Surviving Broken ~ A Mathews Family Novel
~ Sometimes you have to go through hell to find your heaven ~
Releasing September 29, 2014
Most women have a wish list when it comes to what kind of man they want to date. JC Mathews used a strict set of guidelines as a safety net to keep herself out of trouble and out of love.
On hiatus from the bright lights and speculative gazes of her career in the fashion industry, JC lets her guard down…only to the wrong man. After escaping Italy and the hands of her abuser, she returns to Malibu to recover. The last thing she expects to find is a large, gorgeous intruder swimming naked in her pool.
Reed Rider left Texas and his broken heart behind in order to settle his aunt’s affairs after her death. Seeking refuge from the California heat for a midnight swim in his neighbor’s backyard, he never expects to find a nude silhouette of a long-haired beauty standing at the water’s edge.
As their passion ignites and the pages of JC’s rulebook fade to grey, she unlocks her guarded heart to begin a new chapter in her life. When hidden truths are exposed and secrets unravel, will they survive the threats from their broken pasts?
Review by Book Dame
I use the term “series” loosely, but I love this series! They are a must read! I know series has become a dreaded word to the reader but have no worries with this one. Especially because there are no cliffhangers, and each book is about a different character. Yet, I always want more of each book! I’d probably be okay if they all were a 3 book series!
This book is no different, I knew JC’s story would be good- great even. Not for one minute did I see it playing out as it did. I feel like there’s a million things to say, but then each and everyone is a bit of a spoiler. So this book is a bit hard to review. I will tell you that it has HEA, and my emotions were all over the place reading this story. At times I wanted to rip the pages out (which would of been impossible since I read on a kindle). But in the end I trusted the author and knew she would make it all work, and she did! JC story played out as it should, and the ride was one that will stick with me. As always with Mrs. Preston’s books I got to last page and wanted more! I stared at the finally paragraph willing it to go on. And when that didn’t work, I reset it and started it all over again! Amazing story, from a gifted writer!
Tracy Mathews lives life by the perfect moral code.
After graduating magna cum laude in Marketing, she travels to the fabled churches of Santorini to capture the unspoiled sunset, only to find a masquerade wedding about to begin. Tracy is persuaded by her younger sister to crash the ceremony. While donning a mask in Greece, she encounters a magnetically charming, handsome Italian, who entices her deepest desires.
After a brief and mysterious rendezvous with future promises made, she returns home only to realize her dreams of the perfect man have been shattered—until an unexpected job opportunity presents itself in Italy.
Vincent is a fifth generation winemaker in the rolling hills of Tuscany. On the verge of losing his family’s estate, will Tracy Mathews, an up and coming marketing entrepreneur, be exactly what he needs to save his family heritage and his broken heart?
Book Dame’s Rating 5 Stars
My favorite books are those that have a story that grabs you and holds on to you. Those one’s that take over ever aspect of your life. You know, the one’s you think about while making dinner, stopped at a red light or grocery shopping. The Perfect Someday did that for me.
I daydreamed about traveling to Europe, about drinking wine and I don’t drink wine! I was plucked out of my life, and dropped into Beverly Preston’s words. With each page I fell a little more. I felt Tracy’s each emotion. I found myself wanting to climb in and be part of the story. I went from one emotion to the next, turning each page and losing myself into the story. It got to the point, where I was afraid of each passing page, worried not only about what was to come, but of it ending. Every detail rang true, as if you were watching it happen or hearing your best friend describe it over drinks. I found The Perfect Someday so vivid, and alive. I craved more.
I loved how this book, wasn’t full of unneeded drama. The Perfect Someday had no big games between characters, just a full story that kept you on your toes (and maybe fascinating about a life making wine). I was definitely seduced and fell in love with this story.
So, if your ready for a vacation, an amazing story or just a great book: THIS IS IT. You’ll relate to Tracy, she’s the girl next door or your best friend or even you. She lives life with caution, or at least with thinking everything through. And you’ll love the trip she takes you on. It’s in Tuscany, with Italian men! Need I say more…..
Confessions Links for more on Author Beverly Preston:
A man never wanted a woman as much as he wants her.
Merrick Rocha is the kind of man who makes a woman yearn for more. And for Rachael DeSalvo, he’s the kind of man who could easily fit into her picture of happily-ever-after. With each touch, each kiss, her body is thrilled as she never knows what to expect next. Their wedding day-and night-are no exception.
Now, as they come together as one, free to trust as deeply as their bodies connect, Rachael is finally ready to . . .
Book Dame’s review 4.5 stars
This series went by too fast. I love the wedding, it was beautiful. But I wanted more, I feel like there’s a whole between this novella and the last book. I want more, I want to know every detail. Still I was very happy to finally get their HEA. Kelli really wrapped up their relationship nicely, bring it full circle. But we are getting more right???? I’ll even take Joan’s story!! lol
The past will always find you.
Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn’t begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn’t enough to help her feel normal again.
And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can’t begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she’s not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she’s no longer sure she deserves.
But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he’s hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?
Book Dame Rating 3 Stars
I don’t like giving negative reviews. I realize authors spend hours pour them selves into the pages. I did finish this book and I like the story idea. It just fell flat to me. There was no real emotion, this story had a build up and in the end I was disappointed. I felt like this story could of really taken off. Instead it just scratched the surface. I also kept getting all the extra characters confused. I really don’t know why there was seven other characters living in the house, then the author brought in more. I don’t know I was disappointed, I felt like this story could of been so much more….
You’d Better Watch Yourself, Katie Kat
Katie Archer knows how to lie. After six years, no one really knows what happened That Night. Not even her twin sister. Choosing a college 3,000 miles away from the truth, Katie throws herself into art classes and a love affair with ice cream. Katie’s biggest rule? No boys. Ever.
But there is the little problem of Lucas Matthews. Former basketball star and total campus hottie, Lucas is the stuff girls have naughty dreams about—and he has the reputation to prove it! But that doesn’t stop liquid heat from running through Katie’s veins every time she sees him…
You’ll Never Get Away With It
Letting Lucas in is the hardest thing Katie’s ever had to do. And telling him the truth? Impossible. Then Katie starts to get threatening texts and she realizes Lucas is the least of her problems. Her past has caught up with her and it wants to settle the score.
I’m Coming For You
Now Katie must decide whether she wants to fight for her life, or leave everything—including Lucas—behind her forever.
Book Dame’s 4.5 Stars
I can’t seem to stop thinking about this book. The story line was so unique with the direction it took. Katie intrigued me, and Lucas almost seemed to be to good be true. I really enjoyed how their story was knitted together. I wanted more, not just at the end but at times I wanted a little bit more of a peak at her secret. Or a little more of focus on it. I had a small issue with her sister not being more in-tuned with her. I mean they were twins. But my small little issues did not take anything away from the story. Two important things worked for this book, it was believable and I wasn’t bored. Plus I can’t stop thinking about it, I want more Lucas and Katie. Great first love story!
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Book Dame’s rating 4.5 stars
This is a mild dark edge book. I did enjoy it and felt that the author did a great job with it. Especially, being a debut novel for her. When I first started reading, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I wasn’t sure I liked Tess or Brax, I certainly didn’t like the kidnappers. That being said, I think that was the authors point, not only is unimaginable things happening, but she’s lost with in herself. Holding on to things she may not be happy with. Denying parts of herself, letting fear control her. I felt the characters grow and change. The secrets around weren’t transparent, which keep me on my toes. I was eager to put the pieces together. Excited by the changes they made, and trying to thread everything together. I would love to read more of their story, but half of me is happy where they are. I’m a bit scared something could go wrong. I may need a hand holding reading partner for it. So if you like dark, you wouldn’t want to miss out of this series and the 3rd book is out soon. Plenty of time to read the this and Quintessentially Q. And those of you who have always want to try a dark novel, I think this is a great one to read!
For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom-and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick’s happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizing choice: the woman whose love saved his tortured soul or the daughter he never knew existed . . .
Rachael can’t stand the thought of losing Merrick after everything she’s sacrificed to be with him. She had thought she and Merrick were done with secrets, that the passion that burned so brightly between them had forged an unbreakable connection, but she begins to wonder if she ever really knew the man at all. Now the love they’ve fought so desperately to protect may not be enough to save them .
Book Dame’s 4.5 stars
Oh, my! This series is killing me! This book turned everything upside down. I finished this book with one thought, how in the world am I liking Joan!!! OMG!!! Seriously! It may have to do this how irritated I was with the other characters. I mean I love Merrick, but hello stubborn man!! He can’t seem to see the big picture!! And Rachael stand up for yourself and stop tiptoeing around. I always suspected that we would get a huge twist, but I didn’t see all the chaos that would take place in between. Nadia made Joan look like a saint. I really want to know how much she really knew and what she was really after. Although, I’m not sure I could take it. I did enjoy this book, it really grabbed me and sucked me in. Even though I wanted smack each of them at a time or two I couldn’t put this book down! Buck up you’re in for a wild ride. Oh, and Kelli I’m almost ready for my Team Joan t-shirt!