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Review: Defenseless by Corinne Michales

defenselessMy life is a secret.
His life is dangerous.
We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.
Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.
But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.


My Review

“Charlie isn’t the kind of woman you move on from. She draws you in with the brightness of her sun and then leaves you fucking blind. There’s something deep and dark inside of her.”

Corinne Michaels has done it again. Defenseless was so unexpected and has such a different feel from the other books involving these characters. Defenseless is Mark and Charlie’s story. Mark is a man on a mission, wanting to get answers for what happened to Aaron and why things keep happening that shouldn’t. Charlie has intrigued him since the moment she helped rescue Aaron. The two of them share an attraction, an explosive connection. They want to explore it, but can’t because they need to keep their head in the game. But, as time goes on; these two quickly discover that their connection won’t go away. They are defenseless against the way they feel about each other. But, as they give in to what they want, the stakes have gotten even higher…

As I previously stated, Defenseless is so different from the other books that I’ve read by Corinne Michaels. Without going into too much detail, I can tell you that this book will answer a lot of questions. You will get to see how the rescue mission happened and how all the dots will align. Is there romance? Yes, there is tons of delicious, sexy moments. Mark and Charlie do not disappoint. But, there’s more to it than just the romance. There is action. There is drama. There is suspense. There is intrigue. And there are lots of good twists and turns that will leave you wondering who you can trust and who you can’t. This book definitely takes you on one thrilling ride.

Defenseless was a great addition to the Salvation Series, but can be read as a stand-alone. However, I do recommend checking out the other books in this series prior to reading this one, only because, I think you will enjoy Mark’s story even more. I loved getting to spend time with all my old friends from the previous books and seeing how their lives have continued to go forward, has left me with a big smile on my face! Defenseless was a fantastic read. If you are a fan of the Salvation Series, you won’t want to miss out on Mark’s story!

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

Excerpt Reveal: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros

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Excerpt

“I’ve never been able to hold back with you. It’s always been full measures or nothing. No halfway bullshit.”

She ran her fingers through my hair, and I groaned when she scratched her nails lightly over my scalp. God, it felt so damn good.

“I’ve always loved that about us. We’re all in. Always.”

“Yes.”


“But that’s not ugly. Nothing you’ve told me is ugly.”

My stomach dropped, and we passed through the station on route to Peak Eight. I looked up to the green mountains, their beauty overwhelming, their sheer size distorted because we were too close to accurately gauge their mass.

“Even knowing everything we have, this incredible love that we share, our beautiful life that we’re building…” I shook my head and looked down at her knees.

“Josh.” She tipped my chin. “I’m here. No matter what you’re about to say.”

“Medevacing the wounded… Ember, I’ve found my purpose. I’ll always go when they call. How many deployments can you wait through? How many times can I leave you?”

Fear streaked through her eyes, but she masked it before I could question her. “As many as it takes. I would rather sit home and wait for you, than spend a lifetime with anyone else.”
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New Military Romance from Rebecca Yarros in Hallowed Ground (Book Four) of the

Flight & Glory Series releasing January 25th!

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Blurb

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he’s craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

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About the Author

rebecca yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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Sales Blitz: Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

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In anticipation of the January 25th release of Hallowed Ground, the newest stand alone to the Flight and Glory Series,  Rebecca Yarros has placed Full Measures (Book One) ON SALE.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to grab this beautifully written, emotional military romance about love, loss and survival for ONLY $0.99!

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She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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Full Measures Hallway Scene  – Josh POV

The tile floor was cold under my bare feet as I leaned back against the kitchen counter, eating even colder ice cream. Muffled voices came from the entry hall, which probably meant Jagger had another girl over. Not that I cared, but it was a harsh reminder that the only girl I wanted was literally a wall away and wanted nothing to do with me.

Then again, after watching her set that shirt on fire yesterday, I was beginning to think it was less me she was angry at and more the entire world. I got it, really. She’d lost her dad, her mom wasn’t functioning, and she couldn’t get a moment peaceful enough to get her feet under her. She was frustrating as hell, and I couldn’t even blame her for it. Stronger women would have crumbled under what she’d been handed. So I flipped Jagger off when he’d asked me if we needed to call Oprah about my “manpain,” ate ice cream like a heartbroken girl, and tried not to fantasize about licking it off Ember. Looks like I failed that one, too.

“Barbies?” Ember’s voice came through clear as a bell, and I nearly dropped my spoon. Chills ran down my arms, and it wasn’t because of the ice cream currently melting on my tongue. Nope, just my skin reacting to her nearness. I licked off the back of the spoon, abandoned the bowl on the counter, and moved to straighten my shirt, but I wasn’t wearing one. I didn’t give it a second thought before I quietly rounded the corner, leaning back against the wall to get a better look at her.

“Walker! You got company!” Jagger called out, not realizing I was right behind him. Then again, neither did Ember, which gave me a coveted minute to soak her in, adorable bare feet and all. “Just in case he isn’t what you’re looking for… My name’s Jagger.”

“It’s nice to meet you, Jagger.”

“Oh, it’s my pleasure.”

Oh, hell no. I knew that voice on Jagger, the one that sought any good-looking woman in a five-mile radius, and couldn’t stay quiet. “Jagger, back the fuck up off Ember.”

His head dropped a fraction of an inch, just enough to let me know he’d heard me stake the claim. I’d pulled some kindergarten shit and basically licked her like a snack I didn’t want to share — I didn’t give a fuck if it was immature.

“And another one bites the dust,” Jagger said as he passed by me. He shot up his eyebrows in question, and I answered with an almost indistinguishable nod. Yes, this is the girl I’ve been talking about.

He laughed so quietly I almost missed it. Almost. Laugh it up. One day it will be you.

I locked my gaze on Ember and waited to see what she would do. She was like a wounded animal, and every time I reached my hand out, she’d bite, so this time I’d let her move first. It took every ounce of willpower I had not to move toward her.

She walked inside the entry hall, stopping close enough for me to kiss. Damn, she was beautiful. I would have killed for even a hint of what was going on behind those blue eyes. She blinked, but stayed silent.

I reached out before I could stop myself and palmed her cheek. “December?” Damn if she didn’t lean into my touch. It was there, the crackle of energy, the invisible tie that kept me tethered to her no matter how hard or far she pushed me away.

Her breath hitched as she turned into my hand, her lips parting as she skimmed over my skin, inhaling. Want slammed through me, and I forced it back on the bench. I wasn’t sure why she was here, or what she needed, but it wasn’t me pouncing on her.

Or maybe it is. I barely finished the thought before her mouth was on mine, hard and insistent. I was all too willing.

This wasn’t a gentle kiss, or even an apologetic one. It was open, carnal, and I sank into her, desperate to give her what we both craved. A growl ripped from my throat when she sucked my tongue into her mouth. God, she was warm.

I took control, stroking down her curves until her perfect ass filled my hands. With a squeeze, I brought her with me as I flipped to press her against the wall. Then I kissed her like I needed to, stroking her mouth with my tongue the way I’d used my fingers on her body back in Breckenridge—relentlessly and to every advantage.

Her fingers sank into my hair, and she moaned into my mouth, pushing me one step closer to losing what little control I had left. But when she rocked her hips against me, all thoughts of restraint fled. I licked down her neck, savoring her pulse against my tongue and the way she gasped when I gently kissed the patch of skin at the base.

Zip! Holy shit. She unzipped her hoodie, exposing miles of soft skin above her tank top. I picked her up, using the wall as leverage as I set my mouth to the delicate lines of her collarbone. Her taste, her scent, all of her surrounded me, blurring the outside world until there was only Ember.

I met her gaze, her eyes soft and hazed with the same lust streaking through my veins. “Josh,” she whispered, holding my face like I was something precious. I’d been a lot of things to a lot of different girls, but precious wasn’t really one of them, and she was infinitely more precious to me for it.

I set her down but didn’t back away, feeling every curve and hollow against my bare skin, and barely biting back a groan. I wish I’d had a shirt on. Oh, who the fuck was I kidding? Ten shirts couldn’t have protected me from Ember.

I kissed her again, using every ounce of skill I had to make her lose herself in the same way I had. I kept her guessing, never allowing her to settle into the kiss, changing the tempo, the pressure, anything to keep her as off-balance as she had me. She skimmed her fingers down my chest, along the lines of my stomach, and tensed. She dipped her fingers under the band of my flannel pants, and I was ready to rip every piece of clothing off her body so I could get to her skin. Another inch and she’d feel exactly how badly I wanted her.

Damn it. This was way too much, and not anything of what she actually needed. I’d be her whatever, but I had to draw the line when she was doing more harm than good. “December,” I whispered against her mouth, her lips swollen from mine, and pulled back just far enough to rest my forehead against hers. I closed my eyes until I had my body back under control. “I’m fucking desperate to carry you to my bedroom, but I don’t think this is what you want.”

Her eyes flew wide, and her skin stained pink before she hid behind her hands. “What am I doing?”

I got my shit under control, taking two deep breaths before I pulled her hands away. “What are you doing?”

“I came to say I’m sorry for the way I’ve been treating you. Sorry for the mixed signals.” She laughed. “But apparently I jumped you instead, and now I’m sorry for that, too.”

“Sorry for jumping me?” Hell no. I smiled. She could be sorry for pushing me away, for going from hot to cold faster than the kitchen faucet she used to put that fire out yesterday. But I wouldn’t let her apologize for giving me a few minutes to glimpse heaven.

“No. I’m not sorry for jumping you. I’m sorry about my god-awful timing.”

My smile slipped as I ran my thumb across the lips I was becoming obsessed with. “I told you I’m here for whatever you need, Ember. Jumping, apologies, whatever.”

“I’d better get back to studying.”

Boom. She may as well have slammed the door on me, and I retreated a step. “I’d better get in the shower.”

“Didn’t you just…?”

I let my mind wander to the shower, to what I could do to her body, pressed up against mine, water making her slick under my hands – how easy it would be to slide inside her. Stop. “Yeah, but I think I need another one at a different temperature.”

She flushed brighter pink. “Oh. I’m sorry about that, too.”

I couldn’t stop a grin from overtaking me. “I’m not.” I stepped forward until her back hit the wall, then bent down, a breath away from her lips, from what I knew we both wanted but wouldn’t push for. “If you apologize like that, feel free to treat me like shit any time you want. I will be your personal doormat.”

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New Military Romance from Rebecca Yarros in

Hallowed Ground (Book Four) of the

Flight & Glory Series releases January 25th!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1OVPJ0w

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** View Hallowed Ground Trailer HERE **

rebecca yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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Review: Wicked Lust by Sawyer Bennett

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Cain Bonham is as big and bad as they come. After serving in the Marines, he’s returned home to Wyoming and now works as head of security at the exclusive sex club, The Wicked Horse. His job is to protect not only the patrons, but to zealously guard the secret existence of the club itself.

Sloane Preston is all about discovering secrets. As an undercover reporter, she’s determined to reveal the truth behind the facade of The Wicked Horse and expose it for all the world to see. She just didn’t count on her pathway into the club coming at the hands of one gorgeously scarred and bad ass bouncer who manages to easily possess her body and soul.

While Cain’s not looking for anyone to catch his eye, Sloane did it all the same, and he’s not bemoaning the fact that she’s as wickedly kinky as he is. As both get caught up in the sinful fantasies that only The Wicked Horse can create, secrets and loyalties will be tested and hearts will risk being broken.

**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.


My Review

Hot. Sexy. Sinful. Downright Entertaining. That is exactly what you get with Wicked Lust. If you’ve read Wicked Fall, then you have a little taste for just how sexy this new series by Sawyer Bennett is. But, I gotta tell you, Wicked Lust completely kicks up the steam and kink factor. This book does come with a warning label and I gotta tell you, this book is off the charts sexy, so reader, you have been warned!!

Wicked Lust captivates you from the very first page. It sucks you and keeps you entertained the entire time. The characters are extremely well written and you can’t help but find yourself intrigued by them. The characters, while their tales are scorching, they are so very real and have flaws just like everyone else. And I love that even though this story is filled with lots of delicious sex, there is also a real story there!

Wicked Lust is a fantastic addition to The Wicked Horse series. It’s fast paced and filled with lots of humor, entertaining banter, characters that you can’t help but want to know more about and of course, sexy good times. And of course, true to Sawyer Bennett fashion, she gave us a little taste of what we can expect in the next story and I can’t wait to see where she will take us next!

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

 

Cover Reveal: Time and Space by Rachel Robinson

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New Military Romance from Rachel Robinson!

Meet Cody & Lainey in Time and Space

on January 18th!

Add to your TBR at:  http://bit.ly/1MRT6Tjtime and space full
Blurb

Several men did Navy SEAL Cody Ridge DIRTY.

Not only did they take his career and his fiancée, they stole everything but his life, and he barely escaped with that.

Cody is back.

As the boss of Ridge Contracting, his life is a blur of adrenaline and endless hours of work. Thriving and successful, he has never forgotten what was taken or who is to blame. His scars run as deep as the hatred in his heart.

Everything Cody lost will be his again. At any cost.

Lainey Rosemont can decorate anything. Your drab bedroom? She’s got it. A rundown shack in the middle of N.Y.C.? Lainey is the woman for the job. Unfortunately her past love life isn’t something she can Feng shui.

She has moved on from her relationship with Cody. It was over–literally buried in the ground. When he comes spiraling back into her life she’s not sure where their limits lie. With her nuptials to the swoony, heartthrob, Navy SEAL, Dax Redding fast approaching Lainey has decisions to make and a past of sinister secrets to confront.

Time changes everything and space apart turns lovers into strangers.

The only thing standing between happily ever after and fate is revenge.time and space teaserAbout the Author

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Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

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Cover Reveal: Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory #4) by Rebecca Yarros

hallowed ground coverNew Military Romance from Rebecca Yarros in Hallowed Ground (Book Four) of the

Flight & Glory Series releasing January 25th!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1OVPJ0w

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Y05StF

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Blurb

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he’s craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

hallowed groundAbout the Author

rebecca yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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Review: Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10) by Maya Banks

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THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome” (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author of When Day Breaks.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they’ve known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock’s true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he’s been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She’s the only woman who’s ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he’s spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”


My Review

When I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew I just knew that I had to read it and I’m really glad that I did. This book had it all: It had action, suspense, and romance.  I loved all the drama and the angst. I will warn you, the first quarter of the book does throw a lot of information at your way, but once you get past all that, it’s smooth sailing.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good read. It was intriguing and held my interest. I did have some issues with the pacing and some of the information that was thrown at you was a bit overwhelming. However, I did find the story-line to be entertaining and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see how everything would play out. This is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

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

Blog Tour and Review: Beyond What Is Given (Flight & Glory #3) by Rebecca Yarros

 

BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN
Flight & Glory #3
Rebecca Yarros
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015
Entangled Embrace

Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.

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My Review

 “She makes me feel like I’m flying my helicopter. Free. Like I’m standing on the edge of something I can barley control, and  it could be the most amazing ride of my life, or I could burn one into the ground.”
What an amazing addition to this series! Beyond What Is Given is beautifully written and captivating. The story pulls you in from the very first page grabs a hold of your heart, refusing to let it go. From the moment I met Samantha and Grayson, I was immediately intrigued by the two of them. They both seemed to have mysterious pasts and demons that ruled their lives. Grayson didn’t make the best first impression on Samantha, but as time went on, the two of them formed a great friendship. However, the chemistry and connection between the two of them refused to stay on a friendly level. The connection they shared demanded to be noticed and acted upon. And let me tell you, these two had scorching chemistry. I couldn’t put my kindle down. I had to see how things would play out with these two. I could only hope that when the truth about their pasts came out, that they would be strong enough to handle the outcome.
Beyond What Is Given really tugged at my heart. This story took me on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. I had so many feels, so many emotions. Samantha and Grayson’s story definitely wasn’t an easy one. Both of their pasts just broke my heart; especially Grayson’s. Grayson’s story brought a whole new meaning to the word complicated, but in the end, I just wanted to see him happy. He was such a good, honest, loyal man and he really deserved a HEA.
One of my favorite moments was this: “Don’t do this. Do not leave me. I will get on my knees if that’s what you need, but don’t give up on us.” “Give me one good reason.” “Because I fucking love you!” The words carried through the room, the hallway, the house, my whole soul. “I’m in love with you, Samantha. You own me, body, heart, mind, soul, whatever there is to give, it’s yours.” This moment is so powerful. So moving. You can feel the emotion and angst of the moment. My heart swooned and these words owned ME. This passage is a perfect example as to why I could not put this book down!
Once again, Rebecca Yarros has completely blown me away. She has once again given me an amazing story that has completely stolen my heart. The characters are complex and broken, but so easy to connect with. I loved the secondary characters; many of whom I’m already familiar and love and adore. There were also a few new faces, that I’d love to hear more about. Fingers crossed on that!

Beyond What Is Given was a really great read. I loved everything about it from start to finish and I can not wait to see where Rebecca Yarros will take us next.


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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

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Review: A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson & BT Urruela

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In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.

These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.

The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.

I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.

A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.


My Review

“Love doesn’t have an expiration date, Katie. There is no cookie cutter for it, and there sure as hell aren’t any instructions. It just is. Who says you can’t fall in love with someone who has already broken your heart? Who says you can’t move on and then fall in love all over again from thousands of miles away via letters and emails? That’s the great thing about love…it finds you. And when it’s true love, it doesn’t just go away, and you just know. You don’t have to wonder or guess, because it just….is”

Stunning. Amazing. Beautifully Written. Rendered Speechless. In Awe. These are the first words that come to mind when I think of my thoughts and feelings towards this book. When I first found out about this book, I was intrigued. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of KL Grayson and when I heard that she was teaming up with BT Urruela to write a story, I knew I had to read it. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

I’ve only had a hand full of books that have just taken my breath away and that have left me speechless. This is one of them. As I’m sitting here trying to write this review, I am trying to think of how to put my thoughts and feelings into words. This is one of those books that I just feel words can not describe it. It’s one of those books that you just have to read and experience for yourself.

A Lover’s Lament is the first collaboration for KL Grayson and BT Urruela and boy has it knocked my socks off. These two make such a great writing team. You can tell that they really put their hearts and souls into the words that they wrote. The characters are real, raw and honest. From the first moment I met Devin and Katie, I was hooked. Their story captured my heart and burned its way into my soul. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them. Their chemistry and connection, strong enough to withstand all the years they were separated. What they shared was undeniable. I just had to keep reading. I had to see how things would go; how they would play out. My emotions were all over the place. KL Grayson and BT Urruela made me feel so many things. And I know this is one story that I will never forget.

A Lover’s Lament is well written, captivating, and is told from dual points of view. It is so much more than just a love story. This is a story about second chances, regret, loss, finding ones self again, forgiveness, hope, and fate. Katie and Devin’s story is everything. I loved everything about their story from start to finish and did not want it to end. I am blown away by the beauty and honesty of this story. I am just in awe of KL Grayson and BT Urruela and I hope, I hope that these two will write together again in the future.

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

Cover Reveal: Ignite (Explosive #1) by Tessa Teevan

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For its two year anniversary and the upcoming release of Fusion, book 5 in the Explosive series, Ignite is getting a bit of a makeover! Along with the new cover, it has been revised and re-formatted! And stay tuned! Ignite will be just 99 cents on re-release day!

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New Edition Release Day: October 23, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Models: Cody Callahan

Photographer: Scott Hoover

Cover Designer: Robin Harper at Wicked By Design

Synopsis

In just twenty-seven short years, Alexa Sullivan Tate has already lost the two great loves of her life. One to the Army; the other in a tragic car accident. Two years after the latter, a ghost from the past reappears, igniting feelings in Alexa she’d thought long dormant.

Jace McAllister has spent the last ten years in the Army, defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who once set his world on fire. For him, she’s always been the one who got away. After a not-so-chance encounter places her back in his line of sight, he’s locked eyes on target, and won’t let her go without a fight.

Ten years ago their chemistry smoldered, and now the sparks threaten to light a fuse leading to an explosion between them even Jace can’t control. Not that he wants to. But when love has slipped through your fingertips before, how can you trust it will once again remain?

Will Alexa’s fear of love and loss destroy their second chance at a beautiful future before it can even begin?

Author Bio

Tessa is a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports.  She works for the government during the day, hangs out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and has been married to her own book boyfriend for nine years. If she’s not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world.

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