Month: December 2014

Cover Reveal-A Father’s Fight

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A Father’s Fight

Life changes in the span of a heartbeat. One, tiny heartbeat.

Blake and Layla have lived through disappointment and regret, only finally finding relief with the powerful love they have for each other. A love they intend to fight to keep.

They’ve had to forgive each other, but can they truly move forward without facing the pain of the past?

Layla’s been avoiding the phone calls. Nine months pregnant and exhausted, she doesn’t want the complication. But she can’t run from the truth. Whoever’s calling was there eighteen years ago. Unlike her, he remembers the night that changed the course of her life, and he’s ready to talk.

Blake’s preoccupied with an email, a few simple sentences sent through cyberspace that have the capability to rob him of his sanity, his freedom, and the people he loves most in the world. When he’s called home for a mysterious reason, leaving Layla isn’t ideal, but hope for reconciliation combined with his brother’s secrecy ignites a curiosity he refuses to ignore.

Putting the pain behind them is no longer an option.

To get the answers they need, they must face the past and open up old wounds that threaten to bleed them dry.

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My Top Ten for 2014

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My top ten favorites for 2014

1. Made by J.M. Darhower. After reading Sempre, I never gave Corrado Moretti another thought. When I was given an ARC copy of Made, I knew I would enjoy it at least on some level because J.M. Darhower is an amazing author. However Made ended up being my top read for the entire year and Corrado Moretti gave me a new meaning to a “dark hero”.

2. Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway. Now you see him, now you don’t. Jay Fields is an illusionist and puts on a show you don’t want to miss. But be fair warned…somewhere along the way, you just might lose your heart.

3. Nocte by Courtney Cole. When you read as much as I do, you learn the shock factor keeps getting higher and higher, but Courtney Cole managed to keep me guessing until the biter end. Nocte is book one of The Nocte Trilogy with next two books due to release in 2015.

4. Thin Love by Eden Butler. When Kona and Keira meet, sparks fly and it’s a strong case of “hate at first sight”. Their relationship is anything but easy and goes through many ups and downs over a course of sixteen years.

5. Beautiful Broken Promises Lane has a secret. One he’s kept from even his closest friends. When Rae enters his life, he not only finds a piece of himself, he finds the love of his life and is willing to do anything to keep her. While this is the 3rd book in this series you can read this one as a standalone.

6. More than Forever by Jay McLean If you’re a fan of the More Than series then you probably already read Lucy and Cam’s story. Their journey is a beautiful story of two teenagers going through life’s ups and downs and managing to whether the storm together.

7. Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson Colton and Lilly have an incredible love story. One that will touch your heart in so many ways.

8. Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde Em and Liam come from two rival MC clubs and their relationship starts off with a kidnapping. When everyone else would rather see them apart, it’s up to them to make to prove everyone wrong.

9. Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds What happens when the man of your dreams not only breaks your heart but leaves you pregnant? That’s just what happen to Lilly Donovan. She was forced to step up and prove to the world just how strong she really is…but what happens with the man of your dreams reappears and everything you thought you knew ended up being a lie? Until Lilly was an amazing second chance love story.

10. Push by Claire Wallis. When reading a new author I never know what to expect, but I can honestly say, Claire Wallis blew me away. While I didn’t care for how this series ended, Push still ended up making my list.

A lot of bloggers give a top five, but I read over four hundred books in 2014, so I decided to go with a top ten.

The Pact

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4.5 Stars!!

What if you met The One only moments after your best friend started dating her? What if The One became your best friend instead of the love of your life? What if you can’t stop wanting the only woman that’s now completely off limits? You make a pact that if you’re both still single at the age of thirty, you’ll marry each other. At least that’s how Linden McGregor decided to handle his relationship with Stephanie Robson.

Stephanie, Linden and James are extremely close friends, only once upon a time… Stephanie and James dated for almost a year, but even after breaking up the three of them remained close. But as the years tick bye, Stephanie starts to wonder what could have been if she never dated James or if she dated Linden instead.

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Linden has a well earned reputation for being one of San Francisco’s most known playboys and the fear that he might not feel the same way about her and ultimately ruining their friendship, is why Stephanie keeps her feelings a secret.

Stephanie and Linden were twenty-five when they agreed to The Pact and those five years weren’t easy on them. Other relationships come and go, some serious, some not but watching the other one with someone else doesn’t get easier with time.

The Pact is written with dual POV’s, so we know just how much both Stephanie and Linden want a relationship with each other. But as their thirtieth birthdays start to approach they have to act on their fears…they either move forward with the pact or let the idea slip away forever. Only now, it’s not just the two of them they have to think about.

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Relationships are left broken and friendships are tested, but finally claiming The One should make the world perfect, right?

“When did I get so lucky again?” “When you accepted a dare.”

I’m shocked to say that I completely devoured The Pact. I’m not shocked at the amazing writing Karina Halle continues to deliver but I will be the first to admit that her books seem to push me out of my comfort zone so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading.

Yes, The Pact hit one of my serious dislikes when I’m choosing what to read next[For at least the first 40% of the book they are with other people (hide spoiler)] and yes it was a little more angsty then I normally prefer, but somehow everything came together in a way that didn’t bother me. This book hit me right in the heart and will be one that I will remember down the road and is something I would highly recommend!!!

The Pact is currently on sale for only .99 cents until the first of the year! You can get your copy here: http://amzn.to/1BiKMXH

Something Reckless

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4 Stars!!

When it comes to Sam and Liz’s relationship, they both have regrets. Every choice they’ve made has led them to a moment that will change their lives forever.

“Liz has always been there. This fixture in my life that always felt out of my reach. And I helped put her there. She stayed beyond my grasp because she was scared to trust me with her heart.”

Reckless & Real is a three part series. For readers that didn’t read the free novella Something Wild you can read it at the beginning of Something Reckless.

Liz Thompson tried to give her virginity to her friend’s older brother Sam Bradshaw when she was only 17. While Sam’s not usually a man of honor, he turned Liz down. Sam wanted Liz, but she was underage and had been drinking and he wasn’t about to take advantage of her. Unfortunately he never explained his reasons for turning her away and that starts his long list of regrets where Liz is concerned.

Years later, Sam is dealing with a serious problem, but he’s not telling anyone what’s wrong. When Liz crosses his path they agree on one night, no strings and he decides this is just the distraction he needs. But for the first time in his life and after only one night with Liz, Sam’s thinking about the possibly of something more. The following day, how Sam decides to handle his “problem” ultimately shuts the door on any future he might have had with Liz.

Another two years later, and Liz is tried of being single and she’s ready to find someone to share her life with. She wants a man who looks at her like her soon to be brother in law looks at her sister. With nothing to lose, she decides to try a local online dating site.

Every guy she meets ends up being a loser, but there’s one she hasn’t met and he’s the one Liz is starting to fall for. Their exchanges are anonymous, but their words are filled with passion. But something feels familiar about this stranger and Liz is starting to think maybe, just maybe it’s Sam.

“Elizabeth Thompson is my downfall. My temptation. My shouldn’t-want-it-but can’t-stay-away. .”

When Liz starts working for Sam’s father, they start seeing each other almost daily. It doesn’t take long for them to give in to the desire they still feel for each other. For so many reasons Liz should be the last woman Sam should have a relationship with but she’s still the only woman that’s tempted him to think about the possibly of settling down.

Sam is falling for Liz, Liz is falling for Sam but now Liz is starting to question the real identity of her online love interest. He knows things that only someone in her real life would know and if she’s wrong and it’s not Sam then the list possibilities might shatter her already fragile future with Sam.

Sam and Liz’s relationship is a classic example of cause and effect. They continue to unknowing make decisions that effect their relationship. If either of them had been honest about how they really felt about each other, their list of regrets would be much shorter. However even saying that, I understood why both of them have been afraid to emotionally out themselves to each other.

You can purchase Something Reckless here:http://amzn.to/1A1fS7S

You can pre-order a copy of Something Real,  the conclusion of Sam and Liz’s story that’s due to release on March 3rd 2015 here: http://amzn.to/1x82v3z

Something Wild

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4.5 Stars!!

At seventeen, Liz decides she’s going to lose her virginity to her best friend’s older brother Sam but he turns her down.

Four years later and Liz still feels the sting of Sam’s rejection when suddenly she’s has a one night, no expectations offer from him.

Sam didn’t reject Liz, he just didn’t take advantage of a drunk seventeen year old but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t desired her for a very long time and when he finally has his chance with her he decides to take what he’s wanted for four very long years.

But Sam’s life is currently weighing on a decision he has no control over and getting involved with Liz is something he not ready to handle. But when he’s with her, he feels a calm he never knew existed.

They’re bonded by friendship, but it only takes one night to change everything.

Something Wild is a prequel to Something Reckless. For such a short story, the character development was amazing and now I can’t wait to start this series. The added bonus, this book is currently FREE: http://amzn.to/1xa59Jb

The Reckless & Real series:

Something Wild (Reckless and Real #0.5) by Lexi Ryan –Release Date: December 8th, 2014

Something Reckless (Reckless & Real #1) by Lexi Ryan –Release Date: December 22nd, 2014

Something Real (Reckless & Real #2) by Lexi Ryan –Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

One to Leave

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3.5-4 Stars

Stuart Knight has devoted his entire life to being a marine. Because of his career he feels he has no room for love in his life and never wants the guilt that comes from leaving someone he cares about behind.

When Stuart becomes wounded and learns he’ll never see active duty again he starts self medicating with pain killers and alcohol until finally his life spins so far out of control he knows he has to stop and get a handle on his addiction.

Mariska meets Stuart for just a brief moment, but it was enough to leave her wanting to know more. When she learns that he’s staying on a ranch in Montana she decides to do something wild and crazy and takes off to see him.

Mariska has one connection to Stuart that keeps her from looking like a crazy woman who traveled across the country to see a man she only met for a few minutes and that’s his younger brother Patrick. Patrick and Elaine were already heading out to Montana to check on Stuart so Elaine decides to help Mariska out by pretending they’re friends.

When Stuart starts to get a handle on his pain and his addiction something wakes up inside of him whenever Mariska is around. Love is still not in the cards for him because even without active duty, he still plans to serve his country and won’t be staying long.

“Sometimes it takes more courage to give up one dream for a new one.”

Mariska went to Montana to help Stuart, but after spending time with him, she’s wants everything including his heart. Now, Stuart has to decide if he wants a future with Mariska or if he will always just be the One to Leave.

“Deep in my heart, I knew he belonged to me, but that wounded warrior wasn’t letting anyone in. He had his plans, and for whatever reason, they didn’t allow room for love.”

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I would recommend One to Leave to readers who are a fan of the series. Stuart’s makes for a perfect tortured hero and while he doesn’t always make good choices his heart always seems to be in the right place.

I found Mariska to be a slightly strange heroine. Her reasons for taking off to see Stuart again did make her borderline crazy. If you’re a fan of Patrick and Elaine then you’ll especially enjoy the Epilogue of their wedding day!

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*ARC kindly provided by Tia Louise in exchange for an honest review*

 Pre-order available~  http://amzn.to/1GUpsJQ

Justified

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3.5~ She is my Obsession Stars

When I pick up a book by Aurora Rose Reynolds I feel confident that she’ll deliver a strong alpha male and she’s never failed yet.

When Nolan first sets his eyes on Chloe he decides before even talking to her, that he’ll do anything it takes to claim her.

”She was mine. She just didn’t know it.”

Nolan’s ex-wife did a real number on him and he never thought he would fall for another woman, but with Chloe everything is different. She’s sweet and innocent and his desire to protect her has turned him into a bossy and controlling man.

”My feelings for her go above and beyond the realm of normal and into the categories of slightly crazy, obsessed and extreme possession.”

When deciding what to read next, I’m always looking out for alpha males. While I’m in my fictional world they are my weakness, so it shocks me to say this but even I thought Nolan was a little too over the top. Justified is told by Nolan’s POV and being inside his head and knowing his thoughts added to his crazy side. Still, Nolan is twelve years older than Chloe and at times it almost felt like he was parenting her.

Justified is only a novella, but it’s packed with a lot of steam and mystery and I would recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds.

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Available on Amazon- http://amzn.to/1GMFHJ3

Jagged Love

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3.5 Stars

Haven’s life has been anything but easy. Watching her mom go from one mans bank account to the next, until drugs finally took over her life is the only behavior ever modeled for her. At twenty-three and shortly after her mother died from an OD Haven is working two dead end jobs just to pay her bills. When a rowdy customer in the coffee shop she works at gets in her face, a prince charming suddenly steps in to help her.

Most woman would love to be saved, but Haven doesn’t believe in prince charming and happily ever after’s but when she sees her savor, named Andrew again he’s insistent on giving her a ride home. When drug dealers come looking for money Haven’s mother owns, Andrew’s need to protect Haven seem over the top for someone she’s just met.

Andrew is a local artist, when lots of friends, a big family, and what appears to be a lot of money. And while Haven’s agreed to accept his help until her mother’s thug friends back off, she’s not about to become her mother and accept any money.

Andrew becomes a huge contradiction. One moment he acts like he wants a relationship, and the next moment he leaves her wondering if she’s just a pity project. But the closer they become the more clearly Haven can tell that he’s keeping something from her.

Haven wants answers and Andrew wants trust…

”I wasn’t taught to trust. I was taught to survive, which was what I was doing until you came along.”

The longer Haven stays, the harder she falls, but when Andrews past finally catches up with him, Haven is rocked to the core, and has to wonder if she ever really knew Andrew.

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Jagged Love was a fairly quick and easy read, with just the right amount of angst. The story is told by Haven’s POV, so the reader is left in the dark to the mystery that surrounds Andrew and his past.

When Andrew “saves” Haven in the coffee shop, he claims to have felt an instant connection, one he never believed in until that moment. But he’s not in a place to start a new relationship. At the same time that rare moment was something he doesn’t want to slip away and when serious trouble lands on Haven’s doorstep, he knows he needs to help.

The relationship between Haven and Andrew happens fairly quickly. I almost want to say insta-love but Haven didn’t turn into a doormat heroine. While she was feeling something strong and fast for Andrew she was always willing to stick up for herself and was ready to walk away when something didn’t feel right.

The only thing about Jagged Love that didn’t like was the ending. I thought it very was rushed. Andrew’s big secret comes out and while Haven didn’t make life easy on him, and didn’t suddenly become a doormat, I didn’t enjoy the way things wrapped up so quickly. In my opinion an epilogue of how life turned out for them down the road would have given me the closure I was looking for.

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*ARC kindly provided by Nicole Simone in exchange for an honest review*

The Kane Trilogy

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Like many series, not everyone will enjoy The Kane Trilogy. On the outside it appears to have similarity to FSOG, rich powerful man who’s also into kink, however once you start reading you soon discover this series is unlike anything you’ve read before. Without a doubt some readers will absolutely hate it because Tate and Jameson have anything but a “normal” or maybe a better word would be traditional relationship. I found it very unusual that I not only read this whole series, but also enjoyed it. The series pushed me outside my comfort zone and I can only believe that’s due to Stylo Fantome’s unique story telling and amazing writing. Tate and Jameson’s story is raw, powerful, tense and at times tragic. If you’re looking for a sweet emotional story, then this series isn’t for you. There’s nothing sweet about either Jameson or Tate, but if you’re looking for a strong sensational and offbeat story, then you should give The Kane Trilogy a try.

You and Everything After

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4.5/5 Stars

Ty and Cass first met in This is Falling. I loved them as secondary characters so I knew I wanted to read You and Everything After. Their story takes place during the same time as Rowe and Nate’s story in This is Falling but you can read each of them as a standalone.

Six years ago an accident left Ty in a wheelchair. Before his accident, Ty was a star on his high school baseball team. Now his younger brother Nate is attending a college in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship so he up and leaves Florida behind to be there for his brother.

Cass was set to go to college on a soccer scholarship until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Sick of her parents hovering over her she picks a college far from home, the only catch is her twin sister Paige has to go with her.

Ty sees Cass at a local restaurant and is drawn to her, which is a strange feeling for him. Since his accident Ty only has one-night stands, never allowing him self to get close to a female. But when he sees Cass again at a campus party, he goes out of his way to meet her.

Cass is hoping college will be a fresh start from her past mistakes and Ty has already made a reputation on campus as a man-whore so all she’s willing to offer is friendship.

The more time they spend together, the clearer it becomes they were meant to find each other. The rest of the world sees their limits, but when they look at each other, all they see are possibilities.

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I really enjoyed Cass and Ty’s story. They are both such strong characters, and neither of them want pity or to be looked at as someone with a disability.

Both books in the Falling Series can be read as a standalone. Up next is Paige’s story, and hopefully she will redeem herself.