Blog Tour ~ Bride In Bloom by @JulieHartnett Includes Derna's & Brittany's Review, Giveaway, & Teasers
Meet Victoria & Cameron in this fabulous stand alone!
Title: Bride in Bloom
Author: J.B. Hartnett
Series: The Beachy Bride #1
Release Date: 12th March
For Victoria, it started with the perfect dress and the perfect man...well, she thought he was perfect.
For Cameron, it started with a devoted wife and a bright future...until he discovered devotion was never high on his wife's list of marital duties.
When trust is tested and faith in the power of true love is lost, there is only way one to restore it:
Give that person everything you’ve got, nurture it, love it…
And watch her bloom.
In the first installment of The Beachy Bride series, we experience the love story of Victoria and Cameron. Both are no stranger to heartache, but both believe in the power of love.
*This book contains mature content for an audience of 18 years or older. Sexual scenes M/M and M/F
I always look forward to starting a J.B. Hartnett book I just love the way she makes me feel during and after reading one. Bride in Bloom is the first in the Beachy Bride series and after reading the first page I just knew I was going to love it and I did.
Bride in Bloom tells the story of Victoria and Cameron Muir two people who have suffered heartache, but both whom still want to believe in love. It is very much a story about second chance love, real love, letting go of the past, moving forward, never giving up, and taking a chance on love again.
“When you know, you know. And when you’ve lost everything you thought was real, you recognise real when you see it you just have to trust it”
Victoria was a sweetheart and I was feeling for her as she discovers all that she felt was true was not. I admired the way she handles things after she found out the truth. Cameron Muir wow did I love him. He sexy, a little bit of an alpha, he was attentive, enduring, and considerate, and knows how to woo a lady. I just love that he doesn't just tell Victoria with his word how he feels about her, he shows her with his actions.
“I’m a man who, when he loves. Doesn’t do it half-assed. Why hold back with the people you love? We aren’t here for very long, so I figure we need to make the most of it”
“He doesn’t say much but he’s talking to you Tori…. These little things the gifts, the notes … They are huge
I loved the storyline. It was romantic, charming, funny, and flirty. There were a little angst and drama but not too much. Oh, and let not forget how hot and steamy it was at times. Love the hot sexy scenes. The only frustrating thing for me whilst reading this book was that sleep, and work got in the way, and therefore I couldn’t read it in one sitting.
“I’m worth the risk. You need to believe in it with me. You’re worth the risk”
There were some great realistic secondary characters that added to the story. Loved Cameron’s family, especially his mum, she made me laugh so many times. I can’t wait to read their stories in the rest of the series. My mind is going in overdrive working out whom the next book and the future books in the series will be about. I have my theories, and I can wait to see if there are right.
Oh, and the other thing I loved and made me very happy was its connection to J.B’s Leaves series. That series has a special place in my heart, and I think that’s what made me fall in love with this book even more. Even though, all the characters weren't in the story. I loved that they were somewhere in the background just hovering the thought of those characters being so close just made me smile.
Overall, I loved this one, it has a different feel from her other books, but still brilliant read. J.B Hartnett is an amazing writer, who knows how to write a great romance story that make you feel with great characters. I love her writing style always so descriptive, and I felt I was there at Laguna Beach watching it all unfold. I loved being on Victoria and Cameron heartfelt journey. I didn’t even mind that there wasn’t an epilogue, which is usually as must for me, as I know there will be more Victoria and Cameron in the rest of the series.
“I think we both know that with us, there’s a beginning and a middle, but there will never be an end.”
Bride in Bloom was one of those books that made me happy, swooning and grinning from ear to ear!! A must read for all you romantics out there.
When we first meet Cameron, he's nursing a broken heart, and drowning his sorrows in beer. His mother, who I absolutely adored, is doing her best to light a fire under him, and get him on the path to being himself again. His mom is kind of amazing. She's no-nonsense, without losing her compassion. She's wise and nurturing, as all moms should be, but she has an awesome sense of humor. She won me over right away. I was only through about 3% of the book and I was already hoping to see a lot more of her. She makes sure Cameron knows that this isn't the end of the world for him. The rest of his family is equally as charming. Cameron humors their attempts to bring some levity to his situation, but his heart has been torn to shreds and he's just trying to make it through the day. My heart went out to the poor guy. But his family helped give him hope that he would find love again.
"You'll know, Cameron. You'll know because even with everything you've been through, you'll take one look at her and be willing to take that chance. She'll be a princess and she won't even know it."
Despite whatever time passed in between when Cameron's relationship ended and he made the decision to go after Victoria, it still felt slightly rushed. I was happy that the story was moving along quickly, so that's a plus, but I was lacking a connection to the characters in the beginning-- at least the strong connection that I wanted. However, as the story progressed, I was really rooting for Cameron and Victoria, both separately, and as a couple. They really did deserve their happily-ever-afters after everything they had been through. Tori deserved her dream dress, Cameron deserved the wife and family of his dreams. These two characters really grew on me!
The supporting characters were extremely endearing and I really loved that "something special" that they brought to the story. Their interactions and relationships with each other seemed genuine and authentic. Both main characters had a great support system in their friends and family!
"Take it," she demanded, making a circle gesture with her hands like she was about to cast a spell or something.
"Take what?" The flamingo?"
"No, you idiot. Everything he gives. Take it, savor it, feel every infinitesimal ounce you can drain out of it."
While I absolutely loved some interactions between characters, some dialogue came off a big "young," at times. There were times when this didn't bother me as much (I don't mind fluffy, romantic stories!), and times when it was a little hard to ignore. Having Cameron use words like fairy princess and dick in the same sentence threw me off a bit, as well as his choice of words when describing a particular body part of Victoria's. This happened just enough to distract me from the story occasionally, and that's one reason why I couldn't give Bride in Bloom a higher rating.
Despite the occasional dialogue issue (and it is MY issue-- it might not bother some readers!), I did really enjoy reading Tori and Cameron's story. It was very well written and paced nicely. It was a pretty quick read for me. The characters were all likable and the romance was sugary sweet. If you love a good second chance romance like I do, you should definitely pick this one up. I'm looking forward to reading much more from this author. I think I'm even going to catch up on her other series!
“Remind me to change my panties,” Dee stage whispered to Kath. When he was off the phone, the petite Dee with her dark brown hair and big blue eyes looked at Cam and said, “I will pay you every dollar in my bank account to talk that way to me.”
He jerked his head toward her. “Excuse me?”
“Your voice is like hot fudge dripping off the end of a spoon.” He did have a terrific voice.
“It’s the beard,” I said to my friends. “It makes me want to just climb up onto his face and take a ride on the man-mane. Did I just say that out loud?”
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 & Giveaway: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen ~ Read Brittany's 4 Star Review, and Enter to #Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!
Title: Withering Hope
Author: Layla Hagen
Publication date: January 19th 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: Adult
*This is a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.*
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.
Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.
Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
• What did Tristan do that he desperately needs forgiveness for?
• Can I root for the budding relationship between Aimee and Tristan, knowing she has a fiancée waiting for her somewhere?
• Could any romance built under these circumstances thrive when reality inevitably comes crashing down on them again?
These are just a few of the questions I had before diving in to Withering Hope. I was more than ready to get these answers and begin what, from reading the synopsis, seemed like a frightening adventure, hopefully with heaps of romantic/sexual tension and angst. Bring it on.
I was pleased to see the author jump right into the action from the first few pages. I love a good backstory as much as the next girl, but it's great when a story can suck you in straight away and really get things going. I was surprised to discover that Tristan and Aimee actually knew each other prior to their disastrous flight, albeit not well. Even more interesting (or might eventually prove to be) was that Tristan knows Aimee's fiancée, Chris, since he is the pilot for his company's private jet. Maybe I should have assumed as such from the blurb, but, for some reason, I was expecting complete strangers going in.
From Aimee's admission, we learn that Tristan is closed off, a very private person. Their stilted relationship makes early encounters awkward, but there's no room for that in their predicament. Being stranded in the rainforest, with only each other to depend on for comfort and survival, forces them to become familiar pretty quickly. It's not long until they're working together, trying to make the best of their dire situation. Aimee and Tristan both turn out to be quite resourceful. As much as they need to depend on each other, though, Aimee still has a hard time getting Tristan to talk much, or open up to her. Turns out, he has his own reasons for keeping some emotional diatance, and I loved him even more for it. Slowly, but surely, Aimee breaks down Tristan's defenses, and a friendship begins to form... or is it more?
I thought the bond between us here in the rainforest was one of friendship. But maybe it's more. Maybe I feel more than I think for this man who's not only the strongest person I've met, but who also seems more determined to keep me alive than himself.
I absutely loved Aimee and Tristan. They were both well developed characters, both strong and complex. The way they handled the obstacles they faced after the crash was admirable, and I was sad to say goodbye to them at the end. Some of the romantic dialogue between the two came off a bit sappy at times, but other times it worked really well. I suppose it was nice to have a good dose of sweet when surrounded by so much struggle. I think the way their romance unfolded was handled well, and I couldn't fault them for finding such a connection when faced with what they had to live through daily while stranded in the rainforest. It's hard not to root for a couple to find happiness when they're in a life or death situation, surrounded by predators, illnesses, and the constant risk of injury or death. It was a beautiful thing to experience them finding solace in each other.
Without warning, he puts his arms around me in a tender embrace. From the plethora of feelings striking me in this moment-- heat, guilt, confusion-- most powerful is the feeling that I belong here in his arms.
I feel at home in them.
Maybe it's true what they say, that without darkness, you can never truly appreciate the light.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
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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!
Title: A Hope and a Chance
Author: Jennifer Foor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: November 3rd 2014
You can't help who you fall in love with.
Hope's whole world is turned upside down when she's forced to live with her estranged father, who she hasn't seen in years. To make matters worse, she's warned to stay away from the handsome young man living out back in the pool house.
Chance is running from his past; a past that would cause any father to judge. As sparks fly between him and Hope, they begin sneaking around to be together.
When their secret is discovered, Chance is sent away and Hope is left with a broken heart.
What happens when absence makes the heart grow fonder?
Find out in this hot romance brought to you from the
Best Selling Author of The Mitchell Family Series
**This title is based on the story formally known as Hope's Chance. Some character names and information has been changed/updated.
Contains some adult content **
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.
I'd start with that killer body, and work my way right into her heart.
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!
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.
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Title: The Space Beyond (Book of Phoenix #2)
Author: Kristie Cook
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: May 19th, 2014
As members of the Phoenix, Jeric and Leni are thrust into their new lives, expected to lead Earth’s Guardians. But Leni struggles with trusting her own soul, and Jeric is more concerned about keeping Leni safe than meeting others’ demands. When Darkness swarms Lake Haven, they embark on their first mission with little preparation and no idea which soul the Dark hunts.
Born and raised in Lake Haven, Bex hopes to escape her small-town life, ideally in the arms of her soul mate. She knows he exists, and her heart aches with the need to find him. When her long-lost mama calls to announce she's knockin' on death's door, Bex reluctantly makes the trip to see the uncaring bitch (bless her heart), only to be knocked off her feet by the sexy and charming Dr. Mason Hayes. Is he really The One?
Leni’s soul felt an instant connection to Bex, but if Bex found her soul mate, she isn’t their mission. So who is, and why does Leni instinctively feel drawn to her? Can Leni even trust her intuition? And will Jeric step up and lead when the time comes orcontinue to hold them back?
If they don't learn to trust themselves and each other quickly, Darkness will claim them all…along with the rest of Earth’s souls.
Having had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, The Space Between, and thoroughly enjoying it, I was pretty excited to dive into the sequel and see where the author was going to take these characters. Several months have passed since Leni and Jeric's souls have forged and a lot has changed. Their bodies have healed from their last battle, they're now living in the mysterious manor and training with the other guardians, and they've gained special abilities, along with other things. And we find them struggling to come to terms with their new life, their roles as guardians, and the high expectations that come along with them being leaders of their unique group. We also see them on the hunt for two very important guardians, Rebethanna and Nathayden. We're introduced to many new characters, including plenty of fellow guardians, and some old characters resurface. One character who plays a particularly big role in this story is Bethany, who popped up in the previous book.
Bethany's story was quite difficult for me to read at times. She struggled throughout the entire book and her life wasn't easy at all. She's had a difficult past, which is true for many of the characters in this series, and is busy working herself to the bone to support her sister and sick mother. There's a lot of darkness in her life, which is evident to those around her, an especially to the guardians. Even Bethany can feel the darkness slowly taking over, while she tries to hold herself together. Along with wanting to protect Bethany from the Lakari, Leni is also drawn to her on a much deeper level and feels like there's more to Bethany than they all realize. Bethany's love life is another huge struggle for her and she doesn't always make the best decisions.. I felt like Bethany was a bit naive at times and lacked some common sense at others, but I did enjoy her POV and became really invested in her story. I think she made for a great addition to this series.
Jeric is still struggling with having Leni involved in fighting the Lakari, as much as he knows it's inevitable and necessary, and is constantly at battle with himself. He has difficulty, up until the bitter end with trusting Leni's instincts, even though he's promised to do so. But, by the time the book ends, I think he may have finally learned his lesson. Leni, on the other hand, really embraces her role as the "light" for the other guardians and tries her best to embrace her new responsibilities. One thing that did frustrate me was this all-powerful, still mysterious, book that was supposed to somehow have all the answers. As of 67%, the book had provided them with hardly any help, save for one cryptic message that just left more questions than answers. I will say that at least the other characters shared this frustration, and the book did pull through eventually, but it was something that bugged me for most of the book.
Although Leni jumps head first into her new leadership role among the other guardians, her "super-intuition" was a bit disappointing at times. One character that pops up in this book is Rebethanna, a fellow guardian, and someone who us supposedly very close to several of the guardians, especially Leni. Leni is convinced that once she finally sees Rebethanna in person, she'll know immediately and have such a strong pull to her. The only problem with this is, when she does meet someone who she thinks is this mysterious Rebethanna, it turns out to be just a tiny "hunch" on her part that she's finally found her. I was really looking forward to these characters sharing an huge connection and, unfortunately, it wasn't there. At least not in the capacity I was hoping for.
I really enjoyed this installment in the Book of Phoenix series. I have to say, It did start off a bit rocky for me at first. Right when they finally had their first mission, and I was expecting some action and excitement, it seemed to hit a lull. The author jumped to a new POV, and it felt like I was starting a brand new book. I began to feel a bit disconnected to the original story pretty quickly after that and it bothered me for a while. Looking back on it now, it really doesn't bother me as much as it did while I was reading. I see now that we got two great stories, which is very similar to the first book, and the eventually tied together perfectly.
This book was beautifully, sometimes disturbingly descriptive. One scene in particular was pretty unexpected and extremely difficult for me to read. But the message behind this series remains incredibly sweet and the characters, old and new, really do work themselves into your heart. The ending was bittersweet, and will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. My heart broke for a few of the characters and I'm dying to know what happens next. As for the two new guardians we finally meet, I have a soft spot for them now and can't wait for them to get their happy ending.
“Ty Daniels?” she asked as she looked over her shoulder at the old, beat-up, black Ford truck leaving the parking lot. She turned back to me with her dark brows raised over big blue eyes that were just like mine. Her raven hair was pulled back in a clip, and she wore little makeup, revealing the purple half-moons under her eyes. I couldn’t believe she was out in public like this—that wasn’t the Sissy I knew. She looked as exhausted as I felt. She may have been younger than me, but she’d always had an old soul, and right now, no way did she look only nineteen years old.
“Yeah, he’s back home, but don’t worry. I sent him packin’, at least from me. You look like hell.” My sisterly way of trying to change the subject.
She didn’t take my eggin’, though. “He’s probably the best thing for ya, sis. You probably shouldn’t let him go a second time.”
My eyes narrowed at her as she stepped to the table nearest the door and hesitantly sat down. She’d seen the hot mess I’d been when Ty left. She’d claimed to hate him as much as I had.
She looked up at me and rolled her eyes at my expression. “Oh, come on, sis. Settlin’ down with Ty is a lot better than you runnin’ around and gettin’ it on with a different guy every month. Aren’t you tired of that yet?”
My nostrils flared as I blew out an angry breath before yanking out the seat in front of her and dropping into it hard. I crossed my arms on the table and leaned toward her.
“I do not get it on with a different guy every month! Quit makin’ me sound like a two-bit whore!”
She only stared at me with her brow raised again.
“Four guys, Sissy. I’ve been with four guys since Ty left me three years ago.”
She still stared silently. I squirmed and leaned back.
“Okay, maybe it was five. That’s still a long shot from one a month.”
“And is that countin’ the carnie from Atlanta?”
“I didn’t get it on with him! We made out a little, but that’s all. He kissed like a fish attacking a worm on a hook.” I shuddered at the memory.
“Still another man. And what about the surfer from Daytona? The cowboy whose truck broke down on the way to the PBR finals? Oh, and let’s not forget Punk Roberts.”
I sighed. If she counted them, her list could go on, but I’d actually slept with Punk. I really thought he’d been The One. He’d graduated as Michael Roberts several years before me and went off to become a nearly famous rock star. No doubt he would be there one of these days. He’d come home for a break for a couple of months, and we’d hit it off right away. I’d never told Sissy because she would have talked me out of it immediately, but I’d been ready to pack my bags and hit the road with him, glad to say goodbye to this Podunk town forever. Until I found out he’d succumbed to the typical rocker lifestyle on the road, fueled by drugs that hyped him up and more that forced him to sleep. I’d had enough of that bullshit in my twenty years at the time. I wasn’t about to go there with him.
Sissy fell silent, and when I looked up at her, sadness filled her eyes. She reached out for my hands and took them into hers.
“I’m sorry, Be—Bex.” That was the first time she’d called me that, so she must have meant it. “I didn’t come here to pick on you. I’m just worried about you, is all. And I know you hate Ty for what he did to you, but maybe you can find it in your heart to love him again.”
The problem was I’d never stopped loving him. But only as a friend. He’d been the rock in my life, but now I couldn’t count on him anymore. Maybe that was it—I couldn’t trust him. And if there’s no trust, there’s no relationship.
“So you knew he was comin’ back home and you didn’t tell me?” I asked, bitterness filling my voice. I yanked my hands away from her. “Left Mama’s side and came all the way here to convince me to take him back? Did he put you up to this?”
Sissy pressed her hand to her chest and shook her head. “I had no idea he was back, I pinky swear. I just saw him and thought he’d be good for you. He’s always been a good friend to us, and we kinda need that right now.” She folded her hands on the table and dropped her gaze as she picked at her fingernails. “But no, there’s somethin’ else. Did you get my message this mornin’?”
“Yeah, Liz’beth told me. I was goin’ to call you back before I went to my other job.”
Sissy’s face lifted, looking even more exhausted than she had before, and I felt bad for my jab at her. Sorta bad. I thought she sometimes forgot who was working her ass off to support us and pay for at least some of Mama’s medical bills. Someone had to do it after all, and sometimes she became quite the martyr, never letting me forget who does the caretaking of Mama.
“You need to see her,” Sissy said, her voice soft and quivery.
“I’ve got no need to.”
“Beth …” She sighed. “Bex … she only has a few more weeks. Maybe a month or two, but the doctors reckon it’ll be shorter.”
Title: Number Thirteen
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Dark Romance
Age Group: Adult
Publication Date: March 19, 2014
**AUTHOR NOTE - This is NOT a BDSM Romance**
We're thirteen girls, captive, slave to our master.
A master we've never seen.
Obedience will become all we know in our shallow existence. It is the only emotion we're permitted to feel.
When we're bad, we're punished. When we're good, we're rewarded.
Our scars run deep. Yet we survive, because we have to... because HE teaches us to.
All of us are special, we feel it with everything we are.
He has us for a reason, but it's a reason we don't know.
We've never seen his face, but we know that something deeply broken lies beneath the darkness. With every touch, with every punishment, we know it.
Then something changed.
He showed me who he truly is.
Now I want him.
I'll go against everything I know to be with him.
Loving him is a sin, but a sinner I am. I won't stop until I see every part of him. Even the parts he keeps locked deep down inside.
I am Number Thirteen, and this is my story. No one said it was pretty, or right, but it's mine.
Our main character finds herself abducted and drugged, only to wake up in a room that quickly fills with other girls, all with numbers from one through thirteen tattooed on their hands. She's Number Thirteen. She's frightened and confused, understandably and tries her best to make sense of the situation and try to recall the memories she seems to have lost. All of the girls are to be slaves/servants to William-- cooking, cleaning, maintaining the estate, and tending to their new "master" are some of the things expected of them. She continues to be unable to remember anything from her former life. Even her own name eludes her.
As the story progressed, I found myself having many questions. Why was Number Thirteen so different/special to William? Why was he keeping all of these girls in the first place? Why thirteen? All questions that Number Thirteen herself was asking as well. Surely what happened to him as a child was awful, but to enslave seemingly innocent girls because of it? I was anxious to get answers. I developed my own theory very early on and was a bit impatient to see if I was correct.
Eventually, Number Thirteen realizes that William is just as broken as her. And he finds something in her that he's never had before... Someone that finally stands up for him. This "weak" girl is strong enough to stand up to his father for him and help him through his own issues. There was a bit of a role reversal there, it seemed. Once the girls' stories were revealed, my heart definitely went out to them. And as the story continues, William and the girls come to mean more to each other than any of them thought possible.
Somewhere along the line, this story takes a very surprising turn. Although some things were absolutely still hard to swallow, it turned out to be a fascinating and unique story. I did have a few issues with the feasibility of a lot of the events and certain aspects of the story, along with several inconsistencies, but the story held my interest all the same. I went into this expecting a dark romance, but it ended up being much more than that. The ending was very sweet and I enjoyed William and Number Thirteen's story. If you're looking for something different that will definitely surprise you, then this one's for you.
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Title: Blue Notes
Author: Carrie Lofty
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: New Adult
For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.
After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.
Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…
Also, the cover is kind of gorgeous!
The beginning of this novel surprised me quite a bit, but caught my attention straight away. We see Keeley as a fifteen year old girl trying to survive testifying at a murder trial, trying to get through each day, keep it together, and adjust to her new life. Fast forward to some years later and she's a junior in college, studying music, and is as jaded as ever. She's slightly eccentric, and absolutely consumed by music. And because of her past, she still finds it extremely difficult to trust anyone. After the life she's lead, it's hard for her to believe that everyone doesn't have deep, dark secrets.
Enter Jude, a mysterious stranger, who comes off as arrogant and entitled, but also annoyingly charismatic. And, of course, drop dead gorgeous. But there's much more to Jude than meets the eye. I loved his character and would have loved to get inside his head a little.
It definitely wasn't love at first sight when these two met! Sparks fly in the worst way and they bicker and fight at every meeting. As much as they want to fight each other, they can't fight their attraction, and things start to heat up between the two. Jude gives Keeley the freedom to be spontaneous, while not getting completely out of control. ,Something that, considering her past, seems like the perfect arrangement for her. It slowly but surely becomes more for both of them and Jude finally opens up to her. But when her own past makes an appearance, letting someone in is easier said than done for Keeley.
Blue Notes did read a bit slow at times, but I found myself really attached to the characters and their story despite this. There were a few supporting characters that I loved, in addition to Jude and Keeley, and I wouldn't mind reading their stories-- Addie and Janey, particularly. To me, this was a beautiful story about love, finding yourself, and letting others "find" you, too. It's about overcoming your past, learning to trust again, and being free to be who you really are. Five super sweet stars from me for this one!
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During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.
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Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Genre: New Adult fantasy/paranormal romance
Series: Darkness #3
Publication: February 27th, 2014 by Twisted Fairy Publishing
Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth's realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.
Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.
As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.
Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.
Dwellers of Darkness is book three in this series and it picks up right where book two left off. And since time passed differently for Ember and her friends, it is now three years later and many things have changed. Including Eli. When Ember last saw Eli, they shared a passionate and tender moment and seemed to finally be opening up to one another. When Ember returns, she finds Eli even more volatile than before, with a major chip on his shoulder. But, despite his distant attitude, Ember is able to find some comfort in her new dark dweller family.
Kennedy finds out the truth about her family's history and has to come to terms with the fact that nothing in her life was as it seemed. Ember and her mother have a rough go of things as they try to build a new relationship, after being separated for so long. Lily definitely has her share of secrets and I was more than anxious to have them finally be revealed. Lorcan and Samantha are still causing problems, and Eli and Ember need to quickly work out their issues if they have any hopes of working together successfully. They alternate between jumping each other's bones and biting each other's heads off. The back and forth was definitely frustrating and I hoped that they would eventually get it together and go all in.
The Seelie Queen has sent her soldiers to capture Ember at any cost. Ember also finds herself on the Unseelie King's most wanted list. He didn't take kindly to her breaking their contract. But, finally, his role in Ember's life is more defined. I had my suspicions, but things were not quite as I had expected. Of course, the search for the infamous and much needed sword of light continues and finding it proves to be a difficult journey for all involved. We find out if the dark dwellers, demons, and fairies are able to put their differences aside in order to accomplish their common goal of defeating the Seelie Queen.
Cal and Simmons are still such cute, entertaining characters! I absolutely loved them in this book just as much as the last. Seeing some of the other characters grow and come into their own was also something I enjoyed. Especially seeing Kennedy grow more confident in herself and her history, as well as learning to use her newly discovered powers. Ember is still snarky and feisty, still a really strong heroine. One of my favorites. And of course Eli is still as dreamy as ever.
This third installment in this series was just as action packed, suspenseful and fast paced as the previous books! It had me frustrated, wanting to throw my Kindle, but loving every second of it anyway. The ending was super frustrating, but the next book promises to be out of control in the best way. This series continues to be one of my absolute favorites and I'm so glad to have discovered this story and especially this amazing author. The writing is fantastic and flows perfectly, I'm in love. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves a character driven, emotional story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time!
Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.
When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.
Embrace Blog Tour: In Bloom by Katie Delahanty ~ Brittany & Stacy's 5 Star Reviews, Dream Cast & Giveaway!
Title: In Bloom
Series: The Brightside #1
Author: Katie Delahanty
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 10th. 2014
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
While working behind the scenes at a fashion show and trying to make herself invisible, Olivia Bloom runs into the lead singer of her favorite band, Berkeley Dalton. Of course she's a bit awestruck and proceeds to make an ass of herself. Not her finest moment. Enter Olivia's new friends/neighbors and "Operation Loverly," their attempt at transforming her. They're determined to give her the Hollywood makeover they think she needs and we get to see her try to navigate life in a new town. After stressing about her future, she lands a job at a high-end lingerie company and things start to look up.
Yep. That's me. Olivia Bloom. Ending the world, one g-string at a time.
After a few chance (and some not-so-chance) encounters, things start to progress a bit with Berkeley and Liv. She's convinced that she's made a fool of herself during each of their meetings, and there's no way he could be attracted to her, but it turns out that she caught Berkeley's eye from that very first meeting. He's just as enamored with her as she is with him. Things actually progress pretty slowly in their relationship, which was great for me, but Liv finds herself trying to focus more on her work, which she soon excels at, so that she won't have to pine over Berkeley. And when Berkeley is back in the picture, we find Liv on the red carpet, dodging paparazzi, and soaking up affection from a hot rock star. Pretty great, right?! Of course, dating a celebrity comes with its share of complications, and Liv really needs to develop a thicker skin.
It's official. My tongue is cursed. #funkitup
He nods his understanding and folds me into his arms. "Can I call you?" he asks into my hair.
Can I stay here forever?
He looks at me and softens. "I'm not captivating-- far from it, actually. I'm just honest. And to be honest, I've never met anyone I liked more than you. And, for once in my life, I don't care who knows it."
Sitting back, I peek at Berkeley's perfectly symmetrical profile, my thoughts turning to the near escapade in the Escalade. That was so almost rock' n' roll. He catches me looking. We share a conspiratorial smile, and he reaches out and squeezes my hand.
Hook, line, and sinker, I'm in love.
Berkeley Dalton, lead singer for Berkeley and the Brightside, and Ahhhhhhhh. This guy is everything! I loved him from the moment I met him! He is basically Hollywood’s “it” guy, and Olivia is Hollywood’s sort of fake “it” girl, due to an experiment that her two friends decided to pull. Her friends which I loved by the way! Which I’m not sure why I loved them because they were pretty crappy at times! LOL, but they were entertaining for sure! And something else that I loved about this book was Katie’s smooth wit that went into her writing. I found myself giggling late into the night (Trying not to wake my husband), this book was so smart and quirky and I found it so refreshing that the humor wasn’t forced. You can tell that the Author is just naturally a funny minded person. I can totally appreciate that, considering all of the books I read. I loved every bit of it, and now I’m spoiled and I just want more!
Something else I didn’t know about was how the book was actually formed. While reading, there are some cute “tweets” at the beginning of the chapters that coincide with that part of the story. I just thought that Katie was showing us how her characters were acting in the real world. And she WAS! It turns out that her characters have twitter accounts, and those tweets actually made it into the book. I just found this out while reading it! Crazy right? But I think it’s so cool! I love being surprised with stuff like that! This book really is different, and I LOVED it thoroughly!
Ok so back to the love… Berkeley and Olivia have this amazing chemistry that can’t be denied. He is smitten with her from the very first moment he sees her. And of course she feels the same way, yet she finds it hard to believe that her feelings could be reciprocated. But they are, and you get to go on this crazy cool whirlwind story filled with passion, heat, laughs, tears, and crazy paparazzi Hollywood drama. This book was just simple perfection for me, and I want all of my people to read it. It’s genuinely one of the best books I’ve read this year. You will fall in LOVE with Berkeley and Olivia big time!
Okay. Here it goes…
Berkeley Dalton: Like I said, I’d prefer someone unknown…but if I had to pick…Alex Pettyfer could work!
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Title: Tortured Soul
Author: Kirsty Dallas
Series: Mercy's Angels #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Abuse
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2014
Emily Donovan didn't know love, she didn't know gentle and her future wasn't hers to own. Because HE owned her. There is only so much one soul can take before it is broken beyond repair and she had reached that milestone long ago.
Braiden Montgomery had secrets, secrets that would see a special place in hell reserved just for him. He was trying to make amends, trying to find his own form of redemption when a waif of a girl with jet black hair and pale blue eyes seized his heart.
Emily's soul had been tortured by men like Braiden, so trusting the dark haired Dom would be one of the most difficult things she would ever do. For a man with skills like Braiden, keeping 'Em' safe would be a piece of cake. Bringing her frozen heart back to life might just prove impossible though.
My first impression after reading the blurb for Tortured Soul was that I was extremely intrigued. It seemed like it would be an emotional read, maybe kind of dark-- *fingers crossed*-- and the characters definitely piqued my interest. I love flawed characters, when they're done right, and had high hopes for this book. This novel is part of a series, but since it is marketed as a standalone, I took a chance. I usually like to read my books in order, if part of a series, but this one just looked too good to pass up. I had to make an exception.
Emily was in an extremely abusive dominant/submissive relationship, if you can call in that, with Jonas, a cruel and powerful man who held her captive, really. He took complete control of her life when she was not yet seventeen, and she spent seven years enduring unthinkable things at his hand until he had completely broken her spirit. He then passed her on to his son, who inflicted his own form of debasement and torture to her already battered heart and body. She finally escapes after his son, who eventually became her husband, is murdered, only to have to face her captor again after he threatens her sister, for who she'll do anything to keep safe. She's broken, beaten down and tired. At this point, Jonas no longer evokes fear in her because she's completely checked out. She's been through it all and she's just an empty shell of the person she could have been.
Braiden, a former assassin, is trying to make amends for all of the terrible things he's done and the lives he's taken. He's determined to free Emily from her captivity at any cost. He shows her compassion, while being a strong, protective force in her life. His fierce loyalty to her is something she's definitely not seen much of in her life up until this point. His main goal is to give her life back to her, to give her the freedom to live as she wishes. But after being conditioned for so long to depend on following a master's commands, she's lost and afraid, and Braiden must step in to fill that role. At least temporarily.
My heart absolutely broke for Emily and what she'd been through. The self-esteem she lacked and her perception of herself was incredibly sad. As "unclean" as she feels, Braiden shows her that she isn't to blame for the things that were done to her. In contrast, Braiden committed his sins willingly, and has some similar feelings of guilt and shame. They had a lot to learn from each other and Braiden is determined to put her needs first, even if it means giving her up. And when her past comes back to hant them, will he be able to protect her at all, or will she have to find the closure she needs for herself and slay her own demons alone?
The tender moments between Braiden and Emily, after seeing what she's gone through, were absolutely beautiful. I felt a really strong connection to Emily and my heart really went out to her throughout the entire book. Braiden was also a character that I loved. His loyalty, compassion, and determination to do whatever it took to free Emily of her past, was something that really made him a great character. The secondary characters were also great. The love and support they showed for Emily was heartwarming. They also brought quite a bit of humor to the story, which lightened up the heavy subject matter at just the right times. This book is a story about redemption, about revenge, and about second chances. A few surprising twists and turns, and some nail-biting moments made for an extremely entertaining read.
One issue that I did have was the claim that this is a standalone. I don't necessarily disagree with that statement, but certain things, characters, and events mentioned would have definitely had more of an impact if I had read the previous two books in this series. There were a few things that left me with more questions. For example, the two characters previously met in a hospital while Emily was recovering from a brutal beating. I found myself wondering for quite a while why Braiden was in the hospital with her when it seemed that they didn't know each other at the time. Clearly this information must have been revealed in a previous book. Also, why did he feel the need to rescue Emily in the first place? Why did he feel such a strong connection with her? I needed just a bit more background and insight into these characters lives, which I'm sure I would have gotten had I read the first two books. I was able to make some assumptions pretty early on, but it would have been nice to know, for sure, if my guesses were correct. Although this didn't ruin the overall impact of the story for me, I think it's worth mentioning as it is explained in the summary that this can be read without having read the rest of the series. Despite that, in my opinion, minor issue, I really enjoyed Tortured Soul and am looking forward to reading more from this author!
I enjoy ice cold ciders, barbeques, music and art. I hate cooking, in fact I think I have major kitchen allergies. My feet rarely grace anything other than flip-flops and even in the middle of a hot Aussie summer, I love my jeans!!! To sum me up in a few words (and you know how hard just a few words is for an author) ~ easy going, laid back, dreamy and passionate.
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Blog Tour: Angel Interceptors Series by Elizabeth Corva ~ Brittany's Review of A Million Miles Away, Excerpt & Giveaway!
Title: A Million Miles Away
Series: Angel Interceptor #1
Author: Elizabeth Corva
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC
But an unexpected meeting with the musician who created the soundtrack to her life puts those beliefs to the test. Can Jasmine find a safe–and sane–place in his high-stakes, jet-setting world without nuking her future, her family ties, or her heart?
Jasmine had a pretty tough childhood. Her mother passed away when she was only 13 and she turned to music for an escape, something a lot of us can probably relate to. She had a particularly strong connection with the band Strange Angels, specifically with the lead singer, Jonathan. She turned to him and his music during difficult times, and was able to find the strength and escape she needed through their songs. When we jump to 4 years later, She is still a huge fan. She's living with her over protective step-father, and she spends her free time daydreaming, as most teenagers do, of her forever celebrity crush. At first glance, this might seem like a typical celebrity-meets-girl-next-door romance, but it's much more than that. There's no whirlwind romance or insta-love here, it's all very slow developing and I enjoyed that immensely.
There were a few things about Jasmine that bothered me. One being the fact that she's supposed to be extremely put together and mature for her age, yet she comes over completely naïve at times. One example being that she doesn't even know her social security number-- what? She's in college. I'm pretty sure I had mine memorized before I hit middle school. That, to me, seemed unrealistic. But this is just one small example. Her relationship with her step-father was frustrating at times as well. It's understandable that he would be extra protective, after having lost his wife, her mother, already, but to do things such as snapping at her about meeting her new employer (whether he agrees with his lifestyle or not) was a bit absurd. She's an adult at this point in the story-- what parent questions their adult child's employer? Other times, though, I really enjoyed their relationship. Yes, he was extremely overbearing, but he gave her his support when it mattered, and he did always have her best interests at heart. So I guess I'll forgive him.
Overall, as I said, I really loved this story. It does have a pretty big cliffhanger, so make sure you have book two on hand straight away! It wasn't quite what I expected going in, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I couldn't put it down, the writing flowed nicely, and I found myself wrapped up in Jasmine and Jon's story. I would have loved to see a bit more romance, but I also loved that things weren't rushed. The romance junkie in me had her fingers crossed that we would get more swoon-worthy moments in the sequel. I definitely recommend this one!
You can read my review of book 2, Give in to the Night here!
“H-hi. I’m here with my…friend,” she told him. “She’s with Silver. Back there,” she added, pointing toward the closed door on the other side of the room.
“They left you on your own while they tryst? Very poor!”
Even though the singer spoke with a little laugh, Jasmine still felt a stab of anxiety. “I can wait for them outside if you want me to,” she offered, placing her hands behind her back like an errant schoolgirl called to the headmaster’s office.
“How could I kick out a fellow Waterboys fan?” The frontman walked over and held out his hand. “Jonathan Fox.”
Oh yeah, I know. “Jasmine Ashbrook,” she replied, trying to stop the trembling in her extremities as he enclosed her hand in a firm grasp. She greedily inhaled the smell of his shampoo and the hint of another warm fragrance, like a cross between cinnamon and ozone. Was it aftershave? Soap? Or just him?
Jonathan gave a disbelieving laugh. “You’re not having me on, right? Your name’s really Jasmine?”
“No joke, that’s my name.” She thought about producing her driver’s license as evidence, but decided against it because the picture sucked. “Smile!” the DMV employee behind the camera had growled so fiercely that Jasmine was terrified into doing the opposite.
After he retrieved a green-bottled beer from the cooler, Jonathan leaned against the makeup counter. His expression was still neutral, but his grey eyes were starting to warm. “Go on, take your kettle off the heat,” he offered with a nod at the plush armchair.
Jasmine sat down and leaned back, trying to affect a nonchalant attitude. “Thanks-whoa!” She nearly dropped her water as the backrest tilted toward the wall behind her while the lower part of the chair slid forward until she was almost flat on her back.
Jonathan laughed, but in a sympathetic way. “Don’t feel bad. I didn’t realize that was a stealth recliner when I first sat on it either. But unlike you, I spilled my drink.”
Embarrassing though the incident was, Jasmine realized that it had turned out to be the perfect icebreaker. With most of her anxiety gone, she gave Jonathan a tentative smile as she sat up. It was hard not to stare at him. His lightly muscled torso was tantalizingly smooth except for a narrow line of golden-brown hair that trailed down from his navel to disappear beneath the waist of his low-riding jeans. She ever-so-briefly let her gaze drop a couple of inches lower before catching herself. Whoa, Nelly. Stick to the view above the shoulders.
The Angel Interceptor series was conceived as the sun was setting on Hair Metal, born during the early days of fictionpress, and came of age in 2013 when the author finally worked up the nerve to try self-publishing. All of Elizabeth’s works are dedicated to the men who play Metal and the women who love them, even though they should know better. She pinkie swears to stay far away from insta-love, cheating, and nausea-inducing baby drama.
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