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After We Collided by Anna Todd ~New Review~

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After We Collided (After, #2)After We Collided by Anna Todd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was completely consumed by After We Collided…671 pages read in 2 1/2 nights and I wish there was more.

Again, I find myself tense and edgy at the thought of having to wait for the December 30th release of After We Fell. I am completely addicted to the After series!!! It definitely ranks up there in my all-time favourite series. #HESSA

I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is that has me drawn to Tessa and Hardin’s story. It might be how they’re both trying to navigate through life the best they can – both damaged by events of their childhoods. Or it might be the deep, desperate passion between them. Really, it doesn’t matter. All I know is that I wasn’t able to put After We Collided down. Anna Todd sucked me right back into the story with her complex characters and angst-filed love story.

I feel for Tessa, what would any of us do if we were in her shoes? Would you stay and fight or would you walk away. Hardin has crept into my heart. I want to slap him silly but I absolutely love him. He is everything a girl is warned to stay away from but no one will love as deeply or passionately as he will.

I know there are readers out there who will complain about the story and the behaviour of the characters but for me, that’s what makes the story so addictive. This isn’t a sweet love story…It’s messy…It’s unhealthy… It’s passionate…and it’s all-consuming. Quite often Ms. Todd references Wuthering Heights – one of my most favourite love stories ever – and I think it’s the similarities between Tessa and Hardin, and Catherine and Heathcliff that have drawn to this story.

After We Collided was an incredible read as there haven’t been too many books this year that have made me drop everything. The perfect amount of angst and passion make this a love story I can’t get out of my head…or my heart. And again with the perfect cliffhanger. Hurry up December 30th – I need more!!!  Nic

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher*

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Death’s Shadow by T.J. Hamilton ⭐️NEW REVIEW⭐️

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Release Date: December 1, 2014

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Absolutely BRILLIANT read! Dark and edgy, TJ Hamilton will have you on the edge of your seat! Death’s Shadow is not to be missed!!!

I was intrigued by the smokey ballerinas on the cover of Death’s Shadow – my eldest daughter is heavily into ballet. So a story about Russian ballerina — count me in… I had no idea how intense this story would be.

T. J. Hamilton had my undivided attention from the first paragraph…WOW! Powerful stuff! Not knowing anything about the story prior to starting it, I could tell I was about to be taken on an emotional ride — and boy, was I right! There’s a warning in the beginning of the book about the subject matter, but never once did I feel like the author had taken it to far or was too graphic. Yes, some of the scenes are intense, and left me picking my jaw up off the ground, but every scene — every scenario was played out perfectly and tastefully. Still, the subject matter is touchy, nonetheless. It was great to read a book packed full of story.

Tatiana is such a complex character. I don’t think I was able to grasp how complex she was until I finished Death’s Shadow. Her story is gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring for what she has overcome in her young life. Yes, her story is fictional, but some of her life experiences could very well be pulled from the newspapers over the last few decades. There was a movie I watched years ago with Naomi Watts called Eastern Promises and there was a girl that reminded me of Tatiana.

Luka, I wanted so much more of Luka <3 For all the complications in his life, I felt how strongly he loved and wanted to protect Tatiana. Thank you Ms. Hamilton for giving Luka a voice, he wouldn’t have been the same.
All of the characters in this story were well-developed and well written. Even if their presence was only a short time, they left a mark in my mind.

If you love a darker read and are looking for something more than your standard romance, you need to add Death’s Shadow to your TBR.  Nic

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FOR THE RECORD (Record #3) by K.A. Linde~ Review, Interview and Giveaway!

release_ForTheRecord_bannerThis series!!! Oh this series!!! It is one of my absolute favourites and Brady Maxwell is my ultimate book boy.

Check out my review for book #3 For The Record and a special interview with K.A. Linde herself.

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With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple’s future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work…and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it’s falling apart.

On the road to reelection, the passionate bond between the congressman and the journalist gets tested at every stop. Threatened by shameless media sensationalism and jealous exes, Brady and Liz now have to learn to trust each other despite what they read in the papers.

In the finale to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s sexy Recordtrilogy, Liz and Brady may be setting off fireworks along the campaign trail, but can their love transcend politics as usual?

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For the Record (Record, #3)For the Record by K.A. Linde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vote For Maxwell. Brady is my top book boy hands down. And this is one of my tops series.
Well Ms. Linde, you’ve done it again. When you wrote the Avoiding Series, it gave us readers such pleasure in becoming a Jack Packer or Peppermint Posse. And I’m sure we all thought there was no way you could top these two book boys.
Well I’m here to tell you as a die hard Peppermint Posse girl, that I’m letting Ramsey go. Say it isn’t so. I love my peppermint, plaid boxer wearing hottie but the time has come for me to say it’s not you, it’s me Ramsey.
Dear Ramsey,
I’ve fallen in love with someone else. He’s given me a new appreciation for lake houses, a better understanding of American politics and goodness knows it’s all about #airplanesbaby. He’s driven, ambitious, confident yet loving and protective.
And while both of you can rock a dark suit like no other and are both beyond sexy, there is something in Brady Maxwell that gets my vote and love. K.A. Linde introduced me to him and from the first book, I have been completely smitten. There can be no other than Brady. I’m sorry Ramsey. It was good while it lasted and I will always have a place in my heart for you. You were one of my firsts. Thank you but I know I belong to Brady now.
Forever a peppermint girl,
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And yes Brady is that good of a book boy. He is my number one. K.A. Linde created this character who is transparent yet so elusive. Without being gratuitous or over the top graphic she created an extremely sexy gorgeous lead character. In fact all the characters in this series are fabulous. They all are ambitious and have their eye on the prize. And its not to go out and hurt people intentionally, well Calleigh maybe is the bitch of all bitches but the characters are extremely focused, intelligent. No one is necessarily broken or damaged. if anything they have forgotten how to balance life with careers and love. So they are viable and believable characters. I love that the female characters are strong women. Educated women and inspiring women.
Also what I loved most about this series is that there was never a question of Brady’s and Liz’s strength of their love or that they loved each other rather it was always how they would fit that love into the big picture of politics. Even if you don’t follow politics, it’s not hard to surmise what a vicious and fragile game it can be and I think the people that are in it are scrutinized much more than a top celebrity making love a tough juggling act.
K.A. Linde, the Record series won by a landslide. There’s no need for a recount and you will always have my vote.
#voteforMaxwell #airplanesbaby #thelakehouse

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Brady. He was here. He had come to pick her up. A million emotions hit her all at once. Her heart ached as it pounded fiercely in her chest. She had missed him so much. The weeks had stretched interminably long.

She caught his eyes and her stomach flopped.

Without a thought for Victoria, Daniel, or her discarded bags, she dashed across the airport. She felt she was in a movie as she rushed toward the man she loved. When she reached him, she threw herself into his arms. Her body thudded against his chest and she pressed her face into his shoulder. His arms pulled her flush against him and he hoisted her up so that her feet tucked up behind her. He smelled unbelievably masculine and delicious. The strength in the embrace grounded her, and everything felt right in the world.

“Hey baby,” Brady whispered in her ear.

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What makes this series different from your Avoiding Series? How is it the same?

I think there are a few main differences between the Record and Avoiding series. One, the Avoiding series is written in a past to present format all in Lexi’s POV. The Record series is written straight through with no flashbacks and the end of every book has one chapter from Brady. Additionally, I think the Avoiding series centers on making a choice and finding closure with and about the people that you love. Lexi is torn about Jack and Ramsey, and she needs to find where her heart really lies. Record is set on figuring out how to make a relationship work despite external factors (ie. The campaign, the press, Liz’s journalism career, etc) that keep them apart.

I think it’s the same in that they both focus on angst. Super angsty reads. Both of the main characters end up dating other people before they find their way to each other. There is heartbreak and passion and love and lust and grief. They’ll pull you in and spit you back out and you’ll like it one way or another. LOL

In this series, all the characters are driven and extremely ambitious. What is it about ambition that will make someone like Brady but also on the flip side like Calleigh?

Ambition was the key motivator throughout the story. I think what makes people different is how they use their ambition. Brady had good intentions. He was bred for power. He took all the right steps. He wanted to help people, influence society, make a name for himself. He wanted to do good. He’s a bit of a superhero. Hehe

Calleigh wanted to succeed despite everything else. She didn’t care how she got there or who she had to take down. Ambition was like a disease in her body slowly eating away at her flesh and corroding any of the good left in her.

This is one of my absolute favorite series and one of my top for the year—and I’m not necessarily one who relishes in politics, so what is the draw and the attraction to this series for readers?

Yay! Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoy it!

I think for me, the series isn’t even about politics. It is a romance novel with a sexy man and a strong woman with the backdrop of a political setting. There is nothing controversial about Liz and Brady’s opinions, they don’t try to change your mind about what you believe, they aren’t shoving politics down your throat. It’s just like any other book where the setting is a CEO’s office or a Motorcycle Club or on tour with a rock band. The setting shapes what the people do, how they act, and the circumstances of their relationship, but it doesn’t change the fact that you fall in love with them.

Brady is my ultimate book boy. What sets him apart from other book boys?

To me what sets Brady apart is that he isn’t broken. You don’t have to find his big secret and put him back together. You don’t have to change his bad boy self to make him good enough for the main character. He is already a strong, self-reliant, driven man. He knows what he wants. He won’t compromise himself to get it. He knows he looks damn good in a three piece suit, can draw in a crowd, and get you to believe in him. He’s close with his family. He’s just a good guy.

Not a ton of those out there right now. I know I tend to write the assholes.

In many books these days, the male m/c is often an alpha and the female m/c is wishy-washy. Therefore an easy story line. How do you find the balance in writing both the male m/c and female m/c such strong characters because Liz and Brady work. I couldn’t see them any other way yet you found a story to write that was interesting, sexy and a total page turner.

Thank you! Yes, I couldn’t imagine Brady ever wanting a woman who was a weak wishy-washy woman. He endeavors to become president of the United States one day, and the job of First Lady isn’t an easy one. She needs to be smart, dedicated, compassionate. Basically everything he already is! 

Brady is first attracted to Liz, because she throws him off guard. She pushes him every step of the way. And inevitably he pushes her right back. It’s a balance. A push and pull. Brady wouldn’t have even wasted his time with someone who couldn’t challenge him and make him into an even better man.

What is your most favorite thing/scene in this series?

Oh man, this is a tough one. I love everything! Probably the scene at the end of On the Record when Clay and Brady get into a fight, and Brady says, “You’re imagining yourself dead?” I laugh every time just picturing them so angry and confrontational. I love my boys.

Okay, well there are a few other scenes I love in For the Record, but I won’t spoil them. Something about stars.

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Saving Our Hearts by Velvet Reed ~NEW RELEASE~

 

 
 
SAVING OUR HEARTS 

(MATTERS OF THE HEART #2) 

SYNOPSIS: 

**This series must be read in order from book 1. They are not stand alones. **

**This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content.**

When
your whole world shatters and time stands still, recovery is never easy. Plans
and dreams, ripped apart now seem impossible and finding a steady rhythm for
your beating heart seems unattainable. 

Cole
Tierney and Grace Rivers had a bright, uncomplicated future ahead of them, but
the accident changed that. In the aftermath, there are wide reaching
consequences, not only for Cole and Grace, but their loved ones too.

Only
together can they battle to survive the impact. Is it enough for them to heal
and fight for their future? 

With
just one glimmer of hope before them, will a small miracle have the strength to
save their hearts?



 
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SYNOPSIS:

** This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content.**

Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the world at
her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After
experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what’s most important:
her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that one
great, passionate love who values family as much as she does.

Cole Tierney loves his life. He has a wonderful family, a loyal best friend and
a successful career as an ER doctor. The only downside is he wants someone to
share it with. After being used and left heartbroken, he wants to find someone
who will love him for him and not his or his family’s status. 

“Every beat my heart makes is for you. Every time it beats faster it’s
because of you—because you’re near me, because of your smile—because you take
my breath away.” 

Their two hearts collide by chance and an undeniable connection is quickly
made.

But when others are plotting against their happiness, will their love flatline,
or will the rhythm of their hearts continue to beat as one?

 

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Velvet Reed is
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Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of the night, running a blog, and writing.

Velvet’s love of reading was realized after the death of her amazing father.
She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through her grief and
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After We Collided ~ After, Book 2 by Anna Todd ~Releasing November 25, 2014~

AFTER WE COLLIDED

(Gallery Books; November  25th, 2014; $16.00; Trade paperback)

Book Two of the After Series-

Newly Revised and Expanded!

  AFTER made me laugh, swoon… made me cry…well it just made me feel… 

ALL THE FEELS!” Once Upon A Twilight

Not only did I fall in love with the story of Hardin and Tessa but in Anna Todd’s writing as well.”   – Literary Gossip

Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose…except her.  

…Life will never be the same. 

After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.

Hardin will always be…Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses.

Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.

Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change…for love?

#HESSA

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 ANNA TODD is a first-time writer spending her days in the Austin area with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. Between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked odd jobs from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center. Anna was always an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way

to combine the three, she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true. Find her at AnnaToddBooks.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1dx, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

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THE INVITATION Serial by Roxy Sloane~ Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Review written for the entire serial– books #1, #2, and #3)
Roxy, Roxy, Roxy oh how I love your schmexy smut.
Sinful, flithy, hot, sexy, delicious and so much more.
Ashton Pierce is simply the sexiest of sexy. Roxy Sloane knows how to draw a reader in with the self assured, successful alpha male. But what keeps you there and keeps you turning the pages is her ability to add a full story to the sex. This isn’t a wham bam, get in and pull out story. This is the breakfast in bed and cuddles afterward kind of sexy.
She writes well developed characters that you constantly want more from and what to know where they have been and where they are going. I love that the characters including the female m/c, JJ are driven, ambitious and strong characters.
The concept of this serial is so much fun and intriguing. It’s a sensually erotic fantasy than many of us would love to happen in real life.
If you’re looking for a quick, sexy, filthy delicious read, then this is the serial for you.
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FIRST POSITION (Dirty Dancing #1) by Melody Grace~ Review

First Position  (Dirty Dancing, #1)First Position by Melody Grace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Italian hotness!!!
Can we say hot!!! First Position is sensually charged. I absolutely loved the quick paced dance with words. Melody Grace did a fabulous job of instantly setting the stage and drawing us into the performance.
The chemistry between the characters was definitely electric and I liked the forbidden aspect of it. Raphael and Annalise are the ideal of opposites attract. His uninhibited sensuality and her almost naive closed off attitude are a perfect pairing as the two dance their way through seduction, lust and need. Raphael is all sorts of Italian hotness. While reading First Position, I could picture him in perfect fitting clothes and the smoothest voice (like silk and wine) and Annalise, I could see trying to remain in the mold but desperately wanting out too. And taking place in Italy– it can’t get more sexy and romantic than that. Melody Grace assaults all your senses when reading this hot little number.
Because this part of a serial, the story is quick paced and easy to read. it’s packed full of story and when you get to the end, you definitely want more. I can’t wait to see where Raphael and Annalise go from here, especially from where this story left off. Definitely one click this one.
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Marry Screw Kill by Liv Morris ~NEW TEASER~

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Have you added Marry Screw Kill to your TBR yet???

 

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LOVERS RESTORED by Kelsie Leverich

Author Kelsie Leverich has just released Lovers Restored. A sexy romance of letting go of the past to save the future.

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Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… 

So much need. So much desire… 

It’s been exactly ten years since Halle Morgan last set foot in her tiny hometown. Now she’s back, but only long enough to honor the memory of her best friend and try to leave the past behind her. But with one look at Cooper Bale, Halle knows there is no escape from the past—or from the man she wants like no other. 

Cooper can’t let go of his painful memories, or the guilt that tore him and Halle apart. And try as he might, he can’t forget the bittersweet night they once shared. Even now, longing sizzles between them, potent andinsatiable. Though blissful nights spent in Halle’s arms heal the bitterness in Cooper’s heart, they know they have no future…until they let go of the past that brought them together.

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New York Times bestselling author Kelsie Leverich lives in Indiana with her husband, two pretty adorable monsters—who are better known as her kids—and her three little fur babies. Whether she is reading it or writing it, Kelsie is a sucker for romance. Add some toe-curling passion and she’s done for. When not writing, she can usually be found behind the chair at the salon, or out on the lake with friends and family.

Kelsie is a lipstick junkie, nail polish hoarder, and lover of words. She is most definitely not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.

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Nomad – Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club Book #2 by Kelli Maine ~Cover Reveal~

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I see you.

I know you.

I am you.

He should’ve put a bullet in her head when he had the chance.

When Luc ”Lucifer” Bontrager wakes up to Lilith—the satanic, sociopath bitch he left for dead in the desert—holding a gun to his head, his first thought is the girl in the club’s basement. That’s how he knows he’s screwed.

He’s lived his life training women for Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club to take over the border and use for profit. Now he’s caught up in the innocent, young girl he’s supposed to hand over to a Mexican cartel boss in a few days. There’s no way in hell he’s letting her go.

But Luc can’t save her if he’s dead, so this time Lilith won’t get away from him alive.

NOMAD is the second installment in the Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club series and continues Luc’s story from LILITH.

 

Right now you can get your copy of Lilith (Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club book #1)

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Who am I?
I’m every woman’s worst nightmare.
A taker of lives.
A trainer of slaves.
You can call me Lucifer.

Luc “Lucifer” Bontrager is a nomad in Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club. Traveling chapter to chapter, he brings in big money kidnapping women, training them and selling them as sex slaves. He’s heartless, brutal and all business.

And then he meets his match.

Lilith. Every man’s worst nightmare. A taker of lives. A sociopath on the run.

Inked up with satanic symbols and verses, she’s fearless and completely insane. Luc can’t train her, he sure as hell can’t sell her, and—for the first time in his life—he can’t bring himself to put a bullet in the bitch’s head either.

She’s his worst regret.

Her words and cold, calculating eyes haunt him. She’s the devil on his shoulder, reminding him of all his sins. He should’ve killed her when he had the chance, because when the unthinkable happens and Luc falls for the young, innocent girl he’s training, Lilith seeks her revenge, targeting the only girl he’s ever wanted to keep as his own.

ABOUT KELLI MAINE

Kelli Maine is the erotic romance author of USA Today Bestseller and #1 Nook book, Taken, and the Give & Take series, along with the Dolls & Doms novellas and Chains. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband and kids. When she’s not writing, Kelli enjoys watching reality T.V., getting lost in random Wikipedia pages and searching online ads for vintage muscle cars.

Favorite Author: Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Food: Japanese

Favorite Superhero: Spiderman

Favorite Place I’ve Been: Yucatan Peninsula

Writing Must Haves: Coffee and chocolate

Plotter or Pantser: Proud Pantser

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