*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
Tattooed Emotions is book One in the Tattooed Series by Alicia Rae. As I'm a fan of Alicia, I was looking forward to sitting down on a lazy afternoon to read this one.
Raelyn Jennings has been given a second chance at life. She had gone through a tough time and, as a result, it has left her guarded with her heart, and fearful of what the future hold that is until she meets Damien Heathman.
“It was as though he’d been given the power to make me feel, to awaken my empty soul and bring light to it”
Damien is sexy and confident alpha, who knows what he wants, and once he meets Raelyn, he knows she is what he wants and will do all he can to get her. Damien but has dark secrets of his own, and a painful past one that still haunts.
“Take me as I am, Raelyn”
Tattooed Emotions is an emotional, touching story about love, second chances, moving on from the past, fear, and trust. My heart went out to Raelyn with all that she has gone through. I loved her fighting spirit. I love Damien’s sexy and dominant side, but I also love his protecting and compassionate side with Raelyn. Raelyn and Damien are perfect together, their chemistry is undeniable, their passion is intense, their connection was strong, and the pull that they felt for each other was even stronger.
“My breathing slightly hitched when our bare skin connected. The delicious spark of electricity passed between us, and there were simply no words to describe it”
Overall, I enjoyed this one. Alicia with her amazing writing has done a great job of making me feel for these characters, as their emotions are real. The storyline flowed well and kept my interest from the very first page. There is a cliffhanger ending, but in true Alicia style it is not one the left, me wanting to throw my Kindle. It was one that left me looking forward to November when Raelyn and Damien story will be continued. I have a feeling it will be another emotional read, especially when we learn about Damien dark secrets and painful past.
Tattooed Emotions definitely one to one click today!
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
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I just love when I get the chance to finish one book in a series and move straight on to the next book in the series. And less the twenty-four hours after finishing All Broke Down I started All Played Out the third in Cora Cormack, Rusk University Series. And like the previous books in the series I enjoyed it.
All Played Out is about a girl with a “to do” list and a hot sexy jock who wants to help her complete it. It should be relatively, easy but as they start to cross off her “to do” list it leads to something more than they were both expecting.
“There’s no predicting it… How one thing can affect your life. …There’s no way to know until it’s too late…Life a bitch like that”
Antonella (Nell) De Luca Dylan’s roommate I just loved her, her awkwardness, and her shyness. She was smart, and a little nerdy. I have to say she reminded me at times of a cross between my favorite nerdy couple Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler. I think it was the way she would analyze her feelings and emotions. Her ‘To Do’ list was great!! We should all make one ;)
“My brain has never been a problem. But my heart is an equation I don’t know how to solve”
Mateo Torres is the hot sexy Jock! Awww, I was a big fan of his too. He was confident, outgoing, spontaneous, funny, a charmer, and he liked to be the life and soul of the party. He has magnetic personally, and I could see why Nell was attractive to him. He’s been hurt before, he has regrets, and has made mistakes, but with Nell there is the feeling that this could be his second chance.
“Be worthy of her. Not by playing football or pretending to be something you’re not. By being the man she makes you fell like you are. Strung and smart and kind and so damn lucky to have her”
I enjoyed the storyline; it was warmhearted easy sexy read, which was low on the drama. Cora always creates entertaining characters and Nell, and Matto were no different. They may have been opposites, but they worked, they brought out the best in each other,
Because Mateo Torres is loud, and I’m quiet. Because he’s reckless, and I’m cautious. Because he belongs everywhere, and I don’t.
I love the chemistry that they had. I adored seeing how being around Mattoe helped Nell’s shyness disappear, and her confidence grow. And the way being around Nell helped Mattoe realize what he wanted, to see the bigger picture. Their friendship/relationship was funny and sweet. The romance was hot and sexy, and Mateo did leave me grinning a few times.
“I’ve been thinking about kissing you again since the moment our last kiss stopped”
“Each time he touches me, each time he says something, it feels like I’m whispering against dynamite, like I’m a hairsbreadth away from utter destruction.”
I’m enjoying this football series, and I can’t wait to read Stella’s book All Closed Off. My only disappointment is that it’s not due to releases until 2016. However, I think it’s going to be worth the wait as I have a feeling that going to be heartfelt, and emotional. If you’re a fan of Cora Cormack, then this series is for you. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I’ve always gone out of my way to avoid situations that might stir up that kind of reaction. When I was getting picked on in middle school, I found a teacher willing to let me eat lunch in her classroom during her off period. I didn’t really do much dating in high school, because the few times I tried, I couldn’t handle the stress of not knowing what would happen next. The mere possibility of embarrassing myself was always enough to make me run in the other direction. I didn’t take any chances. Not that kind at least. And now it seems as if my social life is not the only department where I’m playing catch-up.
Welcome to Humiliation. Population: Me.
Thankfully, I’m so miserable that the next few minutes only occur in bursts and patches for me. When I next lift my eyes, Dylan is there, and we’re inside the apartment. I blink, and I’m in my room. It’s dark, only the lamp by my bed providing light, and she’s dabbing at my forehead with a damp cloth that feels like heaven.
“Why did I do this?” I groan. “Why does anyone do this?”
She doesn’t laugh, though I can tell she wants to.
“Hindsight is twenty-twenty.”
“I hate that saying.”
“But it’s the truth.”
“I hate the truth.”
She does laugh then.
“Why did you do it?” she asks. “I tried to ask Matt, but he sounds like a yeti when he’s this drunk. I couldn’t make out anything he said.”
“I hate yetis,” I mumble.
“Yes, well, before you say you hate water, drink this.”
She tilts my head up to meet a glass, and half the water ends up running down my neck. And I do, indeed, hate water.
The only thing I don’t hate is sleep. Sleep will take away the churning in my stomach, and the awful taste in my mouth, and the flushed heat I know is still marring my skin.
Maybe I’ll wake up, and this will all have been a dream. I won’t have thrown up in front of the people I’m trying to make my new friends. I wouldn’t have told the most attractive guy to ever show any interest in me that I’m a virgin.
Maybe I’ll wake up to find that this whole list thing was a long, elaborate dream, and I can go back to being blissfully weird and antisocial and ...
Somewhere between one forced sip of water and the next, I must fall asleep, because I wake up after what feels like hours to the sound of my door closing. Probably just Dylan checking on me, but I’m struggling to find the motivation to move my head the six inches it will take to confirm this suspicion.
Eventually, my bed shifts, slanting to one side, and my head ends up turning of its own volition. I decide I’m dreaming when I see who’s seated beside me, because there’s no way Torres would be in my room after everything that just happened. I’m sure Dylan wouldn’t even let him in. I decide that this must be my subconscious, trying to give me one last good-bye, unreal though it may be.
“I brought you some food,” he says.
I groan. My dream can’t even do me the courtesy of giving me a pleasant last memory. Or is it normal to be drunk in your dreams when you’re drunk in real life?
He breaks the corner off a bread stick and holds it up to my lips. I don’t open.
“Trust me,” he says. “I know you’re tired and probably miserable, but this will help. And the more food and water we get into you now, the less you’ll hate yourself in the morning.”
“Already hate myself,” I say, but I take a bite of the bread stick he’s offering. It takes me forever to chew it, and when I’m done, he holds up another. Grudgingly, I eat it.
“That’s my girl.” And now I know it’s a dream.
He offers me water, and I take it, if only to wash down the bread.
“What happened to our deal?” he asks, and he sounds almost angry. “If you’d waited for me, I could’ve taken care of you. Made sure you didn’t drink too much.”
Since it’s a dream, I don’t see the point in being dishonest.
“I don’t want you to help me with the list.”
“Why not?” Yeah. He’s definitely angry.
“Because I don’t want you to think I’m a loser.”
“Damn it. I think a lot of things about you, Nell. Some of them are certainly not nice, but trust me, they’re all complimentary.” I shake my head, too tired to pick out the meaning of his words. “You’re not a loser, Nell. And I’m going to help you with that list whether you like it or not. I didn’t like coming into your apartment and seeing you with that guy. I don’t like that he’s the one who you shared this first with. I want your firsts.”
And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP and
Title: Where The Road takes Me
Author: Jay McLean
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.
One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.
Where the Road Takes Me is a heartwarming, poignant story about love, friendships, family healing, change, trust, loss, and happiness.
“Sometimes the wrong path can lead us to the right road. And towards the greatest thing that will ever happen to us”
Chloe and Blake’s story took me by surprise, and it was an emotional read for me as a certain aspect of the storyline hit a little close to home. I’m obviously not going to say what that was as it would be a big spoiler. Let's just say when I read in that line, the one that gave me a hint of what their story was about I had to put the book down. As my memories came my mind, and I just want to give Chloe a hug. I could understand why she had her walls up, and never let any get too close.
“I knew my future. I knew my fate. And I knew that I had absolutely no control of any of it”
I enjoyed being on Chloe and Blake’s journey and seeing where the road takes not only Chloe but also Blake. These were two characters that I couldn’t help, but like. They were slightly broken in some ways, and they had choices to make. Chloe is independent and feisty she has a plan and is focused on it. Blake is a sweetheart and so protective of Chloe he thought he had a plan, but that all changed the moment he met Chloe. I loved the way their friendship developed and grew into something more it was touching to watch. I loved these two together they had some sweet and moving moments together.
“She brought something out in me that had never existed before. She made me want to be there. She made me want to stay. It was as if she had hands, squeeze me, taken my heart in her hands, squeezed tight, and made it start beating again”
Where the Road Takes Me was a lovely, touching, angsty and funny romance story. It had some great secondary characters that added to the story. I love the way Jay added humor to a story, and not take away the emotional side and essence of the story. The story pulled me in from the start and kept me there until I swipe that last page after reading it’s bittersweet ending. I love red Letter Days.
“You’re my unexpectedly phenomenal”
I recommend that if you’re a fan of YA/NA romance stories, then you should one click this one today, as I think you would enjoy it.
My jaw dropped.
My hands had touched her bare skin, the curve of her hips, and her tiny waist, but I’d seen her body only once, when she was in a bikini, and that had been for only a minute. But that was nothing compared to seeing her like this. Up close. So close her sports bra–covered breasts were just under my nose.
“Blake?” she whispered.
I struggled to take my eyes off her chest, but I finally made it to her face. She had her hair tied up in a messy knot on top of her head, like she often did. But a few strands were stuck on her neck and on her face . . . and a little sheen of sweat covered her arms and her stomach, her chest, her breasts . . .
“Blake,” she repeated, and I trailed my eyes back to hers again.
She pouted before she said, “Give me the ball?”
I shook my head and hid the ball behind my back.
She pouted again. “Please?” she whispered. Then a hint of a smile broke through.
“Are you trying to seduce me into giving you my ball?”
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
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