Month: May 2014

Worth the Fall REVIEW

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★★★★ Sweet Stars

When Navy Seal Matt McKinney cousin tricks him into a vacation at the beach he ends up meeting the Davis family, four beautiful children and their sexy but pregnant mother. It’s clear that this family could use an extra set of hands, and for whatever reason, Matt wants to be the one to help Abby and her kids. Abby has had a hard life. No one ever sticks around. They either die, or leave her, including her husband who died six months ago, (but really he only left his job long enough to get her pregnant and was never around when he was alive). Spending the rest of the week together has it perks, what mother of four doesn’t want some help, but when Abby and her kids start to get attached to Matt, saying goodbye isn’t going to be easy.

One kiss would never be enough. Neither would one night, or one week.

Matt has made a life out of being a Seal, never really thinking about having a family of his own, but after just a few days with these kids and their mother he knows what his heart wants. And it’s not his own family, it this family.

A voice inside his head screamed, don’t let her go. Could that be true?

When they return home, Matt decides he won’t be just another person who lets her Abby and the kids down. They live hours apart and he’s gone for his job almost as much as he’s home and they deserve someone who will be there for them. So, why can’t he get her off his mind and move on? Abby and kids can’t stop thinking about Matt either, so now they have to decide what both of them are willing to give if they want to make a relationship work. Image

If you are looking for a sweet romantic book, then you’ll enjoy Worth the Fall. I personally fell in love with the kids just as much as Matt and Abby and I plan to continue on with this series!  

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Worth The Fall Teaser

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Blurb-

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
 
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
 
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

TEASER REVEAL

Settle down. He’s only a man.

Using the upper body strength she’d honed at the gym, she strained to crank the stubborn umbrella. She could do it. She’d done it yesterday. For God’s sake.Don’t look completely incompetent.

“Need some help?”

“No, I’ve got it.”

He moved in behind her until he stood so close she felt the loose strands of her hair catching on his chest. Abby inhaled hot skin and male deodorant—a heady, masculine combination that had her struggling to focus.

“Let me help you.”

“I can do it.” She tried to sound forceful and confident, but it came out breathy and—

“I know you can, but I can help.” His words whispered against her cheek. His arms came around her and he easily raised the umbrella, his body brushing hers with each turn of the crank. Then his arms were gone, leaving a strange void.

She turned to face him. He was so close. Nothing between them but the warm breeze. His sunglasses hung around his neck, revealing chocolate-brown eyes. Beyond beautiful, deep and rich, fringed with black lashes. A strong man with soft eyes. Eyes that could talk a girl into anything.

“Hey, Matt. Where’s our castle? I brought my football. Can we throw in the water?” Jack shot off his questions, oblivious to the fact the two adults in front of him stood like frozen statues.

Matt’s eyes held her captive another long second before he turned his attention to her son and she let herself breathe.

“Yeah, sure. One sec.” He walked the few feet to where he’d left his beach chair and came back with two. “There.” He set up the chairs under her umbrella. “You’ll like it better with a chair.”

         “Thank you. If you tell me how much, I’ll—”

“You’re welcome.”

“Matt—” She reached for her beach bag, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm.

“Abby.”

Her mind went blank at the feeling of his hot hand on her skin and the sensation he was touching her everywhere.

“Matt!” Jack was about to burst a blood vessel.

“Coming.”

Abby tried unsuccessfully to unglue her eyes as he walked down to the water. Matt’s sleek body dove through the waves as he played with Jack, and each time she held her breath, waiting for him to resurface. When he did, he burst through the water looking like a Greek god, chiseled out of smooth stone and coming to life right before her.

But the way he smiled at her son and gave him high fives made him even more beautiful. And the way she’d felt standing between his arms . . . Ridiculous, but still the word “safe” came to mind.

“Abby?”

He stood in front of her, drops of water clinging to his arms and chest, dripping down the ridges of his stomach.

Jack ran up beside him. “We’re swim buddies. Right, Matt? Matt says you should always swim with a buddy.”

Matt’s raised eyebrows and the smirk he was fighting told her she’d been busted for gawking. “Do you want to come out? The water’s great.”

“Um, no. No, thanks. I’m not a strong swimmer. I mean I can swim, I just—”

“I’ll be your swim buddy.” He grinned and she caught a hint of dimples.

Oh, Lord.

“The ocean still hasn’t grown on you, huh?”

She swallowed hard. “It’s growing.”

ABOUT CLAUDIA CONNOR

Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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The Fight For Us

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4.5 Fighting For Us Stars

“Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all.”

5 years after Joss divorced her abusive ex-husband, he still pops up in her life causing problems. But life for Joss officially changes its course when Joss’ daughter is accused of being a bully at school.

The last two years have been rough for Isaiah and his daughter Natalie after the death of his late wife. Natalie’s self-esteem is too fragile to handle being bullied so Isaiah wants the girls punished, and that’s how he meets Joss. But it doesn’t matter how attractive Joss is, she must be a bad parent if her daughter is a bully.

“He hated Joss entirely too much to be attracted to her.”

When life continues to put Isaiah and Joss in the same path, he realizes that his first opinion might have been wrong, and soon their lust for one another starts to become real.

With a crazy ex-husband, and a painful past for Isaiah these two are about to discover that if they really want a relationship, they both are going to have to fight for it!

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I really enjoyed reading this one. All the characters seemed real and I was able to connect and feel for each of them. If you’re a fan of Elizabeth Finn then you don’t want to miss this one!!

Happy Reading ☺

INFLAME~Tessa Teevan

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3.5 Sweet Stars

When Kale meets his Goddaughter’s second grade teacher Lucy, he immediately falls into lust.

Both Kale and Lucy agree to see each other again for what they think will be nothing more than a one nightstand, but the two of them quickly form a great friendship. One that includes some amazing sex.

 When Kale goes Afghanistan for his military service, life goes on and they soon realize that might be more than just friends after all.

Kale returns and the two of them soon have a bomb of their own that will forever change their lives. Now they have to decide if they will stick to being just friends or if they will finally admit to their real feelings.

I found Inflame to be a nice, quick, fairly drama free read. Kale is a great book boyfriend and I enjoyed Lucy’s character. If you are looking for a relaxing read, then give this one a try.

Until We Fly~Cover and Blurb

Due out July 7th!!!

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Blurb~

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything.

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.

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So, for those of you who are die-hard Brand fans, never fear. Brand may think that he wants to be bad, but you know my characters seldom start out knowing exactly what they want… and how they end up is usually better than they ever thought possible. Brand will be no exception, I promise.

Brand is good through and through. He’s loyal, strong, courageous, brave. He’s everything you could ever want him to be and more… he just needs a bit of reminding. And Nora is just the girl to do it.

 

 

Strings of the Heart-Review

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Allison has loved Rhys since she was thirteen years old. But Allison will always be Jake’s little sister to Rhys. 

After getting a life-altering kiss from Rhys at her sweet sixteen-birthday party, she knows in her heart that it will always be Rhys she wants.

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When Jake suggests that Rhys check in with Allison while he is home on break where Allison attends college he didn’t have any idea that he was would happen next.

Rhys would have to be dead not see how Allison has turned into a women and is no longer the little girl he remembers, so he has to remind himself, that she will always be off limits.

Not only was she a women now, but she was a very interesting one. I wasn’t even sure Jake was aware of all the many facets that made up her character.

 

After spending time together they start to form a real friendship, but one drunken night will change everything.

 

More than anything in the world I wanted this man, and tonight I was going to get my wish.

 

But when the alcohol wears off and sun comes up, they two of them have very different ideas on what will happen next.

 

Allison not sure after their time together that she can ever really just be Rhys friend, but it appears that all he is willing to offer her.

 

3 months later, and Allison is on tour with the band for summer. Keeping a handle on her feeling is going to harder than she thought.

“Whoever said time healed all wounds was deluding themselves.”

Rhys never wanted a relationship. Love tends to ruin people. As much as he wants Allison, she just has to stay off limits. She’s his best friends little sister and he doesn’t have anything real to offer her.

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Rhys keeps pushing Allison away, but be careful what you wish for, because Allison is one push away from walking of out his life forever.

Katie Ashley delivers again. If you enjoyed the other Runaway Train series, then you will want to pick up this one.

ARC provided by the author exchange for an honest review.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR KATIE ASHLEY?

Vicious Cycle

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 David aka ‘Deacon’ Malloy has devoted his adult life to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Plucked off the streets as a teenager for his fighting ability, he willing embraces the violent life-style of his new family. After his adoptive father’s murder during the last club war, he slid into the vacated role of Sergeant at Arms. His world is thrown for a loop when a former club whore dies, and the five year old daughter he had no idea he had fathered is deposited on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans followed in her parents’ footsteps by going into education. As a Kindergarten teacher, she loves helping her young students learn to read and write. At the start of the school year, one little girl stands out to her above all the rest. With an aura of sadness about her, Willow Malloy is someone who needs all the tender loving care Alexandra can give. When she suddenly stops coming to school, Alexandra goes in search of her. What she finds is a clubhouse full of bikers, and a father hell bent on keeping his daughter always within his sight during a turf war.

The moment Deacon lays eyes on Alexandra he knows he has to have her. He doesn’t give two shits about the fact she’s a naïve civilian or that she has no desire to become another one of his conquests. He’s never found a woman he couldn’t have, and he wants nothing more to persuade Alexandra into changing her mind.

Will Deacon seduce Alexandra into his dark world, or will she help him embrace a brighter future for himself and his daughter?

 About the Author

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

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Strings Of the Heart

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Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup, she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love. Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never be the one for Rhys.

 For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over, next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night, he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around. His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.

 Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?

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Excerpt

 

“You’ve been utterly and completely blind haven’t you? Or I guess it’s more like you’ve been emotionally shut off.” She took a tentative step towards me. “Last night meant everything to me because I was with the man I loved. The man I’ve been in love with since I was thirteen years old.”

 

Her words had the same effect as if a lightning bolt had shot out of the sky to slam with jolts of electricity. “You’re in love me?” I asked.

 

“I can’t believe I ever took you for such a smart man, Rhys,” Allison snapped.

 

Running my hands over my face, I shook my head. “God, how did I not see it for all those years?” As my mind whirled with thoughts, I wondered if I had just been ignoring all the signs that were already there. I’d never had a girl that was just a friend. All these years, I’d treated Allison as a little sister. Somehow in the last three weeks, our relationship had changed into one of friendship. At the same time, I had to wonder if I’d been deluding myself. Was what I was feeling for Allison more than just friendship?

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Cover and Synopsis for Show the Fire (Signal Bend #6)

Can’t wait to read more from this series!

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Show the Fire, The Signal Bend Series, Book Six, is due to be released on 24 May. Chapter One is already posted elsewhere on this blog (check “Teasers” or “Signal Bend News”). Here’s the description (a bit spoilery for All the Sky):

Len Wahlberg, the Night Horde MC’s Sergeant at Arms, has had Isaac Lunden’s back for decades. A loner at heart, he has needed no closer bond than the brotherhood of his club. For years, he’s preferred to take his women in groups, because he has neither needed nor wanted the intimacy of a coupling.

But after he’s seriously wounded in a firefight, feeling his age and mortality more acutely than ever before, he discovers that his own company isn’t enough any longer. He needs a stronger, more intimate bond, and he finds that connection in an old friend.

Natasha Westby is a club daughter. Her father, the…

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