Devoured by Emily Snow

Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring–after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.
When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.
Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.”

This book was excellent! The first time I read it was the day it was released. I sat down and read through it in 1 day/night, I believe. It sucked me in from the first page and I could.not. put it down. The 2nd time I read it was just recently. I happened to be reading it while I was channeling my inner Lucas and getting my new tattoo. The artist (who happens to be a friend of mine, thank goodness) was asking what the book was about, so I gave him a brief synopsis. His response, “well? Is she begging for it by the end? Seriously, if she does, I need to know this guy’s tricks!” That was definitely an interesting conversation, to say the least.

Sienna intrigued me from the beginning. There was something about her that really captured my attention. She reminded me of myself in a lot of aspects. There were certain situations where her confidence was obvious and then other situations where her insecurities got the best of her. As far as her family is concerned, Sienna struggles. She has quite a hard time standing up to her family, but I loved how Lucas pushed that issue with her. I love that he encouraged her to be strong. I really liked how her character grew and developed. I enjoyed seeing her take on a more confident nature.

Lucas. Hot. That is how I describe him. He is a confident, tattooed Rock Star. At times I was scared he was just going to be mean more than he was dominant, but that feeling didn’t last. He quickly showed that despite his relatively rough and aggressive exterior, underneath it is a guy that is passionate and caring. His method of getting what he wants is definitely unconventional, but it works.

I really adored the supporting characters. Sienna’s brother Seth… well, I wanted to punch him in the jaw a few times, but he grew on me. The grandmother was so sweet and I loved her. I’m pretty sure I want her to be my grandmother. Kylie is Lucas’ assistant and she holds nothing back. LOVED her. She’s definitely someone who I’d want on my side of a fight! Tori is Sienna’s best friend and roommate. That girl seems like she would be awesome to party with, but still ridiculously loyal!

One scene that I just can’t get enough of is the piano scene. When you get to it, you’ll know. It was HOT. I found  myself saying, “oh holy shit,” and, “yes, please,” more than once. Then it ended. It just ended and I might have yelled at my poor Kindle. And I was so pissed at Lucas for Sienna, but still so much in love.

At the end of the book, I was left wanting more. Well, I take that back. I NEED more. It’s a definite NEED. I need to know why Lucas is the way he is. I need to know what is driving him. I need to know more about Sienna! I’m not sure what I want to know about her, but I need more! I need to see where their story goes.

Towards the end of the month, All Over You (the Devoured novella) will be released and it is going to be FREE!! She also has an unrelated book, Tidal, being released THIS WEEKEND!

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Unlovable (Port Fare, #1) by Sherry Gammon

“Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.

Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.

Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie’s life into a tale-spin.

While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.

Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery.”

This story was so good and so sweet! There were so many layers to it and it came together beautifully. For some reason I like reading about High School hierarchies and relationships. I think Sherry Gammon got it all right too. Some of the funniest and scariest parts of the novel happened at the school!

My heart went out to Maggie and her life. It made her grow up way before she had to.  I was also impressed at how strong and confident she was even when you would expect her to be the opposite. It was refreshing to see someone rise above the bleak situation that they came from.

Seth! Oh my, Seth, he is a true knight in shining armor. Also, could his friends be any sweeter? At times, the men were a little unrealistic for me.  (hot chocolate at night, all being gourmet chefs)  Hopefully, men like them do exist 😉  I can’t wait to hear Booker and Cole’s stories in the next novels!  Especially Cole, something about him is endearing to me.

I loved the undercover police and the drug ring part of this story too. The Dreser brother’s chapters were chilling and exciting. I was even okay with the fact that there was NO sex in this book!  None!  But it worked!   It was all very smart. Great first novel for Sherry Gammon!

xo, D

So this book had a lot of aspects that tend to capture my attention. Abuse, high school love, undercover cops, and a real knight in shining armor. I loved it. It was sweet. It was heartbreaking. And it made me laugh. Trifecta. How can you not love a book with all of those in it?

Maggie. Sweet, sweet Maggie. She was so very strong. She had a lot to overcome. It was beautiful seeing her rise up out of what she came from. She was so strong and so confident, but at the same time, she was so fragile. I loved how she just said what she thought. She didn’t hold back. She stuck to her convictions and didn’t waver.

Seth. Whew. I loved him. I loved that Sherry Gammon didn’t hide the fact that he was an undercover cop from the readers. His passion for his job was awesome, but it didn’t compare to his passion for Maggie. The way he protected her was swoon worthy. He didn’t judge her for choices she made and did what he needed to do to support her.

Booker and Cole were excellent supporting characters! Like D said, some parts were just not realistic. I mean, guys just aren’t THAT perfect. Let’s be real here! But Booker’s sense of humor was great! He and Maggie’s relationship kept me laughing. Garfield. Booker’s story will definitely be interesting! Cole was a real sweetheart. I can’t wait to learn more about him. I am excited to see what shapes him and why he is so compassionate.

Like D said. There is no sex, but it is ok. It was a genius move on Sherry Gammon’s part. Sooooo many books deal with a lot of different views on relationships and sex. Rarely is there a book where sex is not a primary part of their relationship. This was different in a very refreshing way!

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Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde

“Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto
bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting
to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from
none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey
is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to
Jack’s wedding. The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she
does, Lexi can’t seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?
Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about
trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him,
she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from
Lexi’s life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?”

Reading K.A. Linde’s novels is like childbirth. (I’m not diminishing that experience, just hear me out!) It’s long, grueling, painful at times, emotional, exciting, some parts are quiet, you might even feel bored for a minute, but you know that it will all be worth it in the end! You know that you will be rewarded immensely! And one of the best parts of reading Ms. Linde’s novels is that you know when you have reached that part of the novel! And that is where all the work has paid off. When I got there, I was silent squealing, cheering, fist pumping, gasping in my dark bedroom. Hysterically laughing into my pillow. I might have even yelled, “oh no she didn’t”. It was fabulous!!!
I can’t even imagine what K.A. Linde goes through when she writes this series because sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the details, Lexi’s inner thoughts and the precise timing of the past and present chapters. There is just so much! I finished Avoiding Committment (Avoiding Series #1) wanting more and wanting answers and boy did I get them. I’m so satisfied and relieved, really.
The entire last 15% of Avoiding Responsibility was pure genius. I didn’t expect that, but I’m so glad it ended the way it did. The whole scene would make a fabulous movie.

Now on to the characters,
Lexi, well I think she finally matured and came into reality. I really got annoyed with her at times.  “had she been so lost in her own relationship that she had missed her that her best friend was in one?” That made me sad. Also, she can be frustratingly naive. But I do love her. And I’m proud of her for growing the way she did.
“She needed to man up and face what was coming her way. Avoiding her responsibilities wasn’t going to be the solution to her life. She had gotten herself into this situation and she could get herself out of it. “
Ramsey is so strong and independent. Not without faults, but he owns up to them. I truly feel he’s always had Lexi’s best interest first. And can I say, Oh Em Gee at the ‘angry sex’!  Holy hell Ramsey that was hot!
Jack. Well, he showed his true colors and finally made his decision. I can’t go into more details here.
Bekah got what she deserved.  (YES!)
Chyna, I think she needs to mature a bit. I didn’t love her as much as I did in Avoiding Committment, but she did have a turning point in her role as BFF to Lexi when she told her to stop running! And I’m proud of her for that! I enjoyed a peek into her family’s life and I hope she finds happiness soon.

Ms. Linde exceeded my expectations!  I definitely avoided all of my responsibilties when reading this weekend.  Thanks for another fabulous story, I’m so interested to see if there is going to be more to all of this. And to close, my favorite line of the novel is, “Now he was just fucking her-fucking her properly”.  You will just have to read it to find out who that is in reference to 😉

xo, D

Wow. Just. Wow. Let me start this with saying that the conversations I was having while reading this one were amazing. It started Friday night when D texted me about it. I was out having dessert with a friend and, not gonna lie, we might have started wrapping it up right then. Forget that I was supposed to be packing, I had a book to read! I made my (sick) husband drive the 3 hrs to visit my family so I could read. I loved visiting my family, but  I really just wanted to go in to seclusion so I could read.  I was so excited to get home last night so I could read my heart out… and then I was so wiped that I fell asleep WAY too early. I woke up this morning to some messages from Dana that read, “OMG. OMG. OMG.” “Seriously, I need you. I’m reading this and silent screaming, cheering, fist pumping. It’s awesome!” “90%… I finished!” So I knew I had to finish it this morning. I.am.so.glad. I did!

I always get a little bit nervous when subsequent books in a series come out. If I loved the first one, I’m always scared that the next one won’t live up to my expectations or I’ll get pissed off at the author. There’s just a risk! Well, there is no need to be nervous about this one. It was even better than the first! Like D said, the last 15% of the book was AMAZING. Parts in the middle were slow, but not bad. They were totally necessary to build up to the end. I really wanted to high five Lexi and Ramsey at several points throughout the book. The details really helped to build up that picture in my mind. There were parts that I could really relate to (and I really hated that, but you live and learn). I had my own “Jack” in my life, so I got where Lexi was coming from in her interactions and feelings about him. I just loved the whole book!

Lexi. Oh geez, that girl. I love her. She really grew up in this book. By the end of the book, you really wanted to cheer her on, high five her, and then yell, “YOU TELL THEM!”. Seems that Lexi can afford to grow up a little more, but I loved how her character developed a sense of strength and independence.

Ramsey. Whew, Ramsey. He could screw up with me any day if making up was going to be that amazing. And, seeing how he handled things when he was angry… well… I may purposely make him angry just because that was hot. He’s a good guy, deep down. He screws up like any person would do. His screw ups, though, are ones that are results of times he thought he was making a good choice. The way he treats lexi and how he responds to everything with her is beautiful.

Chyna. Like D said, she has a ways to go. While I didn’t love her as much this book as last time, I still loved her. She often acted a bit immature, but I think it has as much to do with her past and upbringing as anything else. She stood up for Lexi at a time when she didn’t want to. She was brutally honest and really was a great support system.

Jack. Well. At the end of Avoiding Commitment, I was angry with him, but still thought he could redeem himself. Wrong. Screw you, Jack. Screw.You. I can’t say much, but he deserves Bekah.

Bekah. Karma is a biznatch, isn’t it?

And then there is Adam. Well, I just want to say that I love him!

If you haven’t read the book yet, you need to! Get on it! You won’t regret it!

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The Dark Duet series by C.J. Roberts

This stunning series is like nothing I have read before!  C.J. Roberts is a true genius!

Captive in the Dark (Book 1 of the Dark Duet)
“Caleb is a man with a singular interest in
revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry
mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has
immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he
holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has
emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close
enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful
girl to train her to be all that he once was.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia
Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only
a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be
called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has
a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to
accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and
arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her
unwelcome attraction to him.”
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing
situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Let me start this review of Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts saying that I was not ready for what I was about to experience.  Book 1 is an introduction into Caleb’s world.  The first half of this, at times, was difficult to keep reading. (I remember squinting my eyes shut and peeking out at my Kindle, like it would help me get though it!!!) Human traffiking and slavery is not an easy subject to touch but C.J. Roberts did it in a way that kept me reading and glued to this novel!  My emotions were very conflicted, I wanted to hate Caleb, I knew what he was doing was wrong, but I felt for him at times and even found him sexy :gasp:.

Livvie, poor poor Livvie.  I just kept thinking, she didn’t ask for this!  But it was a way out for her and her own crappy life.  Not that this one was better, but it was different.  I agreed with most of the choices she made.  She ended up being very brave, especially for someone so young!

The climax of the novel is exciting and gruesome, it sealed the deal for me!  Got me hooked and wanting more, more, more!  I couldn’t wait to start book 2 immediately and I did!  I definitely don’t recommend this for all readers but if you are open minded and can get through this tough novel you will be rewarded with book 2 (about to touch on that one next).

Seduced in the Dark (Book 2 of the Dark Duet)  

“What is the price of redemption?
Rescued from
sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a
debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with
uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
Can he
surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?
Or will he make
the ultimate sacrifice?”

The moment I started this novel, I knew it was going to be different than anything I’ve ever read!  It immediately hits you with shocking information and hooks you and never lets go!  C.J. Roberts has this novel broken down in chapters from the present, chapters from the past and several different points of view!  And she did it seamlessly! I never wanted to stop reading. I like that it kept my mind sharp and  paying attention.  I think I ignored everyone around me and I know I stayed up long hours each night.

Livvie reveals it all to us in this novel.  She doesn’t leave anything to question.  Yes, being inside her head is a bit of a mindfuck but it’s necessary so you can empathize with her, become her, feel her!  I did all of those things.  I think I had a case of Stockholm syndrome myself!

The stories of Caleb’s past and his world all through the present were eye opening to me.  I know that this exists but it’s hard to imagine in this day and age.  I kept questioning whether someone like him is born that way or was he a true product of his environment.  All of that aside, I fell in love with him and wanted a Happy Ending, eventhough he did not.

The ending was so much more gentle than I ever expected.  I think I had tears rolling down my face for the last 25%.  I can’t really explain why because I don’t want to give anything away, but it really touched me in a unique way.  I will add that the sex in this novel is scorching hot! And the balance between Dominant and ‘regular’ scenes was perfect!

This isn’t a series that you recommend to everyone, because not everyone is ready to experience this.  You all know that you have that one friend (C, yes, it’s you! Heart you babe) that you can share this with.  And you’ll have to because you will need to discuss this!!!!  After this series, I was ruined for the next couple of novels that I read.  They paled in comparison.  C.J. Roberts you are a genius!  Thank you for this amazing experience!!!

xo, D

Knock out!

About two nights per week I take a Body combat class.  If you are not familiar with this insane workout it is a combination of mixed martial arts and high intensity cardio work.  It kicks my ass for sure and I come out dripping in sweat.  Plus, the music is great and makes you feel really tough. The average calorie burn for this 55 minute class is 737 calories! Another reason why I love it is that it reminds of Travis from Beautiful Disaster and more recently Brandon from Taking Chances! I loved those bad boys! It gets me through all of the punching and kicks and yelling! I highly recommend taking your frustrations out this way!

xo, D

and now for your viewing pleasure….

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights.
Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.
In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. 
Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

Wow. I think one quote from this book that can truly capture the essence of this book was from William, “It was everything that I wanted her to know, that it shouldn’t hurt to be touched, that it was ok to be adored.”

I really liked this book! If you are looking for light and flirty, this isn’t it. If you are looking for a book that you will get emotional about, this is it. It’s a story about first loves, impulsive choices, forgiveness, and redemption. These characters do not have it easy, for sure. There are very real obstacles they have to overcome that could very well prove to be too much.

There were times when I was so frustrated with Maggie and the choices she made. It is so easy to get angry at her when you were reading William’s POV because he was offering her a perfect way out. Then you would read the situation from Maggie’s POV and the anger slipped because whether you agreed or disagreed with what she was doing, you understood WHY. I felt that hearing Maggie’s POV was enlightening as to how other abuse victims think. It was real. It was heartbreaking. And it was so filled with emotion that you couldn’t help wanting to save her.

William. Oh William. Sometimes he made me SO ANGRY because I just wanted him to rush in there and save the day. Other times, you could feel his pain about how he had to handle things. When he’s returned to town and is following them around was kind of odd to me initially, but hearing WHY he did it really changed my opinion. He was such a good guy. You could feel how much he loved Maggie and Jonathan. His family was amazing. They didn’t let him get away with non-sense, but they loved unconditionally.

There were parts at the end that I was REALLY glad I was reading while at work and had to keep my emotions in check. I would’ve been a blubbering mess. The whole book was amazing, but the end was PHENOMENAL. The story comes full circle in a beautiful way.

Abuse is no joke and A.L. Jackson did an amazing job portraying how it impacts the abused and everyone around them. She also did a good job touching on the mental instability of the abuser without ever justifying their actions. Thank you for bringing awareness to such a serious topic.

For other books by A.L. Jackson – check out Pulled and Take This Regret. You will not be disappointed!

Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby

Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn’t part of Natalie Conner’s plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she’s taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.
Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he’s intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.
Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

So we decided to do this review a little different than the others. Only because it was so easy to chat about and you can get how much we both just LOVED this book. Seriously loved it. This discussion definitely let’s you know which one of us is the flirty one and which one of us is the dirty one. 😉 😉 So here ya go… (disclaimer: I had to go back and rearrange the conversation. We were a little unfocused and it was ALL OVER THE PLACE!)

D: Um holy moly Luke. ( fanning myself). Only 9% in

Em: hahaha. Which Part?

D: When they are on the couch after dinner discussing the text from Grant

Em: and he wants to know if he has competition b/c he wants to fuck her

D: Yes. Oh God

D: Hahaha. “So, no sex” ” not tonight”. Wahhhhh. I’d die. Lol

Em: I was considering a cold shower for myself when he said no sex that night. But it made me start falling in love with him. He’s a good guy!

D: Low on the angst/heartache scale?

Em: Very low. Like 97% sweet, romantic, and hot.

D: Yay! Also I didn’t read the preview so I don’t know anything about it

Em: Favorite part?

D: “I’m almost afraid of my orgasm. He’s going down on her and when she comes she says she calls his name or something like it. ‘I may be speaking in tongues’.”

Em: I literally LOL’d at that part.

D: Me too

Em: My favorite part. Hm. I don’t know if I can nail it down to one specific thing. I think if I HAD to, it’d be the plane ride.

D: Any of the million times he just pulled her onto his lap and fucked her.

Em: Of course! Who wouldn’t love that?

D: RAISING HAND! That’s my fave

{and then we break for the night b/c you have to sleep sometime}

D: 70%. I have to get showered and actually do shit today. Lol. I’ll finish tonight 🙂

D: I want to marry him.

Em: He is so dreamy.

D: it was very sweet, i often thought…this is Ryan Christensen in the later years 😉

Em: oh, yea! I was trying to place who I was relating him to! That was it! I loved that he romanced her. It wasn’t just “oh hey, we just met. let’s shag.” but I also loved that it wasn’t long and drawn out

D: Ok so w Luke I love how bossy he is yet do sweet

Em: he’s bossy without being controlling

D: Also reminds me if Christian grey with how he loves watching her eat.  Makes her feel good about herself. That’s what I love

Em: and I love that he is so in love with her and just overall makes himself involved with her life w/o being clingy and annoying

D: don’t hate me, but while I thought her sex scenes were hot, at times, i felt like they fizzled out a bit. BUT they were a plenty, so that made up for it. like some there were a lot of details, then it ended

D: i love how she asked him for dirty sex. i know you loved her tattoos

Em: oh I loved her tattoos

Em: And I loved how she was so confident, but needed him, too. I loved that they each had their own past, but it was realistic

D: i didn’t love {SPOILER}…. but we can’t put a spoiler in the review, right

Em: yea, can’t put a spoiler in the review. I didn’t mind {SPOILER}, but his reaction wasn’t realistic

[now insert a lot of random chatter that is so not related to CAWM for a bit. Seriously, discussing a book while you’re drinking is a little tough…]

D: that reminds me , my fave sex scene in the book was when they were in the bathroom and he made her face the mirror and is behind her

Em: I personally liked when he woke her up by going down on her

And to wrap it up…

D: the ending was good and i always love an epilogue from the man

Em: Oh I loved that! I like how the characters for the subsequent books were introduced enough for you to be excited to really learn about them. While I was satisfied with the closure of Luke and nat, I’m excited to see how their life develops

D: Now the cat will be out of the bag as to who’s dirty. Lol

Em: That’s why we work. We’re a great balance of flirty and dirty

D: I know I’m the dirty. Haha

Em: <—flirty

So there you have it. Overall, we both loved it. Very excited about the sequel – Fight With Me. Low on the angst and heartache scale. If you are looking for something sweet and sexy, this is it. The characters are great. I loved the supporting characters as much as I loved Luke and Natalie and cannot wait to get some more!

Isaac and Stacy’s novella is due out in December, so you won’t want to miss that! Jules and Nate’s book is due out in early January. We are SO excited to read those!

Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde

“Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he’s ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can’t believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah’s hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.”

Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde. Holy smokes. What a whirlwind this book was. If we’re being honest, I have to put this on the table. I bought this book the day it was available on Kindle. I started the first few pages and it wasn’t grabbing me. So, I did what I always do. I read the last page. I was PISSED when I read that and decided it wasn’t worth my time. Then I saw all kinds of blogs posting about how amazing it was. I find out the sequel is coming out on Dec 1, so I decided that on our upcoming Thanksgiving road trip, I’d read it. Then I loan it to D before I’ve even read it and she insisted that I had to read it RIGHT.NOW. I am SO glad that I did. My only excuse is that I must’ve been in the mood for more light and flirty and less intense at that point in time.

I can hardly begin to even tell you how I felt at the end of it all. Throughout the entire book, my emotions were taken on a trip. There were times that I wanted to clock Lexi in the face and tell her to wake the hell up because Jack  was a jerk. Then other times I wanted to tell her to hold out because Jack was so amazing. I laughed at parts because I so remember how things were in college. I went from so happy and in love to wanting to take my Kindle outside and bash it on the cement. The way it was written, you could totally put yourself in Lexi’s place. You felt exactly what she was feeling. And I loved every minute of it.

And beyond Jack & Lexi, the supporting characters are awesome. I loved seeing Chyna as her best friend. She was supportive when she needed to be, but she didn’t hold back either. I’d love to be her bff, for real. Bekah. I can’t say too much about her because it’ll give too much away. It’s safe to say that she and I would NOT be friends. Ramsey. Ohhhh Ramsey. I don’t know what his secrets are, but that’s ok. I think I’m in love with him. I was hesitant with him at first, but he grew on me. I really liked him by the end.

My favorite quote from the book without giving away the end? “I don’t want to miss you again. I want to see you more. I want us to hang out. God, I want us to finish our movie.”

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I stole, um, borrowed this novel from Em.  Yep, she had it sitting there on her Kindle being neglected.  I swooped in and took it!  And holy hell am I glad that I did!  I could not put it down, my house was trashed, my eyes were burning, my Kindle was attached to the charger because it died, but I could not.stop.reading.

Let’s start with Lexi.  She wasn’t my favorite girl at first, I mean she is always the other woman.  However, she is very realistic and I understand why she did the things she did.  Not gonna lie, don’t think I could resist Jack either.  I did grow to love and connect with her!  (awesome job by K.A. Linde, I might add)

I am so torn about Jack. I both love Jack and hate him. I can relate to how Lexi feels, because I feel the same way about him.  While smoking hot, I think he has an evil part to him and the way he behaved toward the end, not sure if he is going to get back into my good graces.  (Damn you!)

I loved how their story unfolded and i felt the same emotions in the matching present vs. past chapters. I love the supporting characters, even the ones that I want to hate.  I think they were just so well done by the author.

I need more! I’m so glad I only have to wait a couple of weeks for the sequel. I was given so much in this novel, but I want so much more. I have so many unanswered questions and feelings. I really am not sure how I *want* this to all end. ACK! Fabulous read!

xo, D

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Have you read The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle?  If the answer is no, go do it, NOW!!!

It’s been twelve years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved.
Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both fourteen.
Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect. Only, there’s a complication to their instant feelings for one another – Will, Tru’s boyfriend of two years.
Then Jake makes Tru a job offer she can’t refuse – travelling the world with him and his band. But taking the job means leaving Will behind, and being on the road with the band means spending an inordinate amount of time with Jake.
Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the worlds most notorious womanizer?”

This book was AMAZING! The begining was a little wordy, but that is Tru’s personality and I ended up liking her little rants that she would have with herself.  I think it made me really connect with her.  I loved her character and felt she was  easy to relate to.  Every emotion she felt, I felt too.  I was elated, happy, sad, devestated, had tears…all of it!  And what can I say about Jake?  The ultimate Bad boy with just enough sweetness. Making up for lost time, seriously!  That’s all I’m going to say on that topic 😉 I really loved reading his POV at the end.  I am so glad that I stumbled on this book and devoured it in a couple of days.  I’m sad that it’s over, I really didn’t want it to end!  And now that the cover and title are released for book #2, Wethering the Storm, I’m super excited! Fabulous read, go get it NOW!!  (and it’s only $2.99 on Amazon)

xo, D

So, a few months ago I was getting my first tattoo. A couple of friends were with me and one of them mentions this new book she got called, The Mighty Storm. She said she started it the night before and it was so good. I thought it’d be the same old rock’n’roll love story I’ve read before. And what a beautiful rock’n’roll love story it was. But it was so.much.more! It was sweet (um, how romantic is Jake? :swoon:). It was sexy (rock star with tattoos? YES, PLEASE!). I got angry… man did I get angry. Jake is a bit controlling and at times I wanted to smack Tru and tell her to stand up to him. Then there was a huge twist that I was NOT expecting at all. And I might’ve cried. I got angry, my heart broke for so many reasons, I was sad, but I was still in love. And it was a bit more realistic than some I’ve read… and I REALLY liked that. However, I think what sealed the deal on loving this one was the bonus chapter. It is the first chapter from Jake’s POV. Once I read that, it kind of explained his thought process and made his behavior in the book make sense.

I seriously loved this book. I am SOOOO excited for the sequel to come out. Come on, December 21st! We are ready to read!

🙂 Em

A new adventure

Welcome to our new blog!  Em and I share a love of reading romance and we want to share that with you. Stand by for much more to come from us as we get organized .  We are always reading and launched.  We are always reading and  it’s always something steamy so follow along and let us know what you think!  xo, D