New Release + 5 Star Review + 2016 Favorite: The Italian by Beverly Preston – Beyond the Mathews Family Series – Book 2

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The Italian

Beyond The Mathews Family Series – Book 2

By Beverly Preston

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Synopsis

The Italian is a standalone and book two in the Beyond the Mathews Family Series.

No ties.
No expectations.
No risks.

Antonio Giovanni, a fifth-generation winemaker in the rolling hills of Tuscany, is the epitome of temptation. Tall, dark, and handsome with an accent sexy enough to leave a trail of women’s panties in his wake. The man wears charisma like a fine silk suit…flawless and molded to perfection in all the right places, leaving just enough mystery to make you wonder what lay beneath the faultless exterior.

Hope Tidwell, a world-renowned sommelier, is a strong independent woman who fights to have control over every aspect of her life. She makes her own money, her own decisions, her own happiness, and her own mistakes. Her existence doesn’t need to be validated by a man; she refuses to ask for anything except an orgasm, and even those she can manage on her own.

Relationships for most people are as natural as breathing. However, Hope and Antonio are two players who master the art of seduction and the fear of emotional intimacy. When tragedy strikes close to her heart, Hope is fated to do the one thing that terrifies her most. Destiny reveals the biggest gifts often require the greatest sacrifices.

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Tracey’s Review

Rising above a past that she’d rather forget, Hope Tidwell has crafted a life that she adores. A well-known and successful sommelier, Hope lives a commitment-free life, traveling and doing the work that she loves, involving her heart with no one but her beloved younger sister. When tragedy strikes, and Hope finds herself at a crossroads, life begins to unfold in an unexpected but wonderful way.

When I think of author Beverly Preston, the first word that comes to mind is “family.” Her Mathews Family books have created a world full of the love and unbreakable bonds that come with being part of a strong, tightly-knit clan of wonderful people. Her characters are relatable and likable, and it’s always a pleasure to pay them a visit. THE ITALIAN, the second book in her Beyond the Mathews family series, focuses on people that, while related to the Mathews, are outside the family proper.

I was hooked from the first page of THE ITALIAN. Hope is a tough cookie, having had to raise herself and her sister due to the lack of involvement and nurturing from their mother. As a result, she’s happy to live a life free of emotional ties, enjoying instead the semi-casual relationships that she cultivates in her travels for her work. When events arise that shake up the life that she loves, Hope finds herself halfway around the world, and working closely with Antonio Giovanni, one of the men that Hope has known and shared time with.

Antonio. Oh, my goodness. This man is not perfect, but he’s pretty darned close. He is a man that refuses to let Hope hide behind her fear of commitment, that steps up and delivers in a BIG way, desiring only to make Hope feel safe, loved, and desirable. Beverly has written a man that is honest, forthright, secure in himself and what he wants, and is determined the make sure that what he wants comes to be. I have to say, Hope doesn’t stand a chance against him, and it is absolutely delicious seeing him work his magic.

THE ITALIAN brought all of the feelings, the warmth and safety of a loving secure relationship, the importance of strong friendships, and, oh, yes, the utter and incendiary sexiness of one certain hot Italian man. (I have to tell you, the love scenes, Oh.My.Goodness. Fan? Check. Ice water? Check. Don’t read this one without them!)

Beverly really touched my heart with this book, and has helped me end the reading year on a definite up note. THE ITALIAN, an easy 5-star read for me, is one of my 2016 favorites, and I happily recommend it as an addition to TBRs. I look forward to the next installment in this new series, and can’t wait to see what she’s got for us in future.

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

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5622888Beverly Preston is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotionally rich and sinfully sexy stories about the ultimate alpha good guy; the kind of man you want to drag you to bed and put a ring on your finger. She also has a passion for strong, humorous, female characters and stories ingrained in a solid sense of family and loyalty.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four kids, and two golden retrievers. If she’s not spinning richly emotional stories, you’ll find her on her spin bike.

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with The Mathews Family one Happily Ever After at a time.

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Release Blitz + 2016 Favorite + Excerpt + 5 Star Review + Giveaway: Worth Fighting For by Kirsty Moseley – Fighting To Be Free – Book 2

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Worth Fighting For

Fighting To Be Free – Book 2

By Kirsty Moseley

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Synopsis

Kirsty Moseley brings us the sequel to Fighting to be Free.

Sometimes in life you have to walk away . . .

Leaving Jamie Cole was the hardest thing Ellie Pearce ever had to do. Somehow, she moved on. She made a new life in a new city with a new man. So when a family tragedy calls Ellie back home, she believes all her old feelings for Jamie-the hunger, the heat, the heartbreak-are safely behind her. But the second she lays eyes on him, the intensity of their connection is as strong as ever.

Sometimes you stay and fight . . .

Jamie knows pain. He’s felt it fighting in the streets, and he felt it fighting to survive in prison. Yet nothing he’s experienced has been as painful as the day Ellie left-until the moment she came back. This time Jamie is determined to hold on to Ellie forever. But as much as she still loves him, she can’t ignore the dark world he’s now a part of. Jamie has enemies. Dangerous ones. And after seeing Jamie with Ellie, they know exactly how to take him out . . .

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Excerpt

“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson, said that in some poem in the 1800s. In my opinion, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was full of shit.

Maybe Lord Tennyson had never truly loved someone; maybe he’d never cared for someone else more than he cared for himself, because if he had, if he’d loved someone so deeply he’d been willing to die for them, how could he have written such a horseshit line? I’m merely speculating, of course. I’m no academic, so I know nothing about the guy other than that one quote. So how then, you may ask, does my opinion so vehemently disagree with his?

Because I was in love once.

Only once.

And I lost her.

And I would give any fucking thing in the world to have never loved her at all. No, it most definitely is not better to have loved and lost..

Fuck love. And fuck Lord Tennyson.

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Michel’s Review

After the highly emotional cliffhanger in Fighting To Be Free by Kirsty Moseley, I have been sitting on pins and needles for this book to release.  I was dying for the conclusion to Jamie and Ellie’s story.  Worth Fighting For was well worth the wait.  It went beyond my expectations and delivered a very emotional and realistic conclusion.  Kirsty Moseley took great care with delivering this story.  She paid attention to details, allowed the characters to realistically mature, she allowed them to develop as individuals with embracing both the good and the bad, and she gave them new emotional hurdles to jump. I was glued to the pages as the rest of their story began to unfold.

Worth The Fight is not a stand alone novel.  It is the sequel to Fighting To Be Free.

I wasn’t prepared for the sequel to be as heartbreaking as the first book.  The first chapter delivers a devastating tragedy that sets the course for the rest of this book.  At the end of the first book Jamie was serving time in prison.  He set Ellie free to pursue her dreams of traveling Europe.  Three years later Jamie is out of prison and now a crime boss.  He embraced the life he desperately tried to be free of.  His life is emotionless until Ellie returns home.  He has to face the heartbreak and his past mistakes.  He has to make choices that could affect Ellie’s life as well.  He also wants to win her love but knows it’s impossible.

Ellie spent a year traveling through Europe trying to heal from the devastating heartbreak of losing Jamie.  After the year was up she chose to stay in London.  She has finally moved on in life.  She is engaged and happy in London.  Or so she thought until tragedy struck and she was forced to return home.  Upon returning home she realizes that she has been running and avoiding her emotions.

I won’t say much more because this is a story the reader needs to experience for themselves.  The one thing that stayed true was the matters of the heart.  Jamie and Ellie had a deep abiding love for one another.  They truly needed the time apart to learn what matters most in life.  They both needed to grow up.  Ellie needed a doses of reality because she had viewed the world through rose colored glasses.  Jamie needed to become a independent man and make his own choices.  He needed to find his own footing whether it was good or bad.  The people of his past no longer controlled his life or future, only he had that power now.

The one thing that was evidently clear was they were both Fighting To Be Free.  They had to learn that love is Worth Fighting For.

Kirsty Moseley’s writing was flawless.  She delivered perfection in this powerful conclusion to the Fighting To Be Free story.

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Fighting To Be Free

Fighting To Be Free Series – Book 1

By Kirsty Moseley

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Synopsis

FIGHTING TO BE FREE

All his life, people have told Jamie Cole that he was born bad. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. But that doesn’t matter now. Because after a lifetime of demons, Jamie has finally found an angel.

Ellie Pearce learned the hard way that boys can’t be trusted. But the night she meets Jamie, something shifts. He’s different: brooding, a bit dark, determined to change. The connection they share is intense, compelling. Ellie tries to resist, but with each breathtaking kiss, she can’t help falling deeper.

Things between Ellie and Jamie are perfect-and perfection can’t last. When fate goes horribly wrong, Jamie’s only hope of saving his family is to strike a deal with the devil. Most of all, Jamie wants to prove he’s the person Ellie believes him to be. But if she learns just how much he’s been hiding, Ellie won’t be able to believe anything Jamie has ever told her . . .

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kirsty-moseley-credit-trish-thompson-photographyKirsty Moseley has always been a passionate reader with stories brewing in her head. Once she discovered Wattpad, she finally posted a story. Seven million reads later, she self-published her debut novel, The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window, which later became a finalists for the 2012 Goodreads’ Choice Awards. Kirsty lives in Norfolk, England with her husband and son.

 

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2016 Favorite + 6 Star Reviews: The Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott … Full Tilt – Book 1 and All In – Book 2

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All In

Full Tilt Duet – Book 2

By Emma Scott

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Synopsis

Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah…one she feels is impossible to keep.

Theo Fletcher has a secret burning in his heart, one that he holds close, while he struggles to keep strong for his family that is falling apart. His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.

Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.

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6+star

Michel’s Review

All In by Emma Scott is the second book in the Full Tilt Duet.  It should not be read as a stand alone novel.  It is the sequel to Full Tilt.

I knew when I downloaded this book I needed to wait for the perfect time to read this book. I needed to read this book when I was alone and could allow my emotions to explode.  I knew it was going to emotionally wreck me after reading Full Tilt.  I was a blubbering mess and went through a big box of tissues.  I felt like I lost one of my own.

A sequel to a book with such a moving story is very hard to follow up.  Like the characters in the book, the reader is also afraid to move on and let go.  I’m sure it is the same for the writer.  Emma Scott did a wonderful job with All In.  She took great care with all of the characters without diminishing one moment of the first book, Full Tilt.  She wrote a story about real life and very real emotions every human being will experience at some point in their life.  She handled each moment and each emotion with great care.  That is what makes this duet a 6 Star Publication.

All In begins shortly after Full Tilt ended.  After losing Jonah, the Fletcher family, his close friends, and Kacey are buried in their grief.  The loss affected everyone quite differently but was felt deeply by all.  Even though Jonah left his legacy in the art world, his greatest legacy was the deep abiding love he gave to those he cared most about.  He touched each of their souls and left the best part of himself with them.  How can they go on after losing a man that touched them so deeply?

Kacey could not handle losing Jonah.  Her grief has consumed her. She had to leave Las Vegas because every where she turned she was reminded of Jonah.  Instead of embracing the support and sharing her grief, she fled to New Orleans.  She has returned to burying herself in the bottle and is back on the path of self destruction.  She can’t get past the loss, she can’t completely grieve because she can’t deal with her emotions. Her life is on a downward spiral to rock bottom.  Thankfully there are a few caring people in New Orleans that contact Theo Fletcher.

Theo Fletcher is still grieving his brother’s death. He has always been the rock in the Fletcher family. He stood by Jonah’s side during his illness. He attended every doctors appointment, made sure he followed his health care regimen, and helped him finish the art installation. He’s lost without his best friend, his brother Jonah.  Now he’s going through the motions to fullfill one of Jonah’s wishes, to open his own tattoo shop.  He’s back in school taking business courses.  He’s also putting up a front for his family and friends.  His parents are falling apart.  They are both dealing with their grief differently and depending too much on Theo. He keeps his own grief bottled up tight.

When his brother’s girlfriend disappeared  from Las Vegas, he felt he had broken one his brother’s dying wishes.  He had promised Jonah that he would take care of Kacey.  He also made a promise to love her.  His family was devastated to lose Kacey after losing Jonah.  When a phone call from New Orleans leads him back to Kacey, Jonah’s final gift will be presented to Kacey and Theo.  First they have to get past the grief, accept Jonah’s death, and learn to live their lives once again.  They need to learn to lean on each other and also learn take care of themselves.  It’s time to heal and live again.  Only then will they be ready for Jonah’s final gift, the greatest legacy he could leave… the gift of love.

Once again Emma Scott had my full attention and engaged every emotion.  I was a blubbering mess and felt I was living my life alongside of Kacey and Theo. I felt their loss, their fear of letting go, and most of all their fear of beginning a new life.

I was All In when I read this book.

Emma Scott is a gifted writer.  Her words were more than a story, they were a profound emotional experience.

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Full Tilt

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Full Tilt

Full Tilt Duet – Book One

By Emma Scott

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Synopsis

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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Michel’s Review

I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book would take me on. I began reading this book to pass the time on our family vacation. I found myself a blubbering mess without the adequate amount of tissues needed to read this book.

Without giving away spoilers I am just going to say this book had a powerful message. Love is what validates life. It is what makes the soul thrive. It’s the one thing that makes our day worth while. It’s the one thing that will keep memories alive.

Emma Scott did a beautiful job with this book. I highly recommend reading this with a full box of tissues.

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About Emma Scott

10405165Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.

She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.
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6 Star Review + 2016 Favorite: Between Here And The Horizon by Callie Hart

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Between Here And The Horizon

By Callie Hart

Release Date: October 18 ,2016

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Synopsis:

“You think you know me. You think you want to know me. But trust me, Miss Lang. Pursuing me will be the worst mistake you ever make. I’m broken beyond repair…

…and I take great pleasure in breaking everyone else around me.”
Ophelia Lang needs money, and she needs it bad. Her parent’s restaurant is going under, and ever since she lost her job teaching third grade elementary, scraping enough cash together to pay the bills has proven almost impossible. Her parents are on the brink of losing their home. The vultures are circling overhead. So when Ophelia is offered an interview for a well-paid private tutoring gig in New York, how can she possibly say no?

Ronan Fletcher is far from the overweight, balding businessman Ophelia expected him to be. He’s young, handsome, and wealthy beyond all reason. He’s also perhaps the coldest, rudest person she’s ever met, and has a mean streak in him a mile and a half wide. A hundred grand is a lot of money, however, and if tolerating his frosty temperament, his erratic mood swings and whatever else he throws at her means she’ll get paid, then that is what Ophelia will do.

Her new boss is keeping secrets, though. Awful, terrible secrets.

The ghosts of Ronan Fletcher’s past are about to turn Ophelia’s future upside down, and she can’t even see it coming.

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CHAPTER ONE

AFGHANISTAN

2009

Get back, Fletcher! Get back! The tank’s gonna blow!”

I was running. Behind me, seven miles of desert stretched out toward Kabul city, glowing in places where burned out military trucks were being devoured by fire. Twisted metal rained down from the sky, on fire and sharper than a razor’s edge, impacting in the dirt. Thud. Thud, thud. Thud. Shrapnel whistled through the air, striking the ground a few feet away from me as I weaved my way through the wreckage. Smoke was biting at my lungs, acrid and burning, making it hard to breath.

“Fletcher! What the fuck, man!”

Behind me, Specialist Crowe was losing his mind. Alternating between shouting into his radio and shouting at me, he couldn’t seem to decide which course of action to take. I’d ordered him to follow, but I could understand why he hadn’t. The situation was more than unsafe; charging headlong into the fire and destruction was a suicide mission, and I knew it. I also knew that my men were trapped inside the upturned vehicle still a hundred feet ahead of me, however, and I knew the truck was going to blow any second. They were going to burn to death if I didn’t help them. I wasn’t going to abandon them to that fate.

Captain! God, man, stop!”

My heart was surging, my veins overflowing with adrenalin. My boots hit the dirt, left, right, left, right, left, right, my fists pumping back and forth as I sprinted toward the truck that was laying on its roof up ahead. Through the fractured windshield, I could see Hellaman and Wicks still strapped into the front seats of the vehicle, upside down and unmoving. They were either unconscious or dead. Hopefully they were just out for the count, but there was a lot of blood splattered on the inside of the glass. A lot of blood.

Black smoke curled upward from the underside of the truck, and I could already hear the hissing sound of fuel burning and sizzling somewhere. Groaning. I could hear groaning, too.

I reached the truck just as something inside the engine caught fire, and Hellaman came to. His eyes were wide with pain and fear as I dropped down onto my belly next to the driver’s side window, which was smashed out, small cubes of safety glass scattered into the dirt.

“Captain? Captain Fletcher. Shit, I can’t breathe. I can’t…breathe.” His face was deathly pale, and his hands shook violently as he tried to claw at the seatbelt that was digging into his chest.

“It’s okay. It’s okay, Private. We’re gonna get you out of there, okay? Just hold on a moment.” My bowie knife was in my hand. I took it and made quick work of slashing through the webbing holding Hellaman in place. There was nothing I could do to cushion his fall. Slamming into the roof of the truck, Hellaman groaned weakly, and then passed out again, either from pain or from the shock, I didn’t know. I stowed my blade and grabbed him by the shoulders, then wrestled him free through the window. His face was cut; his arms were striped with blood and running rivers of crimson out onto the ground. No time to be gentle, though. No time to be safe. I hooked my hands under his arms and I quickly jogged backwards, dragging him away from the wreckage. Twenty feet was enough.

I ran back to the truck. Flames were visibly licking at the underside of the vehicle now, snaking upward toward the night sky. Wick was still out cold. I ran around to the back of the truck and tried to force the loading doors open, but they were jammed closed, bent and warped, refusing to budge.

Shit.”

Clang.

Clang.

Clang.

There was someone alive inside. Running out of time. Almost no time left. I positioned myself by the truck’s rear right window, thanking god the thing was already splintered. The bulletproof windows on military trucks were no joke. You could take a semi automatic to them and it would take longer than I had to smash them. The impact of rolling three times had obviously been enough to compromise the glass, though.

“Shield your faces,” I hollered. “Glass, glass, glass!” Bracing, I spun around and smashed the sole of my boot against the window as hard as I possibly could. The glass groaned, fracturing some more, but it didn’t shatter. I kicked again, and again, and again. Finally, the window exploded in a shower of bright shards, giving in under the force of my boot.

“Captain, there’s fuel in here,” someone inside yelled. “Get back!”

I ducked down and lay flat on my stomach again, crawling in through the now empty window frame. Inside the truck, gasoline hung heavy in the air, burning my nostrils and my eyes. Next to me, Roberts was dead, his head twisted at an odd angle, eyes staring, unseeing into the abyss.

On the other side of the truck Private Coleridge, Sam, a nineteen-year-old kid from Houston, was lying on his back on the roof, holding his rifle in both hands, his body convulsing wildly. His eyes swivelled to look at me, but his head remained locked in position, his teeth grinding together.

“What…what happened, Capt’n?” he asked. “We were drivin’ along, and then…everything was…spinning.”

“IED,” I told him. “Desert’s full of them. Come on, let’s get you out of here.”

“I can’t…move. I can’t feel…anything.”

He wasn’t paralyzed. If he were, he wouldn’t be shaking the way he was right now. He was just in shock. A sharp slap to the face would probably go a long way to getting him moving, but there simply wasn’t time for that kind of motivation. Grabbing him by the webbing stitched onto the strap of his pack, which was still on his back, I hauled him to me and then backed out through the window as quickly as I could. The fire was raging now. I dragged Sam back to where I’d left Hellaman and was about to run back to the truck when a loud metallic crack split the air apart, and then a ball of fire rocked the truck, a wall of heat and pressure slamming into my body, sending me reeling back into the dirt.

Oscar!” Sam yelled. “Oscar’s still alive in there!”

Fuck.” I was up on my feet and running. The heat was intense—so intense that I had to shield my face as I grew closer to the wreck. The fire had consumed the underside of the truck, the tires blazing, the gas roaring as the fuel line was engulfed. And I could hear screaming. The kind of blood curdling, awful screaming of a man being burned alive.

My radio headset crackled with static, and then Colonel Whitlock’s voice barked out through the speaker. “Fletcher, do not go back inside that vehicle. Do you hear me? Do not go back inside that vehicle.”

Disobeying a direct order from a colonel was an offence worthy of court marshal. I ripped my headset from my ears and threw it to the ground, ignoring it. Ignoring the consequences. Another blood curdling scream reached me, and that was it. I was on my stomach, crawling into the mouth of hell.

My side pressed up against the frame of the window, and pain tore at me, sinking its teeth into my skin. Heat. The heat was overwhelming, so fierce and violent that there was no oxygen inside the truck. Only smoke and confusion. Only death.

“Oscar!” I called out, reaching with both hands, trying to find him. “Where are you, man?” The truck was only a six-guy transport, but the billowing, rolling clouds of black smoke hid everything. I went by touch until I heard him cry out again, weaker this time, voice riddled with agony. He was at the very rear of the truck. A few seconds was all I had. Any longer and I would either suffocate or burn up myself. My head was pounding, my lungs begging for clean air, and I could feel myself start to drift.

The journey to the back of the truck took an eternity. One hand over the other, I pulled myself around an upturned transport box, and jammed my body in between the narrow gap at the right hand side of the vehicle, reaching out, groping, searching, until I found what I was looking for. A leg. A foot, to be precise. I grabbed hold of it and pulled. An agonised yell filled the truck.

“Ahh, my leg. My leg. It’s fucked!”

“I know. I’m sorry, man. I can’t get you any other way.” I gritted my teeth, and I pulled. In any other situation it would have been a crime that I was handling an injured man this way. The clock was running down, though, and if causing more pain, causing even more damage meant the difference between one of my guys being injured or being dead, then I was going to do what I had to do.

I somehow managed to maneuverer myself so that I was over Oscar—I couldn’t even see his face, the smoke was so thick—and then I started shoving. Six hard pushes and I managed to drive him through the gap in the window frame, out onto the desert floor. His body was ripped away, pulled free by someone else, and then he was gone. I was almost too tired to heave myself free, but I scrounged up my last scrap of energy and I crawled forward, determined to make it out before the entire vehicle was enveloped. Halfway out, my fingers clawing in the dirt, my body lit up with pain. Indescribable. Unbearable. A pain so sharp and breathtaking that I couldn’t even cry out. It felt like something was ripping my body in two. I spun around and looked up to see a burning line of fuel pouring down on me, hitting my side, burning into me. I was on fire.

I kicked and jerked myself out of the truck, ripping at my jacket. Tearing at the material, trying to get it off. The fabric seemed to come away in my hands, and then I was shirtless in the cold, cold desert, rolling on the ground, trying to put the flames out.

The world went black. Someone threw something over me, and then hands were beating at my body, slapping and trying to roll me. A strangled gasp worked its way out of my mouth, but that’s all I could manage. The flames were out. The thick, heavy material that had been thrown over me was pulled back, and Crowe stood over me, face covered in soot and grease, eyes the size of dollar coins. I could barely see him properly. Barely hear the words coming out of his mouth.

Colonel Whitlock appeared next to him, and then the sky was filled with the beating thump of helicopter blades. They spoke for a second, and the thundering drum of the helo overhead dipped long enough for me to make out what Crowe said to Whitlock.

“He didn’t stop, sir. He didn’t stop until they were all out.”

Whitlock scowled. “I can see that, Specialist. He disobeyed a direct order in doing so, too.”

“He’ll be reprimanded?” Crowe asked. He was speaking as if I was no longer present; both of them were.

“No,” Whitlock said sternly. “Ironically, I think Captain Fletcher’s more likely to be honored than punished in this particular instance. Now get him on the chopper before I change my mind. The crazy bastard’s bleeding everywhere.”

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As  a blogger and avid reader I consume over 300 books yearly.  I can honestly say that there isn’t much that surprises me at this point.  There are only so many plots, subject matters, and themes to be covered.  What I look for is the creative flare the author brings to the story.  I look for character development, original delivery of the story, descriptive enhancements, and the overall flow of the story.  I want to be taken away, entertained, and experience the story right along with the characters.  Between Here And The Horizon by Callie Hart had all these elements and more.  It was completely original and had two separate  stories going on that came together cohesively and made this book even more spectacular.

The moment I began to read this book I was drawn into the world of Captain Fletcher.  The vivid descriptions made it feel like I was a bystander witnessing the monumental events unfolding on the pages.  I felt the tension, the intensity of the moment, and the fear of the outcome.  By the end of the first chapter my mind formed an opinion of how this story was going to unfold.  Boy I was I wrong.  I am rarely surprised or shocked senseless, but by the time I read a few more chapters I was completely stunned stupid.  The shock factor was riveting!  I kept thinking …. No No No… this didn’t just happen… No way.  Once I accepted that shocking moment my mind fast forwarded and I was thinking, okay Callie Hart is going to fix this.  It going to be some kind of mistake or a life changing monumental moment.  So I was kind of right… it was a monumental life changing moment.  I was also wrong because that monumental life changing moment took the story in a completely different direction.  A direction I did not see coming.

Once the story was on a new path, I became enthralled with the new world that sets the scenes.  Callie was meticulous with her vivid descriptions of life in the coastal Maine area.  Her meticulous attention to details and capturing the stoic New Englanders attitudes validated the direction of the story. It became an integral part of the journey leading all the characters to a better life. At this point the story is on a completely different direction than how it began.  Callie then added another brilliant element, snippets of past lives in a time of war.  These snippets were important in developing two of the leading characters.  The outcome of these snippets tied both stories together and added another twist to the ending.

By the end of the book, everything makes sense in a very different way leaving the readers with different perspectives of each of the characters.

I hung on every single word throughout this book.  I could not put it down.  When I finished this book I felt like I had just experienced an incredible story that I witnessed first hand, up close and personal.  I experienced a multitude of emotions throughout this book.

Between Here And The Horizon by Callie Hart is one of the best books I have read in 2016.

Read Between Here And The Horizon by Callie Hart… it’s an amazing reading experience!

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Release Blitz + Excerpt + 5 Star Reviews + 2016 Favorite : Away From The Dark by Aleatha Romig – The Light Series – Book 2

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Away From The Dark

The Light Series – Book 2

By Aleatha Romig

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Women are disappearing. What is happening when they step into The Light?

Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.

But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.

With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And what other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the mort it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.

But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.

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Shrill screams echoed throughout our dimly lit bedroom, accelerating my heartbeat and pulling me from the terrible nightmare. I waited for more, until the realization struck. The screams were my own.

“Jacob?” I called, my voice shaking with dread as I reached for my husband. Instead of reassurance, my fingers met cold empty sheets. He was gone—still away at another campus.

What just happened? Was it a dream?

I clung to the covers as I puffed my cheeks and slowly exhaled. While each breath helped to still the chaos, the exercise wasn’t enough.

Who am I? Who is he?

Jacob’s questions from months ago came back. They were my security. They’d worked before.

I am Sara Adams and my husband is Jacob Adams.

Pushing the images from my dream, or nightmare, away, I imagined Jacob’s comforting embrace. Slowly I threw back the down comforter and willed the cool air to soothe my perspiration-drenched skin. From the way my heart galloped in my chest, I might have been running a marathon, not sleeping.

In my sleep I’d been battling to escape a vehicle, and then an explosion of heat.
It had been a dream, I reassured myself—a nightmare. The accident I’d had, nearly nine months before, had been different. I couldn’t remember it, but I’d been told that I’d been injured and gone unconscious. In the nightmare I had been out and away from the wreckage.

I shook my head.

It seemed so real.

In my dream I hadn’t been able to see past the darkness, yet I’d known I wasn’t injured.
My arms surrounded my midsection as the memories replayed like pictures in my mind. Someone was hurting me—purposely harming me, and there was a voice—a deep voice.

Jacob’s voice?

No. He wouldn’t hurt me.

My entire body shuddered as goose bumps peppered my skin. Sitting upright, I reached for the bedside lamp. With trembling fingers I turned the knob and my eyes adjusted as the soft light combined with the sun’s perpetual summer glow.

I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on Jacob’s questions.

Who am I? Who is he?

This time I said the words aloud, praying that if I spoke the truth, the images would disappear. “I am Sara Adams. He is my husband, Jacob Adams.” I pulled myself from the bed and walked to the bathroom. Turning on the light and the faucet, I cupped the cool water and splashed my face. As I reached for the cup and began to fill it, a metaphoric dam that had been constructed to hold back my past burst.

My mind was flooded—no longer with simple images, but with scene after scene.

For the first time since I could recall, I knew the woman in the mirror.

I knew me.

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Have you been “Aleatha’d”? It’s a phenomenon experienced by those of us who have finished reading an Aleatha Romig novel. You’re in shock. Left with SO many questions. Wondering…..what the heck just happened? This is EXACTLY how I felt after finishing the first book of The Light series, Into the Light. Thank goodness we are now able to find the answers to all of our questions with the release of Away from the Dark, the final installment of Romig’s mystery/psychological thriller duology.

It’s been nine months since Sara Adams woke up without her memory at the Northern Light. Her husband, Jacob, nursed Sara back to health and filled in all of the blanks – teaching her about the ways of The Light. Father Gabriel’s doctrine. The obedience and submission expected from his spouse. Her role as the wife of an Assemblyman. Sara carefully studied the doctrine, faithfully attended services, and during those nine months, she fell in love with Jacob.

Jacob doesn’t know this, but Sara’s memories from before have recently been slipping through, and now she questions everything – her feelings for Jacob, who she is, and who she can trust. Lies. Everything she’s been told is a lie, and Sara realizes her life is in danger. The Light is a dangerous and far-reaching organization, and somehow, Sara needs to escape. And, if she can escape, will Sara be able to protect those who are innocent while she brings down Father Gabriel and The Light?

Romig begins this novel with Sara, one week prior to the events which conclude Into the Light. At the end of the first book, I was left with some pressing questions concerning Sara, and Romig gets right to the point. True to her writing style, Romig unfolds her story in layers. For me, this means the answers we are given just lead to more questions. I find Romig’s writing style entertaining. She is careful to reveal pertinent details about the plot and characters at just the right moments – answering our questions about Sara, Jacob, Stella Montgomery, Dylan Richards, Father Gabriel and the organization known as The Light.

Romig alternates between Sara and Jacob’s first person perspectives throughout most of the novel, but later in the book she adds the first person perspective of Dylan Richards. Adding Dylan’s point of view was a great move, opening my eyes to a whole new layer of the story.

Romig did a fantastic job of developing her primary characters. Jacob and Sara’s natural personalities consistently fight brainwashing throughout the entire story, which makes this story feel authentic. After regaining her memory, Sara continues to struggle with being submissive and not questioning, while her naturally strong personality has a tendency to question everything. Jacob struggles with the need to dominate and “correct” Sara, while his natural tendency is to protect her and treat her as an equal. It’s absolutely brilliant.

In summary, I feel the strength of Away from the Dark lies in the writing and character development. The story is also unique and very creative, as Romig’s always are. Aleatha Romig leaves readers with a finish that is open-ended, which I never like to see. I’m not sure if Romig’s intention is to write more story in the future or if it’s left to the reader to decide what happens next. Either way, I would have personally loved more closure to this series, and I think this held me back from going with a 6-star rating for Away from the Dark. Even so, I REALLY enjoyed reading Away from the Dark and The Light series! If you love mysteries and/or dark psychological thrillers, I highly recommend it! Five stars.

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Michel’s Review

Away From The Dark by Aleatha Romig is the second book in The Light Series.  It should not be read as a stand alone novel.  It is the stunning conclusion of the first book, Into The Light.

Away From The Dark begins one week prior to where Into The Light left off.  Aleatha quickly brings the reader up to date, filling in the blanks of how Sara fell into the predicament that once again put her in danger with The Light.

Away From The Dark differs from the first book in presentation and delivery.  Rather than getting background that led Sara to The Light, the reader is getting a more in depth insight of The Light itself.  Questions are answered as to what The Light really is and how The Light obtains new members.  The very thorough revelations drive the story and validate the momentum building in the intense conclusion.

Readers also get more insight to who Jacob Adams really is and how he obtained his status within the community.  The readers are also given an in depth insight into Father Gabriel, the Assemblymen, and the inner workings of The Light.  This is where Dylan Richards becomes an integral part of the story.  His connections to The Light are revealed. His role within the organization is shocking.

What I found most fascinating about this series was the immersion into an occult.  The brainwashing of intelligent individuals had me mesmerized.  Even though Jacob and Stella were both strong willed and undercover within The Light, they both struggled with their real personalities and the personalities they took on within the fellowship.  They were each two separate people within one mind.  Their two separate personalities battled with one another even though they consciously knew who they really were.

Away From The Dark was fast paced and brilliantly delivered.  Each revelation was perfectly synchronized to drive the story forward while having an enthralling shock factor. It was a page turner.

While I was completely mesmerized with The Light series, the ending left me a little stupefied.  Away From The Dark had an opened ending that didn’t give the readers complete closure.  I’m not sure if Aleatha intends to take this series in a new direction or if readers are to conclude the ending for themselves.  Personally I was satisfied with Jacob and Sara’s ending.  I am not sure if I want to pursue the next transition of The Shadows.  Their part in the story was surreal and bit too much.  This is what held me back from giving this book 6 Stars.  Overall… The Light Series is a 2016 Favorite.

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An investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes bling, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in these strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

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aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raise three children with her high school sweetheart and husband or nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. The standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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New Release & 5+ Star Review & 2016 Favorite: The Promise by Melody Grace

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“Promise me one thing. Promise me you’ll live.”

Emotional. Beautiful. Love.

The Promise by Melody Grace is NOW AVAILABLE!!

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The Promise

By Melody Grace

Release Date: October 15, 2016

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Synopsis

Claire Fortune arrives in Boston with an old notebook and her best friend’s dying wish – to finish the scribbled bucket list that Hope didn’t have time to complete. Moment by moment, Claire builds a life she never dreamed of – until Theo walks into the coffee-shop one crisp September afternoon, and her careful plans scatter on the winds.

 

Sometimes a chance meeting can change a life forever.

Sometimes fate knows exactly what we need.

 

Perfect for fans of ‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘The Promise’ brings together two people searching for a love that can overcome tragedy. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that challenges us to live – and love – every day as if it were our last.

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Well, dang. I love Melody Grace. I know, when I start one of her books, that it will be full of love, trial, lots of heat, and, ultimately, the proverbial happily ever after. That last part is a given, and it’s one of the reasons that I grab and devour everything she writes.

And, now, THE PROMISE. Trademark Melody, from the relatable characters to the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the gang of friends that rounds out the story. But, oh, goodness, the feels in this one. Truly, I’m still picking up the pieces of my heart, folks, because Melody got me good with this book. I can’t remember the last time I cried this much while reading a love story, and I’m sure that I will be suffering with a book hangover for quite some time.

I don’t want to give away any of the plot, because you truly need to experience this book as it unfolds. Let me just say that THE PROMISE is far different from any book that Melody has written to date, and, while it devastated me, it was a beautiful beautiful part of her that I am happy to have experienced. Love, happiness, despair, loss, they’re all here. But what stands out the most, and what will remain, is that love surprises us when we’re least expecting it, and that life is a gift not to be squandered, but to be grabbed and lived with abandon, gusto, and joy. 5+ stars for this, one of my favorites of 2016. Grab your copy, and your box of tissues, and dive in to THE PROMISE.

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1 I’m a small-town girl turned California beach lover.

 

2 I spent my childhood with my nose in a book before deciding to try and write one myself. I love all kinds of genres – from thrillers to YA and mystery – but romance has always been a passion of mine.

 

3 I love pistachio ice-cream, vanilla lattes, bad action movies, and Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I’m still watching… I can’t quit!).

 

4 I have an uncanny sense of direction. I once drove halfway across Canada without GPS or a map!

 

5 I have two adorable rascal cats named Bucky and Steve, I rescued them as kittens, and yes, I spoil them rotten.

 

6 I’m allergic to chocolate 🙁

 

7 I love sexy, heart-felt reads with strong heroines and swoon-worthy men. Why don’t you check out a couple of my books and meet your new book boyfriends?

 

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review + 2016 Favorite: Sugar Free by Sawyer Bennett – Sugar Bowl Series – Book 3

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Sugar Free

Sugar Bowl Series – Book 3

By Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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Sela and Beck’s deliciously sinful tale of sex, lies, and vengeance reaches its explosive conclusion in the final chapter of Sawyer Bennett’s Sugar Bowl trilogy, which began with the novels Sugar Daddy and Sugar Rush.

For years Sela Halstead dreamed of revenge, but the quest for payback has been anything but sweet. Now, once again, she finds herself at the mercy of Jonathon Townsend, his hands crushing the very breath from her body. And even though she escapes with her life, Sela fears she may never recover. In desperate need of shelter and comfort, she runs to the one man she can trust. Beckett North has stood by Sela since the beginning. But can he handle the brutal truth?

Beck will do anything to protect what is his—and make no mistake, Sela belongs to him, heart and soul. The passion between them runs hot, even as their world begins to unravel. With the legacy of his ruthless business partner hanging in the balance, Beck stands to lose everything: his fortune, his family, his freedom. But each touch of Sela’s mouth on his skin, her nails down his back, makes it harder to let her go—and it might not even be his choice to make.

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The Powerful Conclusion in the Sugar Bowl series by Sawyer Bennett has released!

Thrilling… Chilling… Edge Of The Seat Suspense… Erotic Romance with a twist…

Be Careful what you wish for… it may come true!

Sela Halstead had a mission.

Infiltrate

Murder

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Beckett North will do anything to protect the woman he loves.

Lie

Destroy

Sacrifice

Jonathon Townsend is dead… his secrets did not die with him… his secrets will destroy everything Beckett North loves.

I could not put this book down!  The twists and turns kept me enthralled.  The shocking revelations stunned me.  Sawyer Bennett has outdone herself and delivered one of the most chilling and suspenseful erotic romances I have read.  The Sugar Bowl series is by far one of 2016’s best series published.

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Book One in Sugar Bowl Series

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Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Note: Sugar Daddy ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story continues in Sugar Rush and Sugar Free!

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Sugar Bowl Series – Book 2

By Sawyer Bennett

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In the steamy and suspenseful sequel to Sugar Daddy (“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”—Lauren Blakely), a heartbreaking rift threatens to unravel a dangerous alliance . . . and a fragile new love.

After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?

Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.

Note: Sugar Rush ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story concludes in Sugar Free!

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Sugar Free

Sugar Bowl Series – Book 3

By Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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Sela and Beck’s dark, riveting love story reaches its epic conclusion in the final chapter of Sawyer Bennett’s Sugar Bowl trilogy that began with the novels Sugar Daddy and Sugar Rush.

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Release Blitz + 6 Star Review + 2016 Favorite : The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry

 

 

 

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Series: Romance Elements #3
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Romance
 Release Date: September 22, 2016

 

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Moments.Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone.)

 

 

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Every book I have read by Brittainy C. Cherry has been a profound and emotional reading experience.  Each book is quite different and touches upon different subject matter and the emotional impacts they have on an individual.  At the same time she creates characters that are dynamic and endearing.  The Silent Waters, her latest release is just as dynamic if not more than her previous books.  This book gives the reader a huge part of who Brittany C. Cherry is as a person and writer.
The Silent Waters begins in such a charming and endearing fashion.  The reader meets the leading characters as innocent children.  A budding friendship, a schoolgirl crush, and a pretend wedding are only the beginning of Maggie and Brooks deep bonds that anchor them both in life.  They don’t need words to express their commitment to one another, it’s the silent moments that say it all.
Maggie lost her voice and ability to leave the house after she witnesses a traumatic event when she was ten years old.  The event not only destroyed her ability to speak but also slowly began to destroy her family.  It took twenty years for her to find her voice and ability to express herself without fear.  Through those years Brooks was always there to anchor her.  For ten years he left Maggie’s side to pursue his own dreams but the reality of it all was that Maggie was his real dream.  She was his anchor as well.
Without saying too much more, this is a book the reader needs to experience for themselves.  It was beautifully written and thought provoking in many ways.  It was a reminder that sometimes words aren’t what’s needed.  It’s those silent moments that say it all.
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Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.
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Release Blitz + 6 Star Review + 2016 Favorite: Entrapment by Aleatha Romig – Infidelity Series – Book 4

 

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Entrapment

Infidelity Series – Book 4 

By Aleatha Romig

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“The snare is setleaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance”

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up…

One chance meeting

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One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine

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One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion

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One impulsive decision

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Two declarations of love

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The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules

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ENTRAPMENT

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

Don’t miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.

*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

 

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Robin’s Review

Each time that I review a novel of the Infidelity series, I make it a point to emphasize this series in not about cheating on a partner or spouse. I know many readers are sensitive to the topic of cheating, but according to author Aleatha Romig, “The Infidelity series does not advocate of glorify cheating. This series is about the inner struggle of compromising your beliefs in your heart.”

Prepare yourself for a serious case of anxiety if you choose to read this expertly crafted dark romantic suspense series. Prepare yourself for deceit. Lies. Threats. Betrayal. Abuse. Entrapment. With each novel released, Romig continues to ratchet up the intensity as we are approaching the climax of the series. Alexandria “Charli” Charles Montague Collins finds herself caught in a sticky spider web, trapped in a “house of horrors” in Entrapment, the fourth full-length novel of this five book series.

Would you like to experience a crazy adrenaline rush? Romig’s words are angst-inducing from the very start! The prologue of Entrapment recalls the rather disturbing end of Deception, and then the angst starts building from chapter one, peaking at the climax of the novel. Entrapment is thrilling, exciting to read, but it was also scary for me because I’ve really come to embrace some of Romig’s characters in this series. As the novel nears its climax, the action becomes more urgent, more fear-inducing, even promising violence, and then Romig pulls the rug out from under us with one of the cruelest cliffhangers ever written!

The writing and character dialogue in Entrapment flows beautifully. So far, in this series, Romig’s writing has been seamless from one book to the next. Similar to her Consequences series, the Infidelity series, as a whole, really is one giant puzzle that’s been meticulously pieced together. Romig reveals critical pieces of Information at just the right moment in the story to achieve her desired effect, and she doesn’t let readers down in Entrapment, answering many lingering questions you may have before beginning this book.

We are given four different first-person points of view in Entrapment: Oren Demetri, Adelaide Fitzgerald, Lennox “Nox” Demetri and our female protagonist, Alex Collins. Oren and Adelaide play a huge role in this novel, and you’ll also find Oren is responsible for answering a few of our lingering questions. You can look forward to excellent written dialogue in Entrapment, including conversations between Alex and her college roommate, Chelsea Moore, and between Nox and Patrick Richardson. Perhaps the best dialogue of all takes place between Alex and Bryce Spencer!

There are so many great things to say about Entrapment – really, about this entire series! I could discuss Entrapment for days, but what’s important for you to know is that I’m naming it a 2016 favorite and giving Aleatha Romig ANOTHER 6-star rating! I highly recommend the Infidelity series!

 

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The Infidelity Series

 

BETRAYAL 1One week. No future. No past. No more.

Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

 

“Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

 

Lennox “Nox” Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:

 

One week. No more.

 

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

 

“Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?”

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.

 

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*****

 

CUNNING 1“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

 

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.

Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series.

Infidelity – it isn’t what you think.

 

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*****

BK3 Deception E-Book Cover (2)DECEPTION, book THREE of FIVE in Aleatha Romig’s INFIDELITY series.

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule–one week only.

Or did it?

 

Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following it but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.

Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?

Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli’s pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.

Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series – It isn’t what you think!

(This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)

 

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aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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6 Star Review + 2016 Favorite: All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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All The Ugly And Wonderful Things

By Bryn Greenwood

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Synopsis

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy’s family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

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Robin’s Review

Wow! Just fantastic! These are my first thoughts after finishing All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel. Part coming of age, part literary fiction, part romance genres, Bryn Greenwood’s story wholeheartedly captured my attention and saw me through to the last page!

The characters in All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel are some of the best I have ever encountered. Our female protagonist is not sexy or beautiful; no, Wavy is a wispy, resilient, strong-willed character with a strange eating disorder. The male lead is a giant Native American named Kellen who has a big temper and an even bigger heart. Their epic story is set among a diverse cast of characters and is told from more points of view than I can name.

From the beginning, I fell in love with the good and bad, the beautiful and the ugly parts of this story. In my opinion, Greenwood’s writing is crisp – it flows beautifully, and the characters are nicely developed over the pages of this story. You will find dark subject material covered in this novel, including violence, drugs and a taboo romantic relationship.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel was definitely more expensive than I’m used to paying for an eBook, but in this case, I truly believe the price was worth the several hours of enjoyment I received from reading it! I’m giving Bryn Greenwood a 6-star rating for All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel, and it’s being added to my list of 2016 favorites!

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4183574BRYN GREENWOOD is a fourth-generation Kansan and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She is the author of the novels All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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