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!
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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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Blog Tour - First Debt (Indebted #2) by Pepper Winters ~ Ava & Adriana's Review, Teasers & Giveaway!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
After reading book one of this series, I was a little hesitant to start this one. I have hundreds of questions in my head: Will Jethro redeem himself? Will I love it or is this series doomed for me? Well, I am so glad that I LOVED it!!!
The biggest issue I had with book one were the main characters. I felt no emotional attachment to either Jethro or Nila, but I was sure Pepper's amazing writing would have made me fall in love with them along the way (She did!!).
Nila is so different from the scared, naive and innocent girl from the first book. She knows her life is pretty much doomed, but she never stops fighting. Page after page she goes toe to toe with Jethro never once backing down. I have started to admire her character and I even look forward to the sexually charged fights between her and Jethro. In the short amount of time she has been at the Hawk residence, she has had an epiphany. She finally sees her life as what it was and she no longer feels the need to please her brother or father. If she will make it out alive, she will do so by her own means.
Jethro, Jethro, Jethro! In this book I finally received what I was looking for in the first one. He is still chilly as ever toward Nila and the whole Debt Inheritance, but now cracks are starting to form in his cool facade. Nila is starting to crack the ice that he has built around himself and time and time again he tries to take a step back from all the feeling she instills in him. We see a new, vulnerable side to Jethro thanks to NIla. I loved being inside Jethro's head and I look forward to read more of his revealing thoughts in the near future. The more intimate scenes between the two were powerful and full of electricity. I hope to see more of those scenes in the future books.
I'm still iffy on Kestrel. I feel like he has some kind of hidden agenda, and whatever it is, I know I will not like it. I actually enjoyed the appearance of other various secondary characters (Yes, even Cut) and I can't wait to see what it is revealed about them. My head is still full of questions and the Debt Inheritance itself is still not making complete sense to me.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this book. So much was revealed while other things are still kept secret that only Ms. Pepper knows about. Once again Pepper Winters ensnared me in her web of words and powerful scenes. I am looking forward to this crazy roller coaster ride!
“One moment I was the Darling of Milan, the next I was a Weaver Whore.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
It is time for the first debt to be paid and Nila has come to realise this is her reality. There is no escape, she will pay back each debt until the very last, which will result in her death. But she has a plan; she just needs Jethro to comply first.
“I didn’t trust Jethro. At all. This was a battle. Every time we touched, licked and eventually fucked, it would be war.”
After a rocky start in Indebted, First Debt worked for me. I seen a side to Jethro that was missing in the first book, cracks in his glacial cage began to appear, namely every time Nila was close. I was invested more in Jethro this time around; he’s just as much a pawn in this game as Nila is. I was on the fence before, but from this moment on, I know I’ll be #TeamJethro.
Nila surprised me as a character, and she’s shown tremendous growth from the beginning of the first book to the end of the second. Long gone is the sheltered, naïve seamstress, and in her place is a worthy adversary for Jethro Hawk. Nila is still mistrusting and rightly so, Kestrel has become her friend but Nila knows everything she believes can be an illusion. She sees her life for what it was, her father and brother weren’t protecting her, they were shielding her and now Nila understands, she needs to be her own saviour and she is determined to be so.
“I never admitted I would die for them. I would eat their food, play with their toys, and fuck their oldest son, but I wouldn’t die. If the Weaver Wailer collar couldn’t come off until my death, I planned to wear it until I died in my sleep at a very old age.”
Nila has managed to do the one thing Jethro never imagined; she has gotten under his skin. I loved the verbal sparring sessions between them, the give and take of power and when they both finally gave in. Not only were they some of the hottest scenes I’ve read but they were some of the most raw and exposing. I loved the last 20% of this story and I hope to see more of these stripped back moments between Nila and Jethro.
“If sex with you is like that every time, I have a horrible feeling we’ll end up fucking each other into an early grave.”
There are so many, many unanswered questions that are adding to the mystery surrounding Nila’s situation and the debts to be repaid. I want to know what Kestrel’s game is, I don’t trust Cut at all and worry that he’ll be Jethro and Nila’s biggest threat, I wonder if Vaughn and Tex will make an appearance and I have all these theories swirling around in my head, I must admit, it makes me desperate for the next instalment. Even though the history of the debt still remains dubious for me, and I struggle to suspend my disbelief, I’m now attached to both Jethro and Nila’s plight that I must read on for them alone.
“You’ve destroyed me, Nila. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t destroy you, too.”
As always, Pepper Winter’s writing is sensational. I would love to spend a day in her head; her prose is genius and perfect in its delivery. I felt every emotion between Nila and Jethro. I felt emotionally drained after reading; I felt their mental and physical duels and never before have I read such a passionate kissing scene. It was supercharged with hatred and eroticism at the same time. Hats off to Ms Winters for being a literary Queen.
If you fell for Jethro from the moment you met him you will combust upon reading this book. If, like myself, you weren’t so sure, I guarantee your mind will be made up after this one. Revelations were made at the end, and I can’t wait to discover how it will affect the power play. This series is one not to miss.
Read Ava and Adriana's reviews for book one: Debt Inheritance HERE.
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
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Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.
Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.
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I heard the sound of tires on the wet road, and looked up in time to see another truck slowing down to avoid crashing into the cow. The truck pulled around the cow and stopped alongside where I stood on the side of the road. The driver rolled the window down, and when I saw his face, I wanted to cry.a Rafflecopter giveaway
After stepping inside the crowded elevator, she pushed the lighted button on the console for the thirty-third floor and eased her way to the back. She was brushing her hand down the front of her smart blue pinstripe dress when a tall man in a gray suit eased up next to her. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see his dark brown wavy hair and determined profile. She didn’t want to stare, but found herself admiring the curve of his square jaw and the cut of his cheekbones along his clean-shaven face. When he turned to her, she immediately lowered her eyes. The butterflies in her stomach were in a full blown fury now, and she swallowed back the burning taste of embarrassment in her mouth.
As she stood there, eyes riveted to the elevator floor, she could feel his gaze on her. She knew it, sensed him drinking in her profile. Terrified, she fought every impulse to look up at him, and when the elevator doors closed, the car shot upward and jostled her to the side, making her brush against him.
“Sorry,” she whispered, keeping her focus fixed on the ugly brown tiles on the elevator floor.
“Think nothing of it.”
It was a soft, seductive, deep kind of voice that a woman would want to hear from the pillow next to her in bed.
She could detect the slightest whiff of his cologne; spicy, but with a hint of muskiness. Not enough to overwhelm the nose, like so many other men’s fragrances, but just enough to tantalize the senses. With her curiosity getting the better of her, Madison tried to edge her eyes slowly upward, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Unfortunately, the elevator came to a halt, the doors opened, and a rush of people began to push for the exit.
Glancing at the lighted console, Madison determined they had stopped on the twentieth floor. The man beside her shuffled forward and she thought he was going to exit the elevator, but instead he took a step closer to her.
Madison’s heart raced as the elevator doors closed again and the car shot upward.
“First day?” his velvety voice inquired.
She bit her lower lip and nodded her head. Raising her eyes ever so slightly, she concentrated on his freshly-shaved chin. “How could you tell?”
His thin lips curled into a maddening smile. “You look absolutely terrified.”
Madison fought to get ahold of her emotions. If he could see it, imagine what her employer would think. She had to appear self-assured and ready to take up her new responsibilities.
“I’m just nervous,” she shyly admitted.
The edge of his jacket brushed against her shoulder. “There’s nothing to be nervous about.”
His words sent an unsettling chill throughout her body. There was something about the way he had said it—the tone of his voice, the inflection—that reminded her of someone she could not place. Intrigued by the stranger, she was just about to raise her head to him when the elevator car once again jerked to a stop. When her eyes shifted to the lighted panel, she saw they had come to a stop on the thirty-second floor.
The man beside her made a move toward the doors, and came to a stop right in front of her. Madison ogled his thick, wide shoulders, the way his suit jacket hugged his trim waist, and then her eyes drifted down to his round backside.
Someone cleared their throat in the elevator and she instantly thought she had been caught staring at the guy’s ass. A flush of warmth spread across her cheeks and she clutched her purse to her side as her eyes once again plummeted to the elevator floor. The group of people, including her stranger, moved out the elevator door, and for an instant, Madison felt a twinge of disappointment that she had not gotten a better look at the man. Luckily, just as the elevator doors closed, she caught a glimpse of him, standing just outside of the doors, staring back at her.
The jolt that hit her body was overwhelming. His face was more than she expected; rugged, good-looking with gray eyes, a wide forehead, and chiseled features that would have made him the object of any woman’s fantasy. His trim figure appeared tone and lean behind the fabric of his suit, and as he grinned back at her, he eased his hand into his trouser pocket before dipping his head.
When the elevator doors finally closed, Madison thought her knees were going to give out.
What in the hell is wrong with me?
From New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis was raised in the motion picture industry and began writing stories at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time she has published many novels. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning books, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has been continually growing in popularity.
Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New Orleans.
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Blog Tour~ One Night: Denied (One Night, #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas, Stacy's Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
One Night: Denied is only the second book in this series and already I can tell that it is my favorite. I know that’s saying a lot, considering book three isn’t out yet, but there were so many things happening in this book that brought the characters full circle for me. So much is revealed and realized and understood. There’s also tons of angst which I’m always a fan of. This one has some crazt twist and turns and I couldn’t put it down.
One Night: Promised, the first book in the series leaves you with a huge bombshell of a surprise at the ending resulting in a pretty big cliffhanger. So to say I’ve been looking forward to this book is a huge understatement.
Olivia is still living with her Nan, and I just love that lady. She really brings a great dynamic to the story. And of course Olivia’s best friend Gregory is still in the picture, and some interesting things happen involving him as well. Like I said, this book has so many dimensions working through it that it was very easy to become engrossed in the story.
There are still so many questions surrounding Olivia’s mother and her past. Olivia still feels abandoned by her mom, and she is just trying to make sense of everything regarding her relationship to William. And at first I wasn’t sure if I liked William, but he has this father figure quality which I think Olivia definitely needed. A lot of questions are answered but there are still some things left to secret. William also has a weird connection to Miller, which just adds to the confusion! But I’m telling you, it kept me turning the pages!
Ahhhh Miller…sweet, tortured, crazy-tempered, sex-god MILLER. This poor guy. I swear I felt everything he felt while reading his struggles. This man is more complex than you’d think. His problems go way beyond his big secret that came out in book one. WAY deeper. He desperately wants Olivia back, because he can hardly breath without her. But, he’s torn between doing what’s right and doing what he feels he wants and needs. I just love the way Miller cared for Olivia, yes it was somewhat possessive and reckless but that just added to his crazy charm. Everything about Miller Hart screams unconventional. But he is so very entertaining to read.
These two characters go through the ringer together and I found myself pulling for them so hard. My heart was aching right along with theirs, it was very dramatic and emotional for them to just even try to be a regular couple. THAT struggle alone you’d think wouldn’t even be a struggle, but you add in some not-so-good people trying to tear you apart, and some person following/stalking Olivia and it makes for some very bumpy relationship roads.
And I’m still in the dark on a bunch of stuff that I NEED to know about! Ultimately I enjoyed the crap out of this book! There was even a little underlying crime kind of feel to parts of the story. I’m not sure if I’m imagining that or not because I don’t remember any crime happening, other than some minor assault stuff. But there is definitely a vibe there that needs to be explored. Obviously there are still a bunch of things we don’t know, so book three is for sure going to bring some major drama. Especially with the way this book ended. My mouth fell open, I’ll tell you that much. This was a great read, and if you are a fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas then you definitely need to pick up this series.
I know I look out of place as I stand near the gym entrance, clearly hesitant, and looking a little overwhelmed. All the machines look like spaceships, hundreds of buttons or levers on each one, and I haven’t the first idea how to operate them. My one-hour induction last week did a great job of distracting me, but the information and instructions fell straight from my memory the second I left the exclusive fitness center. I scan the area, fiddling with my ring, seeing masses of men and women pounding the treadmills, going hell for leather on the bikes and pumping weights on huge lifting devices. They all look like they know exactly what they’re doing.
In an attempt to blend in, I make my way over to the water machine and gulp down a cup of ice water. I’m wasting time being hesitant when I could be releasing some stress and anger. I spot a punching bag hanging in the far corner with no one within ten meters of it, so I decide to give it a try. There are no buttons or levers on that.
I help myself to the boxing gloves hanging on the wall nearby. After securing the Velcro, I give the bag a little poke. I’m surprised at how heavy it is. I inject some power into my weak arm and throw some effort into my next hit. I grunt too, and the bag shifts significantly this time, moving away from me and seeming to pause in midair before it’s on its way back toward me. Fast. I panic and quickly pull back my fist, then extend my arm to prevent being knocked to the ground. Shockwaves fly up my arm when my glove connects with the bag, but it’s moving away from me again. I smile and spread my legs a little, bracing myself for its return, then smack it hard again, sending it sailing away from me.
My arm is aching already and I suddenly realize I have two gloved hands so I pummel it with my left this time, smiling wider, the impact of the bag on my fists feeling good. I’m breaking out in a sweat, my feet are beginning to shift and my arms getting into a rhythm. My shouts of satisfaction spur me on and the bag morphs into more than a bag. I’m beating the shit out of it and loving every moment.
I don’t know how long I’m there, but when I finally let up and take a moment to think, I’m drenched, my knuckles are sore and my breathing erratic. I catch the bag and let it settle, then take a cautious glance around the gym. No one is staring. I’ve gone totally unnoticed, everyone focused on their own workout. I smile to myself and collect a cup of water and a towel from the nearby shelf, wiping my brow as I make my way from the huge room. For the first time in weeks, I feel prepared to take the day on.
I head toward the changing rooms, feeling like a lifetime of stress and woes have just been knocked out of me. The urge to go back in and pound for another hour is hard to resist, but I’m already at risk of being late for work so I push on, thinking this could get addictive. I’ll be back tomorrow morning, maybe even after work today, and I’ll thrash that bag until there are no more traces of Miller Hart and the pain he’s caused me.
I pass door after door, all with glass panes, and peek into each class that’s in session—yoga, spinning, kickboxing. I might try one or two. Or I could give them all a go.
As I’m passing the final door before the women’s changing rooms, something catches my eye. It’s a punching bag swinging from the ceiling hook, but no one’s in sight. I step closer to the door, then gasp and jump back as someone comes into view, bare chested and barefoot. I feel dizzy.
He has those shorts on, the ones he wore when he was trying to make me comfortable. I’m shaking, but my shock doesn’t stop me from peering back through the glass, just to check I wasn’t hallucinating. I wasn’t. He’s here, his ripped physique mesmerizing. He looks violent as he attacks the hanging bag like it’s a threat to his life, punishing it with powerful punches and even more powerful kicks. His body weaves and dodges the bag when it comes back at him. He looks like a pro. He looks like a fighter.
I’m frozen on the spot as I watch Miller move around the hanging bag with ease, his fists wrapped in some kind of bandages, his limbs delivering controlled, punishing blows time and time again. Who does he see before him?
My mind spins, questions mounting, as I quietly observe the refined, well-mannered, part-time gentleman become a man possessed, that temper he has warned me about clear and present. But then I retreat a pace when he suddenly grabs the bag with both hands and rests his forehead on the leather, his body falling into the now subtle sway of the punching bag. His back is dripping and heaving, and I see his solid shoulders rise suddenly. Then he begins to turn toward the door. It happens in slow motion. I’m rooted in place as his chest, slicked with a sheen of sweat, comes into view and my eyes slowly crawl up his torso until I see his side profile. He knows he’s being watched.
Blog Tour: A Hope and a Chance by Jennifer Foor ~ Read Brttany's 3.5 Star Review, Read an Excerpt, and Enter to Win a Signed Copy!
You can't help who you fall in love with...
That sounds an awful like like most other romance books I've read these days, but I was hoping that A Hope and a Chance would have that little something special that would make it memorable. After reading the synopsis, I was very much hoping to love this book! When the opportunity to review arose, and I noticed the forbidden love element? Sign me up! After opening the book and realizing that it was previously released in 2012 under the name Hope's Chance, which I had mixed reviews, I was both nervous and excited to see what this book would have in store. Perhaps what changes were made.
When we first meet Hope, our heroine, it is her last day of her senior year and she's busted her butt to graduate early. We, very early on, get a glimpse into her drama-filled family life-- cheating father, emotionally unavailable mother (although unintentionally, it seemed), money troubles, the whole nine yards. The author dives straight into the story, which I can always appreciate. We're right in on the action within the first few pages, so it was easy to get hooked quickly.
Straight away, Hope's father got under my skin. Drooling over his way-too-young-for-him new girlfriend, being completely insensitive to his daughter's feelings, previously two-timing his now ex-wife, and really just being a general sleaze ball, were just some of the ways this guy gave me the shivers. While trying to escape the nausea-inducing company of her father and his trophy girlfriend, Hope ventures off to take a look around their gigantic home-- one dear old Daddy is living in while Hope and her mother are cramped inside the house they're sharing with Hope's grandmother, after not being able to afford the mortgage on their own home when Dad left them high and dry, mind you). While exploring, she comes across a man in the pool house. A mostly naked man, who, of course, she can't take her eyes or mind off of. She's intrigued.
Chance, our hero, is trying to get his life back on track after a horrible, life-changing incident left him losing his scholarship to Penn State. Everything he's worked his whole life for is now in shambles, and he's forced to live with his sister, miss hot tottie herself, in the pool house. Through Chase, we see a much different side of Buffy (yes, Buffy!) than from Hope's initial point of view, but I still wasn't sold on her easily. And, given the circumstances under which Hope and Chance meet, they're not sold on each other right away, either. But Chance does see something he likes in Hope, nonetheless.
It was a damn shame that we hadn't met under different circumstances. There was a lot about her that I would have liked to explore.
Pretty soon, Hope and Chance end up seeing a lot more of each other, and they're not as happy about it as you would think. Add that to the fact that Chance's past is catching up to him, and we're in for some drama. However, after one passion-filled, unforgettable weekend together, things start to change between the two main characters. But will their circumstances and Chance's big deal-breaker of a secret pull them apart for good? Time will tell...
The interactions between Hope and Chance, and some of the other characters later on, struck me as slightly juvenile, which was disappointing. I realize that Hope was only seventeen, despite trying to appear as an adult, and already having graduated from high school, but I wanted a bit more maturity from her. Even the hint of rejection turned her into an insecure, sobbing little girl, and this bothered me. Chance wasn't that much older than Hope, but he was older, and I wanted their relationship to balance out just a tiny bit more. Although, it would make sense, I suppose, considering her relationship with her father, that she'd have certain insecurities. I found myself hoping that this side of Hope would change as the story progressed. Another issue I had, was Chance's inner dialogue in the beginning of the story. The way he seemed to think of Hope, early on, as if she was special, beautiful, someone he needed to feel close to, didn't add up with him referring to her as "this chick" as he did, and it definitely made him lose some book boyfriend points in my eyes. Additionally, some situations arise later in the book that weren't quite as believable as I would have liked. These reasons are why I wasn't able to give this book a couple more stars.
With all that said, I did still really enjoy the story that this author crafted. And some things that I had issues with might not bother other readers at all. Please don't let that discourage you from picking this one up! I learned to love these characters and became really invested in their story, hoping very much for their happy ending. For me, this book was about first loves, forbidden romance, and second chances-- in relationships and in life. When Chance's unsavory past was finally revealed, I wasn't exactly surprised, but his confession did make me incredibly sad for him, and the injustice he was served. Despite the few small issues I had with the main characters, I was rooting for them more and more as the story progressed. And I'm happy to say that I did end up LOVING Buffy. So much. She actually, very quickly, turned into my favorite character in this book. Overall, I did enjoy reading A Hope and a Chance. If you're a fan of sweet romances with a bit of angst, and a forbidden romp or twelve thrown in, then I definitely recommend that you give this one a shot!
“Take me home and be with me. As much as I love being here like this with you, I’d rather be in your bed, making love.”
I pulled her closer, kissing her deeply. Without another word, I climbed down and waited to feel her jump in my arms. We gathered our things and walked hand in hand to the motorcycle.
She held me so tight on the way home that I thought she was trying to squeeze me to death. I welcomed it though, in fact I didn’t want her to ever let go. I felt like driving us far away so that we never had to be apart again.
The ride home seemed like it took forever, but I knew it was because of her request. There was nothing on this earth that I wanted to do more than make love to her. I wanted to kiss every inch of her body, to hold her in my arms, and to give her unending satisfaction until we collapsed in a pool of combined sweat.
I wanted to give her all of me, everything I could give her, and then more.
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.
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Blog Tour - When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee ~ Ava and Derna's Reviews + Giveaway.
Behind her Eyes by A.L. Jackson
Behind Her Eyes by Al Jackson is Misha’s story the first story in When We Met anthology about four friends. Misha, Indy, Courtney and Chloe, who share a house near their college campus.
Misha was left broken hearted and humiliated, by her ex-boyfriend who lived next door. Upset and devastated by what has happened she left vowing never to return. However, roommate Indy persuades her to return, and she does.
Misha meets Darryn her hot new neighbor who has now moved in next door. Misha is attracted to Darryn but with what has happened to her, she no trust when it comes to men, and after first impressions Darryn seems like a man not to be trusted.
“Never again would I allow myself to fall prey to a guy like that. Lesson learned- the heard way”
Darryn knows what happened to Misha, but he doesn’t let her know as after meeting her he soon realizes his theories about her are wrong, and he sees her insecurities, fears and embarrassment.
“I her to know she was beautiful and good and anyone who made feel anything less that that was nothing but a fool”
I felt for Misha after what she had been through, and there was some touching scene between Misha, and Darryn love that he was protective of her. Darryn wasn’t one to give up without a fight, and does what he can get her to trust him, and most of all, let him in, and to build up her confidence again.
”Then tell me what you’re ready for…anything I just want to mean something to you.”
Overall, I enjoyed this short story; it was sweet, heartwarming read, with likable characters, and even thought it was a novella I didn’t feel rushed. It had everything I like in a full story from Al Jackson just is a smaller dose.
Saving Me by Molly McAdams
Saving Me by Molly McAdams is Indy’s story the second story in When We Met anthology about four friends Misha, Indy, Courtney and Chloe, who share a house near their college campus.
Indy is suffering, suffering from a recent heartache, and suffering from guilt of something that happened in her past. To hide from the pain, she tries to lose herself in partying, drinking and sleeping around. It a pattern she is having a hard time breaking.
Kier the quiet guy whom next door who is always there to take care of her, after the parties at his house. Kier is also quietly suffering from guilt, he feels from because of something that happen in his past. It has changed the way he now acts and thinks and was one of the reasons he wants to save Indy, to save her herself every week. Even though he knows she will not remember in the morning when she sober.
”You know my name. You just don’t want to remember it right now.”
“I couldn’t stop the need I felt to go take care of her. Just like I’d always felt with her. From the beginning there’d been something about her, something calling me to her – to protect her”
When Indy meets Kier sober, she has this strong sense of déjà vu, and she wants to know why. Kier wants her to remember when she is ready and doesn’t push her. They start to get to know each other, and close friendship develops.
“None of it made sense. He didn’t make sense. But for the life of me, I wanted to make sense out of what was pulling me to him”
Overall, I enjoyed this novella. Love the way Kier took care of Indy, and I totally understood why when I discovered his secret. Loved that they were able to share their pain that they both had suffered. Although this one had all the making of being a full novel, I like that it was short and sweet, and low on the drama. All Molly fans will love it.
Fouling Out by Tiffany King
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Fouling Out was a sweet New Adult novella. It’s about childhood friends drifting apart only to be reunited in college, but now they come from two different worlds. Dalton is a hotshot basketball player at the top of his game, although it’s more his father’s dream than his. When he runs into Courtney, he likes what he sees but is taken aback when she gives him the cold shoulder. Dalton realises has a lot of time to make up for.
Courtney has managed to avoid Dalton since she started college, but now that he has her in his sights there is no escaping him. At first Courtney puts up a good fight but then she discovers the boy she first loved during her childhood still lurks underneath. Courtney soon learns, there may have been more to their separation than what she first thought.
The writing, as always, was easy to read. It filled a quick hour and the message behind the story was a good one. Both Dalton and Courtney were evolving and they happened to reconnect at the right time. I wouldn’t say the story grabbed me and I’m unsure if it’s going to be part of a bigger story with Courtney and Dalton or if it was a complete novella. Their story is resolved at the end of Fouling Out and I’m happy to leave them there. For fans of New Adult, I’m sure you will enjoy this sweet read.
Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee
I loved this novella. Christina Lee never fails to create interesting characters, and ones that I gravitate towards. For being a shorter story, I didn’t feel we missed out on any of the key points. In fact I thought we got just the right amount of romance, sexual tension, conflict and emotion.
Blake had to drop out of college and that’s when the rumours began. Blake is a hot topic of gossip as is his reason for not finishing school. Although it annoys him, he doesn’t let it bring him down, as those close to him know the real reason.
Chloe is one of the many that judges Blake and when she needs his help to finish her fashion project, she grudgingly has to accept it. During the time they spend together and with a few games of truth or dare, Chloe and Blake uncover the real people behind the gossip.
I liked both characters immediately. I felt for Blake and his situation, he was a good person and I’m glad Chloe gave him the chance to prove it. I loved the games of truth or dare they would play. It added the right amount of flirtation and vulnerability at the same time.
Chloe started out as quite an uptight character. She had a very demanding mother to please and therefore she didn’t let go of control easily. Blake was the one to loosen her up, and I approved of his methods. ;-)
“Close your eyes and stop thinking, goddamn it,” I said in a gruff voice. “Just feel. Don’t worry about later or tomorrow. This is just me and you. Just here and now.”
Behind Her Eyes was a great New Adult novella, it is packed with sexual tension and I was shouting at my kindle many times telling them to get it on already. Christina Lee’s writing is entertaining and engrossing and I recommend you buy this one today!
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.Come be my friend!
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USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.
She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now.
Also Adult contemporary romance TWO OF HEARTS coming from Peguin/NAL on May 5th 2015.
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Title: The Morbid & Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare
Author: J.B. Hartnett
Release Date: 30th October 30th
Cover Designer: LM Creations
My name is Genevieve Clare, professional mourner, destined to spend my days donning a black suit and throwing myself on top of caskets for money. Sometimes I mixed it up and threw myself on top of a willing warm body instead. Finding the right warm body, though, that was a different story.
The Morbid and Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare if that’s not a title that will pique your interest then nothing will!! When I heard that JB had a new book releasing soon. I did a happy dance, as I'm such a fan, I absolutely loved her Leaves series. The covers of those books are just beautiful, and I have a special place in my heart for Inky, Cole and Nico.
“I’m obsessed with all aspects of death and dying. I’m kinda morbid like that”
When I read the title, I was certainly intrigued. I did wonder if a book about a professional mourner was going to be all doom and gloom. Don't get me wrong; yes the story was about death, grief, and loss, which J.B. Hartnett deals with sympathy and understanding.
“My job had taught me that sometimes, people needed the peace only death could bring”
But at the same time it was a romantic, funny, heartwarming and unique story. This one had me laughing one minute and reaching for the tissues the next, oh and a hungering for cakes and pies!!
“When Ahren walked into the room I wanted to smother him with my vagina”
I love Genevieve she was maybe a little quirky but she had a big heart. What she did for her clients the way she can sympathize with wishes, and wanting them not to feel alone was endearing. I adore Ahren he was sexy, cocky and charming. Loved the way he loved Genevieve. Loved the passion steaminess between these two, very hot at times. Genevieve and Ahren are wonderful characters, ideal for each other. I got that soul mate feeling with them, and not once whilst reading this book did they annoy me of frustrate me. They had both been broken, separated by pain & grief, and my heart went out to them, and I hoped they would find a way to get thought it together.
“We’d each had share of drama, self-doubt, pain, grief, and all the rest…it was risky, investing your heart in someone else”
“No going back,” he said firmly. “I mean it, Gen. It’s you and me, now. Not our pasts. Now. If you ask me to leave, I will not go. Do you understand?”
The story is told from Genevieve and Ahren pov, and the only thing I will say was Genevieve was in first person, and Ahren was in third. I must admit that did take me by surprise, but I didn’t mind once I got use to it. The empathy I feel for both characters is what drew me to the story they had both been broken by pain & grief, had to deal with so much. There were wonderful secondary characters, such a mixed bunch with great stories. Love Genevieve’s best friend they had such a selfless friendship. Rocky she was such a great support for Genevieve. Loved Bryce!!
"Ah, you'll find someone better. Tears should only be wasted on an asshole if you have hemorrhoids."
Overall, The Morbid and Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare was a lovely heartfelt story. It does make you think about death, and see how differently everyone deals with it. Once I started, I didn’t want to put me down, and it is going to stay will me for a long time. I loved that way it ended, although a few chapters before that I was feeling anxious about what I was reading, and thought may happen. There was no epilogue, which is always a favorite of mine. However the last end left me happy, satisfied, and with a big grin on my face.
J.B. Hartnett is a wonderful, passionate writer, and that's why I just loved her books, and I’m glad that she didn’t hold back, and that decided to share this one with us. If you're looking for something different that is low on the drama and angst, but is morbidly captivating then I highly recommend you 1-click this one today. I loved it
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.
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Blog Tour - Caged in Winter (Caged in Winter #1) by Brighton Walsh ~ Ava and Stacy's Reviews, Excerpt + Giveaway!
Title: Caged in Winter
Author: Brighton Walsh
Series: Caged in Winter #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: November 4, 2014
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…
“Love has only ever ended in ruins for me.”
Caged In Winter tells the story of a young girl determined to break free from her past and write a new future for herself. Winter is used to relying on no one but herself, she has singlehandedly supported herself through college and almost makes it to the end until Cade comes crashing into her life and makes her realise what she has been missing out on all this time: love.
Cade hasn’t had an easy time of it himself. He has put his family first and even considers sacrificing his dreams to support those closest to him but when he meets Winter, although she is closed off at first, her determination and independence inspires Cade to take some risks. He just has to convince Winter he’s worth taking a risk with in return.
Winter was her own worst enemy at times, I could understand her goals and I got why she wanted to do everything on her own. Her past shaped her into the fearful person she was. Towards the end of the book I did find her stubbornness bordered on annoying, I mean she had gorgeous Cade falling at her feet! But I did feel for her and everything she experienced so it wasn’t long before all was forgiven.
I loved Cade! He stole the show (sorry Winter) he was charming, cheeky and very swoony. I loved the fact he was a chef and I felt the passion he had for food as well as the love and protectiveness he had for the people he loved. That was what Cade was all about. Every once in a while a book boyfriend comes along that sticks out and stays with you for a long while and Cade is that book boyfriend for me. He’s a good ‘un.
I have so many quotes highlighted in this book. I really took to Brighton’s writing and I loved the way in which she phrased her words. The writing was romantic, sweet, vulnerable and real. Within the first few chapters, I knew I was going to gel with this story, and the writing played a huge part in that.
Caged In Winter reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with the New Adult category, it was a simple story made so much more complex with layered characters. The angst wasn’t drawn out or overly dramatic, I think that would have made it unbelievable. Brighton stayed true to the characters and it played out the only way it could. Even the ending was done in true Winter style, usually I like everything clean cut but this way, it was more realistic and I got my epilogue so I was happy. ;-)
I’m excited to learn Tessa is getting her own story, I loved her presence as well as Hayley’s in the book and I can’t wait to learn more about Tessa. There is a sneak peek at the end of Caged In Winter and I already love Jason for Tessa. Their story will definitely be interesting.
Caged In Winter is a great New Adult romance by Brighton Walsh. I fell in love with Cade immediately and I liked that Winter had a bit more fire in her than the norm. I highly recommend you buy this today!
“If I think I’m getting to know her better, I’m just fooling myself. Because the more I uncover about her, the more I want to discover. But I don’t want to dig out the answers, chisel away until she crumbles. I want her to trust me enough to tell me on her own.”
“This isn’t the first time I’ve been naked in front of a guy, not even close, but it feels like it. While I’ve been naked before, I’ve never been bare. Not like I am with him. I feel like he can see every bit of me, every ugly, unlovable part of me I’ve tried for years to hide away. He sees me. And he wants me anyway.”
“I want to give so much of myself to him. I want to give everything to him. And, finally, I’m ready.”
“What I was so scared about, what I feared the most, comes so easily now. I say the three little words that have never left my lips, knowing with absolute certainty I was just waiting for him to come along.”
“Belonging to Cade doesn’t feel like I’m locked in a cage, trying to break out. Belonging to him, I’ve never felt freer.”
Winter is a 22 year old college student who is troubled by her past, and just scraping by with a crappy job at a crappy pub, living in a crappy apartment. She has a great future ahead of her if she can actually make it far enough to graduate college and land a job as a website designer/graphic artist. She has had a major rough go at life living in various foster homes and being abandoned by her mother at young age. This makes for a very stubborn and hasty Winter, and trust me she WILL frustrate you at times. But, she will also bring your judgment down a few notches when you hear her heart wrenching POV. She wasn’t my favorite character, but she definitely grows on you.
Cade Maxwell is just…. Ahhhhhhh. There are no words for this great man. He has also gone through some tough loses in his life, but he is optimistically making it the best he can. He doesn’t turn his tragedies into pity and he appreciates everything around him. He has so much love inside his heart regardless of what happened to him, and that is what makes him so great. He doesn’t live his life in anger, he just wants the best for everyone. Some might say he has a hero complex, Winter included. But his sister Tessa and niece Haley would definitely disagree. He is overbearing and protective and SIX FOUR and HOT with TATTOO’S. So shut up Winter and take the poor dude! Plus he is in culinary school, he COOKS for crying out loud. Cade is the ultimate guy, and Winter will just frustrate you a tinsey-winsey bit at how she puts him off.
I have to give the Author some credit with the buildup in this book, it was GREAT. I really enjoyed the sweet way that Cade courted Winter. It was almost like 1950’s chivalry. He was so patient and so persistent with his pursuit of her. It was like he knew he was dealing with an abandoned tiger cub and he had to approach her so delicately. It was really, really endearing. Seriously, Cade will melt your heart.
There were a few moments towards the end when I was getting a little aggravated with Winter, AGAIN. But honestly it was so quick that I didn’t even mind. And when Winter finally took her stubborn silly mask off I was truly touched by her words and sentiment. I mean come on! Tigers are super mean when they roar, but when they finally become vulnerable and play and rest, how cute are they??? That’s Winter to a tee!
So yes, I was really touched by this sweet book. It was thoughtful, frustrating, sexy and very well written. And you get a little bit of Tessa who will be in book two, which I’m really excited about. Great book, great words. And of course, Cade.
With a deep sigh, she says, “I’m not right for you, Cade.”
“How about you worry about if I’m right for you. Let me decide the other.”
And then before she can stop me, before she can utter another word of opposition, I slide my hand up her arm, over her shoulder, until it’s wrapped around her neck. With my other hand, I swipe a piece of hair back with my fingers, and then lean in, brushing my lips against hers. After only a moment, I pull back just enough for her to be able to tell me to stop. When nothing comes, I close the distance between us once again, taking her bottom lip in between mine. I brush my tongue against it, coaxing her mouth open, and she breathes this sexy little gasp as I slip inside. She tastes like cookies and wine, and I want to fucking devour her.
She grips my shirt with both hands, clutching me to her, and I stop holding back and press every inch of my body against hers, groaning as my cock presses fully against her. The moment a whimper comes from her, I know she feels it. And I can’t muster up any embarrassment, because I want her to feel it. Even with all her brass balls and fuck-everything attitude, something tells me she needs reassurance, so I give it to her. In every stroke of my tongue against hers, every brush of my thumb along her jaw, I show her how much I want her.
When her chest is heaving, her lips parted and swollen and so fucking hot, I trail kisses down her neck, seeking out every inch of skin that’s uncovered. Her head thumps back against the wall, one of her hands gone from gripping fistfuls of my shirt. Instead, she’s holding my head to her, and I don’t want to stop. I want to kiss and lick every inch of her, slip my hands under the material of her sweater, unbutton her jeans, and not stop until I feel her soft wetness against my fingertips.
But the knowledge that she’ll regret it if I don’t stop forces me to slow down.
I pull back, loosening my grip on her and putting an inch of space between us. I kiss the corner of her mouth, her cheek, and then her ear. Against it, I whisper, “Don’t say no.”
There’s a beat of silence. Two. Three. And then she says the sweetest word I’ve ever heard.
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Blog Tour: Conflagration (The Wellingtons #2) by Tessa Teevan~ Bianca's Review, Excerpt, and Playlist
Conflagration is the second in an Explosive spin-off series called The Wellingtons. Can be read as a standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2014
Branson Wellington? The name, my name, is usually followed by arrogant prick or self-serving bastard, and I can't say I haven't earned those titles. It's true. I'm not the good guy. I'm not the boy next door. I'm definitely not your Prince fucking Charming. Not even close.
And I never wanted to be. Until her. The day I pulled her from the wreckage was the day that my life changed.
Who would have thought that one little lie had the power to throw two lives off course?
Love has never been in the cards for me, but now that she’s here, I have no idea how I’m ever going to let her go. Even if I don’t deserve her.
Because like I said, I’m a self-serving bastard and some things never change.
If you had told me that I would fall absolutely head over heels in love with Branson Wellington, I would have told you that you were wrong. That there is no way I could feel an ounce of anything for him. Until now. Conflagration breaks down every single thing I ever thought about Branson. It truly epitomizes the truth of love and all it is capable of.
Whether you’ve been following this series or this is your first time into the world of Tessa Teevan, you know that Branson Wellington is no knight in shining armor. He has committed the ultimate sin. Against his brother. His family. He fell victim to the false idea of love. He fell for someone or an idea that wasn’t true or meant to be. But no matter what, he killed everything good that he’s ever had with his brother Knox. And now he must deal with the consequences.
"She once called me her savior, and yeah, I may have pulled her out of that burning car, but Ariana saved me from myself, my past, and the lonely future I was barreling towards."
What I loved about this story is the circumstances in which Branson meets his second chance, Ariana Covington. She is running away from love when she meets Branson. And that’s all I will say about that. Their story is a must read. It puts a different spin on a second chance romance. Or second chances in life overall. It changes everything you ever thought about love, family, and forgiveness. That there are reasons why things don’t work out. The heart never lies. For Branson and Ariana, despite the obstacles, their hearts always knew the truth.
While the relationship between Branson and Ariana started as complicated, it becomes the catalyst that changes their lives. Their circumstance allows them to look deep within themselves and find that love just happens with the right person, and when it’s right you know it. Conflagration goes deep. It’s extremely intimate. And I don’t just mean in the sexual nature. It’s beyond that. The love they share is so beautifully overwhelming, full of emotion, and addicting. Branson and Ariana lay their souls bare all in the name of love.
“You’re nothing like I expected, you know. You’re so much more.”
I think that Conflagration truly displays the author’s talent of writing as she is able to write a story where one of the most hated character’s transforms and not only falls in love but truly believes he is worthy of receiving it. As the story continued, you realize that Branson carries a lot of guilt of his past and he doesn’t believe in second chances until Ariana. This indicates her depth in writing as the author doesn’t tell you about his change, you see it, you feel it.
Conflagration made me fall for the Wellington family even more, if that is possible. We are given the absolute raw and true version of Branson’s story. We see why he did what he did. In no way does he justify his actions, but you understand what he did and how he felt about it all. You learn about the lies, misunderstandings, the manipulation. There is so much to the story we don’t know. Branson absolutely stole my heart and I don’t think I will ever get it back.
So why am I having these flashbacks playing in slow motion? I thought when you were on death's door, your life was supposed to flash before your eyes. So why am I replaying every single mistake I've ever made as if it were the first time—in slow motion instead of quick bursts? Maybe my life did flash before my eyes and it happened so fast that I missed it. Maybe I’m dead after all and this? This is my hell.
I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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