There are about five seconds of calm and blissful ignorance after I crack my eyes open. Five seconds when I stare at the white ceiling looming not far from my face, as my eyes adjust to the dim light, Las my brain just sits idly, waiting for the neurons to start firing.
And then the avalanche of confusion hits.
Where am I?
How did I get here?
What the hell happened?
I roll my head and find my sister’s face only a few inches away. “Kacey?” I whisper.
She moans, and my nostrils catch her rank breath. I cringe and turn away. Too quickly, it would seem, as a sharp, stabbing pain pierces my brain. I cringe a second time.
We’re in my dorm room. That much, I can quickly deduce by the cramped space and a few personal belongings. But I don’t remember coming home.
What do I remember?
My hand slides feebly up to my face to give it a good rub while I pick through my foggy memory, trying to piece together the night… Bits of blurry images flicker so faintly that I’m not sure they’re real. Shot after shot. After shot. Orange, blue, green . . . Kacey and me doing the robot on the dance floor? I groan and immediately wince at another throb of pain in my head. God, I hope not. From there . . . nothing. I remember nothing. How can I not remember anything?
Kacey moans again and I’m assaulted with another wave of that foulness. Swallowing several times, I accept that my breath can’t be much better and that I would kill for a bottle of water. I push my sheets off my body with slow, uncoordinated kicks.
And I frown as I take in my exposed flesh. Why am I . . . Oh, right. I was wearing that stupid toga last night. That doesn’t explain why I’m in nothing but panties now, but my head hurts too much to think about tha . . . Whatever. It’s only my sister. And Reagan, but she’s a girl.
I struggle to sit up, groaning as I push my hands back through a mess of knotted hair, squeezing my temples to relieve some of the pressure. And why does my head feel ready to burst! I think if someone walked in here with an axe, I’d stretch my neck out for a clean cut.
There’s already a vile taste in my mouth when a surge of nausea hits me. I need water. Now. With shaky arms and legs, I rock my body around and down, not wasting time with the ladder and hoping I don’t step on Reagan’s head. If I can just make it to the mini fridge and chug a bottle of cold water, I’ll feel better. I know it…
A second later, as my feet hit Reagan’s plush white shag rug by the bed, I get my second shock of the morning.
An ass. A male ass. And it’s not just an ass. It’s everything. There’s a very large, very naked guy sprawled out on Reagan’s bed, his legs and one arm hanging off the edge. By the mess of honey-blond hair poking out from beneath the covers in the corner, I can see that Reagan is buried somewhere in there.
I can’t stop staring. I’m standing there in nothing but underwear, the room is spinning, my mouth tastes like I drank sewer water, and I’m frozen, focused on this naked man in front of me. Partly because he’s the last thing I ever expected to see when I climbed down. Partly because he’s the first naked man I’ve ever seen. Partly because I’m wondering what the hell he’s doing here.
And . . . what is that on the top of his left ass cheek? My curiosity overtakes my shock as I step forward cautiously, hesitant to get too close. It looks like . . . a tattoo. It’s red and puffy. I’ve seen pictures of fresh tattoos and that’s what they look like. Like, really fresh. It’s a fancy scroll font and it reads “Irish.” Irish? I frown. Why is that word jogging my memory . . . ?
The floor creaks as my weight shifts, startling me. I abruptly back away. The sudden movement makes the crammed room spin. Water. Right. Now. With wobbly legs, I stumble toward the fridge and my robe that hangs on a hook by the door. Unfortunately, our dorm rooms are tiny and, let’s face it—I’m an ox in a closet when I’m nervous. My back slams into Reagan’s dresser, hitting it hard enough to knock over an array of her glass perfume bottles. I hold my breath, hoping the loud noise isn’t enough to wake up the naked giant.
No such luck.
My heart stops beating as I watch the guy’s head roll over to face out. He cracks open his eyes.
Oh. My. God.
It’s the Jell-O thief. It’s Ashton.
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“There is always hope. Where we have breath, we have hope.”
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Just like the subject in TICK to the TOCK, no matter how much you think you prepare yourself, when the end finally arrives it doesn’t hurt any less. Cryptic I know. TICK to the TOCK was a slow burn for me, I knew how it would end yet I still bawled like a baby when it did.
TICK to the TOCK is not your average New Adult novel, a fast-paced sexy romance you won’t find but a really well-written, thought provoking piece of literature you will. We join Dante King on his journey of finding closure or searching for peace, who knows which as not even Dante knows what he is doing. Faced with the worst news at 22yrs old when the Doc tells him it’s not looking good, how should Dante react when his life is now running out like a sand timer? He has to decide if he should stay at home with his mum and dad and await his death or if he should be selfish and rob his parents of precious moments with him to squeeze in some last minute memories by travelling. He chooses the latter and with his second chance at love, his cousin who is more like a brother and a very eccentric best friend, Dante goes globe trekking.
It did take me a while to get into the story; the author’s writing style is very eloquent and detailed. Every word serves a purpose and each scene is written in the most intricate of ways. This is by no means a bad thing, I think it was a clever piece of writing, I just felt I had to really concentrate on each word as no matter how small, the word before was significant to the next. I enjoyed the different settings and again I loved the detail of each new country this group would explore.
Dante and his peers seemed older than their years, perhaps that’s because they were dealing with such a tough topic, cancer ages you and there is no time to be a young, carefree new adult, decisions need to be made and worry and anguish is a guarantee. The romance element of the story was low, but with that being said, the relationship between Dante and Danii was significant, I loved the reverence Dante would describe Danii with, after being afraid of his feelings for her, with his days now finite Dante did not fear the feeling of love any more.
“I was angry at you for coming. I hated you for it, but then you came out with the… news… and well, the anger disappeared. But I didn’t want to let go of the anger, for without it, all I have is love.” ~ Danii
Wilbur Day and Ethan Knight are as different as… well… night and day actually ;) Wil is the crazy carefree art friend who wears boat shoes and chinos. He loathes women and never commits. Ethan needs order to survive, he needs routine to function, so when both friends leave their lives behind to become nomad travellers with Dante it is not only a journey of discovery for the patient but also for the friends and family that he is leaving behind. I was so unsure of Wil, but he did grow on me and I loved the change in Ethan throughout the journey as well.
“Oh, Dante, living life is no secret. It’s merely something most overlook.”
“I think… I think this is a bad day, possibly the worst of days, and if there’s ever a time to drink and drown one’s sorrow, well, it’s during the worst of days.” ~ Will
Whilst reading TICK to the TOCK it is impossible not to think of yourself in a similar situation. What would you do; stay and cling on to hope in a hopeless situation or throw caution to the wind and experience all the things you put off for that ‘tomorrow’. Some books I can whiz through in a matter of hours and I smile and feel happy at the outcome, others take longer and leave a bigger impact. TICK to the TOCK was, for me, the latter. It took me longer to finish but Dante King is not someone I will forget easily.
The tears started around 60%; mainly whenever Dante was torn over leaving his family and feeling selfish for robbing them of time with him, by the remaining 20% my eyes were barely dry. I think Dante’s illness was portrayed accurately and sensitively. It makes for a hard read but it is reality and unfortunately a reality for many. This book was by no means doom and gloom; it was uplifting and filled with hope when there seemed like none to be had. There is no cliffhanger but with comparison to your average NA book, the ending isn’t typical either.
If you want to experience something a little different today then I suggest you try TICK to the TOCK. It’s one you won’t forget in a hurry.
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Oh, how I've loved this series! I have followed Dean's and Olivia's love story from the very beginning, and they will forever live in my heart as one of my favorite literary couples ever. This book, as with the rest in this series, is full of romance and passion, and the love between these two characters will bring you to your knees. One thing I absolutely loved about this series from the start, was that we got to experience life after the happily-ever-after. This author portrays married life-- the ups, the downs, the struggles, and triumphs, in a very authentic and genuine way. I feel like I've come full circle with this couple. I've laughed with them, cried with them, and rooted for them the entire way. To see their journey end is bittersweet, but Awaken was a lovely conclusion and it definitely did their romance justice.
"My husband and I will always be two people living one life of perfect imperfection"
As I said, I love that this series focuses on the very real problems that people, and marriages face. And these characters deal with them all in a very authentic way. They're imperfect, they have flaws, they make mistakes. But they love each other unconditionally, and are both 100% invested in their marriage and in each other. You can't ask for much more than that. In this beautiful conclusion, Liv and Dean are faced with some reoccurring issues, as well as some new problems. They have to deal with Dean being away for work, trouble with his job, and a blast from Olivia's past-- all of which threaten the happiness of our favorite couple. On top of all of this, Liv decides to do some much needed soul searching, and tries no to rely on Dean quite so much.
For Dean, who is comfortable in the role of Liv's "knight in shining armor," this is a struggle. He always puts Liv's well-being and safety above all else, and, being so far away, feels like he isn't able to protect her as much as they both need him to.
"...Still scares me sometimes. How much I love her. All this stuff about her needing me, relying on me, depending on me… when I’m the one who can’t take his next breath without her."
Liv and Dean's relationship is, again, put to the test, but they're determined to pull through stronger than ever. The roles that each play in their marriage are re-defined, and Olivia, especially, really flourishes and comes into her own. Of course, everything would be even better if they could shut out the world an exist only in their own little Liv and Dean bubble.
“Somehow, always, everything is okay when it’s just the two of us alone together.”
The love that these two characters share is something that will stick with me forever. It's beautiful and enviable, and just makes you warm all over. They are an excellent example of what a marriage should be. Yes, they make mistakes. Yes, they struggle, because love and marriage isn't easy. But they are so committed to each other and their life together, that you can't help but cheer them on. Nina Lane has written a truly wonderful couple and love story, and I'm sad to say goodbye. Separately, as well as together, these characters are some of my favorites. I've said before that Dean (aka Professor Hottie) is the perfect mixture of protective, charming, geeky and sexy. *sigh* I will miss you Dean West.
"You're the only woman I want to look at, beauty." His deep, affectionate voice warms me to my toes. "The only woman I can see."
Olivia has always been a complex and very relatable character for me, but she really blew me away in this last book. I was so proud of her, how she stood up for herself, how she strived to do better, to be better. She really made something of herself this time around and it was admirable. She's the same compassionate, sweet character as she's always been, but she finds a strength within herself that was love overdue.
"Pie love you, professor," I whisper. "Have faith in me, okay?"
I originally rated this one 4 stars instead of 5, because there were times when the story read a bit slow for me. The writing is flawless, as with the rest of the books in this series, but I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing, a certain spark. However, after writing this review and reflecting back on this novel, I have to bump it back up to a 5. This really was a wonderful read, especially if you're as invested in this series and these two amazing characters as I was. I definitely recommend this entire series. Run and grab it now, do not miss out on this epic love story!
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As someone that has followed this series from beginning to end, I must say this is one of my favorite romance stories EVER. We are taken upon a journey between two beautiful individuals as they live their life as man and wife. Their all consuming, passionate love captured my heart the moment I started reading. Their epic conclusion to their story is bittersweet. While Dean and Liv may stay with me forever, I was so happy the way their story ended.
"You and me, professor," I whisper.
"You and me, beauty."
Knowing that this was the end of Liv and Dean's journey, I took my time with this one. I held on to every word, every sentence of their story. The writing? Beautiful. Flawless. Breathtaking. You do not read this story, you simply LIVE it. It continues the issues that Dean and Liv faced in the first two books, but on a much deeper level. How much can this couple have thrown at them? Despite it all, they have each other and that is what matters the most.
"...my beautiful wife. Wanting her is like breathing. Needing her is in my blood. And loving her will always be the beat of my heart."
Do you hear my heart beating? Yes, it's for Dean West. He is the epitome of romance. He loves Liv with such a need and such a conviction that gives you all the FEELS. His love knows no boundaries. His wife, Liv is everything to him. Despite his right and wrongs, he does everything with her in mind. Their intense love and chemistry is beyond words. While their need for each other is highly erotic, it is also passionte and romantic. These raw emotions added to the story in that the love they share is undeniably beautiful.
I cannot recommend this intense and passionate story enough! While I gave the conclusion a four, the entire series gets a 5+++ from me. Yes, off the charts. The only thing that I wanted to see more in this story was perhaps something less predictable. I also wanted more time with Dean.This journey with Liv and Dean has been nothing short of amazing. This ever after story is deep, all-consuming, and beautiful. Love is limitless. Love is powerful. Love never fails.
USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.
Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list, and Allure is a USA Today Bestseller.
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“I can’t tell you what the first blow was that pushed me in the wrong direction toward the path my life took to get me here. I can’t tell you because it wasn’t one thing. It was a mountain of things. A Mountain of wrongs and shitty hands dealt to me along the way during my life.”
Well holy crap! If this book doesn’t screw with your head and rip your heart out! I had no clue what I was getting into when I started reading this book. It is by far nothing close to what I imagined. In fact I’m not even sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that! This book takes you on a journey through Lillian Shaw’s life, starting in the 8th grade all the way into adult hood and beyond. And when I realized that this is the direction the book was going, to be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to that. But to my surprise I found myself completely wrapped up in this woman’s story that I just could not do anything else but commit to it.
This story takes you through Lilith’s life and the loves, and losses that she felt along the way. She doesn’t come from a horrible home with crappy parents, in fact it’s quite the opposite. She adores her Mom and respects her Dad to a fault. This is just a story about real life, and finding that first love that ripped you heart out once it was over. And then finding love again, just for it to turn into some monotonous lifestyle in which you can’t escape. Finding friends that you didn’t realize you had, and falling into relationships with people to dull the pain of reality. All of these things happen in this book!
I really felt everything Lil felt. Kimber did a great job of making this story into more than a story. It felt more like a saga, and my heart hurt right along with it the whole way. Well not the whole way but sheesh! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster. And I say that with the biggest compliments. It can’t be easy to write a story that spans through that many years so fluidly, and with no flashbacks! I’m not a fan of flashbacks unless they are extremely necessary.
So coming around full circle is exactly what this book did. I fell in love with some of the characters, as well as I was truly disappointed in some of them. As in real life, book characters can let you down too, but that’s all part of the story I guess. I will tell you this, if you’re not a fan of Leo by the end of this book something is wrong with you! I was pulling for him the whole time, and when he wasn’t there he was in the back of my head, probably similar to how he was in Lil’s head, always. And no, this is not a love triangle if that’s what you’re wondering. There are simply different men at different times throughout the years, which is totally normal.
I cried my fair share of tears on this one, so keep tissue handy. My heart really went through some emotions which were very real. There are some very serious issues which are mentioned that really cut deep if you’ve ever known anyone in that type of real life situation. But Kimber did a great job of doing it in a very respectable way. It might have gutted me, but it happens. Also, there are some little things that Leo says that kinda made me go “Huh?” But I guess that was just him. LOL. Overall this book was great and was told very well, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a book like that ever. So if you’re tired of the same old romance story, than read this book! It is far from typical.
“She’s lost, she’s so fucking lost and she doesn’t even know it. But I’ll find her, you’ll see. I’ll find her and wake her up.”
Hey, I'm Kimber, and I really freaking hope you enjoyed AWGM! Visit my website www.authorkimbersdawn.com or Throw me a review up on my FB page, www.facebook.com/AWGMbyKimberDawn or Goodreads if you loved it! I am a whore for reviews. Ahh... let's see, what can I tell you about my self... Well, first of all I'm a straight up whore for many, many things. I'm a wine whore, some would say I'm a functional alcoholic, and I'm totally cool with that title. Now the day my cheese completely falls off my cracker and I lose the functional in that title, well yeah never mind. Even then I'll deny that shit. I'm a whore for Victoria's Secret, no seriously, like my VS Angel's Credit Card stays maxed out, hey, they got cool shit. I have a whole lot of hats, meaning I can be called a billon different things, daughter, wife, mother, labor unit nurse, I sell pussy on the side *coughs* that would be persian kittens, thank you you dirty minded scoundrel, I'm also compulsive blackjack addict, book blogger, book pimp, book whore, Jack Daniels is my favorite boyfriend and my biggest dream, the day I'll acknowledge that I've succeeded in life and can a die a happy woman is the day I get to go two stark naked hour round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs* I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life, you know for the Michael's and Leo's and Nick's in my life. I've been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore where I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn't enough any anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite books weren't getting the exposure their work deserved I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one, I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn't hold back in writing them. I've never done a single thing in my life half way, I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & DirtyBooks I was ready to finally take the plunge and write the story that's been restlessly clawing to get out of my head and onto paper for a VERY long time. I'm a southern girl to my core, a self proclaimed smut whore, andI guess now we can add aspiring author to my hat collection as well.
Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by 'Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi' Latin for: If I can not find a way, I will make my own.
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Cassey Emerson grew up with a rough life in a trailer park with her awful parents. Fast forward years later, after a lot of hard work, she left that behind and is now a publishing assistant at Knight Media. The day Cassey meets the heir to the Knight Media throne, Kyler Knight, sparks fly. The attraction between them can be felt immediately. This was such a great story and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Kyler Knights is more than your typical womanizer. Not only is he handsome, but he is a hard worker and goes after everything and everyone he wants. I love that this story has a strong female lead. She is intelligent, resilient and knows what she wants out of life. Finally a female lead that I can truly relate to. This story was more than your average fall for your boss story. It was heartwarming, genuine, and truly a great story. The chemistry between Cassey and Kyler is undeniable. While they seem to have a friends with benefits arrangement going on, it turns in to so mudh more.
With love, there is also drama and heartache. Cassey and Kyler were no exception. There were some twists and turns in the story I was not expecting. It was refreshing to read a story like this one in that the storyline was different than what is out there. Watching Cassey and Kyler surrender to their feelings was beautiful. Love was never easy for either, but together it made sense. I love the underlying message of this story. That with love all things are possible. In all things choose love. Cassey and Kyler are proof of that.
I really loved that this book was written in both Cassey and Kyler's point of views. It allowed me to connect to them on a deeper level. It also gave us a lot of insight into their feelings about each other. I enjoyed the writing style, as the story flowed nicely and it was very easy to keep up with the dual povs as it went back and forth.
I am hoping that their story continues. While this book is a standalone, I don't feel like their story is finished and would love to know what happens to Cassey and Kyler. If you are looking for a sweet and steamy romance, then this is for you.
We’re completely naked, and the feel of Kyler’s hard muscles beneath my fingertips is sending my libido into overdrive. He rests his hands on my bare hips, circling his thumb slowly, and pushes me towards his King size bed. The edge of the bed hits me behind my knees and Kyler stops.
“Lie down on your stomach,” he instructs. His voice is deep, commanding and dark. I shiver, causing Kyler’s cock to harden against my thigh. I spin around and crawl onto the bed, deliberately swaying my hips side to side. If he wants to drive me crazy, then surely I must return the favor. I lie down, propping myself up on my elbows and look behind me from over my shoulder. The bed dips and Kyler moves closer on his knees. His hands slide around my waist and he lifts me up so that my bum is propped in the air. I feel him lean down, blowing hot air across my shoulders and biting the soft flesh of my neck. A moan escapes my lips. He’s driving my delirious and the fun hasn’t even begun yet. “Tonight, I will take what I want from you, as many times as I want and you will love every second I’m doing it,” he growls. “I won’t stop until you’re completely and entirely consumed with pleasure, and filled with nothing but me.”
His words leave my breathless and wet, and he knows it. I close my eyes as he leans back. His hands move around my bum, rubbing slowly until his fingers brush my soaked entrance. One finger slips in and then another, and he rubs slowly, adding a bit more pressure. I whimper and push my bum out more, wanting to pull his fingers deeper. I hear the sound of foil ripping, and then his fingers disappear. I’d be disappointed but I’m too wound up for what’s about to happen next. The only sounds are our collective heavy breaths and it only adds to the heady anticipation.
Kyler shifts behind me and the head of his cock probes my sex. I like it; how he makes sure I’m ready to accept all of him. He pushes in a little further and I feel myself stretching to accommodate both his generous length and delicious thickness. His hands tighten around my waist and he enters me fully until I feel his thighs pressed against mine. “Oh God,” I moan, clutching the comforter in my hands. ‘”Feel me, baby,” Kyler breathes harshly hissing through his teeth. He starts moving faster, in and out, and just when I think I can’t take anymore, he slows. He’s prolonging it, I know, but I need him to deliver on his promise to take from me what he wants over and over and over again.
“Kyler,” I moan out his name, a plea.
“I’ve got you,” he says.
His hips increase their pace and he pushes into me faster and faster and I bite my bottom lip. I feel it building, deep inside. Kyler’s hand reaches into my hair and he pulls my head up. My back arches and his stroke deepens, making me scream out in pleasure. My body is on fire and I’m slowly losing my mind, but it’s the most glorious feeling ever. Kyler’s balls slap against my skin and the sound encourages him to go even faster, and harder. He lowers his body and cups my breasts from behind, never slowing his hips.
“Jesus,” he growls next to my ear. “You feel so fucking good.”
“Harder!” I scream. “I want it harder!”
The bed shakes beneath us as Kyler’s murderous strokes harden, the sound of slapping skin filling the air around us. His hands squeeze my breasts and the tip of his cock hits me deep. Every. Single. Time.
“You,” he bites out. Slap. “Are.” Slap. Groan. “Mine.” Slap. Moan.
Kyler’s hand slides down my sweaty torso and stops between my slick folds. “I can feel myself moving inside you,” he grinds out. “Do you know how hot that is? Do you know how crazy it makes me?”
“Hmmm,” I whimper. He starts rubbing my clit and pushes into me, once. Twice. When his cock hits my core the third time, my body explodes and my orgasm shatters the world around me. I shake, my body pulsating as Kyler finds his own release. He collapses into me, our chests moving up and down while we catch our breath.
“I’m not done yet,” Kyler says. “Not even close.”
He wraps his arms around my waist again and pulls me up, sending an after-shock wave through my system.
“Kyler, I don’t think - ”
“Ssshh,” he interrupts me. “Trust me.”
He stretches his legs out in front of him and I’m straddling him, my back to his front. He lies down on the bed and grips my hips. He starts moving me, slowly at first, until I’m sliding up and down his cock. He wasn’t lying when he said he has stamina. It’s been ten minutes since our first orgasm and he’s already hard again.
“I need to see you,” I tell him.
“Ok,” he replies, lifting me up so that I can turn around. He slips back inside me and I press my hands to his chest. He rests his hands behind his head and smiles up at me. It’s smug. “Your turn,” he says. “Ride me.”
“With pleasure,” I tell him with a smug smile of my own.
I start moving and rotate my hips, around and around and then up and down. Kyler’s breathing accelerates and I know I’m doing it right. I bring my hands up and rub my breasts, pinching my nipples between my thumb and forefinger.
“Oh fuck,” Kyler breathes harshly. His eyes watch me carefully and even with only the moonlight streaking through the large windows of his bedroom, I can see his eyes are black. Seeing him so turned on, because of me, only encourages me and I decide slow and steady isn’t going to cut it. Kyler has unleashed something in me and there’s no way I’m shoving it back. So I lean back and steady myself on Kyler’s thighs, digging my nails into his taut muscles.
“What are you - ” his words are cut off when use my legs to move up and down his cock. I’m in complete control now and the power is an absolute turn on. I increase my pace and start bouncing, riding Kyler hard. Our skin starts slapping again and my moans fill in the silence in the room. Kyler’s fingers dig into my hips, and without warning he sits up and flips us over before slamming into me again. Something about it tells me he doesn’t like that I was in control but I’m too close to the edge of another orgasm to care right now.
“Yes!” I cry out. “Yes! Yes! Oh fuck me, YES!”
My back arches, my toes curl, my nails bite into Kyler’s arms and another explosive orgasm rips me into pieces. I scream Kyler’s name as he joins me, our bodies humming and vibrating together. He leans into me, resting on his forearms on either side of my head, and keeps rotating his hips as we ride out our wave of ecstasy.
“Fuckit, woman. You’re going to kill me.”
He kisses me, his tongue probing my mouth as gently as his cock moves inside me. Slow, lazy circles.
“I could think of worse ways to die,” I chuckle into his mouth. My hands slide down his damp skin and I clutch his tight bum, grinding my hips into his and pushing him deeper. I’m too exhausted, yet completely satisfied, to go another around, but I like having Kyler inside me. He brushes my hair off my sweaty forehead and kisses the side of my mouth.
“Shower?” he asks.
“Uh-Uh,” I reply, shaking my head.
He chuckles and I feel it travel to where our bodies are still connected. He sucks in a breath, his eyebrows lifting up in question.
“You need rest,” he states emphatically. “But let me clean you first.”
He goes to move but I wrap my legs around him. He looks down at me, a determined shimmer in his eye.
“Ok, baby. If that’s how you want to play…” he trails off. Seconds later he’s lifted me off the bed but has managed to keep us glued together. He walks us to the bathroom, me wrapped around him in every sense of the word, and steps into the shower. He shows me what he can do in the shower and it has nothing to do with getting clean, and by the time we climb into bed, I’m asleep before my head hits the pillow. Kyler’s arms tighten around me, pulling me close into his chest.
I’m asleep, but I can still feel the smile on my face.
And I’m happy. But I shouldn’t be.
Tamsyn is a 22 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn currently has 2 novels available Beneath Your Beautiful, Precious Consequences, and is getting ready to release her 3rd novel Destined to Fall.
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Here we are a year later and we couldn’t be happier to have Braden’s first birthday party tomorrow with our friends and family. Between prepping for the party, me working overtime, and Maddy finishing her last summer course, we’ve barely been able to stay awake past eight every night.
But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it.
I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms. He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. The sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk and kissing him sweetly should warm my heart. But all I can see is her ass right now. Yep, I want her.
“Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden is situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck.
“Hmmm,” she mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin.
Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips. This is something else of which I’ll never get tired. Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy. “Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little. To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least.
“What? I’m not allowed to want my wife.” I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more. Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity. I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine. It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year.
Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed. “Not it!” She calls out and laughs.
“Damn, you’re getting quick!” It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me.
“Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me. “Holy crap! What the hell did you feed this kid today?” Seriously, he’s lethal.
“He ate the same as usual. He’s just a stinky little monster.” She says the last sentence to Braden in that ridiculous baby talk. You can talk sweet about it all you want; it’s still poop.
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Let Love shine is a novella that focuses on Maddy and Reid the main characters from Let Love In and Let Love Stay. It was a sweet story that picks up with Maddy and Reid when they leave the hospital with their new baby boy Braden, and it follows them over the next 18 months. You see their fears, concerns, and their happiness as they deal with being first-time parents at a young age.
Reid is working and Maddy is at school, it was great to see the way they have matured and grown as a couple, how they support each other, and only want the best for their family.
Maddy is still sweet, sassy, strong, funny and extremely endearing. I love Reid; he is such a sexy alpha. I love the way he is with Maddy especially when she is feeling unhappy about her body after having Braden.
It was lovely so see that all was well with Momma C and Melanie, they are a great support system for Reid and Maddy. I love Melanie and Maddy’s friendship and I’m looking forward to reading Momma C’s story. Love that lady!
Overall, Let Love Shine was a well-written, quick, drama free read, filled with sweet, touching and steamy moments. I wish it had been slightly longer, but that being said it was a lovely way to end Reid and Maddy’s story.
I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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First of all, I freaking love the cover of this book! Thank you, Jay, for giving me the perfect image of Rome to have in my head while I read!
I’m going to have to give Cora top billing in this review. I loved her brief appearances in Jet and was looking forward to see what Jay brought to the table for her in Rome, and she didn’t disappoint. Cora is fun, funky and cool and has no problem telling people exactly how it is. And that’s exactly how she get’s Rome’s attention. Well that and by pouring beer all over his head! Cora is the cool, outgoing, outspoken girl you want to be, but are too afraid to be. Or the best friend you’d want, but are too scared to actually talk to her. Either way, she is pretty awesome.
Cora was looking for perfect man after being royally screwed over by her ex. She was insanely attracted to Rome, but he far from her picture of perfection. Until Rome showed her just how perfect he was for her.
She put her friendships on line with some risky decisions in order to bring Rome and his family back together again. She would do anything for him, to protect him and to heal him. She was strong when he couldn’t be and he never hesitated to return the favour. They helped each other find their way to happiness. And that’s what love is all about.
Rome… the hunky, hot, hero with a heart of gold that has that natural need to protect those around him. When he arrives back home after his final tour of duty in Afghanistan, he has a difficult time adjusting to his new life. Not only is he now retired from the military and unsure of what to do next, but he comes home to find everyone around him happy-in-love and seemingly not needing him anymore. He’s the big brother that had always protected his friends and family. He’s confused and angry at the world and at all of those that surround him.
And one cannot go without mentioning Brite. He is the owner of a dingy little bar Rome stumbles upon. He see’s the former lost soul he once was in Rome, Brite gives Rome a new coping mechanism to keep his mind and hands off the booze. He gives him purpose and a new job. And it was a pretty cool tradition that is handed from bar owner to bar owner and eventually Rome becomes that man in charge. It was a total awe moment for me, the way Brite did it.
This book really had it all. Chemistry, hot sex, AWE moments, and most of all the love and acceptance between Cora and Rome. It was also great to get glimses of Rule and Jet’s relationship progression with their girls, that’s another reason why I love series like this. You never really do have to fully let go of them all.
I am a huge fan of Rule (he’s still my number one of the series), but Rome certainly gave him a run for his money in the book boyfriend status order. Now if you haven’t read this series yet it’s about time you go and meet the Marked Men!
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
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I became a huge fan of Shelly Crane after devouring her Significance Series. It will probably forever be one of my favorite series and Shelly's love of romance and happily-ever-after is definitely something I can appreciate and I
can't get enough of her writing. One thing I love Mrs. Crane for is her sugary-sweet romance and the fact that she can get me all dreamy-eyed and sighing before I know what's hit me. Well she definitely mixed things up a bit with Wide Open. And that's ok, because it was fantastic all the same. This book is a lot more...gritty. A lot more "real," and a lot more mature-- in both subject matter and content. It deals with a lot of series issues-- drug abuse, addiction, illness, and death. These characters and their struggles will claw at your heart the entire time and might bring on an ugly tear or two. I won't say whether I bawled like a baby or not during certain parts... ;)
We first meet Milo in Wide Open (which I LOVED, by the way... so if you haven't read that one, get on it and fast!), as Mason's brother. Mason's & Milo's family life is a bit chaotic and full of drama, and Milo has quite a few problems of his own. These problems carried over into Wide Open, and we get to delve much deeper into Milo's mind and see him as he tries to turn his life around. I'm always nervous when starting a series book that focuses on a different character than the first, only because I become so invested in that first character, that I'm convinced I won't be able to connect with the new guy (or girl) nearly as much. More often than not, this isn't the case, but I always go in a little...leery at first. And while I still adore Mason, Milo definitely won me over and I'm so glad to have been able to read his story.
Now on to Maya. This girl stole my heart and I love her to pieces. This poor girl has been through so much and my heart went out to her. I mean, she cannot catch a break. But what a strong and brave character she was. She just proves that being strong doesn't mean you have your stuff together all the time, but that you just keep pushing along and try your best. I think Milo and Maya were perfect for each other and it was easy to root for them throughout this book.
This was a great book about struggle, perseverance, family, and second chances. It was a lovely story and very nice to see this author try something a bit different. The characters in Wide Open will definitely win you over and, although it's definitely a tear jerker and difficult to read at times, it's worth every minute.
Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in scorching North Florida. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, sight-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, when her best ideas are born.
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