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STARTING OVER by Barbie Bohrman~ Review & Trailer

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Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.

To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to go on a date with the next man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.

But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?

Available January 19th, 2016

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Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first time reading from this author and I really enjoyed STARTING OVER.
Throughout the book, Bohrman mixed up the humour, angst, and swoon in just the right balance.
The story was fresh and real but also gives the reader the escape they’re looking for.
The characters are well written that even the secondary characters are memorable. Vanessa and Josie’s mother/daughter relationship was strong, endearing and the type of bond any mother hopes to have with their daughter.
I absolutely adored Cameron’s (Mr. Thomas) character. His shy, Star Wars geek was hot and not done enough in romance books. His unassuming charm and charisma made him every much as swoon worthy as the more common tatted up, muscular, obvious hottie book boyfriend.
The characters were mature, straight forward. I really liked that they weren’t whiny or wishy washy.
The humour in the story had me giggling out loud. I always enjoy a romance book that can add laughter to the story.
STARTING OVER is a quick, light, fresh read.
I would definitely read from this author again.
D 4/5

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PROGRESS by Amalie Silver~ Review

#thisbook I can’t get it out of my head. Brilliant!!!! An absolute must read.

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Progress by Amalie Silver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#thisbook It’s beyond what words can convey.
From the first chapter until the very end, I was sucked into a vortex of emotions and I kept spinning and spinning until the last words on the page. I wanted the end of the book to introduce itself to me instantly, yet I wanted it to remain a figment of my imagination. Because if we met, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not.
#thisbook reeled me in then let me swim free for a while relishing in the poetic words, the sincerity of the story, only to yank hard on the line reminding me, this was not an easy story, there were hard truths, tough realizations, even harder decisions.
Amalie Silver’s words flow so effortlessly giving the reader a raw and organic story of love that maybe shouldn’t happen, can’t happen, but happens. And while you are watching the whole thing unfold in a string of the most beautiful and soulfully ernest words, it seems to hit you from all sides out of nowhere.
PROGRESS travels deep into your mind and your heart. It takes hold of you, nurturing you yet taking your breath like it’s your last. It brings a smile to your face as the tears slide down your cheeks trying to drown your hope for Jess and Charlie. #this book covers you in dark clouds of grief, guilt and shame but radiates the sun in relief, optimism and forgiveness.
This book will be on my forever favourites list. I haven’t read a book that touched me so deeply in a long time. An absolutely remarkable read.
D 5+++/5

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LOW by Mary Elizabeth~ Review

Hey crew, LOW by Mary Elizabeth is getting set to release on February 1st.

2016 is the year for some amazing words. Low makes that list because beyond the story, is how Mary Elizabeth tells the story.

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Low by Mary Elizabeth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where do I begin? This was such an incredible read.
The grittiness, rawness, the on the line, stripped down to the core words on the page. They leave you breathless and clawing for more. They clutch at your soul, at your heart, they jumble your mind and scramble everything you thought you knew about love and freedom. And maybe, just maybe there’s a little bit of a crook in all of us.
What an intricately and multi-faceted story Mary Elizabeth has written. With every turn of the page, I was pulled more deeply into the passion and the exhilaration. The story runs for its life but there are these moments where it stops for a breath and takes a minute to remind you that its a love story and love is worth taking a moment. Love breathes in the ugliest and most desperate situations.
More than the story or the characters, I fell in love with the writing itself. The descriptions in this book (specifically in referencing Poesy)- poetic, poignant, stunning. I know most people fall for the book boyfriend. But in my opinion Poesy made the book without a doubt.
This author has talent. She took a simple story and made it so incredibly dynamic, powerful, symbolic. All your senses are brought into this story. Every piece of you tingles with excitement, anticipation, sadness, reverence, appreciation.
And the ending… perfection, grace.
LOW– an absolute must read!
D 5/5

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IN THIS LIFE by Christine Brae~ Review and Giveaway

Check out my review of this absolutely beautifully told story. Stunning and poignant. Enter the giveaway too!

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In this life, there is promise
In this life, there is truth,
In this life, there is happiness
And the hopeful dreams of youth.
In this life, there is someone
Who loves me for all time.
But none of that matters,
Because in this life – in my life,
I know you can never be mine.

This is a story about love, found in a faraway place by two very unlikely people. It is also a story about friendship and loyalty and fighting for what you have despite the illogical mystery of fate. It is a story of faith and acceptance, and learning that even the best-laid plans are powerless against the alignment of the universe.

From the beaches of Thailand to the streets of New York, three friends, Anna, Dante, and Jude will learn the hard way that once providence steps in, there is nothing in the world that can change what is truly meant to be.

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An absolutely stunning story from Christine Brae. I have read all of her books and IN THIS LIFE hands down is her best work. The story is raw and down to an organic level that the characters are forced to study what drives their love for someone and whether or not it is enough to propel them forward to have a future with them.
In her fourth novel, you can read through the pages and see how much Brae’s writing has evolved and matured. She left nothing of herself hidden between the lines. I couldn’t imagine how she was able to bare it all in this story after I felt stripped and wounded when I finally came to the final page. And I was just a reader. In This Life roots itself deep into your soul, your heart and your mind. Love is never logical or easy. I was given such an emotional hangover yet with more clarity and understanding as a woman who wants love,but needs to love.
IN THIS LIFE isn’t one of those books with tattooed, rock star hotties but with it is filled with emotional twists, characters who are multifaceted and layered with so many versions of love and emotion. Jude Grayson is an unassuming yet strong book boyfriend. I fell head over heels for him within the first paragraph of being introduced to him. He’s kind, in his strength came his weakness.
Overall, all the characters had the best of intentions, no ill will which made them all likeable and brought you deep into the story. They all fit extremely well within the entire scope of the story.
Christine Brae brought us a poignant, introspective story of love and the many layers of love. I highly recommend this story.
D 5/5 beautiful stars.

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SLAVE TO LOVE by Julie A. Richman ~ Review

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SYNOPSIS~

There are risks to mixing business with pleasure…

IF A MAN HAS AN AFFAIR AT WORK, HE’S A STUD.

He was a royal prick.
The night we met, he ignored me.
Then Mr. Big Shot CEO grabbed my ass in a business meeting.
My boss just loaned me out to this guy.
Now, we’re working on a major project together.
And our chemistry is dangerous.
Combustible.
If I allow it to ignite, I’ll risk losing that promotion.
Worse, what if I lose myself in him?

IF A WOMAN HAS AN AFFAIR AT WORK, SHE’S A SLUT.

From the moment I saw her I knew she was trouble.
It was the combination of her fresh face, smart mouth and nipples that seemed to know my name.
This woman could satisfy my needs both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
But there was more to it than that.
I wanted her.
Really wanted her.
And I was in the position to change the course of her life.
But I’ve got secrets, secrets that could destroy her.
And either make her mine or drive her away forever.

This is a STAND ALONE novel.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Julie Richman has a fabulous talent for bringing social awareness into her stories without feeling like we’re being lectured. She pulls in current events and pop culture without it coming across as a teen gossip magazine.
Inevitably there is always one point in a Julie Richman novel that will leave you in tears. Slave To Love was no different.
Richman creates strong characters both male and female. I love that when she creates an alpha male there is an equally charged and feisty alpha female. The chemistry between Hale and Sierra is perfect. Their banter and sass is trademark to a Richman novel. I fell in love with both of these characters right out of the gates. Richman balances her stories with a great sense of humor, great dirty bits, cheeky flirty bits and just enough angst to tug on your heart strings.
The storyline fits the characters and flows flawlessly. I didn’t want the story to end. I’m hoping there will be a follow up story involving one of the secondary characters– Jeff.
If you haven’t read a Julie Richman book, Slave To Love would be a great introduction.
D 4/5

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Pushing the Limits by Brooke Cumberland ~NEW REVIEW~

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My rating: 5 of
5 stars

So, this is my 3rd Brooke Cumberland book and I
have to say that it has cemented her as a must read author for me now.
Each book has been amazing and kept me up until the wee hours of the night
going, “just one more page”.

Pushing the Limits follows Aspen, a
young art student away at college. We learn early on that art for Aspen
began as a coping mechanism for a tragic event that occurred in her youth.
As the beginning of a new semester starts, a new professor begins teaching
at the college. Enter Morgan. The young, sexy, art professor who comes
with some baggage of his own. From the start there is an instant
attraction between Aspen and Morgan.

Quite frankly, the blurb
doesn’t do this book justice. It kind of boils a well though-out and
written book down to one moment within one chapter. However, Pushing the
Limits is so much more than that. Aspen is a phenomenal character. I loved
her from the first moment I met her. She was strong while still being
vulnerable. She was funny without falling into becoming a caricature. She
was young but not immature. She was just everything you want in a lead.
And Morgan is fantastic as well. He’s damaged yet still strong, but not so
strong that he’s unable to lean on someone when he needs help. He’s never
too perfect. I believe that a man like him could exist. As the reader, I
totally understood how these two could fall for each other because I fell
for them too.

Cumberland did an amazing job of building and then
stoking the slow burn. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I need a build up to
two people getting together. Insta-love in books MAKES ME NUTS. The
relationship that Cumberland built between the two throughout the story
was fantastic and paced to perfection. She also was able to keep the
relationship from entering into “icky” town. Sometimes when you start to
get into taboo love stories (like teachers and students) the books can
easily slide into the icky. This book never did. I never once questioned
whether or not this was right or believable. The other thing I loved about
it was the supporting cast of characters. Aspen’s friends are fantastic. I
sometimes feel like author’s have this handbook that says that best
friends need to be vapid and shallow in books, but Cumberland doesn’t
write women that way and I applaud her for it. The other standout was
Morgan’s niece who is filled with personality and wit.

The book
alternates between Aspen and Morgan’s 1st person narrative and this a
standalone. So for all you readers out there burned out on series you just
found your next read.

I honestly didn’t want this book to end. It
kept me turning the page until I had finally turned the last page at 1
a.m. and then I cursed myself for not slowing down and savoring it more.
If you have never picked up a Brooke Cumberland book before then Pushing
the Limits is a fantastic place to start. Solid 5 star read from start to
finish. Brittany

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F*CK LOVE by Tarryn Fisher~ Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Synopsis

Helena Conway has fallen in love.

Unwillingly.

Unwittingly.

But not unprovoked. Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.

It could all be so beautiful…if he wasn’t dating her best friend. Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.

Until she doesn’t.

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F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are so many reasons this is a 5 star read. My favourite reason is the layered eccentricities of the story. they brought out so many angles to the story. If you were to read this story more than once, it would be an entirely new read each time. You can always read a story literally and do the whole yep, good story– boy meets girl, they fall in love, they deal with a bunch of sh*t and then fall more in love. But if you’re really going to read this story, then you need to open your mind a little and channel your inner TF. Her writing style is smart and quick witted. What appears to be random isn’t random (here’s where the quirkiness comes into play). I love that Fisher’s writing style is very honest and at times odd– you stop to think about what she might mean or what as a reader can I get out of a particular quote. Sometimes, it’s a good laugh and other times I was actually awed.
If you read Mud Vein and enjoyed it, you will most certainly like this even more. I really felt like Fisher put her own heart and mind out there mores than ever before. Again it’s the honesty of the story that had me invested in F*ck Love.
If you’re looking for a straightforward story this isn’t the one for you. There are times you will feel like a tourist in a foreign city, looking every which way and never really getting to your destination. However, I’m not so sure that the point of this story is to be final or absolute, rather it is that Helena (or women) really take control of her (their) beige life and to be reflective on wants and needs for love–at least in my opinion. Love is never straight forward. There’s always a lot to navigate through.
The dry humour of the story sets the pace and is very Tarry Fisheresque. I adored that part of the story. Helena’s unconventional and almost neurotic personality made the story light and playful while it still showcased her vulnerability and womanhood.
While this story is not for everyone it is definitely a read worthwhile for the style and artistic qualities. What I love most about a Tarry Fisher story is that they are unique and cerebral– they get me thinking.
D 5/5

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Chapter One

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“You are supposed to be with me.”

What words are these? They startle me, and at first I think I’ve heard him wrong. He’s leaning across the table while our significant others are twenty feet away, waiting in line for our food.

“You and me,” he says. “Not us and them.”

I blink at him before I realize he’s making a joke. I laugh and go back to looking at my magazine. Actually, it’s not really a magazine. It’s a math journal, because I’m super cool like that.

“Helena…” I don’t look up right away. I’m afraid to. If I look up and see that he’s not joking, everything will change.

“Helena.” He reaches out and touches my hand. I jump, pull back. My chair makes a horrid scraping sound, and Neil looks over. I pretend that I dropped something and reach under the table. Under the table are our shoes and legs. There is a blue crayon lying at my feet; I pick it up and resurface.

Neil is at the front of the line ordering our food, and my best friend’s boyfriend is waiting for my response, his eyes heavy with burden.

“Are you drunk?” I hiss. “What the fuck?”

“No,” he says. Though he doesn’t look so sure. For the first time, I notice the scruff on his face. The skin around his eyes is sallow. He’s going through something, maybe? Life is being bullshit.

“If this is a joke, you’re making me really uncomfortable,” I tell him. “Della is right there. What the hell is wrong with you?”

“I only have ten minutes, Helena.” His eyes move to the blue crayon, which is resting between our hands.

“Ten minutes for what? You’re sweating,” I say. “Did you take something, are you on the crack?” What type of drugs make you sweat like that? Crack? Heroine?

I want Neil and Della to come back. I want everything to go back to normal. I spin around to see where they are.

“Helena…”

“Stop saying my name like that.” My voice shakes. I make to stand up, but he grabs the crayon, then my hand.

“I don’t have much time. Let me show you.”

He’s sitting very still, but his eyes remind me of a cornered animal: frightened, panicked, bright. I’ve never seen that look on his face, but since Della’s only been dating him for a few months, it’s a moot point. I don’t really know this guy. He could be a druggie for all I know. He turns my hand over so it’s palm up, and I let him. I don’t know why, but I do.

He places the crayon in my palm and closes my fist around it.

“You have to say it out loud,” he says. “Show me, Kit.”

“Say it, Helena. Please. I’m afraid of what will happen if you don’t.”

Because he looks so afraid, I say it.

“Show me, Kit.” And then, “Should I know what this is?”  

“No one should,” he says. And then everything goes black.

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Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid ~NEW REVIEW~

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Elements of Chemistry consists of 3 novellas (Attraction, Heat, and Capture) which tell the story of Kaitlyn Parker and Martin Sandeke, two college students who are currently chemistry partners. One night, Martin makes it clear that he wants so much more from Kaitlyn than to be just chemistry partners. Attraction, acts as the exposition of the story. It introduces us to our two main characters and sets the framework for the relationship to come. Heat, very much works as the conflict which will lead to the climax of the story. Finally, Capture acts as the climax and conclusion of our story.

Kaitlyn is your typical girl. She’s smart, pretty, funny, awkward, and a multitude of other things. The one thing I did notice about her was that she wasn’t perfect. You know. The A typical, model thin, weak, simpering female protagonist that so many author’s write about now. She has a brain and she uses it to speak her mind, quite intelligently I might add. Martin at first glance appears to be the typical boy from every other book you’ve read. He’s more beautiful than looking directly into the sun, he comes from money, has a chip on his shoulder, and of course wants the one girl who no one would ever predict he could love. But as we get further into the books, you begin to realize that there is so much more to Martin than meets the eye and that’s what gives this character weight.

But what I loved about these books was that I totally got this relationship. Reid painted these two in a way that made me the reader believe that they belonged together. Even though all the signs pointed to why they shouldn’t work, you get why they do. The other thing, pun unintended, was that their chemistry palpable. These two people just worked so much better together than apart.

The only reason this wasn’t a solid five-star read for me was at times Martin came across as an a*#hole. There were several times I struggled with his character, but in the end I trusted Reid to get me through it and in the end she did. The books are told through Kaitlyn’s 1st person POV and as I stated before there are 3 novella’s (approx 150 pages per book) that make up the whole series.

This was my first Penny Reid book and I can honestly say it won’t be my last. As an author, Reid brings such an original voice to books that I have not read before and doubt I will encounter again any time soon. She fills a void that, in my opinion, has been far too long vacant. One where smart women, write smart books, for other smart women. It was just so freaking refreshing.

Solid 4 star read from start to finish. I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of this author’s books. Brittany

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OUT OF FOCUS by LB Simmons ~ Cover Reveal

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*** Upper New Adult Spinoff Standalone to the USA Today Bestselling Novel, Under the Influence***

“Shhhh, Cassandra, it’s our little secret.”

Secrets are stubborn things when they refuse to remain hidden. They tear through your soul, clawing and lashing until the pain becomes so unbearable, you’re left no choice but to silently scream your agony. No one hears you, of course. You smile on the outside and drift through life as though your mind is at peace, but all the while, you remain your own tortured prisoner. Sealed inside the darkened, soundproof room of your conscience, deafening cries echo as you plead for someone to unlock the door and release you from your nightmares. And eventually, when no one comes, you find ways to cope. To dull the suffering the only way you know how.

But what happens when you’ve become so numb, when everything around you has become so blurred, that you begin to lose focus on the saving grace standing directly in front of you? When you’ve anesthetized yourself to the point of losing consciousness, forced to watch as his once solid image fades away, lost to your reach in the haze as it smothers you?

What do you do then?

You fight. You heal. Then you bring him back.

Well, my name is Cassie Cooper, and it’s time.

No more secrets.

This is my story.

***WARNING – The subject matter of this novel centers around the psychological effects due to sexual abuse experienced during childhood. For this reason, as well as sexual situations, language, and adult themes, suggested reading age is 17+.***

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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and
holds a degree in Biomedical Science.
She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three
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INK & LIES by SL Jennings ~ Cover Reveal and Giveaway

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Ink & Lies

by S.L. Jennings

Releasing February 2016

Synopsis

From International Best Selling Romance Novelist, Hope Hughes, comes a gripping, heartfelt tale of two lovers, fighting for the freedom to…

No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.

…two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in…

WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

…two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it’s all lies!

Lies.

I’m not Hope Hughes. I’m not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I’m not even a woman.

I’m a liar.

And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe—just maybe—if she can find the soul within my words, she’ll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.

You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.

I just never expected to actually live it.

This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.

The one I’m still writing.

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