Monday, January 26, 2015

Past Heaven



It has been awhile since I have read a true contemporary romance with mature characters and a realistic love story with real drama; not silly over the top drama.  Author Laura Ward hit it out of the park when writing Past Heaven.  The story immediately sucked me in and I didn't want to put it down. The first scene of the book grabbed my emotions and I knew this was going to be a unique love story.   Reynolds and Liz's love story wasn't insta love, it was a love that was built as the story progressed.  What I liked most was that these two people became best friends, discovered a piece of themselves that they didn't even know they were missing and came out the other side stronger than before. Past Heaven sold me on the writing of Laura Ward. If you need me, I'll be stalking, I mean finding, Laura and devouring her other book!  Steamy-ness is moderate and book contains strong language.



Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone.

Reynold Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his
girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose.

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love.

But life is never simple.

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together. Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?


Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life.

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LAURA WARD is the author of PAST HEAVEN and the New Adult novel, NOT YET. She lives in
Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. Laura married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Becoming Us

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  Author, Amy Daws released A Broken Us last September, but now she's re-wound the clock to go back to where it all began...

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THE PREQUEL TO A BROKEN US: College love never hurt so good.

synopsis
The dreaded friend-zone... The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae. I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can't feel any lower...Brody stumbles into my path—barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I've ever experienced. But Brody has a past. A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be. Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn't a total joke, Jake comes back into my life…and messes things up…possibly for good.
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This was my first book by author Amy Daws.  The story grabbed my attention from the first page and I found myself not wanting to put it down.  I think Amy did a great job of capturing those feelings and emotions of someone falling for a crush and all those conflicting emotions of when things don't happen the way they should.  The heartbreak and anger that Finley felt was described in great detail and I felt her emotions on every page.  While I liked Finley, I felt she was a little immature at times, and her emotions felt like a roller coaster.  She was at that hard age where you are on the cusp of being thrown in the professional world, while still wanting to enjoy the carefree life of a college student.  Brody was a like a breath of fresh air after the drama of Jake, but I felt his emotions were a little bi-polar a little a times too.  Overall, I really enjoyed Amy's writing style.  The story flowed well, the characters were likable, and the storyline was believable.  Steamy-ness was moderate, but tasteful.  Will I read A Broken Us? It's already on my Kindle ;)
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10689481_1510303915911294_5779867820127012396_nAmy lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. Amy’s contemporary romance books are a part of the The London Lover Series and currently have two installments out with more to come. Amy’s inspiration for writing is and always will be her six precious angel babies and her daughter. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle. social links FacebookTwitter InstagramPinteresttsu Newsletter-work LLSeries-small giveaway

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's all about The Rachel.....

I have reviewed and fangirled over all of Aven Ellis' books on the blog and I'm doing it again.  Her newest release, Surviving The Rachel, is the perfect romance to curl up to on a lazy day.


Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.

In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there's something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.

In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?

Surviving The Rachel is proof that Aven Ellis knows romance.  ROMANCE! Sorry for yelling but I think readers have forgotten that romance isn't the sexy times, romance is all that butterfly inducing stuff that happens leading up to the sexy times.  In Surviving the Rachel we meet Jack and Bree, who meet in unusual circumstances, quickly become friends, and after many references to their favorite episodes of Friends, finally fall in love.  Aven does such a thorough job of introducing her characters, allowing the reader to fall in love with each character individually before falling in love with the couple.  I love that the characters are both going through that tough time between college and finding your place in the world.  They are real people going through real problems, which makes them easy to relate to and their story believable.  I know when I read one of Aven's stories I will get romance, a little angst, great dialogue and a happily ever after.  Steamy-ness is light, but the spark is there!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover Reveal!!! Unforgettable Sun by Kathryn Andrews

I am so excited to share with you the gorgeous cover of author Kathryn Andrews soon to be released book, Unforgettable Sun!  This series is one of my absolute favorites and I cannot wait for Matt's story. Check out my reviews of Drops of Rain here and Starless Nights here. Now for the cover reveal!



Matt Hale
I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets.
“Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself.”
They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.


Elle Summers
If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently.
“Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life.”

 I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats . . . I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.

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Check out the first two books in the series:
Drops of Rain
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 Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1rhOMmj

Starless Nights
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 Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1xs2lot
 Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1EveeMx
 Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1oD5ct1

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Loving Josie by A.D. Ellis

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Loving Josie, A Torey Hope Novel by A.D. Ellis
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This is a stand-alone novel and does not need to be read in order.
Josie Decker has spent her whole life as an unloved and unwanted bother. Like a wild horse captured and bridled, Josie’s spirit is broken. She devises a plan to start her life anew; silently biding her time, she waits for the perfect moment. When that moment arises, Josie takes the opportunity and runs freely into an uncertain future in Torey Hope.
Kyle Martin is a tattooed, pierced, bad boy with a heart of gold. Marching to the beat of his own drummer, Kyle meets his perfect match early on in life. Devastating circumstances beyond his control plunge Kyle into dark despair and suffocating blackness. In an effort to escape the blackness, Kyle accepts an offer from an old friend and moves to Torey Hope.
Josie and Kyle hit it off as close friends and kindred spirits right away. Both are harboring secrets and sadness, but the connection between them is bringing light back to their smiles, their hearts, their lives. Kyle and Josie cling to each other as they battle guilt and crushed spirits. Through it all, with a lot of help from an unexpected accomplice, Kyle and Josie come to view each other in a new light.
When the past catches up to them and causes their lives to come crashing down, will Kyle and Josie get the chance to see where their future is headed? Or will they be forced to admit they waited too long to embrace what was right in front of them the whole time?
A heart-wrenching and heart-warming love story of cherishing the past while embracing the future.
For ages 18+ due to adult language and situations.

This book will be available on Kobo, iBooks, Nook SOON (if it's not already!)
Amazon buy link: bit.ly/JosieAmazon


Loving Josie is a great story of overcoming depression, whether from losing someone you love, or never receiving the love you deserve.  The overall story was good, it kept my attention, and was a quick read.  I did feel like the way in which the story was presented was a little different, in that with the differing points of view, more of the characters thoughts/feelings were expressed, but dialogue and interaction seemed lacking.  The character development was there, but I felt the relationship between the two characters was missing a little something.  I wanted to read more of their interactions and see more of how they became best friends.  Don't misunderstand, I did enjoy the story and I will read more from A.D. Ellis, and other books from this series.  The story had just the right amount of drama, not too much angst, and the steamy-ness was hot, but tasteful.  





Friday, January 16, 2015

My Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf....and my love of Jason Vanderholt

I have loved this series by E.M. Tippetts from the very beginning, and the first book, Someone Else's Fairytale, is one that I have re-read many times.  I may or may not have a huge book boyfriend crush on the hero, Jason Vanderholt...  This is a series that just keeps getting better and better and the storyline is unique, mysterious and will keep you guessing! Check out the blurb:

Chloe knew she was giving up the quiet life when she married Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt. She expected harassment from paparazzi but not from the writers of Blood Ritual, a television crime drama that brought national attention to a tough case she is trying to solve as a forensic scientist. While she and the rest of the Albuquerque Police Department once collaborated with the show, now relations have gone sour, and details that the police are trying to keep secret in the investigation are cropping up in episodes of a show watched by millions.

If that weren’t enough, everyone in Chloe’s life seems to be going through a rough patch, from her best friend, Lori, who is trying to plan a wedding, to her niece Kyra who is upset about Jason’s choice of television roles, to Jason himself who is inexplicably moody and withdrawn. None of this drama is the type of thing Chloe knows how to resolve.

She is trained to do one thing: hunt down the big bad wolves of the world, but with her connections to fame compromising her work, she may not even be allowed to stay on the case. The clock is ticking as law enforcement agencies across the country try to find a serial killer before he strikes again. Chloe is faced with a choice, to help catch one of the most evil criminals in history, or provide support to the friends and family who have always been there for her. Either way, she knows she might make the mistake of a lifetime.

When I began the book I knew I would enjoy it, but I had no clue that the story would immediately suck me in and make it hard to put down!  E.M. Tippetts has such a talent at writing a sweet romance, but also making the focus of the book on the careers of these two people and how sometimes art imitates life.  The storyline, to me, was not predictable and had me guessing until the end.  I was reminded again and again of why I love Jason and Chloe and how their life and love is written with a realistic feel and not always a perfect fairytale.  I think even if you haven't read the other books in the series, you could easily read this book and not feel as though you are missing a huge part of the story. I suggest you do read them in order so you can experience the huge scope of these characters and understand their motives, but it isn't absolutely necessary.  While this book does deal with some heavy subject matter, E.M. Tippetts is great at not bringing the reader down and presenting it in such a way that you feel as though you are watching an episode of CSI or NCIS.  Give this book a try and come back and let me know what you think!

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Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction as Emily Mah and sweet romance as E.M. Tippetts. A lifelong New Mexican, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, though she's been known to spend years at a time in the UK, her second home. Aside from being a writer, she's been a lawyer and jeweler, and is currently a stay at home mother, polymer clay artist, book designer/formatter, and owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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No More Regrets

NoMoreRegretsBanner No More Regrets by Tamra Lassiter Publication Date: March 4, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis

Don’t let yesterday’s regrets control your future.
Rocked by her husband’s infidelity and subsequent divorce, Emmy Bennett is doing her best to keep her children’s lives steady and not repeat the mistakes of her past. Selling her jewelry to pay the mortgage seems like a great idea until she finds herself face-to-face with a gun. Retired Navy SEAL, Ed Jackson, is captivated by Emmy the first moment he sees her. Her nervous mannerisms get his attention, but when he saves Emmy from an attempted robbery, he discovers that maybe he’s pulled to her for reasons other than his curiosity.

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About Tamra Lassiter

I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it! Writing is my third career. I didn't set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I've loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down? Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Finding Laila

Writing a good, relevant, age appropriate YA is hard to find these days.  Many of the stories, to me, are a little more of New Adult, but because they make the characters younger, they throw it into the YA category.  It is a hard genre to write, because as adults, we're not going through that stage of life. While we have our memories, putting the true emotion of a young adult into a character and making it believable is tough.  Finding Laila is a great story, with powerful messages, but delivered in a light hearted way that drew me in and had me feeling all those powerful, yet sometimes confusing, young adult emotions.  Check out the blurb:

Joey, Cole, Haden and Braxton have been a constant in my life since
I was five, and I have loved being one of the guys.

I’ve been cheerleader.

I’ve been study partner.

I’ve been listener.

When we’re young, we don’t realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I’d meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates - my barmy.

Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I’m trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this we’ll have to say goodbye to each other, as our choices will take our lives in different directions. But I don't know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises begin revealing themselves to us at every turn.

When it’s all said and done, will our friendships remain unbreakable? Or will our once strong bond prove to be weaker than we anticipated?

Letting go is harder than I thought, but some changes are necessary.


And finding Laila...finding myself…may be the greatest journey of all.


What a refreshing YA!  Finding Laila contains a unique storyline with such a great message.  I loved how Laila wasn't your typical popular high school girl, nor was she the nerdy outcast.  She was ok with herself and how others perceived her; she might not have liked it, but she accepted the fact that they didn't know the truth and that's ok.  The relationship between these five friends was unique, special, awesome...the kind of friendship we all strive to achieve.  I commend T.K for writing such great well developed characters and giving them a voice.  The dialogue is witty and I found myself not wanting the story to end.  This story is clean and suitable for any young adult.  I think T.K. Rapp has a true talent writing in the YA genre and hope she continues to write more stories!

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