Review: Inferno SKALS Book 4 by Adriana Noir

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It’s 2:50 in the morning. I got this book 8 hours ago. I am sitting on the floor in my kitchen with a box of Kleenex and an empty bottle of Chianti. Both were full when I started this book, neither were strong enough to see me through it’s pages without ripping my heart out and feeding it to me.

This is the last installment in the SKALS series. This review is probably the hardest I will ever write. It’s an ending. A last goodbye to a series that has literally changed my perspective on a great many things.

When Sebastian flashed his badge and demanded my attention in Sinister Kisses, I wanted to hate him. I tried to hate him. And Taylor…she knocked the women’s lib movement back a hundred years. But as I turned the last page of Inferno, I realized that this author has achieved the impossible. She gave the most cynical, jaded reader on the planet a series that made her FEEL. From the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book, I felt every single word. I laughed, I cried, I freaked out, I got scared, nervous, anxious. I got mad.

I fell in love with a character whose very nature was abhorrent to me.

I have NEVER, in all my extensive years of reading, connected with characters like this before. Watching Sebastian and Taylor grow together was like watching the spark of a match slowly becoming a beautiful, raging fire.

Inferno far surpassed any expectations I may have had. It ended in a way that was so far from predictable that when I shut off my Kindle, I realized it is as it should be. This was by far the most gripping, emotional and painful book in the series. I’m not an hour out of reading it and I am already feeling the full effects of what is sure to be THE biggest book hangover I will ever experience.

There aren’t enough words in the English language to convey all of my thoughts on this book, and, indeed the series. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience it for yourself.

I don’t know what Adri has in store next, but I can’t wait to find out xoxo

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SammyDress- SCAM! Don’t Waste Your Time or Money

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You’ve found yourself parked on my little patch of digital land in the world wide web. I’m guessing one of two things happened. You’re either thinking about ordering something from SammyDress or you already have.

Thinking about it? Look at you! Researching the company and stuff….. You go girl! (or boy!) Me? I didn’t, which is why you’re here.

Did you actually order something? Here’s a chair. And grab that popcorn, Real Housewives of Atlanta is fixing start.

Seriously though, lets chat.

I bet you saw an ad on Facebook for the cutest little dress you’ve ever seen at a price that had you clicking the link faster than you could say “MINE”. Or maybe it was shoes? We love shoes. And handbags! Lord Jesus we can never have enough of those!! For me, it was a swimsuit. An adorable little one piece blue number, 50’s era, pin up inspired cuteness. But that’s not the one I settled on. Because once I clicked on their webpage, I was in swimsuit heaven!! I could have ordered a dozen suits and still found one more to “Add to Bag”.

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“Why on earth are you ordering a swimsuit on the internet” you ask. Let me tell you. Like most women, swimsuit shopping is a traumatizing experience for me. I’ve had babies. I have tiger stripes. I’m proud of my tiger stripes. I’ve earned every single one of them, but that doesn’t mean I want YOU to see them. And like every other Momma on the planet, I’ve struggled with my weight. So when I walk into a department store and see all these adorable little bikinis, I start panicking. I really WANT those cute little boy shorts, but my butt says “bitch you cray cray.” And that v-neck top? Aint holdin’ nothin’ in let me tell ya. I have to go all the way to the back of the store, behind rows and rows of tauntingly skimpy little suits, to that one rack (usually reserved for the elderly) to find something that offers a bit more coverage. After that harrowing experience, I usually find myself at LongHorn packing away one of those 11oz Renegades with a baked potato covered in bacon. And I STILL don’t have a swimsuit.

So when that cute little bowed number popped up on my computer screen, I squealed a little bit. I LOVE the 50s! It was a great era for clothes all the way around. You got the coverage you needed, and STILL looked sexy. After about two hours of browsing (comfortably in yoga pants and my big chair I might add), I narrowed my choices down to two. The Man took my measurements, I got some outside opinions and BOOM! I hit “Add To Bag” on THE perfect suit. You know what that feels like? Its amazing! Like finding the lost Rembrandt at a garage sale.

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That was back in May. I was given the option to pay an additional charge to speed up the shipping, but I wasn’t in too big a hurry so I figured nah…. I can wait the 8-15 days SammyDress says it will take to ship.

Flash forward 10 days. No sign of the suit, no biggie though right? Still have five more days. But I decide to log in and see where it is anyways. And right there, in bright red letters- “Processing”. I hate that word. If you’re reading this because you’ve ordered something from SammyDress.com, you hate that word too.

So, I give it a few more days and log in again. Still “Processing”. At this point, I’m ready to hit the pool. My kids are ready to hit the pool. They’ve asked me everyday for the last week if my bathing suit was here. My irritation starts to mount and I do what I should have done BEFORE I ordered the damn suit. That’s right, I said it. “Damn suit.” Because now- I’m pissed.

I punch in the same words you probably did- “SammyDress Scam” and what do I find? Page after page of reviews on good ole SammyDress.com that all complain about the same damn things. “Ordered two months ago, still not here.” “Tried to call, phone number doesn’t work.” “Contacted customer support, they tell me the item is no longer available.” “Item showed up three months later and its cheap material, poorly made,” or “not what I ordered.” 

I submit a request form and it sits there, “Processing” for two days. So I decide to leave a review on one of those sites. Less than 24 hours later, a representative from SammyDress.com responded to my review. My request form on their site? Still “Processing.” Here is a link to my review and BrandsDragon’s reply. While you’re over there, check out all the other reviews. Another day goes by before I get a non-scripted, poorly written reply from anyone.

So sorry for the inconvenience caused to you and keeping you
waiting for so long.
As for your order, please kindly note that the item
Sweetheart Neckline Padded Striped One-Piece Swimwear For Women YZ0248901
is now not available.
So we are here to ask for your idea do you still need us to ship it out
for you?
Again please accept our sincere apology for causing you so much trouble.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Best regards
Kaitlyn

Ok, now I’m confused. If the item is “now not available” exactly how do you plan to ship it out for me? I ask for clarification.

Thank you for your reply and sorry I did not make my words clear.
Since the item is not available now,
so we are here to ask do you still need the order or do you
need to change other items? 

It would be very appreciated if you could tell us your idea. 
Again please accept our sincere apology for causing you so much trouble. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
Best regards 
Kaitlyn

So, long story short- I fell into the “no longer available category.” I guess that’s something right? I’ve requested a complete refund, and of course that request is still “Processing”. I’m not holding my breath either. I will probably end up disputing the charge with my credit card company.

My conclusion- SammyDress is a Scam. Don’t waste your time or money. As for me? I’m going to cue up the Katy Perry music, march my pleasantly rounded rump into Kohls and buy—–a wrap!

This is their Facebook page. Read some of the comments on their posts. They don’t have a problem responding to negative reviews/comments, but they can’t seem to deliver the product they’ve marketed and sold. If you’re so inclined, scroll up to the little dot dot dot on the top of their page and click “Report”.

 

 

Inferno Cover Reveal and Teasers!

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Cover Reveal and Teasers for Inferno!

Unraveled Soul ~Adriana Noir

In just a few weeks, the fourth and final installment of the SKALS series will be done. While I’ll miss the characters and journey dearly, I’m looking forward to starting new projects and seeing what the future will bring. I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the messages, love, and support you’ve shared with me. This has been one crazy ride, and I know the path hasn’t always been easy. (I guess that’s my way of apologizing for my sick and twisted imagination. 😉 ) Thanks for toughing it out and sticking with me.  Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined all of the amazing people I would meet. That, for me, has honestly been the BEST part.

Best wishes and much LOVE!~

Adri

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Teaser Tuesday!!! And Boy is this a Doozy!!!!

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I love…no that’s not a strong enough word.

I ADORE!!! I WORSHIP!!! Adriana Noir. The SKALS series has been THE BEST series I have EVER read. If ever there was a series worthy of The New York Times Bestsellers List AND Hollywood, This. Is. It.

Adri recently celebrated a birthday. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!!! :* As a gift to her, I decided to make a teaser video that quickly morphed into a book trailer that some have even affectionately referred to as “A Book Movie”.

Watch this video then go grab the books!!! And be prepared for the world’s biggest book hangover! In fact, if you haven’t read the entire series, leave a comment on the blog. I will randomly draw a winner to receive a copy of one of the books from the series on Friday.

Buy Links:

Sinister Kisses
Bound by Vengeance
Edge of Obsession