When Journalist Skylar Shaw meets Luca Rossi all, she looking for is more information on a recent plane crash except the mysterious Italian wants remain anonymous and, therefore, is giving very little away. Luca is hiding a secret, and being a Journalist Skylar doesn’t give up easily. Soon there is a lot more between then just the research for a story about a plane crash.
“Luca… Well, he was gorgeous and spellbinding. And probably only on the Island for a while which made him instantly dangerous”
Skylar was sassy and not afraid to say what she was thinking and as for Luca, well it was hard not to like him, as I love men with accents. Luca and Skylar are both likeable characters the chemistry between them is passionate and intense, and I totally understood the hesitancy that they both felt at times due to both their past.
“Skylar Shaw was the most intriguing and sexy woman he’d met in years, only at precisely the wrong time”
I liked the suspense element of the story, and there were some twists that kept the story interesting like a crazy ex-girlfriend. I was worried that as I came to the last 20% of the story that there was going to be a cliffhanger or the ending was going to be rushed but it wasn’t. I will say although the ending it was different from what I was expecting I like it, and it all played out well. And Tamara gives you a sweet epilogue that finished the book off nicely.
"This is everything I thought I didn’t want. Or didn’t need. But I’m here now and it’s everything I need and the only thing I want."
Overall Hot Shade is Tamara Lush’s debut novel, and I felt it's written well, romantic suspense story that was also sexy and enjoyable. The dialogue between the different characters, which was told in the third person, was good, and I look forward to seeing what Tamara has next in store for us.
Tamara Lush is an award-winning journalist with The Associated Press.
She first started writing in grade school, penning elaborate stories inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. After completing her undergraduate degree at Emerson College in Boston, she began her reporting career at a small, weekly newspaper in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, People Magazine, The St. Petersburg Times, The Boston Globe and USA Today.
When Tamara isn’t writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.
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Blog Tour - Saving Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #3) by Debra Anastasia ~ Ava's Review and Double Giveaway!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I fell in love with the Poughkeepise series over 2 years ago. I picked up my first book by Debra Anastasia by chance, and I’m so thankful I did. I feel like I’ve experienced it all with these characters, and because of that I feel protective of them. So much so, I was a bag of nerves for the ENTIRE book.
Beckett is a fixer and he cares deeply for his patchwork family. But what Beckett lacks is faith in himself as a person. He knew his decisions impacted on his brothers and now, he wanted to change his ways. He wanted to be someone they could be proud of.
“I’m tired of the way things were –the way they are. I’ve got too many people who deserve to sleep at night, not to be punished because they know me.”
I loved Beckett’s plans and I thought it fit with his character. I loved how everything came together and more importantly I’m glad the brothers were always there for each other. Their bond was unbreakable.
Eve went through some really tough times in this book. Of course, she processed them in her own unique way. I’m not one for meddlesome characters and Eve invited temptation into her life. I knew there was no need to worry. Eve was fully committed to Beckett but even so, I was biting my nails frequently just wanting this annoying little gnat to go away. But that element was necessary as it did force Beckett to stop and really learn what Eve needed. It made them all the stronger for it.
As the main storyline was starting to take shape, I must admit it creeped me out at first. But then we aren’t talking about normal people here. As soon as I reached the 70% mark, I couldn’t put the book down. My heart was in my mouth the whole time and I had to know how it would all turn out. It was well worth staying up to nearly 2am to finish it.
Beckett has been a character I loved from the beginning. When I first met him, he was a huge power Lord who lived on the other side of the law. But from the get go I knew he had a big heart and he would do anything for his brothers. What I loved most about this story was Debra Anastasia managed to steer Beckett in another direction without changing his character and who he was. She did a great job with this.
I love Debra’s writing, love and emotion is perfectly weaved through the prose and I believe it’s why I feel connected to the characters. There was beautiful phrasing throughout the book and I thought it couldn’t have been said any better.
“Beckett had a lot of layers. She used to hate herself for falling in love with him, but now she felt like she might be the only one qualified to do so.”
I didn’t mind that the story was told in third person narrative, it’s something I am getting into more and because of this, I really got three stories for the price of one. I loved seeing Cole and Kyle and Blake and Livia’s lives progress as well.
The end of this book and series was bittersweet for me. I was happy with the way things ended and I loved the whole “Saving of Poughkeepsie” but I felt sad, to no longer be a part of this world. As I closed my kindle, I thought of Beckett, Cole and Blake from the beginning and how far they had come. Especially Blake. Even thinking of him now brings tears to my eyes. My favourite quote from the book is: “Life was good: no one shot at him, Cole didn’t look like he’d been praying for Beckett’s soul all night, and Blake was standing in the fucking sunshine.” The last part kills me every time.
I was still feeling emotional after finishing the book, so much so I couldn’t write this review, I wanted to keep these characters for a little longer. But then I discovered we are getting a prequel? I don’t need to say goodbye just yet? My day was made!
Saving Poughkeepsie was a fitting end to a fabulous series. I would have never predicted it would go down this way but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. If you haven’t read these books, I suggest you rectify that now!
Check out the other books in the series . . .
Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition for iPad ($12.99) from iTunes.
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Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with...ahem... digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.
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