NEW RELEASE!! Hold Me by LP Lovell ~ Sarah A’s Review

I’m a former slave. The sister of death. Collateral.

He’s a bad man. A cartel boss— and my everything. I thought I was done being someone’s toy, but I was so very wrong. Safety is nothing more than a premise in my world, and it seems my own sister can’t be trusted. Loyalties will be tested, and even my big bad wolf might not be able to save me this time.

A priceless pawn. A knight in blood stained armor. A love worthy of any sacrifice.

Hate me or hold me?

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Hold Me was as heartbreaking as it was an intense rush of carefully calculated suspense.  This book is full of secrets, schemes, and sacrifice.  The idea of putting everything you’ve ever wanted or needed on the line for love was the backbone of the story and informed every aspect of the decisions each character made.

Hold Me is the second book in LP Lovell’s Collateral series.  This book can not be read as a stand-alone, the first book in the series, Hate Me, begins Anna and Rafael’s journey and it must be read first to understand what is going on in Hold Me.  This series will be continued into a third book.  Hold Me is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Anna and Rafael.

Again, the backdrop of Mexican cartels along with the Italian and Russian mafias gave a morbid yet engrossing backdrop for Anna and Rafael’s story.  The plot was teeming with subterfuge, precarious alliances, and violence.  I loved how it all interplayed with the development of Anna and Rafael’s relationship.

If I thought Anna was heartbroken and destroyed in Hate Me, it was nothing compared to what she went through in this book.  Her storyline devastated me in this book.  I ached for her, for what she lost, for what she endured, for what she resorted to, so she could feel again.  Her growth, in spite of everything, was impressive and I only hope she’s able to regain enough of what she’s lost to heal, again.

Rafael was, once again, an enigma.  The tenderness and care with which he treats Anna in complete opposition from the violence and cunning he bestows on nearly everyone else he interacts with.   While I did feel like I had a better grasp on his character and motivations, I would still like to see more of what shaped him into the paradoxical person he is.

I haven’t read the series these books have spun off from, but from the bit we got to see of the hero and heroine from that duet, I know I need to read it soon.  Una and Nero were fascinating, and their dynamic seems unusual, I can’t wait to see what they’re all about.  Not having read this series first has not adversely affected my enjoyment of the Collateral series in any way, it has only heightened my desire to read the Kiss of Death series.

LP Lovell knows how to write about the seedy underworld.  She has layered all the most vile and savage things in the world and turned it into a fascinating kaleidoscope through which to experience an all-consuming love story.  I was devastated by how this installment of Anna and Rafael’s story ended, and I can barely contain my desire to get the next part of their story.

Anna

I am a whore. A slave. A possession. I accepted my fate long ago, but fate is not done with me yet. Freedom is so close I can almost taste it, only to have it snatched away under the guise of protection. A guilded cage is still a cage. Friend or foe? Saviour or oppressor? Rafael D’Cruze is a bad man. I hate him, so why do I feel safe with him?

Rafael

She’s a favour. Collateral. A pretty slave. I have no interest in her beyond keeping her alive for the man who now owns her. And yet…I’m fascinated by the little Russian. There is no room for weakness in my world, but it appears the delicate rose has steel petals. I’m willing to bleed for a willing touch, a trusting glance…

A broken little bird. The big bad wolf. A longing that could heal or destroy.

Hate me or hold me?

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Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

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Hold Me by LP Lovell ~ COVER REVEAL

Hold Me, the second part to LP Lovell’s Emotional Collateral Series is releasing April 26th!

I’m a former slave. The sister of death. Collateral.

He’s a bad man. A cartel boss— and my everything. I thought I was done being someone’s toy, but I was so very wrong. Safety is nothing more than a premise in my world, and it seems my own sister can’t be trusted. Loyalties will be tested, and even my big bad wolf might not be able to save me this time.

A priceless pawn. A knight in blood stained armor. A love worthy of any sacrifice.

Hate me or hold me?

TITLE: Hold Me
AUTHOR: LP Lovell
SERIES: Collateral series
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2018

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Anna

I am a whore. A slave. A possession. I accepted my fate long ago, but fate is not done with me yet. Freedom is so close I can almost taste it, only to have it snatched away under the guise of protection. A guilded cage is still a cage. Friend or foe? Saviour or oppressor? Rafael D’Cruze is a bad man. I hate him, so why do I feel safe with him?

Rafael

She’s a favour. Collateral. A pretty slave. I have no interest in her beyond keeping her alive for the man who now owns her. And yet…I’m fascinated by the little Russian. There is no room for weakness in my world, but it appears the delicate rose has steel petals. I’m willing to bleed for a willing touch, a trusting glance…

A broken little bird. The big bad wolf. A longing that could heal or destroy.

Hate me or hold me?

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Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

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NEW RELEASE!! Hate Me by LP Lovell ~ Sarah A’s Review

Hate Me is an all-new emotional mafia romance by LP Lovell is available NOW!

Anna

I am a whore. A slave. A possession. I accepted my fate long ago, but fate is not done with me yet. Freedom is so close I can almost taste it, only to have it snatched away under the guise of protection. A guilded cage is still a cage. Friend or foe? Saviour or oppressor? Rafael D’Cruze is a bad man. I hate him, so why do I feel safe with him?

Rafael

She’s a favour. Collateral. A pretty slave. I have no interest in her beyond keeping her alive for the man who now owns her. And yet…I’m fascinated by the little Russian. There is no room for weakness in my world, but it appears the delicate rose has steel petals. I’m willing to bleed for a willing touch, a trusting glance…

A broken little bird. The big bad wolf. A longing that could heal or destroy.

Hate me or hold me?

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I am impressed with this book.  It was dark and gritty and told of horrific things without ever crossing a line into something gratuitous.  I was completely wrapped up in Anna and Raphael and their precarious relationship, they were both so interesting alone, and together their dynamic was completely engrossing.

Hate Me is the first book in LP Lovell’s Collateral series.  This series is a spinoff of her Kiss of Death series, though you do not have to read that series before this book.  Honestly, I didn’t know this book had ties to anything else until I read a review outlining the connection.  I did find this book interesting enough that I would love to go and read that series when I’m done with this one.  Hate Me is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Anna & Raphael.

Hate Me is a glimpse behind the filthy curtain of drug cartels.  It oozed violence and hatred.  It was rife with the ugliest side of the law.  It never shied away from exposing readers to the worst parts of humanity.  Each moment of violence walked a fine line between being grotesque and cathartic.  I found myself questioning my own moral compass in some moments, as I never questioned the necessity of the punishments bestowed on the offenders.

Anna was tragic.  Her history.  Her present.  Her reality.  Raphael was terrifying.  His life.  His world.  His influence.  Together they balanced each other extremes.   She should have been too broken for him. He should have been too callous for her.  She needed someone to push her beyond what she’d come to expect from men.  He needed someone to see him as more than a stone-cold cartel boss.  The push and pull they had was exactly what they both needed and allowed them to build a relationship built on more than attraction and chemistry.

The only wish I have for this book, and it’s really not even fair to ask for it until I read the next book, would be to get more of Raphael’s backstory.  We have the broad strokes, but I have a feeling there is so much more to the man than we’ve even begun to see.

LP Lovell is a new to me author.  If this book is indicative of her writing style and story building, I am sold.  There was a rawness to her writing that felt perfect for the characters and the world they lived in.  I will definitely be reading the subsequent novels in this series and checking out her backlist when I have the time.

Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

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