3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.
Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.
Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.
He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.
Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.
**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**
If the air is a street.
Then the clouds are a path.
And your feet so easily close the distance.
Reya and Trevor have a complex relationship. With such subtle nuances that it is hard to pull it all apart at once. A book to be read more than once to fully understand how they are feeling. I was torn between reconciling between what happened in the past and to what happened in the present with our two star crossed birds.
A battle between head and heart. I felt Reya’s struggle every step of the way. Although blown away I personally didn’t need to have read That One Night in parts it ruined the book for me. I also didn’t particularly need to see flash backs to the past. On the one hand, it added to the story of the book but it also tore me away from how their friendship/relationship developed in the now.
How this book touched every part of me. With so many feels involved Ms. Cosway manages to tickle all the unwanted and wanted emotions out of me. I was fascinated by these two right from the beginning. They have a unique friendship where they fought for a very long time against crossing that line.
This book won’t work for everyone. A lot of readers have a problem with Trevor throughout the other books. It is hard to get a read on him. He did string Reya on for a long time and Reya tried to come to terms with it. But by the time Trevor showed interest it was all torn apart. He gave up Reya for fame and fortune. I actually get Trev’s reasons behind where he tried to keep his distance but the road to hell is paved with good intentions but however noble is intentions were meant to be they ruined a lot for both of them. Trev is strange, unpredictable, beautiful flawed man.
Reya had stability she needed until that one night where everything changed. She lost everything. Trevor didn’t have the best upbringing but the Cross family is spectacular to watch together. Whereas Reya had no family to turn to.
Astranged yet they get reacquainted with Reya accompanying them on shooting through Europe as one of their PAs although she really didn’t do a lot. It’s time to make amends. Trev goes above and beyond. If somebody makes it so that I can get away with wearing slippers outdoors I’m all for that shit. Believe me Reya so am I.
L.H Cosway is one of my favourite authors. Flawless writing with characters where you’d think it wouldn’t work but it does. I can’t wait to read more of her awesomeness. I loved that the books are based in London. I love all her characters and we saw all the characters from previous books here. It was good to catch up you know. But the best thing?
New series, happy days peeps.
Off the Air – Callum and Leanne
Floating on Air – Paul
Castles in the Air – James
Airs and Graces – Isaac
|Hollywood Dirt #1|
|September 7th 2015|
|Now in production to be a full-length movie! Filming starts in March 2017, will release in September 2017!
Find out more at www.hollywooddirtmovie.com!Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.
We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.
From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.
Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.
Well – when I went to join #Passionflix … imagine my surprise to see that even with the tons of books I read I totally overlooked that one. Yeah I guess it might have something to do with the “southern charm” … it is not something I am usually fond of … But as this is going to be their first film I thought I need to read it anyway.
Imagaine my next surprise – eventhough it really is full of that southern flair … I liked it because the leading character really used her humor on it and it made me smile.
And while I still will never love the flair I did enjoy this book. And I am really looking forward to the film now … it will be the first impression of that new filmoutlet so it is kind of important.
The author used a bunch of clichés and worked with them in a fun way – so the book made me smile a LOT … An interesting fact was that I was more a fan of the femalelead for a change because the male was kind of … to hung up in his spoiled ways ….
But who knows the movie might change my mind ( I did not check who would be the actors and stuff but if the new bookcover is any indication …. yeah there is a slight chance that a visual of the male lead might change my mind #laughing) …
Anyway – recommandable read – and can not wait to see what #passionflix did with it in a few days …
A man born to protect
After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.
A woman driven to heal
Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.
A secret that will change both their lives
A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.
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The door slammed and she suddenly found herself with her back against it. Brody crowded in, taking up all the space and staring down at her. His body brushed hers and she found both her wrists captured in one of his. He dragged them over her head, forcing her chest to come out, breasts skimming along his body. “I shouldn’t do this.”
Tough chick was winning. Steph let her take over. It was surely better than the desperate girl who lived inside her. She kept asking for love and affection and getting swatted away. This was the next best thing, possibly the only thing she would ever get. “Then don’t. Let me go and I won’t bother you again.”
“No, you’ll go find Ezra Fain and bother him,” Brody said on a growl.
“Somehow, I don’t think he’ll find me a bother.” She’d barely spoken two words to the man, but she wasn’t going to admit it. It was better to let Brody think she wasn’t a love-starved girl.
“He won’t fucking find you anything at all. If you’re determined to not sleep alone tonight, you can damn well do it with me.” His mouth came down on hers and every inch of her skin came alive. His kiss was overwhelming, hungry. There was no slow meshing of mouths. He took her, his tongue surging inside and dominating her own. He let go of her hands and started to explore her body. His hands were on her hips when he came up for air. “I’m leaving in the morning. I’m going back to London and I can’t come back.”
She’d known that would probably be his answer. She’d known he wouldn’t want to stay and she couldn’t leave.
“One night. That’s all I want.” It was all she could have. It had been foolish to think it could be any different.
His mouth came down on hers again and she let herself get swept away. One night and her life would go back to normal. One night and then she would be alone again. His hands started to roam over her and she tried to forget all the reasons why this was a bad idea.
He stepped back, his entire body set in hard lines. He strode over to the bed and sat down. “Take off the gown. It’s pretty, but I want to see you.”
She hesitated, all her insecurities coming to the forefront. Somehow, she’d thought he would simply take her. “Let me get the lights.”
He was back in her space again, his hand wrapping around her wrist. “I didn’t say turn off the lights. I said take off the gown. How am I going to see you if you turn off the lights?”
“Brody,” she began.
He was having none of it. “You got on your knees in front of me and you said you knew what you were offering me. The first thing you were offering me was obedience. The second was your body. You’re giving me neither right now.”
His voice had gone midnight dark and something about the tone made her soften. He was right. She did know what she’d offered him and now she was trying to have it all her way.
There was nothing wrong with her body. It was feminine and she was healthy. What was she afraid of? “All right.”
He let go of her wrist and sat back down, looking like a damn king waiting on his concubine’s performance. For all his “I’m nothing but a grunt” talk, the man could be incredibly arrogant, and damn if she didn’t find it sexy as hell.
Something about that voice let her know that everything was going to be fine. He was past the point of rejection. He was in and that meant he would play her Dom for the night. He would take care of her. She was as safe with him in the bedroom as she’d been in the field.
At least she was safe for the night. In the morning she would be in a world of hurt, but she wasn’t thinking past tonight.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.
I had a review all written for this and then I read it and I personally feel as if I have lost my review mojo. Here goes.
Overall I really enjoyed Love Another Day.
It’s Brody “the hot Aussie” Carters and well Stephanie “not the best heroine” Gibson’s book. I thought twice about requesting this book but my curiosity for Brody and Steph won.
The mission has finished and Step and Brody are to part ways. They spend one night together and nothing can go wrong right? That in itself was kind of a douche move from Brody.
There were more club scenes which is good as that is the originality that Ms. Blake has written and hopefully will continue to write.
I had real issues with Stephanie. She is a bloody idiot IMO. Yes she made a mistake. A very long time ago. Yet she has left herself in purgatory all this time. She has willingly played with her life and been a martyr ever since that fateful night. She has to change for herself and most importantly for her son. She has to forgive herself. Time to let it go.
Brody thinks he is just a grunt, a soldier and not good enough for her so he concedes to the one night and walks away. On top of that douche move which I mentioned above. He doesn’t answer the phone when Steph tries to call him. He does answer the phone when Liam phones though. Sigh love that Irishman.
“This is Carter.” “Ah, good. Now look here, I’m going to say something and I’m only going to see it once. I’m saying it to allow you to get a good hear start and because I’m a fair man. I’m coming for you. Did you think you could sneak in and out of her life like that and there wouldn’t be any consequences? Did you think because her mum died that no one would stand up for her? You were wrong, you arsehole.”
As soon as there is trouble Brody flies out to Dallas to help in any way he can. His reaction to Steph apparently having a toy boy? Classic. Well done, Adam.
LB got many a reaction from me. I was screaming at Stephanie for her to drop the matter but she went on and on. Then I hear the voice mails and I get every single reason why she didn’t let it go. I’m in a conundrum here. Still not her biggest fan. With his actions throughout the book he grovelled a lot for me this is just me though. Others will see it differently. He kind of throws a hissy fit at the end of the book but I got that because Steph is frustrating as hell.
Ladies we have a winner for Brody Carter. He is celibate. He fulfils his responsibilities. No sex with other women.
The plot is good and in-depth with action packed goodness. So I have no complaints on that part.
What really makes the book is Ms. Blake’s writing style and that we see the old crew, the core and the foundation of the beginning of the series. As always Ian & Charlie star in the book and are once again on their best behaviour. We also get to see more of Liam. Oh how I missed Liam, the sexy Irishman. If these previous characters did star in the book would the book still be as good as I think?
I can’t wait for the bodyguards to get their books. As well as Kayla. 2018 can’t come soon enough. And my heart bleeds for Tucker.
I saw a lot of my GR friends speak very highly of this series and when it came in a boxset and as a deal I snapped it up. I am so glad that I did. Lately I feel as if I haven’t been reading enough PNR/UF so I’ve been looking for new series that are unique and different. The Sons of Wrath is most certainly one of them and I can still play catch up to book 4 so the task isn’t that daunting.
Ayden is Selene. Pure and simple. I don’t know if the author had her mind when it came to the heroine but it just seems to fit. A totally kick arse heroine.
A Beretta, loaded with silver bullets and a silver parrying dagger rested at one of her hips, a silver bullwhip at another. – my kind of heroine.
Ayden is out on the hunt for Lycans. Since her change five years ago and being part of the Alexi, she is out for vengeance there was more taken from her than she initially thought. But she is also a deserter to the Alexi and if they find her. Well, let’s just say it ain’t going to be pretty.
On that night, she runs into a man who is becoming a halfling/changeling and for reasons she can’t fathom she doesn’t kill him and takes him back to the Manor. He has seven days until he turns into a full lycan and a killer and then she kills him.
Kane Walker has lead a normal life until he gets attacked late one night. He imprints, blacks out and wakes up in a strange room. His life is about to end well in 7 days he will be killed but first Ayden wants his memories.
“So, how do you think you’ll go about killing me?” Stupid question. “What the hell is wrong with you?” “What?” “What kind of question is that?” “I don’t know. Just curious to know how you kill a lycan.” “It’s incredible violent.”
Her first urge is to always kill him but her hatred lessens to dislike. Her dislike becomes less and she sees his innocence. I felt as if they didn’t really spend enough quality time together to make them attracted to one another. I felt the connection to be somewhat flimsy.
I’m not entirely sure how Ayden fits in as it seems to be Son of Wrath series but I’m sure Ms. Lake had her reasons there is the obvious world building and I personally think that a fantastic and unique paranormal world has been created. Although there is a lot going on lycans, ghouls, demons and Alexi it all worked for me. It might not work for everyone.
I look forward to the other books with Logan, Gavin, Zeke, Calix, Zayne, Ferno and Maddox.
Still the mind. Still the soul. Still the heart.
Kyra, one of the oldest Kareshta is in a gilded cage and the time has come for her to spread her wings and fly. Sent to Thailand on a mission to help others in her situation in return the they will help their fellow Grigori.
Kyra might seem demure but she is far from it. She has an inner strength that would rival any Irina. As the daughter of a cardinal angel she has her own powers but The Silent are still trying to find their voices. The Irina are skeptical to pass on the knowledge they have. The Rending broke a lot and it will take time to heal.
I had my difficulties with Kyra but through her development throughout the book she really started to stand out. I liked her and then I loved her but torn at the same time. She wanted to live the life she has to the fullest but she is on borrowed time.
Leo is sent to Thailand to open up communications between the Thailand Scribe house and the honorable Grigori. Finally, to his surprise he can get closer to Kyra.
Now Leo on the other hand I love Leo. He knows exactly what he wants. Kyra. And no one can stop him. He is badass with a soft and gooey center. He is absolutely adorable. I want my own Leo.
“I’m very large,” he said. “Damian says if I’m not thinking about it, I can mow through a room like an enthusiastic tank.” Kyra smiled. “I’ve never felt mowed down.” “I’m glad.”
Be still my beating heart. I wanted to wrap him up in a big bow and take him with me.
Leo & Kyra have been on a collision course for years now and the inevitable is finally happening. Each love that is created by Ms. Hunter between the main characters of the book is beautiful, unique and wonderful to experience.
Kyra is other. Leo’s heart ached for her. They try a relationship and although they are different it works. They are both vulnerable and inexperienced. Although though they are so different. Leo comes across as naïve but he is just very optimistic.
Throughout most of the books we made to believe that the Grigori are evil very few manage to lead an honorable life. But here a balance has been achieved. And I sympathize with Kostas, Sirius and the other honorable Grigori.
Beautifully written. Flawless writing and absolutely stunning. With each new book Ms. Hunter expands the Irin/Grigori world that flows well and isn’t stilted. That the possibilities here are endless. What I love about these books is that there is no other man/woman drama there is no room for as they are either mated or Reshon.
One of my favorite side characters? Vasu. There is something quite childlike about him but also mature if that makes sense. He talks in riddles and is hilarious.
“I’ll let Kyra know you’re thinking about helping her brother,” Leo said. “I’m sure she’d be grateful.” Vasu disappeared and reappeared as a cat that jumped on Leo’s lap. “You try to create obligation in me. It’s an interesting theory. I told them you were smarter than you appeared,” the cat said, curling up on Leo’s lap. “Now pet me.” “Are you serious?” Narrow claws dug into Leo’s leg.
What is to come next? What I would like to see? A Grigori male and an Irina. But I’m positive no matter what Ms. Hunter will knock me off my feet.
I do have one small thing to complain about. I hope that the plot will not be a constant throughout other books that are too come. Not that I don’t love her plots I just don’t want the author to get stuck in a rut.
Oh, and another thing when we introduced to Kenneth I swear that I heard his British accent in my head. Exactly what a Brit should sound like.
I am going to TRY convey how amazing this book is.
Our journey spans from Orkney to London to Norway to Istanbul and Prague. It was so exciting experiencing these different parts of the world. An upbeat book with fast paced action not once did the book come across as being dull. A world created that is beautiful and wild but filled with violence and danger.
I was intrigued by Sari and Damien and the palpable feelings they had for one another when I read about them in book three, if I remember correctly but from the start it was clear that is an old love where the MC have a lot to overcome.
Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed. He lost so much that he needed two hundred years of solitude to heal. True healing started when his Reshon. Where the heaven has sent the other half but Sari doesn’t believe in fate.
Damien is one of the best Heroes that I have read this year. He came to life on each page. He is moody, mysterious and yet kind and compassionate.
Sari is an earth singer and is being sent to Scotland, Orkney to help the community there with the crops. Sari is unlike any other earth singer Damien has ever meet. He didn’t want to be attracted.
Sari is a fantastic heroine and my kind of heroine.
She was honest to the point of rudeness. – So true and so refreshing.
She is strong, compassionate, fierce and Damien’s equal.
Sari & Damien’s love spans of nearly 800+ years and oh my gosh was there love a beauty to watch how it blossomed and how it was heart wrenching to see it break. The Rending changed everything and the Irin race was divided. The Irina retreated, traps were laid and the death of so many in such a brief time. There was so much loss and heartache. But the book also included joy and happiness. Each word and sentence was emotional. But it is also about forgiveness and grief and moving on.
All the characters came to life. I felt with them every step of the way. With Ms. Hunter’s writing, I was welcomed into their world. I was sucked in and I had no chance of fighting it. Damien and Sari are so different from one another and that is why they are so good together.
One thing did bother me Sari was being too stubborn and not bending she didn’t have to break but at least bend. But not enough to dock a star.
I can only recommend this series and maybe I am totally biased but it is worth it. Trust me. Famous last words. I have loved this author’s work since B & Gio. Each book has gotten better.
I was positive that Ms. Hunter couldn’t have been able to pull it off. As their love was woven around Ava and Malachi. I should never have doubted you. I quite frankly find it hard to wrap my mind around it as the couple is captured in the past, with a crossover into Ava’s story and to the future the after of revealing a thousand stars.
There are layers upon layers of complexity that even if you read it again and again you would still find something gripping and fascinating. Experiencing the characters emotions and not being bored.
There was humor to break up the tense interactions now sometimes some authors can’t get that balance right but it worked here and it worked well.
I don’t usually compare authors but if I had to then Ms. Hunter would be on par with Nalini Singh.
The something I have, isn’t a possession, it’s more.
Much, much more.
It’s a gift.
It’s part of me.
I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.
My last three books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.
My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.
I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.
I have something people want. I have something they cannot take or steal. I have something they’d kill for.
The something I have, isn’t a possession, it’s more.
Much, much more.
It’s a gift.
It’s part of me.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Alexa learns that the hard way. After an emergency operation, the heroine suddenly starts having visions which she can’t explain. Helping that person gets her kidnapped and used. She either stays there or helps Jude or she gets to leave and everyone she loves will be killed.
I panicked at the beginning when I thought it was YA. But rest assured it goes more to the NA direction. I had to keep reminding myself at times when the heroine was being juvenile that she is only seventeen. But at times she came across as more mature. What others see as a gift is a curse. It brings her nothing but confusion, sadness and heartbreak.
I am really surprised in how great this book is. It’s a book where you don’t know where things are going. Where you have no idea, what is going to happen and it’s not annoying that you don’t know what is going on. Full of surprises and suspense I really did enjoy it.
This is just me but as it is YA I can’t give it a full five stars and I find the first person POV difficult.
There is a cliffhanger and I have no clue when the next one The Curse will be out. Or even if I signed up for it. Even if I haven’t I really want to read The Curse.
From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….
Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.
When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.
One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.
Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.
But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…
The tale that told everything came down to just one thing. I fell in love, he thought, and smiled. It was a miracle, and despite everything he had been through, he felt blessed with having been given such a fortune.
Morgan Le Fae one of the most powerful sorcerer’s in Avalon. Of earth magic and spells. Is most certainly not the man he used to be.
Isabeau the Queen of the Light Fae Court trapped Morgan a very long time ago. The Queen used Azreal’s Athame to gain his unwilling allegiance. A geas has kept him bound to a woman he despises and hates. To do what she commands. He can’t do anything to stop it. But wording is always the key. He can skirt them but not defy them. The tide of the war has shifted and it is not in her favor. But the Queen makes a mistake.
“What use are you like this? Get out of my sight. I don’t want to see you again until you’re fully healed.”
Morgan is a very patient man. And so, he has his freedom for while at least. He escapes to figure out how to escape his entrapment. He lands in Glasgow.
Sidonie Martel one of the best music players in the world. Sid has no spark of magic at all which makes things difficult for her. A wealth of favors by the Djinn. Flowing with music she becomes the music.
Robyn the puck is up to no good and drags Sidonie into the mess. The Puck knows nothing but he is about to learn what he cannot see. There is no reasoning with the Puck. Kidnapped and given to the Isabeau, Sid’s nightmare begins. Her future uncertain. Never to play music again. When all is lost a man comes to help her
Morgan feels manipulated into helping Sid. But things start to change. They become close. He has wandered alone for a very long time but with Sid he has someone at his side.
I loved Morgan. He is a fantastic Hero and I felt for him and his entrapment and his loss of free will. That is main goal was always to break it.
Sid is also a totally kickarse female. She plays on her strengths where others only see weaknesses. She gets herself out of many an awkward situation. She is sly and cunning. Two attributes I like in a heroine.
This could have gone terribly wrong. Why do you ask? Well I requested the book before I read the blurb. I read the blurb and it is with Morgan Le Fae. Shocked I didn’t know how that was going to be pulled off after what I saw of him in the first book.
The plot is brilliant so unique and creative. The author has added layer upon layer of plot that there is no way that you can be bored with this book. I need more of this series. I know that Lionheart is next but I don’t know who it is about. Please hurry up Ms. Harrison.
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A tortured soul meets a damaged family…
A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt of the past keep them apart?
Her whispered prayers break her…
At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.
Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…
Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’ve stepped into my life, I’m not sure I can let them go.
*This book is intended for mature audiences, ages 18+. It may be enjoyed as a standalone!
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“I don’t deserve you. I don’t deserve whatever could happen between us.” I want to object, but he continues before I get a chance. “But there’s something I want more than my self-loathing for wanting something I shouldn’t.”
“What?” I rasp.
“A chance to know what it feels like to kiss you.”
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At times, it hurt to read this book. I felt so much during this book at times I feel as if I felt too much.
If you look beyond the surface of this book you can really see the beauty of what the author has wanted to portray and what she has achieved.
Our Hero of the book Alexander suffered a tremendous loss. He has the scars to prove it. His life is stifling, he blames himself and he is grief stricken. Guilt is an emotion to take on easily but an emotion to let go of. Not so much. It takes a lot of work to let some emotions go and sometimes it is easier to live with the self-inflicted pain then to work through it all.
He has been a recluse since that day and has cut himself off from the world. Something things that are lost can be found. Alexander feels that his dream has shattered.
Once upon a time, I had plans to build a big house and fill it with laughter, but not any longer. That ship has sailed, crashed, burned then sunk.
Alexander is somewhat of an anti-hero. He does things grudgingly. And beneath his orneriness and reluctance he is a good, kind man with demons. There were times where I loved Alexander but there were also times I loathed him. But I got him and I think that was the author’s aim.
Gwendolyn moved with her kids to Cat’s Valley as they also have suffered a tremendous loss and needed a fresh start. Daniel is talkative and hasn’t suffered too much but the one person that was hit the hardest was Kelsey. Since that day she has only spoken twice. Her whispered prayers at night broke me. Kelsey has selective mutism.
A chance encounter changes his path but not quite enough to make a first step. But now that their worlds have collided there is no stopping what is about to happen. Fate intervenes. Alexander rescues Gwen and her kids from a snowstorm but has no choice but to take them into his home. Being a hermit he doesn’t know if he can do it. Turns out it isn’t as bad as he expected it to be.
They always say that like recognizes Iike and here it is no different. They all have experienced an agony where Kelsey and Alexander have the most in common. It is as if they were meant to meet one another. They were meant to help one another through the suffering and the pain. To come out stronger.
When it came to Alexander and Kelsey? Be still my beating heart. It crushed me and made me happy at the same time.
The book is heartfelt, saddening, He is a tortured Hero. It’s a journey we are taken along on with such insight into the grief, the pain, the agony our characters experience. But we still see how that working through all of those emotions, hope, love, understanding and reaching a certain level of happiness.
Why not 5 stars?
First person point of view is not my thing. Everything that person does is listed which I found to tiring. Also, although this is a beautiful story and I enjoyed it very much I didn’t feel the connection between them. I need more conversational interaction between the two. I did feel the chemistry but it wasn’t quite enough for me.
This book won’t be for everyone because the dead spouse trope is very prominent. This book is about moving on but not forgetting those that we love and that there is always space in our hearts to love more and give more.
The cynic in me says that they just happened to have something similar happen to them as with the loss that Alexander experienced? Yeah not likely although fate can be a fickle thing. I also would have liked Gwen to have gotten angry with Alexander but no she was just so understanding.
On a personal note, currently I’m dealing with some personal things and this helped me in a way to let out the emotions/feelings I usually can’t. They have an instant connection and after those days spent together they don’t want to leave one another. Alexander was a bit of a bastard IMO, I get it as it was hard for him to let go.
20th June 2017
“My name is Grace Donovan and my whole world is about to change.”
Grace and Ben have been together since they were teenagers.
They are in love, with each other, and their two children.
They’ve spent their entire adult life together, happy in the small southern California beach town they call home; until one day Ben comes home and tells Grace he’s leaving.
Now Grace is left wondering what happened to her life, to her home, and when exactly did things start to go so wrong. To find out, she turns to the place she didn’t even realize she was missing, the place she grew up, and the place she still considers home. With the help of her family and friends and the ocean, Grace begins to rebuild her life and remind herself where it is she truly wants to be…and, whether or not that life includes her husband. Locked In is a story about love and forgiveness, about riding the waves of life, and it is about how we continually reshape ourselves but never really feel grown up.
This has a lot of highs and lows. This also isn’t my usual type of read. I love to read how the couple meets, how they go through trials and tribulations. How they then ride into the sunset. Yeah in a perfect world that would be the case. In the real world? Not so much.
Color me surprised that I was sucked into Grace’s life.
There are just some words you never want to hear in a relationship and they are “I met someone – “. Yes, we meet new people every day but we don’t stand in the kitchen with a duffel bag and pull the rug out. And so, here the rollercoaster ride begins. For the characters and for me as a reader.
Ben made me so mad. The audacity of Ben implying…you rat bastard. He doesn’t deserve happiness. Did I feel as if he really worked for it? No. His reasons for doing what he did where had to fathom because it could have been handled differently.
The humiliation that Grace felt. The betrayal. Knowing the “other woman” hearing the news from her and not your husband.
I was on the fence I wanted Grace and Ben to work things out. I also wanted Grace to get it on with Finn. I am more team Grace than anything else. But admittedly she isn’t perfect and there were things that she needed to work on.
A month of marriage counselling is the first step in finding their way back to one another. If you want a read where love conquers truly does all after marrying then this book is for you. I can really see how difficult it was to write as the author has written. Where forgiveness and moving forward as a couple is centre stage here. It is so easy with everything that happens in day to day life to just drift away from one another.
The one thing I had a problem with was Grace staying at home. I find it admirable that Grace is a stay at home Mom. But she gave all and in the end nearly lost herself.
There is solid writing with great secondary characters. Bear is my favourite. The author has truly created something beautiful and heartfelt. I finished it in one day so that should imply how good it is.
I hope Dean and Holly get a book as well as Finn.
There is no cheating in the book.