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Review: Blue Hill Blood by Elizabeth Gray

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Henry –
My past is gruesome and unforgettable no matter how hard I try to let go.
Writing is my escape. My only therapy.
When I met my wife, had children, and my career sky-rocketed, I thought I’d never revisit those dark days again.
So, the moment Blue Hill, Maine beckons for me, I go willingly in an effort to write the next big story.
But when a ghost from my past shows up, all of my carefully rebuilt walls come crumbling down hard and fast. My only way of defense is ripped from my grasp as this distraction bounces into my life.
Will I be able to sift through what’s fiction to find reality?

Eli –
I’m a serial killer. A victim of narcissism and the need to satisfy my own urges. I have a thirst to snuff out the lives of those that remind me of her—the woman that ruined me—and I take great pleasure in quenching that thirst.
I have no rules. No parameters. I do as I please.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Henry McElroy, is my god. His sick, twisted mind constructs the world to which I rule. I would be nothing without him—my dark creator.

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What happens when Henry McElroy’s story begins to take a realistic form the moment he sets foot in the sleepy, seaside town in Maine? As soon as he begins sharing excerpts of his book with his fans on social media, including an obsessive one he meets in Blue Hill, bodies begin to stack up in similar fashion to that of which he writes about. Will the blame be placed on the town’s newest and most twisted visitor? Or will Henry be able to prove his innocence and clear his name before it’s too late?


My Review

BOOM! My mind has been blown! I can’t even right now! I have no words. Like what did I just read?? 

I’m going to be honest with you, I had no real idea what I was going into when I picked up this book. All I knew was that one of my favorite authors was writing a new series under a new pen name. Who is this author, you might ask? It’s author K. Webster. Now, if you know me, then you know that I am a big, huge fan of her books. But, let me tell you, this book; it’s unlike anything you’ve read from her before!

Blue Hill Blood is unique. It is dark. It is twisted. It will blow your freaking mind. This is not a hearts and flowers type of book and is definitely not for the faint at heart.  I found myself on the edge of my seat from the very first page. That’s right. The. Very. First. Page. From that moment I was hooked. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. All I knew was that I had to read more. And the more I read, the more desperate I was for information.

Blue Hill Blood is well written and captivating. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will easily get lost in the world and characters that Elizabeth Gray has created. This story will mess with your mind as you try to put all the pieces together. The twists and turns will keep you guessing right until the very end.  And let me tell you, the twits; they just kept coming. By the end of the story, I was high-fiving myself for figuring out what was going on. I didn’t know all of it, but I was right for the most part.

Blue Hill Blood is one of those books that it’s best to not read spoilers for. And trust me, there are so many things I want to gush about and discuss right now. But, I’m not going to do that. You need to go into this story blind. Enjoy the thrill of solving the mystery. The only little tidbit that you’re going to get from me is this: If you liked the movies Gone Girl or The Usual Suspects, you are going to love this book.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Day Blitz and Review: Life Rewritten by Andrea Johnston

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Title: Life Rewritten
Author: Andrea Johnston
Release Date: Aug 20, 2015
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I never thought that, at 40, this would be my life. Mourning the loss of the man I vowed to love for life was hard enough. Online dating, starting a business, and falling in love was never the plan.
 
Victoria Bennett has been blessed with a loving husband, a wonderful son and amazing friends. Always the organized planner, Victoria was thrown life’s curve ball when she found herself a widow and single mom before 40. After mourning the loss of her husband and rejoining her friends and family in her once simple life, Victoria finds herself venturing into the world of online dating with little success.
 
After hanging up her keyboard and focusing on new experiences and hobbies, Victoria is as surprised as everyone else when her favorite pastime leads to a new career and passion for life. When a friendship turns to romance, her life is once again thrown for a loop. Like everything new in her life she takes on the relationship with gusto, and a series of mishaps. 
 
Victoria soon learns that sometimes the life you’ve planned isn’t the life you lead. It is still your life, just your life rewritten.


My Review

“I feel powerful. It’s almost as if he believes I can do more than I really can. I feel this awakening within me and it scares the shit out of me. There’s no other way to explain it other than I feel like I am standing at the edge of a cliff ready to jump but I can’t see the bottom. It’s an abyss and I don’t know if I can take the leap.”

Life Rewritten is the debut novel of Andrea Johnston and was a fantastic read. The writing is smart, entertaining, and funny. The story-line was so engaging and had me laughing my ass off from literally the first page. Life Rewritten is Victoria’s story. At 40 years of age, she never thought that she would be finding herself starting over. Finally listening to family and friends, Victoria decides to take the plunge and start on-line dating. And let me tell you, her dates were hilarious. Don’t get me wrong, I felt terrible for Victoria, but at the same time, I couldn’t help, but want her to continue to go on bad dates. The stories were a riot! Just when Victoria is ready to give up on love, she finds love in an unexpected place…..

I absolutely adored Victoria. She was so easy to understand and connect with. She was a woman after my own heart, always having things organized and keeping lists. I loved her strength and the way she handled life’s curve-balls. I admired how she was able to just let go and accept that she has to move on; that she doesn’t want to be alone forever.

Dillon was an absolute breath of fresh air. He came into Victoria’s life at just the right moment. He became the friend and support that she needed. He really listened to Victoria. And I loved the chemistry that the two of them shared. Dillon totally made my heart swoon.

Life Rewritten was a quick and easy read for me. You could tell that the author put a lot of heart and soul into the book. I thought the story-line was refreshing and captivating. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This story made me laugh, smile, swoon and brought tears to my eyes. It is also very light on the drama, but has one really great twist; one I totally wasn’t expecting.

Life Rewritten is one of those books that when you get to the end, your heart will be happy and you’ll be left with a big smile on your face. It will remind you that sometimes life doesn’t go as you planned it. It doesn’t mean you have to stop living. It’s still your life, you just have to rewrite it. I can not wait to read more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the author, in exchange for an honest review*


Everyone manages to keep me distracted and on task for a solid thirty minutes. With how I’ve been feeling, that is quite the success for them. When the doorbell rings I’m a little taken aback. It is far too early for the guests and if they are already arriving, what am I going to feed them? Lunch at 10:30 in the morning? I guess, but I could go for those baked goods and Sara isn’t here and … just answer the door. Relax. I head to the door feeling as nervous as I did the day I took my driver’s license test. It’s like a swarm of butterflies has taken up residence in my stomach while a dragon flaps its wings next to them. Basically, I want to throw up.
 
What lies before me is a shock. All six-foot something of him, swirly blue eyes, and dressed like a gift from the hunk heavens … Dillon.
 
“Mornin’,” he says with that toothpaste-commercial smile. Oh boy.
 
“Hi. Uh, what are you doing here? What’s all that?” I say, pointing at the bags of what appear to be groceries he is holding. Groceries? Has word gotten back to him that I am not exactly Rachael Ray in the kitchen? We’ve been spending afternoons together working on my plan and I suppose becoming friends, yet none of this has come up. We don’t really get too personal, just talking about movies, my love of books, baking, and our town.
 
“Goodies for your guests. Well, not quite, but the ingredients to create them,” he replies with a simple shrug and a move into the house.
 
I step aside and hear Justin chuckle and whisper, “Close your mouth, Mom, it’s just groceries.” Justin gives Dillon the “what’s up” nod as he’s heading to the kitchen.
 
“Ello, ladies. Beautiful mornin’, isn’t it?” Dillon says as he starts emptying his bags. He wasn’t kidding, he even brought his own measuring cups. Just because I choose to eat culinary treats created by others doesn’t mean I don’t have the means to create my own. I have measuring cups, for goodness sake. Of course mine are from Target and hot pink, but that is neither here nor there.
 
Anna kicks my shin while I hear Charlotte giggle. Apparently I’m still standing there with my mouth open. Classy. “Hello, Dillon, it is a lovely morning. Isn’t it, Victoria?” Anna asks as I give her the evil eye and pull up a chair. Not one to be deterred by my so-called evil eye, Anna continues, “So, Dillon, what brings you by?”
 
“Well, I knew Sara was supposed to bring the treats for today and to be honest I couldn’t see her here. She has referred to reading as ‘so, like weird and scary.’ Plus, I feel compelled to see this first day through. Plus, I wanted to be here to help Victoria with Pages and Quiet if she needed it.”
 
He says all of this without a single misstep as he moves with ease about my kitchen. I’m sure my kitchen appreciates his presence. Dillon begins pouring ingredients into a bowl, never once pausing to squat down and check his measurements. Show off.
“What better way to get people to relax than the smell of freshly baked muffins? Don’t you agree, ladies?”
 
Oh sweet baby jeebus. He’s going to bake. In my kitchen. He could only be sexier if he mopped the floors after. Get it together, girl, he’s just a guy. Barely a friend and definitely not interested in a forty-year-old single mom with a fondness for spending her nights with a pint of ice cream and book.
 
“Well, don’t let us stop you. We’ll just be right over here watching the show,” Anna coyly replies.
 
A show is putting it mildly. The three of us sit there like we are watching the creation of a new civilization. He’s a master with a whisk. How is he not getting stuff all over him? I have to shower, spray down the kitchen, and still don’t get everything clean after I make some break ‘n bake cookies. And is it normal to find forearms sexy? There’s a hint of a tattoo above his shirt sleeve. And Charlotte has already whispered how he must obviously work out to have that chest. I’m ignoring her assessment. I couldn’t care less if he’s just blessed, I could watch this show all day.
 
“Victoria?” I hear my name but I’m so focused on those arms it takes yet another kick to the shin before I look up, thoroughly embarrassed when I realize Dillon has been talking to me.
 
“Sorry. I just spaced out for a sec. What was that?” Please don’t ask me anything that requires me to leave the room. I don’t want to miss any of this.
 
“I was asking if you wanted to come over here and help me. That way you’ll be honest with your guests when you say you made muffins.” Swoon. I’m swooning. And apparently, so is Charlotte because she lets out the sigh I am holding in. Suddenly I hear hysterical laughter coming from the doorway. Justin. He’s lucky I love him.
 
“Justin, really? Is it really that funny?” I ask as I stand and face him with the best Mom face I can manage.
 
“Mom, it really is. I don’t think Dillon has any idea what he’s asking and I think I’ll go outside and play with Tilly just to keep her safe,” he says as he grabs an apple and heads out the back door.
 
“Don’t mind him, come over here and help me. Nothing will feel sweeter than proving him wrong,” Dillon says with a big grin.
 
I want nothing more for Dillon to be right. I grab my apron off the hook and tie it as I make my way to his side. He looks at my apron and lets out a chuckle as he shakes his head. I look down and can instantly feel the blush creep up my neck to my cheeks. “Wine Not” is displayed directly across my chest. I love this apron and really, “wine not”.
 
Over the next thirty minutes Dillon patiently tries to help me melt chocolate. I don’t care what anyone says, anyone can catch a pot of chocolate on fire. Dillon ushers us out of the kitchen so he can finish just as the first guests arrive.

Andrea Johnston spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a pen to paper. An avid people watcher, her mind is full of stories that yearn to be told.  A fan of angsty romance with a happy ending, super sexy erotica and a good mystery, Andrea can always be found with her Kindle nearby fully charged.
Andrea lives in Idaho with her family and two dogs.  When she isn’t spending time with her partner in crime aka her husband, she can be found binge watching all things Bravo and enjoying a cocktail. Nothing makes her happier than the laughter of her children, a good book, her feet in the water, and cocktail in hand all at the same time.

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Blog Tour and Review: Relinquish (Embrace #1) by S.E. Dean

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Title: Relinquish (Embrace, #1)

Author: S.E. Dean

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23250360-relinquish

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Kingston “King” James is THE male supermodel. He’s at the top of his game, yet he’s bored. Money and fame come easy, women even easier — until her.

She’s everything he thought never existed…

For Phoenix Ryan every day is a reminder of heartache, of all the agony that poisons her soul. She’ll go to any length to appear strong, including convincing herself that she’s actually living —until him.

He’s everything she can’t stand…

As their lives relentlessly cross will they give in? Will they Relinquish?

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My Review

“Sometimes I feel like the scar is visible on my skin, as if I’ve been marked by despair, the equivalent of a scarlet letter forced upon me for all to see and be forewarned of how broken I really am.”

What a fantastic debut novel! I am seriously blown away!

Relinquish follows the story of Phoenix and King. King is a model. The “IT” man. King is cocky, so full of himself. So, when he meets Phoenix, she knocks his world off it’s axis. King is used to people always wanting something from him. He will quickly realize that  Phoenix is unlike any women he has ever met. She’s feisty, she tempts and challenges him. She is just everything…..Everyday for Phoenix is a painful reminder of the life that she used to have. She is no stranger to tragedy. She tries her hardest to remain tough, strong. Just living one day at a time. Meeting King changes everything. He challenges her. He makes her feel things, come alive. Bringing out a glimmer of the women she used to be. The chemistry between the two of them is explosive and will have you turning the pages to find out how things will play out between the two of them. Their story, so captivating. You can’t help, but get lost in it.

I am still so surprised that this is the first novel for SE Dean. I mean, it is so well written and has great flow. The story-line is great. The characters are fun, especially the secondary ones. I would love to see more of  Mav, Tatum and Cam. They were all amazing, supportive friends. I really hope that they will get their own books in the future.

Relinquish was a quick and easy read for me. It had just the right amount of angst, romance, steam, sexy times, and suspense. As well as a few twists that will leave you breathless, questioning everything. Seriously, it’s one of those forget everything that you think you know kinds of twists. The kind that will leave you confused, wondering what the heck is going on, just to blow your mind completely when given the answer. The twist. OMG! The twist. Did I see it coming? No, I did not! It is such a good one! I think I am still in shock. All I can say is bravo! Seriously, well done. Relinquish is the debut novel for SE Dean and I for one, can not wait to see where she will take us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Love Between The Sheets Promotions, in exchange for an honest review*


Excerpt

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“Aw, Kitten,” he places his hands on both sides of my face, “Don’t be mad, I had to make sure you couldn’t leave…and I really don’t regret one fucking bit of it. Seeing you like this is worth it,” he says as he leans in to place a quick kiss to my lips.

“You’re straight up crazy, you know that, right?”

“That’s debatable.”

“No, there’s no debate, you, sir, are fucking cuckoo for cocoa puffs.”

“Uh huh, that has to be the lamest thing I’ve ever heard come out of your mouth.”

My jaw drops at his ribbing. “Dick!” I yell as I smack him in the arm.

“Okay, sorry…but it’s the truth.”

I smack him again, “Watch it, mister, I bite.”

“Oh, don’t threaten me with a good time, Kitten,” he says with a gleam in his eye.

“Good God!”

The doorbell rings. “Saved,” he laughs, “Ready to eat?”

I walk away from him, and out of his bedroom, doing my best to sashay my ass as I pass, and throw over my shoulder, “I have something you can eat.”

He growls, fucking growls so low and deep that the tingling is back between my legs. He snatches my upper arms and flings

me backwards to him, my back to his bare chest.

“Careful, Kitten, I already want to make sure your pussy feels me there for the next week. Keep that shit up and I’ll make sure you ache from my cock for the next fucking year.”

Playlist

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About The Author

S.E.SE Dean lives in the Midwest with her husband, two small children, and their bed-hogging dog, Harley. To add to the craziness, last year she decided to go back to school to fulfill a dream of a graduate degree in nursing, and is currently striving towards that goal (pass the coffee and antacid please!). Her love of romance novels led her to writing, and she has plans for many more books in the future.

If SE isn’t working, studying, or being a “super-hero mom” (as dubbed by her eldest – no pressure! Thanks kid!), you can often find her gulping down her beloved Starbucks, glued to her Kindle reading a saucy book, offering free sarcastic comments, cheering on her favorite basketball team, or watching titillating movies.

SE is currently working on the next book in the Embrace series, and can’t wait to share the story with you!

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSEDean

Twitter: www.twitter.com/SEDeanwrites

Instagram: https://instagram.com/authorsedean

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SEDean

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Blog Tour & Review: Always You by Stephanie Rose

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 Title: Always You

Author: Stephanie Rose

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2015

Synopsis:

To Samantha Christensen, Lucas Hunter was always the guy—the sexy, smart and unattainable man she pined for throughout college. To Lucas, she was a treasured friend, a younger sister he felt the need to protect. She had a choice—to wait and hope, or to settle.

When they meet again years later, Lucas looks at Samantha and sees a woman he wants—even though she’s not free to take. As they renew their friendship he finds he’s falling hard, and can’t accept any less than all of her.

Samantha realizes there’s hope with Lucas. Will she finally have a chance to be happy with the man she’s always loved, or will obligations and insecurities stand in their way?

Can Samantha and Lucas convince each other that they belong together? That it was Always You?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22922491-always-you

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My Review

Always You follows the story of Samantha and Lucas. Samantha has had a crush on Lucas for as long as she has remembered, but he has never once looked her way. When Lucas gets an opportunity to move to the west coast, Sam finally decides that it’s time to move on. She moves on with Marc. At first things seem wonderful. He’s the perfect guy. They fall in love, get married and have a baby. Now, many years later, Sam and Marc’s marriage is slowly deteriorating. He’s jobless, mean and just plain lazy. He’s out all the time and doesn’t even take his wife into consideration. And worst of all, he acts as though his child is a burden. Why, oh why does Sam stay with Marc, you wonder? The answer is simple. She does it for her daughter.

Lucas has always had feelings for Sam. He’s always treasured her and felt the need to protect her, but the timing was never right. Years later, Lucas finds himself back home. When he meets Samantha again, he finally sees what he’s been missing all along. Only the problem is that she’s married. The more time they spend together,the more they fall into the easy friendship that they’ve always had. They’re both trying to fight what they’re feeling, but are both falling hard. When life throws Lucas and Samantha the opportunity for happiness, will they grab on to it with both hands? Will Samantha finally get the life that she deserves?

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What an amazing debt novel by Stephanie Rose. The writing in this story is so captivating, so real, so palpable. When I read words like these:

“No!” Lucas yelled as a tear ran down his cheek. “You’re mine, Samantha–and I’m yours. You, me, Bella. We’re a family. My family. This is not what you think it is. I would never hurt you like that. I love you so much. Always you. You’re my life, my everything, my fucking world. I’ll never let you go. I can’t. I won’t.”

I couldn’t help but be hooked. This is one of those stories that sucks you and you can’t help but read every last word. I devoured this book. I savored every last word. I was rooting so hard for Samantha to get the life and love that she always deserved.

“I love you because of the way you look at me–like I’m a superhero who can do anything. I love you because I can’t picture my life without you”

“Superheros need a girl they can save, so she can save them right back.”

Lucas and Samantha’s road to HEA was not an easy one. They had so many obstacles and insecurities to overcome. I was hoping and praying that things would work out for them. They are exactly what a second chance romance should be.

Always You is such an amazing read. I have been looking for a really good, angsty read and this one more than delivered. I loved the characters. They were so real and easy to relate to. Their situations captivating, pulling at my heart and never letting go. Always You is a beautiful story of friendship, love, finding that second chance and never giving up. The perfect amount of angst and romance. As I said before, this is an amazing debut novel and I can not wait to read more from this author in the future!

*I received an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


Excerpt

“Shit, Sam! Baby Girl, are you okay?”

God, please no. Calling me Baby Girl now was like sticking a knife directly into my already broken heart. Lucas lifted me off the ground to help me stand. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. I always loved when he did that, but now it hurt like hell. It was torturous, but I let myself feel him one last time. I wanted to remember the way he smelled, how his arms felt like home—but he wasn’t my home anymore, and it killed me to know that.

I pushed out of his hold and looked at his face. His beautiful face. His blue eyes were still glassy, but they were red now. I didn’t want to believe what I saw. I wanted to look at the unshed tears growing in Lucas’s eyes and think it meant he really loved me, and he would never ever hurt me.

I saw an empty cab coming up the block and raised my arm to hail it. I must’ve fallen hard as blood trickled down my wrist when I held my hand up. The cab slowed to a stop and I headed to the curb where it waited. I willed myself to stop crying at least until I got inside.

Lucas grabbed my arm again, shaking his head. “You can’t leave like this.” His voice was cracking. “I need you, I love you. You know me, Sam.”

I shook my head sadly. “No. No, I don’t.”


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Playlist

Alone – Heart

See You Again – Carrie Underwood

Still Into You – Paramore

(You Want To) Make A Memory – Bon Jovi

Come To Me – The Goo Goo Dolls

Run – feat. Sugarland – Matt Nathanson

Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth

Lonely Tonight (featuring Ashley Monroe) – Blake Shelton

Colorblind – Counting Crows

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Stay – Rihanna

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye

Start of Something Good – Daughtry

I Touch Myself – Divinyls

Hanging By A Moment – Lifehouse

It Was Always You – Maroon 5

Superman Tonight – Bon Jovi

Endlessly – Green River Ordinance

Love Someone – Jason Mraz

Almost Is Never Enough – Ariana Grande

Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Agullera

Without You – Max

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Sorry – Buckcherry

All I Wanted – Paramore

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

All In – Lifehouse

By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

Turning Page – Sleeping At Last

Marry Me – Jason Derulo

You & I (Nobody In The World) – John Legend

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

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About The Author

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Stephanie lives in the Bronx, New Yourk with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.

Her day job is marketing, but she always has a story in her head.

This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock

After spending most of her youth watching soaps, Stephanie has an obsession with angsty drama and hot romance.

She’s excited to finally bring the characters she’s been dreaming about to life!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8475934.Stephanie_Rose

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Stephanie-Rose/691969940883030

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephRoseAuthor

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/StephanieRose


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Cover Reveal: Limitless by Danielle Ione

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By Danielle Ione
Release Date: April 13, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Editor: Elle Christensen
Synopsis

Knox appeared to have the perfect life. He’s a photographer, living on the beach in sunny Southern California, and a father of an intelligent little boy. Although, not everything is as it seems. Underneath it all, Knox lived a lonely life, filled with meaningless moments leading up until the 60 minutes he buys with his son every day. Until he met Emery Jane Suddenly, the black and white world he lived in became brighter and the void of loneliness disappeared. But, Knox holds a secret, one that could crush the promises of a future with the one woman he has grown to love, and the son he would do anything for.

Six years ago Emery Jane ran. She ran from her past, and the secrets that were buried six feet under, from the people she loved and from her own living, breathing, nightmare. Emery Jane longed for a life of normalcy and living in paradise seemed like the perfect place to find it. She never expected to meet Knox, or his little boy. And she definitely didn’t expect to love them so fiercely. As she embraced the unexpected she could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, showing her that life doesn’t always have to be so unnerving. But Emery Jane knows that with secrets, come destruction, and that destruction was knocking on her door. 

 

As their pasts collide, inviting havoc into their lives, their limits are tested as they try to survive. Will the evils that chase them win and bring everything crashing down around them? Can they both fight through the darkness and live a life of happiness?

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Excerpt

The day my son was born, my heart became limitless. My heart was fuller than I could have ever imagined, and just when I thought I had run out of room, it exploded letting that love course through my entire being. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and something I would never get used to. The love, the complete and utter unconditional adoration I felt for him, was enough to flip my world upside down.

I looked at the tiny human I had helped create and everything I knew about life changed. Suddenly the grass was greener, food tasted better, the world was brighter, and everything was…happier. I was no longer focusing on the negatives in life; everything was positive and so full of promise, all because of my little boy. Any ill feelings I had been harboring simply dissipated making room for all that was Maddox.

I was walking on cloud nine convinced that from this point on everything was going to be great. My life was going to be perfect, and when it wasn’t, I was going to make the best out of it, not just for me, but also for him.

Maddox grabbed my finger with his small hands, something that made my chest clench with tenderness. And I did what I always do when something comes along that I want to remember forever; I burned it into my memory. Locking it away in that little box in my mind of all the happiest times in my life.

Caressing Maddox’s dark black hair I made him a promise; a promise I intended to keep for the rest of my life.

“I promise to always love you with all that I have to give. I promise to protect you from all of life’s monsters no matter how big or small. And I promise you, baby boy, that I will never stop fighting for you.” I whispered as I rocked my beautiful son to sleep for the last time.

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 Playlist

Speechless  Memphis May Fire

Fighters  Lupe Fiasco

Take Me to Church  Hoizer

Adore You  Miley Cyrus

Ain’t It Fun Paramore

Elastic Heart Sia

Unbroken Promise Eric Baker

Princeton Ave Issues

No Ordinary Love Memphis May Fire

Skin – Rihanna

Sowing Season  Brand New

The A Team Ed Sheeran 

Wonderwall  Ryan Adams

I Still Care for You Ray LaMontagne

Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap

Closer Kings of Leon

Save Him Justin Nozuka 


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I’m a mama of an amazing set of twins, and a wife to a pretty cool dude. I live off of coffee, books, and sarcasm. I mean, there’s no other way to live, is there? I’m not a romantic person, not really anyways. So I always find it humorous that I only read and write romance, as if it were engrained in me. My addiction to reading turned into a love for writing. And in all reality, writing is what keeps me sane. Any spare moment I have in my entirely too crazy life, I spend spilling the words from my head onto paper. I’m working on my debut novel called Limitless, which is my baby, you know besides the two not so tiny babies I actually have.

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Review: Love Hurts by Mandi Beck

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her… 

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them. 

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle. 

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.


My Review

What can I say about this book?? I’ve been seeing quite a bit of buzz about this book on FB and was definitely intrigued by it. So, when I got the opportunity to read this ARC, I couldn’t wait!! And I was not disappointed at all! What a fantastic debut novel from Mandi Beck! I was hooked from the first page. And I mean wow! It was quite a way to start the story. I tried super hard to not devour this book in one sitting, but it was impossible. I was hooked!

Love Hurts was very well written. I thought the characters were fantastic and super easy to connect with. You couldn’t help but want to get to know them all more. I fell in love with Frankie and Deacon instantly. They had such a strong connection and such great chemistry. Deacon is a total alpha male. He knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to protect and keep what he wants.

The title for this book pretty much says it all, love hurts. Real love can be hard and complicated. It’s not always easy. But, when you find that love, you’ll fight with everything you have, even when things aren’t going your way or when it all feels hopeless.

Love Hurts has some scorching, steamy moments and will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I laughed, swooned, was frustrated and shocked. It had some really great twists and turns and the end……it ends with one brutal cliffhanger!! All I can say is when does the next book come out??? This is a great start to this series and I can’ t wait to read more from this author in the future!

*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

*Teaser Credit: Via author’s FB page*

 

Review: Where We Belong by K.L. Grayson

Regret . . . she’s a snarky little bitch.

I’ve tried several times to regret the events that took place on June 5, 2008, but for the life of me, I can’t. I’d never regret the pain, the suffering, or the heartache because it ultimately led me to the place I am now. And I can’t regret the place I am now. What I still can’t figure out is this: how is it possible that the single worst day of my life inadvertently became the very best day?

Five years ago my life was irrevocably changed.

Seventeen minutes was all it took—
to lose my best friend…
to lose the love of my life…

Seventeen minutes was all it took for the seeds of hope—the seeds of my future—to be planted in the worst possible way.

My name is Harley Thompson, and this is my story.

Sometimes when you’re reading a debut novel, it’s either hit or miss. Well, let me tell you, Where We Belong is definitely a hit!! I’m still surprised that this is K.L. Grayson’s first book.

Where We Belong had me hooked from the beginning. I thought to myself, “Oh my god! This book is going to break me”. There was so much angst and heartbreak, just in the prologue. And if you know me, you know I’m a big fan of well written angst. I knew from that moment that I wasn’t going to be able to put this book down.

Where We Belong follows the story of Harley and Ty, best friends since babies. Somewhere along the way, Harley developed more than friendly feelings for Ty and finally gets up the courage to tell him. Unfortunately, Ty did not react the way that Harley was hoping for. He walks away and never looks back. Harley is destroyed and seeks comfort from a familiar face. What happens next will change Harley’s life forever. Now 5 years later, Ty has come home and wants to make up for his mistakes. But 5 years with no word, is a long time. Will Harley be able to forgive Ty for walking out on her and their friendship? Will Harley and Ty finally have their chance at something more????

Where We Belong is a wonderful story of forgiveness, hope and second chances. This story did deal with some very tough issues and I felt that the author handled them very well. The characters were very likable and so easy to connect with. I admired Harley’s strength and how she overcame a very dark period in her life. And Ty…..I loved watching him fight for his second chance with Harley. Their chemistry was undeniable. Their relationship wasn’t easy and they both had to overcome some tough obstacles along the way, but the outcome was more than worth it!

This book will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and has the perfect balance of angst and romance. This is one of those books that once you start it, you won’t want to put it down. Where We Belong is a fantastic debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

*Teaser image via author’s Facebook page