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“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”
I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan. HUGE. So when I heard about this book I knew I HAD to read it. And then I started. And I wasn’t that impressed. But then. But then?! THIS BOOK. It shattered me. I kept waiting for the feels to come. And then I gave up on them. And then? They. Arrived. Ugly Love had ALL THE FEELS. Once again, Colleen Hoover’s beautiful and effortless writing has captured my heart. And the main character, Miles? I think he’s still holding on to it. But he can have it. After reading this gut wrenching story, it’s his to keep.
“Love isn’t always pretty… Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”
We meet nurse Tate Collins that has moved in with her brother, Corbin, a pilot. He has several friends who live in the same building. And these men are also pilots. Hot pilots. One of those friends is named Miles Archer. The way Miles and Tate meet is quite unconventional, yet interesting. There is an instant connection, and Miles tries to ignore it. Until he can’t. They decide on an arrangement that will benefit them the most. An arrangement that will cause no one to get hurt. And Miles? Mysterious Miles. He has rules...
“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”
But rules are meant to be broken, right? Well not for Miles. He sticks to these rules. It is the only thing protecting him. Protecting his heart. Love only brings pain. Miles wants nothing to do with love. But he can’t keep away from Tate. And Tate? She wants nothing more to love Miles and for Miles to love her back. But she soon learns that Miles can’t love. It’s impossible for him. And things get ugly. But they can’t stop. The connection is too deep. They might have fallen for each other. And it’s too late. For the both of them. Telling you how they fall for each other would do the entire story an injustice. They just fall. And. It. Leaves. You. Breathless.
“You make it so hard to breathe.”
Things get beyond ugly. They become painful. Their love hurts. And Mile’s past? There’s a reason why he doesn’t want to ever know or feel love again. Love for him means darkness. Devastation. And when a light named Tate Collins came into the picture he has NO idea what to do. What to feel. He’s simply lost. But he’s drawn to her. Drawn to the feelings he gets when he’s around her. He doesn’t hurt in her presence. She makes it easier to want to live to face each day. His soul craves her. But love? It's not easy. Especailly their love. And their journey is not an easy one. Miles has built a wall around his heart for years. And he has no intention of removing that wall. Ever.
“Her love is beautiful.”
Ugly Love is told in the past and present tense. Don’t let this deter you. It was seamless. The transitions made it an easy read. You get to see Miles in love. His past. Everything that represents his cold and closed off nature in the present. You understand his pain. Your heart will shatter. This is not your ordinary kind of love story. Tate and Miles are not that couple. Their love is found in the darkest place. Where love doesn’t exist. Where their love shouldn’t exist, but by some miracle it does.
“I didn’t fall in love with you… I flew.”
Ugly Love wrecked me. I didn’t even expect it to. It grabbed my heart when I wasn’t looking! This beautiful and brilliant read truly shines light on love and everything it is capable of. Love heals. It was sexy, it was heart-wrenching, emotional and captivating. While Miles harbors a past so painful you want nothing more than to understand his story. But the author doesn’t tell you his story. She allows you to live it.
"Don't ask about my past, and never expect a future."
That pretty much sums up all the expectations Tate was to expect out of her relationship with Miles, friends with benefits ONLY. Thinking she could handle that, sure why not? She's been without long enough, and when a hot pilot like Miles offers up sex with him on a platter, you'd be stupid not to say yes. But the big question is, can she really keep her emotions in check and not want for more? As she quickly learns, that isn't quite going to work out so well.
For the past 6 years, Miles has been living in his head, filled with guilt and sadness. Not allowing himself to let go and be free to love, like he once did. We get to see just how intense Miles can love with his flashbacks. And oh boy, that boy does love hard once he's there. So to lose what he once had is especially heartbreaking. Now, I am not one for liking flashbacks in stories, but this is extremely important to the whole story. Those details only heighten the emotional impact of his story for the readers.
It seems naive to believe you can be the one to change a man who clearly says, don't bother trying, but there's always that piece in the back of your mind saying different. No matter how hard the journey is to happiness, Tate knows it's her job, its her fate. As hard of a fight Miles puts up with his feelings for Tate, he was always meant to break through with her at his side. Miles knew early on that he is was going to love Tate. "You make it so hard to breathe", even though his head and heart intentionally said no. I cried a few times reading this book, and his break-through was one of those times. It took a lot for him to go where he did. To get the answers and the support from his past that he desperately needed to make it ok with his decision to go on living as he should.
As usual, Colleen gives us great supporting characters. From Tate's brother, Corbin, who's the typical protective older brother and Mile's childhood friend, Ian. Both of whom I'd love to read their stories too, because as a super Colleen fan, I just can't get enough. And of course there's, Captain. Wise, old, Captain. He really was an angel for Miles and Tate. He saw it coming even before they did.
This book carries a serious and emotionally charged story line that will make you feel, and hurt your heart. But it also contains the heart-warmingly-swoony flirting and yes, Colleen can write hot sex! In her previous books, she has always been able to give us that chemistry without all the sexy details, but this book gives us ALL of that. Without trying too hard to keep up with all the other NA sexually charged book out there, she really nailed this story in all aspects! And when you finish the story, take another look at the cover (US version)... I cannot wait to add this paperback to my bookshelf.
Ugly Love is the kind of story where you just can't read fast enough to find out what happens, yet you still want to take your time and savour every precious moment. I loved everything about it!
I would like to start out by saying that this book didn’t have me from hello. It didn’t capture my heart or hold it deep within itself by the first few chapters. That being said. I was so enamored by Colleen’s witty and creative writing regardless. I was at a point that I didn’t want to continue, yet continue all in the same breath. I was bored. Sorta-kinda - Bored at a point during my reading. And I realize now that Colleen planned that perfectly. She wanted me to get intrigued rather than bored. She planned on me finding indifference in her story. She didn’t want me to get bored, she just wanted to bring me down to a point that I would wonder. WONDER—WTF is going on? Which made me think. Colleen planned on making me wonder… As a reader, Colleen makes you reach to a place you thought was an incapable feat of reaching. An irreplaceable place. Shes kinda beachy that way. Because for me… when I go to the beach, it’s kinda like heaven. This might make no sense, but honestly who cares.
Colleen Hoover had a plan. Her plan was to take us down. Slowly… Methodically. AND, guess what? It worked.
I felt at some point that the characters were somewhat medieval in their attempts to hold fruition towards one another. And I still hold that true to my heart. We have Miles, we have Rachel, and we have Tate. And we have water.
Miles (Hot sexy pilot) was a mystery to me that I desperately needed to solve. He’s complex, and sweet, and so hidden that it hurts to read him. He has a past that inhibits him from normal life, and a future that holds his heart stagnant. While reading his story I just wanted to break through the pages to grab him and shake him, and tell him that he’s ok, and that he WILL be ok.
Tate is a beautiful soul that just wants to be free of her own demons. She’s not tortured or deficient in any way. BUT, she tends to be melancholy and indifferent towards serious circumstances. She “only wants sex” COME ON TATE…. We know you want the guy!
PLUS… We have a hot sexy pilot situation going on… Work with me here.
Did I mention that this book is past/present? Nope? Well it is. But guess what. It didn’t bother me AT ALL. I normally dislike past/present stuff. But in this book it was so extremely necessary. The relationship that Miles has in his past MADE this book what it is. So if you have issues like I normally do. GET OVER THEM. It’s meaningful and relevant.
These two go on a little sex filled journey that is… UMMM HOT! So Un-Colleen like! Yet so welcome. I will tell you this. I’ve read sex scenes and BEYOND sex scenes and Colleen has a way of making her sex scenes new and imaginative. Fresh, funny and just plain real. When I read these scenes I could picture real life going on with real people. Because the scenes weren’t based on SEX! I mean they WERE, but they weren’t. They were based on what the hell actually happens in bed! I loved it. It was true and sexy and super funny, and for the record… the sex was hot.
Basically these two have some major crap they need to get past before they form a relationship. Which is obviously not happening according to them.
Miles has a deep, DEEP burden on his shoulders. He’s a man… And I know the definition of a man tends to be skewed by stereotypes and common chivalry. BUT… Miles IS that man. Miles knows EXACTLY what he doesn’t want. He’s just afraid to admit that what he wants is something he thinks he could never have. A man will always find his faults within himself when it’s too late to make it better.
What these two (Three) characters go through really touched my heart. I’ve known people in my personal life that have been there. This book will kill you in the best way, and touch your heart beyond pumping blood, beyond palpitations. This book will make your heart whole and warm and everything that a heart should be. It’s just what it is. Perfect.
Rachel… Don’t ask me about Rachel. I love her. I can’t say much about Rachel due to spoiler issues. But I just LOVE her. And I will have her fictional “back” in this story no matter what.
Hey! How about this!!! Read the book people, you won’t be sorry.
You WILL cry… you WILL love, and you might possibly sink. One of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.
Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and the companion novel THIS GIRL. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller HOPELESS and the companion novel, LOSING HOPE. She has released a free novella, FINDING CINDERELLA, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram @colleenhoover if you want to watch her pointless, random videos. You can also follow her on TWITTER, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at www.colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.
“Reverie is my secret. Just like I’m hers.”
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I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy; so of course, I was intrigued when I discovered she was writing a mature young adult story. I was interested in how her writing style would differ and most importantly, could I fall in love with her younger characters?
Nick has been dealt a rough hand in life; he’s experienced more in his seventeen years than most adults have. On his release from Juvie, he is dealt a further blow, one that is quite life changing for a young man. Nick wants a better future for himself so he lands a job at Reverend Hale’s farm for the summer. Trouble comes in the shape of Reverie Hale, sweet seventeen and very off limits. Nick has to decide if she is worth putting his future in jeopardy.
Reverie Hale has a good girl image to uphold. Being forced into the limelight as Reverend Hale’s holy daughter at a young age has Reverie feeling trapped. She hasn’t experienced life and when Nick crosses her path with all his rough edges, Reverie knows it’s time to really start living.
“I want that. A special love, a boy who will want me and love me above all else, who will do anything for me. Do anything to have me…”
I enjoyed Nick and Reverie’s story, it really was one of first innocent love on Reverie’s part. Reverie’s voice might have read as young and naïve but I felt that was true to her character. She had limited life experience and I can remember myself at that age, going gaga over boys because they so much as threw a look in my direction.
“If I play my cards right, I’ll have a boyfriend for the summer. A real, bona fide boyfriend. Someone to create memories with, to do things with. Someone to fall in love with. That’s what I want more that anything. I want to experience..everything. I want to do it all with Nick. I want him to be mine. All mine.”
Nick was a little more complex. There was a little bit of confusion for me regarding his age and the timeline of the story in the beginning but perhaps that was an ARC error, with that aside, Nick has experienced the darker side of life. He wasn’t sheltered like Reverie and he certainly wasn’t innocent. His childhood friend Krista was happy to use and be used by Nick that was until Reverie came into Nick’s life and he realised his on-off relationship was Krista was toxic for them both, if only Krista went quietly but then again there would be no drama if she did!
The book was told mostly from Nick’s point of view interspersed with Reverie’s in the form of diary entries. There were a few moments when Nick and Reverie were about to connect or share something special only for it to switch to Reverie’s point of view and then she would gloss over it. I did feel myself wanting to read it through Nick’s eyes, I wanted to experience their tender moments in detail, in order to love their relationship completely.
I think the most important thing when reading this book, is to bear in mind that Reverie and Nick are YOUNG. Of course, everything is a drama when you are only seventeen, of course silly decisions will be made and at times, they will be naïve. That is the beauty of growing up, when Nick and Reverie meet, they have the opportunity to love, learn and make mistakes together. I think I was able to enjoy Nick and Reverie’s journey as I started the book with this mind set.
Their story does end on a cliffhanger, one I wasn’t expecting as I thought their story would be complete. It ends almost in a full circle and Nick is back where he began, it will be interesting to see how the events unfold as Reverie and Nick have a lot of growing up to do and their predicament will test the strength of their love.
His Reverie is not a high impact, emotional read. It’s a true to life, forbidden love story. If you enjoy young adult books and if you are a fan of Monica Murphy’s then you need to try this one today.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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Title: Break the Sky
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 18 +
Publish Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
ISBN: 0990532461 (ISBN13: 9780990532460)
Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”
“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”
A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth.
Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.
Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers she is caught in a storm she can’t control...
BREAK THE SKY is a standalone Spiral of Bliss spin-off novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane.
“I would never be able to protect myself from the storm. Because the storm was everything-love, desire, happiness, sorrow, pain. Life.”
Archer West is the total opposite of his devastatingly beautiful, intelligent professor brother. He is the epitome of a bad boy. While Dean was always the star of the family, Archer was on the path to destruction. Even as an adult, he drifted from place to place. Never had a sense of belonging. Never really cared about belonging. Until Kelsey. Kelsey March is an intense, witty, intelligent professor who also happens to be good friends with Archer’s brother, Dean. Kelsey is so wrapped up with her career. She has no time for romance. Until Archer. He has her feeling things she never thought possible. Things she never knew she wanted.
“Now I wanted to be caught. By him. I wanted him to fight for me, pursue me, want me, and capture me.”
The connection between Archer and Kelsey is undeniable. Their chemistry speaks volumes. While Archer is so sure he can get Kelsey to surrender, she goes into defense mode. She knows Archer is the type she is attracted to, but she shouldn’t want someone like him. Good girls like her shouldn’t go for bad boys like him. Someone so broken. Someone that pushes her to the limit. Makes her face her fears. Archer is that and more. Little does she know that Archer is just what she needs. Little by little, Kelsey’s true self is exposed. And this scares her. Archer digs deep down into the layers of Kelsey and sees her for everything she is. Kelsey opens up Archer’s heart. He has been so content about closing off his heart. But Kelsey makes him want to be able to love. Again.
“I wondered how he could seem both whole and broken at the same time. He was like a painting whose varnish had cracked over time and yet was all the more beautiful because of the damage.”
Break The Sky is beautifully and flawlessly written and this is no surprise. The author has a talent of writing the sexiest stories with intense and passionate romance. You will swoon over this story. While Archer is known for being a bad boy, his heart knows no boundaries. He loves with a love so deep.
“...though the phrase fell in love sounded much too simplistic to describe everything I felt for Archer.”
This story is much more than bad boy falls in love. Archer harbors a past so painful. This broken man’s spirit was awakened the moment he met Kelsey. You felt his soul breathe during that moment. Break The Sky was emotional, passionate, and an overall beautiful story that confirms that even love can be found in the darkest places.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.
Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list. Spice Box box set which included Arouse was #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #13 in USA Today.
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Title: Outside the Box (Blythe College, #3)
Author: Rochelle Paige
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Aubrey earned her love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation with her serial dating past. A pregnancy scare makes her see the light and change her ways. She gets serious about school and stops dating – until she meets Luka and falls head over heels for him.
Luka doesn’t trust easily after having his heart crushed by the girl next door. When he meets Aubrey, he doesn’t think she’s relationship material because of her past – even though he’s drawn to her.
What happens when the girl who always ran the moment a relationship got serious meets The One? Will Aubrey be able to get Luka to see her Outside the Box he’s put her in?
“You okay?” a deep voice murmured.
“Yes,” I whispered as I looked up into green eyes, my hands resting against his chest.
“Good. Wouldn’t want to start my night off by mowing down defenseless women, now would I?” he asked as I moved away.
I couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled up at that since I’m the one who ran into him. “No, we certainly wouldn’t,” I said as I stepped into the elevator.
I watched his ass, lovingly hugged by his jeans, as he walked away with a couple of guys I hadn’t even noticed. And just like that, my libido jumped back to life. Holy fucking shit.
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I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!"
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He’s come to kill me.
I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.
Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.
I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.
What really grabbed my attention at first was the synopsis. I love dark romances, so this one seemed like it had the potential to wow me. Unfortunately, the potential was there, but the story never reached that point where I connected to it or to the characters.
Jay is a drug addict and stripper that sells herself to the strip club's customers in order to get her next hit. What appeared to be just a routine night in a motel room with a customer suddenly takes a bad turn when she is face-to-face with a scarred stranger. With a gun pointed to her head, Jay has no choice but to obey his every command.
Mr. X was somewhat of a complex and interesting characters. He is definitely dark and twisted, and I from the get-go I wanted to find out what he wanted with Jay and why. Though it is assumed from the beginning that they have a shared past, but it isn't until later when it's all revealed.
The author had a very interesting plot to work with, but the end result just didn't work for me. I wanted more detail of some aspects of X's back story. I also found his reason for revenge a little lame since I thought the main character wasn't at fault for what happened to him. I also wanted to connect to Jay's character throughout the book, but because of her actions, it never happened.
Overall, I thought the idea of it was interesting. I liked the flashbacks and the fact that Mr. X was so ruthless. I also think that the overall problem I had was that I have read so many dark romances that I have really high-standards for them. If you like dark and twisted reads with an interesting plot, go for it! It made not have wow-ed me like I wanted, but it may be for you.
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Blog Tour - Going The Distance (Down For The Count #2) by Christa Cervone ~ Derna's Review, Prologue, and Giveaway.
Title: Going The Distance
Author: Christa Cervone
Series: Down For The Count #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 22nd July 15, 2014
Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time.
Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started.
Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?
Going the Distance is the second book in the in 'Down for the count' series by Christa Cervone. Things had not ended well for Gabriel and Selma, Selma had left, and you are unsure about what was going to happen for these two. The story picks up 3 months after it ended, although both are trying to move it very clear that they can't, and things are far from over between theses two.
It's not plain sailing for Gabriel and Salem, as they realizes out how much they really mean to each other. They have some tough choices to make, go through heartache, and at times have to fight for what they really want, which when it comes down to it is each other. There were times that I wanted to shake them both, but for the most part I was rooting for them.
I really like what Christa did the characters. Gabriel and Salem are a good together, you see them grow, especially Salem. You can feel the passion and the chemistry that they have for each other, which results in some scorching sexy scenes between them.
I enjoyed this book. It was an emotional read at times. I liked the pace of the story, and I felt that the flow was good once I got use to having Salem's POV in 3rd person instead of 1st like Gabriel was. I love being inside a character's head, as I feel you connect more to them when the story is told in 1st. However, that being said, it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story.
Loved, loved the epilogue that Christa wrote as it was years instead of a few months into the future, and they are always a firm favorite of mine.
If you enjoyed the first book On the Ropes then, I would read this one, as it's a great ending to Gabriel, and Salem's story.
“I’m not sure what to feel: there’s a connection between us that I’ve never felt before. He makes me feel alive and wanted”
“Salem is my drug, and I’m completely addicted”
“My heart beats for you, my body aches for you, and my soul would die without you. You are important to my survival as the next breath I take”
"Just keep loving me the way you do, Gabriel………..You’ll never have to worry about that, Say. I’ll never stop loving you.”
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A loud honk brings her back to reality. Looking up at the traffic light, she realizes it’s now turning red for a second time. The car behind her revs its engine and pulls up next to her. “Why don’t you pay attention? You dumb bitch!” the driver yells angrily, then cuts in front of her car and runs the red light.
She’s still shaken from Gabriel’s dismissal of her. “Pull yourself together,” she wipes the tears away. “It’s not like the two of you would ever work, anyways. He did you a favor.”
The light turns green and Salem proceeds through the intersection, managing to make it home without further incident. She’s greeted by Jocelyn, who’s sitting on the couch watching an episode of Revenge. “I didn’t expect you home tonight, or I would’ve waited to watch this.”
Salem stands at the top of the stairs in silence. She’s disheveled; her typically creamy, porcelain skin is blotchy, and her puffy, bloodshot eyes are a dead giveaway that she’s been crying. “What the hell happened?!” Jocelyn kicks the blanket off of her lap and rushes to her friend’s side.
“Ugh, where do I start?”
“What did he do now? I’m going to kill him,” she sneers.
Salem lets out a heavy, staggered breath as she responds, “No Jocey, it’s not Blaine.”
Jocelyn studies her friend’s face. “Then, who? I’m not sure if I’m following you here.” She leads Salem over to the couch and the two of them climb under the blanket.
“I messed up, Joce,” Salem sighs, leaning her head onto Jocelyn’s shoulder.
“After I caught Blaine last night,” she takes a deep, calming breath, trying to build up the confidence to finish, “I ended up at Gabriel’s.”
“Well, I kind of figured that out when the three of you showed up here this morning.”
“Wait, don’t say another word.” Jocelyn dumps her side of the blanket onto Salem’s lap and scurries across the room, before disappearing into the kitchen. Salem sees the light from the refrigerator illuminating the dark kitchen, and then hears the sound of whipped cream being squirted. A moment later, Jocelyn reenters the room carrying a half gallon of ice cream in one hand and two spoons in the other. She smiles warmly, “Okay, proceed.”
The sadness on Salem’s face softens. “Thanks, Jocey.”
“It’s just what the doctor ordered,” she laughs. “And by the look of you, you needed the sundae version, not just plain old ice cream.”
“You’re so right.” Salem takes the container of ice cream and a look of guilt then appears on her face, “Yeah, well, I wasn’t so strong last night.”
“Did you sleep with him?” Jocelyn doesn’t waste any time.
Salem’s lip begins to quiver and the tears begin to flow as she nods her head, “I made a mistake.”
“A mistake?” Jocelyn blurts out. “I don’t think so, Say. I saw the way the two of you looked at each other. As far as
I’m concerned, the only mistake you made yesterday was not dumping…”
“I know you don’t wanna hear it, but I’m going to say it, anyway.”
Salem laughs through her tears, knowing full well her best friend is going to speak her mind. “Of course you are.”
“Look, we both know I’m not a fan of Blaine’s. Actually, I despise the man. He’s a fucking scumbag and I’m not sure why you can’t see it.”
The two friends get quiet and Salem begins to eat the ice cream.
“Do you think you don’t deserve to be happy?” Jocelyn breaks their silence, scooping a heaping spoonful of whipped cream.
“I can be happy with Blaine.”
Jocelyn shoots her friend a look. “Are you happy right now?”
“No,” she lets out an exasperated breath, “but, I can get us back to where we once were. I know I can.”
“Why do you want him? Help me understand.”
“I’m not sure you will understand. You’ve never had…” Salem stops herself.
“Never had, what?”
“Jocelyn,” she sighs, “you’ve never been in a serious relationship.”
“You’re absolutely right, and do you know why?”
Salem shakes her head.
“Because, I haven’t met a man worthy of me and I’m not going to settle, like you have.” Jocelyn sees the wounded look on her friend’s face and immediately regrets what she’s just said. “I’m sorry, Say. I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but it’s the truth. I’ve sat around and watched my best friend being treated like a doormat for years. I know exactly what not to look for; and as for you, you’d rather settle for someone who treats you like shit than to be alone.”
“No, it’s my turn. I’m going to tell you how I see it. I think you felt something last night with Gabriel.” Jocelyn studies her friend’s face, hoping to get a glimpse of something. “All these years, you’ve gone through the motions of being the good girlfriend; thinking that would be enough, that he would change. Yet, here we sit.”
“You’ve got it all wrong, Jocey.”
“Do I? Would you like me to remind you of all the nights I’ve lain next to you, while you’ve cried yourself to sleep because that asshole stood you up? Or how about the time he showed up drunk and reeking of another woman’s perfume?”
Salem’s shoulders sink down. “He doesn’t want me,” her voice is all of a whisper.
“Who doesn’t want you?”
“Gabriel. He said what happened last night can’t happen again and he pushed me away.”
“And let me guess; you being you, just walked away?”
“What was I supposed to do?”
“Geez, I don’t know… stay and fight?”
“Stay and fight for what, a man who doesn’t want me?”
“Oh, I don’t think it’s a matter of him not wanting you, Say. I think it’s more like the fact he knows you’ll probably end up breaking his heart.”
“That’s just it. I told him the first night we went out that I wasn’t what he needed. I think he sees that now.”
“And now your feelings are hurt by this?”
“It would never work, anyways. We come from two different worlds,” Salem tries to brush it off.
“So, what difference does that make?”
“Oh yeah, sure, can you see him at one of my parents’ dinner parties?”
“Yeah, actually I can. And he’d probably liven it up a little!” Jocelyn laughs.
“You’re not helping.”
“I’m not sure what you want me to help you with. I’m certainly not Team Blaine, and I’m not going to sit by and let
him continue to treat you the way he does. What’s got you so scared?”
“The future?!” Jocelyn exclaims. “Don’t you think you may be jumping the gun a little here?”
“Jocey, I’m graduating next spring. The next step in my plan is marriage, then a house, and then kids.”
“Screw your plans, Say. Why do you need a damn plan, anyways? You’re young, beautiful, and you’re going to be one hell of a lawyer. This is the time you should be out experiencing life. You have your whole life to worry about getting married and having babies.”
“But, it’s what I’m supposed to do.”
“Says who, your parents?”
“It’s what I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid.”
“Salem, when are you going to realize it’s not your dream?” Jocelyn repositions herself on the couch so that she’s directly facing Salem. “This life you’re living, is your parents’ dream. You need to wake up and be your own damn person, not the person your parents have molded you into or who Blaine wants you to be. Where’s that girl I once knew? The one who snuck out of boarding school with me and went to college frat parties. Where’s the girl who got wasted on cheap beer and sang karaoke all night long with me?”
“I am my own person, and ‘that girl’ is still right here,” Salem insists.
“Tell me one major decision you’ve made on your own lately.”
Salem sits quietly.
“You can’t think of one, can you?”
“Actually, I can,” she bites back.
“Bullshit,” Jocelyn purses her lips together.
“I’m not going into corporate law,” Salem spits out.
“You heard me. I’m not going into corporate law. I’ve decided to be a guardian ad litem instead.”
A glowing smile spreads across Jocelyn’s face. “Holy shit, Say! I’m so proud of you.”
Salem tries to hide her smile, but it finally shines through.
“Your parents are gonna shit a brick,” Jocelyn laughs.
“When do you plan on dropping that bomb on them?”
“After graduation,” Salem says slyly.
“Oh, to be a fly on the wall when your father hears this.”
“You and Gabriel are the only people who know.”
“You told Gabriel before you told your best friend?”
“I feel comfortable with him.”
“Clearly, since you gave it up to him,” she nudges Salem’s shoulder.
Salem’s hands cover her face in embarrassment.
“How was he?”
“I’m not like you, Jocey. I don’t kiss and tell.”
“I’m not asking you to tell me how he kisses. I want to know how he is in bed.”
“No way,” Salem replies adamantly.
Not caring about the objection in her friend’s voice, Jocelyn continues on. “Is he strong? Did he go all ‘Dom’ on you like the guys in some of my trashy romance novels? Is he big? I bet he’s big!”
Salem remains tight-lipped. “I’m not telling you, Jocelyn.”
“Come on, give me a little something? Okay, fine,” she relents on the more risqué questions, “just tell me if he’s a good kisser then.”
The corners of Salem’s lips turn up as a smile appears and she hugs her knees.
“I’ll take that as a ‘yes,’” Jocelyn chuckles and keeps on going with her interrogation. “How are his hands, are they rough and callused from fighting?”
“Surprisingly no, they’re very soft and his touch is gentle.”
“Gentle?” Jocelyn’s face scrunches up. “Hmmm… I wouldn’t have figured him for gentle.”
“Me either,” Salem utters.
“You okay, Say?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. It’s just…”
“It’s just, what?”
Salem’s face turns a light shade of pink. “I can’t,” she laughs, embarrassed.
“Look, if you can’t tell me, who can you tell?”
Finally, Salem gives in to her friend’s coercion. “He made me feel so wanted, like I was the only woman in the world.
And the way he looks at me…”
Salem’s heart instantly drops into her stomach at the thought of Gabriel’s eyes on her; how his hands danced over her skin, how his soft lips grazed her neck, then her breasts, and finally down between her legs. Closing her eyes, she tries to shake her arousal and regain her composure. If Jocelyn catches wind of it, she’ll never leave her alone. The questions will go on all night long.
“Um, if I’m not mistaken, that’s how your man is supposed to make you feel,” Jocelyn mocks.
“Yeah, well, I’ve never felt that way with Blaine.”
“Well, that’s because Blaine is a douche and wouldn’t know a good woman if she bit him in the ass. And don’t you dare bite him in the ass!”
“You don’t have to worry about that.” Salem shoots Jocelyn a look, and they both begin to laugh uncontrollably.
“Thanks, Jocey,” Salem snuggles up to her best friend, “you always know how to make me feel better.”
“Say, I don’t want to be that person.”
Salem is taken aback by what she just heard and her head jerks away from Jocelyn. “What?”
“Oh Say, I didn’t mean it like that,” she frowns. “What I meant was, I want you to have a man in your life that can comfort you and make you laugh, like I can, not one that makes you cry.”
“Oh, okay,” Salem sighs in relief. “I thought…”
“Don’t you dare even say it! You’re stuck with me, Say.”
“Good, because I don’t want you going anywhere.”
On The Ropes - Book One
Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes - Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, is slated to be released in the summer of 2014.
Christa also has several other novels in the works, with no release dates announced at this time.
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Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Release Date: July 10, 2014
Children's librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story...
Blair Walton isn't your average curvaceous tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That's why she and Raine write in secret.
On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research". Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair's not the only one with secrets.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.
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Title: Evolution: Hex
Author: S.A. Huchton
Series: The Evolution Series (#3)
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance
Release Date: July 6 2014
A lie is a prison without bars.
A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty.
The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own.
Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust.
When the smoke clears, what's left might not be much…
But it might be enough.
Okay. So I’ve been dying to know what inspired you to write about superheroes? And not just superheroes, but superheroes under the NA category?
Starla: The Evolution series was inspired by childhood memories of comic books, coupled with the recent deluge of superhero movies coming out of Hollywood. I thought putting a romantic spin on the superhero genre sounded like a heck of a lot of fun. Comic books and movies always leave the good parts out. ;)
Adriana: If you could meet any superhero, who would you choose? I bet you would love to meet many of them, but let’s pretend you can only meet ONE in your lifetime…
Starla: Ugh. I have to choose? Um… I always thought I’d say Jean Grey, but then I remembered that she might be able to read my mind and see my inner fangirl flipping out and OMG embarrassing! So, any telepaths are out. I like smart guys, but you run the risk of Bruce Banner hulking out and Tony Stark is kind of a jerk, so I’d pass on them, too. Captain America flat out wouldn’t get my geek references. Batman would be all broody and distant, and Superman kinda bores me, so there’s two more nopes. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Nightcrawler from the X-Men, though, and he could take me anywhere in the world I wanted to go. That sounds like an awful lot of fun to me. Travel the world with a superhero going to the most secret of places most people can’t? Sign me up! Bonus points if I get a tour of Professor X’s School For Gifted Youngsters!
Brianna: Did anyone or anything inspired you to write a character like Candace?
Starla: Not in particular, no, although I see her as sort of a Captain America type. She’s the kind of superhero I think the world wants AND needs. I can’t stand weak female characters that wait around for a guy to come and save them, so I wrote the kind of woman I’d like to read about and that I sort of aspire to be like: smart, independent, loving, and giving. I know several women who fit this mold pretty well, so there’s a little bit of a many people squished into one.
Adriana: I’ve had the pleasure of reading your other books (like The Endure series) and I was wondering if you had any advice for those aspiring authors that want to write a story like no other, unique?
Starla: Mostly I would say to just tell them to write what they want. Don’t worry about trying to be unique, because then it comes out forced. The most original ideas are ones you let loose to become what they want to become. Just tell the story you want to tell, and the rest will fall into place. Don’t let the weird ideas scare you either. All of the best ideas should frighten you a little bit.
Adriana: When you first started writing Evolution: ANGEL did you know from the beginning how the series was going to end?
Starla: The series idea actually started as the ending of the first book. After that, my brain started asking questions like “how would they get to that point?” and then “what’s the fallout?”. I had a pretty solid idea where book 2 was going as well, though I didn’t know precisely how it would end. Book 3 was a little more difficult as things were much less black and white as far as protagonist/antagonist went. Ultimately, though, what started out as Candace’s origin story became the origin story for something much larger than a single character. I’m incredibly happy with how it all turned out, and so glad I listened to my characters and went where they adamantly insisted we go.
Adriana: You’ve quickly become one of my I-have-to-buy-their-next-book-asap authors, would you like to share with us what is coming up next?
Starla: LOL! That’s amazing to hear anyone say and makes me very happy! Thank you! The next thing I’ve got coming out in September is something completely different than this. Master of Myth (Antigone’s Wrath #1) is a Steampunk Adventure (with a little dash of romance, but nothing like the Evolution or Endure books) that takes place in an alternate kind of 1882. The main character is an airship pirate (she’d probably call herself an airborne entrepreneur) who’s thrown into a world of the magic she despises and a family heirloom that’s hazardous to her health. Her travels take her around the world where she must out-think and out-gun a secret society of men determined to take control of humanity. It’s an interesting mix of history, magic, and a bit of science (I had to figure out how an airship would work OMG), and I think it creates a great blend of something for everyone.
In November, I switch gears again with a gender-flipped retelling of Snow White. Shadows on Snow is a straight-up fairy tale, with the innocent charm of the original while still appealing to a modern reader. This one, like Master of Myth, will be released under Starla Huchton (not S. A. Huchton), as they are both clean in language and content (unless a bit of kissing bothers you). In fact, Shadows on Snow could potentially be considered YA, although the main characters are almost 18 and 19. Books for everyone! Yay! :)
Adriana: Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to interview you. Can’t wait to read anything and everything else you come up with!
Starla: Thank you for having me here! I always love talking with the Biblio Belles! <3
I was lucky enough to get my hands on Evolution: HEX. So I want to firstly thank Starla for allowing me to review (and constantly fangirl) this book. I will be keeping this review short so that I don't spoil it for anyone!
The book picks up a few weeks after the cliffhanger ending of book one. The events of the ending of the previous books lead to Candace drugged and tied. There's no way for her to escape and her friends have no idea what happened to her. Throughout all of this, Candace keeps her composure. If I were in her shoes, I would have gone a tad crazy. She is seriously one of my favorite heroines and the fact that she's a superhero makes her even more awesome.
In this third book of The Evolution series, we learn more about HEX. We also learn more about the ANGEL Project and that things are not the way Candace have always believed. The more she uncovers about both these projects, the more she realizes that both of these are no good.
Just like the previous installments, there is tons of action. We even learn something new about Candace and her powers. New characters are introduced. I, at first, did not trust any of them but I ended up loving all of them.
And then there's Jaxon. Yes, I still love him even though I was mad at him for a while in this book, but he made me swoon more than once and his assholey ways are kinda endearing. His past is explored further, which made my heart break for him.
I can't give anything else away because you need to read this series yourself. You'll fall in love with the characters and with S.A. Huchton's writing. I can't wait to see (and fangirl!!) what she writes next!!!
As Evolution: SAGE had another brutal cliffhanger, I found myself immediately diving into this third and final installment in the Evolution series. There were secrets, lies, and more character and relationship development. I found this installment just as good as the previous two, and read it almost straight through.
Candace’s character grew even more throughout the course of this novel. She began to question things, and it made her an even more admirable character. She came a long way from the girl in the first book in this series, and I just thought that her character arc was pretty amazing.
In this book, we got to know some new side characters along with he old. I really liked Mica, who eventually became Gabe’s love interest. Then, there was Tori, a healer who Candace became friends with. There was even more development of Jackson’s character. In the beginning of the novel, Jackson and Candace’s relationship became pretty rocky, so it was really great seeing them talk things out, and work at being better people.
In the start of this book, Candace was being held hostage by HEX. Through various events, she found out that the ANGEL Project wasn’t as perfect as she previously thought, and that’s where the plot of this book really took off. The themes in this novel were all about secrets, lies, and standing up for what you believe in, no matter what anyone else says. I found this book riveting, and hardly paused to take a break.
This was a really good way to end the series. I loved the changes in Candace and Jackson, and the story itself was really good. I do think that the author could have tied up a few things better, but I was still satisfied with the ending of the book, for the most part. I would highly recommend this series for anyone looking for something a bit different, with a complete story and character arc behind it
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.
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Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.
It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.
When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.
You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn't where we ended up.
It’s how we got there.
TAMED goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions—it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee.
"Stick around, even if you think you already know the ending. Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”
Knowing how a story ends is usually my first worry when reading about an already established couple from the main books, we know what happens to Dee Dee and Matthew so I was wondering if I would be entertained or indeed was there enough of a story there. Why did I ever doubt this?! I loved Tamed, when you think about it; we actually know nothing about Dee Dee and Matthew at all. A lot happened at the same time Kate and Drew were trying to fight each other into submission, things that we had no clue about therefore I’m really glad we got Matthew and Dee Dee’s story. So much so, I think I may love Matthew that little bit more, but ssh don’t tell Drew that ;-)
“My life changed about four weeks ago. On a normal, average day-when I met a girl who was anything but average.”
And never has a truer word been spoken. Delores or Dee Dee was not your average female MC and I loved her for it. She was a breath of fresh air and crazy funny. She had me laughing in every scene she was in and with each outfit description; I pictured her like Madonna and Lady Gaga’s love child. But we soon learn it’s all an act. Dee Dee may act tough as nails on the outside but in reality, it’s to protect her fragile heart on the inside. She’s been burned by too many guys and by the time Matthew comes along, her faith is nonexistent. I’m just so glad Matthew was persistent enough to change her mind.
“She wants excitement, spontaneity, but a part of her-the part that’s been dicked around by one too many pricks in the past-craves reliability. Honesty. Truth. I want to give her both. I want to be her roller coaster and her merry-go-round, her adventurer and her protector.”
Oh Matthew, what a guy. I had him pegged as a joker from the first two books and quite rightly so I guess, but when he’s away from the guys and Dee Dee is his number one focus, his caring, confident and downright sexy side comes out. What I loved most about Matthew was his confidence, from day one he wanted Dee Dee and he wasn’t going to stop until he got her. Even when Dee Dee gave him plenty of reasons to give up on her, Matthew was there proving his commitment. And I was just swooning all over the place because of this.
My favourite scene between the comical couple, is when they are being most sincere and Dee Dee exposes her vulnerability. By letting Matthew in she is taking a huge risk but he’s proved time and time again he’s worth it.
“Matthew, these last few weeks with you and me…I…” She pauses and licks her lips. “I…I’m really glad you stayed tonight.” “Me too.” After a few minutes, her breathing turns steady and deep I think she’s fallen asleep, until, in a small voice she says, “Just…don’t hurt me…okay.” I run my hand through her hair and hold her tight. “Not ever, Delores. Promise.”
I enjoyed the storyline as I did Emma’s writing; it was a quick, easy read with plenty of humour. It was told entirely from Matthew's POV and I loved being in his head, I didn't once feel we needed Dee Dee's POV to boost the story, Matthew did a great job on his own. The story focussed on the characters, meaning there was less outside drama and it was all about them growing as individuals. A lot goes on that we were unaware of when reading Tangled and my heart went out to both Dee Dee and Matthew as they had to deal with this new situation on their own whilst their best friends were broken hearted and full of the ‘flu’.
All the usual suspects made appearances and it was great to see them again. Alexandra, as always didn't mince her words and poor MacKenzie's vocabulary continued growing and not in the best way ;-). Of course, Drew and Kate were present and it was funny to see just how much Drew's screw ups had a knock on effect for poor Matthew but of course the charmer could talk himself out of any situation.
Tamed was funny, VERY sexy and entertaining throughout. It’s a great addition to the series and it does make me want more from the gang, so I do look forward to whatever is up next. Fans of the series will love this book and Drew needs to watch out, as Matthew is a worthy contender for Drew’s sexiest book boyfriend crown!
When I heard Matthew (Matt) and Delores (Dee) were getting their book, I was excited. Then I realized it’s their story on how they came to be. My first thought was what else could we learn about them? I was so wrong. There is so much to their story. Told from Matt’s POV, we learn the good, the bad, the ugly of their relationship and what made them the couple they are today.
“Love isn’t putting up with someone in spite of their faults-it’s adoring them because of them.”
Tamed occurs around the same timeline as Tangled. As expected, sparks fly between Matt and Dee the moment they meet. I’m not sure what else to say about them except that they just fit. It’s like where have they been hiding all their lives? They simply make sense. They balance each other like any other couple. We find out that although their chemistry is off the charts, their love story isn’t that easy at all. Matt has never wanted to commit. Until Dee. And Dee? She’s been disappointed over and over so relationships aren’t her thing. But Matt changes things for her. For the first time she wants more. But if you know Dee she is stubborn. And feisty. She’s not going to give into Matt so easily.
“I want to be her roller coaster and her merry go-round, her adventurer and her protector. Her impressionist and her periodic table.”
I enjoyed getting to know more about Matt and Dee. Their story definitely needed to be told. Matt is so different than Drew, but just as lovable. He is sincere, passionate, and loves with his entire heart. He could never commit before because they weren’t Dee. No other woman was worth giving his heart to. Tame gives the entire Tangled series so much more depth. I think understanding the characters and their backgrounds is such a vital part of truly loving a series, and Ms. Chase did a great job at this. Tamed was witty, sexy, and overall just a lot of fun to read.
“I’d say you’re shit out of luck. I don’t ride bitch.”
She knocks me upside the head—but my helmet softens the blow. “Then let me take it for a ride myself. Just around the block.”
“I . . .don’t think so.”
I sigh. “Have you ever driven a motorcycle before?”
“No, but I’ve always wanted to.”
“Well, I’ve always wanted to fly, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna strap on a squirrel suit and skydive from the god damn Empire State Building.”
She steps closer, and rubs her placating hands up my chest. “Come on, please? I’ll be really careful and grateful. Really grateful. Like . . .deviantly, let you handcuff me to the bed, kind of grateful.”
Forget the national broadcast system—this is the test. Am I going to stick to my man-guns, keep my pride, and protect my cherished vehicle from almost certain carnage? Or, am I going to be ruled by my dick and swayed by the promise of kinky, have-Dee-at-my-mercy-all-night-long, sex?
“Riding bitch, it is.”
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.
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Title: Sharing You
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Sharing #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: 1st July 2014
Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.
To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.
When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.
You always know when you start reading a Molly McAdams book that isn’t going to be drama free, and, as we know she is the queen of love triangles and likes to make you cry with some of the things she does and puts to her characters thought.
Instant attraction, a strong connection, love at first sight, off the wall chemistry, sparks flying, this is what happens when Kamryn “KC” Cunningham and Brody Saco meet for the first time. There is a pull to each other that they can’t explain one they have never felt before. This should be the start of perfect relationship, however, with Brody being married, and K.C has a few secrets of her own it meant that it was anything but perfect.
I knew going into this book there is going to a love triangle, and I don't mind them, there is also what I would call a slight warning at the start so you don't forget. Therefore, I was expecting a story that was going to be full of angst and drama, and I have to say it did have its fair share of angst, and drama but K.C and Brody's story wasn't as bad as expected.
Brody and KC are good together, although I would have loved some more scenes with them. I don’t think we get enough in order to feel more of their connection. K.C was sweet, but had her own secrets, and Brody is sexy. I did feel for him as at the end of the previous story Capturing Peace, my heart went out to him as I read his heartbreaking scene. However, I did find it hard it hard to understand why he was still married after all this time when it was obvious that his marriage to wife Olivia was not good, and destructive. Olivia was crazy with a capital C this woman had some real issues, going on and it seemed all she wanted to do is make Brody life a hell.
Overall enjoyed this book, it was a quick easy read, with a sweet ending from the lovely Molly. Love some of the secondary characters such as Kinlee and Jace, they were really sweet, and always so understanding supportive. I would happily read a book or a novella about them. As always I’m looking forward to reading Molly’s next book.
“I felt like I knew everything about him, and we still hadn’t said a word”
"This was fairy tale shit, this kind of thing didn’t happen in real life”
"I was excited I just found a man who changes everything I’d ever known”
“ The second I saw Kamryn everything in my life changed. To find something who could change me so completely before I even heard her speak was a gift that I would have been blind to not accept”
“You’re not breaking up my marriage. You’re making me feel alive for the first time in years”
“I knew I would go through hell and back to make sure I gave that girl the forever I’d promised- the one we both deserved”
Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.
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