Review – Live Me by Celeste Grande

Live Me
byCeleste Grande

My rating:6 of 5 stars

”To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~Audrey Hepburn

Here I sit with tears still stinging my eyes from a story that sank its soul into my soul from the very first page and never stopped. LIVE ME is a HEART-WRENCHING, SOUL-SHATTERING story of survival and a second-chance at love and life. This touching tale reached in and grabbed my heart, holding it tightly, and stealing a part of my heart I may never get back. I’m still breathless, broken, and bleeding from this book. This book BROKE ME IN THE BEST WAY, shattering me again and again.

Celeste Grande paints a passionately powerful portrait of a broken heroine brought back to life by a big-hearted hero in Live Me, a soul-shattering and heartfelt journey threaded with the #metoo message, so masterful and so moving for so many.

”I’m dying a slow death.
Body parts frayed and chewed away.
Demons come and find me.
And claim me as their prey.”

This new adult romance uncovers abuse while shedding light on tough topics often stuck in the dark. Celeste Grande gives one heart-wrenchingly real voice to a teen heroine who slowly tells her soul-shattering story alongside a hero who quickly becomes her savior. A hero who is hope. A hero who is everything.

”You’re my hope when I have none.
A gleam of light inside my grave.
Oxygen when I feel I’m drowning.
Rescuing me on a gentle wave.”

Reality bleeds with fiction where you will BREATHE THIS BOOK and become BREATHLESS. Live Me, this story of survival after shattering, is ACHINGLY HONEST, a young woman’s journey of life after feeling dead inside. If you’ve ever been a victim of abuse or assault, you’ll find this journey YOURS too.

”When you hurt, I hurt. You reside right here.”

He took the hand still blanketing his cheek and placed it to the center of his chest, each pulse reaching out to touch me.

Unequivocally raw, Live Me MOVED ME, SPEAKING TO MY SOUL with heart-hitting words and compelling characters that felt REAL. I forged a deep connection with the heroine, Eva, and hero, Blake. I bonded with the heroine and admired the hero. A broken beauty and a white knight of a hero blend into a beautiful book as Blake gives Eva the wings she needs to fly. Live Me is about a heroine living in darkness and a hero who helps her find the light, and oh is it lovely!

”I’m not giving up on you … Plant your feet with mine and stop running from me and from yourself.”

Live Me, oh did I live this HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL book—its broken pieces penetrating every part of me—as I felt every word, every word that crashed into me with a force I did not see coming. I FELT EVERYTHING!

”You make me want to battle the world just to keep you safe.”

Live Me shines like a diamond amidst broken glass, so broken yet so beautiful. Its paralyzing intensity increases with each page. Live Me spoke to me. This soulful spirit in words struck me personally, one resonating so strongly in the era of #metoo. I’m still AWE-STRUCK that this is Celeste Grande’s debut book!!! I didn’t expect this book to tilt my world on its axis. I didn’t expect this book to BLOW ME AWAY. I didn’t expect this book to BREAK ME IN THE BEST WAY. I truly lived through Live Me. This heartfelt journey has left an indelible mark on my heart and soul.

”You’re a part of my makeup now. My me. Let me be your you.”

💋💋💋💋💋💋 ’forget me not’ kisses


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Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control. 


With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him. 

Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.

Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?





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Review – Steal You by KD Robichaux and CC Monroe

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There are books that you read and they fill you with joy. There are books that consume you and it’s all you can do to turn those pages to see what is going to happen next to the people that have taken over your life and have residence in your heart.

Then there are books like this when the characters and story take on a life of their own, grab you by the throat and pour all those dark emotions, obsessive compulsions and mind numbing, spare no one and burn-it-to-the-ground passion into your very soul and leave you devastated. That was Steal You. The Keeper and his Little Bird left me speechless, shaking and asking myself as I turned the page and read the last word: Am I that crazy, too?

Their relationship is so very forbidden. He’s a professor and she’s his student. He’s had his eye on her for a while. He’s determined. She’s a good girl, but every good girl has a bad side. Still some have a streak of crazy. Xander saw that streak, reveled in it and watched it grow. Lizith was the perfect submissive, a bird held captive in the cage of her keeper even after her beloved keeper was no longer around.

The twists, turns and oh-my-god moments in this story left me with my hand over my mouth in shock, screaming at my kindle or clutching at my throat. A few times I stepped away from my kindle because I felt like my device was on fire from witnessing some of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read. And still the moments that I thought to myself that Xander and Lizith were absolutely insane and that I would just walk away for good, I found myself pulled in and turning those pages once again.

Kayla and CC have written this book so flawlessly, so seamlessly that there is no way to know that two people co-authored this tale. Two authors with one heart and one very tangled soul. This book is utterly brilliant, dark from its roots to the tips of its branches and so captivating that I long for more… just more. It is beautifully written and a roller coaster ride that I wasn’t even prepared for.

So very well done! Congratulations, ladies. SIX STARS!




I was a good girl.
Until you made me love you.
You trained me to be your pretty little bird,
my feathers spreading under your attention and praise.
You promised you’d leave her.
Swore it was me you wanted more than life.
But then you broke my wings and silenced my song,
and you became my obsession.
I’ve spent years trying to figure out a way to change your mind,
to win back your heart.
But in this moment of desperation,
my mind leaves me.
And I’ll just
Steal you

Steal You is a dark erotic romance full of suspense, depicting a twisted love affair between a professor and his student. They have an obsessive, almost scary kind of love, one that could get them both hurt… and maybe even killed.

“Steal You is a unique twist on the dark genre that is a breath of fresh air, sure to tantalize and tease lovers of psychological reads. With two characters expertly blended to portray the true insanity that comes with romance, this story will leave you gasping for air while begging for more.”
~Lily White Bestselling Author

“I don’t think I’ve ever read a crazier, darker or more suspenseful book than Steal You, and I loved every minute of this insane ride.”
~Tara Sivec USA Today Bestselling Author

“Twisted, tantalizing, and totally f*cking terrific. Hooked from the very beginning, Steal You is unputdownable!”
~Erin Noelle USA Today Bestselling Author

“Lizith is a freaking psycho genius, and I LOVED THIS CHARACTER SO HARD!! What a twisted couple these authors have birthed in Steal You. So much so that I wonder if they need some sort of professional evaluation conducted just to be sure they are okay to be left unsupervised. Steal You left me wanting more of Lizith and her brilliant cray-cray mind!”
~Author Barbara Blue, #1 Bestselling Author in six obscure categories on Amazon









Review – Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward does it again with another breathtaking novel of lost love and second chances!

From the very beginning of this novel I was swept off my feet with an instant, believable connection that built slowly and so intensely. Channing and Amber are such an amazing couple, Penelope has a way of weaving her characters together so seamlessly and effortlessly. Nothing ever feels forced or rushed and it makes me appreciate her stories and characters so much more.

I would say this book was one of Penelope’s lighter books, as in not as angsty as some of her previous ones, but I still gobbled up every word and loved every second of it. I loved that Amber and Channing had a comedic value to their banter. My grin at times actually hurt my face but I was so invested in the happiness and ease of these characters that I didn’t care. The swoon was off the charts in Gentleman Nine.. I think a few times, my butterflies got butterflies! No joke!

The overall set up of this novel is actually genius in the way that despite us getting a larger insight into this book from the blurb, Penelope manages to throw in curveballs and never once did I find it predictable or obvious. Once I started I was all in and that’s from the pure beauty of Penelope’s writing skills.

Gentleman Nine is a best seller for a reason. It’s a killer book! One I’m so, so happy I read!

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

Review – Second Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker

6 out of 5 stars

I can’t believe I’m saying this (sorry Josh and Gabe. I still love you. ) but Rush and Lincoln have taken over my heart. This is my top read this year. My eyes couldn’t keep up with how fast my brain was insisting I read the words. Second chance tropes are my absolute favorite and Aimee has even further solidified this!

As I was reading, I couldn’t stop thinking how beautiful of a movie this book could be made into. I know I would live in the theater and watch it over and over and over….. Yes, it’s that PERFECT! The raw emotions, the heartbreak, the pain, the mending of souls, the ability to forgive, and the TRUE MEANING OF LOVE is what this book embodies.

My heart is seriously bursting at the seams right now with this absolutely perfect story that touched me to my soul. I felt the physical pain of my heart breaking as well aa cried tears of joy when it was pieced back together with all the love and happiness in the world!




RELEASE DATE: 02.14.18



Second wind: a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost?

Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-six years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time?

Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.

Second Wind is a funny, sexy, and endearing standalone romance novel about love, loss, and rediscovery. It contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.


I suddenly felt an invisible pull to go to the pier and ride the damn thing. No, Rush wouldn’t be with me in person, but the memory of him would be. I walked the short distance and bought tickets for the Centennial Wheel. The pier was packed with families and friends just looking to have a good time and enjoy the beautiful June weather before the serious humidity hit later in the month.

I felt a little silly as I approached the long line by myself, but I passed the time by texting Phee and checking my email. The line had suddenly stopped advancing, and I wondered if the ride broke down or something. Then I heard the chatter about newlyweds posing for photos with the grand Ferris wheel in the background.

“Look how handsome the grooms look,” someone said.

“It so good that people don’t have to hide any longer,” another person added.

I stepped out of line to see for myself, and my heart thudded to a stop in my chest before it raced with recognition. It wasn’t the grooms that held me spellbound; it was the photographer. I’d know that stance anywhere because I sure as hell had seen it enough times growing up. The camera he held in his hand was a lot different and more expensive than the ones he used to own, but the way he stood and cradled it like a rare treasure was all the same. Rush! But how was this possible? My mind had to be playing tricks on me. This moment was nothing but a fantasy brought on by all the trips down memory lane I’d made the past twenty-four hours. I would wake up to find that I fell asleep in the hotel room instead of walking to the pier.

There was no way in hell that Rush, my Rush, was a few hundred feet away from me. It had to be someone who resembled him. The photographer turned around and smiled at something his assistant said to him. I started walking toward him without stopping to think if I should. For the first time in more than twenty-six years, my world felt right. My Rush.

It felt like I’d caught my second wind.

I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees. I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever- after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.







Review – Unraveled by Helen Hardt

5 out of 5 stars

Wow. One of the best series I’ve ever read has come to an end. I don’t want to say goodbye. Helen has me addicted, and I may just need rehab to get over the withdrawals. Action packed, high intensity thrills is what this book is all about. I thought my heart was going to stop from going into overdrive for so long.

The suspense will have you on the edge of your seat as everything comes to a head. I admit, Helen kept blowing my mind at every turn. I never knew what was going to happen next. I love when books are unpredictable. The twists and turns are around every corner which prevents me from going into any detail of the book. I would never ruin such perfection for anyone. It will be super hard saying goodbye, but I know whatever Helen gives us next will be equally as amazing.

Unraveled (Steel Brothers Saga #9)

by Helen Hardt

Release date: 13th February

Steel Brothers Saga Series:

The final installment in the Steel Brothers saga

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Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee are in love, but before they can move forward with a life together, they’re determined to bring resolution to the many unanswered questions they still face. To complicate matters, new threats arise with the arrival of two startling figures from their pasts.

As they race against time to find answers, unexpected forces pull them apart. Ryan’s brothers, Talon and Jonah, rally to help, wanting to end the struggle and finally bring the last perpetrators to justice. But another riddle surfaces, deepening the rift between Ruby and Ryan. Will they salvage their relationship and finally unravel the mysteries surrounding them?

“Relentless action, heart-stopping twists and hard-core romance is what you will find on this ride!”

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REVIEW – Sordid by Ava Harrison

Ava Harrison I applaud you.
Sordid is a masterpiece.

Sordid will easily sit in my top reads of 2018 list. The writing, the story, the characters, the development, the connection, the intensity, the angst. EVER-Y-THING was STELLAR!

Who doesn’t love a wounded hero?
Grant Lancaster is a tempting, sinful dish of a man. His wounded, broken life and soul drew me in and gripped me SO TIGHT. I was addicted to his cold demeanour, it made him seem so much more perfect as his walls came tumbling down and his love for Bridget magnified. Bridget is strong!! She’s powerful and she owns herself. I connected with her. I related to her. I applaud her. She is my favourite Ava heroine yet!!

Sordid takes every raw emotion and pulls them apart until you’re left dangling by a thread. The angst and tension pulsates from this novel in huge tidal waves that crash and burn relentlessly against the heart and soul. Grant and Bridget are intense and explosive and damaged beyond compare. Their HEA is the sweetest reward.

Ava Harrison is a writer that not only draws you into her stories but practically writes you into them too. The feeling I get when reading Ava’s words are insane. I can picture everything, as though I’ve been written in as a side character, sat in the same places her characters are. Her delivery makes me FEEL every single thing she writes about. Overall the experience you get when reading an Ava Harrison book is breathtaking!

I cannot express how much I loved this one. It’s a top, top, top read. 5 stars doesn’t come close to expressing how amazing it actually was!

It was his lips.
The way his stare sent shivers down my spine.
The way his rough voice whispered my name.

So I caved.
I did what I knew I shouldn’t.

But as quickly as he’s there, he’s gone.
Leaving me confused.
I hope I’ll never see him again…

Then I do.

He’s my new boss.
And he has secrets.

*Sordid is a COMPLETE standalone novel.



Review – On His Knees by Laura Kaye

5 out of 5 stars

I have loved this series since book 1,but hands down this book is my favorite. When you look at a book and see it’s a BDSM story, you know you’re in for a hot treat. Laura turns these stories into so much more though, showing vulnerability and finding one’s way in life. I haven’t gotten through one book in this series without tears, tears of joy and tears of sadness. Going through the journey of self discovery is such a beautiful thing, and Laura nails it EVERY SINGLE TIME!!

Jamie just has no idea what is wrong with him that he can’t seem to keep a relationship because something is missing, something down to his very core. When he starts to realize he needs pain to feel satisfied and the startling discovery that he pictures a man to be the only one who can give it to him. He gets introduced into BDSM scene, and suddenly his life finally feels right. He is happier and more fulfilled than ever. He really can’t get enough. It doesn’t help that he rapidly falls head over heels in love with Master Alex in such a short time.

Alex is feeing miserable. He just isn’t getting the satisfaction that he craves as a sadist. When Master Kyler thrusts a newbie his way, he is determined that he is not going there with a newbie, but when he sees another Master taking over, he quickly jumps into what will be the ride of his life.

These two bond immediately. It was so beautiful to watch them both grow and find the missing piece of themselves in each other. This book will be hard to top for me, but I know Laura will continue to blow me away with her beautiful words.

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

About ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees…


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Jamie was done holding back. He was done questioning. He was done feeling like he was on the outside looking in.

Now that Master Alex had demonstrated exactly what Jamie required to fully connect with another human being, he needed this to go all the way. More than that, he wanted Alex to be the one to take him there.

So he held his breath, held the Dom’s gaze, and held on to the hope that the man would agree.

“You want your first time to be non-consensual role-playing,” Master Alex finally said, his voice like it’d been scoured with sandpaper.

The tone of it gave Jamie hope. Because he was affected. Jamie wasn’t the only one who needed this, he would’ve put money on it.

Nodding, Jamie summoned the courage to say what he wanted, while the Dom was still open to hearing it. Even though, Jesus, the words on the tip of his tongue were seriously twisted. He let them fly anyway. “I want you to force me, use me, hurt me. To show me what it really means to be taken by a…a—”

Say it.”

“By a sadist.”

Master Alex’s dark eyes flared, and his expression went a little mean. Jamie’s cock hardened, a reaction he couldn’t hide when he knelt there naked. The Dom’s gaze swept downward and settled on his growing erection, and Jamie felt the directness of that perusal as a physical caress.

Slowly, Alex rose to his full height, and then his expression went absolutely unforgiving. “Beg.”

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Review ~ Tempting Love by Kelly Elliott

Tempting Love

By Kelly Elliott

Release Day Jan 30, 2018

OMG Mitchell and coronas book is just stunning. From the first page to the last you are welcomed back into the family, previous books flood your memory as you devour the pages of the next sibling. If you haven’t read the previous titles in this series I would highly recommend reading them first.

This book has consumed me heart and soul, stole breath from me and made me Sob my through the book consuming the words through tears.

There is something about kelly elliott books that guarantee to evoke emotions deep in your soul and provide a reading experience that is flawless perfection.

5 stars

Can a woman actually make you feel like you’re losing your damn mind?


If she is Corina Miller.

The only woman who has ever made me long for something more, and let me tell you, that has me all kinds of messed up. After months of ignoring my feelings, it’s clear to me I’ve fallen for those piercing blue eyes and sexy smile.

But is it too late?

Have I pushed her into the arms of someone else?

Hell no am I letting that happen.

I’m on a mission to win the heart of the only woman I’ve ever cared about—and the only thing standing in my way is one stubborn and pissed off Corina.

I always did like a challenge.


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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.


I followed him, my hands shaking as I grew angrier by the second. “That’s it? You’re going to let me move out?”

Mitchell reached for his keys, then turned to me. “I can’t force you to stay here, Corina. If you’re unhappy, then yes, you should leave. Do I want you to? No, I don’t. I know I fucked up, but if you’re going to throw it in my face every goddamn chance you get, then you’re right, this won’t work.”

He headed to the stairs that led down to his front door. My heart raced, and I knew I couldn’t leave it like this. Closing my eyes, I called out to him. “Mitch! You never asked me to the Pecan Street Honky Tonk.”

Stopping, he looked back up at me. “What?”

I swallowed hard and took in a quick breath. “The dance, you never asked me. And well, Lane asked me.”

Sadness swept over his face. “What did you tell him?”

Wringing my hands together, I answered, “I haven’t responded…yet. I was waiting for you.”

Mitchell rushed back up the steps and stopped in front of me. I don’t think I’d ever felt my stomach dip like it did when he raced toward me. He cupped my face and leaned in. My chest rose and fell with each breath as I waited for him to speak. His touch sent a flurry of butterflies through my chest.

“Corina, will you go with me to the street dance next weekend?”

My teeth sank into my lip, and I watched as his eyes filled with lust.

“Yes.” I smiled and added, “But only as friends.”

The corner of his mouth rose into a sexy smirk. God, how I loved that smile of his. “It’s a date, then.”

“As friends,” I added.

He leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. Before I could even process his lips, they were gone and he was stepping back. “I’ll take it. For now.

Review – In Harmony by Emma Scott

In Harmony Cover

In Harmony by Emma Scott

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

”If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

It’s hard when reading to realize the impact of mere words. Words that have the power to both break you and put you together again. I don’t know if I can truly put into words the impact felt when I read the beauty that Emma Scott brings to life. IN HARMONY is one of those books where you feel every word; you FEEL EVERYTHING through your pounding heart to the depths of your shaking soul. Words that reach in and grab your heart, holding it tightly. Words that steal your soul, stomping on it with each breath. I’m breathless, bare, broken, and bleeding from this book, In Harmony, which in mere minutes became my MEANING … MY ALL … MY EVERYTHING.

There’s something special about a young adult (YA) romance, one that gives a voice to teens who often struggle with words as they navigate the bridge to adulthood while wading in treacherous waters. Being a teenager is difficult, trying at times for all, especially when no one really listens. YA allows young men and women’s voices to be prominent. YA brings their sometimes heartbreaking stories to life, ones we finally hear, ones they can finally tell, ones we can finally tell too.

”I’m trying to…find myself in the dark.”

Emma Scott flawlessly and fearlessly—through her heartfelt and honest words—tells the heartbreaking but strong stories that many victims find hard to relay. This incredibly talented author and GIFTED STORYTELLER portrays the struggles so many victims face, uncovering abuse that some endure, while shedding light on tough topics often stuck in the dark. Emma has given one genuine and gut-wrenching but gorgeous voice to a teen hero and heroine, who, together, find light in the dark. Told through Shakespeare’s masterful Hamlet in the era of #metoo, In Harmony is a deeply moving and brutally honest story of survival after shattering, of life after feeling dead inside. If you’ve ever been a victim of abuse or assault, this book speaks directly to you.

”You have a flame too, don’t you?”
I silently asked him.

“You guard it with your life. Mine gets blown around in the slightest breeze.”

Willow and Isaac are both beautiful from inside out. These two teens are lost souls until their souls find each other. Perhaps this union was of fate, meant be like a rainbow and rain, and sun after a storm, shedding light to their dark worlds.

Dark sees dark.

He looked at me like he could see me.

Like sees like.

I recognized the heaviness in her eyes because I had it too. Loss and pain pressed down on her.

This hero and heroines’ chemistry is UNDENIABLE. I MELTED from the MAGIC of Isaac and Willow, their slow burn burned me. I felt their SPARK. I felt their SOUL stamp all over me. Together, this hero and heroine were the sun amid the storm, and I felt their dark and light penetrate me.

”Us dead people, we rest in graveyards.”

“You’re not dead, Willow.”

“Not all of me,” she said.

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This line WRECKED me where I wept for Willow!

A HARROWING and HEART-WRENCHING love story told through the eyes of Hamlet and threaded with #metoo, In Harmony is a story that buried itself deep inside me and will never leave. In Harmony shines and shatters like shards of glass. This book will break you and put you back together again—piece by broken piece—in the most beautiful of ways. I BROKE SO HARD for the broken hero and heroine! This tragically touching tale took me back to my own #metoo moment at age 16, one that I kept buried until I was an adult. I broke for them. I broke for victims. I broke for me.

I burn. I pine. I perish.

This HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL book touched every part of me in one EXTRAORDINARY EMOTIONAL JOURNEY. In Harmony is so RAW and REAL. Emma Scott’s realistic-like words pulled me in—tugging me under—as I sank into an emotional abyss where every sensation sparked to life. In Harmony bled into every part of me where its words were all I could see and be. This story SHOOK ME TO THE CORE! In Harmony is a journey that I’ll FEEL FOREVER, one engraved on my heart and tattooed to my soul.

”I’ve been waiting for you my whole life.”


In Harmony is worth all the first and last kisses! I can’t rate this soul-shattering story high enough!!! It’s a TOP 2018 read and a LIFETIME because it’s the kind of journey in words that will touch you for a lifetime.

”Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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“In Harmony…gives a voice to the voiceless…”

The root of all madness is an unbearable truth…

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet… 

Isaac Pearce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood and leave Harmony behind for good. 

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be. 




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Review – Rebel by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix

5 out of 5 stars

Omg. What a collaboration!! As an avid lover of both Kyleen and Nora’s work, I was extremely excited to see them collaborate on this. I was definitely not disappointed. They lived up to every expectation I imagined. Extremely hot and sexy while still being meaningful and emotional.

Troy is pretty much a loner only seeking one night stands which he bails from as soon as the deed is done. After being dropped off by his mother at a police station and put into the system, he trusts no one and refuses to let anyone close. He barely makes end meet to live and pay his tuition which he supplements by breaking up with people for those who don’t want to know it themselves. When he takes a job breaking up with someone dressed as a banana, he has no idea how much his life is about to change.

Rebel is the super hot, most requested porn star at Ballsy Boys. He has trouble maintaining a relationship because people can’t handle what he does for a living. When “banana boy” shows up at his doorstep he can’t resist him. He doesn’t care that he’s there to humiliate him by dumping him for his ex.

The chemistry is off the charts from the start with these two. They burn up the sheets and may even burn up your kindle. Be careful. As time passes, things start to get to serious and it scares Troy. He does everything he can to keep his walls up, but how long can you resist when you find someone who truly loves you?





RELEASE DATE: 01.31.18


“I don’t do relationships, I break them.” ~ Troy

If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that everyone eventually leaves. But that’s okay because I have a strategy: no friends, no boyfriends, limit repeat hook-ups, no sleep overs, and above all leave them before they leave me. I’ve put my break-up skills to work doing others’ dirty work for them.

The last thing I expected when I agreed to do an embarrassing breakup song and dance was to end up on the doorstep of the very recognizable—and stupidly sexy—Rebel. When you meet a man like Rebel you’d be insane not to make a move. And just because he has me tossing out every single one of my rules doesn’t mean I’m in trouble, right?

“I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything.” ~ Rebel

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do relationships are pretty damn impossible. Besides, guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.

Until I meet Troy. He has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. For the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that this is real and worth fighting for?

***Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a super sexy MM romance with plenty of good times. While this book and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, they DO NOT contain cheating.


“You really don’t have to come up. I have a shitty little apartment. It’s nothing like your place,” I tell Rebel. “Plus, I’m obviously not up for fooling around.”

“I don’t give a shit.”

I scoff and shake my head but don’t argue further. If we keep hanging out without fucking around, what does that make us? Friends? Something else?

In my apartment, I cringe inwardly, imagining what Rebel must be thinking as he steps into the one room that holds my whole life. Usually when I have a guy in here, we’re too busy getting naked for me to worry what they think of my living space. And, beyond that, I can’t imagine I’d care what any of those randoms think anyway.

“If you don’t have tea, how about I make you some soup or something?”

“Why are you doing this?” I eye him skeptically.

“What? Do you want something more substantial? I can make a sandwich.”

“No, I mean why are you being so nice?”

Rebel’s eyebrows furrow, and the corners of his lips tug down in a frown. There’s a sharp sadness in his striking blue eyes that makes me want to shove him away or crawl into bed and hide for a week, anything to get away from the pity.

“We’re friends, right?” Rebel asks.

“You’ve had your dick in both my mouth and my ass.”

“So…best friends?”

I want to laugh, but the pain meds are starting to wear off, and my nose is starting to throb. “I’m not usually friends with guys I fuck around with,” I explain for what I feel like is the hundredth time since meeting Rebel.

“Then who are you usually friends with?”

My mouth opens and closes like a dumbass fish. I’m not sure if he was trying to throw shade, but damn if he didn’t get me. “I don’t have friends,” I finally admit with a little bite in my tone. I don’t want friends, and I don’t need friends.

“We’re friends; deal with it. Now, soup?” He skirts around me into my kitchen, leaving me at a loss for words. “Why don’t you lay down on the couch and find something for us to watch? I’ll bring you some food, and we’ll get a dose of the painkillers the ER prescribed into you, and you can sleep through the worst of the pain.”

I almost ask again why he’s doing this, but decide that whatever his motivation, it feels nice to be taken care of for a change. I settle onto the couch and put on the second season of Stranger Things.

It’s not long before Rebel brings me a bowl of soup, a second dose of the painkillers, and a glass of water.

“Thank you.”



When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.

Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.


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I’m an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.