WELCOME TO ST. ANNE
The loss of her mother turned her world upside down and revealed a truth she had never known. Her entire life felt like a lie.
Now, she lives on her own terms. She does what – and who – she wants, when she wants. She can’t get hurt if she doesn’t let anyone get close enough. Being lonely is just the price she has to pay. She isn’t about to let a man like Brig get to her, no matter how good his looks or intentions.
As one of St. Anne’s favorite sons, he has lived a charmed life, never wanting for anything. Family, friends, business – he is wealthy in ways that mean more than dollar signs. He doesn’t know what it means to fail. Foul-mouthed and beautiful, yet cautious, Sonny is everything he never knew he wanted. But when it comes to her, want has become need, and for the first time in his life, he has to fight for something.
Sonny has spent so much time keeping people out that the idea of letting Brig in feels dangerous.
But danger is already coming for her
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Emerson (Sonny) Decker doesn’t let anyone get close. After losing her mother, the trajectory of her life has forever changed once her death revealed a truth. She is determined to live life by her rules. And no one is going to change that. Not even Brigham (Brig) O’Neal . The town’s favorite son. He’s drop dead gorgeous. Wealthy. And is known to always get what he wants. He doesn’t understand why Sonny keeps him at a distance. The more he pushes, the more he pulls away. He’s never been challenged, but Sonny is one challenge he is up for. And he shows no sign of giving up.
The push and pull between Sonny and Brig was a slow burn. Sonny usually has no issue with loving and leaving them, but with Brig everything is so different. She knows that once her walls come down there’s simply no turning back. Brig makes her want to break every rule that she has established for herself. Brig is drawn to Sonny’s hardened exterior. He knows beneath her snarky and witty personality there’s a woman his heart wants to love. Their story isn’t an easy one, but Brig is patient. And he knows his connection with Sonny is one of a kind. The build up of their connection will have you on edge and once desires are given into, you feel everything. There is also a suspense type of feel within the story that the author subtly threads throughout. This will have you turning the pages.
Beautifully Broken is a southern romance that I think will easily charm any reader. The book is narrated seamlessly by dual POVs which truly allows you to experience Sonny and Brig’s story from their eyes. The town of St. Anne was very interesting with so many striking characters that I know we haven’t heard the last of them. While the author was great with executing a complex storyline, I do wish that the characters were introduced rather than told to us. They were presented in such a way that I felt like I was expected to know who they were, except I didn’t. As if I was in the middle of a series rather than the first of a series. Nonetheless, this debut was a great one. I found it to be funny, heartbreaking at times, but overall a solid and enjoyable read.
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Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."
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Estranged brothers, Tom and Jason Prendergast have one thing in common. An abhorrence towards their alcoholic and abusive father. The man left years of scars that no one can see. Scars that no one understands, but them. It’s been years since they have seen each other. It’s not until their father’s death that they are forced to face each other again. Tension is high. Neither brother willing to let go of the deception of the other. Even in death, their father haunts them. He’s made a demand for them to drive across the country to scatter his ashes. It’s a stipulation that neither brother wants to participate in, but because of circumstances, they both decide to do so. And it will forever change the trajectory of their lives.
This book is so much more than a journey. It’s an experience. Tom and Jason relive a lot of the pain caused by their father as they embark on this long drive together. Their pain is deep and full of layers that neither knew existed. They realize just how much their past currently affects them. There is also anger and resentment. The betrayal is something that these brothers can’t simply put behind them. It’s at the forefront of everything. Their resentment and their inability to move on. I don’t want to talk too much about the plot. But the author is definitely talented in his ability to truly allow the reader to feel the depth of emotions and connections of these characters.
I’d like to admit something. I am usually a contemporary romance kind of reader. And this has no romance at all. But when I read the blurb, something spoke to me. I felt like this was a story that I needed to read. And I am so glad I did. The writing is absolutely magnetic with it’s refined prose and compelling storyline. The author is definitely a master in his craft of storytelling as he allows the reader to completely resonate with his characters’ story. You feel their pain and sorrow, but also their joy and laughter. These men are older than the characters I’m used to reading about, yet I found myself completely enthralled by what these two have been through and what was to come. The way this book was executed and written, allowed me to emotionally connect with the character regardless of our differences.
Ashes was a poignant and thought provoking read for me. The story is so much deeper than any review could ever describe. The author tactfully covers so many relevant and sensitive topics. And he does so with a decorum that I found to be admirable. This was my first read by this author and definitely not my last.
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin' Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com
Ten years I trained to be the best boxer there is. I had fighters blood pumping through my veins and I was a lethal opponent. One to be feared. Twelve years I spent with my first love, we were childhood sweethearts and I was ready to make her my wife. My brother would have been my best man, his wife would have been her maid of honor.
11 minutes 13 seconds.
That was all the time it took to rip my fucking world apart.
I. Am. Broken.
And not the kind of broken that can be fucking fixed. Ever. I will always be imprisoned in a darkness I can never fully escape from. Infected with a disease that can never be cured.
Every fucking day I struggle to survive. I've not felt alive until now.
Skylar fucking Barrett.
She is an actress, a millionaire, every man’s wet dream. On the surface she has everything; wants for nothing. But I see what lies beneath her facade. She walks a fine line between the dark and the light. She’s a sinner and a savior. And she has chosen me. She needs my protection and I. Need. Her.
I know I can protect her.
I know I can destroy her.
She is my redemption. My destruction.
But she is mine.
Even if it ruins us both.
Six years ago, I would have been running in the late afternoon, when the island was alive with tourists and friends alike. I was friendly with everyone; no one feared me like they do now. Six years ago I had a much different reputation in Eastsound, the town golden boy destined to make a name for myself in the boxing game. But now things are much different. My reputation has been tarnished by my quick temper, and when I fucking snap, everything goes dark. I lose control.
And in a close-knit town like Eastsound, the gossips in it live to remember your failures over your triumphs and never forgive your past. Not that I want or need their forgiveness. I deserve their condemnatory punishment.
As I turn a corner onto Main Street, named that because it’s literally the only street in the small town of Eastsound, I feel my shoe loosen around my foot. The goddamn thing is untied.
“Fuck!” I fucking hate when my concentration is broken because all the good memories associated with those smells dissipate from my mind as the momentary lapse in concentration allows a chance for the darkness to descend.
Reluctantly I bend down to tie my shoe and hear a door creak open a short distance away. I glance up instinctively and see her. She walks out onto the balcony from a room on the second floor of The Lighthouse Inn like a living fantasy. I take a few steps forward toward the edge of the sidewalk to get a better look. Because I know. I fucking know this is a sight I would be happy to have seared into my memory from now until the day I die. My breath, which just moments ago had been hard and fast from running, halts in my chest as if time and existence has frozen around me because even the universe can sense how fucking spectacular her presence is. She’s quite simply beautiful, breathtaking, and somewhat familiar.
Shit. I know that face. I don’t even need a photographic memory to remember who she is. I just need to not live in a fucking cave. Everyone knows her. It’s Skylar Barrett. I know she’s been filming something around here, the whole island has been talking about it for months, but never thought I’d see her. My sister used to watch that stupid Mandy Mayhem every Saturday morning. It was fucking torture.
And here she is to torture me again, only this time in a very different way, because she’s all grown up. Her auburn hair drapes messily over one shoulder as she stares out at the ocean. She must have just woken up as she appears to be wearing something she slept in and there is a tranquil vibe about her, a type of calmness that comes before the day fucks you up. A pink tank top fits tightly to her petite body and a pair of white shorts hang off her hipbones.
Fuck me, she has the most perfect body I’ve seen on any woman. Ever. Trust me when I say I have seen a fucking lot. Unfortunately I’m too far away to see her facial features, more importantly her eyes. Beautiful eyes are my Achilles’ heel. That’s what drew me to her. I shut my eyes to get the image of her out of my head as quickly as fucking possible.
Once upon a time I would have made some grand gesture, like scaling the balcony and asking this girl out on a date, and she would have said yes. Most chicks do, and in less than three hours after meeting one I can have my name replacing God’s while they scream it in my bed.
Or a bar bathroom.
Or the back seat of a car.
Or the front seat of a car.
Or the hood of a car. I’m not picky.
But this chick, this woman, she is one you wife the fuck up. As quickly as possible. And yes, I can tell this just from looking at her. I’m one hundred percent certain I’m not Skylar Barrett material either. I’m not relationship material in general. I can’t go down that road again. It will hurt too much in the end, and it will end.
What a great debut from Andrea Joan! I laughed. I cried. I yelled! This book was packed full of quality writing and a great story line to keep your mind fully occupied throughout!
Liam, a quick tempered ex-boxer and Skylar, a Hollywood star, have quite the explosive chemistry. Together they make for an exciting couple as they wade through a new relationship with both their tragic pasts weaving together.
As much as Liam has his asshole tendencies, he also has that protective, sweet boyfriend quality every one of our beloved book heroines deserve. And don't even get me started with Skylar! She's incredibly funny and sweetly endearing. I absolutely adored her!
I'm pretty sure Skylar had one of the worst fathers I've ever read in a book. He was horrendously awful! I knew at some point Liam would save her from him, but OMG waiting for the outcome was torture! Well worth the wait though.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages, never wanting to stop reading until it's over and they are safely in each other's arms. It was quite the ride and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it!
Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.
Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.
The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.
In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.
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This story grabbed me from the very first page. It took my heart hostage the entire time. An entire day later I’m still thinking about it.
“Oh Smith. You can’t save everyone.”
“I can try.”
“And so I will.”
Navy Seal, Smith Eppington continues to fight daily after an accident not only left his body scarred, but took away his memory. Fate brings him to Carina Painter, an author that wants to interview him for a fiction novel. The moment they meet, you feel something ignite within them. A spark that neither one can explain. Due to circumstances, anything beyond a friendship is just not possible. Until it is.
“It’s like magic. Like healing. Like maybe sometimes miracles do happen.”
Smith and Carina open up in ways, neither one ever thought possible because of their pasts. As they get to know each other, they fall deeper. This is no insta love here. It’s a slow yet sensual burn as their connection builds. Life has altered them in so many ways, they’ve tried love, but never felt this before. Nothing compares to what they feel for each other now. It becomes apparent that they were to never love like this. Not this deeply. Not until each other. Words fail me as I truly try to capture the essence that is their love.
“I wish he were my first. I wish he were my last. I pray he will be the latter.”
You actually live and breathe Black and White Flowers as you read. I found myself completely enthralled and consumed by this book. The love between these two well leave you breathless. It’s a love that is timeless. One that is unyielding. Never ending. A love that is loud. Brave. Fierce. A love that goes down to their very souls. But when tragedy strikes, everything changes, and their lives become the collateral damage. But what happens when the past and lies collide? Will they survive?
“Loving you changed me completely. Loving you is painful. It’s truth. It’s lies. It’s the past. It’s my future. Loving you is always.”
Hello angst. This book keeps you on edge. You have no idea what’s coming. Or what to expect. I loved that about this story. It was not predictable at all. The writing is spellbinding in its delivery, and brilliant in its execution. The author truly has talent for writing romance that will leave you utterly breathless. You are totally consumed with Smith and Carina’s earth shattering yet beautiful story. This book will push and challenge your thoughts on love and honor. And choices. But it reminds us that throughout it all, choose love. Above anything else.
“You’re not second best. You’re not runner up. You’re the love of my life.”
Black and White Flowers was a poignant and thought provoking read. My heart soared while reading this book. Every word gave the story life. The characters I will never forget. This book is a testament to love in that love isn't always black and white. It's messy. It's risky. But always worth it. This was my first time reading this author’s work and it is definitely not my last.
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.
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Twisted Palace starts right off right where book 2 ended, told in dual alternating POVS between Reed and Ella. And I was filled with so much anticipation and hope because these characters have become such a huge part of my reading life so I was excited to see how the finale of this trilogy played out behind the eyes of both Reed and Ella.
If I'm totally honest, the first half of the book dragged a little, and I understand that when you get to the third book in a trilogy that a lot of explaining needs to be done, because there were a lot of unanswered questions from book 2. But I found there to be some mundane tendencies throughout the whole first half of the book, which lead to some skimming which I hate to admit to, and even worse I hate having to do it. Whereas the first two books just flew off the pages with non-stop addicting dialogue and plot twists, this third book paled in comparison. And it truly breaks my heart to say that because this is by far one of my favorite series this year.
There were some really great moments, and I loved how you get to see the evolution of Ella. That was probably my favorite thing about this book, watching her grow and become even stronger than she was before and to be able to finally take what's hers. In the first two books there was a constant question mark about Reed and Ella's status, and I think that was what really kept me glued to the pages. The constant uncertainty added so much angst which I love, and I didn't get that same feeling this time around. Don't get me wrong, that edge of your seat feeling did come, it just took a little longer to get there.
Easton is just as great as ever, he's hilarious and blunt and can make any situation a little easier, and I can't wait to read HIS book, so I'm praying there will be one! The twins are still a huge mystery to me, they were present like they are in all 3 books but I really want to know more about them. The fact that the Authors make them so mysterious really has the wheels turning in my head and want that story too! I wasn't sure about Gideon in the previous books, but now I'm even more curious about him. All of the Royal boys are captivating in some kind of way and I think that’s really the soul to this series, these brothers and their friendships and relationships are so consuming to the reader. Even the secondary characters like Wade and Val have me itching for more, so that is great, because I desperately don’t want the series to end.
I can't get into the whole Brooke/Dinah/Steve fiasco because that would be spoiler city, but I can say that these are some of the shadiest people ever and they really do add something great to the storyline. If you love to hate characters, then you’re all set with these three! As I mentioned before, the first half was slow and had me a little frustrated, but I guarantee by the time you get to the end that everything falls in to place and that angst you crave does come back, and the ending doesn’t disappoint either. These authors never fail to deliver an ending that has you craving more. I wish I knew if there was more!! All we can do is hope. The thing I take away from this the most is that this series has absolutely captivated me from day one, and I will be forever grateful to the Authors for creating this crazy world that we all love so much!
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.
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It was just sex…
Naomi’s life had been steady, in order, planned out… just the way she liked it. But when her boyfriend of five years leaves her for another woman and her mother makes a surprise reappearance in her life, she watches her controlled life fall into chaos. Then she meets, and has a one night stand with, Damien. The last thing on her mind is getting a new boyfriend, yet she can’t deny the attraction she feels, so when he offers no strings sex, it seems like the perfection solution. But the more she gets to know Damien, the more she learns all they have in common, and the line between casual and something more starts to blur. For all her planning, she realizes… you can’t plan love.
It was never just sex…
Damien’s life is busy and hardly ever in order. Between working two jobs, taking care of his sister, and saving up for his own tattoo studio, there are always surprises. When he meets Naomi, the last thing on his mind is getting a girlfriend, but he can’t deny the connection he feels. It’s clear she’s not ready for a relationship, though that won’t stop him from pursuing one… even if he has to lie to her about his intentions. But when one of the things that brought them together, slowly tears her apart, Damien has to make her see… the beauty in chaos.
*Contains sexual situations and offensive language. Recommended for 18+
**Can be read as a standalone
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When Naomi’s boyfriend of five years leaves her, it completely rocks her perfectly planned and steady life to its core. Naomi likes control. Now that it’s over, she’s having a hard time dealing with it. So in her attempt to go along with the unplanned, she ends up meeting Damien. His life is the opposite. His life is chaos. Through their banter, they realize there’s a connection. Their one night stands become many nights. But what happens when order and chaos clash?
“But when a smart, gorgeous, feisty girl entered your life, you didn’t ask questions, you didn’t second-guess, you took her. And I was taking her.”
Naomi isn’t looking for a relationship, but her attraction to Damien is overwhelming and consuming. Damien slowly and lovingly conquers her fears about love and all it entails. He breaks down the highest walls around her heart. He slays every monster with his patience and beautiful heart. But Damien is battling demons too. It is Naomi that becomes his stillness. The one who simply stops his word from spinning out of control just by loving him. What has started as something so casual becomes so much more. Their differences should keep them apart, but it is also what keeps them together. This is a deep kind of love.
It was chaos.
It was perfect."
Unveiling Chaos is a story of real and raw characters. They are flawed, yet so genuine. It’s a story of forgiveness, healing, and most of all realizing that even if broken you are worthy of love. The author did a great job at weaving real and relevant issues into the story. The story itself will tug at your heart as you watch two unlikely people fall irrevocably in love, despite circumstances telling them not to.
Jeannine Allison is an author of contemporary and New Adult romance. After waffling between many degrees in college, she finally graduated with a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.
She loves writing and reading -- obviously :) -- but when she's not she enjoys playing with her two dogs, obsessing over new makeup, drinking coffee, googling new tattoos, and pretty much anything else that allows her to wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt ;)
She is a big fan of being exactly who you are...
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Joe Starling is an unapologetic hotshot who is at the top of his game at Perfect Ten escorts. He’s good at what he does and he’s not afraid to admit it. He’s dirty and sexy, and extremely good looking with a good dose of arrogance to solidify his role as top dog. Women tend to fawn all over him, and even though his job is to be just their companion, he sometimes rides that line like a balance beam while trying to avoid the temptation of sleeping with his clients. He’s extremely professional, but temptation has definitely won some of his battles.
This book wasn’t what I was expecting at all, When Joe meets Faith Graham as a new client he is immediately smitten with her, and it’s obvious that his tough exterior will soon be disheveled due to the fact that he can’t get enough of Faith. Faith has some major issues with insecurities about her appearance, and her first glance at Mr. Perfection had her wanting to do a fast sprint towards the hills. Faith isn’t a size two, she’s curvy and voluptuous, and beautiful, but she doesn’t see it that way since she’s been ridiculed by her horrible sisters and mother. So when Joe gives her the googly eyes she’s not only concerned with his intentions, but his mental sanity as well. It doesn’t help that he’s a paid escort, this just adds to her delusion that his actions aren’t real, because he fakes it for a living, giving her the misguided confidence that she’s right.
Joe is so sweet under his Casanova exterior, once he had his mind set on Faith he made it his mission to make her feel worthy of herself and wanted more than anything for her to actually feel like a confident beautiful woman. I loved seeing his transformation as well as Faith’s. They both helped each other get over some hurdles without even realizing it. And I truly believe that is the message that the Author was trying to convey. That it’s ok to be imperfect, and sometimes all you need is that one special person in your life to balance you out.
I love the message behind this story, and to be honest when I started reading I had no idea this was a book about a bigger girl with body issues. I’m so glad I went in blind because it was actually very refreshing and eye opening even to me as a reader, because we all have insecurities about something and I believe this story can open your eyes to the outer world and show you that not everyone sees you the way that you see yourself. And when I was done reading I felt really content and just kind of happy knowing that these things actually do happen in real life, and it’s nice to read a book that makes you feel like that can be true. Perfect Ten was such a nice surprise, full of hot steamy scenes and sweet heartfelt moments that you won’t forget. I really enjoyed this one.
S. E. X.
Say hello to the best three letters of the English alphabet. As I was coming of age, I had as much sex as I possibly could. As a matter of fact, I lost my virginity at the ripe old age of fifteen, only a week after my father died, and to an eighteen-year old senior. After that day, I figured I knew just about everything I needed to know about girls. I mean, hey—an eighteen year old wanted to play with my cock. I figured I’d have the pick of the litter after word of my prowess and my huge cock got around.
Of course, it didn’t quite happen that way. I think I actually got carpal tunnel from jerking off so much. As it turned out, the eighteen year old had only lost a bet. She didn’t want me. She was just the one who lost and had to be a pity fuck for the poor kid whose dad had just died. Whatever the reason, I still fucked her.
Funny thing happened a couple years later, though. I grew about eight inches and then sat back and watched as my shoulders got wider and my muscles became more defined. Six-pack? Nah, I had an eight. And guess what? Girls dug it. But I still couldn’t seem to get the sex thing quite right. Then it hit me. Here I was, a physically great looking specimen of man, but I didn’t know shit about what women wanted in bed. And I didn’t really care as long as I got off. However, word spread about my selfish behavior in the sheets, which didn’t work out so well for me.
My sexcapades weren’t nearly as frequent as I thought they’d be through high school, but near the end, I was learning. I learned to listen to the girls I was with. When I stroked them a certain way and they gasped, I stored that little nugget of information away. And then I hit the mother lode. I tasted my first pussy and, fucking-A, I was hooked. All I wanted in life at that moment was to learn how to conquer that tender little nub that drove girls to grind themselves against my face, calling out my name.
That learning helped me immensely in the next phase of my life.
“That’s it. Fuck, yeah. Just like that.” Christ! Will I ever get sick of getting blown? “Softly now, sweetheart. Oh, yeah, that’s it. That’s perfect.” I watched her lips slide slowly over my dick. I could feel her tongue lick at my balls when she took me in all the way to the hilt. Was there a man alive who didn’t love that?
“I’m gonna come right down your throat. Is that what you want?” She moaned and curled her fingers into my ass confirming what I already knew. She was yet another trophy wife who didn’t get the attention she needed from her wealthy husband. “Ahh, God!” I grabbed a fistful of her hair and moved her head faster, watching her suck me in over and over. “I’m gonna fill your mouth.” I came, thrusting deep into the back of her throat. She gagged on it, and I came some more. When she spit me out, I took my dick in my hand and continued to pump myself until I had nothing left. I was mostly done at that point, but I still had enough left to shoot a couple of hot drops on her parted cosmetically enhanced lips. Lucky girl.
Like I said before, my sex life wasn’t always like this, but it is now. I can pretty much fuck who I want, when I want. Yeah, I’m that good. And no, I’m not humble. If you’re good at something, be proud of it. Own it. Now, before any of you women get up in arms thinking I’m still a selfish piece of shit, who only cares about getting himself off, get the whole story. Talk to one of my dates. They’ll tell you what’s what.
I admit that I might hold their head down on my dick a couple of seconds past pleasant. I might ram into them from behind a bit too hard in the heat of the moment now and then, but ask them how their night was. Besides, there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain. I haven’t had a complaint yet, and this is why—I don’t come until she does. If I can’t make her come, and come hard, before I do, then I’m not doing it right. So, yeah, I’m that good.
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Nikki Worrell is a country girl from South Jersey who took her love of reading and shifted it into a love of writing. When not at work as a full-charge bookkeeper in Philadelphia, she’s at home writing, reading or simply spending time with her husband of over twenty years. Both she and her husband love animals immensely, which is evident in her writing. If there is any advice she would impart upon you, it is this: Follow your dreams. Always. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s foolish or unattainable. You have but one life to live—live it!
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Jude. I have loved him from the very first time I met him in the first book of this series. He has so much heart and strength. I knew there was so much to his story we didn’t know. That he is a survivor. And words cannot express how much I truly enjoyed reading the story of this brave soul.
“Soph, I’d give you anything. But I don’t have a lot to give.”
Jude’s life forever changed when he crashed his car one unfateful night. Lives lost. Hearts shattered. Drugs were to blame and would forever leave an impact and change the trajectory of his life. He goes to jail. And his addiction continues. Years later, Jude leaves jail and gets sober. He is back in the same town that shuns him. Ready to start over. He is shocked when he runs into his one true love. His heart stops. His love for her never wavered. But their love? Their love is forbidden. She is not his to have. Not again. How can she love him when he broke her heart into a million pieces? In so many ways.
“I wore the memory of Sophie like an imprint on my soul.”
Jude and Sophie’s love is truly profound. Transcending. Despite obstacles and the forbidden nature of their love, they love without abandon. It is felt every time they speak. Their love is loud. Through the pain and heartache, there’s a push and pull between them. Love for them has never been easy, but its never faltered. There are some real and raw emotions in this book. The author pushes the envelope in so many ways. She challenges love. And it's resilience to stand strong in the face of darkness. And all that love can face and overcome. Love doesn’t see circumstance, just the person who’s heart it belongs to.
“Even when you’re not perfect, you’re still mine.”
Steadfast was such an honest depiction of someone that hits rock bottom with no light in sight. But worked so hard to live again. To love again. It will rock you to your core. It’s dark. Thought provoking. I commend the author seamlessly tackling such a relevant topic in today’s society. Jude is such a beautiful soul and I am so glad his story was told.
We first meet Jude in Bittersweet, where he was employed as a farm hand to help with his drug rehabilitation. After harvest season is done he decides to come back home to live with his alcoholic father and all too reminiscent town in which his addiction was formed. Jude's past is pretty dark, and his regrets run deep. Not only did he ruin his own life but he also devastated a whole family, including his Ex-girlfriend Sophie. This poor guy has been through so much, and the beginning of this book will absolutely put you in his shoes and make you feel his struggles and feel his strength through his vulnerability.
Jude and Sophie’s journey together is not an easy one, there are so many insecurities leftover from when Jude was gone, so many unknowns. The love was always present but Sophie felt abandoned and confused by Jude’s decisions, and Jude carried the huge weight of guilt on his shoulders from a life that was so precarious. So when these two see each other for the first time since their separation, sparks weren’t flying all over the place, in fact I think nerves were more present than anything. The chemistry was obvious but you just knew that their road to reconciliation wouldn’t be an easy one.
This is where I really connected with the story, Jude’s unlikely new relationship with Father Peters and his current friendship with my beloved Shipley family really brought the story together for me. I loved the camaraderie they shared in the first book, and I absolutely loved it again in this one. I think Jude needed them so much, and it was obvious the impact that they had on his healing process. The hardest part of the story was watching poor Sophie being stuck in time, ever since Jude left and the tragedy that left her family crippled, she just seemed to be stagnant and living her life without really living, and when her and Jude finally decided to be together they had to hide it from her hateful father.
The revelations towards the end of the book and some of the interesting twists and turns had my jaw dropping at some parts, and they brought so much to the story! I really like Sarina’s writing and the depth she brings to her characters is amazing! The ending had me smiling from ear to hear and I can’t wait to read more about these lovable characters AND Zach’s story in book 3, Keepsake!
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
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Sleep, it was luxury I didn’t have.
I could hear it then, in the dark light of night, in the dusky morning…
The click of the trigger, the smell of her blood, the sound of the rain.
I never thought I would see her again.
She was a ghost.
She was dead.
When Maggie Wright pushed her way into my life, she brought the phantom with her, and I was helpless to her pull.
Everything I had, all of it, had been taken from me ten years ago. I had nothing but the shirt on my back, the memories that still burned through my veins, and the regret I drowned in every day.
I am Ryan Hartford...and I have nothing left to lose.
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Ryan Hartford is barely surviving. No longer living. He is forced to face a world that shattered his life many years ago on one dark rainy night. Now he is free and left to move on with the pieces he is left with. Maggie Wright has never been handed an easy life. However, despite her circumstances, she has made the best of each situation. Always looking for the silver lining. When she meets Ryan she recognizes a darkness that she can deeply understand. She’s drawn to him and is finding it very hard to let this pull towards him fade away.
“Maggie was like the needle of a compass. No matter how hard I tried to get lost inside myself, she pulled me north , up, toward the light…toward her.”
Maggie and Ryan’s story will astound you. Their story is a testament to the the strength of the human spirit. A testament to loving someone through their darkest parts. Their relationship develops over time. Maggie makes Ryan’s heart a little lighter. She reminds him that there is life after tragedy. That living, although painful, is what he must do to move on. And Ryan reminds Maggie that love still exists. That regardless of her past, she is worthy of love.
“You can’t save me, Maggie.”
“I don’t want to. I just want you…as you are.”
Sacred Hart was my first book of this author and definitely not my last. I hope to read more of her books. I enjoyed the pacing of the story as well as the character development. Maggie and Ryan’s story was emotional, but also inspirational. They loved through pain and darkness. And through their broken pieces. This was a beautiful love story that will pull at your heartstrings, but is so worth the journey.
“I’d been told once that two broken people didn’t make a whole, but I was okay with the outcome of out shattered pieces.
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Well...I finally have my first J. Sterling book marked as read! I do have a few of her other books but you know how it is, too many books, too little time! The title of this book, spoke to me. There have been a few times in my life I have felt the exact same way. Dear Heart, I Hate You...Damn that heart of mine!
I fell for Cal and Jules pretty hard from the get-go. There were no tragic pasts, no hang-ups to overcome. They were two career driven individuals, they had the same mindset when it came to priorities in life. Their stubbornness to listen to their hearts was their weakness in life. They were very much made for each other, indeed! She was smooth and endearing. He was charming and understanding. I had very high hopes for them.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder they say. My heart was already pretty fond of these two before they left each other. It's hard to start a relationship when you live on opposite sides of the country. The long distance did make me want them to have each other all the more! With every chapter that passed I was eagerly awaiting for one to say "I'm coming to see you!". It took so long, yet was perfectly paced in order to build up the anticipation. If there was any way to have a perfect long distance relationship, this was it.
Then shit went down hill pretty quickly after the first visit Cal made to California. I quickly went from "Cal is the best book boyfriend ever" to "Cal needs to be strangled" in 2.4 seconds! Talk about a fucking heartless, coward. Grow some balls, Cal! Jules deserves some explanation but nooooo, instead you pull that shit?! ASSHOLE! I don't care if you think it was the right thing. It's not. You did it all wrong!
I felt so sad for Jules. Waking up every morning to nothing at all! It was hard to see how pathetic in love she was waiting for him. And it was all his fault making her feel like fool. Just thinking back to all that, makes me want to punch him for her. The anxiety and angst of their separation was really getting to me. It's time to come crawling back on your hands and knees, Cal! Then finally the inevitable kiss and make-up did come. I personally think she should have made him suffer a lot longer. But what do I know. It wasn't really my heart on the line.
Despite any anger I felt towards Cal, I still think they are a super couple. One I would love to get to know better in future books in this series. Wait...is this a series? I have no idea, but I certainly hope so. I really enjoyed the story and the writing. I really should go read my other J. Sterling books now. It really was a pretty great book!
I was currently sitting at a table with my hand on Jules’s thigh, breaking my number-one rule: No women.
Work was too damn important to me, and women were a distraction. Even the best ones seemed to turn into something else once we started dating, taking on personality traits that hadn’t been there when we first met. They were good at hiding the parts of them they didn’t want you to see until just the right time. And while I understood that most women needed things from a relationship that were seemingly normal, like my time and attention, I couldn’t give it to them.
That was what led me to formulate my life plan in the first place—too many clingy, needy women, and my realization that I wasn’t ready for any of that yet. My plan was solid and ladies didn’t factor into it; at least, not for another three or so years. Yes, I even had a timeline.
Women had their own timelines. They wanted to be married by a certain age, have two point five kids and a house by another. The only problem was my timeline and theirs tended to be off by several years. I needed two more years to make partner within my firm, another six months or so to get settled into the role, and then—and only then—could women possibly come back into the equation, depending on what else I was involved in by that point.
Coldly categorizing my life into a series of boxes I wanted to check off wasn’t a romantic notion, but my career had nothing to do with romance and everything to do with reality. I wanted to be firmly rooted in it before allowing myself to be distracted by a relationship.
But right now, with my hand touching Jules’s thigh, my brain wasn’t the least bit involved, and I wasn’t sure what was real at this point. She was real. Her long blond hair and fierce green eyes, those were real.
I got fired from my last job.
I know you're sitting there thinking, "Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?" And I'd love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn't fun for other people. They don't always tend to like it. lol
So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn't really care about anything other than the bottom line.
My soul has never felt more satisfied.
My heart has never been more full.
I've never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do.
It is SO worth it.
All of it.
The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn't change a thing.
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