“I strongly admire the fact that Samuels brought mental illness to the forefront and turned it into a heartbreakingly beautiful and encouraging novel.” – Reader Review
“I am an emotional mess. This book ensnared me from the beginning and enthralled me to the end. The way this writer wrote this story just blows me away.” – Reader Review
Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.
KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her character’s ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.
Creativity is the way to change.
Down On Me, the first standalone in the Man of the Month Series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is LIVE!
Title: Down On Me
Author: J. Kenner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: January 16th
Tight muscles. Vibrant Ink.
Meet Mr. January. Winter’s never looked so hot …
Certified bachelor Reece Walker wants two things—to save the local bar he manages and to get Jenna Montgomery into his bed.
He has a few ideas for the bar. But Jenna . . . well, he’s going to have to rely on cold showers, because she’s been his best friend for years, and that’s a line he just can’t cross.
Until one wild kiss on a dark night changes everything. Now Reece is certain Jenna’s meant to be his.
And with long nights in bed, sensual caresses, and deep, lingering kisses, he sets out to thoroughly convince her that friends can be lovers, too.
**Down On Me is the first in a binge read series by New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and #1 International bestselling author of the million copy Stark series, J. Kenner.
Each book in the series is a STANDALONE novel with NO cliffhanger and a guaranteed HEAT!
But even so, you won’t want to miss any in the series. Because then you can answer the question…
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About J. Kenner
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
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Overall and surprising enough an enjoyable read. See spoiler for why it shouldn’t have been.
I had a lot of fun with this book. It is upbeat with some angst but very entertaining.
Reece, Brent & Jenna have been best friends since childhood. Only 8 months ago things changed. Reece sees her for what she is. A beautiful woman. Not quite willing to take that step he lets it drop and she leaves the next day for LA.
Jenna has come back to Austin it didn’t quite work out in LA. She comes home to her family. And to the attraction that she left behind for one of her best friends. They both notice that it has become awkward and that something has changed but they need time to come to terms with it. Once they do they are all in. A romance from friends to lovers. There is inner monologue of push and pull because the dynamic of their relationship has changed or will change which was somewhat repetitive.
Reece is a bit of an arse but he has good character development throughout the book. Although he is an arse I still really liked him. God knows why if I’m being honest.
Jenna is a strong and sassy heroine and she stands up for what she wants but she doesn’t give Reece a chance an unfair ultimatium IMO.
With all books there is the buildup of the romance and then a spanner is thrown in the works. This spanner is slightly predictable but the grand gesture isn’t too bad.
The setup of saving The Fix on sixth street which is their local hangout is interesting and a lot can be done with the series. I like the author’s writing style it flows well and is easy to read. I don’t know if I’d read any of the other series by this author.
I’ve signed up for all twelve books ambitious, right? So, fingers crossed peeps. In a way I’m glad that I have because the secondary characters here are amazing and I’m sure that they are going to get their books.
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
|Everywhere Unraveled is a truly fitting title for the second book in the Foundlings series by Fiona Keane. It picks up directly where Nowhere Girl the first book in the series left the readers. Nowhere Girl placed this new to my author high in my lists as THE YA debut author of 2017 for me. Ms. Keane’s writing style is intense and I am still not sure how she did it but she completely changed the tone from the first book to the second. Where the first book was a YA romance with characters struggling to find a way to each other, the second book has a totally different feeling (at least to me) .
Right from the first page I could feel Sophia’s confusion and Jameson’s desperation. Those two emotions were headlining many chapters of the book until the characters finally managed to crack the walls and had a chance to take actions. Interesting was that I could really feel those emotions as a reader.
Jameson is really the readers hero and I liked him in this book even more then I did in the first (if that is even possible) – however I was struggling with Sophia a little. AND don’t even get me started on the secondary characters. To have a final opinion on them I now need the full picture more than ever, so we will have to wait for the third book on that issue.
The story definitely leaves the High school YA romance genre and moves to something containing more suspense and I am really not sure where the journey is going. For now it feels that a lot of the mysteries were unraveled but I somehow do not trust the author (I am laughing while writing that) – She changed the tone of the series while maintaining the intensity of the story so who knows where the last book will lead us.
When I gave those 5 stars to the first book I made it clear that given the fact that it’s a trilogy my opinion on the complete series will not be fixed until the last book is released. So when it comes to Everywhere Unraveled the jury is out if it is a 4 or 5 star read. For the time being I will give it 4 stars because I need to see where the journey is going and just now I am not sure how I feel about this total change in the “tone” of the story.
Tap … tap … tap… <- my fingers (while I am waiting for the conclusion of this intense journey
“Shocking moments, complicated relationships and the ultimate issue of who to trust will keep you turning the pages of this romantic suspense.” ~ Amazon Review (MaMaBear)
“The continued suspense and mystery and love portrayed in this series is spot on and I cannot wait to read more in this series.” ~ Smashly Bookalicious Reviewing Chicks
I live in a small town in Pennsylvania with my husband, two amazing daughters and two dogs. I spend my time writing, editing, reading and graphic designing.
Soledad – “I loved every moment…the good, the bad, all of it!”
Kathy Rouchelle – “Fantastic read and great follow-up to the first in this series.”
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog – “They’re story isn’t easy, it’s not fluffy and light, what it is though is heartbreakingly beautiful. Real and deep their love is one that overcomes and resonates within you. I can’t wait for the next in this incredible series!”
Revenge and indignation becomes his means of survival.
Almost doesn’t count for Carter and Sophie.
The second book – a standalone! – in Danielle Norman’s Iron Orchids Series is AVAILABLE NOW!
Some people are unforgettable.
Like, the first sheriff that pulled you over for speeding.
The first person to kiss you senseless on the hood of a car.
And, the first guy to make you orgasm.
But, when all of those things are from the same man; let’s just say unforgettable doesn’t even come close.
I wonder if he ever thinks about me and everything we ALMOST had.
Oh, he remembers and he’s prepared to put his money where his mouth is…
Danielle is a Harley riding romance writer. Most days she can be found in jeans, t-shirts, and pearls (she’s a lady like that).
Danielle writes about men that will open the door for you during the day and throw you against them at night. She loves stories that will make you laugh and fall in love without all of the emotional baggage faced every day in our real lives.
And her talent is the ability to tell the difference between a rye, wheat, corn, or potato vodka in just 1 sip, but she prefers a few glasses just to be certain.
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3 ‘Well the whole book was rather convenient don’t ya think?’ Stars.
My believability muscle nearly snapped on this one.
I’m not entirely sure how to rate this book. I like the author’s style but it was all too smooth. But the author sure does know how to keep you entertained. But if you look closely and past the entertainment factor there are I’m afraid to say some things that don’t make sense
After reading the prologue which I thought was completely unnecessary. I was wondering how it was relevant to the story of Carter and Sophie. I then had an epiphany and it clicked which means I had another 26 chapters to go waiting for the shite to hit the fan. When it finally happened it, all felt so rushed. I’m surprised about the time span anyway if I’m being honest. In a blink of an eye it was all done and dusted. Yes, they met when they younger, yaddy yah. So I’m most likely being a nitpicker.
After a week they were practically living together and even if they were soulmates. A lot happens in ten years. But maybe I’m just being cynical. I was annoyed by Sophie not giving Carter a chance to explain and then she turned into a zombie had no understanding there. Carter, you had years to get your act together and you didn’t. Maybe a note could have been left as to why the circumstances led to the twist at the end. Carter is a good Hero IMO although he was a bit of an arse at the beginning. He really tried with Sophie.
What also bothered me and I swear, I swear a lot is and although I swear I’ve never used what Sophie has used cause for me personally that is what a typical bloke would say and not a lady with a dirty mouth.
What was Sophie’s constant reason for running? Why didn’t she tell her family her secret? They are Greek and tight knit and are all up in everyone’s business, so never in the ten years that they were in Cali did they go out there to find out?
All in all, an enjoyable read. A lot could have been fleshed out and developed more. As it comes across as being a bit fluffy and that could have been avoided.
P.S. I know the author is new to this genre so I’m trying to cut some slack here but book 1 was really good and I think the author kinda lost her way on this one. Please if you are alpha/beta readers than tell the author if there are things to amend. Just don’t say that is great well done cause things could have been done differently.
Inseparable, an all-new gritty, friends-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available NOW!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 8th
A gritty, angsty, friends-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis.
A childhood promise. An unbreakable bond. One tragic event that shatters everything.
It all started with the boys next door…
Devin and Ayden were my best friends. We were practically joined at the hip since age two. When we were kids, we thought we were invincible, inseparable, that nothing or no one could come between us.
But we were wrong.
Everything turned to crap our senior year of high school.
Devin was turning into a clone of his deadbeat lowlife father—fighting, getting wasted, and screwing his way through every girl in town. I’d been hiding a secret crush on him for years. Afraid to tell him how I felt in case I ruined everything. So, I kept quiet and slowly watched him self-destruct with a constant ache in my heart.
Where Devin was all brooding darkness, Ayden was the shining light. Our star quarterback with the bright future whom everyone loved. But something wasn’t right. He was so guarded, and he wouldn’t let me in.
When Devin publicly shamed me, Ayden took my side, and our awesome-threesome bond was severed. The split was devastating. The heartbreak inevitable.
Ayden and I moved on with our lives, but the pain never lessened, and Devin was never far from our thoughts.
Until it all came to a head in college, and one eventful night changed everything.
Now, I’ve lost the two people who matter more to me than life itself. Nothing will ever be the same again.
A standalone new adult contemporary romance with a happy ending. Only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content and possible triggers.
He leans in, his lips brushing my cheek as his mouth makes a round trip to my ear. “What if I told you I want to be your most favorite person? The one you adore above everyone else?” His warm breath is doing strange things to my insides. My entire body is tingling, and my limbs feel like they’ve turned to rubber. He moves his hand up and down my spine, and a soothing warmth seeps bone deep. I clutch his waist harder, subconsciously moving closer until there’s barely a sliver of space between us. Every cell in my body screams for him, and I should pull back, withdraw from temptation, but I’m already under his spell.
He kisses my cheek again, and I melt into him. “What if I wanted that, Ange?” he prompts. “What would you say?”
I should refuse to answer. Throw out a lie and put a halt to this. But I can’t. “That you already are.” My heart is thumping wildly in my chest, and I can scarcely hear for the blood rushing through my ears. “That you always have been.”
He cups my face firmly, and fierce emotion blazes in his eyes. “I’ve wanted you to say that to me for a long time. I suspected, but I needed to know, because I’m a selfish, greedy bastard when it comes to you.”
“Ssh,” he interrupts, sweeping his thumb along my lower lip, and the look in his eyes almost melts my panties off. My body sways forward, my craving for him reaching an unparalleled high. “This is the most supremely selfish act of all, but I can’t resist.”
“Resist what?” I croak, my voice hoarse, raw with need. I’m holding my breath in anticipation. Every nerve ending in my body is on heightened alert.
He licks his lips, dropping his hungry eyes to my mouth. My body pulses with need, and I squirm a little, keeping my eyes locked on his, knowing the desire I see is mirrored on my own face.
“This,” he confirms, closing the gap between us and slanting his mouth over mine.
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USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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|Ahm wow…. Yeah so this is me thinking about Inseparable by Siobhan Davis. It was the first book I ever read by this author and to make one thing clear – it will not be my last if I see one with a blurb that appeals to me.
And the other thing is I was a little scared about the plot of this book because obviously we have one girl and two guys here and no matter how you turn it to every normal thinking person it is obvious that someone will get hurt along the way. How much and how deep – well that is in the hands of the author.
So YES this book will hurt – there is no nice way to say it so I am telling it like it is.
There is no way that I am telling you how or why it hurt – only one thing – I am so angry with one of the leading characters – I am not sure if it is allowed to be angry with him considering the facts of the plot but I am and I am not willing to hide that ….
And my anger is divided in two sections the first is my anger at him for not trusting his friends and the second is for torturing them. There would have been circumstances where I would have understood his actions but the one given to me as a reader was not good enough – sorry but there is no sugarcoating here from my side.
This book touches so many different areas of life that it is hard to express my thoughts in a general way that does not give away spoilers. It is just that the author has an amazing ability to twist and turn the story in a way that you realize really quick that she will not spare the characters. The three leading characters as well as the side characters were all developed amazingly well and had such intense plotlines that I as a reader felt like I was put through a blender while reading.
I think you should not read any reviews containing them because knowing stuff will take away from the plot (trust me I am probably one of the few people that usually needs spoilers to decide to read a book)
It was a shock to see it has “only” 450 pages – yeah I know in the age of 150 page novels this is a lot but reading this book it felt more like it was about 1000 pages because there is so much in there that it sometimes feels like you have been with these characters a lifetime.
So again – yes it hurts – (Usually I would say “enjoy” – but I am not sure I can do that this time…….– but I think you should read this book anyway.
Finding your soul mate is a dream Adeline Hamilton thought was just that … a dream. After several failed relationships, she realizes she’s not capable of falling in love. The only passion she’s ever had is teaching U.S. History at the local high school.
As their relationship grows, Adeline realizes that true love does exist. What she doesn’t know is that her wish can’t last forever, that soon she’ll have to leave the past behind. Will Adeline and William find their way back to each other? Or will their love have to stay where it all began . . . in 1865? With mistletoe and Christmas magic, anything’s possible.
Wit & Wonder Books – “Perfect and refreshing holiday romance by LP Dover! It Must’ve Been The Mistletoe was brilliantly written and crafted in a way in which it will make you smile from ear to ear this holiday season.”
Anima – “A truly magical Christmas romance! Perfect for any age, historical romance lovers too.”
Kathy Rouchelle – “This is a wonderful Christmas read and one that I am sure that people who love watching Hallmark Christmas movies will thoroughly enjoy.”
The End Zone by LJ Shen ( TEAM Player Anthology containing books by Adriana Locke, Charleigh, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, L.J. Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige & Sara Ney)
Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.
Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…
TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is available NOW!
Publication Date: December 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.
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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.
She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.
From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.
I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.
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Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.
Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.
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When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.
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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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A BLONDE AT HEART
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.
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Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.
She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
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I was surprised by TEAM Player Anthology containing books by Adriana Locke, Charleigh, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, L.J. Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige & Sara Ney. Novellas / Short Stories are a tricky thing. I honestly believe that sometimes it is much more difficult to write a standalone 5 star novella than a full novel. Because lets be honest if you have such a limited number of pages how do you manage to tell a full story with full developed characters and enough background to draw the reader into your circle ? It has to be a special kind of story written by an author that is good on minimizing details. And Anthologies are again a complete new set of problems – how can you find ONE rating for a book with so many different authors and stories. I always feel that is impossible so I try to grab one story out of it that appeals the most to me and in this special case it was the story that LJ Shen wrote.
I never read a short story from her but I read several of her novels and I loved them. Her writing skills also managed to convince me this time. I admit a novel will never reach a full blown 5 star level with me. ( I think ), a 4.5 level yes that might rarely happen so you won’t see the difference but I know it. LJ’s story is a solid 4 in my books because she managed to make everything right except the fact that my emotions were not in the story. But again – as I said I can not imagine that really happening … I think the shortest story that I ever read that did that was “Playing in the Rain” by Jane Harvey-Berrick (and I am not even sure how many pages that had) and here I (ughh no not going to comment on the plot).
Back to TEAM Player. I think the Anthology consists of an interesting selection of great authors that should be able to supply something for many different tastes. As with every short story the reader should not expect fully developed characters with extended backgrounds to dive into. But for short reading pleasure of medium intensity these authors will guarantee and I can recommend this collection for you to enjoy.