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REVIEW : Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

Title :

Slip of the Tongue

Author :

Jessica Hawkins

Series :

N/A

Release date : February 25th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.The man next door would give up everything to have her.

Review :

What an emotional rollercoaster-ride! WOW! This book brought up more emotions inside me than I ever expected to exist. After reading the blurb I was exited to start reading this book as the blurb in general doesn´t sound like a book that doesn´t already exist. But it has this special tone which tells you: there is something special about this book! And yes, my gut was right: because this is what I got.

A special book!If you are looking for one of these books with these relationships we all love, but if we are honest to ourselves, would never exist in real live-this is not the book for you. Because this book is real. And raw. And honest. And soooo……full of life. It makes you feel a hundred different emotiones while being pushed into a seat of a train that takes you through a lot of different stages of relationships.
Relationships that are not perfect. Relationships that are like I probably mentioned 20 times before, REAL! I love the characters, I love the way they interact, I love the way the story develops.
So yes, if you want something like this:
Jessica Hawkins and “Slip of the tongue” is the book for you!
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REVIEW : Second Chances (Dreams Come True #2) by Emma Nichols

Title :

Second Chances

Author :

Emma Nichols

Series :

Dreams Come True #2

Release date : February 29th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

It began with the tragic death of his parents when he inherited the modern art gallery. It continued every day when he looked in the mirror and saw a monster where a man should be. He’d tried everything without success. Then he happened upon her, his cure, the one who could give him a second chance at life, love and happiness. After years of repairing what her father destroyed during his drunken rampages, opening a shop for repurposed and redesigned furniture seemed a natural progression for Marisa. When Sebastian hired her, she finally had a chance to get paid to do what she’d done for years for free. It seemed like a win, until he proposed. The moment they met, Sebastian was drawn to her. Of course, losing everything in thirty days if he didn’t marry was a huge incentive. So he asked and she refused. An experienced negotiator, he never gave up when he had his heart set on something. For Marisa, marriage wasn’t on the table and love wasn’t negotiable. Still, always quick to see the best in others, she looked at him and saw a project, her ultimate redesign. Maybe even Sebastian deserved a second chance.

Review :

In Emma Nichols “Second Chances”, the reader will find so many clichés that at first you will think this is not really original or new – but after a few chapters you will notice that the author did a small miracle with all those clichés and managed to create a really sweet and deep story.

I really liked her writing even if there were a few flaws in there that catch my eye … like a business card that is never given away but suddenly is in the hands of the other person – or a person waving with her hands during talking while waiting to get an x-ray because of a possible broken arm.
And maybe the biggest flaw of all that the reader never really gets a more detailed explanation on what it is that makes Sebastian think he is a monster (other than the fact that his uncle is to blame)
But honestly? Even if that might sound bad on any other book with a more flat storyline but in this book there is so much depth that it survives those flaws easily. There is so much from Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella in this book that it almost hurts (in a good way) …
Such a shame I did not read the first book so far
Please enjoy this fairytale in modern design
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REVIEW : Until It’s Right by Jamie Howard

Title :

Until It’s Right

Author :

Jamie Howard

Series :

N/A

Release date : Mar 1, 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Haley Mitchell is tired of moping. With her broken heart repaired with a thick layer of duct tape, she’s ready to put her ex behind her and move on. After a chance encounter in a club, she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant.Kyle Lawson has always had more luck with computers than women. So when the new temp, Haley, arrives, he has the misfortune of falling for her, only to land firmly in the friend zone. But when he learns the mysterious woman he’s been texting is actually Haley, he keeps the entire thing a secret.As things move straight from platonic to decidedly hot, Kyle must come clean about his secret texting identity and risk losing the woman he’s fallen in love with.

Review :

“Until It’s Right” by Jamie Howard is a great book. I was drawn into the story after I struggled through the first few pages.

I have to say “FINALLY” a book that again lets the reader really feel how a relationship develops.
Kyle was developed as a really interesting character, refreshingly not one of the common alpha males. Instead he radiated a quite strength that sometimes is even more precious then those alpha males, as it is a rare quality.
Haley was a likeable enough character to connect to as a reader. So the relationship they developed together was interesting and even funny at times ( I would have to give away spoiler to be more precise so … sorry)
Overall a really sweet romance that I can fully recommend
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REVIEW : Holding Court by K.C. Held

Title :

Holding Court

Author :

K.C. Held

Series :

N/A

Release date : Mar 1, 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty-and completely unavailable-Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of…well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”-spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…

Review :

I am at a loss about how I should categorize “Holding Court” by K.C. Held. It was YA for sure – and if you ask me – NOT a romance novel. It was more like a “mystery light” …

The story was well developed and more complicated that other novels ment for that age of readers. Actually pretty well written. Unfortunately, as the romance in it fell very flat it was no book for me.
It will be an entertaining read for lovers of funny and intelligent YA I am sure
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REVIEW : Stripped Raw by Prescott Lane

Title :

Stripped Raw

Author :

Prescott Lane

Series :

N/A

Release date : March 3rd 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Kenzie

I’m a yes girl. Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life. So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes. When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes. And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes. That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl! In every area of my life but one —Love. Always the first to leave a relationship. Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy? Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?
Kane
Don’t let Kenzie fool you! She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile. Being an attorney, I prefer the facts. This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe. No laugh can sugarcoat what we are facing: I’ve lost everything. I know what it’s like to be left raw. But sometimes that’s the only way to find love. To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your sh*t, and hope they love you anyway.
Review :

Please do not ask me to explain it but when reading Stripped Raw by Prescott Lane I had the constant feeling that I stepped into “Rich Man – Poor Man” reloaded.

In case you do not know what I am talking about – which would be understandable since it is a very old Series – I would say that this Series is the one I am always thinking of as the Grandmother of TV novellas – loooooong before Desperate Housewives was invented.
I think it was the relationship between the brothers – or maybe all those different plot strings around the characters that mad me think of this connection – I will never know. But basically I totally enjoyed the plotline, even if at times it came off as a little too much.
I could not fully connect with Kenzie’s character as she seemed superficial on one side and suddenly so involved when it came to Tessa.
Tessa I really liked even if I felt that there were parts left in the dark that only surfaced at the end of the book.
Kane was my favorite character in this book. He had so many layers that the reader was surprised with each page turning as he showed sweet sides as ease as the domineering though alpha male.
Great read
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REVIEW : TRUE BLUE SEALS: ZAK (Seal Brotherhood) by Sharon Hamilton

Title:TRUE BLUE SEALS: ZAK
Author :

Sharon Hamilton

Series :Seal Brotherhood
Release Date : February 20th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Zak and Amy are destined for each other. After successfully passing the BUD/S training, and helping to stop a San Francisco terrorist attack, Zak goes to the arena of war with the rest of his SEAL Team 3 buddies, to return a changed man. Amy will have to negotiate the pain in her heart as she works to discover the man she loved going off to war is still the man of her dreams, and only if she can convince Zak he still is that man.

Review :

I just love my “broken” Hero’s – I can not help it … that is how I stumbled across “True Blue SEALs: Zak” by Sharon Hamilton.

I had this author on my radar for quite a while now as I also love Seals but I love so many different genres that its sometimes hard to follow up my TBR pile.
Anyway when I read the blurb to that book – I knew I had to read that one because the plotline really appealed to me.
And I was right. Just as I had imagined Zak’s story will definitely NOT be my last book by this author.
The book is easy to read as a standalone even if it is obviously part of a series. I might recommend to read the novella I heard about before reading this book as it is supposed to explain somewhat more about the background of the leads – but as I said it also will work without that. (I would love to tell you the right name but the series and books have real confusing names on Goodreads if you are not so familiar with the author – which I am not obviously – it is very hard to see).
The book’s plot is written from the interesting perspective that the couple was already in love with each other before Zak was injured during his assignment. This was a refreshing view because usually most of the Military books I read start out with fresh new meet and fall in love couples (I like those clearly) – or broken marriages (there might be exceptions but -no- I do not like those very much) – So this was interesting.
Its clear that their love has to be strong – as it can not be easy to marry a seal – with the ever present knowledge of how dangerous his work is.
Amy is a strong woman that already endured a lot. She loves Zak but life is throwing so much at her that the reader has to ask himself when she will reach her breaking point.
And naturally it is not helpful at all that Zak can not come to terms with what happened to him and his way of protecting Amy is actually hurting her more than anything else.
The question is if their love will overcome the obstacles in the end. Or will Amy reach her breaking point before Zak is able to understand that Amy’s love is stronger than his doubts.
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REVIEW : Ravaged River (Men of Mercy #6) by Lindsay Cross

Title:Ravaged River
Author :

Lindsay Cross

Series:Men of Mercy #6
Release Date :Jan 31 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Special forces operative Hoyt Crowe wasn’t just damaged… he was broken. After suffering brutal torture in captivity, his once lively spirit is shattered. Now his greatest adversary isn’t some unknown terrorist in a foreign country, it’s himself.

Hayden James watched Hoyt slide into a private purgatory of post-traumatic stress disorder, taking her heart with him. No longer warm and loving, he is cold. Hardened. A shell of his former self.
When an old enemy threatens Hayden’s life, Hoyt must find the strength to slay his inner demons or lose the woman he loves forever.
Review :

“Ravaged River” was not my “First Rodeo” with Lindsay Cross’s “Men of Mercy”. Even if I have not been following up the line of Books, it is still an easy enough standalone.

At least once you read the first few pages. The story shows no mercy (pun intended) to reader. It paces at such a high speed that I felt almost out of control at times.
I had to stop and take a deep breath at times before continuing. The story itself is as complex and confusing when it comes to the military parts of it – as it is simple and easy when it comes to the relationship between Hoyt and Hayden.
There is no question really that they belong together – the only question is when Hoyt will realize that (if ever).
Hayden really does her best to continue her life but it is easy to see how much she struggles.
Hoyt is really deep inside the purgatory of his own mind and at times not even able to see what is right in front of him.
Their story is told believable insofar as that the reader can relate to their feelings. And even the complex plotline – years ago I might have said that such stuff can not happen – but I guess recent history teaches us otherwise.
So – yeah – the reader is invited to relate to those characters as hard as that might sound – it is unfortunately possible.
Great story – well written –
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REVIEW : Can’t Stay Away by Lilly Avalon

Title :

Can’t Stay Away

Author :

Lilly Avalon

Series :

N/A

Release date : Feb 29, 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Piper Winchester is fresh out of college. With only three weeks until her father remarries and five weeks until her first business venture launches, she’s got her hands full. She certainly doesn’t need any distractions to get in the way of building the future her father’s always wanted for her. But when a familiar boy with bright green eyes walks back into her life, she’s thrown for a loop.Four years ago, Chase MacKenzie left for college without looking back. He didn’t mean to disturb the peace then, and he definitely doesn’t want to do that now. Once he lays his eyes on Piper again, there’s no way he can leave without fixing what went wrong in the past. Although she’s more determined than ever to push him away, he still manages to get under her skin. Regardless of what happens between them, there’s one thing that will always be standing in their way…He’s about to become her stepbrother.

Review :

I am struggling to voice my feelings about “Can’t Stay Away” by Lilly Avalon.

I am addicted to reading so it is no wonder when I come across similar plotline quite frequent. But while I liked the writing and the basic storyline of this book I still had the feeling I already read the book before.
That feeling was so strong that I even opened Goodreads to check but unfortunately, as I read so many books I could not find the book I was mentally comparing it to on short notice and my time was to precious to me to waste it with further searches.
But my feeling remained so strong that I could predict several pieces of the plotline quite precisely which left me feeling strange and still thinking even this minute while I am writing this review.
Putting this aside … if you did not read so many books yet you will find a well-developed romance with an intriguing plotline. For me it was not unique (as mentioned) but for other readers it could be their next favorite stepbrother novel.
Enjoy
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REVIEW : Snared: A Jaded Regret Novelby L.L. Collins

Title: Snared
Author :

L.L. Collins

Series: A Jaded Regret Novel
Release date: March 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb :

BEAU has never known a good life, only the torment that lives inside his head every day. The only way to block out the darkness that shrouds him is through the rhythmic beat of his drums. Knowing what happens when he opens up to anyone, Beau buries his pain deep inside, keeping it all to himself.

APRIL has lived a life of wealth and privilege, full of love and support. Her only insight into what it’s like to have a rough life is through her work with foster children. When she meets Beau, it starts as a challenge to get through to him but quickly turns into much more than either of them bargained for.
TOGETHER, they are mismatched, ill-fated, and COMBUSTIBLE. But when their connection is challenged by the collision of past, present, and future, will they be snared by love…or circumstances?
Review :

Often you read in a book blurb “fans of xxx will love this book” and sometimes when reading those stories I wonder who came up with those comparisons.

So I hesitate a little to give such a recommendation myself – but in certain cases like this one I feel the need to give a comparison myself so if you liked “Grayson” by Lisa Eugene or “Real” by Katy Evans – I am quite confident that you will love this book.
The plotlines might not be comparable but the intensity of the story is at a similar level. I loved how the author described the struggle that was going on in Beau’s mind.
To me as a reader it felt like I could understand what was happening. Which I think is not an easy feature when you are lucky to say that you have no experience at all with the problems that Beau is going through.
I could relate to April when she first came near to Beau. He was described with such an intensity that at times I thought I could actually see him in front of me when I closed my eyes.
April had a great natural intuition on how to handle Beau – long before she even knew what was really going on. I loved how the author described her thoughts.
And my heart broke at that bridge – I was actually envisioning that scene in front of me and it gutted me. I had to stop reading with tears in my eyes.
This book is in my top reads of the year 2016 list for sure …
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Release Package: True North by KL Ramsey

 
 
Title: True North
Series: Second Chance Summer #1
Author: K.L. Ramsey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
 
 
 
 
 

 

I found her. 
 
She had no idea who she was, or any memory of her past. All she had was me. 
 
For a year I was her everything, and she was mine. Fun-filled days, and passionate nights—we had it all. 
 
Then one cruel twist of fate erased our entire year together. One second, and it was all gone. 
 
Now she no longer remembers me. My name. My voice. My touch. Nothing. But I remember. I remember everything, and I refuse to let go. 
 
My gut is telling me her past has finally caught up with her. Someone is trying to take her from me, but that won’t happen. 
 
I’ll do everything I can to keep her. If I have to move heaven and hell to do it, I will.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
K. L. Ramsey currently resides in West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). In her spare time, she likes to read romance novels, go to WVU football games and attend book club (aka-drink wine) with girlfriends.
K. L. Ramsey was born and raised in Maryland where her life changed when she signed up for a creative writing class. Knowing that someday she wanted to become a writer, K.L. received her BA in English from Salisbury State University.
Somewhere in her mid-forties, K.L. decided to write her first romance novel, proving that dreams can be realized at any age.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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