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Review Tour: Tragic by Devney Perry

Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.W

Alone.

So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.

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My Review

“She needed  strong partner. Someone sure. Someone as sturdy as the wood slabs in my shop. Not because she couldn’t stand on her own, but because a weaker partner would pull her down. She needed someone to lift her higher. Someone like me?”

“I was falling in love with my grouchy, tormented neighbor. I was falling for a man who was sweet and kind. I was falling in love with a man who had a little magic of his own.”

“I always maintained that line in the sand. There were no lines anymore. I would cross them all. Piper Campbell had broken past all my walls and made me fall in love with her. She’d work her way into my broken heart, filling the black holes with light.”

“Somewhere along the line, you stole my heart, I’m going to steal yours in return. Just wait and see.”

Tragic is a beautiful and emotional second chance romance. It is a story that is sure to tug on your heart strings while giving you all the feels.

Told from dual points of view, Tragic follows the story of Piper and Kaine. Fresh from her divorce, Piper wants nothing more than a fresh start and to put the past behind her. She’s not looking for anything serious, but a fling might be just what the doctor ordered to mend her broken heart…..Kaine wants nothing but to bury the ghosts of his past and deal with his grief in his own way. He’s found solitude in the mountains of Montana and is happy with the status quo. All is going according to plan until a new neighbor moves in. When his gruff exterior doesn’t scare Piper away, a fire is ignited in Kaine. Feelings he thought were buried have been put to the forefront. Passion is ignited and lines will be crossed. Will a no strings attached fling be what the doctor ordered or will it turn Kaine & Piper’s world upside down….

Tragic is the kind of story that just grabs you from the very first page. The prologue just tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to read more. Piper and Kaine’s story is the kind that I just love to get lost in. It’s consuming and makes you feel so many emotions. It’s the kind of story you can’t help but devour because you don’t want to put it down. And honestly, there’s nothing better than a second chance romance that digs its heels into your soul.

Piper and Kaine had me from their very first encounter. Kaine’s pain and heartache was so palpable. He was so closed off. In fact, he was quite the jerk at times. He just had so many demons he was trying to keep at bay. But, I just knew under all that gruff exterior was an amazing man. I lived for the moments when he would let you in. Those moments when he was unguarded and real. He was a truly sweet and passionate man. And when he fell in love….oh, boy! All bets were off. And Piper….Ugh! Her story was heartbreaking as well. She had such a big heart and had so much love to give. She could have let her divorce destroy her, but instead, she had this amazing outlook. She wasn’t going to give up. She had a calming way about her and was just the balm that Kaine needed in his life…He just didn’t know it yet.

Together Kaine and Piper were an unstoppable force. Both looking for peace and solace and instead found an all consuming love that they never expected. I loved their passion and determination. Life threw so many obstacles at these two. Both of them hurt and betrayed by the ones they loved. Kaine’s demons really struck a chord with me and I can’t even count how many times my heart broke for him. It was no wonder that he had a hard time dealing with his emotions and didn’t know how to handle the feelings that Piper brought out of him. I just ached for the moment when everything would be ok and those demons would finally be laid to rest. The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for these two, but I truly enjoyed every moment of it. The good. The bad. The ugly. The parts that hurt. Kaine & Piper didn’t just save themselves, they saved each other.

Tragic is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It’s a story of two broken and lost souls just trying to find their way in the world again. It’s a story of healing and forgiveness. A story of escape and learning to move on. It’s a story of taking that leap towards love and fighting for what you want. So many times I found myself with tears in my eye and in the next moment I was swooning over Kaine. Yes, that broody, gruff man knocked me off my feet and I just swooned over the love he had for Piper.

In the end, Tragic is one of those stories that I know will stick with me for a while. It’s so incredibly well written and it’s definitely one of those stories that I would recommend having tissues near by for. Kaine & Piper’s story captivated me and left me speechless. I’m still so full of emotions as I’m writing this review and hope that all of my feelings make sense. I just loved every single moment of this story from beginning to end. If I could give this story a million stars, I totally would. Tragic is definitely a top read for me from this author.

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

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Blog Tour with Review: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Disgrace, an all-new romantic and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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My Review

“Love was a messy emotion that didn’t walk a straight line. It worked in waves and loops of ups and downs. It was a screwy emotion that could somehow still exist amidst the ultimate heartbreak and betrayal.”

“Sometimes, all a person needed was another to listen to their uneven heartbeats.”

“I’ve never seen something that made no sense yet complete sense until I laid my eyes on you together.”

“He kissed me slowly, gently, and filled with love. He didn’t have to say it, but I felt our love. I felt it shoot through my body as his lips pressed against mine. Our souls intermixed and our flames were infinite. It was simple, the way we loved…”

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve found another book to work its way on to my top reads of 2018 list. Disgrace didn’t just exceed my expectations, it blew them out of the waters and it brought me to my knees. Disgrace is hands down one of the most powerful reads I’ve encountered this year and is one that I know will be staying with me long past THE END….

There are moments in each one of our lives that will test us. Moments that will bring us to our knees and moments that will have us questioning just how much more we can endure. And for Gracelyn, she is about to that test. You see, when she married, she married for keeps. She wanted nothing more than to be the perfect wife and give her husband the life he always wanted. But, life had other plans and when things were bleak, her husband turned to another, destroying Grace in ways she could never imagine. And when Grace returns to her childhood home, she still has hope that her life can be fixed. And then Jackson entered her life. Jackson was everything that Grace should stay away from. If the rumors were to be believed, no good could come from associating with Jackson. But, beneath the rumors and his rough exterior stood a man worth getting to know; a man worth fighting for. Jackson wasn’t supposed to make her laugh. He wasn’t supposed to make her smile. He wasn’t supposed to piece her back together. But when Grace’s heart begins to beat again, all bets are off….

Wow. Wow. Wow. I am at such a loss for words. I was prepared for an emotional read, but boy did I not see this book coming. I was consumed by this story from the very first page. My heart ached for Grace and all that she lost. Her story is not easy. It’s painful and filled with betrayal. And when she returns home to heal, the small town gossips run wild. With a smile on her face and a big heart, Grace tried to do what was best. She tried to do the right thing, to be the perfect person, but everyone has a breaking point. And for Grace, I think her breaking point was the best thing to ever happen to her. It woke her up. It made her take chances. It forced her to discover who Grace really was. It opened her eyes to the ugliness of rumors and made her stand up for herself. And just when Grace was about to give up on love, she was presented with Jackson. Now, Jackson is the kind of man that your parents warn you about. He’s gruff, moody and has a terrible reputation. He’s known as the town monster. But, let me tell you, there is so much more to this man that meets the eye. He is the kindest, sweetest, most swoon-worthy man ever. You just have to break down his walls in order to see it. Together, Jackson and Grace shouldn’t work. They are so opposite, but somehow they just mesh. Their broken souls call out to each other and their connection is one that can not be denied. I love, love, loved watching these two navigate their way to a hea. I loved watching them grow and fall in love and be who they were always destined to be. Their path to hea definitely wasn’t an easy one, but man was the journey ever worth it. I just couldn’t get enough of their story and couldn’t help but hold my breath as I was reading through the pages.

Disgrace isn’t just a story about love or second chances. It’s a story about growth and self discovery. It’s a story of pain and loss. It is a story of betrayal and healing. It is a story that will work itself into your heart and will hold on tight. It is emotional and heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It is a story that will bring tears to your eyes and that will have you hoping you wore waterproof mascara that day. It is a story that once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. A story that will have you rooting for second chances, true love and happily ever afters. A story that will stay with you long after THE END.

I have never connected with a story or characters the way I have with Disgrace. I hope that you will take this journey and that you will fall in love with Jackson and Gracelyn as I have.

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

Excerpt:

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“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.

“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”

“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”

“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

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Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

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No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Timesbestselling author Mia Sheridan.
The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kissand then disappeared from her life without a word.
Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.
But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that needand something that looks dangerously like love.
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My Review

“The princess thought she’d been waiting for the prince and yet…and yet, she’d had it all backward. The prince had survived the battle and crawled to the dark cave nearby to hide, where he’d been waiting…to be rescued by her.”

“I wanted to kiss those freckles, each and every one, to touch them with my tongue and know if they tasted like innocence.”

“Then write me love letters with your music. Write me songs that make my heart ache and my soul feel full. If you…if you have feelings for me, express them through your songs. I don’t care. But don’t live a life you don’t want to lead. Don’t become something you don’t want to be. Don’t throw away what we have because you don’t feel worthy of me.”

“I’d asked him to help me, begged him to save me, and he’d sent Jessie, not only to provide friendship and laughter when I needed it the most, but to gift me the joy of music. She’d delivered it straight into my arms, like a messenger bearing miracles, and I hadn’t once recognized her for what she was. My gift. My fate. My love.”

There are so many brilliant and wondrous things that I want to say about this book. But, I don’t know if I will ever be able to truly tell you just how and amazing and unexpected this book was for me. True to Mia Sheridan fashion this book has my heart all tied up in knots, feeling so many emotions. I know when I’m reading one of her books that I should expect to be taken on an incredible journey, but I am utterly floored by just how much I loved this book. More Than Words is one of those stories that just sneaks up on you. You won’t stand a chance. You may as well lock yourself in your room, because you are not going to want to put this book down..

From the moment I picked up More Than Words, I was inexplicably drawn to the characters and the story. I was completely captivated and was dying for more. The lyrical writing and flow of the story just sucks you in. You can’t absorb the words fast enough. This story is so unique, but delivers so many powerful messages. This book is so much more than a love story. It is a story of friendship and hope. A story of the worst pain and heartache. A story of despair and at times hopelessness. A story of demons and hitting rock bottom. A story of longing and love you want to give so badly, but don’t think you deserve. This story is just so much more than I will ever be able to say.

To say I loved this book would be a total understatement. It is the book my heart has been waiting for, but didn’t know existed. The characters will consume you and become a part of you. They are so real and flawed and beautiful. Their struggles and pain are so palpable. You can’t help but get lost in Callen and Jessie. Jessie is the girl who believes in fairytales and happy endings, always searching for an escape in made up worlds. And Callen is the beautiful broken boy who is lost and surrounded by demons, looking for a way out and finds hope in an unexpected place. Their story is complex and will tug at your heart. It will have you feeling so many emotions and at the same time will have you rooting for a happily ever after.

More Than Words has stolen my heart with it’s incredible writing and brilliant characters. It has consumed me and has left me with one heck of a book hangover. For me, this book ties Archer’s Voice for favorite reads and is definitely a top read of 2018.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via Forever Romance and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor #4) by K.C. Lynn

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Title: An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series – Book 4)
Author: KC Lynn
Release Date: March 20, 2017
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Synopsis
She’s the light from his past.
He’s the one her heart has always longed for. 
Trained by the best, Christopher Walker has fought hard for his country and even harder to forget the only girl he’s ever loved. He spent countless nights submerged in death and destruction only to find himself clinging to the memories of her when the darkness crept in. 
When her life is threatened, Christopher will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if it means having to confront his past.
Alissa Malone never thought she would find herself face-to-face again with the only boy she’s ever loved. But she soon realizes Christopher is not the same man he once was. 
His touch is still electrifying—his voice still earth shattering. But there’s a darkness about him that wasn’t there before. A pain he harbors so deep that she can feel it all the way to her soul. 
One fateful moment destroyed his very existence, and only one person will be able to make him realize that what he considers an act of dishonor was truly an act of courage.
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This is Book Four in the Acts Of Honor series, the spin-off series to Men Of Honor. It is not necessary to read all of the other books in the series. However, I do highly recommend that you at least read Resisting Temptation, the third book in the Men of Honor series, since this is where these Characters story began.

My Review

“Mama says there’s always something to smile about, you just have to find it.”

“Whether it was playing the drums or strumming the guitar, he always took me to a sacred place with him. A place he never shared with anyone else but me.”

“The taste of her burns within my blood, reminding me of our past. One we shared. One I lost. And everything I want to take back.”

“Even heroes have the right to bleed.”

Read it with tissues, a glass of wine and a box of chocolate they said. But, even that warning could not prepare my heart for the story it was about to read.

As I sit here trying to put all my thoughts and feelings for Christopher and Alissa’s story,  I realize that sometimes books just speak for themselves. Sometimes there are stories that are so beautiful, so heartbreaking that they just rock you to your core and leave you utterly speechless. Sometimes, the only thing you can say is stop everything you are doing, run and buy this book, read and absorb every painful and beautiful moment.

I’ve been a fan of KC Lynn for many years now and with each book, I set the bar higher. I wonder how she can possibly beat the last book and with each new release, she blows me away.

Christopher’s story slayed me and kept me utterly captivated. It left me breathless and had my heart racing. It is a story about choices and mistakes. It is a story about living and reclaiming the love that you were meant to have. It is a story about family and second chances.

Christopher’s story is the reason why I love to read romance. It is a story that my heart never saw coming and one that I know I will never forget. It was just incredible and is easily one of my top reads of 2017.

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

Excerpt

One minute I’m drumming to a beat I could never play on my own then the next I’m flipped around to face him, his fingers digging into my hips possessively. I gasp, my breath racing as I stare back at him.

Something passes between us.

A decision.

A choice.

No more fighting this.

“Fuck complicated.” His earlier words fall past his lips then our mouths become one.

The connection slams into me, sending my heart reeling. Our tongues duel in a beautiful battle, the sound of our passion filling the air as our past ignites.

A growl erupts from him, vibrating against my lips. “You taste as good as I remember.”

I want to tell him the same thing but can’t. All I can think about is his mouth never leaving mine, not even for a second, or it might kill me.

At this moment, I’m not even sure how I survived so long without it—without him.

He slides the stool closer to the drum set before his hand moves between us and presses on my chest. I seize the opportunity to suck in air and let him guide me to my back, my shoulders resting against the musical cylinders.

His hands move to mine and it’s then I realize I still have the drumsticks gripped tightly in my fists. With a sexy smirk, he pries them both from me, throwing one on the floor but keeps hold of the other.

His dark eyes never sever from mine as he unbuttons the shirt I’m wearing, exposing me to his stare. The cool air whispers over my heated flesh, my nipples straining for his touch.

                “So fucking pretty.” The wild lust in his eyes triggers an intense desire in me.
                 I bite my lip to keep from moaning but all silent caution is thrown out the window the moment he takes the stick and brushes the tip of it over one aching bud.
                Another gasp parts my lips, a fiery whimper purging from me at the cool, hard feel. My back arches, the small touch igniting an inferno in my body.
                “Remember the things I used to do to your body, Alissa? How wet you would get when you’d hear me sing?” he murmurs, dragging the smooth wood down my tummy. “You’d beg me to take your ache away. Remember?”
                “Yes. Do you?” I ask. I’m dying to know. Has he thought of me as much as I have him?
                “Yeah, baby. There isn’t a moment of our time together that I’ve ever forgotten.” 
                His admission has my throat burning and heart aching. Aching at the loss of him, of what we could have had. 
                What we did have. 
                “The good,” he whispers. “The bad.” He slips the stick in my panties. “And the fucking beautiful.” 
                “Oh, god, Christopher.” His name spills past my lips on a cry of pleasure as he glides the stick through my wet flesh, slowly working it against my swollen clit. 
                He plays my body like he plays every instrument. With skilled perfection and grace. Keeping his momentum, he leans down just enough to suck a hard nipple into his mouth. His teeth graze it with a pressure that borders on a beautiful pain and it’s enough to send me over the edge.
                Blissful cries rip from my throat as I’m swept up into an intense storm of pleasure. 

                “Good girl, scream for me, Alissa. Let me have your pleasure because next it’s going to be my cock working this hot little pussy.”

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About the Author
K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love for romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.
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Book Review – Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

“This life feels so damn long”

I have so many things I want to say. I have so many FEELINGS about this book that I just want to let out but I want this review to be as spoiler free as possible for those that haven’t read this story yet. Becoming Calder and Finding Eden are the types of books that need to experienced, rather than read about. 

Finding Eden is the follow up to Becoming Calder, and the epic conclusion to Calder and Eden’s story. After the life changing events of Becoming Calder, we get to see the rest of their story unfold in it’s entirety and discover how their journey will end. 

“I know all the dreadful sorrow inside of you. I live it, too. I know. I know. But I also believe we are going to be okay – we are going to love so hard and with so much intensity, that it’s going to melt away all the pain.”

I was curious about the separation of this story into two parts but after reading Finding Eden I can absolutely see why the author chose to do this. Each story is different in it’s own unique and exceptional way. Separately they are amazing, but together…there are hardly words. This is an intensely emotional story of enduring love and it is the best series I have read this year.

Mia Sheridan’s writing is absolutely flawless and utterly captivating in both Becoming Calder and Finding Eden. At times I felt like my heart was going to burst out of my chest. She has managed to capture the emotions involved in Calder and Edens situation so perfectly that I felt like I was there, alongside the characters, experiencing everything that they were.

Because this was such an emotional story I’m sure there are many curious readers out there who are wondering if this story ends well. All I can say is that while this is an intense read, it was also a beautiful, EPIC love story that has left a mark on my soul. I will not be forgetting this story anytime soon. 

“It felt like a miracle. It felt like destiny.”

**I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mia Sheridan for providing me with an ARC of both Becoming Calder and Finding Eden. I ❤ you for life. 

**Images via Mia Sheridans Facebook page

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ OUR REVIEW OF BECOMING CALDER, YOU CAN FIND IT HERE!

Book Review – Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

From the very first paragraph of the very first page of Becoming Calder, I was completely captivated. This is a powerful story of first experiences, forbidden love, and hopeless situations. It’s about bravery and sacrifice and the lengths that we would go to for the people we love. 

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places… From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

The story starts off with the prologue being told from Edens POV. She’s in a pretty desperate situation and her helplessness screams off the page at you. I had tears in my eyes as I willed her to keep going, to not give up. As the prologue comes to a close, we head back and learn how Eden got to this point in her life…and this is where we meet Calder. 

Calder and Eden are living in a religious community that is cut off from the rest of the world. They have strict rules to abide by which are set by the community’s leader, Hector. They live a simple life with no modern conveniences and are schooled from a young age on obedience, scripture and the virtues of living a simple life away from the evils of the rest of the world. They live their lives for a greater purpose – to serve their Gods so that one day they will live eternally along side them in Elysium.

Calder and Eden both have very different purposes in the commune. Calder is a ‘worker’, a lower member of the community, and Eden is to marry Hector and lead their people by his side. But from they moment Calder and Eden laid eyes on each other they are truly ‘meant to be’. Their paths were always on a collision course and over the years a couple of innocent moments of friendship and warmth develop into something deeper. A love that is so strong and so right that they would forsake everything and everyone to be together. 

“Where do you find your strength, Morning Glory?” 

“From you”

The enormity of the situation between Calder and Eden can be felt throughout every page of the book. I felt on edge and almost breathless at times wondering how this love story could ever work. This is the story of forbidden love at it’s deepest. Their situation was desperate and hopeless. It makes you want to jump in the pages and do something, ANYTHING to help them find their way. I was celebrating small victories one moment and screaming about the injustice of it all the next. 

The world they live in is so far removed from anything most people will experience in their lives but Mia Sheridan’s brilliant ability to weave a story and capture her audience brings it all to life. Their story is completely engrossing and I felt like I was there with them at times. I could see it all play out in my head and I LOVED every second of it. The emotion, the heartbreak, the desperation and love all had me unable to tear my eyes away. 

“Until there is no breath in my body and my bones have turned to dust, you, my love, you and no other,”

Calder and Eden stole my heart, and their story will stay with me for a long time. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story plays out in Finding Eden, which is also due to release on the same day as Finding Calder. I LOVE that Mia Sheridan has done it this way so we aren’t waiting around for a year to learn the fate of Calder and Eden. This story is so emotional that you will be diving into Finding Eden the second Finding Calder is done. 

CHECK OUT MY FINDING EDEN REVIEW HERE   

* ARC received in exchange for review

* Images via the authors Facebook page 

Book Review – More than Forever (More #4) by Jay McLean

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This is the story of a boy, and a girl, falling in love. Or at least it should be. But its more than that.

Wow. There’s just something about Cam and Lucy. In the previous installments in this series Cam and Lucy have always been my favourite. They’re the childhood sweethearts that had been together forever and were always just so happy to be with each other. But there’s so much more to their story. So much more. And finally we get to know Cam and Lucy from the very beginning of their epic love story…

There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. 
A heart so strong it will never slow. 
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn’t enough.
 
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time. 
No sounds of the ticking of a clock. 
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever. 
 
But our forever isn’t always

Where to start…

I have not read a book that has made me feel like More than Forever did in a very long time. One moment I was swooning, then laughing, and then the next I was shedding heartbroken tears for both Cam and Lucy. Cam and Lucy were so perfect, so completely meant to be, that reading about them was like discovering the very definition of soul mates. 

“You still make my world stop, Luce.”

There were so many ups and downs in this book. No one’s life can be perfect, the bad needs to be there so that we can appreciate and fully understand how good the good really is. I loved that this story was told in such a real and refreshing way. Cam and Lucy’s story felt real from start to finish –their experiences, their lives, their turmoil and love. I adored every single minute of it and it was like I was living it right there with them both.

“I’m sorry,” she says.
I try to kiss her, but she pulls away.
She always pulls away.
I want to stay. I want to fight her on this, but I know it won’t do any good. If anything, it would only cause bad.

Cam and Lucy’s story has it all – sweetness, love, angst, humor and heartbreak. But even the angsty heartbreaking moments were so beautifully written that I was completely consumed. I LOVED More than Forever every step of the way and every word I read was perfection. More than Forever is without a doubt the best book I have read in 2014. It just leaves everything else in the dust.  

“Love has no limits. No boundaries. No time. It’s eternal. Forever.”

 

 

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Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family #6) by Marian Keyes

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CALLING ALL MARIAN KEYES FANS!!!! Have you read this..HAVE YOU READ THIS???!?!?!?! Mammy Walsh has always been my favourite character in the Walsh sisters books. She is just BEYOND. She is everything. This A-Z guide has ruled my life this weekend. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. Not even while I read It Happened in Paris by Molly Harper. This series was rounded out perfectly by Mammy Walsh’s very own Walsh family guide. Every second of it was perfection. Marian Keyes you rule my life. Here are a couple of awesome snippets –

“J is for Jumped-up Cauliflower. Or, as Claire insists on calling it: ‘broccoli’. But – and I know this for an absolute true fact because I spoke to a well-known greengrocer about it – broccoli does not exist. It is simply a cauliflower with notion. It is a cauliflower with ‘big ideas’. It is a cauliflower which refuses to accept its limitations. It is cauliflower which has, by dint of its desire to be different, dyed itself green. In short, it is a cauliflower looking for notice.”

“However – without any prior warnin – someone somewhere invented this new type of knicker called G-string. But nobody told me, so when I was doing Rachel’s laundry, I thought I’d done something wrong. I thought I’d somehow ‘unraveled’ a good pair of black lace knickers, so that all of the front was gone, leaving only a bare string of a thing and most of the back was gone too. But no, she says. That’s the way it’s meant to be, and by the way, the bit you think is the front is actually that back.”

 

HAHAHAHA!!!!

Book Review – The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

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Hmm this review is going to be hard to do because I don’t think that anything I write can express how much I loved this book. I’ll try and refrain from  fangirling all over the show, bear with me. It was just that good. 

The resurrection of Aubrey Miller is about a young girl who ends up experiencing more loss in her short life than most people would experience in a lifetime. Desperate to find reason or lay blame for these losses she turns inward. She changes who she is, the way she looks and how she behaves in an effort to keep others away – and, she believes, keep them safe from her.
On her first day of University she meets Quinn and Kaeleb and an unbreakable bond is formed that changes her whole world. Over time she starts to emerge from her self-imposed darkness, find herself and start living again. When death once again rears its ugly head, Aubrey reverts back to her old ways to try and protect herself and those around her.
Will the unconditional love, friendship, and strong bonds be enough to help her heal or will the darkness consume her again…

“I know you’re still in there Bree. And I will find you.”

Ok, deep breathe. WOW…this story was a super emotional read. I am not kidding when I say that, at times, I was bawling so much I had to put the book down and just take a freakin breather. The heartache the Aubrey endures is just so immense that you wonder how she’s still functioning. Some may argue that she is not. While at times I really wanted to jump into the book and tell her “Girl, this is not your fault!” I didn’t feel any frustration towards her. Only empathy. And a little bit of awe. Because I’m pretty sure I would have been rocking in a corner somewhere if I was her. The evolution, or, resurrection of her character was an amazing process to read about. The moment where she finally realises that this is not her fault, it is just life, is such a profound and beautiful moment. I cried then too (of course). 

“Sometimes in life there are these random moments when everything just clicks. When all the fragments or your fractured past fall together, merging in your mind to form a lucid image of your future.”

The supporting characters, Quinn and Kaeleb, each have their owns problems. They each have their own secrets and emotional baggage, but these three friends are amazingly supportive of each other (and fiercely protective). There is no shame, only absolute love.  And ultimately it was love, as well as Aubreys own strength, which eventually pulled her through the darkness.

“I think some people are just inexplicably bonded. Drawn by forces beyond their own comprehension, they have no choice but to gravitate toward one another. Destined by fate to keep crossing paths until they finally get it right.”

The situations and emotions that accompanied each characters story were incredibly relatable to a lot of people. Even if you haven’t personally experienced any of the issues raised in this story, the emotions that came while reading about them was something I think most people can relate back to certain moments of their lives, whether it’s not being brave enough, pretty enough,  strong enough, or just not being enough in general.

“As long as you continue to travel through like in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light shines when you let yourself love and be loved.”

The writing in this book was amazing. The story flowed effortlessly and at times I was almost highlighting whole pages on my kindle because it was all so beautifully written. I would give this book a thousand stars if I could. It’s an absolute must-read for everyone.  But have tissues handy.

(Don’t despair! The story ends with an HEA)

“These ties can’t be broken. Our bonds are secure.”