There are about five seconds of calm and blissful ignorance after I crack my eyes open. Five seconds when I stare at the white ceiling looming not far from my face, as my eyes adjust to the dim light, Las my brain just sits idly, waiting for the neurons to start firing.
And then the avalanche of confusion hits.
Where am I?
How did I get here?
What the hell happened?
I roll my head and find my sister’s face only a few inches away. “Kacey?” I whisper.
She moans, and my nostrils catch her rank breath. I cringe and turn away. Too quickly, it would seem, as a sharp, stabbing pain pierces my brain. I cringe a second time.
We’re in my dorm room. That much, I can quickly deduce by the cramped space and a few personal belongings. But I don’t remember coming home.
What do I remember?
My hand slides feebly up to my face to give it a good rub while I pick through my foggy memory, trying to piece together the night… Bits of blurry images flicker so faintly that I’m not sure they’re real. Shot after shot. After shot. Orange, blue, green . . . Kacey and me doing the robot on the dance floor? I groan and immediately wince at another throb of pain in my head. God, I hope not. From there . . . nothing. I remember nothing. How can I not remember anything?
Kacey moans again and I’m assaulted with another wave of that foulness. Swallowing several times, I accept that my breath can’t be much better and that I would kill for a bottle of water. I push my sheets off my body with slow, uncoordinated kicks.
And I frown as I take in my exposed flesh. Why am I . . . Oh, right. I was wearing that stupid toga last night. That doesn’t explain why I’m in nothing but panties now, but my head hurts too much to think about tha . . . Whatever. It’s only my sister. And Reagan, but she’s a girl.
I struggle to sit up, groaning as I push my hands back through a mess of knotted hair, squeezing my temples to relieve some of the pressure. And why does my head feel ready to burst! I think if someone walked in here with an axe, I’d stretch my neck out for a clean cut.
There’s already a vile taste in my mouth when a surge of nausea hits me. I need water. Now. With shaky arms and legs, I rock my body around and down, not wasting time with the ladder and hoping I don’t step on Reagan’s head. If I can just make it to the mini fridge and chug a bottle of cold water, I’ll feel better. I know it…
A second later, as my feet hit Reagan’s plush white shag rug by the bed, I get my second shock of the morning.
An ass. A male ass. And it’s not just an ass. It’s everything. There’s a very large, very naked guy sprawled out on Reagan’s bed, his legs and one arm hanging off the edge. By the mess of honey-blond hair poking out from beneath the covers in the corner, I can see that Reagan is buried somewhere in there.
I can’t stop staring. I’m standing there in nothing but underwear, the room is spinning, my mouth tastes like I drank sewer water, and I’m frozen, focused on this naked man in front of me. Partly because he’s the last thing I ever expected to see when I climbed down. Partly because he’s the first naked man I’ve ever seen. Partly because I’m wondering what the hell he’s doing here.
And . . . what is that on the top of his left ass cheek? My curiosity overtakes my shock as I step forward cautiously, hesitant to get too close. It looks like . . . a tattoo. It’s red and puffy. I’ve seen pictures of fresh tattoos and that’s what they look like. Like, really fresh. It’s a fancy scroll font and it reads “Irish.” Irish? I frown. Why is that word jogging my memory . . . ?
The floor creaks as my weight shifts, startling me. I abruptly back away. The sudden movement makes the crammed room spin. Water. Right. Now. With wobbly legs, I stumble toward the fridge and my robe that hangs on a hook by the door. Unfortunately, our dorm rooms are tiny and, let’s face it—I’m an ox in a closet when I’m nervous. My back slams into Reagan’s dresser, hitting it hard enough to knock over an array of her glass perfume bottles. I hold my breath, hoping the loud noise isn’t enough to wake up the naked giant.
No such luck.
My heart stops beating as I watch the guy’s head roll over to face out. He cracks open his eyes.
Oh. My. God.
It’s the Jell-O thief. It’s Ashton.
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“There is always hope. Where we have breath, we have hope.”
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Just like the subject in TICK to the TOCK, no matter how much you think you prepare yourself, when the end finally arrives it doesn’t hurt any less. Cryptic I know. TICK to the TOCK was a slow burn for me, I knew how it would end yet I still bawled like a baby when it did.
TICK to the TOCK is not your average New Adult novel, a fast-paced sexy romance you won’t find but a really well-written, thought provoking piece of literature you will. We join Dante King on his journey of finding closure or searching for peace, who knows which as not even Dante knows what he is doing. Faced with the worst news at 22yrs old when the Doc tells him it’s not looking good, how should Dante react when his life is now running out like a sand timer? He has to decide if he should stay at home with his mum and dad and await his death or if he should be selfish and rob his parents of precious moments with him to squeeze in some last minute memories by travelling. He chooses the latter and with his second chance at love, his cousin who is more like a brother and a very eccentric best friend, Dante goes globe trekking.
It did take me a while to get into the story; the author’s writing style is very eloquent and detailed. Every word serves a purpose and each scene is written in the most intricate of ways. This is by no means a bad thing, I think it was a clever piece of writing, I just felt I had to really concentrate on each word as no matter how small, the word before was significant to the next. I enjoyed the different settings and again I loved the detail of each new country this group would explore.
Dante and his peers seemed older than their years, perhaps that’s because they were dealing with such a tough topic, cancer ages you and there is no time to be a young, carefree new adult, decisions need to be made and worry and anguish is a guarantee. The romance element of the story was low, but with that being said, the relationship between Dante and Danii was significant, I loved the reverence Dante would describe Danii with, after being afraid of his feelings for her, with his days now finite Dante did not fear the feeling of love any more.
“I was angry at you for coming. I hated you for it, but then you came out with the… news… and well, the anger disappeared. But I didn’t want to let go of the anger, for without it, all I have is love.” ~ Danii
Wilbur Day and Ethan Knight are as different as… well… night and day actually ;) Wil is the crazy carefree art friend who wears boat shoes and chinos. He loathes women and never commits. Ethan needs order to survive, he needs routine to function, so when both friends leave their lives behind to become nomad travellers with Dante it is not only a journey of discovery for the patient but also for the friends and family that he is leaving behind. I was so unsure of Wil, but he did grow on me and I loved the change in Ethan throughout the journey as well.
“Oh, Dante, living life is no secret. It’s merely something most overlook.”
“I think… I think this is a bad day, possibly the worst of days, and if there’s ever a time to drink and drown one’s sorrow, well, it’s during the worst of days.” ~ Will
Whilst reading TICK to the TOCK it is impossible not to think of yourself in a similar situation. What would you do; stay and cling on to hope in a hopeless situation or throw caution to the wind and experience all the things you put off for that ‘tomorrow’. Some books I can whiz through in a matter of hours and I smile and feel happy at the outcome, others take longer and leave a bigger impact. TICK to the TOCK was, for me, the latter. It took me longer to finish but Dante King is not someone I will forget easily.
The tears started around 60%; mainly whenever Dante was torn over leaving his family and feeling selfish for robbing them of time with him, by the remaining 20% my eyes were barely dry. I think Dante’s illness was portrayed accurately and sensitively. It makes for a hard read but it is reality and unfortunately a reality for many. This book was by no means doom and gloom; it was uplifting and filled with hope when there seemed like none to be had. There is no cliffhanger but with comparison to your average NA book, the ending isn’t typical either.
If you want to experience something a little different today then I suggest you try TICK to the TOCK. It’s one you won’t forget in a hurry.
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He gripped my ass tighter. I let out a sound I had no idea I was capable of. I was so fucking turned on. His movements on me were making me so wet I could feel it soaking my panties. His mouth moved from my neck to my ear. "You gotta quit making those sounds, baby." He kissed the spot behind it. "I'm starting to lose it."
Then he took my mouth in his, moving into me harder, pinning me to the wall. My leg on the floor moved to wrap around him. I needed him closer to me; I needed more of him.
He started to build a rhythm again. I felt that slow burn building low in my stomach. I didn't know how the fuck he was doing it. Or what the fuck he was even doing. But I didn't want it to stop. Ever. "Oh my God, Logan." I was panting; my head threw back against the wall. He was on my neck. Sucking. Hard. He was going to leave a mark. I wanted him to.
"Matthews! What the fuck are you doing?" A deep voice yelled.
I screamed, dropped my legs, ducked, and hid behind him.
Oh. My. God.
Reality set in.
What the fuck were we doing?
"Fuck." he spat. His hand went down his pants to adjust himself before turning around.
"What the fuck do you think this is, Matthews?"
Oh. My. God.
Kill me now.
"Go home!" I was too embarrassed to look past Logan to see his coach's reaction.
"Yes Sir." Logan sounded like he was about to laugh.
What the hell?
"I'll cover for you." His coach sounded different now, like he was trying to contain his own laughter. "Fuck, I wish I was in college again," he said, before I heard his footsteps walking away.
I don't know what emotion was on my face when Logan turned to me, but he laughed.
"This shit's not funny!" I whispered loudly. " I almost let you have me" I motioned with my finger at our surroundings. "Right here!"
He didn't respond. Just looked me up and down and licked his lips. His eyes settled on my face, as he brought his hand to cup my cheek.
And then his face was so close to mine; I could feel his breath on my lips. He rubbed his nose against mine. "Wait here," he said, his voice low, laced with desire. "We're not even close to being done. I'm going to take you home and I'm going to fucking finish what I started. And when I'm done with you, you won't even remember what happened just now. All you'll remember is how I make you feel when you're screaming my name."
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I had a soft spot for Logan Matthews after meeting him in More Than This, he was an ass at times, but he was sweet and his heart was in the right place. At the end of More Than This Jay McLean wrote a sweet epilogue, but left a twist on the very last page about Logan that left my open mouth. Thus, I was really looking forward to reading Logan’s story in More Than Her.
I really enjoyed the storyline, and it’s one that I can’t say too much about as it will give away too many spoilers. I will say it’s full of angst, steamy moments, funny moments and emotional moments. The first 25% of the book jumps between the past and present, and then after that it stays in the present, this works really well as I liked the flashbacks.
The past allows you to see how the relationship started with “Her” how he fell for “Her” and how he messes it up because he doesn’t know what to say, and how to deal with his feelings. The present lets you see what happens when they see each other again eighteen months later, the chemistry, the emotions, and the attraction they have for each other is still there. They are both still hurting, and Logan wants to make right the mistake that he has never gotten over.
“Any asshole that has you, and is stupid enough to lose you, is a fucking idiot….. Trust me I would know”
“I wish I could forget the past. Forget what he did. Forget that he hurt me. Because I want so badly - more than anything else to be able to forgive him. And maybe, just maybe, we could be everything I hoped for.”
Told from Logan and ‘Her’ POV, you get to see how they feel about each other, their insecurities and how they fight to make the relationship work. Jay writes it in a way that you can’t help but connect to them and fall in love with them. Their emotions were my emotions, when they were happy, sad or pissed off so was I. It was heartbreaking to read at times. These two are perfect for each other, and you can’t help but root for them.
“The thing about Logan was that he had that power over me. His presence could make me forget all the emotions I felt before he entered a room. Because the second he’s here, it’s all him”.
“You and me. We’re going to make new memories. Ones that you aren’t afraid of. And it’s going to be amazing.”
You really get to see a different side to Logan, and I loved being inside his head. You see the real Logan; where he comes from; learn about his past, the reason why he finds it hard to love, and his heartbreak. I just wanted to give him hugs. His love for “Her” is undeniable; everything her does is for her. He’s devoted to the woman he loves.
“I can't give you much or anything at all. But when I say those words to you, it won't just be words—it will be me giving you something that means something. And you deserve to know that, to feel that. So please, let me be the first to say it—because I need to be able to at least give you that...and when I do—those three words will be yours, forever. And so will I.”
Again I loved the secondary characters; Logan’s dad, Kayla, Jake, Cam, Lucy, Heidi and Dylan, loved them all. Like before, I love their friendship, banter and how they all are truly there for each other.
“She makes you happy, son?" he asked quietly. "No," I said, shaking my head. "She makes me whole.”
Overall, I loved this story and like the first book Jay’s writing style pulled me in from the start. I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I love watching characters grow and mature. I will warn you it does end on a cliffhanger, and I knew this when I started the book. Therefore, I had mentally prepared myself hoping that it would soften the blow when it happened, and it did but only slightly as I was still anxious. I liked it, but I did shout at my Kindle. I can’t wait to read the next book More Than Him (Due for release in February). I know that they have a tough time ahead, and a few hurdles to overcome, but I can’t wait to be on that journey with them and hope they get the Happy Ever After that they both deserve.
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“I’m trying really hard not to be the person that you think I am. I’m not that person. At least not with you.”
“I hate him. I hate him. I hate him. I hate him so fucking much, I want to push him up against the wall and punch him in the face. And then I want to lick it. Then rip his fucking shirt off and finger his abs while he does that annoying manly chuckle that I love. I hate him. Stupid Fucking Logan Fucking Matthews.”
“And that’s how we stayed. In each other’s arms, holding on to this night. I didn’t want to let go. Ever. Maybe it was too soon. Maybe it was too intimate. Maybe it was too perfect.”
“She became more than just my girl she became my everything“
Title: Pieces For You
Series: For You #2
Author: Genna Rulon
Published: December 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
"The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes
Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.
As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.
But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.
Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Though Only For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand-alone.
I am speechless. I didn't think this book would affect me the way it did. Powerful. Emotional. Beautiful. Genna Rulon's Pieces For You is a story that starts with your heart in small pieces, and it is slowly put it back together again. The author made two people that were shattered, whole again. I got all the FEELS with this one!
"I love you in a way that will never ebb or fail—it will thrive and deepen every day. I don’t want to experience life without you ever again; I don’t want to live without those pieces of me.”
While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend the first book, Only For You as you truly get to understand the back story of book 2 a little more. We are introduced to Samantha (Sam) Whitney as she survived the unthinkable. After weeks in a save haven, she returns to real life to adjust again. Griffin Evensen has always had a thing for Sam. However, he has always been in the background, waiting patiently. Once he hears of the incident, Griffin realizes life is too short to not tell someone how you feel. Eventually, him and Sam end up in a routine of spending time together and ultimately fall in love. With Sam's past, love isn't easy. She has a so much to deal with, but Griffin is there every step of the way. I swooned over Griffin the entire book. He gave me goosbumps. He made me cry and laugh. He made me FEEL. His actions to protect Sam jeopardizes his relationship with Sam. You NEED to read and find out what happens! I cannot say too much without giving it away. This story of loss, hope, and true love is honestly one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. Love is powerful.
I am still reeling over this book. I had to write my review right away as I wanted to capture all the emotions I felt as the book ended. I loved the first book in the series with Hunter and Everleigh. But this book blew me away! Watching someone so fragile fall in love was beyond words. Sam found solace in Griffin. She found that if someone could love her with such conviction then she should love and be loved.
The writing style of the author is flawless and captivating. She has a way to grab you into the story from beginning to end. You become so engrossed in the story and connect to the characters that putting the book down is not an option. The characters are so genuine and you feel every emotions expressed in this book. Every. Emotion. Whether they laugh or cry, you are in that moment with them.The author doesn't tell this story, she allows you to LIVE it.
This book is so much more than romance. It is about love conquering all. About a woman surviving and overcoming the unimaginable. I applaud the author for taking on such a difficult topic. No matter what, Sam didn't play the victim. She overcame. She realized her worth. That she not only deserves to love, but also to live. And she did so, passionately. This amazing story cannot be recommended enough. With love and hope all things are possible.
During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.
Genna was raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.
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Title: Surrender To Me
Author: Ashley Piscitelli
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2013
Rebecca Chase has never been interested in dating, and definitely not in relationships. She only had two goals in life, to get her college degree and to get the hell away from her house. When she meets Lucas everything that she thought she had wanted was now turned upside down.
Lucas Masterson has it all money, fame, and his dream job of being in the music industry. He knows that most people are just out for themselves and will use him as much as they can. When he meets Becca he realizes that he never really knew what he wanted. He thinks that she is the most amazing person he has ever met, but can he balance her and his crazy life?
Can two people who come from completely different worlds make it work or will the people trying to tear them apart succeed?
Get ready to get lost in this crazy romantic adventure and surrender yourself to Lucas and Becca.
Celebrity rock star, Lucas Masterson has it all. But is missing one thing. He finds that in Rebecca (Becca) Chase one day in a parking lot. He has car trouble and she does not hesitate to help. Lucas is drawn to Becca immediately. What he finds even more intriguing about her is that, she doesn't realize who he is, or perhaps she does and does not care.
Lucas and Becca end up on a date and sparks fly. This intense, passionate couple fall for each other rather quickly. While some may not like insta-love, including myself, I found this to be believable. Can we really put a time frame on feelings and love? Not where it concerns Lucas and Becca. They had a lot of chemistry and their lives made so much more sense as they were together. Being a rock star has its pros and cons, especially when trying to have a relationship. The past comes back to haunt both Lucas and Becca. It is insistent on keeping them apart. However, what Lucas and Becca have is real and undeniable, so they fight for each other. They fight for their love as they surrender to their feelings.
I found this to be an enjoyable story. I will definitely be reading the next, as I feel that Lucas and Becca's story is far from over. There is so much more to find out about the two of them. So much more love to be shared and explored. I look forward to the continuation. If you are looking for a steamy fast paced romance, then this is for you.
Rebecca Chase meets Lucas Materson in a parking lot of a liquor store, he is having car trouble, and he asks her if she can help jump-start his car. There is instant attraction between the two. Lucas feels that there is something different about Becca, and he persuades her to go on a date with him the next day. Becca not up with celebrity gossip doesn’t know whom Lucas is, Becca is shocked when she ends up at a concert that night with her best friend Jen and sees Lucas up on stage.
Becca is a quiet, independent normal girl. She is not into dating or relationships. All she wants is to get her college degree and leave home. I did find Rebecca frustrating at times as I felt she was a little naïve, a little too trusting. Lucas is a rock star who has it all; his dream job, fame and money. He has some trust issues, as he knows people may use him to get what they want because of who he is.
“To her, I wasn’t Lucas Materson the celebrity; I was just a guy in a parking lot trying to get a date with her. I can only hope that won’t change now that she knows who I am”
Rebecca and Lucas was a cute couple; they are feeling things that they have never felt before, the chemistry is intense thus resulting in plenty of steamy scenes. The way Lucas is with Becca and the way he doesn’t hold back in telling her his true feelings I thought was sweet. But that being said I did feel that their relationship was rushed and felt a bit forced at times. It was a bit too insta love for me.
The storyline was told from Becca and Lucas’s POVs about two people from very different worlds who fall in love. It not all smooth sailing as drama, insecurities, self-doubt, jealousy and secrets get in the way. I liked the storyline I just wish it had been longer as to me some parts were rushed, and had it been longer these parts could have been developed more. There were times that I felt I was being told rather than shown what was happening.
Surrender To Me was a sweet, romantic easy read. Secondary characters such as Jen added some humour to the story; she was a great friend, and support for Becca giving her some great and funny advice. The texts between the two made me laugh.
Overall, even though this book was fast paced I did like it. The ending you could say was sort of a happy one as there wasn't a cliffhanger, but it was one that also lets you know that Becca and Lucas’ story will be continued. I will certainly read the next book, as I’m curious to see what happens next.
“I’m not usually a sucker for the shy girls, but this one has something…. different”
“I don’t know why this thing is so hard for me. I want Luke; every time he touches me it’s like my whole body is on fire.”
“After our first date, I knew she was the one to make me change my ways, and since then I haven’t been able to control myself around her; she fills the empty place in my soul that I’ve harboured for so long”
“If you really feel a connection with this girl, then go for it and screw anyone who has a problem with it” ~ Lucas’s dad
“I know you aren’t used to people taking care of you, but you’d better get used to it with me. I take care of what’s mine, and you Rebecca chase, are mine”
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Title: Let Love Shine
Author: Melissa Collins
Series: Love #3.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: January 2, 2014
What comes after “they lived happily ever after?”
Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.
Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.
With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.
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But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it.
I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms. He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. The sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk and kissing him sweetly should warm my heart. But all I can see is her ass right now. Yep, I want her.
“Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden is situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck.
“Hmmm,” she mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin.
Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips. This is something else of which I’ll never get tired. Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy. “Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little. To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least.
“What? I’m not allowed to want my wife.” I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more. Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity. I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine. It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year.
Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed. “Not it!” She calls out and laughs.
“Damn, you’re getting quick!” It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me.
“Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me. “Holy crap! What the hell did you feed this kid today?” Seriously, he’s lethal.
“He ate the same as usual. He’s just a stinky little monster.” She says the last sentence to Braden in that ridiculous baby talk. You can talk sweet about it all you want; it’s still poop.
Let Love shine is a novella that focuses on Maddy and Reid the main characters from Let Love In and Let Love Stay. It was a sweet story that picks up with Maddy and Reid when they leave the hospital with their new baby boy Braden, and it follows them over the next 18 months. You see their fears, concerns, and their happiness as they deal with being first-time parents at a young age.
Reid is working and Maddy is at school, it was great to see the way they have matured and grown as a couple, how they support each other, and only want the best for their family.
Maddy is still sweet, sassy, strong, funny and extremely endearing. I love Reid; he is such a sexy alpha. I love the way he is with Maddy especially when she is feeling unhappy about her body after having Braden.
It was lovely so see that all was well with Momma C and Melanie, they are a great support system for Reid and Maddy. I love Melanie and Maddy’s friendship and I’m looking forward to reading Momma C’s story. Love that lady!
Overall, Let Love Shine was a well-written, quick, drama free read, filled with sweet, touching and steamy moments. I wish it had been slightly longer, but that being said it was a lovely way to end Reid and Maddy’s story.
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Title: Rome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .
I’m going to have to give Cora top billing in this review. I loved her brief appearances in Jet and was looking forward to see what Jay brought to the table for her in Rome, and she didn’t disappoint. Cora is fun, funky and cool and has no problem telling people exactly how it is. And that’s exactly how she get’s Rome’s attention. Well that and by pouring beer all over his head! Cora is the cool, outgoing, outspoken girl you want to be, but are too afraid to be. Or the best friend you’d want, but are too scared to actually talk to her. Either way, she is pretty awesome.
Cora was looking for perfect man after being royally screwed over by her ex. She was insanely attracted to Rome, but he far from her picture of perfection. Until Rome showed her just how perfect he was for her.
She put her friendships on line with some risky decisions in order to bring Rome and his family back together again. She would do anything for him, to protect him and to heal him. She was strong when he couldn’t be and he never hesitated to return the favour. They helped each other find their way to happiness. And that’s what love is all about.
Rome… the hunky, hot, hero with a heart of gold that has that natural need to protect those around him. When he arrives back home after his final tour of duty in Afghanistan, he has a difficult time adjusting to his new life. Not only is he now retired from the military and unsure of what to do next, but he comes home to find everyone around him happy-in-love and seemingly not needing him anymore. He’s the big brother that had always protected his friends and family. He’s confused and angry at the world and at all of those that surround him.
And one cannot go without mentioning Brite. He is the owner of a dingy little bar Rome stumbles upon. He see’s the former lost soul he once was in Rome, Brite gives Rome a new coping mechanism to keep his mind and hands off the booze. He gives him purpose and a new job. And it was a pretty cool tradition that is handed from bar owner to bar owner and eventually Rome becomes that man in charge. It was a total awe moment for me, the way Brite did it.
This book really had it all. Chemistry, hot sex, AWE moments, and most of all the love and acceptance between Cora and Rome. It was also great to get glimses of Rule and Jet’s relationship progression with their girls, that’s another reason why I love series like this. You never really do have to fully let go of them all.
I am a huge fan of Rule (he’s still my number one of the series), but Rome certainly gave him a run for his money in the book boyfriend status order. Now if you haven’t read this series yet it’s about time you go and meet the Marked Men!
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
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Title: Wake For Me
Author: Isobel Irons
Series: Life or Death #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: December 15 2013
"Finding the man of your dreams can be hard... Especially if you're unconscious."
When Viola Bellerose breaks up with her “up and coming” Irish rock star boyfriend, the feisty winery heiress takes it in stride—by making out with a hot stranger and accidentally crashing her Mercedes into the East River. Whoops.
Somewhat unfairly, in her opinion, Viola now spends her days in a coma, trapped inside the prison of her own body. With each passing day, she finds herself becoming more lost in a world of vivid and terrifying dreams, in which a tall and tortured doctor often appears in a romantic role.
First year intern Sam Philips is barely surviving his complicated life, dealing with his older brother’s death, avoiding scary charge nurses and working endless hours--all while competing against his fellow interns. His solace is the time he spends with his favorite patient, the girl he’s nicknamed Sleeping Beauty. Convinced that her coma can’t last forever, Sam spends hours at her bedside, spilling his secrets to the unconscious girl.
But what the outwardly shy Sam could never guess, is that his Sleeping Beauty is actually aware. That she's secretly hanging on his every word, and falling head over heels in love with him. That even as Sam tries to save her, someone else might be trying to kill her.
How is a girl supposed to fall in love with her doctor (and vice versa) when they have never interacted since she's in a coma? That's the question that I asked myself after reading the synopsis for this book and I, of course, had to read it and see how the author was going to make that happen.
Viola is in a coma after a car accident. Most her time is spent in these frightening nightmares that she can't seem to escape and start getting mixed with reality. Sam stops by his favorite patient's room as much as he can to talk about what's going in his life and is one of the few people that believe that she will wake up. I liked Sam. He was sweet, protective and a little dorky (which I loved). Viola feels like her and Sam are a perfect match even though she has only heard his voice and doesn't even know anything about him other than what he tells her on his visits. She was feisty and had a take-charge attitude throughout the story.
I liked the whole doctor/patient in a coma plot. It kind of played in my head like a Grey's Anatomy episode as I was reading it. I also really liked that the book is written in dual pov so I was able to not only be in Viola's head, but I also got to see what was going on with Sam. There's a little mystery thrown in. Someone is plotting against her and she has no idea who could it be. I did find it boring at times and I felt like a couple of questions I had were left unanswered.
Overall, I liked this book. It had romance, a different kind of plot, and a little mystery and suspense. The characters were likeable and relatable. I recommended it to anyone who's looking for something a little different.
In real life, I am (among many things) an indie film director and TV producer with a deep–some might even say obsessive–appreciation for onscreen storytelling and a lifelong book habit that I just can’t seem to kick.
In film, there’s nothing I like better than a JJ Abrams “show, not tell” character reveal, or a Joss Whedon banter session. Or an Erik Kripke-level “bromance.” And of course, I’m a die-hard fan of the will they / won’t they trope, where the fans start shipping two characters agonizingly long before they share their first kiss. Or in Hart Hanson’s case, like three frigging years before. (That’s right, Hart. I’m talking to you, you incorrigible tease.)
In my novels, I use my visual storytelling skills to show the reader an entire menagerie of hidden worlds. When it comes to imagination, there is no production value and no budget. But if there was, I would spend it all and then some. To me, my characters are real people, who just happen to live in my mind. Before I write, I scout locations to set the scene, I hold exhaustive casting sessions to find the perfect quirks that will ignite the maximum amount of conflict. Then, I throw in some tricky, but believable situations that allow my characters to expose themselves–sometimes in a figurative, emotional sense, other times quite literally. Rawr.
Finally, I sit back and let the story unfold. If it sucks, I cut it. I tell my characters–sternly, but calmly–to reset and do it again, but this time give me MORE. Show me MORE. Make me laugh or cry or want to hit something MORE. And then, when I realize I’ve read through the entire thing in one sitting and–Holy shit, is it really that late, and Oh my God I am SO hungry! Have I even eaten today? That’s when I know it’s ready to be unleashed into the world.
Vivid characters. Vibrant settings. Relatable problems. Together, these elements combine to form the Ultimate Literary Crack. Or, as I like to call it, “Promoting Literacy through Shameless Addiction.”
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Title: Sempre: Redemption (Forever, #2)
Author: J.M. Darhower
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.
Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.
Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.
After reading (and loving) the first book in this series, Sempre, I was beyond excited to get my hands on Sempre: Redemption. And I have to say I loved this one almost as much as the first! Although I expected some drama and trouble, I was hoping to get a lot more of Haven and Carmine as a happy couple, and enjoying life a bit after all of the struggles and hardships they faced in the previous book... and that's definitely not what we get for most of this novel. This one had me bawling my eyes out in record time and I had a lump in my throat through almost the entire book. This continuation of Sempre is emotional, heartbreaking, and completely captivating-- such a page-turner for me.
Even though I had hoped for more of a happily ever after-- or even a tiny bit of one--- I loved that we got to see what life was like for Haven and Carmine after Haven gained her "freedom." This book was quite a role-reversal for the two main characters. In the first book, Haven is the one who can't make her own decisions and is forced to live her life a certain way, under other people's control... But now Carmine's life is no longer his own. Carmine makes the tough decision to let Haven go, so that she's free to truly enjoy her newfound freedom and live her life the way she wants. Although he goes about it in the wrong way-- again, taking a decision away from her instead of letting her decide for herself-- the love he shows for her is very heartwarming. He wants her to know true freedom, even if he has to sacrifice his own happiness to do so. We see a very different side of Carmine in this book. He's depressed, self-destructive, but determined to do right by Haven, even if it means he has to suffer.
Haven is such a strong character and one that is very easy to become attached to. She's strong, she's sweet and endearing, and she really steps up to the plate (eventually) and takes control of her life. After what's she's been through, that's incredible. Seeing these two characters attempt to live without each other for a time, struggling to endure their new lives while their heart is with the other-- surviving, but not living-- was heartbreaking.
Redemption-- the perfect word to describe the premise of this novel. We see many characters trying to right their wrongs and make amends. Corrado is a huge part of this story and I loved learning more about his life and what makes him tick. He really surprised me and I definitely grew to love him. In true Darhower fashion, there are tons of twists and turns, lots of surprises, and nail-biting action. I was anxious the entire time I read, waiting for the other shoe to drop-- because you KNOW something's coming, you just don't know when! Sempre: Redemption is a novel about pain, personal growth, heartache, and perseverance, finished perfectly with a lovely epilogue. I absolutely recommend this one!
“Another nightmare?” she asked, walking over to him. He glanced up at her as his fingers stilled, the music stopping, but Haven barely noticed. She couldn’t focus on anything but the green eyes boring into her. Once so alive
with passion, she saw nothing but deep sadness marring the bright color.
Carmine set the guitar aside and moved his legs to make room, motioning for her to join him. She climbed into his lap and he wrapped his arms around her.
“Not a nightmare this time,” he said. “It was a good dream.”
“What was it about?”
“You,” he said quietly. “You made a painting—some abstract shit, I don’t know—but it was so good they hung it in a museum and raved about how talented you were. It was like you were the next fucking Picasso, tesoro.”
She laughed. “I don’t even know how to paint, Carmine.”
“You could learn,” he said. “Would you want to?”
“Maybe, but I don’t know how good I’d be.”
“Oh, you’d be good,” he said confidently. “You shouldn’t doubt yourself. You can do anything you set your mind to.”
“Except for play the piano,” she said playfully. “Or the guitar.”
He chuckled. “Yeah, for the sake of everyone’s ears, we ought to leave music to me, but the rest is all you. You can probably do all of that, you know. Draw, paint, sculpt shit into weird shapes and tell people it’s something it doesn’t look anything like. That takes talent.”
She smiled. “And you think I have that kind of talent?”
“Of course,” he said. “There’s gonna be no stopping you once you get started.”
“Thank you,” she whispered, a swell of emotion surging through her at his words. “It means a lot that you believe in
“I’d be an idiot not to,” he said, kissing the top of her head.
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