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THIS SECRET WE’RE KEEPING by Rebecca Done~ Review

 

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SYNOPSIS~

A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules? Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together. With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present? From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We’re Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together – or tear us apart.

This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taboo romance books can be a difficult subject to write about and keep an authenticity and sincerity about them. Rebecca Done did a fabulous job of keeping to both. The dual time POV was a great way to parallel the characters’ account of their relationship both past and present.
The story is set in a small waterfront town in England. I’m always a sucker for an English backdrop and I absolutely love the British slang.
The characters involved, Matthew (aka Will) and Jess were both very well written and developed into an equally matched storyline. Never did I want to put down the book or skim pages. The story never veered into the cheap and cheesy student/teacher relationship. It was definitely a story of intense blurred lines but viable and deep emotions and feelings. There was never a question of love rather if it was enough.
The present tense story balanced out the forbidden secrets of the past story. I most enjoyed seeing the relationship evolve and regress. It changed but it didn’t through the years that the story takes place. Rebecca Done did a beautiful job of taking this story beyond the ‘dirty’ relationship and made it more about the ripple effect of keeping secrets.
Throughout the story I found myself constantly wavering on how the story would end. It most definitely ended how the story should have ended being dynamic, heartfelt, and sincere.
This is one book that needs be on your TBR. Available this spring (April 2016)
D 4/5

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BROOKLYN & BEALE by Olivia Evans ~ Review

Check out my review for Olivia Evans’ BROOKLYN & BEALE. I absolutely loved this book and haven’t read a rock romance that’s tugged on my heart strings since Thoughtless by SC Stephens. Olivia Evans might be a new kid on the literary block but this author is owning it. She is definitely one to add to your ‘favourite author go to’ list.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not since Kellan Kyle have I read a rock/music book that gave me the feels. Now don’t go getting your panties in a twist. I’m not comparing Thoughtless and Brooklyn & Beale… there isn’t one. We’re talking two completely different stories.
What I am saying is one hot rock boy who has to find who he is made me swoon and fangirl and not put down the book just like KK did.
Reid Ryder is all kinds of delicious but he’s got a vulnerable side that makes readers melt.
I loved how author Olivia Evans gave readers that push -pull and internal struggle for Ryder. It gave just enough angst without wanting to scream “man the F* up.”
Chloe was an awesome female character. A perfect balance of gorgeousness, badass, humor and talent. There isn’t anything to not like about her.
One of my top reasons for loving Brooklyn & Beale is that the author took her time to develop a relationship between characters. Not just the main ones but all of them. I really felt like I was in the story alongside the characters.
Also there was no insta-love. Thank goodness. This factor made it such a worthwhile read because you could feel the build up.
I also enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t rely on a character to be the asshole for readers to hate so you’d love another. It was a story about everyone finding their place amongst the group. It was a story of change… how life changes, how love changes, how people change.
Unlike so many stories these days, the author did not use gratuitous sex to propel the story foward and give it life. She used raw emotions and simple human nature to create an amazing story of finding inner strength and true love.
I never wanted to put the book down. I really hope Evans is working on more amazing stories.
Get this on your TBR
D 5 / 5
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If You Dare by A.R. Torre ~ Brittany’s New Review~

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If You Dare by A.R. Torre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If You Dare marks the third book in the Deanna
Madden series by A.R. Torre. I have to say that if you’ve made it this far
in the series then you already have an idea of whether or not these books
are your cup of tea. As I stated in my review of the previous book in the
series, Do Not Disturb (also my favorite in the series), these books
operate very much like a procedural with the format being similar from
book-to-book.

The book starts off with Deanna waking up in the
middle of her apartment with no recent memory of what has happened. We
know that some kind of crime has been committed, but no idea what. Similar
to the other books in the series, If You Dare flips between 1st person
narrative from Deanna’s POV as well as 3rd person narrative told from a
detective’s POV. This book also flips back and forth between the past and
the present as both we the reader and Deanna try to work through the
events that have occurred.

This book was a strong 4 star read for
me. Part of the reason for that was that I had the “twist” figured out
relativity early on in the book. This obviously did not detract from the
writing at all, but it did take some of the fun away from it. The other
thing was I as the reader had an idea in my head of how I wanted this to
end. Did it end this way? No. Does that fact make the book bad? Absolutely
not, but when you get your heart set on something it can sometimes be a
hard pill to swallow when you turn that last page and realize that that’s
not how it’s all going to go down.

The final note from the author
alluded to the possibility of there being more Deanna down the road, but
as for right now this is supposed to be it in the series. I can honestly
say that I’m glad I went on this journey with Torre. She gave me a truly
original story idea and kept me entertained through three books. Not every
author can do that. The writing is sharp and the characters are original
and enthralling. If you’re looking for something a little dark and so far
outside the box it’s in the next zip code, then I truly recommend you try
this series. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Who I Am With You by M. Lynne Cunning ~ Cover Reveal~

Title: Who I Am With You (My Kind of Country #1)
Author: M. Lynne Cunning
Release Date: Feb 19, 2016
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People only reveal what they want you to see…
Chad Kirkwood has a secret. One he’s determined to keep buried until he’s ready to divulge it. So when he shows up on Katie’s doorstep in answer to a job posting, he stretches the truth and tells her only what she needs to know.
Katie Wicken is broken. Left to pick up the pieces of a called-off engagement and a failing farm after the death of her father, she’s determined not to let anyone else into her heart. Then she hires Chad, and Katie finds herself glancing in his direction, watching him work, and thinking about him after the sun goes down.
Something begins to awaken within Chad, too. It’s been forever since he’s felt such a genuine connection and been able to fully enjoy his life. Hell, live his life. But when Chad’s lie catches up with him, he’s forced to come clean.
And the truth could break Katie’s heart once again.
Grief and pain can make people do crazy things…but so can love.
“Don’t speak about something you don’t understand, all right? Whatever Katie has told you, that’s all it is…a piece of a much bigger pie. You don’t know me, and no matter what you think, you don’t know her either.”
Chad crossed his arms in front of his chest, not sure what to say next. From the corner of his eye, he could see Katie stomping through the tall grass towards them. The dust from Jay’s car had finally billowed into the garden where she’d been working. 
“Are you warning me about her…Jay?” Chad locked eyes with him, his gaze never wavering even though Katie was getting closer with each step.
Jay slammed the car door, wearing a muted grin as he matched Chad’s pose, crossing his own arms and pulling himself up to his full height, at least three inches taller than Chad’s five feet and eleven inches. “She used to be different, that’s all. Calm yourself, will you? I’m just telling you, you don’t know the real Katie. To be honest, you probably never will. The real Katie we all knew and loved died along with her father. My Katie is gone, so like I said, don’t talk about things you only think you understand.”
Thankfully, Chad didn’t have to form a response, not that he knew what he would say to that, anyway. Katie’s feet hit the gravel just as Chad had opened his mouth to speak; however, the look on her face evoked enough uncertainty in him that he swiftly closed it again.
“You said you were picking Mason up at five thirty. It’s only a few minutes past five.” Katie consulted her watch as though to confirm it, lifting her head to glare at Jay again.
“I’m a few minutes early. I wanted to see how everything was going.”
“Everything is just fine, Jay. You can come back in twenty seven minutes.” Katie didn’t look at Chad as she brushed past the two men and headed for the house, where Chad knew Mason was currently packing up his clothes and Nintendo DS to take with him.
“Katie, wait…” Jay’s pleas went unanswered, the screen door banging closed abruptly behind her. Only a defeated sigh sounded in the thick silence between them, and Chad uneasily turned away from the other man, intent on cleaning up his mess near the barn wall and getting the hell out of dodge before this situation got any more heated. Jay, on the other hand, didn’t have the same intentions.
“See? What’d I tell you? She’s impossible.”
“No. She’s hurt. There’s a difference.” Chad didn’t look at him. Instead, he plucked the hammer and tin can full of nails from the ground and pretended to admire his handiwork on the barn wall.
“You seem to know a lot about my girlfriend and her—“
“Ex.”
“What?”
“She’s your ex-girlfriend.”
Jay stared at him, seeming to mull over how to react. Chad couldn’t be sure whether it was humiliation or anger that clouded the man’s clean shaven face, maybe a bit of both. Either way, Chad didn’t fear him, and he stared back, unblinking.
“Good to meet you, Chad.” Jay’s tone was condescending and gruff.
“See you in twenty four minutes,” Chad replied, and the hint of a smirk crossed his face the moment he broke eye contact and turned away.
M. Lynne Cunning has always wanted to be an author, but it wasn’t until she discovered National Novel Writing Month and all the insanity that goes along with it that she began to truly realize her love for writing stories. While she doesn’t limit herself to writing only specific genres, her first two published novels, Until I’m Found and Blurred Lines, are considered Romantic Suspense. Her new book, Who I Am With You (to be released February 2016), will be the first in a contemporary romance series. She also doesn’t believe that the traditional typical “happily ever after” is always the way to go. You’ve been forewarned.
She is almost always reading or writing, but also enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband/best friend, Dennis, and is the proud dog-mom of two brindle boxers. She’s also a too-far-gone coffee addict and a lifelong country music fan.
 

 

Are you ready for Before, by Anna Todd….

A New Novel in the New York Times bestselling AFTER series

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Todd [is] the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” –Cosmopolitan

The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.”That’s Normal

Author Anna Todd continues her #1 internationally bestselling After series with BEFORE (Gallery Books; December 8, 2015; $16.00; Trade paperback).

BEFORE Hardin met Tessa, he was a raging storm.

DURING those first moments they met,he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it.

AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same.

Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in the original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 image7ANNA TODD is a writer spending her days in Austin, Texas with her husband. She has always been 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. She now knows what life is like when you get to do what you love. She also has a thing for things that begin with T’s: Tom Hanks, TOMS, Target…  Find her at AnnaToddBooks.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1dx, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

www.annatoddbooks.com

ABOUT THE IMPRINT: 

GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, Uncharted TerriTORI by Tori Spelling, Love Anthony by Lisa Genova, Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill, The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci, and The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

SIMON & SCHUSTER, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

 

WICKED REUNION by Michelle Valentine~ Review

Michelle Valentine’s WICKED REUNION available December 15, 2015. Flirty and Dirty girls love our rock romances. Check out my review!!!

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michelle Valentine knows how to write rock romance.
London and Jared’s story is so much more than the life of a rock star. It spans the time from when they were in high school until their mid 20’s.
Both characters are easily relatable in that their journey starts out as high school sweethearts. Young first love is something we can all attest to– how it impacted further relationships, how it made us stronger, how we view love as a whole, etc. I also really enjoyed that both characters were likeable and feeling the same emotions. Love gets you caught up in all kinds of intense feelings that you don’t always know how to navigate through– especially at a young age.
I enjoyed how Valentine writes in both past and present day to give us insight into the couple’s feelings. The backstory definitely shapes what happens in present day but I enjoyed how it was interspersed throughout the story and not just at the beginning.
Michelle Valentine always writes a story that feels like home. Again this adds to the familiarity and being able to relate to the story and the characters. Her stories aren’t flashy and the characters aren’t given God status. What we get as the reader are real people with real problems.
And while we’ve seen storylines of misunderstandings and second chance love, I never get tired of reading a Michelle Valentine story. There’s just something about her books. She still manages to tug at your heart strings and give you the feels.

If you enjoy second chance romance stories, then Wicked Reunion is definitely worthy of your TBR. It’s a standalone and the first book does not have to be read to follow along the storyline.
D 4/5

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Available December 15, 2015

OCULUS by J.L. Mac & L.G. Pace III ~ Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway

Exclusive Cover Reveal Teaser Tuesday and Giveaway: Oculus (Oculus, #1) by J.L. Mac and L.G. Pace IIIOculus by J.L. MacL.G. Pace III
on December 29, 2015
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USA Today Bestselling author, J.L. Mac and L.G. Pace III have teamed up to coauthor Oculus, a brand new series. The first book, Oculus, is scheduled to release December 29th. This three-book series is a dystopian romance that chronicles the lives of Sicarius and Iris and all the steam, love, tragedy, suspense, loss and inconceivable circumstance that has been packed into this series. Mark your calendar. On December 29th, you’ll have to take a Sic day.   

We are so excited to be sharing the cover of Oculus with you – Enjoy a sneak peek into the book below and make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card – good luck!

 

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Synopsis

Most people only believe in what they can see. Born without the most basic gift of sight, I rely on my other senses to guide me. Yet, what I believe in most is a phantom that resides in my dreams.

Under the blanket of twilight, I smell him. I feel him. I hear him. I taste him. But above all else, I see him.

And I want him.

I have no evidence that he’s real. But if he isn’t, why do I wake with the taste of him on my lips? I long for someone who doesn’t exist and even if he does, he’s forbidden, dangerous.

He’s from a different world, a frightening place beyond the walls that protect me. The Dark Lands, a broken world beyond the reach of the corporate control is what’s outside the gate. A lawless hellhole full of death, and chaos where savagery thrives under the cloak of darkness.

The irony is that my phantom, the one I want so badly, seems driven to destroy everything I’ve ever known.

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Release Date: December 29, 2015

Excerpt

“It was just a dream,” he declares, plucking errant tendrils of hair from my sweat dampened forehead.

Tears sting my eyes. My heart is still pounding and I’m overwhelmed at the comfort that having him here right now establishes within me.

“It’s okay,” he goes on. “I told you I wouldn’t let anything happen to you. I can’t even if I wanted to.”

“Why? I don’t understand what’s going on. I’m so confused,” I huff. My head is spinning.

“Would you like me to clear things up for you?”

“Yes,” I whisper.

Sic’s calloused hands cup my face like he has done in my dreams. His soft, full lips cover mine and in an instant my world as I know it falls away. Flashes of color and thoughts and memories that I don’t feel are truly mine, flit through my mind like a string of explosives as his lips do all the clarifying I need.

My hands roam up his chest to his neck, to his face. The scar beneath my palm feels so much more real than it ever did in my dreams. My lips part invitingly and he seizes the opportunity without hesitation. A moan of pleasure that I don’t even recognize as my own, slips from me and it seems to encourage him. He drinks from me with unbelievable thirst.

Sic breaks away from me, panting. He rests his forehead against mine. “Do you understand now?”

“Yes,” I breathe.



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Giveaway

Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

All you have to do is share this cover reveal promo post on your social media account(s) (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). Sample message below:

#Oculus is #ComingDec29th #SicDay #SicariusAndIris @JLMacbooks@LGP3Author @ShhMomsReading

Please make sure to post a link to your shares below. ONE winner will be chosen on Saturday December 6th at 10am EST! Good luck! And thank you for sharing!

♥ Series Reading Order on Goodreads – Add it to your TBR 

*all books in this series will be released by September 2016*

Book 1 – Oculus

Book 2 – Iris

Book 3 – Retina

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J.L. Mac

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