Adult Fiction · Book Review · Book Tour · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

Cured (Heal Me Series Book 1)

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Book Tour Hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours

Thank you to Silver Dagger Tours and Stacy Eaton for the gifted copy of Cured (Heal Me Series Book 1). This book was provided to me for an honest review and all opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Meet Ember Greene. Ember and Trudy Parker met during their college years and on the night that they meet at Shot Therapy, a local bar, to reconnect, Embers’s life begins to change. For six years, Ember has closed off her heart, moving from one man to another, trying to feel something other than her own pain and guilt.

Meet Colt Barnes. Colt is a plastic surgeon who strives to give people a better quality of life, especially children. The night he watches Ember leave the bar with another one-night stand, he resolves to offer up a challenge to get her to view herself in a new light.

Little does he know that the challenge will change both their lives, but when Embers’s secret is exposed, will Colt be able to accept it and trust her, or will Ember go back to her old ways and leave Colt broken?

Review

Stacy Eaton is a new to me author and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read one of her books as part of this tour!! Stacy Eaton is a wonderful writer who describes the characters in such a way, that you can picture them in your mind’s eye in perfect detail and also feel like they are a real part of your life. This book was definitely not what I expected…and in a really, really good way!!! This book was full of twists and turns in the story that I never saw coming, which made this book all the more enjoyable to read. This book was not some generic romance novel with the same old characters and the same old plot. This book is filled with real life scenarios that the reader can relate to and experience right alongside the characters. This book was real and raw and I was so captured by the story that I read the book in one day! I am so pleased by the experience that I had with Stacy Eaton’s writing, that I will for sure be reading the rest of this series as well as be picking up other books by this author.

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About the Author

Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy, and two grandchildren.

When Stacy is not writing, she enjoys photography and relaxing on the beach.

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Action · Adult Fiction · Book Review · Crime · Novella · Romance · Women's Fiction

Desolation (La Famiglia Book 1)

Thank you to author AJ Alexander for the gifted copy of Desolation. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

des·o·la·tion
/ˌdesəˈlāSH(ə)n/

noun
1. a state of complete emptiness or destruction.
2.anguished misery or loneliness.

Before La Famiglia gave me purpose, desolation ruled my existence. Pain was my constant companion until I met Francesca Giordano – the Boss’s daughter.

My mission is to protect her, at any cost.

With a price on her head, I will tear down heaven and hell to protect what’s mine.

Review

AJ Alexander is a new to me author and I am SO, SO glad that I discovered her!! In this book, AJ Alexander writes of a mafia princess and the man who is tasked with protecting her. Since this author was a new to me author, I had no idea what to expect walking into this story. However, at 84 pages, this novella did not disappoint. This book started with action and the action continued throughout. AJ Alexander pulled me in from page 1 and didn’t let go until page 84. I enjoyed the characters that AJ Alexander created and their interactions with each other. I also really liked how quickly AJ Alexander explained the the history of the characters and then continued on with the meat of the story. AJ Alexander writes in a way that makes you believe that you are part of the action and adventure of the story and makes you like the characters instantly. I was actually sad that this book was so short, and would have loved for it to go on longer. I am so glad that I discovered AJ Alexander and can’t wait to read more of her books!!!

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Romance · Novella · Romance

I Deserve His Love (A Second Chance Romance)

Thank you Chiquita Dennie and 304 Publishing Company for this gifted copy of I Deserve His Love. All opinions expressed are my own.

Synopsis

Meet Makayla Ramsey. She never imagined her life would turn out this way…loving family and friends and a successful career in fashion. However, after 3 years married to her husband, Makayla has decided to call it quits. She is starting over and will not let anyone stand in her way of achieving her goals. One night, Makayla goes to her 10 year high school reunion and by chance runs into her college sweetheart. Running into him reignites old feelings and sends her into a battle for the love of her life.

Meet Amir Slater. When Makayla walked out of his life 10 years ago and never looked back he was crushed, and maybe even devastated. Their careers took them in different directions. Now, 10 years later he is face-to-face with her again and desperate to keep her close this time, however, his ex-wife isn’t read to let go.

Will their second chance at love be destroyed by past relationships and the fear of having their hearts broken once again?

****Note: This is a Novella with explicit content, and adult language. 

Review

I Deserve His Love by Chiquita Dennie, was a nice quick read. While there was a lot to pack into this novella in the short amount of pages it contained, Chiquita Dennie did a fantastic job of including all the relevant details, while adding in some of the nice “fluff” we all like, which makes a book a book!! Chiquita did a great job of explaining the characters, explaining the plot, and then telling the story all in a succinct fashion. This book spanned several time periods and Chiquita Dennie did a fantastic of keeping the reader in the know of what was happening. I was never confused as to where I was in the timeline. I really enjoyed the story of Makayla and Amir and felt that that the story was very realistic, filled with joy, heartache, and love. I defiantly enjoyed this book and will be picking up more books by Chiquita Dennie in the future!!

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About the Author

Chiquita Dennie is an author, filmmaker, podcast host, and entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller #5 for Book 1 and #4 for Book 2 on Kindle charts.

Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Sports Romance · FIction · Romance

Stay

In April I participated in a Buddy Read with the We Be Book’N Book Club. Late last year I discovered Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and I absolutely love their books. When this came up as a buddy read, I couldn’t join the read fast enough!!!

Synopsis

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries. 

Meet Hailey Taylor Emery. She owns a business, Fetch – an anonymous virtual assistant service, with her ex-husband and has a hunch that her favorite client is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson. While it is against company rules to check is file (remember anonymous), she believes in her gut that she spends 95% of her day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need.

Meet Matt Eriksson. Hockey player and still not over the destruction of his marriage. As he tries to move on, Matt believes that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. Matt’s ex-wife drives him insane and he hardly every gets to see his kids. The only person who understands is someone Matt has never seen the face of.

Enter a pair of hockey tickets. Hailey can’t resist hockey tickets and Matt can’t resist Hailey. But, will hockey and the sting of previous relationships get in the way of a relationship before it even gets started?

Stay is the 2nd book in the WAGS series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

Review

Last year I stumbled on author Elle Kennedy due to another buddy read with We Be Book’N. I read the first couple pages of the book in the buddy read and I was hooked. More recently I discovered Sarina Bowen, and just like with Elle, I was hooked!!!

I loved the story of Hailey and Matt. While Elle and Sarina write romance novels, there are so much more to their books than romance. Elle and Sarina are both geniuses when it comes to character development and ever character they write about make the story what it is. Sarina and Elle touch on all parts of relationships…the good, the bad, the heartbreaks, the makeups, and everything in between. They make you wish you were in a relationship with the characters in the book (especially the hockey players…I mean who can resist a hockey player). I can’t tell you enough how good at writing these authors are, other than to say I generally start a book and am so hooked that I finish the book the day I started it! There will be many more books by Sarina and Elle in my future and there should be books by these two in your future too!!!

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About the Authors:

Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.

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New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary · Crime Mystery · FIction · Mystery · Suspense · Thriller

The Family Upstairs

This month I had the pleasure of participating in a buddy read with We Be Book’N. This book club gets me into so much trouble…turning me on to new books to read and sucking me in to buddy reads, but I would not have it any other way!!! 🙂

Synopsis

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets. 

Goodreads.com Synopsis of The Family Upstairs

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

Meet Libby Jones. Adopted as a young child, Libby has always wondered who she is. Days after her 25th birthday, Libby receives a letter in the mail that she has been waiting for her entire life. The letter not only tells her the identity of her birth parents, but also tells her that she has inherited her parent’s abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames Rive. The home is worth millions!!! Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. Little does she know that others have been waiting this day as well…

Review

The only way to describe this book is weird…the kind of weird that you can’t keep but reading!! This is the first book that I have read by Lisa Jewell, even though I have several of her books on my shelves! And while weird, this book did not disappoint! When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a nice story about Libby and her inherited home and how she fixes it up (I have a bad or good habit of not reading the synopsis of a book before I read it). Boy was I wrong!! This book flips back and forth between the present and 25 years ago. It describes Libby’s life now, but also the disturbing life going on at 16 Cheyne Walk. As I read the descriptions of the lives that were being lived at 16 Cheyne Walk, I was in awe and a little mad about what was happening at the home. I was frustrated with the things that the kids in the house were going through (enter my social work background). This book was like an accident scene…you know, the kind that you know you should look away from, but at the same time, can’t bear to turn away form. Lisa Jewel tells a fantastically haunting story that captured me early on. The story was intriguing and you could not help wondering what was going to happen next. Lisa Jewel‘s writing is wonderfully descriptive and I could imagine the home and the experiences in my mind’s eye. This book was full of suspense and mystery that kept me guessing to the very end. The only thing about this book that I didn’t like was that it wrapped up too quickly…I felt there was more story to tell and more to wrap up. This book left me wishing for more!!

I am so glad that I finally read a book by Lisa Jewell. I am also glad that I read this book as a buddy read as we all had fun sharing our theories of what was happening in the book. It was wonderful to be able to share frustrations with the book and know I was not the only one feeling that way!!! Lisa Jewel is definitely on my list of authors to continue to read. I am excited to get my hands on the other books that she has written!!!

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About the Author

Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

Action · Adult Fiction · Book Review · Crime Thriller · FIction · Mystery · Thriller

No Exit

I am in a book club on Facebook called We Be Book’N. One of the Buddy Reads this month was the book No Exit. This book had been sitting on my shelf for a while and I had been hearing good things, so I jumped into the Buddy Read.

Synopsis

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

Meet Darby Thorne. A college student in Colorado, she leaves school to travel to Utah to see her dying mother. Darby is trying to beat the blizzard that is on its way, but unfortunately the blizzard is upon her faster than she predicted. With the roads becoming impassable, Darby is forced to pull over at a remote highway rest stop to wait out the storm. Darby enters the rest stop and finds 4 complete strangers.

All Darby knows about her mom is that she is “okay.” Desperate to call home, Darby struggles to find a signal. In her search, Darby makes a horrifying discovery. In the van parked next to her car is a little girl locked in an animal crate! At first Darby believes that she is just seeing things, but then her mind goes into overdrive…who is the child? Why has she been taken? How can she save the little girl?

In her struggle to save the little girl, Darby must figure out which one of the strangers is the kidnapper. Darby needs to save her life and the little girl’s, but the question is Who Can She Trust?

Review

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Taylor Adams is a stellar writer! They weren’t kidding when they said he “diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page.” This was a book that was FANTASTIC from start to finish. This book pulled me in at page one and I could not put it down until I finished. Each time I thought I had figured out who the kidnapper was and how Darcy was going to save herself and the little girl, Taylor Adams would throw a wrench in my predictions taking the tension up notch after notch until I could not turn the pages fast enough!! There were so many twist and turns to this book that definitely left me on the edge of my seat. Taylor Adams writes in such a way that allows you to feel the stress of the situation and the stress of the characters. In addition, there were places in the book where I felt myself holding my breath wondering what turn the story would take next. This book was incredible! I cannot recommend it enough!!!

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About the Author

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

Adams is the author of EYESHOT, OUR LAST NIGHT, and NO EXIT, published by Joffe Books (http://www.joffebooks.com/).

Author Bio taken from https://tayloradamsauthor.com/

Adult Fiction · Book Review · Dark Romance · FIction · Romance

When Art Rises: Living in Cin

WARNING: This book is heartbreaking, dark, dirty, and is only for true dark romance lovers. Arthur is not the hero—he’s the anti-hero. While the setting of this story is in a high school environment, its recommended reading age is eighteen+ due to mature content, explicit sexual scenes, and graphic language. There are also several scenes that could be triggering for readers. Please take this warning seriously before reading this book. IT’S NOT FOR SENSITIVE READERS.

Synopsis

Meet Arthur “Art.” When Art was 15 his life completely changed…in a matter of ONE second. The truth about what happened that night has driven him to the brink of insanity. Art has been labeled a lost cause as he is an ex-drug addict and suicide survivor and NO ONE can control him. He does not care about anyone or anything until he meets Cin. Or as Art thinks – “A Cin worth commiting.”

Meet Cinnamon “Cin.” Cin is a track start and has a full scholarship lined up after she graduates. She and her boyfriend have planned a future together that includes going to the same college (or 2 very close together), getting married, and having kids. A life anyone would envy. Then she meets Art. Cin knows she could stay away away because he is dark, dangerous, and damaged. BUT, she can’t stay away, she is drawn to him. As Cin gets to know Art better and as she is let into his world, Art begins to pull her carefully laid plans apart and this reeking havoc in every part of Cin’s world. Little did Cin know that one choice would set in motion the destruction of the world she had built. And little did Cin know, the consequences will be catastropic

***This is the first book in a duet and cannot be read as a standalone.***

Review

My first thought when I finished this book was “OMG! What did I just read.” My second thought was “Are you kidding me? How could you end the book like that?”

I just recently discovered author Lorrain Allen and was selected to read this book just as it was published. When I saw the byline of “A twisted Interracial High School Love Triangle,” I though to myself “oh crap, what did I get my self into?” I was a little nervous getting started, but Lorrain Allen’s writing sucked me right in and never let me go during this book!!! Lorrain Allen’s writing is wonderfully descriptive in all the right ways and in all the “cinful” ways. Each page you turn leaves you thinking “did I really just read that” or “come on! tell me what happens next.”

This book gave me all the feels…heartbreak, loss, grief, pain, excitement, passion, nervousness…you name it, it was felt!! This book allows one to be swallowed up by the characters and the story. You feel what they feel. You get angry with the choices they make. You cheer them on. You swear at them and ask “why did you do that?!?” But most of all you end up loving each of the characters for what they bring to the story – good or bad.

This is a book that provided so many twists and turns in the story, I was surprised I did not get whiplash (in a good way)! Just when I thought the story had reached its climax and it was going to start winding down, the story switched directions and surprised me with what happened next! And let me tell you – THIS HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES! I was so frustrated and so intrigued all at the same time that I just had to keep reading.

I am so glad that I discovered Lorraine Allen and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. And let me tell you, the second book in this series cannot be published soon enough!!!

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