Review – Keeping Dominic by Alyson Reynolds

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Crystal's review

My goodness! Keeping Dominic is one incredible read. It’s angsty, romantic… steamy and so so sexy. It is the perfect coming of age story. Dominic Torres and Brooke Caldwell’s tale of best friends to lovers is weaved with laughter, tears, miscommunications and a love deeply rooted in a friendship that as withstood the peaks and valleys of young first love.

It doesn’t hurt that Dominic is not only this dark haired, beautiful guy with a terrific body. He also is talented, devoted and so fiercely loyal to Brooke. He supports her unconditionally and loved her almost immediately. When Brooke makes the decision to keep their relationship completely platonic, he manages to hide his feelings… until he simply can’t. Brooke may not have suspected what his true feelings for her were, she had to have some inkling of an idea. One moment between them changes everything and nothing is the same afterwards.

There were moments in this book that were simply painful and heartbreaking. There were moments that I wanted to scream and throttle these two. They put my heart through the craziest emotion filled roller coaster ride and almost caused me to throw my brand new kindle across the room. Their connection is so solid and the chemistry and steam between these two is something amazing. Talk about an alpha? Dominic has it all in spades!

Alyson wrote a story that tackles some tough issues and demonstrates her growing talent of taking us into a story filled with what every romance reader wants – to be enthralled with the characters from beginning to end and leave us sighing, smiling and desperate to have more. Best friends to lovers doesn’t get any better than this! Truly fantastic, Alyson! Well done!

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No one finds their soulmate at first glance.

Dominic Torres did though. From the second he saw his best friend’s little sister, he knew she was the one for him. Fast forward three years and now she’s his best friend and she has him firmly in the friend zone. He’s convinced he’ll never have the college romance his parents had.

Until the day it almost happened.

Brooke Caldwell’s life fell apart two days after her tall, dark and handsome best friend almost kissed her. A split second of hesitation made her question her entire relationship with her best friend. You wouldn’t think that a kiss that didn’t even happen would make her question her feelings as much as it did. But all of Brooke’s friends had said he had a thing for her.

Unrequited love or a figment of her imagination?

When an argument gets out of hand, Brooke and Dom hit a breaking point that has both of them scrambling into new relationships. Even pissed off and broken, neither of them can ignore the other for long. From best friends to lovers, one night could change everything.

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Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking.

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Review- Nobody’s Prince Charming by Aimee Nicole Walker

5 out of 5 stars

Aimee every single time I pick up one of your books, I’m transported to a different world
A world where happiness and bliss is all you feel. This book made laugh. It made me cry. It made my heart flutter. Most of all it made me feel whole.

Wren was definitely a character I knew I would hold close to my heart. What can I say, I love damaged people. Watching him navigate his way through unknown territory was a beautiful thing. I loved watching his journey unfold.

Dare, oh Dare. How can you not love him. He is that ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. He had this bright light about him that made everyone smile. I loved watching him worm his way into Wren’s heart (and his pants 😝).

Going back to Blissville is always a special trip down memory lane, getting to see all our beloved characters from previous books. I can’t wait for the next masterpiece that you send my way.

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RELEASE DATE: 03.23.18

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Fire and ice. Oil and water. Vodka and decisions. That’s what Darren McCoy and Wren Davison are: two opposites that shouldn’t mix well. Dare believes in fairy tales, true love, and happily ever after. Wren believes in fast cars, freedom, and no-strings sex. What can these two men possibly have in common? A magnetic pull strong enough to obliterate logic and reason.

For more than a year, Dare and Wren have worked together at the Curl Up and Dye Salon. Dare has pursued the mysterious, brooding man, and Wren has resisted his provocative charm. Then one day, something happens that allows the men to see each other in a new light. Wren learns that Dare hides a heavy heart behind his brilliant smile. Dare realizes that beneath Wren’s gruff exterior beats the heart of a prince.

Passions ignite once the men stop fighting their attraction, but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Is Wren the prince that Dare is looking for? Can Dare teach Wren that true love does exist?

Nobody’s Prince charming is a modern-day fairy tale where some princes ride Harleys, and castle walls are built to scale. It is the third book in the Road to Blissville series but can be read as a standalone book. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults eighteen and over.

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We didn’t say anything on our way up to Dare’s room because neither of us wanted to risk waking Ralph. We were lucky that we didn’t get caught when we pulled that stunt in the laundry room. Okay, the stunt that I pulled. I knew that Ralph liked me, and I even suspected he knew that his grandson had become very important to me, but that didn’t give me the right to be disrespectful in his home. It wasn’t because we were gay either. I would’ve felt the same if we were a straight couple sneaking up to… Couple? I rolled the word around in my head a few times, expecting a negative thought to refute its validity but none came. I discovered I liked the way the word felt, sounded, and even tasted on my tongue. Just because I didn’t speak it out loud didn’t mean it was less true.

When we got to Dare’s room, we silently undressed each other in between soft kisses in the muted light from the lamp on the bedside table. The mood between us was different like we both had realized something important that day: what we shared was poignant and real. There was a confidence in Dare’s hands when he touched me and in his eyes when he looked at me. Did he see and feel the same changes in me?

Even my arousal was different. Rather than the all-consuming fire, it was a slow-burning flame that never seemed to diminish or burn out. It vibrated through me like normal, but new emotions joined the passion: tenderness and a desire for something I didn’t deserve and shouldn’t want. I’d been stingy with my heart for my entire life, giving it only to my mom who had died and a boy who was nearly rejected by his family for loving me. My mom didn’t choose to willingly leave me, but the boy did. I didn’t blame him, but it still hurt, especially when our breakup was only a few months after my mom’s death. I had no one in the world I could count on until I met Jimmy and Danny. I sure as hell couldn’t count on Falcon. Just thinking about him brought on a fresh wave of exhaustion, which killed my arousal.

Dare didn’t seem to mind. He pulled back the sheets and blankets then gestured for me to climb inside. He joined me after I got situated then turned off the light before he rolled over and lay his head on my chest. In the dark, it was easier to find the words that I couldn’t speak to anyone else. Hell, Jimmy and Danny didn’t even know that Falcon was my sperm donor, yet here I was about to tell Dare everything.

“Wren,” he said softly in the darkness. “You don’t have to tell me anything if you don’t want to, okay? If you do want to talk, I promise you that nothing you say will leave this room.”

“I know, Sparkles.” I trailed my hands up and down his back, finding comfort in the rhythm and already familiar feel of my fingers bumping along his spine. “You’d never betray my trust.” I knew it as certain as the sun would rise in the east. No matter what happened between us, Dare would keep my confidence. “Once upon a time,” I began to lighten the mood. I expected Dare to snort, but he giggled. “What?”

“That’s a phrase I use frequently in my head. I tend to work everyday events into fairy tales.”

“Yeah? Who am I?” I asked.

“Prince Charming, duh. Only with longer hair, biker boots, and a beefier body. My prince rides a Harley instead of a horse.”

“Sparkles, I’m nobody’s Prince Charming.”

“You don’t get to decide that,” he said in a singsong voice. “I decide who my Prince Charming is and no one else.”

I ignored the fluttering in my stomach and dug deep for a gruff response. “Fine, but don’t say that I didn’t warn you.”

“Once upon a time…” Dare prompted.

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Review – Fearless by Carly Phillips

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Getting a new series from Carly Phillips is always so a treat! This time we get to meet the Wards, three sisters that have been through so much and are now facing their past pain and trying to build brighter futures.

This series begins with the incredible Halley Ward. The daughter of a drug addict and a victim of abuse in foster care, Halley has isolated herself from her wealthy family and found solace in her Rosewood beach house and in her art. Rescued by her aunt, Halley has felt that she never truly fit into her new family, their new home and new school. Only one person seemed to understand her pain – Kane Harmon. He was in the midst of his own loss when she arrived at the high school in Rosewood and recognized a kindred spirit. He kept her safe from bullies and she was always grateful for his help.

Kane Harmon has his own demons. A father with his own addiction. A business to run. His confidence shaken by a woman he trusted and was betrayed by. He’s chosen to run his auto repair business and stay away from beautiful summer tourists looking for a fling with the hot mechanic. Kane is sexy, determined and devoted to his family. But he’s also complex, conflicted about his father’s addiction and yes, maybe a bit lonely. All of that changes when Halley Ward’s car breaks down and Kane is the one comes to help.

There is an instant deep attraction between these two. Still many things stand in the way. A history filled with trauma, loss and abuse is just one of those things. It may be that history that brings these two together as they navigate a relationship built on trust and understanding. Kane wants to bring the light back into Halley’s life, to bring her closer to the family she has turned from, to love her the way she never has been. Kane, for all of his own faults, is the one man Halley cannot seem to resist or simply walk away from after a night of hot sex. He’s in for the long haul and he vows not to let the past destroy what they could have or take Halley’s no for an answer. But the memories and reminders of the past aren’t very far behind and these two must decide once and for all to love or walk away.

Fearless was a fantastic read and reminded me that Carly can certainly give her readers amazing family sagas. Emotionally charged, dynamic from the very beginning. I loved Halley and Kane’s slow build to a sizzling relationship. Kane is a perfectly imperfect hero with a big heart and sexy alpha moves. Halley is hurt, unwilling to trust and still so very lost. Her shame, anger and sadness over being abandoned are such a part of who she is. It is easy to understand why she would run from the love her family and a truly wonderful man. What example has she really had of what real love can truly be? Watching Halley grow into her real self was amazing!

Well done, Carly! Another great beginning!

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Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn’t get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.

Except Halley Ward isn’t just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane’s usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don’t expect more than he’s willing to give.

Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he’s hooked. She says she’s not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.

Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they’ve made. Then it’s Halley’s turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she’s finally coming to believe she deserves.

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Now…what do you say to some Italian ices? Ever been to Hank’s?”

She shook her head. “I’ve passed it but there’s always been a ridiculous crowd of people out front.”

“Well, it’s worth the wait. Feel like going on the way home?”

She nodded. “If you can keep me occupied while we wait, then I don’t mind.”

He laughed. “I think I like that challenge.”

When they arrived at Hank’s, an outdoor ice cream and Italian ices stand, they discovered a short line. Not enough for him to have to entertain her, and before they knew it, they were ordering.

Because they also had ice cream, Halley changed her mind when it came to ordering and asked for vanilla ice cream with hot fudge topping. Kane got a red Italian ice.

They took their desserts and walked over to a short brick wall and hopped up, sitting side by side, legs swinging as they ate.

He finished his first. “Good?” he asked, putting his cup down beside him.

She glanced over, laughing. “Your tongue is red.”

He stuck it out at her and grinned.

“Want some of mine?” She held out the spoon of vanilla and chocolate mixed.

“No, doesn’t exactly mix with my cherry.” He paused, as if thinking of something. “Unless…”

“Hmm?” She raised an eyebrow.

“Unless I’m kissing you.” And before she could react, he leaned over and swept his tongue over her lips and into her mouth, devouring her quickly but thoroughly.

She moaned into him, leaning in close, savoring the warm cherry flavor he brought to her dessert.

Before she was ready, he lifted his head and met her gaze, his eyes dark and hungry. “Now that is how to eat an ice cream.”

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Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Warning : Part Two by A. D. Justice

5 out of 5 stars

Seriously, everything this woman touches turns to gold! I read through this book so fast I thought my kindle would malfunction. This book was packed with emotion, danger, and a damn roller coaster ride! I don’t want to let them go. I’ve grown so attached to all the characters, not just the main characters. That’s how you know it’s a great story.

I really don’t want to go into any detail because so many twists and turns come from nowhere. I’m usually pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen when I’m reading, but Angel kept me on my toes. Just know this is a phenomenal book and you must read book 1 first.

Title: Warning Part 2

Author: A.D. Justice

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Jillian didn’t heed my warning . . . but then, neither did I. She didn’t know her life was still in danger or that her every move was being watched.

Convincing her that she needed my protection required all my resources. Even then, she didn’t want me around.

Making her fall in love with me again would be nearly impossible.

But I’m Damon Marchetti, and I don’t know how or when to quit.

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A.D. Justice is the USA Today bestselling author of the Steele Security Series (Wicked Games, Wicked Ties, Wicked Nights, Wicked Intentions, Wicked Shadows), the Crazy Series (Crazy Maybe, Crazy Baby), the Dominic Powers series (Her Dom, Her Dom’s Lesson), the Immortal Obsessions series (Immortal Envy) and a few stand-alone romance novels, such as Completely Captivated, Just One Summer, Envy, and Intent.

When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her own alpha male character in their North Georgia mountain home. She is also an avid reader of romance novels, a master at procrastination, a chocolate sommelier, a twister of words, and speaks fluent sarcasm. An avid animal lover, A.D. Justice has three horses, one dog, and two cats.

While the primary focus of her books has been romantic suspense, she has expanded into different sub-genres of romance. Stay tuned to read what she has in store for you!

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Review – My Way Back To You by Claire Contreras

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Rowan Hawthorne, with all his flaws and past mistakes… his belief that love was a lie and that marriage was a sham… This Rowan that I had the pleasure to meet made me believe in family, that time can change hearts and minds and that a man can truly embrace his second chance and make the most of it. Amazing!

I waited for the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story with so much anticipation. These two had so much to resolve. Their love for each other, a contractual marriage, separation by an ocean. Then there was the even bigger secret… a positive result on a pregnancy test. They run into occasionally with Rowan getting updates on his lost love from his brother and Tessa getting bits and pieces as well. Four years pass and Tessa finds herself thrown right back into Rowan’s path when Hawthorne and Tessa’s position at Prim intersect. But Rowan Hawthorne is not the same close minded, stubborn man he was. Oh no. For Rowan, fatherhood and revelations change his outlook for his future. That future includes winning back the woman he lost and having the family that he longs for with his very soul.

Rowan and Tessa showed us what love, acceptance and endurance is. In Rowan I saw determination, cunning, and the pure joy of being first a friend and then a father. From Tessa I saw independence, momma bear protectiveness, and vulnerability. It was impossible to not get caught up in these two. They may have spent years a part but their love for each other only grew. Their chemistry only got hotter. The most important thing was that they each took the time to grow into who they were as individuals. They made me ridiculously happy!

This was such a satisfying conclusion! Emotional, twisty, intriguing. The secondary characters made me wish for more, namely Rowans’s brother Sam and Tessa’s brother Freddie. These two have much story to tell. This was an incredible read!

Well done, again, Claire! So well done!

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Love isn’t always about timing.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.

I admit I wasn’t ready.
I know you don’t want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.
Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.

Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .

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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

 

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Review – Craft by Adriana Locke

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Mercy, mercy, MERCY! Why didn’t my history teacher in high school look and act like Lance Gibson? I assure you if Mr. Weatherford was anything at all like Lance more of us would have rolled into class at 8 AM in a better frame of mind. Same could be said for study hall. If the librarians looked and baked like Ms. Malarkey, maybe more of my guy friends would have actually picked up a book.

Lance Gibson is sexy, sinful and a braggert. At least with his family, he has plenty of stories of… conquests. Inside, though, Lance is a man with secrets, sadness and regrets. But Lance is also a man with heart who wants what is best for his students. He adores his family, especially his Nana. He’s funny, flirtatious and and has an affinity for… cupcakes with peanut butter icing. Plus if he gets to tease the gorgeous librarian who makes those cupcakes, even better. Mariah Malarkey knows that Lance is a player and only comes to her office during his break to get under her skin. They have done this little push and pull for a while and somehow he’s become the stuff that fantasties are made of.

A chance encounter changes everything for these two. Oh, does it ever!

These two are so much fun together. So much! I laughed with them. I cringed with them at their embarassing moments. They have such beautiful chemistry and steamy sex appeal. At the foundation of their relationship is a refreshing friendship. They simply GET each other. They have secrets and pains from the past that try to color the future. While Lance comes off as a playboy and prankster prince, at his core he’s such an amazingly sweet guy that it’s impossible not to fall for him. Mariah is sassy, stubborn and just plain fantastic! She’s been hurt, by family no less in the worst possible way. I cheered for her with all my heart because I so wanted to see her have the happiness that she so richly deserved.

Craft is swoony, angsty and powerful. Such a fun read! Adriana has written another wonderful family story that pulled me in and would not let go until I read the very last word. It is warm and full of emotion. It has its heartbreaks and tears, too, but when I sat down my kindle, I sighed the happiest of sighs. The Gibson series is small town living, family and love at its absolute best. Something tells me this series is only going to get better with each Gibson’s story that Adriana tells, and I cannot wait.

FANTASTIC, Adriana!

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They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Review – Then There Was You by Claire Contreras

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This was stunning. This was Claire Contreras at her FINEST. As much as Rowan said that he did not bleed, my heart bled, broke and sighed for him and for Tessa. The twists and turns in this story had me on the craziest, most intense roller coaster of emotions. From overwhelming love, to white hot anger, to profound sadness… to the unbelievable ending that rocked me right off my feet and left my jaw hanging to the floor.

Rowan was born with his duty hanging over his head. He was raised and well groomed to know his place at the head of the family business, taught to forsake all things that could possibly make him happy… friends, fun, and yes, love. His responsibility to family would take him away from the girl that he couldn’t stop himself from wanting. Tessa knew in her heart that she belonged with Rowan. She wanted him as much he wanted her, but like Rowan she had responsibilities, too. Her dreams would lead her away from home to an Ivy League education but would destroy her own family in the process. Returning home from school with her family in ruins she wants nothing to do with Rowan but can’t seem to stay away from him, even though she hates him almost as much as she loves him. There’s no denying the chemistry between them, no putting off the inevitable reunion even if that reunion ends in heartache.

When his family gives Rowan an ultimatum, he has to decide between duty to his legacy and the love that will change his life. Decisions have consequences and the cliffhanger ending of this book is so ridiculously painful that it took my breath away, broke me and left me a sobbing mess, clamoring for the next book and sending messages to Claire to PLEASE hurry, hurry, hurry!

Then There Was You consumed me, left me in a daze hours after I had finished the last words. The secondary cast in this book are so much a part of the angst driving this story. The family business takes on a life of its own and I found myself resenting it. There were moments when I was so frustrated I was screaming at my kindle and moments when the romance and remembrance of sweet times past left me smiling. This story is brilliant, beautiful, ugly and bitter all at the same time.

And I want more.

Well done, Claire.

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”

I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.

“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”

“Hm.”

All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed. 

“I’ll be right out.” 

I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water. 

Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me. 

He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.

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Review – Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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From the very beginning of this book, I knew that Harlen and Harmony were going to be so very special. I was so not disappointed at all in the love story between Nico’s little girl and the bearded bad ass. I was swept under from the very first page and found myself sighing and stupidly smiling as these turned their relationship from that of very best friends to a love that set the pages on fire.

Harmony is so different from all the previous Mayson girls. She’s a planner, a thinker… she’s practical and thrives best when she’s in control. I admired her strength and determination. We meet her when she has finished nursing school and wants to return home to work and be closer to her parents and family. She had met Harlen previously and was drawn to him. She took care of him and he was just as drawn to her. But he understood something so important – he had to build a solid foundation with Harmony or he would never have a chance to love her the way he wanted to.

The greatest love is most definitely built on the greatest friendship. Harlen is someone that I wanted to be friends with. He’s loyal, protective, so very caring. Quiet and steady in his own way. But alpha – definitely alpha. He fits into the Mayson clan like a hand fitting into a leather glove. Perfectly. When he decided that he wanted Harmony and that he was tired of waiting, Harlen stopped at nothing to make Harmony his. The girl never stood a chance when the BOOM came. It was awesome!

Oh, this book is classic ARR. Sassy, sexy, and sensual. The chemistry that Harlen and Harmony have is just as white hot as their friendship is unbreakable. It’s so heartwarming and so easy. The Mayson’s have such a strong bond. Family is everything to them. It’s so wonderful to feel that bond throughout the series. Each book only solidifies those ties that the Mayson’s have built.

This story was wonderful. Terrific pacing, an amazing love story. Seeing Nico and Sophie is always such a treat – they love their children so very much. Plus there’s that extra little tease at the end. Cobi can’t get here fast enough.

FANTASTIC, Aurora! BOOM!

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Harmony Mayson isn’t the kind of girl to take unnecessary risk, but after meeting Harlen MacCabe, she starts to wonder if maybe she should be. The more time she spends with the wild and free biker, the more she starts to crave the freedom he gives her… And even more, she starts to crave him.

Harlen lives his life on his own terms. After losing both his parents at an early age to a robbery gone bad, he knows how precious life is, and he’s determined to get as much out of it as he can. When he runs into the beautiful Harmonyand finds out she’s moving to town, he knows it’s time to take his shot. She thinks he only wants to be friends, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

What Harmony and Harlen don’t know is that their time might be cut short. Revenge is in the air, and someone won’t stop until a debt is settled.

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Review – Breathe You by Celeste Grande

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Breathe You by Celeste Grande

My rating: 6 of 5 stars


You never feel the dark until your light is gone.

Here I sit after finishing Breathe You by Celeste Grande, my heart still beating to the tune of this BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN BOOK. Breathe You blasted through me like countless cannons catapulting my heart, a heart that pounded out of my chest, where every word pierced me everywhere. Tears were etched in my eyes from the emotions that escaped all over the pages like raindrops. I SHATTERED into pieces!!! This heart-clenching tale crushed me so hard that I found it hard to breathe. Breathe You was my SOUL STORM, my sun that shattered the dark clouds, my heart and soul in words.


My light—gone.

Live.
Me.
I did. That was why I was dying.

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Eva is as brave as she is beautiful, and as she goes to battle to bring herself back from the dead, I felt like a friend beside her in her ear of healing. I adored this strong heroine more with every page as she found herself after being so lost.

I cupped his face.

“When I give myself to you again, I want you to have someone that’s whole, not be picking through my fragments.

Blake is a man as beautiful inside as out. If I had to create the perfect hero, it would be Blake. Blake is the light to Eva’s dark, the man to bring the angel back from the devil’s hold, to help his soulmate see the light.

He took my hand in his and brought the inside of my wrist to his lips. My always poetic Blake let the most beautiful words caress the delicate skin.

“I wouldn’t care if you were particles of dust scattered in grains of sand. I’d still fix you.”

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I MELTED into a puddle of tears from these beautiful words that caressed me so much, making my heart leap out of my chest! Blake and Evas’ chemistry and connection are UNDENIABLE. This hero and heroine are built for each other—the truest of soulmates—and I loved them both. PERFECTION!

”I’d rather die loving you for even one more day than walk around in this purgatory.”

Breathe You is the HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING love story and journey of a heroine’s metamorphosis from broken caterpillar to bold and brave butterfly, an inspiration to all that can bravely utter ‘me too.’ It’s a journey of shining after shattering. It’s healing after heartbreak. It’s bits of ugly woven with bits of beauty. Breathe You flawlessly BLEEDS BROKEN WITH BEAUTIFUL.

One would think that, without a heart, you’d feel less. But I’d have to rebut that argument. I now knew it to be a falsity because I felt much, much more. I was feeling . . . everything.

I BROKE SO HARD but REVELED IN THE BEAUTY beneath the broken pieces of Breathe You. Celeste Grande took my emotions on an extraordinary journey in Breathe You where I FELT EVERY WORD. This tale took every smile … every sigh … every swoon … every tear …. every feel … EVERYTHING!!! Oh did I LIVE and BREATHE every bit of Breathe You! I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS for this STUNNING and SOUL-SHATTERING love story that STIRRED MY SOUL and HELD MY HEART, engraving it … ENGRAVING ME. My heart is still stuck in this story and will beat for Breathe You always. The perfect continuation of Live Me, Breathe You is DEEPLY MOVING and UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE.

”You’re my breath when I feel like I’m suffocating, the life in my veins. I live and breathe you.”

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When past and present collide…
And second chances aren’t promised.

Evangelina and Blake shared a fiery, heart-pounding, live-beneath-your-skin kind of love. Until her demons came to find her, ripping him from her life. Alone once again, Evangelina tries to pick up the pieces that remain.

But one missing piece is irreplaceable.

Blake is struggling without his Angel, and every turn is a reminder of a love lost. When the burden becomes too much to handle, he decides to salvage what’s left of him—to walk away.

Hidden truths come to light.
Secrets are revealed.
And the battle of Evangelina’s life is on.

The fight for her freedom.
For her light.
For true love.

But when family is your nightmare, and the demons follow your sins, how do you climb back from the darkness?

You find your strength.
You discover your purpose.
And most important…
You remember to breathe. 

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Celeste Grande grew up loving words. From an early age, it was easy for her to open her heart through pen and paper and come away with something poetic. She never thought anything more than releasing her emotions would come of it though. A workaholic that can’t keep still, in her ‘real’ life, she’s a Certified Public Accountant who dreams of writing sexy books all day long. When she isn’t working, she’s reading, writing, mommying and being a wifey to the love of her life. She’s newly relocated to the state of Florida, but don’t worry, she’s taken her pen with her.

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Review – Live Me by Celeste Grande

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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.”

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Broken…
Shattered…

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. 

Run.

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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