“You look stunning.”
I step towards her, running my index finger down her bare side.
“I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the evening without killing every man who looks at you.”
That’s not a lie, I think, tracing the edge of her breast.
“You didn’t pick this, did you?” she asks.
I lift my eyes to meet hers and shake my head.
“I can change.”
“No. You look...”
I shake my head, trying to think of a way to describe her.
“You look absolutely beautiful.”
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Blog Tour - One Love (Gypsy Brothers #7) by Lili St. Germain ~ Adriana, Ava and Derna's Reviews and Kindle Giveaway!
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
The end I have been looking forward to the most has come! Even though I could not wait to get my hands on this one, I took my time to savor the last time I would have Juliette, Jase, and the others on my hands.
This last installment in the Gypsy Brothers series starts right were the last one left us off at. Juliette has quickly become one of my favorite heroines. From the very beginning she has been kicking some serious ass while being tortured emotionally and physically by Dornan. This book did show us a more vulnerable side to her, but once again she picked herself back up and went to finish what she started.
One Love was not as action-packed and twisted as the previous books, but it was still very good. The action picks up towards the ending, but I was hoping for a bigger blowout from the beginning. I did hope things went down differently because I kind of already had an idea how it was going to end (I was partially correct), so I just wished there was an element of surprise to the ending.
Apart from all the ugly going around Juliette and the gang, there were some sweet moments with Jase. He, for one, kicked up a notch and showed his badass side as well.
Overall, I enjoyed this novella. The ending was perfect for this story even though I did wish that there was a bit more action and bloodiness (but that's just me ;D ). Fans of this series will love this one, and if you haven't picked it up yet, now is the time to!!
“The thing about bargaining with a madman is that you never know how far he’ll go.”
It was the final showdown between Juliette and her nemesis Dornan. I’ve really enjoyed this series and I couldn’t wait for the final instalment. I was expecting an epic ending to the series and of course I wanted Dornan to get what he deserved.
Although this book is slightly longer than the others, I read it in no time. I was turning each page; desperate for the moment Dornan and Juliette came face to face. I think I went into this book with high expectations; I had a rough idea what I wanted to happen so although it wasn’t as explosive as I had imagined, it was still well written and a fitting end to the series.
My favourite part of this book had to been Juliette’s attitude. It’s like she emerged hardened from everything that happened to her and she wasn’t taking any prisoners. I loved this tough girl; she wasn’t messing around this time.
“Press those goddamn buttons. Come on, asshole, if you’re here to dance, let’s fucking dance.”
“I assure you, I’m not the monster in this fucked-up fairy tale. But whatever helps you sleep at night.”
I thought there might have been more drama in the book, but Jase and Juliette had a place to be and they didn’t mess around getting there. I do wish Dornan appeared sooner, perhaps more drama could have been created here but with that being said, the last 20% was action packed and I’m sure many fans will be pleased.
“What, you think you’re getting out of this alive, Donny boy?” Jase asks. I glance at him, something squeezing inside my chest. My dear boy. My Jase. We might just make it out of this yet.”
I love that Lili could still manage to capture some lovely moments between Jase and Juliette. They had been through hell and it still wasn’t over but they had each other and their bond only strengthened.
“He kisses me, even though we’re both covered in… blood, and I kiss him back. It’s not pretty, and it’s not nice, but that’s okay. Because, in our own world, it takes the taste of death in your mouth, bloody and warm, to truly understand what it means to be alive.”
Sure that quote may not scream romance to some, but for these characters I have grown love, it was perfect for them.
The time came, for the big showdown. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat with nerves but I did enjoy how it all went down. It ended the only way it could and it offered closure to one small part of the series.
“I level my eyes at him and really look at him. Just me and him. Juliette Portland and Dornan Ross, in one spectacular face-off. Only one of us is going to leave this room alive, I know this now, and I hope to fuck that it’s going to be me that leaves without the aid of a body bag.”
Surprisingly, I didn’t mind the ending. If you read the author’s note, Lili explains the ending and I agree, it would have felt disingenuous if it had been rushed or covered in hearts and flowers. That isn’t the life Jase and Juliette lead. I will wait to see what the future brings but for just now I can enjoy a good ending to my favourite serial to date.
If you are new to this series then go get book one immediately and binge until you have read every single page. You will not regret it. Honest!
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One love was the final book in the Gypsy Brothers series by Lili St Germain and the one I have been waiting for!!! It was going to be the last showdown between Julz and Dornan, and I was desperate to know how it was all going to end.
“The thing about bargaining with a madman is that you never know just how far he'll go”
One Love picks up where Two Roads ends, and we find Julz on her quest to find and ultimately to kill Dornan. I’m not going to say anything more about what happens, as you just need to read it. I will say for the most part the storyline had everything that I was expecting. It was violent, bloody, action-packed, had some twists and turns.
"The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies."
I did think it wasn’t as dark, and messed up as it could have been and as some of the previous novellas were, however saying didn’t mean I didn’t love/like it. I just think I was getting impatient, as the whole time I was reading it I just wanted Julz to find Dornan, so that he could meet his ending. I understand we need to know how she finds him, and how others such as Jason, Elliot, and Luis play a part in this. But I wished their showdown had come sooner in the book, and played out longer. I hate that man!!! And I wanted him to suffer in the worst possible way. Haha!!!
“I cannot rest until he’s dead and buried, a rotting corpse in the cold ground, a memory and nothing more. Dornan Ross needs to burn for the things he’s done”
I did devour this book in a few hours, and that says something again is the testament to Lili’s amazing writing. I was glad that Lili wrote what she did at the end after the story had concluded. As the ending wasn’t what I was expecting, well it was for that evil psychopath Dornan of course but for Julz and Jason. So after reading what she had written it all made sense, this was Julz’s story on her revenge on Dornan and it now over. Her story with Jason is now only just truly beginning.
“I can’t bear to be away from this man, not even for the six hours we’ve been separated, let alone the six years we endured apart”
Overall, I have loved this series, being on Julz’s passionate and crazy journey of vengeance, redemption, and retribution. It is one of my top favorites for 2014, and I would like to thank Lili as I said at the beginning of my review of Seven Sons. I love my fighters especially MMA ones. I had not read a biker book before, and therefore the Gypsy Brothers series (Gypsy Brothers #1) was my first intro to the world of bikers. And I have to say what an amazing one it was. I will certainly be reading more.
If you haven’t read this series then, you’re in for a treat as you can read it all in one go. No waiting for the each one to come out. If twisted dark romance stories are your thing then, you won’t be disappointed. I would highly recommend that you 1- click the whole series now.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Lili 2015.
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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.
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Title: The Charlotte Chronicles
Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Jackson Boys #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: December 12, 2014
Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.
Until they weren't.
How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over?
How many times does a heart break?
When is enough…..enough?
How long is forever?
“She’s mine until time folds this world up and moves on. And even then, I imagine we’ll be two atoms bonded together floating out into the great unknown.”
I believe I loved this story more because of the history, if you have followed Jen since the Woodlands series then familiar characters will pop up and Charlotte and Nathan are actually the children of a few of our faves. It was their turn for an epic love story, and just like their parent’s, Jen did not disappoint.
The CC spans several years; we meet Charlotte and Nathan in their teens and follow them through new adulthood and beyond. When Charlotte faces a tough time in her life, Nathan and his brother Nick are there for Charlotte as her best friends but unlike Nick, Nathan wants more from Charlotte. She is destined to be his, everyone knows this but Nathan is waiting for the timing to be right.
I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t too impressed with Nathan’s behaviour more than once during the story. I know he always felt as if he was doing the best for Charlotte but he was playing the martyr at times and he hurt her. Something he vowed he’d never do. I struggle if I’m not 100% in love with both characters, and while Charlotte was going through hell, I did think Nathan was unworthy of her. He was going to have to do something amazing to get me back on side.
The story jumps forward seven years. I’m not a great fan of time jumps at the best of times and more so of this one. Again, it wasn’t helping Nathan’s case any and I kind of wanted Charlotte to knock him off the pedestal she held him on. But do you know what? I get it. They were soul mates. There would be no one else for Charlotte and even though she gave in eventually to Nathan’s demands, the new feistier Charlotte gave him what for first.
This really was a rollercoaster of a journey and I think I experienced it more intensely as it was being drip fed to me over a long period of time. Charlotte and Nathan have been though it all. But they proved in the end, time or distance didn’t matter, they belonged together.
As always, Jen Frederick’s writing is enjoying to read. I loved the journey she took us on, and I really can’t wait for Nick’s story. He featured heavily in this book as well as his potential love interest and I really can’t wait to see their journey unfold. I’ve just recovered from The CC and I’m ready to dive back in to Jen’s head again!
I’m on fire and the ache of want is so acute it’s like a knife in my chest. I’ve had multiple surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation but that’s nothing compared to what I feel now.
Time and distance had dulled my pain and that my desire and love for Nathan had actually started to ease only to be stoked into high, hot flames by his reappearance in my life.
He is the poison and the antidote.
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Blog Tour - Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish ~ Guest Post, Brianna's Review and Giveaway!
Title: Owl and the Japanese Circus
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: The Adventures of Owl #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.
Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.
So for my guest post today, the Biblio Belles suggested I write about the Indiana Jones influence thing...And it ended up being a lot harder than I expected.
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’ve never been entirely comfortable comparing my work to Indiana Jones movies. Don’t get me wrong, my work is absolutely inspired by Indiana Jones and that genre of movie, but it wasn’t (and still isn’t) something I’m entirely comfortable with. Heck, The Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Arc are two of my all time favorite movies. Actually saying ‘This is kind of like Indiana Jones’ in reference to my own fictional musings was kind of the equivalent of saying ‘Hey, look everyone, I think I’m awesome’.
No way, no how.
Any hoo, after I finished writing Owl and decided to try my hand at getting published, I was nervous about the whole query process. First off, I wasn’t a real writer. I was a scientist. What respectable agent or editor was going to want urban fantasy written by a geneticist? Or at least that’s what the niggling voice in the back of my head kept telling me. Around that time the local Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention, Norwescon, was being held and they were running a pitch workshop, where hopeful authors could try their ideas out on editors. What better way to test my book idea and query tag? So, I got up the guts to pitch my novel in person, making every effort to not mention my action genre hero.
It went something like this:
Judge/Editor 1: So what is your book about?
My Pitch: Ex archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief Owl has one rule. No supernatural jobs...
(There was more, but that was the hope-filled gist of it). Besides, this was a workshop so its not like I got the chance to finish.
Judge/Editor 1: (interrupting me part way through) Ok, so it’s an Indiana Jane novel.
I realized two important things from that. First, half of my pitch could be summarized in two words. In the future, screw the misplaced modesty and just use the two liner. Second though, it dawned on me that 'Indiana Jones/Jane’ is no longer just a descriptor for 3 movies (the fourth to never be named). Indiana Jones has morphed into the tagline for an entire genre; the adventure packed, swashbuckler story featuring a hero disguised as an antihero.
Why is it that? Out of all the adventure action movies what is it about Indy that still resonates so much in our culture?
It’s not just the archaeology. Though I do use an archaeologist in my book, that’s not the detail from Indiana Jones that appealed to me or defines the series. It’s the sense of adventure that goes with a certain class of 80’s genre movies (ET, Goonies, Big Trouble in Little China, Gremlins), a hopeful sense of fun mixed with excitement that you can’t help but walk away happy from. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a tomb filled with snakes, a temple overrun by cultists, or the Nazis looking for a supernatural weapon. The Indiana Jones genre of movie always manages to add hope to bad situations, and without being condescending or patronizing, convinces the viewer Indy and his friends will get out with their skin and teeth intact. Where a lot of today’s entertainment goes the dystopian route (and there’s nothing wrong with Katniss), I think there’s still an appeal for the lighthearted, fun adventure that Indy and his ilk provide, and that’s why the movies still resonate.
There’s something to be said for an adventure where you know your deep-routed and a little to close to home fears aren’t going to be thrown at you. I hate to use the word ‘safe’ because I don’t think its accurate- there’s nothing safe about trying to sell people a story that doesn’t have a greater meaning or link in some way to our ever more complex and changing world. Let’s instead go with selling fun adventure for the sake of adventure. Sounds simple, easy in fact, but it’s a lot harder to pull off than it looks, otherwise there’d be a new ‘Indiana Jones’ type movie out once a year. There’s an odd balance to strike between not taking yourself to seriously and turning the story into a long running gag. There’s a sincere love of the genre needed. You can’t dress it up and parade it around as something it’s not. It’s adventure for the sake of adventure and there’s no shame in that.
With regards to comparing my own writing to one of my all time favorites movies? I won’t lie; it still makes me as jumpy as a giant rock boulder rolling overhead like a bowling ball of doom. Then again, maybe that fits with the Indy genre.
It’s no secret that I love books that feature strong heroines. After seeing that this novel’s protagonist was an antiquities thief, as well as a former archaeology student, I just knew I had to see what it was all about. So when I got the very lucky chance to read an early copy of this book, I was pretty happy, and that happiness has not changed upon reading the final page.
Owl was the aforementioned strong protagonist. Clever, resourceful, and a bit mistrusting of others due to her past, I found her likable overall. She was also a gamer, which was a pretty awesome twist. I did have a bit of a hard time feeling sympathetic when she’d do or say something horrible, but I eventually understood why she did or said those things. In the end, I was always on her side, and found her stubborn and brash personality rather admirable, when it wasn’t getting her into trouble.
With the side characters in this novel, there were a variety of good and bad guys. There were also quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming. First, there was Captain, Owl’s vampire-hunting cat. I loved him, and the scenes were he played a big part were great to read. There was Nadya, Owl’s forthright, smart best friend. The real depth and start of their friendship was never really shown, but I loved that Nadya always told Owl what she thought, regardless of whether or not Owl wanted to hear it. Then, there was Rynn, one of the characters who wasn’t exactly what he seemed in the beginning. He was also Owl’s love interest. He was pretty good for Owl, because he tried to make her slow down, and see that sometimes, a plan really was necessary. There was Carpe, Owl’s best gamer friend. The fact that he was more than just a gamer was something I never saw coming, and after the ending of this book, I’m really intrigued as to how much we’ll learn about him in the next installment of this series, if there will indeed be one. There were other characters as well, like the dragon Owl ended up working for, as well as Ochiro, one of the dragon’s workers who ended up being very different from how he seemed. I just really like how the author wrote these characters, and how some good characters ended up being bad, and some people who were portrayed as bad weren’t really villains.
The plot of this story was really interesting. It followed Owl as she went across the world in search of an artifact for a dragon. Along the way, she met various other supernatural races, and tried to solve the mystery of the artifact she was searching for. There was action, some romance, and lots of historical sites. I wasn’t ever bored, that’s for certain!
In the end, I really liked this book. Owl was a unique, fun, though sometimes reckless heroine. The side characters were varied and surprising. I loved the historical aspect of this book, and thought the friendship and romance were good aspects. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy, or modern fiction with historical elements.
Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
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Blog Tour: Title: The Fantasy (A Desperate Man #1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine- Triple Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
Title: The Fantasy (A Desperate Man #1)
Authors: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Fantasies - we all have them.
For some it’s their dream job; others want the wedding, the 2.5 kids, the white picket fence.
My fantasies are a bit more...depraved.
Dark and sinful, they have destroyed relationships and my livelihood, yet I still submit to them like a slave.
For most, it’s a natural expression of love, caring, or lust.
But there are those of us who can’t stop once we’ve had a taste.
Those of us who don’t want to.
And the shame of that never-ending cycle will eat us alive...
My name is Evan James, and I am a sex addict.
I absolutely LOVED this first volume of A Desperate Man! It was with a cautious mind that I began reading this book. I had read a book about a sex addict before, which I absolutely ADORED, so I was afraid this book would not compare to that one. Well, this book is in a league of its own!!!!!
Oh Evan, Evan, EVAN! When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued. Plus, I adore Ella Frank and seeing that she is collaborating with a new author, Brooke Blaire, I had to give it a try. Evan exceeded my expectations! I went into this book thinking that he was going to be a complete asshole that didn't acknowledge that fact the he had a problem. I was wrong! Yes he's not the easiest person to get along with, but he understands that he has a problem and feels dirty because of it. I loved his sexy side as much as I loved his vulnerable moments. As the story progresses, the layers to his character are slowly peeled away, but there are still a lot of questions I still have about his past and his addiction.
I loved Reagan. Well, the little bits and pieces that were shown about her throughout the book. She is still a mystery to me, but I know there is more to her than what meets the eye. The small glimpses of her character that the authors gave us were good. She is a strong independent woman that has as much of a sexual appetite as Evan's. The chemistry between them is strong and they are very similar which causes countless of charged exchanges.
Overall, I loved this book!!! I was a little pissed after I finished it because I was left wanting for the next volume! I highly recommend you give this serial a try because, I assure you, you will not regret it!
Can I just admit this was my first serial? I know, I know. I just never could understand why I would read something in pieces. And then I read the blurb. HOOKED. I needed this! Two authors? Sold! I was intrigued of not only the storyline, but how two people could weave together a story of this nature. And you know what? I have no regrets! Not one.
Evan James. Trust me when I say you have never met anyone like him. He is in a class all of his own. A sex addict? You think you have an idea of where this story is going to go, but once you meet Evan, you’ll know you’re wrong. He has an issue. He knows this. And he struggles to get his life together due to his umm problem. And then he meets her. Evan James is a one time deal. He doesn’t do repeats. Until the woman that changed things for him reappears in his life and soon realizes that he wants another taste. But due to circumstances, she is off limits. Well. Sort of. Vague? I know, but Evan’s story is to be experienced.
I found that these authors seamlessly wrote a story with an intensity that grips you from the moment you start the book. They were truly able to capture the depth of Evan’s problem. While on the surface, Evan has a lot going on, you can tell his issue is much deeper. He is sexy, yet vulnerable. This is not your sex addict meets perfect girl and falls in love story. This is far from it. This story is raw. The authors never hold back. It is dirty, passionate, and this first installment will have you counting down until the release of the next one.
“He wanted to fuck her, own her, devour her, if only for the next few minutes. He was a man crazed.”
Even James is a sex addict, and not just some horny guy who can’t get enough. He’s 100% a true, real addict with an insatiable appetite that can never quite be satisfied, and he’s lost just about everything because of it. On one of his sex-capades he falls into bed with a hot blonde who not only satisfies his need, but she also revs his overactive brain up for more, and more, and more. Evan doesn’t usually get stuck on one woman ever. He moves along pretty quickly. So when blondie’s memory stays in his mind for longer than desired it unnerves him greatly.
“Was he simply trying to trade in one addiction for another?”
Evan is (or was) a very successful finance guy for a reputable company when his “problem” over took his conscience and caused him to lose it all. So know he’s jobless and hopeless, and the only thing getting him by is sex. It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous to look at with some very impressive “assets” to boot. Evan pretty much gets any woman he wants. So when he’s confronted with Blondie again, whose name is Reagan by the way, he feels like the Earth is just out to swallow him whole and ruin his life.
“Oh, baby. I told you you’d never want me to leave once you got inside.”
Reagan is no sweet little thing, just the opposite actually. She’s strong, independent, and gorgeous and so far she’s the only woman to keep Evan on his toes. When these two meet again the chemistry is still there and the sexual tension is whoahhhh. It’s obvious that Evan and Reagan have unfinished business, but it’s also pretty obvious that neither is going to make the first move because neither of them do repeats. This makes for some major sexual-tension-flirtatious-banter between the two that was not only cute but laugh out loud funny at times. They are both so stubborn and set in their ways that they can’t see what is right in front of them.
“Well, inexperienced she must be because no respectable single female wanting to pick up a man would admit to owning two cats.”
“One can never have enough pussy.”
All the while, we are still reminded that Evan has a very real problem. The Authors did a great job of incorporating some not-so-normal stuff into the story that I believe would be very true to life in the same kind of setting. Your eyes might go wide a few times but you won’t be sorry for understanding the depth of the situation. And in true serial fashion, you are left with a pretty sexy cliffhanger that will leave you begging for more!
“Never had he consistently been drawn to one person the way he seemed drawn to her”
Evan James crooked his finger at the blonde currently shimmying back into her minuscule, tight, black dress. The same one she’d worn last night that had called like a siren’s song to his cock in the middle of the dimly lit club.
She looked over at him with heavy-lidded eyes and held the barely there fabric still around her waist. His eyes zoomed in on the impressive breasts overflowing out of her sheer, black bra. Covered, but not enough.
His mouth watered, and he wanted to drag her back to the bed and take hold of her ripe nipple before pulling the fabric down and out of his way to take her fully into his mouth again.
After having had her so many times in the last few hours, she’d no doubt taste of him on every inch of her soft skin. He liked that. Before, she’d tasted faintly of vanilla musk—a fragrance he wasn’t overly fond of. He’d made quick, dirty work of her though, marking and leaving his scent on her with his lips, his sex, his come, and he figured one last go-round before sending her on her way would suppress his craving for at least a couple of days.
He hoped. His appetite was voracious.
“Can’t get enough, can you?” She leaned down over the edge of the bed and placed her hands there, giving him an ample view of what he wanted. Now.
He narrowed his eyes. “Don't play with me.”
Blondie tsked and put her knees on the mattress, crawling on all fours toward him. “Oh, baby, I told you you’d never want me to leave once you got inside.”
She was right about that much. If he could live in pussy, he would. It was his weakness, his addiction, the one thing he’d give up anything and everything for. And he nearly had.
Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, and Temptation Series.
The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.
Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband.
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You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
Her first solo novel, a romantic comedy, is due out in early 2015, but first, she thought she’d write a raunchy story with her best friend that would scar her conservative southern family for life.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.
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Title: Play of Light
Author: Debra Doxer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Publication Date: December 8th 2014
I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.
At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.
That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.
But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?
~ This is a standalone story. ~
“Something changed the day we met. The shift was small but pivotal. Somehow I knew things would never be the same.”
Play of Light by Debra Doxer was a beautifully written, endearing love story. It reaffirms my love of the saying, if you love someone, set them free and if they return then it’s meant to be. Sarah and her family moved away from their sleepy seaside town after tragedy struck. But the circumstances surrounding their move were kept quiet. The one person Sarah relied on was her best friend and first crush, Spencer. But when she needed him the most he rejected her and Sarah left with a broken heart for more reasons than one.
Five years later, Sarah returns to the same sleepy town but this time she isn’t a naïve little girl and she finds the strength to right a wrong. I really admired her for that. But when she comes face to face with Spencer all grown up, she doesn’t know if she should run away from him or run to him.
From the very first page, I fell in love with Debra’s beautiful writing. I felt I was lured in gently; a small peek of the past was revealed before we returned to the future, knowing everything had changed. I really like the way the flashbacks were incorporated and I think it worked really well.
This story was all about the characters, Spencer and Sarah were just kids when they first met but we really got to know them, it was clear how Sarah felt about Spencer and your first love is always your strongest.
“I thought I couldn’t really love anyone until I saw Spence again. Then I realized the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t love–it was that I couldn’t love anyone but him.”
Spencer didn’t have it easy growing up and I really felt for him. Sarah was his escape; she dulled the pain for him when the alcohol couldn’t. During the last time they met, I knew in that moment what Spencer was doing therefore I never disliked his character for a minute; I was just waiting for the timing to be right for them both to start over.
I think what I loved most about this book was the storyline. Today it’s hard to find something that little bit different; Play of Light is just that. I was entertained throughout the book, I even felt anxious towards the end, my was mind racing with things that could happen. The storyline felt believable to me, I took in every word and finished with a huge smile, feeling proud of the characters and how far they had come.
If I could ask for anything more it would be for an epilogue. What can I say? I’m greedy, I fell in love with Sarah, Spencer and their beautiful relationship and my favourite part of the story is always getting a glimpse into their future. For now, I’ll just use my own imagination.
Lastly, I can't finish this review without mentioning the cover; it is absolutely stunning and fits the story perfectly. I really can't wait to own it in paperback.
We need variety in life and Play of Light gives us that in abundance. It was a refreshing read, wonderfully written and one I recommend you try.
Love. As an avid reader, I’ve read many stories on love. The power of it. How love can destroy, consume, and overcome. Play of Light goes beyond that. It’s about a beautiful kind of love. The love that exists simply because two people recognized their soul in another.
“I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day he saved me from the Pirates.”
From the moment fourteen year old Sarah Walsh placed her eyes on Spencer Pierce she was never the same. Meeting him caused a complete shift in her life. Spencer is new in town and lives with his uncle after the death of his parents. As they begin their secret friendship, Sarah learns that Spencer has secrets that cause him a great deal of pain physically and emotionally. Spencer shouldn’t let Sarah in, but he does. They never agree upon a secret friendship, but it happens. It’s as if they do not want to share this special connection with others. Despite the darkness in Spencer’s life, he found his light in Sarah.
“He’d given me a glimpse of the darkness he felt every day, and I didn’t know what to do with it or how to make it better for him.”
A tragic event forces Sarah and her family to leave the only place she has called home. The boy she has fallen for, thinks it’s best she leaves too. However, unknown to Sarah, he has his reasons. Loving her enough to know that she is better off elsewhere, even if it means she’s away from him. This devastates Sarah. Five years later, Sarah returns home. The place that caused pain, loss, and heartache. The one place her mom begged her not to return to because of the secrets and lies left behind. The place that shattered their lives into pieces that will never be whole again.
“Then I realized the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t love-it was that I couldn’t love anyone but him.”
Sarah tried to love again. But she could never fully give her heart to any man that it did not belong to. Spencer found nothing but emptiness in the women he encountered as there is only one woman to make him feel whole. Play Of Light goes beyond the cliché second chance romance, childhood love. It’s deeper than that. Spencer and Sarah share a connection that cannot simply be put into words. But you feel it. You LIVE it. The author’s words give these characters life. The emotions grip you. You are immersed into Spencer and Sarah’s story the moment you start the first page.
“I’m not going to break, Spencer. “I know”, he said. “But you can if you want to.”
This story made my heart happy. There are secrets, lies, and pain, but despite that, love triumphed. There are broken pieces, slowly mended as two lovers are reconnected. By fate. By something stronger than them. Spencer and Sarah’s love story is not an easy one. I loved that the author didn’t make their love easy. It’s genuine and realistic. Their love hurts. But their love also heals. Their love consumes. Even years later, their connection feels stronger than ever.
“Would you ever love me enough to want to spend forever with me?”
The writing was both flawless and effortless in it’s delivery of a well developed, touching story of two people that love never gave up on despite their circumstances. The story weaves seamlessly through the past and present for the reader to fully understand the story and the depth of the love and frienship that exists between Spencer and Sarah. The pacing of this story was beautiful. I connected not only to the story, but to the characters. I teared up, I laughed, I simply lived through this story. Sarah and Spencer will stay with me for a long time to come. Play of Light is a beautiful, heartfelt story that gives hope to love and all it is capable of overcoming. Their love wins.
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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Title: Easy Virtue
Author: Mia Asher
Series: Virtue #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Love is selfish...
My name is Blaire.
I'm the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.
I'm the gold digger.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.
I hate myself too...
Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?
“If the devil were a woman and had a name, I believe it would be Blaire.”
From the very first page, it’s clear Blair White isn’t your typical heroine; in fact her actions and persona should have made me hate her. The independent woman in me should have been out with my pitchfork chasing Blaire to the burning stake. But that didn’t happen. It was clear to me why Blaire acted the way she did. Of course, that wasn’t an excuse or get out of jail free card but Blaire was told often enough she was unlovable. So she had no choice but to believe it and it changed Blaire, gone was the innocent girl and in her place was the sly vixen. Using her sexuality to get what she wanted.
Easy Virtue didn’t follow the lines of a typical romance and I loved that about it. It was a refreshing change and I couldn’t put it down. Blair went for the best of the best. She could sniff out the rich by their cologne or the type of watch they wore. She wasn’t any closer to real love but that suited her perfectly. Until Ronan came into her world, he made her feel for the first time in a very long time and Blaire loved it but hated it at the same time. Ronan scared her.
“One day you’re going to let me love you, and I’m going to hold you so tight I’ll never let you go. I’m going to love you as if it were the one thing I was meant to do. As if it were my purpose in life. Don’t you see it Blaire? Don’t you get it? You’re in me. In everything I see. In everything I touch. You’re in the air I breathe, in the water I drink, and in every dream I dream. I want to tell you so much more, but I know that you’re not ready to hear it.”
*Sigh* isn’t he just dreamy? And he was, without a doubt Ronan was the perfect book boyfriend, but then that got me thinking, was purposely put across this way? In my mind he was the obvious choice, Blaire’s only choice but I feel there may be more to the story and everything can be turned on its head.
When Lawrence was introduced, I almost stopped reading, it was right around the 60% mark. And it was nothing to do with poor Lawrence; he was his sexy, suave self. It was my reading preferences and me. I don’t do triangles, I hate third parties interfering, and my little heart can’t take the anxiety I feel. The book gave nothing away before I started and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up had I known but since the first teaser I had wanted to read this book and I’m so very glad I did. It isn’t your typical triangle so if you’re like me and this isn’t your usual cup of tea, I would say just go for it, you may surprise yourself.
After some good old procrastination I finally picked the book back up again and to my surprise I found out Lawrence wasn’t all that bad. Sure my heart hurt for Ronan and Blair was mixed up and sabotaging herself but we got a tiny page of Lawrence’s POV and it told me that more is to come.
Ronan and Lawrence are like the angel and devil on Blaire’s shoulder, Blaire knows Ronan is the pure choice but he makes her feel too much; too much emotion yet not enough self worth. Blaire knows where she stands with Lawrence; he’s devilish and can give her what she craves. They have an agreement and Blaire knows exactly where the line is drawn. But I have a feeling it is not all as it seems and it really does want me to read on.
As things came to a head and Blaire was faced with her worst nightmare, the book leaves you wanting more and I genuinely can’t wait to see how it will end. I feel it could go either way. And surprisingly I don’t mind.
This was my very first book by Mia Asher, my heart wasn’t brave enough for Arsen (I’m just glad I survived Easy V!) but I fell in love with Mia’s writing almost instantly. For an author to take my reading pet peeves and pretty much have me hanging on her every word is nothing short of a miracle and it almost, almost has me wanting to give Arsen a go ;-) This may be my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.
Easy Virtue was so much more than I expected, on paper I shouldn’t like it, yet I did. Mia Asher told the story well and has left me wanting more. You need to #1Click this today and find out whose side you are on!
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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Category: New Adult
Cover design by: Hang Le
Hosted by: Alpha Literary Services
Release Date: November 27, 2014
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
"You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything."
I decided I wasn't going to try to compete for the most salacious sex scene in my novels because I knew it was a losing proposition. Writers who resort to sex to sell books have to continually up the ante. They have to get more specific, more crass, more crude, more, ahem, creative, in order to stand out. Sex sells, but it's a hungry animal, and it constantly needs to be fed. Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-sex in romance novels. I'm not. I enjoy a well-written love scene. But it's not enough for me. I want something more. I want something that stays with me when the thrill is gone. That's why I write the way I write.
I worry sometimes that there is no place in the romance world for a writer like me. But then I get a message from a grateful reader or I sell 100,000 copies of a book like Making Faces, which is now being published in seven countries, and I become convinced that there is a huge segment of the population desperate to be emotionally fed, even spiritually fed. While so many romance novels feed the physical beast, I really wanted to write romance novels that spoke to the soul or to the sense of self, to the part of us that gets quieter as we grow older, that withdraws as we continually ignore the yearning for something soft, something sweet, something uplifting. We all try to fill the cracks in our lives with empty treats that leave us unsatisfied when what our souls need is SOUL food. For me, love stories, stories filled with good people and good things, with heartbreak and perseverance, with overcoming and sacrifice, are soul food. I won't ever shove spirituality down your throats, but I might invite you to take a bite. And you might find that a different kind of romance is delicious and satisfies you in a way whips and chains never could.
And that's my stand.
“I loved you then, Georgia. And I love you still.”
Forrest Gump once quoted his Mama when he said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." And the same can be said for Amy Harmon’s books. I never know what kind of journey Amy is going to take me on, but I do know, they will always be enjoyable and worthwhile.
The Law of Moses doesn’t fit into a neat little box, and it shouldn’t. If you love beautiful writing, endearing characters and a wonderful mystery then this book is for you. The Law of Moses lured me in; it started off as a gentle walk, introducing me to Georgia and Moses. Moses was the kid with a past who didn’t like company or himself and Georgia was the fearless tomboy who called things as she seen them.
The storyline broke into a trot and things began to change, Moses couldn’t control whom he was and Georgia couldn’t tame him like she thought. She wanted the boy, she loved him, she even knew her love was returned but Moses pushed her away and from that day on both their lives changed.
Moses and Georgia were forever bound, even if they didn’t know it and when Moses came back to town that’s when the speed kicked up into a full-blown gallop. So much so, I could feel my anxiety rising as the percentage of the story increased and with the mystery unresolved my worry was at an all time high.
The Law of Moses surprised me, even though it shouldn’t have. I know Amy Harmon doesn’t write inside the box, much like Moses she paints beautifully outside the lines and this book was no different but it was much more than an Amy Harmon romance, there was an added dimension that I personally loved and a mystery I never expected. I think it is a true talent to write a story that spans years, yet can make the reader feel like no time has passed at all.
Relationships and characters are what bind me to a story and I loved each and every one in The Law of Moses. Moses found the acceptance he needed in Gigi, he found someone to love him in Georgia, he found the friend he needed in Tag and most importantly he found what he didn’t even know he was missing in Eli. And the relationships Georgia had formed were just the same, including her parents. They feared Moses, not for the reasons everyone else did, but for their daughter and her fragile heart. Each and every interaction held importance in this story and it was personified beautifully. The scenes with Moses and Georgia near the end were heart warming; I had tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face.
My review is vague and it has to be that way, any more and the story would be spoiled. Go into this book with an open mind, an open heart and just enjoy every page. I know I did.
And just to finish; my #5Greats today are, Christmas songs, cat snuggles, books that make you feel, salt and vinegar snacks and The Law of Moses.
“My brain might be cracked, but it’s not just my brain. The sky is cracked too, and I can sometimes see what’s on the other side.”
“And Lucky is just like you!” I said. Moses just stared at me blandly, but I could tell he was enjoying himself. “Because he’s black?”
“No, stupid. Because he’s in love with me, and he tries to pretend every day like he doesn’t want to have anything to do with me.”
“She won’t let you break her again. So you have to take her. Don’t wait for her to say please. ‘Cause it won’t happen.”
“We’re not talking about a horse, Tag.”
“The hell we aren’t. That’s her language, Mo. So you better learn it.”
“Thou shall paint. Thou shall leave and never look back. Thou shall not love… “Those were my laws”… “And then came you. You and Gi. And I started thinking about a breaking a law or two.”… “In the end, Georgia, I only broke one. I loved.”
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.
Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.
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The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Real Series #5
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: December 9th. 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.
One thing that really pulled me in to the story was the hidden little past that we didn’t know about Pandora pre-hand. This is where the HOT rocker Mackenna Jones comes in to the picture. Mackenna and Pandora have known each other since they were kids, and they fell into a lusty love-filled teenage romance that changed them forever. There were things in both of their lives at the time that they couldn’t control, conflict of interest between their parents being the main issue. Promises were made, and hearts were broken and this is what softened me to Pandora.
Pandora is as cold as ice, and it’s really hard to understand her. But slowly I completely got her. I even felt bad for her at times because it seemed like nobody really cared about what her issue was with the exception of Mackenna. Mackenna is in this hugely successful band, and they just happen to be shooting a documentary style movie when Pandora comes back in his life to seek her vengeance. This part was actually quite comical and somewhat immature, but totally worth it!
Since the cameras were rolling when Pandora decided to make her presence known, she gets thrust in to Mackenna’s world and ends up completely involved in this movie that she had no desire to be a part of. All the while acting as tough as ever to prove to Mackenna that she’s not going to give in to him. This is why I love Mackenna Jones, you can tell that there is this underlying need to fulfill a promise that he made so many years before. And there are so many clues that Pandora is so oblivious to that it made me shake my head, that girl is so stubborn! But there is one thing I can say about Pandora, she is not whiney and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. And by the end of the story I wanted to hug her and say I KNEW IT, I totally love her now. LOVE her.
As the story progresses Mackenna and Pandora become closer and oddly farther apart at the same time. This is mostly because of Pandora’s unwillingness to oblige Mackenna, HA! I had some major laugh out loud moments with both of these characters, the chemistry was off the charts and the banter was this perfect mix of sexy-sarcastic and sometimes sweet. I really loved it and I was pleasantly surprised with my change of heart towards Pandora, and the steamy scenes are WOAAAHHH. Katy really stepped it up with this one guys. Like a lot.
Of course I would recommend this to everyone! When an Author can take a character like Pandora and make her turn from cold to warm that is amazing to me. Don’t get me wrong she’s still the same snarky, quick-witted hothead, but Mackenna pulls this side out of her that I just adored. It was wonderful, I hope everyone loves it like I did.
By Katy Evans
RIPPED – I’m so excited to be sharing with everyone RIPPED, Real series book #5! J
RIPPED began with Pandora, Brooke (Real, Mine and Remy) and Melanie’s (Rogue) goth friend. She’s such a wounded warrior and so bitter that I was completely hooked wanting to know—what happened? What made her like this? Why does she hate men so much?
And that’s how I met her man, Mackenna Jones.
He’s back in Seattle for the concert of the year, and Pandora hates him so much, she is still so stuck in the past for having loved (and lost) him when she was young, she’s determined to go pay him a visit and give him a little something to remember her by. Nothing nice, I assure you.
And that’s where RIPPED totally exploded for me. It’s one of those books where I couldn’t stop writing even for a second. It seemed like I just opened Pandora’s box of secrets and they came spilling out, one after the other. Memories, what truly happened in her eyes, in his eyes, their first kiss (sigh) and so much more. Their past is tumultuous and passionate and their present, when they reunite again, is just as passionate and rocky. They have a long way to go to their HEA but, though Pandora doesn’t feel she deserves it and has never let herself want it, Mackenna has another plan to conquer back his girl.
What I love about this couple in particular is how equal they seem—the push and the pull always kept me guessing as to who had control of the situation, sometimes Pandora had Mackenna by the pants, and plenty of others it was Mackenna who kept getting the upper hand, knowing each and every one of Pandora’s weaknesses (including that he is the main one.)
He is the boy she could never forget.
She is the girl no other girl has ever compared.
Things are about to get RIPPED during Mackenna’s concert tour when his manager thinks it brilliant to force Pandora to tag along. J
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Title: You and Everything After (Falling #2)
Author: Ginger Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 5, 2014
I’m that teenaged girl who has MS. You haven’t met me, but you’ve seen me around. You probably know my sister. We’re twins, and she’s the pretty one. Maybe you’ve heard about my reputation, how much I like to hook up at parties—how easy it is to get me in bed, get what you want, and forget about me after.
Forget what you think you know. I’m leaving that girl behind.
College is all about new beginnings. So from now on—I’m just Cass. And the rest…it isn’t written yet. And no one else gets to write my story for me.
“Tyson Preeter doesn’t do can’t.”
That’s exactly what I want people to think when they see me. I am strong, invincible, confident, intelligent—arrogant. I’m the man who always finds a way around, over and through—until there’s nothing left. Since losing my ability to walk six years ago, I’ve relearned life. I don’t need sympathy. I don’t want charity. And I don’t do love.
It’s better this way, saves my disappointments for me, and me alone, and it saves my strength for everything I want.
But Cass Owens is about to wreck everything. She’s about to steal all of my strength away from me, because she needs it more. She’s about to break all of my rules, and break down all of my walls. She’s about to own me…completely.
And I’m about to let her.
Tyson Preeter. We first meet him in This Is Falling and fall instantly for him. He’s hot, has a crazy sense of humor, and he doesn’t do “can’t”. If you haven’t met him until this book, that’s ok. Because whatever you think you know or will find out about Tyson Preeter? It’s wrong.
Tyson Preeter is unlike any male character you have ever met. I am not talking about the usual drop dead gorgeous guy that falls in love with a girl. Ty? He’s got heart. He’s got soul. Oh and he’s paralyzed from the waist down. But that never stops him. He lives life. He loves life. Oh and girls. But Ty doesn’t do love. It’s just easier that way. Until he meets Cass. She’s different. She makes him want to be different. Cass opens up his heart in ways he never thought possible. When he learns her secret, he realizes that she is his missing piece. He sees his soul in Cass. He sees that recognizing and dealing with the past and insecurities doesn’t show weakness. It shows courage, strength, and resiliency.
“I love her for everything she is, and I love her for how much she makes me believe in the possible. She’s defiance, in all of its glory.”
Despite Ty’s outside demeanor of confidence and cocky, we learn that when he lost his ability to walk, he also lost a piece of himself that he will never get back. Cass and Ty face obstacles that people their age will probably never face. The author eloquently writes two characters that show a strength and a will to live that most people will never have, yet she displays their vulnerabilities in a manner that truly allows the reader to understand Ty and Cass and everything they continue to face not only as a couple, but as individuals. The humor and emotion displayed in this book is perfectly balanced. Ty and Cass have a banter that will have you laughing out loud. They are witty, charming and all around one of my favorite couples in a book. At other times you will be crying. Crying for two beautiful souls dealt a rough hand in life, but are willing to live and love harder than everyone else. The connection between Cass and Ty cannot be put into words. Ty's love for Cass? It runs deeper than anything I have ever experienced in a book. Their emotional bond is beautiful, raw, and heartfelt. THIS. BOOK. You will feel EVERYTHING.
“And as far as I’m concerned, from now on, there is just you…and everything after.”
You And Everything After is a beautiful, poignant story of love and acceptance. The writing is flawless as the author weaves a story that grips you from the very first page all the way until the end. You are immersed in a world of Ty and Cass and you will not want to leave. The delivery of the story is powerful in that you feel every up and down Ty and Cass endure. You LIVE their journey to love. Their journey to acceptance. Their story strongly supports the notion that despite the circumstances we face in life, we must not only recognize our capability to love, but accept the love we deserve. You don’t know and understand love until you read Ty and Cass’s story. Their love shatters the definition of true love in that it defies everything you ever believed about it. Yes. Their love shatters, yet it makes them whole. Their love finds it’s way through darkness and comes out on top. Their love heals.
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.
Scott 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. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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