REVIEW: In This Life by Christine Brae

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BRAEInThisLife-eBookGRAY.jpgSecrets ruin lives, and lies protect those secrets…

Wanting to escape her life in New York City before starting medical school in the fall, Anna Dillon convinces her best friend Dante to travel with her to Thailand on a medical mission. While volunteering in a coastal village recently ravaged by a tsunami, Anna meets Jude Grayson. They share an instant attraction that leads to a brief, passionate affair. When she has to rush home for a family emergency, he promises to stay in touch.

But Jude never calls, and Anna tries desperately to forget him.

Five years pass, and Anna finally moves on with Dante after giving up hope that Jude will ever return—until they come face to face again in a chance encounter. Reeling, Anna discovers the life-altering secret of why Jude never contacted her—and why they can’t be together. But the passion that ignited between them on an exotic beach years ago never died, making it impossible to stay away from each other.

And Dante? Anna discovers that the friend she grew to love—and trust—has a secret of his own.

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My Review

Every now and then I read a book that affects me in such a way that it makes it hard to write a review. In This Life just so happens to fall in this category.
This is a story where I had a love/hate relationship with the heroine throughout the book, but yet, I understood her. We can all sit around and say what we would do if we were in her situation, but the truth is….we truly have no idea until we are there ourselves.
What drew me to this book was the description. I love a juicy love triangle with a dirty little secret. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters like I did though. The last 15% of the book had me in tears. Were parts a bit melodramatic? Eh, you could make the case, but it HAD to happen this way. Christine does a phenomenal job at putting the reader inside of these character’s heads and I loved that we get multiple points of view because for this story to be told any other way would have done a disservice to the story and to the readers. This is a story that will make you feel, that will make you think, and will make you want to grab your significant other and never let them go

I give In This Life 5 thought provoking kisses

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author-pictureChristine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. That’s what happened with her first book, The Light in the Wound (2013). Christine followed that title with His Wounded Light and then Insipid (2014). In This Life (Vesuvian Books) is her fourth book. The traditionally published title has already been optioned for Film/TV.


When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

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REVIEW: All the Way by Victoria L. James

All The Way by Victoria L. James
A Natexus Novella
Release Date: 1st November
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Six minutes after he’d vowed to love me forever and I was the happiest I’d ever been. He wasn’t meant to be with me at the start of my next adventure, but the other half of my soul — the man I’d been away from for far too long — had slammed back into my life with unashamed force all over again. With one look in his eyes, I was lost to all his promises, and I couldn’t find a single reason for us to spend another second apart.
Happiness became a dangerous addiction — one Alex Law was able to wrap me in with an ease no one else had ever done before. Yet no matter how high the clouds we rode upon climbed, the echoes of our pasts never seemed to be too far away.
Not all happily ever afters go the same way and ours was about to bring out sides of both of us that we never knew existed. All I could do was hold my breath and hope that whatever storms we passed through, they wouldn’t be strong enough to tear us apart for a second time.
Our eternity started with a kiss. Now it was up to me to prove that forever really could last a lifetime with nobody else but him.
That beautiful, breathtaking first love of mine.

                          ~ Natalie Vincent
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Have you ever wondered what happened after the Happily Ever After? Is everything really a fairy tale? All the Way answers those questions and then some. In full disclosure, you MUST read Natexus before reading All the Way. So do NOT pass go, do NOT collect $200….go read  Natexus if you haven’t already (seriously, it’s amazing). Now, on to All the Way….
In this perfect little novella Victoria L. James encaptured the perfect love. All the beautiful, the ugly, the jealous, the self doubt…it’s all here. Perfectly wrapped in this little book.  She shows what happens when you love completely. These two characters give so much of themselves to each other, you think of them in one unit. They are fluid, like water. She inhales, he exhales. Any doubts I had about Alex were settled in this story. Victoria reminded me why I loved him so  much in the first book. The way he knows just what Nat needs and will do anything for her will make your heart happy. Of course, not everything is rainbows and exploding hearts. There is self doubt, jealousy, still wondering….am I good enough for the other person. Can I be enough? And proving to them that you can handle whatever is thrown your way…..as long as you are together. These two lost 5 years. It’s time to look forward and stop looking back. Time to settle the demons and put the fears to rest. For  these two, it’s finally time to go all the way and just be, forever, Natexus
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Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck in a thirty-something year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you didn’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.
And so Victoria’s unexpected journey to writing began, one impressionable Sweet Valley High book, and tragic diary entry at a time.
Wearing her heart on her sleeve and trying to lighten life with naff, and more often than not, badly-timed, nineties jokes, she has yet to learn the art of knowing when to shut up.

A firm believer in never quitting and a champion of every underdog that exists, she dreams of being able to write forever, hoping her stories will inspire at least one person out there to keep on pushing against the tide of their own struggles. Reading is always the ultimate escape.

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Seven breaths left in her chest, yet I looked back at him. He wasn’t meant to be there on the darkest night of my life, but the mysterious Alex Law continued to make a habit of showing up when I least expected him. With one look in his eyes, everything I’d ever been before him drifted away, and everything I was about to become revolved around him. Grief threatened to ruin me no matter how hard I fought, and Alex had demons of his own to deal with, yet we found a comfort in each other’s pain. We found ourselves alone, two people becoming one. Just us. Natalie and Alex. Natexus. As long as we had each other, we thought we could make it through anything. 

We didn’t know there were things out there waiting to destroy us: people we couldn’t escape, fates we couldn’t outrun and regrets we couldn’t avoid. Not all love stories go the same way, and ours was about to take a turn neither one of us could have foreseen. All I could do was stand by and watch as my world fell apart for a second time. 

I knew there had been life before Alex Law. 

I just had to figure out if there was life after him…

That beautiful, tragic first love of mine. 

– Natalie Vincent.

 

Review: Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson

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Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.

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I love to write. I always have. For me it doesn’t matter what genre it is, the constant is always the happily ever after.

I’m producing work that runs the gamut of genre—romantic comedy, new adult contemporary, urban fantasy, romantic erotica, and syfy/fantasy. Sounds crazy like I can’t make up my mind, but that’s so far from the truth.  Writing across all the genres is what excites me, keeps my mind fresh, and lets me tell the stories that are clamoring to get out. I’d tell you about the people in my head who talk to me, but don’t want you to freak out too much. So, I’ll keep that to myself.

I currently live in North Carolina, but hail from the beautiful Green Mountain State, Vermont. I miss the mountains, but love the warmth of not only the climate here in NC, but the warmth of the people I’ve meet since moving here.

The words feed my soul and the happily ever afters feed my heart.

From my heart to yours. Enjoy!

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logo-companyBlue Moon Creative is all about being creative.The purpose of the company is to spearhead the publishing and merchandising the written creations of Zoe Dawson and Karen Anders. Genres at this time include romantic comedy, new adult romance, urban fantasy, syfy romance, suspense and erotica. For the most part, creations are novels although some will include novellas, short stories, and flash fiction. All creations will be available to the public for sale via eBooks and print for novels.

The second purpose of Blue Moon Creative, to produce and market the artistic creations of Karen Alarie. Creations will include: Watercolor, Chinese Brush and mixed media paintings. All creations will be available to the public for sale via the Blue Moon Creative website once it is established.

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As always thanks first goes to Random House Loveswept and Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.

This is one of those feel good small town books. I liked so much that the community of Laurel Falls was so close and helped each other so much. Harley Trace’s brother was definitely a character I want to know more about so I will make sure to keep my eye out for his book. Rafferty is in need to some time to recoup after her divorce and the things that her ex-husband told her. She also finds exactly what she wants for her family business in this small town. I will say I am kind of sad that I can’t be in Laurel Falls and that little Inn that she falls in love with. It sounds beautiful. Trace is that strong alpha male that stepped up to do what needed to be done for his family which makes him perfect to me. I look forward to more books by this author as she was a new one to me.

I gave this book 4 relaxing kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review : Another Chance by Kathy Clark

 

another-chanceBlending seductive romance with explosive suspense, bestselling author Kathy Clark burns up the pages in a captivating novel about a real-life hero and a gorgeous lawyer who are reunited under chilling circumstances..

Homeland Security agent Luke Archer returns home to Texas on a dangerous mission—a hands-on fight against a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States—yet it’s a chance encounter with his high-school sweetheart that really gets his blood pumping. Luke considers himself a lone wolf who doesn’t need a woman in his life. But as memories of their sweet, innocent affair stir him body and soul, Luke starts to wonder whether he should give love another chance.

A high-powered attorney, Bella Shaw has never forgotton how Luke left her behind in Austin to chase his dreams. But when she’s being totally honest with herself, Bella can’t deny that Luke is the one man she ever truly wanted. Though he tells her that the terrorists are using her land, she’s more worried about defending her heart from the advances of the sinfully sexy lawman. Still, Bella is willing to trust him again—if Agent Archer proves he’s worthy.

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Kathy Clark has always been a storyteller.  She completed her first novel when she was four years old and self-published it the same year, decades before Amazon birthed the Kindle.  The Little Black Horse That Ran Away was self-illustrated and completely sold out of its first printing.  Thanks Mom! 

Years later, Kathy’s first adult book was published by Dell.  Since then, she had a total of twenty-three novels published by Dell, Crown, and Harlequin.  With her husband Bob Wernly as a co-writer, they published (both traditionally and epub) an additional fourteen novels.

Nine of these fourteen books were self-published in the romantic suspense, young adult and erotic romance genres.  The remaining five published by Random House LLC as the Denver Heroes and Austin Heroes, released in 2015 and throughout 2016. 

The freedom to be creative and experiment with ideas and genres has made self-publishing an amazing process.  The author team are currently developing a new contemporary romance series (with a suspense backdrop) titled Breathless.  High altitude, high stakes, and high romance, the series will begin in 2017 with the first book, Fools Gold.  The series is set in Cripple Creek, Colorado, a colorful historic town as famous for the huge amount of gold found there as it is for its Old West-style casinos.

Their young adult genre series, Time Shifters, is a time travel romance-mystery series.  The fifth book in the award winning series is planned for a late 2016 release.

Finally, their new adult romantic suspense series, Scandals, currently has the first three books released

With two people developing ideas, plotting, researching, writing and editing, Kathy and Bob are both busy and productive.  To be perfectly honest, Kathy and Bob would rather be riding horses, sitting on a sandy beach, watching movies or plays, and playing a round of golf every few days.  But the voices in their heads insist on coming out, so they keep writing.

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I will start this the same way I start all my reviews with a thank you to Netgalley and Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of this books so that we could bring your this review.

Oh man Kathy Clark wrote a second chance love with fun and action and hot sexy scenes. Ok I know that isn’t my whole review but I wont lie I will gush over Kathy Clark and what she’s written. I mentioned once before that she got a fan for life and I am completely serious. This book she just shows me why I like her so much. Bella is a strong character who even though she has loved Luke since she was a little girl and lost him as a teen to college, she did what she had to, to become an independent strong woman. She has a fantastic career and is growing to higher levels each and every moment. Luke isn’t like his brothers who is used to action and adventure each and every day. He is used to looking at a computer screen to protect the country. I thought it was great that he is willing to do anything to save Bella. I have to say I didn’t like the Judge at the beginning of this book, but he was definitely a redeemable character. I think what helped me feel like like the Judge was redeemable was that he saw how his actions hurt his daughter, partly because the same was done to him and Grammy. I am sad to know that this series is now also over because I could just keep reading about the Archers forever, but look forward to the next series Kathy Clark has coming.

I give this book 5 adventurous kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: My Tempting Highlander & My Seductive Highlander by Maeve Greyson

mytemptinghighlanderCursed to live forever with neither wife nor child, Ronan Sutherland has watched all he cherishes turn to dust—more than once. For hundreds of years, he’s been trapped behind the mists of Loch Ness, hoping to identify the one woman who is prophesied to break the spell. Now, at last, the fates have aligned, and he’s being sent into the future to fetch her. After a single glimpse, Ronan knows he’s been waiting all his life for this passionate woman.

Unlike her time-traveling sisters, Mairi Sinclair is perfectly content to remain in the present. As a hospital nurse in Edinburgh, she cherishes the opportunity to put her gift of healing powers to good use. But everything changes the morning a mysterious wolf darts in front of her car. Touching the wounded creature’s tawny coat, a tingle surges through her. Yet when she returns with aid, Mairi is shocked to find instead a man with broad shoulders and fire in his eyes—a man who tempts her to unleash the animal within.

 

myseductivehighlanderThough part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed—or cursed—with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross—until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.

Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the twenty-first century, where he must win Lilia’s hand—or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate
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When I’m not at my full time job at the steel mill, I’m tapping away on my laptop, recording my daydreams of sexy Highlanders and the headstrong women who drive them crazy.

I also think of myself as a “watcher”. I live in the middle of a five acre wood in Kentucky, sharing the clearing where our house sits with deer, raccoons, possums, wild turkeys and even a groundhog. Did you know they’re also called whistle pigs? I discovered why when Jasper startled Hamish McGroundhog. Hamish whistled the alarm and startled everybody.

My sweet friend Jasper has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge but I know in my heart he still watches over me. He’s my four-legged guardian angel.

I also enjoy people-watching—you know, kind of floating along the edge of a crowd and observing how folks go about their day. All this watching feeds into my stories so take care, you never know when a writer might be watching.

 

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As always I need to thank Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.

I thought I had written the review for these books a while back but I guess I hadn’t. So forgive me for making this a short review. I was so very sad to see the end of the series with the end of My Seductive Highlander, though it was nice to see how both twin sisters got their highlanders. In both these books Ronan and Graham travel to the 21st century and their reactions to the conveniences we enjoy in this century appose to that of what they use in the 13th century. For example I laughed when I read Ronan’s reaction to Mairi’s car. Or when she goes to the hospital and he has to ride on the elevator. These were all moments that made me laugh at Ronan’s reaction. My heart also broke for Ronan and the curse that he has had to live with for so many years. I was so happy to know that Mairi was the one that was able to break that curse. And then with Ronan’s curse being broken it also freed Graham. Though Graham took some time to over compensate for the lost time it is what eventually lands him in the 21st century and time with Lilia. Lilia lives an fun and interesting life and she is such a kick ass woman. She is able to put Graham in his place and helps her in ways we never thought was going to affect her in the 21st century. Again I repeat I was so very sad in seeing the end of this series, but look forward to what else is to come from Maeve Greyson in the future.

I give both these books 5 highland kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: Hidden Heat & Full Heat by Carla Swafford

hidden-heatCassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she’s not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy’s big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers’ bartender. He’s commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she’d never be a biker’s plaything.

But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He’s a cop, and he’s worked too hard earning the Brothers’ trust to blow his cover over a female-even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she’s his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can’t just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.

 

full-heatForget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested-but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.

Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips-and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got.

 

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Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies, and men, and her books reflect that. Plus she’s a rare creature in the Deep South, she loves hockey. Carla’s married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.

 

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As always a thank you first and foremost to Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of these book so that we could bring you this review.

The brothers of Mayhem MC is a 1%er club that lives on causing mayhem. I will admit that I liked Thorn and Cassidy’s story more than Mary Jane and Storm’s. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that Thorn knew from the beginning that he needed to pretend to be a dick but really he isn’t one and he doesn’t let others bully Cassidy. Also the fact that Cass does what she does for her brother. She is trying to make things better for the kid. That fact alone makes me dislike Storm, she is doing all these things to help him out and he is just a jerk about it. Though I have to say that Storm grows up a lot between book one and his book and he goes through so much at the hands of someone who should have helped protect him. I think Cass and Storm’s father is a deplorable man and I hated him so much. I can see where Storm is trying to make things better and bring his club to a better light, it doesn’t work out that way for him thanks to his dad being around. I do have to say that I love how Storms book ended. And Mary Jane is so much fun and the way she grew up was awesome.

I give these books 4.5 outlaw kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: Power Play; Interference; Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry

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Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

 

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Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.

When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth . . . or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.

Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.

 

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Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate,  fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.

 

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Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with a BS in English from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.
She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

 

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A thank you first to Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.

I have to say that you can read each and every one of these books individually and not miss anything. I didn’t get to read the first book in the series but have completely enjoyed these three following books. I do have to say that with Gaby and Landon’s book I thought her brothers and father were so old fashioned in the way they did things but was happy to see towards the end of the book what the thought process really was and how it wasn’t so much about male chauvinism as much as it was having the confidence Gaby to know what to do and not needing to be handled with care.  Landon is super cute and his way of acting around Gaby was funny. I was happy to see that things worked out wonderfully for him. The next book is Jason and Linden’s and I love how mature Linden is and how she is set to do what she needs to do for her son. She grew up too young but accepted the responsibility that comes along with her actions as a teen. Jason’s story was a bit sad for me because he didn’t see how much of a benefit he had with growing up with the family that he did grow up with. Also when I read this book I wondered how this book could be part of the Pilots series, but I do see how it can be part of the series. I will say this of the three books this one was probably my least favorite, but I still did love the characters. My absolute favorite book of all of them is the last one. Kristen has such a strong woman and has a great positive outlook on life for the most part. Its natural that she does have her low moments but for a young person going through everything she deals with is amazing. I also love how Pasha redeems himself from his actions in the past. Yes he gets down on himself an awful lot but its the guilt he carries that makes him feel that way. This book was so much fun and most definitely one I loved. I am looking forward to what Sophia Henry has for us with the next of the Pilots.

I give these books a combined 4.33 high sticking kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

REVIEW: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

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A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

 

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

BIO

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web- marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had an agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

She currently lives in midtown Manhattan with her husband.

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nicole@theseymouragency (agent)

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USA Today Bestseller (Just One Night, Blurred Lines, I Wish You Were Mine) 350,000+ units sold
Amazon Best Book (I Wish You Were Mine, February 2016)
#1 Contemporary Romance, Amazon (Just One Night)

#2 in All Books, iBooks (Blurred Lines)
#2 in All Books, Barnes & Noble (Broken) Books published in six languages

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Amazon Best Book Of the Month (I Wish You Were Mine, February 2016) Starred Publishers Weekly Review (Frisk Me & Steal Me)
Washington Post, Featured Romance (Made for You & Steal Me)

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Nicole Resciniti | nicole@theseymouragency.com

The Seymour Agency

PUBLISHERS

Penguin Random House (Loveswept)

Stiletto series • Oxford series • Redemption series • Blurred Lines • Good Girl Grand Central Publishing (Forever)

Best Mistake series • New York’s Finest series

Simon & Schuster

The Wedding Belles series

 

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As always I want to thank Random House Loveswept and Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.

I think what most attracted me to this book when I first came across it was the forbidden love aspect of it. Jackson has never forgotten the one woman who has always been there for him, but she’s is ex-sister-in-law, that makes it all too taboo. I enjoyed seeing how Jackson adapts to the new life he is having to live. Yes it takes him some time to really get his feet under him in what he needs to do to find a new normal and a new home, but he gets there. Of course it is made so much easier by Mollie and her unwavering support of him. Madison was a bitch and I really hated her. She was such a spoiled little girl when she is supposed to be the older more mature of the two sisters. It was also fun to see the old Stiletto crew in this book. I love re-uniting with previous characters.

I gave this book 4 supporting kisses… 

Happy Reading… Adri

 

Review: Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

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Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.

Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.

 

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As always I want to thank Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we can bring you this review.

As I’ve been saying for weeks now how behind I am on my reviews and when I was preparing this post I realized how behind I really am. I read this book over the summer and am just now getting around to reviewing it. So please forgive me for being brief with is review. As I sat and refreshed my memory on this book I remembered one of my favorite scenes is the one with Eric and the kids from the youth center. I loved how he implemented what the kids did and his own artistic flavor to it. I liked how he is trying to change his world around and fix the mistakes that he made as a teen. Meghan is a fun character, but what she goes through with her football player boyfriend isn’t what we all expect. I also liked the fact that they did the slut walk. It sounded like so much fun. I am looking forward to another book with Maghan’s best friend though, because she was lots of fun as well.

I gave this book 4 artistic kisses… 

Happy Reading… Adri

 

REVIEW: Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones

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Book Title: Take Me With You
Author: Nina G. Jones
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016
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I watch.
I study.
I prowl.
I hunt.

I always go in with a plan. A set of rules for myself. I don’t take unnecessary risks. That’s how I’ve been able to evade capture all these years.

But there’s something about this girl that is different than the others. When I finally meet her, the rules become a blur. And I break the most important one of all—I take her with me.

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It’s just my imagination—that feeling of being watched. That those icy eyes— a vivid turquoise with a distinct golden fleck—aren’t watching me.

It’s just stress. I am the person everyone relies on. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been feeling so content with my life lately. Why I dream those eyes belong to someone who can tear me away from all of my responsibilities.

But these are just shameful fantasies, never meant to breach reality.

Then one night, the dream comes true, only it’s a horrific nightmare.

Now, I only have one task: survival.

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I have been hooked on Nina’s writing ever since her very first novel, Strapped, and this book solidifies exactly why she is a must read author for me.

Take Me With You tested my limits and I wasn’t even sure that was possible. It takes the whole captive trope to a whole new level that only Nina could take it.

Nina has a way of writing a very strong female lead that even in the worst of situations, she manages to come out even stronger than she was before. Where most people would break, Nina’s female leads seem to thrive.

Sam. I can’t say much about him except….thank you for making me fall in love with the villain. By the end of the book I came to understand him, and even what he did made sense (omg how twisted is that??)

This is the tpe of book that if you have any triggers, forget it. Put it down and go grab a fluffy kitten and draw rainbows, and go hug your mom. this isn’t the book for you. If you have no limits, or think you don’t, you need this book. If this is the direction Nina is going, I seriously cannot wait to see just how dark she can go, or maybe I’m terrified. I can’t decide which one it is.

I give Take Me With You 5 dark, twisted kisses

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Nina G. Jones is the author of seven full-length novels of various romance and erotica sub-genres. Her latest novel, Take Me With You, releases on October 17th.

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