To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.
If you're looking for a sweet fairytale romance then this book is definitely for you. Me? Not so much. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, but I had hoped for just a little bit more intensity.
I loved the fairytale aspect of the story. Little girl dreams of marrying her perfect Prince Charming. Young woman is on the road to marrying a real (ish) prince, even if he isn't her ideal one. She would have had anything she ever needed. Except for the true love part.
With the situation surrounding the surprise (predictable to me, but still a good story) I wished there was a bit more turmoil to the whole issue. It was sad and changed the lives of a family, but I wanted more drama from those involved. I needed more resistance. More conflict. It seemed too easily resolved. I wanted a fairytale wedding. I wanted to hear them speak those heartfelt vows to each other.
It really seems like I have a lot of "I needed" and "I wanted" but I really did! I mean, if you love Tillie's writing (as I do) this will be a must read for you. It just missed a little bit of something special to me.
It was an incredibly adorable story (especially that epilogue) with very sweet and loveable characters. I do think there is a certain someone that needs his own story and deserves his very own fairytale too;)
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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
Title: Destiny on Ice
Series: Boys of Winter #1
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Hot hockey superstar Brent Oliver has it all—good looks, charm, dozens of endorsement deals, and a spectacular career.
Uh, nix that last one.
Brent has the talent and skill that should have his career soaring. But something is wrong. He’s lost his hockey mojo and can’t get it back.
Enter Aubrey Shelburne, life coach to the stars.
Aubrey’s worked with some difficult celebrities, but she’s never encountered a guy quite like Brent Oliver.
Or has she?
Seems a reckless night of partying, one that had Aubrey waking up in a strange man’s bed, is about to bite her in the ass. That is, if Brent doesn’t first.
Fighting an off-the-charts attraction, Aubrey and Brent must learn to work together. But it’s not an easy task when they’re at each other’s throats every minute.
Is this relationship a disaster in the making?
Or is it destiny?
Washboard abs and sex toy mishaps aside, Destiny on Ice is a fun and irreverent romp that’ll have you swooning on one page and laughing on the next.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hockey player, Brent Oliver is living the life. He’s drop dead gorgeous, has more endorsement deals than he knows what to do with and he has an amazing career. Well not so fast. He’s currently suffering in that department. And management needs him to fix that. ASAP. Enter Aubrey Shelburne, a life coach to the rich and famous. When these two meet, they realize that they know each other already. From a night of partying. And now? They must work together and have a strictly platonic relationship. But that spark from their first night continues to grow. Is it possible for them to pursue this without destroying everything they’ve both worked so hard for in their prospective careers? Or will everything just burn up in flames?
I loved the relationship between Aubrey and Brent. Their banter was what made their relationship work. But it was their attraction that made the book. It’s was magnetic. Addicting. You could feel their spark light a match right off of the pages. The sexual chemistry was off the charts. There was also a vulnerability of the characters that could be felt through their powerful connection to each other. As they got deeper into their relationship, they both realized that there was no turning back. Their love was selfless in that their devotion to what has happening between them could cost them everything. These two understood that they could lose everything just by loving each other. But isn’t love worth that risk?
The writing was flawless. The pacing was perfect and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The author’s talent shined through her characters. Not many authors can pull off a male’s pov, but Ms. Grey definitely can! She captured both voices so well in a seamless dual pov narrative. Although a bit lighter than her usual reads, this book without a doubt still had the author’s refined prose as well as some emotions that she’s known for. It was definitely a sports romance comedy, but there was some depth to it. The author perfectly balances humor with an engaging storyline that will have you laughing out loud and feeling the turmoil these characters face as they deal with the aftermath and consequences of their actions. Destiny On Ice was such a fun, romantic, and sexy read. Brilliantly written, the author delivers some of the wittiest dialogues and a confidently written story that I could not put down.
Whoa, wait! What am I thinking here? No lap dances and dates with Aubrey?
Never. Going. To. Happen.
“What’s up with you, Brent?” Nolan asks. “You’ve been weird since we left your house.”
We’re on the back patio of his house now, which is four doors down from my place. I’m still drinking, but much more slowly.
Setting my beer down on an outdoor iron table in front of me, I sigh. “I don’t know, man. I guess I feel kind of bad treating Aubrey the way I did.”
“What?” He makes a who-the-fuck-cares face. “You mean the life coach chick?”
“Yeah, the life coach chick.” I blow out a breath. “But she’s more than that. She’s a really great girl.”
Nolan knows me far too well. He senses where this is leading.
“Dude,” he begins, in full warning mode. “Don’t even think of going there.”
I play dumb. “What do you mean?”
“Oh, you know what I mean. Getting involved with that woman would be nothing but trouble. She was hired by the team to help you, which kind of makes her like your employee by default.”
“An employee I’d like to bang,” I admit.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
I glare over at him from across the patio table. “Are you kidding? Of course you would.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right,” he concedes. “So maybe you should bang her. But real secretly. And just once. Get her out of your system before you fuck up your career.”
When he starts staring over at me, like he has more to say on the subject, I make an attempt to change the topic. I need to end this conversation about my life coach, who I already can’t get out of my goddamn mind.
In my most dickhead tone, I say, “Stop giving me your googly eyes, Solvenson. You know how it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when you do that.”
“Fuck off, Oliver,” Nolan volleys back, looking away as he takes a long pull from his beer. As he lowers his bottle, he adds, “I know what you’re doing, anyway.”
“Oh yeah, you do? Please tell me then, great sensei, what am I doing?”
“You’re deflecting. You’re trying to hide from the truth.”
“You’re falling hard for your hot little life coach.”
Shit, I hate when he’s right.
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the brand new Boys of Winter hockey romance series, the popular Judge Me Not books, the Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey's works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 several times. She is also a #1 Bestselling Author on Barnes & Noble and a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes.
Title:BULLIES LIKE ME
Author: Lindy Zart (www.lindyzart.com)
Cover Artist: Sprinkles On Top Studios
Release date: January 5th, 2017
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If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.
Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.
Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.
Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.
The Fighter and the Baroness
“Can I wear it through the security portal?” I ask, broken shoes in one hand.
“No, I’m sorry. It will buzz,” the security person explains. “The portal is created to alert us to most metals besides gold and silver.”
I can’t tell him I wear gold. Real, irreplaceable, century-old heirlooms. He wouldn’t believe me anyway. “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to try.”
He lifts his arms in subtle agreement, a have-it-your-way, and I enter the booth, walk out without incident. Employees from two checkpoints stare at me while I pick my stuff off the band. I shake my head, slowly at first, but then I have nothing to say, no witty comeback, and my flight instinct kicks in. I get up on my toes so I don’t stumble in the too-long skirt and stride as slowly as I can into the transit hall.
I need to not stress the hell out. Just, I wish someone was with me to talk me down. I could call Elfriede. I don’t have my phone. I need a new phone. God, how pathetic am I?
Once I’m sure security isn’t following, I haul butt down the corridor. Tiles are cold under bare feet, it turns out. I’d step into my shoes again, but one of them is broken. Would people stare less if I limped and my heels creak-clacked against the floor?
A high-end fashion store beams in the distance. “We’ll help you blend in. Hurry, hurry,” it calls. I run. Benches are in the way. I’m getting clumsy. I’m panicking. Suddenly, a potted palm tree appears out of nowhere, half-blocking my view of the Promised Land, and my torso doubles around it as I slam to the ground.
I let out an ungraceful oomph. And realize I’m not on the ground after all. No, there’s an arm around me, and miraculously I’m on my feet, wobbly but sort of erect.
“You all right?” an American accent asks.
“I was going to Cloe’s over there,” I explain in German, pointing feebly and not feeling as regal as I’ve been taught. Dark eyebrows contract from within a tanned face above me.
“Sorry?” His arm is still strong around me, really freaking strong, and somehow I’ve got a death grip around it while trying to pry him off.
I translate the same stupid sentence to English. “I was going to Cloe’s. It’s over there.”
His brows are perfectly thick or thin and their arcs are so perfectly perfect they look like they’ve been combed, but then the furrow between them smoothens and I discover his eyes.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Martial arts fighter, Victor Arquette is focused. He aims to become the best in mixed martial arts. It’s what he’s destined to do. He doesn’t need distractions as he remains dedicated to his craft. Enter Helena von Isenlohe and everything changes. Helena left her home behind as her father’s castle deteriorates due to his money woes. As the future of the castle relies on some of her life choices, Helena flees. In her defiance against family and love, she meets Victor. She’s a mystery he can’t get enough of. He’s inexplicably drawn to her. And you feel it the moment they meet. They end up parting ways once they get to their destination. But fate has a way of intervening.
Victor and Helena see each other again and its just as magnetic as the first time. Victor tries to give her up. He’s busy. So much work in his career to be done. But he finds himself thinking about her when he shouldn’t be. Helena’s heart is back home with her family, but she slowly finds that that same heart may already found its real home. With Victor. But how does one choose? There’s this fierceness between them. Something both know they should ignore, but it’s impossible. This ferocity causes them to feel things that neither have time for. But the heart knows no time or circumstance.
The Fighter and The Baroness had depth and intensity, but was perfectly balanced with humor and light. I found this read to be quite refreshing as it was never predictable. Victor was a lover that most women dream about. He loved with fervor. Deeply. Unreservedly. He didn’t get love. He’s been through so much. But with her he wanted to love and be loved. Helena was a great heroine and her strength was something I admired. Her love for Victor was powerful and purposeful. Their love persevered.
Gripping and unexpected, Victor and Helena’s story was brilliantly written with an engaging storyline that kept me turning the pages. Although a bit lighter than her usual reads, this book still holds the voice of Sunniva Dee. The voice of hopefulness in the face adversity. The author stays true to her profound writing style as she crafts the kind of love story that only she can. Magical. Breathtaking. Fascinating. And of course you will find humor in the story. I even laughed out loud a few times. Victor and Helena are genuine and relatable characters. The author demonstrates her talent in her meticulous character development. They are what drives her compelling and engaging storylines. And this story was no different.
Title: Smuttily Ever After
Release Date: 29th November
Cover By: Mila Grayson
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The Messy Mind of Monique Pearson
A successful CEO finds her new PA has more to offer than his typing skills. In the office she’s used to being in control, but he has other plans in mind.
Rolling On A River
The Saucy Owl
One all-girl roller hockey team against the boys, in an all-day tournament of hockey and will power. It gets hotter than a girdle after a game when Frankie sees Taylor Rivers roll on by.
Love and War
Beauté De Livres – Beauty of Books
Having a future was never in our plans. We were at war when we found each other. But when the demons of your past crash into your present, will love be enough?
Falling Into You
Mila Grayson | KU Book Reviews
Think you can only find used furniture on Craigslist? You can also find second chances. Don’t let that chance encounter escape you.
Obsessed with Romance
When a single mother of twins joins her best friends for “a girls night out” she expects some drinks, laughs and dancing. But someone has other plans for her.
Kay Su | BooksandMe
Three isn’t always a crowd. But trying to find two hot, dominating men happy to share the same girl isn’t ever going to be easy. Will dreams become reality? What are the odds?
Love For Us
Books And Boys Book Blog
Finding love on the internet is always a risky business. Full of catfish and unsolicited pics. But what happens when you find a connection faster and stronger than your wifi?
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The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love.
“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11's, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
"Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn't yours."
Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have no idea how to begin to write this review. Words cannot truly capture the magnitude of beauty in this book, the story, and its characters. And while I shouldn’t be surprised because of the sheer talent of this author, I am absolutely blown away. Just when you think you can no longer feel, you do. To be able to read her work is truly a privilege.
On September 11, 1973 Alejandro (Alex) Penda’s life at the age of 11 is destroyed. Everything he’s known of his native Santiago, Chile is gone and he is forced to move to America. When tragedy strikes again, he is taken in by The Larks. A prominent and well known family. He quickly finds his place with them. But do not be mistaken. His sorrow and heartache is left unsettled and unresolved. This goes on to haunt him for years to come. And you will witness this. Valerie (Val) Lark. The Lark’s daughter, was always his solace. His peace. His safe place. Their love is inevitable. Their life together is nothing short of eventful.
“I will do this and you will give me…Nothing. This does not come at a price.”
Javier (Jav) Pendas is kicked out of his house as a teenager. With no money to his name and a family that has shunned him, he does something he never thought he would. It allows him to put a shield around him. No one can love him. Love only brings despair and pain. Until he meets the one person who threatens the impenetrable wall around his heart. But the timing is just off. And Jav has so much more of his own feelings to explore. As an adult he endures his own September 11th in the year of 2001. And if you’re like me, that date is forever imprinted on your heart. There is a scene that WRECKED me. I felt his grief. I was a puddle on my own couch. It throws his life into a trajectory he never sees coming. A potential chance at love and life is now gone. Forever. Circumstances cause Jav, Alex, And Val’s lives to cross paths over time. Their tragedies bond them in a way they never thought possible. They’re all meant to be in each other’s lives. But with this comes love, betrayal, and torn relationships. Jav always said he destroyed the people he loves. But this? This is different.
“I know you hate the dark. Believe the light is there. Believe it’s going to come back on. As long as you believe, I’m not afraid of this.”
This book is simply the best book I’ve read all year. There I said it. Top read of 2016. Without question or hesitation. The emotional depth of this story is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. You feel things you will question about your own thoughts and beliefs. About love. And life. The author goes there. You begin to believe in the impossible. The resiliency of love and all it entails is challenged. You. Are. Pushed. Overwhelmed. With the power of words. Her words. The writing is riveting, exhilarating, and poetic. The author is a master in her craft. The storylines are written in parallel form and it is flawless. Seamless, even. When the two storylines come together, its magic and brilliance all at once. Her ability to compose and execute such profound and deeply moving storylines is incomparable. With her highly refined and stunning prose, you are held captive as you are weaved through this magnetic and compelling story.
“My heart beats with yours. Wake up to hear my heart one day. This day. Every day.”
Discussing the plot would be a complete disservice to anyone thinking about reading this book. There is no thinking or contemplating. THIS book is why I love reading. Why I spend hours of my life between the pages of a book. Alex, Val, and Jav share a connected that is deeply seated as it is threaded throughout the entire book. The story spans decades, but you never feel the length of this book. You live in the moments. In their moments of grief, happiness, and exhilaration, you live it with them. The love in this story is powerful. Between every single character. It’s the kind that will have your heart beating. Longing. I wept. I loved. I lived. As I write this, I am filled with overwhelming emotions of just how deep this story goes. The love in this book knows no time or circumstance. Their love endures, sustains, heals. Their love is transcending. Absolute. Selfish. Self-less. The characters in this book love to a fault of their own as their love cannot be measured in words or time. It’s boundless and unyielding. Their love is what makes them whole.
“Your whole life means something to me.”
Poignant. Enthralling. Absolutely brilliant. An Exaltation of Larks is a unforgettable read. It’s written with a dignity and grace that only this author can deliver and it will move you to tears. Romantic, sexy, and one of the best reading experiences of my life, this book is everything others should aspire to. If there is a recipe book on how books should make you feel, this is it. Heart wrenching and emotional, this book, its characters, and storyline was nothing less than life changing.
Suanne Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.
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Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: January 9, 2017
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“Siobhan Davis rocks this genre! Finding Kyler is an addictive read … it has the same character and relationship focus, drama, foreshadowing, and cliffhanger endings that I am used to from her other books. I am hooked!” Lola’s Reviews.
“A great read for fans of Erin Watt's Paper Princess, Broken Prince, and Twisted Palace.” Danielle. Goodreads Reviewer.
“Completely Addicting. I could not put it down!” Literary Dust.
“A must read for people who loved The Royals Series.” Amanda. Goodreads Reviewer.
About the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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HOLD MY BREATH
NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016
BLURB:Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.
I would know.
They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger
brother Evan be the one to shine.
Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.
The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.
My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.
And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.
In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The depth of this story is unreal. It moved me. It was written with dignity and grace that only this author can deliver. That only a story like this could deserve. And she did this story and her characters justice. If you’ve read Ginger before, you think you know what to expect, but you have no idea. And if you haven’t read her, then you must. Because this book is probably one of her best written works yet.
Will Hollister carries a heavy load because of his past. A past that’s full of darkness. And secrets. Even lies. The weight is overwhelming. Stifling. But through it all, he perseveres. He pushes himself to be a better man. While his past is full of despair and regret, he finds himself back in the same vicinity as he trains for the Olympics with Maddy Woodsen, his childhood friend. The girl that wasn’t his to love. But he did. And always will. The girl that never belonged to him. But somehow she does. Their shared sorrow is palpable. The electricity between them will leave you breathless.
I cannot talk about the plot as this book is something to live and experience. I’ve never read anything of this caliber before. There’s an intensity to this story. You will feel your heart pounding as you hang on to every word as this the story unravels. Will and Maddy find themselves accepting their time together as they train and something between them breaks. A wall of some sort. Their souls exhale. And you are in the moment it happens. The other puts you there. Guilt about their past remains, but their feelings for each other become much more powerful. While their souls are tethered by tragedy, their hearts only know love.
Your heart will ache while reading this book, but do not despair, there is so much hope weaved throughout Will and Maddy’s story. Determination to live and love again is something that Will never thought would happen. Until it did. With Maddy. Their story is devastatingly beautiful. Will holds a secret that could devastate everything. Including what he has with her. But secrets and lies never stay buried. Things always come to the light. And this includes Will. He is all the good in the world despite being weighed down by despair and tragedy. His love is light. He loves with a fierceness that you will feel jumping off the pages. His love is magic. It shatters all the darkness that threatens to keep him away from Maddy.
The writing brought me to tears. The author writes with a beautiful precision that touches every part of your literary soul. She writes as if every word comes directly from the hearts of her characters. The author places you there. This poignant story is poetic in its delivery. The storyline enthralling. It’s exquisite prose will leave you speechless and there are no words to truly even describe just what this story meant to me. To say I was inspired is an understatement. With every word I read, I can easily say that I was blown away by the sheer beauty and complexity of the story and its characters. And how they survived. Thought provoking and compelling, this poignant story is one that I will never forget. Hold My Breath is a captivating story of love, hope, loyalty and courage even in the face of tragedy and adversity. It reminds you that through darkness and despair, love endures. It prevails. Love always wins.
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About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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Head down. Don’t look up. Never make eye contact. Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.
Series: Undisputed #2
Author: A.S. Teague
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2016
I had it all––until I didn’t.
When my job, my livelihood, and my passion are suddenly snatched away from me, I’m left scrambling to keep my head above water. Desperate, I’m forced to walk into the last place I ever thought I’d go. Little did I know that I’d come face-to-face with the woman who would help me pick up the pieces of my unraveled life.
Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.
Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.
It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.
But, as I’ve learned over the years, sometimes the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The moment I read the prologue I instantly knew this would not be the usual fighter romance. It’s simply more. You are in that moment. Where pride becomes embarrassment. Where a man who had it all, watches it crumble. And its then you know you are about to see a man rise above the very pieces he was broken into.
Ryker Hawke is facing some hard times. He’s now branded and shunned. Away from the very thing he loves the most. Fighting. But his life isn’t the only one he is fighting for. Down at his lowest, he goes to the one place he never thought he would. Of all the people he expected to see, Rebecca Toler wasn’t one of them. But she has a bone to pick with him. And he has no idea why. She is feisty, but Ryker finds it endearing somehow. The more he pushes, she pushes back. Away from him. Hard. And he can’t stop. Because in all the darkness around him, all the chaos, she seems to keep it at bay. He doesn’t have to face the truth. Until it’s too late.
Rebecca is starting to fall for Ryker. Hard. Because of their past, she would’ve never imagined being with him. But its impossible to stay away. She sees a side of him that he tries to hide from others. Despite his hardened exterior, there’s a deep soulfulness about him. She sees through his darkness. The shadows that haunt him surround everything but his heart. And the way it beats for her. Yearns for her. She feels it and so does he. Rebecca also learns that everything isn’t as it seems. Ryker is keeping things from her. Important things. She’s heard the rumors. But she can’t imagine someone as dedicated as him really did what he’s accused of. And at what cost?
The banter of Ryker and Rebecca is a true testament to the talent of this author. Although this is her second book, it feels like she has been writing for some time now. She is witty in her delivery yet writes with such precision and a captivating prose. I can’t even count the amount of times I actually laughed out loud with this book. The author is authentic with her characters as if their voices come naturally to her. She is also gifted in capturing the vulnerabilities of her characters. Ryker is a fighter first, but he has the huge heart that he hides from everyone. Including himself. The author’s tact for being able to show this was instrumental to the heart of this book. And I can’t wait to see the places where this author will take us.
Unraveled was such an unexpected yet amazing read. It was a story of love and courage even in the face of adversity. Rebecca and Ryker’s story was as compelling as it was delightful. There are some intense moments where you feel the weight of the world on Ryker. There are funny moments where you are relishing in this engaging story. And then there are moments where you root for love despite what the world has thrown at these two. Heartfelt and gripping, this story is a must read for those who enjoy fighter romances and even for those who do not.
For the next three hours I’m swamped answering calls—thankfully no more real estate agents—and helping anyone that comes in while trying to finalize the boys’ events for the next month. When that damn bell chimes for the hundredth time today, I plaster a forced smile on my face and glance up. When my eyes finally focus on the man walking through the door, the smile vanishes and my jaw falls open.
What the actual fuck?
His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him.
With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”
He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.
My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me. Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.
Fuck, he’s sexy.
He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt.
“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.
His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”
He grins, but doesn’t reply.
Fuck, that grin is hot.
“What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.
He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention. His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.
He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.
“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.
His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.
For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl.
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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.
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