swords, and even wear head bandanas! Not forgetting the tattoos, crude language and the panty-dropping winking *sigh*.

The story begins with our heroine Indigo (awesome name!) running off to her new life in England away from her past. Her best friend Eric, a very black-and-white guy agrees to accompany her to London on business before heading back home. Of course getting a plane there would be far too easy so instead Indigo hires a yacht to sail them over deciding the adventure and the ocean air will be good for her. A couple of days into the trip tragedy strikes and their yacht catches on fire, killing the captain and leaving Indi and Eric alone on the life boat. Starved, sun burnt and on the verge of insanity they’re both relieved when they catch sight of a ship in the distance….until they spot the black flag decorated with a skull and crossbones flying from the mast.

Once aboard they meet the elusive Captain Hendrix, a man fierce enough to strike terror into any passing sailor. Expecting someone older with an eye patch and a beard Indi is shocked when she meets the piercing eyes of the young and devastatingly handsome Hendrix. Thrown into the cells they’re left to pass the rest of the journey only with the same four walls and each other for company….along with Hendrix’s last words – Indi is to be sold to settle a debt and Eric to be used as leverage for her good behaviour.

Left with the terrifying future of being forced into slavery Indi comes up with a plan – if she can make Hendrix feel something for her, to show some kind of emotion, then surely he wouldn’t be able to sell her. But what Indi wasn’t expecting was to feel something back…how can you have feelings for your captor, a man willing to sell you to another man as payment?

Maybe it has something to do with the awesome-waterfall-on-a-beautiful-tropical-island-sex? Just saying, can’t hurt can it?… 😉

This book was so much better than I was expecting, obviously anything from Bella Jewel is going to be brilliant but this story was a lot deeper and more complex than the quick pirate romp I thought at first. Both Indigo and Hendrix were brilliant characters, Indi’s sass and no bullshit attitude made for great reading and trying to solve Hendrix’s complex character was definitely one of my favourite past times! A tough exterior paired with a troubled past which still haunts him, Hendrix was one tough nut to crack but his way with words and alpha male attitude towards Indi is enough to make any pair of panties drop.

I thought the secondary characters were great too, Jess is a real sweetheart and provides another outlet to showcase Hendrix’s sweeter side and the other pirates like GG and Drake made reading the scenes containing the rum a lot more fun too! However, Eric’s character did annoy me, he came across as a bit of a coward and an all around annoying wet blanket – he seemed to care more about himself than Indi when she was the one being sold! But then if all the males were as yummy and alpha as Hendrix then how could you choose between them?!

Full of passion, heartache, and swashbuckling adventures Enslaved by the Ocean will leave you high and dry and begging for more. If you love cocky alpha pirates, bad pirate jokes and panty melting scenes of seduction then this is the book for you!

Read Enslaved by the Ocean for yourself:

Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)

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Let me know what you think in the comments below and stay tuned for my review of Book 2 Where Darkness Lies this December!