Tick, tick, tock.
That’s all I have now.
A small room, a photograph, and time.
They want me to trust them and confess my sins.
They told me they wouldn't judge me—they lied.
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime.
We were wrong.
Time doesn't stand still.
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…
Now he is gone.
As I write this review, my heart is beating in my chest. Can you hear it? Writing this review brings me back to every single emotion I felt while I was reading Veiled Innocence. This story MOVED me. Veiled Innocence is so much more than your standard student teacher taboo romance. It goes deeper.
“My ending staring right at me from the very beginning.”
Addison falls for her teacher. Let’s call him Mr. M. He settles the mess that lives insides her head. He calms the storms that rages within her. But it’s wrong. So wrong. Yet Addison is relentless. She pursues this man. He tries to resist, but she already has a hold on him. I refuse to go into much detail regarding the plot. As the synopsis gives little away, so will my review. This spellbinding story is to be full experienced, word by word. No review can truly capture this masterpiece of a story.
“Bringing our fingers to his bare chest, he moved them until we were tapping out the beats of his heart.”
This affair is consuming. Overwhelming. Unexpected. Mr. M never stood a chance against Addison’s advances. He’s in over his head. But he is tethered to her. His heart and soul. He is in so deep and not sure he can escape or if he even wants to. Will he even survive that? The chemistry between these two is on a level I can barely put into words. Their love is unyielding. Ceaseless. Their love is powerful and simply defies everything they are up against.
“You make it go away.”
“I make what go away?”
As Mr. M gets to know Addison, he realizes how much of her past has shaped her to be the person she is. That there is so much to understand about her. But what he does know is that Addison settles his chaos as well. She simply makes sense in his world. She is alluring and enticing and he wants to do so much more than save her. Mr. M. loves with such conviction and truth. He only sees her.
“You’re going to ruin me.”
“You’re going to save me.”
Can we simply talk about the writing? Miss Ella Frank can do no wrong. She maintains her usual detailed writing style, yet every book from her is never prescriptive. They all stand on their own. Every book has a voice. And Veiled Innocence is no different. Her writing is an art. And as an avid reader, I noticed that this is something that I do not come across very often. There are people that write books, and there is Ella Frank. Her talent in crafting words puts her on her own level. The writing was bewitching. I was easily engrossed in the story from the very first page. The flow of the story is flawless as we are given both POVs in a way you’ve never seen before.
“Why can’t I do this for you?”
“Chase the monsters away.”
I lived this book. Every page. I was on edge. As much as I wanted to read quickly to see how everything unfolds, I simply took my time. Not wanting to miss anything. Every single word gave meaning to the story. Every. Single. One. Don’t blink. You can easily miss something. The author is very meticulous in her use of words. Your heart will race as you get deeper into the story. You will fall for them. Regardless of their circumstances, their love is transcending and beautiful.
“Why would I ever want to destroy what’s keeping me alive?”
Tick. Tick. Tock. Those three simple words will haunt me from a long time to come. It will remind me of this gripping and compelling story. I highly suggest you throw away any notion you have about student teacher romances. This is NOT that book. It’s more. The author pushes and challenges you as a reader. She challenges all thoughts on love and what it truly means. The power in love and all it entails. Veiled Innocence allows you to see love in all it’s glory. In the good and bad times. How love changes. How love saves. I will forever remember Addison and Mr M and all they faced. All they had to endure. That sometimes you find love in the least expected places.
“...but what is love without some madness.”
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as "scorching hot!" and "enticingly sexy!"
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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Title: Tomorrow’s Lies (Promises #1)
Author: S.R. Grey
Release date: October 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le
When today's promises become tomorrow's lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?
Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she’s given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.
Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie’s worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.
Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.
Flynn O'Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.
So what do you do when you’re trapped and there’s no way out?
What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?
What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today’s promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow’s lies?
Tomorrow’s Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It's about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.
*mature content and possible triggers*
New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
***2016 RWA RITA entry***
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“If someday you fly away Jaynie-bird, can I go with you?”
Jaynie Cumberland has been in the foster care system since her early teens. She’s never been wanted. Not until she meets Flynn O’Neill, who is also no stranger to the same foster care system. They both share a past of pain and loneliness. Jaynie is very resistant to get close to Flynn in any way. But slowly, she lets down her walls and Flynn becomes her solace. The bright star in the only dark sky she’s ever known. And Flynn? He’s forever haunted by his past. He merely exists, waiting for the day until he turns eighteen to escape. But Jaynie? She changes things.
“Flynn is quickly becoming my brightest star, one that manages to be seen even on the cloudiest of nights.”
We are taken on a journey with two broken people that don’t know love. But easily recognize it in the other. Their story is heartbreaking, yet inspirational. Overwhelming, yet breathtaking. This goes beyond the cliche characters with a past. It goes deeper. Jaynie and Flynn face a life of hardship that no person should go through. They bear a cross that no one should endure. But they find hope in each other. But what happens when that hope is tested? When choices are to be made? And the promises are challenged? You simply love deeper.
“I promise you, Jaynie Cumberland, I will never forget you. You are burned in my soul.”
The writing is so real. Raw in it’s delivery. Emotional with it’s words. You have not read this story before. The author realistically tackles some heavy emotional subjects here. She also exposes the reader to things not usually discussed in books, but is so very relevant to today’s world. You do so much more than read this story. You live and breathe it. The author easily places the characters inside your heart as you experience their highs and lows. Their trials as well as their triumphs. This beautiful and thought provoking story is so much more than I could ever put into words.
“You were always the brightness, Jayne. You made my world alive.”
Tomorrow’s Lies is a true testament to the power and resiliency of the human spirit. Flynn and Jaynie have never experienced what it is to love or be loved. But they effortlessly found it each other. They loved loudly. Fiercely. Their love transcends. It’s profound. Their love knows no end. Their love faced an adversity that many would not survive. But their love simply endured.
“Nothing in this world could ever stop me from loving you. We’re forever, you and me.”
Jaynie and Flynn found love in the darkest place. Where love does not go. Where love doesn’t exist. Despite their past and everything they’ve faced, they love from the very depths of their soul. I leave out the plot of this story as it must be experienced by the reader. You are never told of their love. You simply feel it. Their souls are tethered. Their lives forever changed. Tomorrow’s Lies is a touching and heartfelt story about love and hope. About choosing love over the darkness of the world. Although scarred, the hearts of Jaynie and Flynn are so pure. Their love unyielding. They love with courage, and with a confidence that is felt from their very being. I cannot wait to see where their story takes us next.
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the new Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 multiple times, as well as Barnes & Noble #1 in Bestselling Nook books.
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I love when books make me smile as I read them. Not only on the inside, but on the outside as well. Girls, you all know what I mean. When the Heroes are just so irresistibly irresistible and make your heart feel all warm and mushy. Ya...THAT. This book has it in spades! The foreplay. The build up. *Sigh* I actually got butterflies when Leo spoke to Roxie. Alice wrote epic sentences, so perfectly written, that I just HAD to read them two or three time over because they are just that good!
Even though this book was a slow go at the beginning for me, once it did finally pick up I couldn't put it down!
There was a moment in the book, Leo's little secret, that I don't normally like reading in my books (just one of my things, and I may be alone here). I went from the dreaded "damnit I hate when this happens" angry and sad face to a "damnit it totally works for me in this book" happy and mushy love face. It's a total HFD effect! I made that up by the way, don't ask what it stands for. That's for me to know and you to (possibly) find out when you READ THE BOOK.
So a note to all the single hot male farmers out there, Alice has just created an army of romance readers with their eyes on a new prize. That prize, being your luscious farm lands. So beware!
Not only will Nuts make your loins growl with excitement, it will also make your stomach growl with all the delicious food talk. So my advice is DO NOT READ ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, or make sure you have some yummy snacks on hand. And enjoy this fabulous read!
Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.
Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mr. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…
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Just because she's famous doesn't mean she's happy.
Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.
She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.
But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel "DJ" Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something's haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.
DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.
Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.
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I’ll be honest. When an author continues to add to a series, I get worried. Worried that there will come a point where I will be over the series and ready for completely new characters. But every time Sarina releases a book, my worries go away. The Fifteenth Minute was no exception. Just when I didn’t think I could love her couples anymore than I already do, Daniel and Lianne blow me away.
The moment Lianne sees Daniel, her world is tilted a bit on his axis. She met him on another occasion, but she was not quite sober. This is different. They immediately bond over music at a party/get together. Their banter is witty, funny, and I thought they were absolutely amazing for each other. Leanne is a famous actress, determined to lead a somewhat normal life and attend college like others her age. She’s never felt like she ever belonged anywhere. She never fit in. Until she meets Daniel. And Daniel? Well he’s a college student that also DJ’s for the hockey games. But he also has a secret. One that could threaten them before anything even starts.
“So this is what people mean by attraction. He is the magnet, and I feel the pull.”
The more Lianne and Daniel spend time together, they both realize there is something much deeper between them. It goes beyond friendship. Lianne is herself with Daniel. He brings out the best in her. She fits with him. She’s never wanted to be desired or dare I say loved? By anyone. But Daniel changes it for her. And Daniel learns he can share his heart with Lianne. His past has left him without the ability to give in emotionally or physically with another woman. But it’s different with her. He wants nothing more than to be in her presence. His unyielding love for her is felt throughout the entire book.
“The only time I feel like myself is when I’m with you.”
Fifteenth Minute is the kind of read where you never want it to end. I laughed through their story. I teared up, I simply lived it with Daniel and Lianne. I had no idea what to expect with these two, and it was everything I never knew I needed. There is no insta love here. Daniel and Lianne are two lost souls that find themselves in each other. Their connection is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was magical. There is so much more I can say about the story, but I refuse to spoil it. To watch these two fall for each other is simply breathtaking. I love this series and this was a wonderful addition to it. I cannot wait for what’s to come.
Lianne Challice is chatting me up.
As I fetch the pizza I ordered from the window, I try to decide whether or not I’m going insane. Maybe all the stress in my life has finally cracked me.
But no. When I deposit the pie on a table, her big eyes cut from the jukebox over to me, before darting away again. She is so freaking cute and so feminine that it’s making me crazy. Her mouth is like a little red candy that I’m dying to taste. And who has teeth that straight? She intimidates the fuck out of me, to be honest.
I make another trip to the pizza counter for paper plates and napkins. Usually we just grab slices off the tray like animals. But tonight I’m trying to be classy. The idea makes me snicker to myself. As if. Impressing Lianne Challice isn’t something I’m capable of. But I’m having fun trying. And there hasn’t been a whole lot of fun in this year for me. So that’s something.
Years from now I’ll look back on this night and laugh. Guys, did I ever tell you about the time I chatted up a movie star? I mean, my father is still telling people about the time he sat one table over from Tina Fey at Nobu.
Lianne sneaks another glance in my direction and I beckon to her. “Have a slice?” If she wants one, now is the time. In a minute my brother and his teammates will fall on the pizza like seagulls.
“Thank you. I guess I should. I didn’t make it to the dining hall tonight.”
“Your enthusiasm for Capri’s pizza overwhelms me,” I tease. “Aren’t you a fan?”
She slides a slice onto a paper plate, considering the question. “Pizza is like a nineties hit. Pretty good, especially if that’s all there is and you’re hungry.”
My own slice stops halfway to my mouth and I laugh. “Seriously?”
“I don’t know if we can be friends,” I say before taking a bite.
“Because I don’t love pizza?”
I shake my head. “Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s, like, a basic human desire.” I cram a bite into my mouth to prove my point. Smooth, right?
She bites her bottom lip, and I realize I’d rather have that for dinner. “It’s okay. But it’s mostly just something you eat when you’re in a hurry or need to feed a crowd on the cheap.”
“Ah, I see,” I say when I can speak again. “The problem is that you haven’t had any great pizza. You’re a freshman, right? You don’t know all the glory that is Harkness pizza. Have you been to Gino’s Apizza?”
Lianne shakes her head. “I don’t think so.”
“She doesn’t think so,” I scoff. “Baby, if you’d had great pizza, you’d remember.” And now I sound like a real perv, but Lianne Challice is smiling at me, watching me with her big doe eyes, and I feel it like a drug. “They make everything from scratch. Even the sausage. We’ll go together, so I can prove my point.”
Annnd I think I just asked a movie star out on a date. Here comes the crash and burn.
First her eyes widen just a smidge. Then two pink spots appear on her face, one on either cheekbone. “Well, it would be a shame to live in this town and never know its true pizza greatness.”
I replay that sentence in my head and realize that she didn’t turn me down. “True,” I agree. “Do you think Thursday would be a night to experience pizza Nirvana?” I’m overselling the hell out of Gino’s now, but it’s working for me.
She gives me a serious frown, and I’m hoping she’s not busy on Thursday. Because I have back-to-back hockey games to DJ on Friday and Saturday. “Thursday it is. I shall prepare to be amazed.”
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.
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After the disastrous Planet X party, Noah Lake knows he must to learn to cope with his anger and bitterness, to learn to live as he is and not as he had been. He sets out on an impossible journey, alone. in the hopes of making himself worthy of Charlotte's love, and to slay the demons of an old life that is lost to him.
As he makes his arduous way across Europe, following Charlotte's tour, Noah writes of his experiences that will become his memoir, and it is only after reading his words that Charlotte comes to fully understand the hardships Noah endured for their sake; a journey that nearly broke him in mind, body, and spirit. She knows what she must do: show Noah that while she is the light in his darkness, he is the music in her heart, and that without him, she'd be just as lost.
Endless Possibility is the final chapters in a love story about acceptance, peace, and the bond between two souls who have found their equal in each other, and the happily ever after they both deserve.
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I have loved Noah Lake from the very moment I started RUSH. My heart soared over his story. When I heard we were getting a novella, I am not sure how to truly put into words how excited I was. Because Noah? His story inspires. Gives hope. And this novella? It was everything I never knew I needed, but so glad it came to be.
“The light in my darkness. The reason I live instead of exist. You are the dawn of my every new day.”
If you’ve read Rush you know that Noah makes a huge sacrifice to be the man he believes Charlotte deserves. But what we don’t know are the details of this journey. In Endless Possibility, we are placed in the most vulnerable time in Noah’s life. As he waded through the darkness, he found his light in Charlotte. Noah puts his pride aside and truly embraces the truth of his blindness. He wants to live, no longer exist. He wants to love. Wholeheartedly. Unconditionally. And the only way to do this is to let go.
“Because the idea of failure, of living without her in my life, was a nightmare worse than blindness.”
Nothing is held back in Endless Possibility. You understand Noah’s inner battles. You FEEL his struggle. His struggle to live even with his circumstances. The author brings you inside Noah’s darkness. This journey breaks him. But there is one thing that allows him to not break completely. To persevere. And that is Charlotte. She is literally his sunshine on his darkest days. You truly do not understand the profoundness of his love for Charlotte. Until now. His love endures. His love is never ending. His love is breathtaking. He loves relentlessly. Unashamed. His love triumphs.
“Everything. Every breath. Every beat of my heart was for her.”
The writing is flawless. We the readers are effortlessly placed inside the pages of Noah’s story. Inside his heart. And most importantly inside his soul. The words are magical. Powerful. Moving. Inspiring. The author brilliantly executes a heart stopping beautiful story where a man does the most self less thing to earn the love of his life. But he soon learns that he never had to earn her. Charlotte was embedded in his soul the moment she became his.
“Charlotte owned that particular piece of me. Hell, she owned all of me, heart and soul...”
I am vague on the plot as this is HIS story. And what an honor to truly see inside of his heart. Is there a man that loves as fiercely as Noah Lake? I am not so sure. Noah loves Charlotte with a love that makes you want to weep. He loves from the very depths of his soul. His heart is beautiful. Brave. Intoxicating. To say I loved Endless Possibility is an understatement. The love between Charlotte and Noah challenges all thoughts on love and all it is capable of overcoming. Miss Emma Scott...do you know how much Noah Lake OWNS my heart?
Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance writing when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word flash story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it's amusing to write about herself in the third person.
My third novel in the City Lights series (set in Paris) is called Beside You in the Moonlight, and will be released December 2015
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I don’t read many Young Adult books, as I’m not a big fan. I think it’s my age! I seem to find myself rolling my eyes at the characters, and they annoy me a little. However, as Abbi Glines wrote this one I just knew I was going to have to read it. And I’m glad I did as I enjoyed it.
West Ashby and Maggie Carleton were both suffering in different ways. West’s dad is ill, he hasn’t got long to live and West was finding it hard to keep up the persona that all was well. Maggie lift will never be the same as her father murdered her mother, and she has since stopped speaking as a way of coping, as a way of protecting herself.
“She had come into my life when I thought I was going to lose myself. When I wasn’t sure I had the strength to make it”
Until Friday Night was a touching emotional story about, love, friendship, loss, pain, trust, and support. About two people who were grieving and found the person who was able to help them heal. West and Maggie were sweet together, and I liked their emotional connection.
“The emotion in his voice was hard to ignore. I didn’t want to feel anything for him, even in sorrow, but I did”
Until Friday Night had a completely different feel from Abbi’s books, I have been used to reading the heat factor was very low, which was a refreshing change. It reminded me a little of Breathe when it first came out sweet and innocent.
“I don’t want you to feel like you always have to be my strength. I want to be that for you, too. ……I want to mean to you what you mean to me”
Overall, I enjoyed this one, which I easily read in one sitting. I’m looking forward to reading Gunner & Riley's story the next book in the series.
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks, afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas, she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers' lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
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When Stella Welsch meets sexy, and alluring Conrad Adams the attraction is instant there is something about him. Stella knows that she should stay away from him, but the temptation to get to know Conrad to experience new things with him is too high. The more Stella gets to know Conrad and has a taste of thing that he has to offer her, some of which to her have always been forbidden. Stella soon realizes that she has a choice to make does she listen to the voice in her head or does she listen to her heart and change her life forever.
“This man I have known for a millisecond has grabbed my attention, and he’s not letting me go.”
Stella's Awakening by R K Ryde was interesting, sexy, hot, and emotional and thought-provoking read. I went into this book knowing very little, and after the first few chapters I knew I wanted to read more. I wanted to know more about Stella. Some of the things she said made me think there is more to her that meets the eye, and there was! And it was something that I wasn’t expecting. It was then I understand why she was reluctant at first to get too close to Conrad.
“The more I’m with this electric man, the more I desire him. My self-control and conviction deteriorated with each contact, with every kiss. I’m hanging by the tiniest of threads, the possibility of it snapping, increasing by the second.”
I do love my Alpha men and Conrad is all alpha. He is not entirely an open book he has a past of his own, which I’m sure we will learn more about as the series develops. Conrad knows what he likes and what he wants and what he wants and likes is Stella. I love his sexy dominant side, but I also love seeing his compassionate side with Stella as he learns more about her, her past, and the consequences she will face her because of their relationship.
There’s something about you Stella, an air, a grace. From the moment I saw you on the corner at Tiffany’s, I knew I had to meet you, to talk to you. If I’d have known, I would have never pursued you.”
I like Stella and Conrad individually, and together. They had great chemistry. I loved the sex scenes I felt they were well written and hot. I there was a good balance during the story. Stella and Conrad connection was strong, and the pull that they felt was even stronger.
“If this is corruption, then bring it on! I loved corruption. I can’t get enough of it. I’m addicted.“
There is a religious element of the story, so this book isn't going to be for everyone, but that being said I wouldn't let that stop you from reading this book. It was that aspect of the story was thought provoking and intriguing for me, as there were things I knew but so much I didn’t. It was a real eye-opener. RK Ryde does not pushing it on what she does do and do it well. She gives you both sides if this aspect, a different perspective. That in turn allowed me to understand the conflict that Stella is going through as you learn more her and her about her past
“I’m sorry I wasn’t there, wasn’t able to take your pain away.” His eyes search mine. “But I’m here for you now. Stella, let me be here for you.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this story Stella's Awakening is R K Ryde debut novel, and I was impressed. I liked her writing style, engaging and passionate from the start. It was a well-written story about trust, family, sacrifices, honesty, finding the courage to live the life you want to live, being true to yourself and following your heart. The book does end on a cliffhanger and therefore Stella, and Conrad’s story is far from over and I can’t wait to read more.
If you looking for a sexy, emotional read then I would recommend that you give this one a go!
I live with my gorgeous husband, our beautiful daughter and a very cute poodle in a little country town on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.
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Tempting The Best Man is a perfect, flirty read to escape with for a few hours. I took this book on holiday with me and read it on a sunny afternoon. It’s easy reading with the perfect balance of heat, chemistry and endearment.
Madison has been lusting after her brother’s best friend since forever and when forced to spend the weekend with him at her brother’s wedding the truth comes tumbling out with a lot more than either Madison or Chase bargained for.
Tempting The Best Man was a quick read with just the right amount of sizzle and drama. I was rooting for Madison to get what she wanted at the same time I was falling for Chase and shouting at him just to tell the girl.
This was a sexier side to JLA’s writing and one that I liked. I look forward to discovering the other Gamble brothers!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, and her hyper Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories . . . therefore explaining her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Romance.
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A sassy, in-your-face baker. A panty-stealing, dirty-talking accountant. And a bathroom quickie that changed their lives forever.
Wedding hook-ups never amount to anything.
Unless that hook-up knocks you on your ass.
For Dylan Sparks and Reese Carroll, the big day can’t arrive soon enough. Dylan, stressed to the max from overbearing mothers and last minute preparations, struggles to keep her sanity. As for Reese, he’s fighting to not only keep his bride-to-be safe from creepy investors, but also to make it to the actual wedding day without losing his mind in the process.
Throw in a crazy group of friends, and a bachelor/bachelorette party weekend getaway, and you have a recipe for the sweetest wedding of the year.
Reese Carroll and Dylan Sparks cordially invite you to read Sweet Possession.
Warning: This books is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.
Reese. Carroll. How I love you. Let me count the ways...
Seriously J. Daniels?! My love for this man is endless. I did not know I needed more Reese and Dylan until I read this book! It was everything I could have asked for and more.
If you’ve read the first book, Sweet Addiction, you know that Dylan and Reese are about to take a huge step in their relationship. And we as the reader are along for the ride. If you know and love this entire group, you know that nothing about them is ordinary. And this story isn’t either. In true J. Daniels fashion, she will have you laughing out loud, swooning over these hot men, and then tearing up because she knows how to make you feel the love between Dylan and Reese.
“The way Reese says ‘I love you’, I feel it more than I heart it.”
As Dylan and Reese prepare for their upcoming nuptials, we get a glimpse into their life as a couple truly dedicated to one another. Although they met in a somewhat unconventional manner, they're tethered to each other for life. Dylan is still the fun and spunky character that we all love so much. With her business and planning of a wedding- life is overwhelming. But she would not have it any other way. And Reese continues to make you want to highlight every word that comes out of his mouth. His declarations of love for Dylan knows no bounds. He loves her to the depths of her soul.
“I could be without you for the rest of my life and I’d never want anyone else.”
If you think Dylan and Reese were hot in the first one, well get ready for them in Sweet Possession! They are simply off the charts. They love so fiercely. Reese Carroll easily puts so many other book boyfriends to shame. So why should you read the second installment? What makes this book so special? EVERYTHING. The author is brilliant in her execution of a sweet, sexy, and swoon worthy story. My love for this author, this story, and the characters are now multiplied. I am vague in the plot, but just know that this does not follow the normal formula. The author has a gift of putting her own twist on romance. You easily become embedded within the pages of this story.
“You were always meant to be mine. Even before I knew it.”
Sweet Possession was one of those stories that you curl up with and don’t put down until the very last page. It’s like meeting up with your best friends. You laugh, you cry, you live. And can we talk about the ending? LOVED. You don’t want your time with them to end. The entire gang is in this one and there are even some surprises. So stop what you're doing and be sure you are reading this! No seriously. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next.
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Sweet Possession is the second in the Sweet Addiction series by J Daniels. I was looking forward to spending a lazy day reading this one and catching up with Dylan Sparks and Reese Carroll as they prepare for their wedding and battle all the drama and stress that goes with it. I do love a good wedding!!
I will be honest, I did wonder if they need another book, as I was worried that it was just going to be more drama and more miscommunication. But I was so wrong as it was much more yes, there was drama, but it was just the right amount. I’m so glad that J Daniels gave them another book I loved seeing them together as a couple, the way they supported each other. Seeing how much they mean to each other. Their relationship was sexy, cute, funny, honest, a whole lot of hotness and sincere.
“You were always meant to be mine. Even before I knew it”
I loved seeing how much Reese and Dylan had grown as a couple, especially Dylan she did annoy me a little in the first book with some of her actions but in this one I loved her. I like how she took ownership of her past actions as how close she came to losing him because of them. Dylan now knows that Reese is it for her, he is her future, and he is her world.
“I do need him. I always need him. How I ever managed to convince myself otherwise is beyond me. I was complete a fool for ever denying my feelings for him”
I loved Reese in the first book, but in this one he stole my heart with his dirty talking, dirty texting and dirty letter writing. This man is just so lush so alpha and so super sexy. Everything he does for Dylan to show her she was his world just made me swoon. It wasn’t just the big things it was also the little things. He showed her that actions are just as important as words, and I loved that.
"I will never regret how I fell in love with Reese. I can’t. Every single second of it was worth it because it led us to this"
Sweet Possession was funny, sexy, romantic and addictive read. It was well written, and well paced. J Daniels with her superb writing had me smiling, laughing, swooning, and getting teary. Oh and let’s not forget the sex scenes oh wow HOT HOT HOT!!! They had me fanning myself. The supporting characters Joey and Juls were great yet again and like I said last time just adored their friendship; it was so funny and genuine. And I’m even Brooke has grown on me and I’m looking forward to reading her book.
I loved every bit of this book and the epilogue was super special. I recommend you one click today.
J. Daniels is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.
Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
Whoa. Hello new favorite author of mine. I’ve had several people recommend this series to me. As a reader I look for books to make me think. To allow me to feel and lose myself within the pages. Becoming His was this and so much more.
Harper (Ace) Bosse loves her home and the people in it. She has a huge family. And we get to meet them. All of them. She is the youngest but plays such a huge role. She keeps them together. She’s smart beyond reason. But if there is one thing Ace isn’t so smart about, it’s her love life. She goes through boys like it’s nothing. No. Not like that. Not sure what she is looking for, she easily gets bored and moves on. She’s never given her body or heart to another man. She’s never had the desire to. Until Max Miller. Max returns from Alaska after looking for something he realized he already had. Upon his return, his neighbor of many years, Ace catches his attention. His thoughts reside with her at all times. But she is not his to have. Until something shifts. And they are never the same.
“Love is an emotion that until spoken, I hadn’t realized the immense power that it holds.”
Becoming His is a slow build. Slow burn. Nothing is rushed. Max and Ace slowly fall for each other. But their journey to love is not the usual cookie cutter romance story. It’s so much more and truly the reason why I enjoyed it so much. Max is afraid of abandonment due to his past. And Ace still struggles to find herself. But the two find solace in each other. They find home. But how do you know this is the person for you? Their hearts speak it. Their hearts feel it. YOU feel it. What happens when you don’t listen to your heart?
“You make me believe in soulmates.”
I was easily captivated not only by this story, Max, and Ace, but also the rest of the characters. There are a lot of them. However, I will say that the author is brilliant in her character building. Her characters add such depth to the overall story. I found it hard to put down. I cried, I laughed. Talk about feels and emotion! I didn’t know what to expect from this story, but it was everything my heart needed. THIS is a romance story. Slow and steady, their story attests to the power in love and all that it can overcome. But like any love story...love isn’t easy.
“That’s because you were made for me to love.”
I am pretty sure Max and Ace stole my heart. Their love heals. It overcomes. Their love is everything. It is deep. Passionate. And you are fully immersed in their story. I am so lucky that all three books are already out. I am not sure if my heart could’ve taken the wait. That ending? TEARS. Becoming His was an amazing, emotional, heartfelt journey and I look forward to what is in store for this group.
“I loved her and she left. Maybe I wasn’t enough. Maybe I’ll never be enough.” I’ve been thinking these words since before we even got together.
Everything is new. The old no longer has a place here. Physical items are easy to replace. I'm constantly battling the ones that aren't.
Every thought and memory I have is stained.
You weren't even there for half of them.
How is she still present even though she left?
I can do this. I’m going to survive losing her.
My heart is so FULL after finishing this. I don’t even know how to FEEL. I’m overwhelmed with emotions. Book one I loved. Book two? It made my heart beat. And I am not sure if it will ever stop.
“Loving someone makes you stronger.”
Losing Her starts right off from where Becoming His left off. I will try to avoid spoilers for this and the first book as this story is to be experienced. You must live their journey. This is Max’s story. And it is SO much more than a retelling of the first book. It far surpasses that. We are allowed deep into Max’s broken yet, beautiful heart. His feelings on Ace and her family. How he’s no longer the man he once was. How he’s barely living, but surviving. The entire crew is in this one as the first one and there are even some surprises. They all deal with the aftermath of the end of the first book. We are once again, as readers, immersed into the Bosse and Miller family. And my heart enjoyed every minute of it.
“I never realized how confidence is like glass; strong and protective until it is hit just right. Then it shatters.”
Excuse me, but where has Max Miller been all my life? No, seriously. Wherever he has been, I am so glad I found him. Sigh. Or maybe he found me! The author is a truly gifted writer. Her words evoke emotions. Her writing reflects how much she pours her heart into her characters. As I write this review, I am still not over this story. It’s been a good hour since I put it down, and I cannot wait to get back to reading to start book 3. This author has truly and easily become one of my favorites.
“Had you just been waiting for someone to finally catch you?”
I love romance. I really do. And until this point, I am not sure if there has been a book that truly captured how fiercely a man can love a woman. Max loves Ace with his entire being. His soul. He loves her slowly, loudly. Immensely. His love is overwhelming and powerful. The author writes words straight from Max’s heart. His words are beautiful, poetic. Ace is Max’s heart. And you cannot truly love deeply without your heart.
“I would choose you every time, Ace.”
This book solidified my emotional investment in this story and the characters. I finished with tears in my eyes. I didn’t realize how hard I was gripping my kindle. If there is one thing I love about reading is how it makes me FEEL. And this did more than that. Losing Her is a beautifully written, captivating story. I cannot begin to explain how much of a journey this was for me. I did more than read this story. I lived it.
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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