Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: Wild Heart by: Jennifer Calbreth

Ani Forrest has spent most of her life trying to find the right path. She’s spent the last five years attempting to experience the world. But no matter how hard she tries, nothing ever feels right. With her father’s health failing, she finds herself back in the sleepy Tennessee town where she grew up. 
However, fate has a choice for Ani to make, does she resume the life she once had or does she take the opportunity for something different? Cash Roberts, the man who once held her heart, is vowing to win Ani back. But the temptation of something new is too strong to resist when a handsome stranger shows up in town. Knox O’Connell has brought his Motorcycle Club to Coker Creek in an attempt to get away from the anarchy and chaos of Ireland. The last thing he needs is the enticement of a free spirited woman. That is until she turns his world upside down. 
Will Knox be able to win Ani over? In the midst of rival M.C. retaliation, will she be able to put her worries aside and follow the path that fate has given her or will she stay on the road that has always been familiar? What would you do if your past and present collided together, leaving you standing at a crossroad unsure of which path to take. 

Warning: Wild Heart addresses serious topics including, abuse, sexual abuse, and heavy alcohol use. This book is intended for mature readers 18 years of age or older. Enjoy...



March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: The Broken Part of Us by: Ker Durkey

For a mature audience only. Contains explicit sexual scenes. This book is the second book in 'The Broken' series. It is recommended that to enjoy this book to its full potential you should read 'The Broken' first. This is a stand alone, no cliffhanger. 

Some people search their whole life for a connection -- a reason to be here, and feel life in all of its intensity.. But what if you never wanted to experience that emotion? Jasper lived his life coldly determined never to fall in love. Some people impact your life in a moment, and will stay in your life forever from then on. What if an irresistible force crashes into you -- not once, but twice, and from a totally unexpected source? Jasper must overcome past demons that are still plaguing him and his friends. He must face future choices he never knew he would have to make. Sexual chemistry can come in all forms. When the lines blur between friendship, love and lust, a new darkness finds its way into their lives. Either these relationships survive or die forever broken ……in The Broken Parts of Us 


This book follows straight on from where we left them all in 'The Broken'. It is written in three POVs. Derek's, Jasper's and Kyra. Contains M/M M/F M/M/F scenes. If this is not something you are comfortable with please skip this read, thank you, I hope you enjoy the crazy emotional journey of love and lust with some darker twists along the way.



March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: The Broken by: Ker Dukey

This is a Dark NA Romance intended for a Mature audience only, 18+ 

When River’s already broken life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events consume their already troubled lives? 

When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behaviour sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place. When the spark between Sammy and river finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone. 



Monday, March 24, 2014

March FAN Madness: How He Really Feels by Lisa Suzanne


Julianne Becker is desperately in love with her boss, Nick Matthews. She has daydreamed about him since the day she first met him a year earlier, but she is firmly stuck in the friend-zone until New Year’s Eve, when the game completely changes and she finds out how Nick really feels about her. They embark on a sexy affair that’s everything Julianne ever dreamed of... except she can’t tell anyone about it. What will happen if anyone finds out about their secret relationship? And how will her lifelong best friend, Travis Miller, react when Julianne begins a relationship with someone who isn’t him? 

How He Really Feels is a novel that explores relationships and love between coworkers and friends. It contains some adult situations and is intended for mature readers.


Julianne Becker is head over heels in love. Only problem.. He is her new boss. When she first sees Nick Matthews in the conference room at her office, the instant sparks hit her light a bolt of lightening. For over a year she hid her crush about him, only confiding in her best friend Travis and 2 office girlfriends.

Until the day when Nick finally makes a move and confesses his feelings about her. Admitting that he has done everything possible to make excuses everyday as to why they needed to complete projects together, or take an office lunch. The only thing stopping him for months was the interoffice relationship clause that he has signed upon accepting his position.

Not being able to stay away from each other any longer, they began their secret relationship. Jules again confided in her best friend Trav, although he began to withdraw from her, acting strange when she professed her love for Nick…  When their relationship leaks to Nicks boss, all hell breaks loose between them, their jobs, their friendships… 

I absolutely LOVE this novel. I was immediately drawn into the story line, the characters, the love for each other. Lisa Suzanne reaches the readers in a way that makes you unable to put the book down until it is finished. Love this series!!
#TEAMNICK!


*This novel was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review**


Lisa Suzanne is a high school English teacher who lives at home in Arizona with her amazing husband and adorable yellow lab. She loves summer more than her students do. She has loved to write for as long as she can remember.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March FAN Madness: What He Really Feels by Lisa Suzanne

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He told her How He Really Feels and had his heart broken. Now Travis Miller is trying to move on from the greatest heartbreak of his life by getting out of town. But two nights before his big move to California, Travis meets a mystery woman who grabs hold of his broken heart and gives him hope that he can piece it back together. Will Travis ever figure out What He Really Feels, or will he be stuck on his first love forever? Will he find his happily ever after? 

What He Really Feels contains some adult situations and is intended for mature readers.


This is book 2 in the He Feels series. If you haven't read How He Really Feels, what are you waiting for??? This might contain spoilers for book 1 so I would have to recommend that you stop here and pick it up before reading this. 

Travis had his heart stomped on my Jules at the end of book 1, he decides it is time to start fresh. New town, new office, new girls. Out with his buddies, right before leaving, a group of beautiful and semi drunk girls find their way to this handsome group of men. When Trav and his mystery girl decide to take things a little further after a few hot and steamy dances, he can't deny the instant attraction towards her. She seems different. The deep feelings that he develops over one night for this woman is unbelievable to him. Yet, with him leaving town, they agree that no strings or even swapping names is the only way to do this for themselves. 

Travis still refuses to speak with Jules after what she did to him, and he can't get this mystery girl out of his mind. She had gotten under his skin and he couldn't shake her, but had no way of contacting her. Falling into his new life easily, he did everything he could think of to move on from a one stand that would change his life. 

When Lindsey, aka 'Gorgeous', literally bumped into him months later… he knew it was fate. Only problem.. She was dating his new co-worker.. The relationships in this novel tug at your heart strings. Jules refusing to let Travis walk away from their 20 year friendship, Travis and Lindsey's battle to fight for their new relationship..

Lisa Suzanne definitely did not let me down with this sequel. However I am still #TeamNick, Travis proved himself in this story and he did not disappoint. I can't wait to see what happens in 'Since He Really Feels'!!! 


*This novel was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review**



Lisa Suzanne is a high school English teacher who lives at home in Arizona with her amazing husband and adorable yellow lab. She loves summer more than her students do. She has loved to write for as long as she can remember.


Cover Reveal: Pinned Down by C. Michelle

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Expected Release :5/5/14
Blurb:
Pinned Down is the second installment in the Pinned Up trilogy. The story continues right where it left off in the first book.
Nina and Josh's relationship survived betrayal and deceit. Revelations that could have hindered their connection proved to make their bond stronger than ever. But will they have their happily-ever-after? As Nina and Josh rekindle their love, challenges arise threatening to break them apart. Some old habits are simply too hard to break and resist. Their sexual chemistry, humor, and unexpected links to their past continue to unravel as do unforeseen new bonds.
Are you ready to embark on another wild ride? Nina, Josh, and Kade sure are! Friendships and relationships might just have surprising new twists...

What readers are Saying about Pinned Up!

I absolutely love a book that has a perfect mixture of everything! Pinned Up was funny, sad, edgy, witty, stressful, happy, sexy, exciting, etc....I really had a great time reading it! – Julienne from The Bookaholix Club
C. Michelle weaves in witty lines and heart stopping moments with her more than sizzling romance to bring in a novel that is completely full of entertainment. And while this book was fun and flirty, it was not without darkness, betrayal, twists, and shocking revelations. - Jessirae from Words, Pages, and Books
So, we have a great setting, a diverse and interesting cast of characters, a bit of romance paired with a side of angst, and then come some surprising twists and turns that really bring this plot to life, providing intrigue and intensity. Overall, this is a quirky, romantic, exciting, and enjoyable read. – Gillian from Tattooed Book Review
All in all if you don't read this book you are missing out. If the idea of having this gorgeous cover on your bookshelf doesn't persuade you then let it be known that this book had me ugly cry, twice. But I also ugly laughed and chewed my nails down to mere stumps. If that doesn't interest you nothing will. – Jade Goodmore (Author of Forget Me Not and Winter Blues)
I will say that if you liked Beautiful Bastard, Bared to You, Pieces of Lies, Tangled and Dark Light you'll like Pinned up! Why? Because Nina reminds me of the females in each of those books. Strong, smart, independent, beautiful and feisty! I love that about a female character And oh my God that mouth of hers, I LOVE IT! She speaks her mind and has no filter! – Akilah from the SMI Book Club
This book was funny, a lot of dark and witty humor (right up my alley), characters I absolutely loved, and a twist I wasn't expecting. I needed this book in my life. A MUST READ get on it when this book comes out. – Anjuli from Chi Chi’s Corner – Books & Stuff
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Author Bio:
I love a good laugh…you know, the type that accidentally makes you snort. Yeah, that kind. My love of all things funny, romantic, and bad ass led to the writing of my debut novel, Pinned Up. I reside in northern Cali with my husband and three children. I'm currently working on the completion of the Pinned Up trilogy. Initially, Pinned Up was written as a stand-alone novel, but since the characters continue to harass me during the middle of the night, while I'm driving, when I'm eating, and while I'm running against my will…I decided to continue with their stories.
I definitely don't take myself too seriously. (Life is too short for that if you ask me.) And I'm well aware I’m not everyone’s cup of tea...and that’s okay! Why? Because I’d rather be someone’s shot of tequila anyway! Salud!
Life hasn't always been all fun and games...I also worked my butt off to set a positive example for my family. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree while working as a Deputy Probation Officer and Probation Counselor. I also served my community as a Victim Awareness Program instructor and an Aggression Replacement Training facilitator.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

March FAN Madness: Until You by: Penelope Douglas


Title: Until You
Series: A Fall Away Novel, Book #1.5
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 5, 2013
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn
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***This novel contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+. 

Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back

(I received this novel from the author for an honest review.)

Several months ago I came across a book called Bully and I fell in love with Jared an Tate.  There story was mesmerizing.  So, when I was given the opportunity to read Until You I jumped at the chance to read Jared's side of the story.  I really enjoyed seeing their world through his eyes.  In Bully the reader was able to get a glimpse of why Jared acted the way he did, but in Until You you fully understand.  The hurt and angst ran much deeper then I previously thought.  While I felt bad for Tate throughout the first novel, I have to say I feel worse for Jared now.  


If you haven't read Bully I strongly suggest you read that novel first.  You will appreciate Until You more if you do.


Happy reading!!


Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she 
is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, 
earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to 
"just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola 
University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she 
got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, 
and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have 
spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show 
Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

March FAN Madness: Reaching Rachel by: L.L. Collins

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Title: Reaching Rachel
Series: Living Again #2
Author: L.L. Collins
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis
Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible. Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?
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Review
*I received this book as an ARC for an honest review*

           Reaching Rachel is a heart gripping, non stop action story. I was immediately enthralled in the story and read the entire thing in one sitting. We originally met Rachel in Living Again, L.L Collins debut novel and we now learn what really happened in the past to make her so closed off to her friends.

          Living Again is a true favorite of mine and Reaching Rachel did not let me down. Reading the pain and horror that this poor woman has had to live is absolutely gut wrenching. Will she ever get her happy ending?

          We are brought into the dark past and present of Rachel's life. Keeping everything hidden from her closest friends, until the unspeakable happens. Being brought into the darkest side of her mind, kidnapping, rape, being beaten... will she be saved? 

          I Love this book. L.L. Collins has done it again. This is an amazing series, L.L.Collins definitely knows how to rip the emotions from the readers. Offering my fair warning now.... Grab the tissues when reading these two!! 


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March FAN Madness: Living Again by: L.L. Collins


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Synopsis: Kayley Carson thought she had it all...married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.

When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she's better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again.

She's not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?

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 Review:
          I'm finding it extremely difficult to review this book without giving anything away, but let me just say that I found myself crying right along with Kayley.. Every. Single. Time.  I HIGHLY recommend this book, but be sure to grab the box of tissues!!
         
          Kayley Carson married her best friend and was about to start a family, until she received a phone call that forever changed her life. Eight month pregnant and now widowed she did not know how to live anymore.  The birth of her daughter and her amazing support team of friends and family were the only thing that keep her afloat. A year later, she feared it was happening all over again... Would she ever be able to move on?

          Dr. Ben "Yummy" Nichols also had his share of life tragedies.  He had sworn off all relationships after getting his heart torn out by his former fiancĂ©. That was until Kayley walked into the hospital... The moment he saw her, he knew he had to make her 'his'.

          L.L. Collins did a fantastic job with this book. Within the first page I was completely and utterly hooked. The raw emotion between the characters throughout this entire book grips your heart and squeezes. 

          Although there is serious heartbreak and devastation in the beginning of the book, there is also such a connection between the two, it was hard to remember it was 'just a book'. The instant connection between Ben and Kayley was great to read, but I was more attached to the relationship between Ben and Kayley's daughter, Alexis. SWOON!

          Can they survive the painful memories and insecurities of their past and move forward? Or will it be too great for them to handle?

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About the Author:
L.L. Collins is a 30-something teacher from Florida.  She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.  Her love of writing found a home in the self publishing world in 2013.  Her debut novel, a contemporary romance called Living Again, released as an eBook and paperback on October 4, 2013. 

LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing.
You can find her online at:
Twitter: @authorllcollins at http://www.twitter.com/authorllcollins
And her website is coming soon - http://www.authorllcollins.com/

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
*Synopsis*

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

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*Review*
(I received this book from the author in turn for an honest review.)

For weeks, I watched Pepper Winters agonize over Destroyed.  Worried no one would like it.  Questioning the plot.  Concerned over the characters.  I watched on social media as she worried herself sick over this novel.  Let me start by saying she had nothing to worry about.  Sure, Destroyed, is different from her Twisted Together series.  The plot if different.  The characters are unique.  But isn't that what we want from the authors we love?  All too often we talk about how we read the same cookie cutter story over and over.  We are on a never ending search for something different.  Something that moves something inside of us.  Pepper Winters nailed this one.

Destroyed is the story of Hazel (Zel) and Roan (Fox).  Both are strong, stubborn, and damaged.  Both have survived tremendous pain, but can they survive each other?

I fell in love with both characters by the end of the second chapter.  I loved Hazel's strength.  All too often the leading lady is to weak or pliable.  Hazel knew what she needed to do and why she needed to do it.  I admire her for that.  Fox, damn he was sexy. Disturbing, but sexy.  I love a big strong man with a soft heart.  

My favorite part of this book happened right at the halfway mark.  I am telling you it will bring you to your knees.  I was clutching my chest in agony.  In that moment, my heart was torn out, squeezed in a vice, scrambled and jammed back into my chest.  The emotional roller caster did not end there.  This book over flowed until the very end.  

I strongly recommend you spend a little time with Zel and Fox.  You will not be sorry.

Happy reading!!

*Excerpt*

Raising my eyes to lock with hers, I murmured, “I want to lick you.”
Her eyes flared wide; her toned tummy tightened. 
When she didn’t move, I cocked my head. “Let me taste you and I’ll gladly let you touch my back. But I’m not going anywhere until you obey me. Come here.”
She shook her head, a blush covering her cheeks. “I can’t. How would you—”
Logistics seemed simple to me. “You have to sit on my face, Zel.” I couldn’t stop the small smile and the thrill in my stomach at the thought of her presenting herself to me. She’d have to willing expose herself and hold herself in place while I pleasured her. 
“Move. Now. I won’t ask again.” –ROAN



*About Pepper*
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com

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March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: Forever With You (Fixed #3) by: Laurelin Paige

Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won't be easy for the scarred lovers, but they're committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.

But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets--secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits.

Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach.










March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: Found in You(Fixed #2) by: Laurelin Paige

Warning: This book contains mature content and is not recommended for readers under 17.


Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she's determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that's based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson's not the only one with secrets.



With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best--Celia, the woman he almost married. Hoping for insight from someone who understands all sides of the story, Alayna forms a bond with Celia that goes too far--revealing things about Hudson that could end their love for good.



This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn't spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway...



March FAN Madness 'TBR' Tuesday: Fixed on You (Fixed #1) by: Laurelin Paige

Fixed on You is the first book in a trilogy but ends without a cliffhanger. Due to mature material, it is recommended for ages 17+. 

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither's past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out--move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn't figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He's smart, rich, and gorgeous--the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson's fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn't an option after he offers a business proposition she can't turn down and she's drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she's fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.





Monday, March 17, 2014

March FAN Madness: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin
By: Rachel Van Dyken



Synopsis:  I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michels offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own

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Review:  Well Ruin has me ruined.  I am surprised I was able to comprehend the last third of the book through the tears and sobbing.  There should be a warning on the cover 'Have Kleenex on hand.'

     Ruin is the story of Kiersten and Weston.  Kierston is a college freshman scared to live.  Having tragically lost her parents she is just trying to survive each day.  Her first few days on campus are tough and uncomfortable until she walks head first into a wall of a man.

     Weston has also had his share of tragedy, having lost people he loved.  In his final year of college he has been assigned as a RA in an on campus dorm.  Just trying to survive the year he has planned to change his playboy ways and focus on his priories, his health, football and his family.  What Weston never expected was to be felt up by sheepish redheaded freshman on one of the first days on campus.

     Quickly, Weston and Kiersten become friends.  Weston makes it his mission to help Kiersten breakdown her walls and start living.  Teaching her to live afraid instead of being afraid to live.  What Weston doesn't tell her is he is fighting his own battle to live.  A battle of life and death.  Does love conquer all?  Can it heal all wounds?

     I adored the characters.  I love Kiersten's innocence.  She trusted Weston wholeheartedly and maybe even a little naively.  Weston was sweet and kind.  He was completely down to earth despite his family's circumstance.  The connection the author was able to create, not only between the characters, but also between the characters and the reader was mesmerizing.  Two thirds in I felt like I was there holding Wes's hand.  It was also around this time I began bawling like a baby.

     Ruin was one hell of an emotional roller coaster.  If you are looking for a sweet love story laced with true raw emotion I suggest you pick up a copy of Ruin today!

Happy reading!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March FAN Madness: Pulse by Gail McHugh

Pulse
By: Gail McHugh


Synopsis:  A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

(Pulse is the sequel to Collide Volume 1) 

How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?

You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your… soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?

Only time will tell…

Tick-Tock…


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      Pulse is the continuation of Gavin and Emily's story from Collide.  It is a heart warming, gut wrenching, eye watering, breath stopping journey that had be smiling like a goon and crying like a baby. 
     The story begins where Collide left off.  Emily has realized she has made a terrible mistake and seeks out Gavin.  Finding him proves to me more difficult then she originally thought it would be, but once she tracks him down winning him back is not too difficult.  After all, Emily is the air Gavin breathes.
     Emily and Gavin's road to their happy ever after is paved with trails and tribulations.  They find themselves in the mist of the most joyous time of their lives, but is overcast with angst and torment.  It was heartbreaking that they never got to enjoy the little moments as much as they should have.  (Maybe next time.)
     The author did an amazing job highlighting the emotional toll an abusive relationship can have on a person.  Ms. McHugh shows us the tremendous effort and love Gavin must bestow upon Emily to help heal her soul from the emotional, verbal and physical abuse she has endured at the hands of Dillon.
     I must say before I go that chapter eighteen was totally... 100%... without any doubt... the most unkind chapter I have every read.  It was absolutely brilliant by the author, but completely horrible to do to the reader.
     Collide and Pulse were an amazing duo.  I cannot wait to see what this author does next.

Happy reading!!