Review – Riveted by Jay Crownover

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Riveted by Jay Crownover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Show me the most damaged parts of your soul, and I will show you how it shines like gold. ~Nikita Gill

When you begin and end a book in tears, you know it’s a game changer of a story that’s ruled not only your head but your heart.

Riveted by Jay Crownover slammed into my soul with a force I never saw coming, but one I felt with every word from beginning to end. I had no choice but to fall into the words that bled into me – becoming me – because each word that Jay Crownover pens shines like gold, as powerful and as penetrating as the sun.

TRUE STORY: I typically start and end a Jay Crownover story in tears.

Riveted was both my sun and rain, the perfect storm and rainbow. Riveted was my light and dark, shades of grey that mix the gloom with the great. Riveted was my happiness and my sorrow. Riveted was so many things. Riveted was everything…MY EVERYTHING.

TRUE STORY: Jay Crownover’s introductions and dedications to her books engage my emotions—feelings in full force—as much as the stories themselves.

The introductions and dedications Jay Crownover writes are as moving as the stories themselves, relaying the reasons for and the background behind the books but so much MORE. These introductions and dedications are pieces of this author poured into the books, glimpses into what makes Jay…‘Jay’…and what hits her heart and surfaces in her soul. Life lessons are poured into these pre-book pieces, ones that make you really ponder your life. With each of Jay’s beautiful and brilliant books that I’m inspired before I even start the story.

You don’t believe me?!? Here is a quote from Jay’s Introduction, which resonated with me:

No matter what kind of armor we wear, all of it has a chunk, a dent that speaks to a battle we fought and lost.

This quote is LIFE!!!

TRUE STORY: Jay’s words are not just emotions but inspiration. I can’t help but ponder the meaning of life with the lessons Jay teaches in her words.

Dixie Carmichael is the red-haired beautiful bartender at Rome’s bar who has had her eye on the bar’s gorgeous and gruff bouncer, Dash ‘Church’ Churchill for many months. 

He was effortlessly a whole lot of eye candy and there was no denying I had one hell of a sweet tooth.

An eternal optimist and forever romantic, Dixie sees life as sunshine and rainbows while the muscular, former soldier, Church sees more darkness and storms. 

She shone as bright as the sun every single day but I was a man that knew all too well that too much time in the sun could lead to some serious burns.

TRUE STORY: I try my hardest every day to be like Dixie—to be the sun to someone’s shadow—because negativity is a real downer, and I don’t want to bring others down.
Dixie has been waiting for Mr. Right, Church, to claim her, but her Prince Charming thinks he’s Mr. Wrong. 

I might have now known he was for me, but it was evident Church didn’t have a clue.

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Church thinks the world of Dixie and would love to claim her as his, but he doesn’t want his dark to snuff out her light

She lived in the light and I was far more comfortable hiding in the dark.

Dixie is done waiting around for the former soldier, Church, to realize that he needs her sweet sunshine in his gloomy world. 

I’d never had him, but I was far from ready to let him go.

TRUE STORY: As a military wife whose husband has gone to war a few times, I could relate to the former soldier, Church, as some of those battle scars truly never heal. Those kinks are still in that armor, as even the brave battle a few internal wars too.

Just as she started looking for another Mr. Right, Church asks her to return to his home in Mississippi as a friend to help him sort out some loose ends. Denver was supposed to be just a temporary stop on his quest back to the South…his home.

This cross-country trip reveals some truths, some hard, some harrowing, and some happy. Dixie is determined to shed some sunshine onto Church’s storm, even if it means risking it all.

She kissed me. Her lips touched mine and she destroyed me.

This book?!? Riveted DESTROYED ME, decimating every piece. This story hit my heart like a hurricane. Riveted SATURATED AND SHRED MY SOUL.

To Dixie, Church is not just a hero with a huge heart and her friend, but more. 

Maybe I wasn’t the girl meant for happily-ever-after.

To Church, Dixie is the girl he wants but can never have as he will destroy her with his darkness, suffocating her sunshine.

I felt Riveted’s light shine through me while reading. I felt the dark too that DECIMATED MY EMOTIONS, a dark cloud over my soul threatening to storm. 

I knew the sun could burn when you let it shine on your unprotected skin for too long. That’s what it felt like after giving Dixie so much and having her still look at me like I was something special.

Riveted is an ALL-CONSUMING and AWE-INSPIRING roller coaster of a romance that dances between dark and light, shredding the soul and hypnotizing the heart. Oh is Riveted SPECIAL!!! This perfectly imperfect story scorched and saturated my soul, teetering between storms and rainbows. This former soldier and bartender were magical together, a bold fusion of dark and light, two heroes whose story I’m glad Jay Crownover told!

Riveted is over, but I’m still riding the high from this moving and memorable story. Tears are still etched in my eyes, this brilliant and beautiful book fresh in my head. Jay Crownover’s wondrous words wrap themselves around me each time, daring me not to feel…EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. 

Sometimes all people can see is what’s different, but those differences are what make us who we are.

I don’t see life as black and white; I see varying hues of grey. Jay Crownover’s books are grey: not black…not white…not quite dark…not quite light…but sooooo bold and beautiful. Since I met first met Rule years ago, I coined a few Jay-isms that apply to each since story of hers. Jay Crownover is the master of writing fierce and flawed heroes, heroes that since Rule I’ve called ‘bad ass boys with big ass hearts.’ I know these boys, all of her heroes, own my heart for life as do her beautiful and brave heroines.

Riveted was my ADDICTION…my ACHE…MY ALL. This heartwarming and soul-searing story will fall in a long line of Jay masterpieces with all of The Marked Men, The Point, and Saints of Denver. All of these stories hold a special place in my heart and most are signed beauties on my shelf.

TRUE STORY: Jay’s books are my drugs. I call this addiction, which began with Rule and hasn’t stopped, ‘Crownover Crack.’ The Crownover Crack gets me every time.

Jay Crownover’s books have marked me for life, each story an intense imprint on my soul. Riveted left its mark, a mark that has lifted this story to a top February 2017 read and a best book of 2017. I just can’t turn the feels left in the wake of Hurricane Jay off and I don’t want to; I want to keep living through her wondrous words that are LOVE AND LIFE.

TRUE STORY: There were tears in my eyes as I wrote this review, the story still moving me though it’s been over for many hours. 

★★★★★★ raw and riveting stars

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

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Review – Relentless River: Men of Mercy by Lindsay Cross


My rating is 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love this series and that includes this book. Bo is one seriously moody alpha and Cheri is a strong willed and stubborn woman. Together they are one stubbornly hot couple.
Cheri has moved to a small town with her cousin Lamont. She considers him the only family she has left. Lamont protected her from her abusive father. She manages the only bar in town, and those nights can sometimes get quite out of hand. Cheri has eyes for Bo but also has the hots for Riser. If Bo is going to continue ignoring her, she will use Riser to make him jealous.


Bo is a former marine turned Sheriff of his small town. He has certain tastes in the bedroom so he doesn’t just take anyone to his bed. He can’t keep his mind of the hot red head, Cheri, but he doesn’t do attachments. He wants a simple hook up and that’s it. His past holds him back from love.
This book has non-stop action that will keep you on your toes. Once Cheri and Bo finally gave into their desires, the chemistry is off the charts. Bo can’t help but fall in love with the little minx that weasled her way into his heart.



He was Ice.

Sheriff Bo Lawson was everything a retired Marine Special Operations Operator should be. Cold. Calculating. Calm in all situations. He handled terrorists and too drunk locals without blinking, until a couple of dead bodies show up in his small town, throwing his controlled environment into chaos.
She was fire.

Cheri Boudreaux, manager of the local bar, lives her life by one rule – work hard and play harder. The last thing she needs is a repeat of her father: a strict stick-in-the-mud unable to veer from the rules. Then she meets Bo, a walking, talking sex god in uniform and her preconceived notions incinerate.
Ice meets fire.

Bo craves order. He craves control. He craves a red head with a wild streak wider than the Mississippi. She is everything he despises, but can’t get off his mind. So, when Cheri needs help, he wants to be her knight in shining armor.
Threatened by a deadly foe neither of them could predict, Bo and Cheri clash in an uncontrollable inferno. When the truth is revealed, their world falls apart – can they find the strength to fight for each other or will their newfound love fall under a relentless tide of evil?

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Review-Come Closer by Brenda Rothert


My rating is 5 out of 5 stars


This book was unlike anything I’ve read by Brenda yet, and it was is so very good. I would call this a thriller/suspense romance. I’m not giving any book details per Brenda’s request so I will just tell you that if you want a book that keeps you on your toes and is also a forbidden romance, thisn is definitely a 5 star read



Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire. 
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.

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Review – A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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To infinity & beyond. That’s where A Thousand Letters took me. It built me up, broke me down, crushed my heart and soul then breathed the warmest of love right back into those broken pieces.

“The words I had weren’t enough. They’d never been enough. They’d never be enough.”

A Thousand Letters has literally stole all of my words, my breath, my heart. Everything. Like the quote, words are not enough. They never will be, because there are no words to fully tell you what this book means. What it represents. What it delivers. What STACI delivers.

“Down to their deepest source, / Admiring you shall find / Their roots are intertwined”

I cannot begin to tell you how raw and intense and downright beautiful the connection between Wade and Elliot is and how perfect they truly are, as individuals and together. I have had goosebumps the majority of the time I spent reading. My heart has gone from pounding, quick beats to slow, steady thuds. My breath came in either quick bursts or long, shuddering blasts of pain and anguish. I have cried, so many tears, tears of intense sadness, tears of beauty, tears of joy. My emotions are strung out, pulled and stretched to the thinnest degree.

“Inch by inch, 
Second by second,
Pulling yourself from the wreckage,
Leaving it behind you
To survive.”

I was wrecked. Wrecked by the power of words. Formed so simply, so seamlessly, because that what we have here. A flawless, stunning mixture of words and sentences that captivate and consume and make you FEEL! The layout of this novel couldn’t have been more perfect. The deliverance couldn’t have been any more perfect. All of it, is perfection of the highest degree. And when it all felt too much, too intense, that perfection is what pulled me through, to reach the end.

“Love is a line 
Spanning the distance
Between two hearts.”

Staci held all the power over me; my heart, my soul, my entire being, was in her hands. She had a direct line to my heart, and she used that line to deliver pain, heartache, anger, fear and sorrow. But she also delivered breathtaking beauty. Heartwarming reality and intense truths. Staci delivers second chances and love. Such a strong, undeniable love.

“To live
Is to feel
So you know
You are real.”

In reality, A Thousand Letters has it all. It’s more than just a contemporary romance. It more than just a novel. It’s everything and more. It covers life, reality. It showcases the hardness of war and the realness of how it affects loved ones left behind. It’s a journey. A truth. It’s also Staci. Stripped bare. A Thousand Letters is her most real novel yet. I see her, in the words. In the story. In the pain. In the love. I see it all. I felt it all.

“At the edge
Of no more
Is where we find
Our truth.”

MY truth? My truth is that A Thousand Letters now sits at the very edge of everything I am. It obliterates all Staci’s previous works and settles itself as my favourite Staci Hart novel.

“The sun will rise;
Your lungs will breathe;
Your heart will love.”

In the end, love is all you can do. It’s all you will feel. It’s a joyous, beautiful love that lights you up from the inside out and sears your soul so deeply and so intensely. A star rating of any number isn’t enough. Nothing is enough. This novel sits on its own, ahead of the rest. The best of the best.

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Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

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Review-Gone For You by Riley Hart


My rating is 6 out of 5 stars.


Riley Hart is at it again. Grabbing my heart and soul with every word that she writes. Not only are her books sexy, they have emotions so strong that you can feel the characters pain and sorrow. This book was EVERYTHING. Yes, I cried like a baby during a few parts, but that is how you know a book is phenomenal. To drag you into the story and feel like you truly know those characters. I would say I’m blown away, but I’m beyond that right now. *drops the mic*


Oliver and Matt have been best of friends since childhood. Oliver was so in love with Matt but he kept those feelings bottled up feeling like Matt would never want him. Matt never showed any signs, at least. 


Years go on. Matt moves to NY to pursue his music career but fails. He becomes a model. He is slowly dying on the inside but he hides it so well. He can’t hide that from Oliver though. When he comes back to LA to get away, Oliver has him all figured out, but Matt doesn’t want to hear it. He wants to make it on his own. He has too much pride. 


These two can only be in close quarters so long though before those sexual feelings surface. They can convince themselves all they want that its only sex, but they are Gone For Each Other. Just like I’m gone for both of them. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing.


Oliver Hayes wears his heart on his sleeve, and his friends never let him forget it. Every Friday night spent at Wild Side, their favorite West Hollywood bar, Oliver’s lack of hookups becomes the hot topic. It’s not that he doesn’t want a good time. He just wants it to mean something, which is a lofty goal when he’s still pining after his childhood crush, Matt, who left ten years ago to start a new life in New York City.
Matt Daniels has always felt most at home seated at a piano. He might not have entirely fit in with his family and friends, but he was always able to find himself in music. Or at least he did before he gave up his dream a lifetime ago. Now, he has a successful modeling career and should be enjoying every second of it. Yet nothing feels right, and Matt fears he’s losing himself.
Just when Oliver decides to get over Matt for good, Matt waltzes back into LA. As Matt struggles to understand what he’s missing in his seemingly perfect life, he falls right back into leaning on Oliver for support. Things aren’t what they used to be between them, though. They tumble into bed together, and it’s hard not to continue ending up there. For the first time in years, Matt’s inspired to compose again, reigniting a spark he thought long extinguished.
But as always, Oliver can’t keep his heart in check, and soon Matt realizes he’s gone for Oliver too. The biggest question is, can he fully give himself to someone if he still hasn’t figured out how to love himself?

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Oliver opened the door and took one step into the room before his eyes hit Matt. Matt sitting on the side of his bed wearing nothing but a pair of black shorts. His dark brown hair looked wet as it hung against his forehead, a veil between Matt’s eyes and him. Had he showered before he’d gone down to play? Tried to talk himself out of it the same way Oliver had forced himself not to go downstairs?

Matt’s right leg bounced up and down like a jackhammer as he looked at the floor and didn’t speak. Oliver didn’t either. He didn’t know what to say, so he just took another step into the room, and then another.  

It was then when Matt’s head tilted up, that he shook his hair off his forehead and his eyes met Oliver’s searing with something that he didn’t understand. He thought maybe there was some pain in there…a little confusion, but more that Oliver couldn’t read. 

His breath caught when Matt pushed to his feet. The shorts hung low on his slender hips, and he was sure Matt didn’t have underwear beneath them. 

His chest was smooth. He had a light trail of brown hair that dipped below his shorts, which hung so low he could see the top of Matt’s pubes. 

Despite how thin he was, too thin if you asked Oliver, his muscles were well defined. He had a lean six-pack that rose slightly as Matt breathed. 

Jesus, he was so fucking sexy, so beautiful it seemed unreal.  

Matt moved toward him again. His gaze turned more predatory as chaos erupted inside of Oliver—pain and confusion and lust…was that what he saw in Matt too? Lust was the missing piece? 

His thoughts went haywire, snapping and buzzing with years of pent up energy. And then he was moving toward Matt too. He didn’t know what they were doing, didn’t know where it came from—at least on Matt’s part—but the second they met in the middle of the room, their mouths crashed together. Matt’s hand slid behind his head, cupped it with his fingers, tangled in Oliver’s wet hair. Oliver’s fingers locked onto Matt’s lean hips, felt his hipbone press into his hand and he wanted to get on his knees and taste them. Wanted to lick and suck and explore every fucking inch of Matt’s body with his tongue. 

“What are we doing?” he asked when Matt’s skillful mouth traveled down his throat. 

Matt sucked on the spot where his neck met his shoulder, before he replied, “I don’t know, Ollie. I just know…know that I need you right now.”
He could hear Matt warring with himself, hear it in the rough edge to his voice. Feel it in the way his body tensed up when he said the word need. It wasn’t easy for Matt to need anyone or anything, but Oliver would take on the fucking universe to make sure Matt had it. There wasn’t a time in his life when he wouldn’t, but this moment right here? He couldn’t pretend this was just for Matt. Couldn’t pretend he wasn’t greedy for him, that the fire searing through him for Matt was based on anything more than his primal hunger for the man. To have him, take him, fuck him, even if it was only once. He’d wanted Matt for years, loved him since he was a kid—and as they stood in the middle of his room, Matt’s hand running up and down his back, his cock pressed against Oliver’s leg, he damn sure planned to have him. In that moment, he didn’t give a shit about the consequences.

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THE RETURN by Brad Boney

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FAITH AND FIDELITY by Tere Michaels
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Review – Never & Again by Alissa York

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Alissa York has written an absolutely amazing second chance love story with that little touch of taboo that makes Lydia and Jacob’s story even sexier!

She met him when she was a high school senior and he was a student teacher. They were drawn to each other but never acted on their feelings. They knew it was wrong… that it would only lead to heartache and loss. But a literal run in the day of graduation would change the course of Lydia and Jacob’s lives forever. Their relationship began that day – burning hot, even though they agreed to one rule. It’s only sex, no feelings would be involved.

They both knew that it was a lie… that is was STILL a lie.

The years pass and Lydia and Jacob find themselves together again – another literal run in. But this time… this meeting comes with revelations that shake Jacob to his very foundation. After losing his mother, his home and discovering that his wife was a cheater could Jacob finally have all that he’s ever wanted and have it with Lydia? He’s never stopped loving her and he can feel in his heart that she’s never stopped loving him either. Decision made. Never again would he be without her. There may be obstacles in the way but he’s not going to stop until he has her in his life, his home and his bed. Lydia knows that nothing good can come of this. She knows that as soon as she gives Jacob everything he’s going to leave her again. With so much more at stake, how can she trust him? How can she risk another broken heart?

This was a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down once I started. The story was beautifully written, the pace was just perfect. Lydia and Jacob’s steamy scenes kept me turning the pages and fanning my face, while the twists and turns on their road to happily ever happily made me scream at my kindle. Alissa’s talent is growing, and it shows in Never & Again. I am excited to see what she has coming next with the Broadway series! I highly recommend this up and coming author.

Brilliantly and fantastically done, Alissa!

5 Amazing Stars!

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Lydia Reed is a busy woman. Raising a pre-teen as a single mom is no easy task, but there really wasn’t another option.

Jacob Teller’s life has not turned out as planned. Losing his mother, his apartment, and discovering his wife has been unfaithful sends him back to his home town.

A chance run-in brings Lydia’s world crashing down while bringing Jacob the hope of a family he never realized he was missing.

But life and emotions are never simple and are always messy. Obstacle after obstacle threatens to tear them apart while Jacob fights for his family and Lydia battles her heart and mind as they engage in a vicious game of tug-of-war.

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Review – Trigger by L.P. Dover

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Trigger by L.P. Dover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness.” ~R. Queen

When I first saw that L.P. Dover was shaking things up with a romantic suspense or dark romance, I could not help but get excited! I love dark reads as much as I adore swoon-filled stories. Trigger is the latest sensation by L.P. Dover, a delicious dive into danger and darkness, and MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR!

Trigger, like its name, was FAST AND FURIOUS. This riveting romance was a rush, a raging inferno of intensity where I could not turn the pages fast enough. Energy flowed through me like electricity where I could not help but be engaged. The powerful and perilous plot kept me highly tuned and trembling with anticipation. I WAS THOROUGHLY EXCITED, ENGAGED, AND ELECTRIFIED!

Preston Hale is gorgeous, muscular, tall, dark haired and grey-eyed…and also a killer. 

“Killing was an addiction I couldn’t let go.”

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Known as Trigger, this modern day vigilante rids the streets of the most sinister criminals. This Dark Knight is badass and beautiful, a mix of dark and light who has been to hell and back, surfacing stronger than ever. 

“I didn’t give a f**k what people thought. I did what I had to do.”

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Killing has become his addiction…his high…his drug. 

“It shouldn’t make someone happy to kill another being, but I craved it.”

Until his high before he started killing, Emily ‘Emma’ Turner came back into his life. The beautiful blonde and blue-eyed woman was Preston’s best friend in college, back when life was much simpler…back when he was more light than dark.

“A need sparked deep inside of me. And for the first time in a long time, it wasn’t the need to kill. No, this ran bone deep. I ached to touch her skin, to mark her as my own.”

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Emma never forgot the boy, and now very much a man, who she loved in college and still holds her heart today. When their paths cross years later, Preston and Emma still feel the combustive chemistry like during those college years. 

“I threw my arms around his neck and pulled him down into a soul-searing kiss, pressing my lips achingly hard against his…He groaned into my mouth, his arms holding me so tight I could barely breathe.”

I felt that kiss, the passion pressing into me from the pages, the kiss that tugged on my heart.

“We can’t do this. If you’re smart, you’ll stay the hell away from me.”

Emma’s love for Preston never died, but this is not the same man who was sweet in college. This man is rough and raw…dark and dangerous…but Emma still can’t help but care for Preston. She’s determined to shine some light into his dark heart, bring back the Preston she knew and loved like no other. 

“The Preston I fell in love years ago is still inside you.”

“He doesn’t exist anymore.”

I LOVED Preston, this melt-worthy man of many layers who walks on the edge of darkness but whose heart is pure gold. Preston protects those he loves and risks everything to be their dark hero. Oh what a hero he is who became my hero in this thrilling tale too!!!

Trigger is one deliciously dark and dangerous read, a drug that you need to devour! Trigger ignites with intensity in a tale that wrapped me in a blanket of darkness while, at the same time, slowly showered me with light. This pulse-pounding page-turner kept me on edge, emotions entangled as my heart raced out of my chest. I FELT THIS HIGH, this delicious drug of a story, where I was addicted and aching for more. I still need MORE.

★★★★★ fast and furious stars

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A killer . . . that’s what I am.
It’s what I do.
It’s what I live for.
I’m no longer the Preston Hale everyone knew. I left that life and the people in it a long time ago the second I made my first kill. I wasn’t going to give in, but when I heard the screams there was no going back.
It triggered the pain, the need.
I knew what I had to do, and I did it well. But I never expected for Emma Turner – the only link to my past – to come back into my life.
She triggers a different emotion inside me, something I hadn’t ever felt.
It’s not a want to kill . . . but a need to CLAIM.

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When I got downstairs to the dining room, Glenn and Wade were already there, speaking to each other in hushed tones by the large window. There were shiny plates on the table, with all sorts of silverware around them. Start from the outside and work your way in, was what I was told when it came to using the various forks and spoons. Give me just one of each and I’d be happy.

It wasn’t long before Glenn noticed me at the door and the conversation ceased. “Emma, you look lovely tonight,” he announced.

I smiled. “Thank you.”

He beckoned me over to the table and Wade held out a seat for me. I sat down and he took the one on the right, while Glenn sat on my left at the head of the table. There was only one other place setting and it was across from me.

“Wine?” Glenn asked, holding up the bottle.

I nodded. “Sure.”

He poured me a glass and I took a sip. It tasted like heaven, all fruity and crisp. It was so good I had to take another sip, and another, while we waited on the special guest. Not even a minute later, the dining room door opened and a man walked in. Only, he wasn’t just anyone.

It’d been eight years and he’d surely changed, but there was no mistaking those gray eyes. His hair was the same light brown, and mussed up like all the guys did their hair these days. However, his body looked totally different. His cream colored, long-sleeve sweater hugged a set of muscular arms, and his face was more rugged, covered in a five o’clock shadow.

I almost choked on my wine. “Oh my God.” Is it really him?

“Emma, are you okay?” Wade asked, his voice low.

“Yeah,” I whispered. “I’m fine.”

I waited for Preston to look at the table, and when his gaze finally caught mine, he paused for a slight second. In his face, I could see the friend I lost so long ago, but it vanished quickly.

Glenn and Wade both stood when Preston approached, and I shot up out of my seat, bumping the table with my jerky movements. Glenn grinned at me and then at Preston. “Preston Hale, I’d like you to meet Emma Turner. She’s my assistant. Emma, this is Preston Hale, a close family friend. His father is one of my dearest friends.”

 Preston held out his hand and looked at me as if he’d never laid eyes on me before. “It’s nice to meet you.”

Was he being serious? I shook his hand and made sure to put a little extra squeeze in there for good measure. “Meet me? Surely, you remember who I am.”

Glenn’s eyes went wide. “Wait. You two already know each other?”

I nodded. “From college.” I was about to add before he up and left without a trace, but thought better of it.

Glenn chuckled and smacked a hand on Preston’s shoulder. “Well, isn’t this a small world? You’ll have to tell me some stories on this one.” He nodded my way.

Preston’s jaw clenched. “Can’t. Don’t remember her.”

My mouth dropped open; it was like being punched in the gut and slapped in the face, all at the same time. No words would come out, so I sat there with a lump in my throat. In college, he’d been a close friend. I sang with him in his band, Silent Break. We connected on stage in a way I’d never felt with anyone. I cared about him, and had even been ready to take the next step in our relationship right before he up and disappeared. I never got to tell him how I felt. Now he looked at me as if I was a stranger.

The room fell silent. I wanted to say something, but I bit my tongue. It was going to be the longest dinner of my life. 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

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She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.

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Review-Dare You To by Riley Hart



My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

This was  quick and sweet prequel to a new series. It was just one of those short stories that makes your heart happy. Two friends who haven’t realized their attraction to each other for years, come together and it is oh so sweet.


Austin spends all of his time at the LGBT center for teens. Once a week a night is reserves just for him and Dare to watch movies. Austin is looking for the perfect man on paper but soon realizes he needs something that is perfect on his heart. He had no idea that would turn out to be his best friend.


Dare lives a life of promiscuity, getting attached to no one. The only constant in his life is Austin. When Austin’s boyfriend breaks up with him, Austin decides to try a hook up app. When Dare finds out, the whole relationship changes. 


If you’re looking for a short and sweet read, this is definitely the book for you. I’m looking forward to the series. 



Austin Thompson spends most of his spare time reading or logging in extra hours at the LGBTQ youth center where he works. His only standing “night out,” if you can call it that, is his weekly movie night with his best friend, Dare Nichols. Between work and Dare, it’s hard to find time for much else, so when he does actually try to date, it ends in disaster.


Dare thrives on living life on the wild side—surfing, mountain biking, sky diving. If it’s extreme, he’s game. Between sports and spending his evenings at his West Hollywood bar, Dare never sees a dull moment. Still, with all that excitement, most of his favorite times are when he’s tucked away in Austin’s apartment. Probably because he’s the only best friend Dare’s ever had.


Then the kiss happens and the men realize they don’t want to stop there. As they explore this new adventure in their relationship, Austin realizes the excitement he’s been looking for has been right there all along, and Dare has to decide if he can conquer his only fear by risking his heart.

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“I—” Austin started, but Dare held up a hand to stop him.

“Think we could clean up the jizz before we talk? I like come as much as the next guy, but I gotta tell you, it’s going to distract me if we don’t at least put our dicks away. You’ll be trying to talk, and I’ll be trying to play swords. It’ll be a disaster.”

It had been his intention to make Austin laugh, but it didn’t work, and honestly, he’d known it wouldn’t work. They’d just crossed a line in their friendship, and there was no way Austin would let it go without a talk.

“Use the hall bathroom. I’ll use the one in my room. Give me a second to grab you some clothes,” Austin replied.

Dare opened his mouth to tell Austin he would go home and come right back, but the green lasers Austin shot at him told him just to listen. The man really was getting bossy lately.

Dare headed to the bathroom. The second Austin tossed him a pair of sweats, he closed the door and leaned against it. Honestly? He couldn’t care less about the fact that their dicks had been out and they were messy. Messy sex was good sex in his mind, but the truth was, he’d needed a minute to get himself under control.

He’d just blown Austin. He’d jerked them off together. Seen the way he closed his eyes tightly, small wrinkles forming around them before he’d come. Seen the look in his eyes when Dare told Austin to open them. 

Dare had never had any kind of sexual encounter with anyone he cared about before. He tried not to care about too many people at all, but Austin had not only found his way inside, but now they’d crossed another line and Dare didn’t know how he felt about it.

Okay, so that was a lie. His dick liked it a lot. His dick actually wanted to know what it felt like in Austin’s mouth too, or even better, how hot and tight it would be to be buried balls deep in his ass.

He was trying not to think with his dick, though. He needed to use his brain because this wasn’t just anyone. This was Austin. The guy who got him to read Harry Potter, even though he didn’t know it. The man who watched movies with him every week. It didn’t matter that he canceled dates with other people for work, or to relax with a book, when it came to their Sunday nights, Austin never missed a date. He’d never had anyone in his life who made him feel important the way Austin did. He’d never known what it was like to be a priority for someone, to have a person who wanted to spend time with him, and not because he was a good fuck, or because he knew how to have a good time…just because he was him. Dare.

He was scared to death of losing that…of fucking up…of hurting Austin…of getting hurt himself.

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Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. 

She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine, while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves. 

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Review tour- Pieces of Heaven by Natasha Madison.


My rating is 6 out of 5 stars

When you read a book that is so good that every piece of your heart is touched, you give that book 10 stars. This book was beyond any expectation that I ever had for it. I laid my claim on Mick and I know that I will have lots of fights on my hands because EVERYONE, and I mean everyone, is going to want this man. He is absolutely perfect in every single way. You will read this book so quickly. 


You will become an addict to these words that Natasha has so expertly put together. I have loved every book that she has written, but this one is by far my  favorite. Hands down.
Mick is stuck in a rut. He has been holding out hope that this loser, Sandie, is going to leave her husband and be with him. She strings him along for so long that is considered normal for him. When Marissa walks into his life though, he will find out what true love really is. Thrust together while Mick is searching for Lori’s missing daughter. He never stood a chance. These two were made for each other.


Marissa is a strong woman. I absolutely loved her character. When her daughter, Lori, disappears she will stop at nothing to get her back. She tries to fight those feelings for Mick, but their chemistry is too strong to deny. 


Basically, what you’re getting when you read this book, is not just a piece of heaven. Its all the pieces. This book was one hell of way to start the new year. It is an absolute must read.


I didn’t want this life.

But sometimes you’re forced to make the best of the crappy hand you’ve been dealt. I wanted to teach my daughter that. No matter what happens you face your problems head-on.

Never cower. Never give up.

Then someone took her and I had to put my faith in a system that had failed me, and my hope in a man I didn’t know.

Serve. Honor. Protect, are the only things I’ve ever cared about until her case was dropped on my desk. As we searched for her missing daughter, the last woman I thought I’d fall in love with became my reason for living.

Then the world came crashing down around us.

One secret would change everything, but I had one more hand to be dealt. And if I played my cards right, maybe, just maybe we’d get our piece of heaven.

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Review- Unraveling Fayth by Winter Travers


What a way to end the series. Winter took it out with a bang. This book was pure perfection in every way. It was action packed and sinfully delicious. I just couldn’t put it down. 
Poor Fayth is suffering from not being able to talk even though all the words are in her head. She is depressed and living with her brother again. One day she utters one word, Slider! After that Leo knows that he needs to contact Slider to help break her out of whatever is keeping her speechless. 


Slider has been beating himself up pretty hard about Fayth getting shot. When he gets the call From Leo, he drops everything and comes running. When he takes Fayth and Marco back home with him, Fayth slowly starts coming back to herself all because of one thing… Slider. 
These two have built a slow and delicious burn. I absolutely loved watching their love blossom, and it doesn’t hurt that they tear up the sheets.  I am so happy to hear that we will be getting spin offs of this series. I can’t wait.


Fayth doesn’t know what she wants anymore. Torn between the life she used to live or staying in Rockton, Fayth can’t decide which future she wants. All she knows is that the one man who won’t leave her side is the one man who is taking over her heart.  

Everyday Slider relives the moment  he thought he had lost Fayth before he ever had the chance to have her. Now, with Fayth back in Rockton, he’s never letting her out of his sight. Although, someone else has other plans


Danger is lurking, and Slider is the one man that will keep her safe.

He let her down once.

He’ll never let it happen again.

The score is finally settled in this thrilling conclusion to the Devil’s Knights Series.


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