Silence is only skin deep.
Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know?
Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go.
When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.
Feisty’s Review – 5 stars!!
Of course this book gets 5 stars, Jane wrote it! 🙂 I can’t say much because if I do, I will give away too much and I wouldn’t dream of spoiling anything. But wow, just wow!! It’s sometimes hard for me read the YA books where the main characters are nineteen and act like they are my age – you know, late 30s early 40s… around there! But leave it to Jane to make me love it! Of course! We all know I’m a fan girl and I bug her frequently. She’s so cool because she lets me bother her and she is always gracious about it! However, I digress – onto the story.
Daniel Colton is of course gorgeous and tatted and very mysterious. And completely closed off. He doesn’t let anyone get close to him and he doesn’t trust anyone. Until he’s paired with sweet Lisanne Maclaine for a class project. She finds out he’s smart, and funny and very caring. She also finds out his secret he hides so well. And so begins their dance. They become friends first, then he really begins to trust her and he wants to be with her. He finds great comfort in her. And she in him. He helps her blossom into the strong woman she is destined to become. She is wonderful with him and for him. She’s patient and kind and brings him out of his shell and back into life. The need they have for each other is beautiful. They fight hard and love even harder. There is no doubt these two will stand the test of time. Daniel can’t live without her. Really he can’t!
“I’m not trying to fix you, Daniel. I just want you to be happy. I love you just the way you are”
“Because you’re kind, and good, and sweet, and funny. Because I feel happy when I am with you. You make me feel protected, safe. You’re everything” – Lisanne aka Baby doll
“Thank you for being you. Thank you for putting up with my punk ass – for being in my life.” – Daniel
Daniel is definitely the main character. Everything evolves around him and his story. We get both POVs which I love. I get frustrated sometimes when I read and I only get the heroine’s POV – I always want to know what the man is thinking! And boy do we get Daniel’s POV – he holds nothing back. He has a very dirty mouth that drives Lisanne crazy, in a good way of course! The secondary characters are great fun! Lisanne’s younger brother loves Daniel as you can imagine. Her parents, well, they take some time to come around. It’s a wonderful story where again, Jane takes you on a journey of discovery and you learn a little about yourself in the process. How would you treat someone in this situation? Would you make fun or would you treat them the same as you would anyone else? She does a fantastic job of causing you to enjoy and fall in love with the characters all the while teaching you something about yourself and others. You have to read this book because I LOVE THIS AUTHOR! Take the ride with Daniel and Baby doll, you won’t be sorry!!
After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.
Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn’t changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn’t even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.
Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?
Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn’t behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey’s walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?
Feisty – 5 plus stars!!
First of all, anything Jane writes, I will read willingly and read it fast! There’s something about her writing that gets to me every time. Some of her books start out slowly and you think, “this is good” and then it grabs you and you realize you can’t stand doing anything but be in the world she has created and not reading is NOT an option. Others grab you instantly. For me, LIFERS was the kind that slowly works it’s way into you and doesn’t let go. I read this book weeks ago and I’m still thinking about it.
Jordan Kane is one of the sweetest, most wonderful characters I have read about. He is so cute and you want to just hug him and squeeze him – among other things…. But really, he’s just so sweet and so unsure of himself that you want nothing more than to show him he is worthy of life and of love and of anything good that comes his way. He’s been in prison for 8 years and he really doesn’t know how to function in life on the outside.
“In prison I’d kept to myself; out here, I didn’t know what the boundaries were anymore. It was a game of life where I didn’t know the rules and couldn’t work them out – and I was losing. Big time.”
Torrey Delaney is a 24 year old who has a college education and has hit a dead end due to circumstances at her previous job. She’s at a turning point in her life and she needs to find out which way to go.
“Waiting tables wasn’t exactly my dream job, and not where I thought I would be at 24 years of age with an expensive college degree several years behind me.”
When the two meet, Torrey is immediately attracted to Jordan. She doesn’t know who he is or what he’s done. All she sees is a shy, very good looking guy who she wants to get to know. Ultimately when she finds out his story, she doesn’t care. She doesn’t judge him at all. Torrey wants to be there for him and let him know that she cares about him.
“Here, everyone knows my story and has decided I’m trash.” “Except me,” she said.
Torrey’s mom is the town’s minister and she runs the church. She is the only one who will give Jordan a job. The town is horrible to him and the people are either ignoring him or harassing him. Jordan and Torrey’s friendship starts out slow and there is instant attraction but not instant love. It slowly builds as time goes on and their trust of one another deepens.
“You’re not alone now,” she said. And I felt it. I felt it in her words, in her voice and in her body. I closed my eyes. I WASN’T ALONE ANYMORE. – Jordan Kane
When I was with her, for the first time in a long while, I didn’t feel judged. I couldn’t figure out why, but she seemed to accept me for who I was. Not that I knew what that meant anymore, but she made me feel alive. – Jordan
I could quote this book all day long. Because it is one of the sweetest stories I’ve read. Jordan’s parents are awful to him, just like everyone else. And Torrey rescues him from so much. And he rescues her just as much. Their love is slow in coming but when it does, you know and feel that it’s forever.
“I love you.” I said. “What we have, you and me, it’s what I thought love should be, but I’d stopped believing it existed.” – Jordan
This book started out slowly for me, but it picked up and never let go. It’s such a beautiful story and it really makes you think. At least it really made me think and made me think about how we look at people and assume we know their story and really, most of the time, we have no idea. We have no idea what someone has been through to get to where they are. And we have no idea the struggles some may be going through. Please read LIFERS, you will not be disappointed and you can become a fan girl of Jane Harvey-Berrick just like me!
The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.
Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship. Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how “rare” their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.
Feisty’s rating – 5 STARS!!
When I heard that the great Raine Miller was writing a 4th book in the Blackstone Affair series I was really excited but a bit hesitant. I couldn’t imagine where she could go and what a fourth book would look like. I mean, other than finding out if the baby was a Laurel or a Thomas, what else is there? I won’t doubt her AGAIN!! This book was fantastic!
As I sit here and think back over all four books, I can’t help but smile. I absolutely love this couple, and I have from page one. If you’ve read all three of my other reviews, you know how much I love Ethan and Brynne. In this fourth installment, they both grow so much. Ethan finds a way to deal with his past and his nightmares that he’s so desperately trying to free himself of. We get a bit more insight into what happened to him as well. And Brynne hits her past head on to finally put it to rest. The way it’s all handled is perfect. What I adore about these two is that they are real, and mature and loving and sexy. They don’t play games with each other, they don’t constantly push and pull or runaway from each other. They absolutely love each other and adore each other and whatever comes their way, they will handle it as long as they are together. After I finish a romance novel, I often wonder if the people were real, would they actually make it – and these two – there is no doubt in my mind that Ethan and Brynne will be together forever.
Let’s not forget we get to find out the gender of baby Blackstone – and it’s perfect! They will make lovely parents. So many things are wrapped up – things I didn’t even know I wanted conclusions to. There are a few parts where I was like WHAT? I couldn’t believe what was happening. I also like that we saw Ethan in a less that perfect light. I mean let’s face it. Who wouldn’t want a man who caters to us, talks dirty to us, takes over in the bedroom, and is so in love with us we can do no wrong. In this book, Ethan gets irritated with Brynne a few times and at a function acts totally unEthan like, which I loved! He’s fantastic yes, but human – loved it! And Ms. Miller outdoes herself with the sex scenes! I think these might be some of the best! I mean really, really good! 😉 Brynne may be pregnant, but that doesn’t stop them at all!
The love that is shared in this book is so beautiful. I love reading these books. I’m sad their journey is at an end, but I always know just where to find them. I can bask in their story whenever I want. And lets not forget we get a book about Ivan and Gaby so I’m sure the Blackstones will make appearances. I couldn’t have asked for a better and more lovely conclusion to this wonderful journey of two people I wish were real because the world would be lucky to have two such caring, wonderful people.
“In the hours of my darkest kind, Brynne has ever been my light. My lover who saw inside my battered soul and freed me.” – Ethan Blackstone
“I don’t think any of what happened to me in the past year could have occurred if not for Ethan. I believed that with all of my heart. Nobody could have done for me what he did. Only Ethan’s love could have found its way into my desolate heart. Only him.” – Brynne Blackstone
Raine Miller is a New York Times bestselling author who likes to write romantic stories pretty much every chance she gets. She has a handsome husband, and two amazing sons to keep her busy the rest of the time. Her boys know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any. Thank God!
I’ll leave you with a quote from a young man who didn’t live long enough to write more beautiful words for our continued enjoyment, dying tragically at only twenty-five years old. One of the most brilliant romantic poets ever to walk this earth, his words continue to take my breath away. This is from a letter he wrote to his fiance, Fanny Brawne. He died before they could marry.
…I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days. Three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. -JOHN KEATS…1819
A Companion Novel to The Proposition and The Proposal
After her former boyfriend left her pregnant and alone, Megan McKenzie swore off men. She spent the last eighteen months focused solely on her son, Mason, along with finishing nursing school at the top of her class. Although she’s not ready to complicate her life with a long-term relationship, a nice no-strings attached hook-up is just what she needs. At her godson, Noah’s, baptism, she finds the perfect candidate in the soft-spoken godfather, Pesh Nadeen. After all, the widower could use a good time too. But after drinking too much, the night doesn’t end the way she thought it would. Forced to leave Pesh’s house through a walk of shame, Megan hopes to never, ever see him again.
For Pesh Nadeen, the very sight of Megan sends him into an emotional tailspin. Since she reminds him too much of what he has lost, he wants to be out of her sight…at first. But the more he gets to know her, there’s something about the diminutive blonde that causes his protective side to go into overdrive, and he finds himself wanting more. When Megan is assigned to work in his ER to complete her nursing clinicals, he sees it as fate, but she’s having no part of it. She only wants a physical relationship while he wants far more.
What happens next is a sexy game of cat and mouse to see who will break first or if both of them will eventually get more than they ever bargained for.
Feisty’s Review – 4 stars!
First, if you have not read The Proposition and The Proposal, it’s kind of a must, and it will help you understand The Pairing. I highly recommend that you do – if you haven’t and plan to read those books – spoilers ahead! Plus, Aidan Fitzgerald is not to be missed!!
Ok, so I did not like Pesh in The Proposal. I was so mad at him for trying to date Emma while Aidan was trying to get her back!! BUT, I love him now. He is the ultimate gentleman. He is the strong, silent type who doesn’t need to dominate or take over a scene. He only drops the “f” bomb when it’s necessary, not while asking if you get him another “effing” beer! You know where you stand and how much you can get away with before he gets angry, and I love that about him. He’s such a breath of fresh air!
Megan is Aidan’s niece and she’s a feisty one. She has no interest in a long term relationship and Pesh is not looking for a one night stand. He lost his wife a few years ago and longs for a family. His attraction to Megan is immediate as is hers to him. There is a big age difference between them and I felt that a bit. At times she doesn’t seem mature enough for him but I think that’s what he loves about her – her youthfulness. She is vibrant and full of life and she steals his heart from the get go. He is polished and well spoken and soooo kind. She doesn’t feel like she’s good enough for him and not sure she can make a relationship work with him. He is absolutely wonderful with her son Mason. But don’t make any mistakes, just because he’s a gentleman in public, don’t expect anything less than hotness in the bedroom! He’s willing to go at it anywhere – and I do mean anywhere! Planes, hotel rooms for a day, empty patient rooms, hospital closets…. Get my drift? 🙂
“I’d be anything and everything you wanted me to be, if you would give me the chance.” – Pesh
The Pairing is a lovely story about how these two people figure out how to make the passion between them develop into more than they had ever dreamed. This is not the typical Beauty and Beast tale we read so often in our romance books. This is a story where the really nice, lovely, gentleman gets the girl and how sweet it is! The Pairing is the perfect book for a true romance lover!
How to follow Katie!
Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.
But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront her about the subject of her presentation – research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.
In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.
Feisty’s Review – 5 stars!!!
I loved this book!! I was a huge fan of the first two books in this series. If you have followed it, then you know that Gabriel’s Rapture was to be the final book, but the readers begged for more and SR listened and he kindly gave us what we wanted. In the second book, we saw Gabriel work through his demons and all of the unworthiness that he has felt his entire life. We saw him win Julianne back and we saw them marry and be happy together again. But…. did you ever wonder what Paul thought when he got Julia’s wedding invitation? Did you ever wonder what happened when Gabriel contacted Paulina after visiting Maia’s grave? Or did you wonder what became of Christa Peterson, Paul, Tom, Rachel and Adam, or Professor Kathryn Picton? Is Gabriel’s vasectomy reversible or will they adopt? Does Julianne even really want children? I always wanted to find out WHAT WAS IN THAT CARD Gabriel left at her door after finding out she was his Beatrice! We find out everything and then some!!
There is no stone unturned in Gabriel’s Redemption. I’ll admit I was one of the readers hoping for a third book. When I first started it, I was a bit frustrated. They argue a lot at first and the chapters were short in the beginning. I felt that just as I was getting into a scene, it would end. I chatted with Naughty a bit about it and she reminded me that I truly loved these characters so I decided to take a deep breath and take a step back. We all know SR and his snarky narrator are intense and these are deep books. So I cleared my head and dug in. And am I so happy! I’m happy to say they are together the entire book. So no worries there. I have trouble when my couples are apart for most of a book. But in this one, they have a lot to work through. They’ve come so far and still have a ways to go.
“Have you ever made love in an orchard before?” Her eyes widened and she shook her head. “Then I’m glad I’m your first.” – Gabriel
Everything you’ve wanted to know, I venture to say SR answers for you. The end is just beautiful and even though we’ve had three hearty books, you hate to see it come to an end. I could certainly use a novella – hint hint SR! Get your glass of wine ready, find your cozy red velvet chair (I’d prefer if I could use Gabriel’s of course!) and enjoy!
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About Sylvain Reynard:
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself. I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness. I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.
He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…
When everything falls apart, love remains . . .
THE EDGE OF ALWAYS
Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged—and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew – a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to—until tragedy blindsides them.
Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride
Book Dame’s Rating 4 stars
I loved the first book, it was unique and a rare surprise. That book left me emotional, and overwhelmed. Edge of Never, was beautifully written and perfectly paced. The flow, and story was one that really touched me. I was really scared and shocked, when a book two was announced. I really liked Cam and Andrew, so I understood wanting more. But I felt the story was told so perfectly, that I didn’t feel a need for it. That being said, I did enjoy it. Maybe not as much as the first but, it was nice to get more of them. The writing was good, and the story never seem to drag or been drawn out. I really like the chemistry between Andrew and Camryn, I like how the adventures were written, and how nothing seemed cookie cutter. The two of them always stay in who they were. I did feel the ending was a little to tied up, I like when the reader can still play with them in their own imagination. Always was a nice read.
He’s mine, and I’m his. Our love is all-consuming, powerful,
imperfect, and real…
In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Riptide” Tate as vital as the air he breathes… and now he can’t live without her.
Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, she is torn away from his side. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.
We at Confessions of a Book Heaux LOVE this book! So Dame and I are reviewing it!
Feisty’s Review – 5+++++ Stars!
First of all, if you haven’t read REAL then you need to read that first. MINE is a continuation of Remington and Brooke’s beautiful love story. That being said, I can’t think of very many books that I have loved as much as this one. I absolutely LOVED this book! Not only do I think Katy Evans is a wonderful person (I’ve been lucky enough to chat with her regularly) but this story touched my heart in a big way. This installment follows Remy and Brooke after the I love you’s and the initial lust turning into love. It’s their story of how they survive so many obstacles in their way, his being Bipolar being one of them. Their love for one another is heavy and their passion for each other is palpable. They are larger than life and jump off the page!
I’m in love, and I will be forever changed by this love, by this man. I used to dream of medals and championships, but now I dream solely of a blue-eyed fighter who one day changed my life, when he put his lips on mine… “- Brooke
They need each other so much in this book. They love each other fiercely and will do anything to protect the other. Each of them goes through situations where they really need the other to be strong to get through to the other side. Scorpion is back in full force and he’s just awful. I love how they love each other. They are hot together, sweet together, funny together. We get to see more sides to Remy than we saw in REAL. He’s playful and funny, sweet and still sexy as hell!!
“And now I don’t know what I want to kiss most, you or your dimples?” – Brooke
“Me. Always me first. Then the rest of me.” – Remy
The love scenes are hot and you can feel the sexual tension. He truly only has eyes for her.
“It never ceases to amaze me how much that man likes to SHOW THE F*&^ OFF WHEN YOU WATCH HIM!” – Pete
And that brings me to the supporting cast. They are AWESOME!! I love Pete and Riley, Melanie, Coach and Diane. They are all fantastic! They are loyal and honest, funny and really protective of Remy and Brooke. These are people we would all be lucky to know and have in our lives. The scenes with Melanie and Brooke are great! She’s such a fantastic best friend. And Pete and Riley, I love them!! The Men In Black – so cute! Ok, so I’ll wrap this up so Dame can jump in. You have to read this book, this series, anything by this author! REMY is out next, November 26th to be exact. It’s REAL and MINE from Remy’s POV with the present thrown in. CANNOT WAIT FOR THAT!! He’s so sexy and mysterious. I can’t wait to read what he was thinking through all of this. MINE is an emotional read, a sweet read, a sexy read, a fun read, a WTH read, everything you want in a wonderful, sigh worthy romance! Thank you Katy for taking me on this lovely journey!
“I adore you with every breath I take – in every ounce of me, I adore you.” Remy *sigh*
“You, are going to love me until I die. I’m going to make you love me even if it hurts, and when it hurts, I’m going to make it better, Brooke” – Remy
Book Dame Rating 5+++ Stars ( 100 wouldn’t be enough)
First, I love this series!! I love love Real! Love Remy, Love Brooke and I adore Katy Evans! She has to be one of the nicest and sweetest Authors, I’ve talked with! I could hardly stand to wait for this book. I kept myself busy by reading Real every so often. Then about a week, before it came out, I got nervous. What if it wasn’t as good, what if its not how I need it to be! Well, really all of that was silly, because Katy is amazing! This story had me on the edge of my seat. I was so wrapped up in their world. It takes a great writer, to make me finish a book and automatically just turn straight to beginning, once I hit that last page! It’s that good! I laughed, I screamed, I even had to walk away, because I was going to lose my mind. I second, everything above from Feisty . It’s A MUST READ!! I really believe this series could make anyone, LOVE to read. It’s a wonderful story, told in an amazing voice. I really can’t say enough about it!
Okay, I’ll say a little more about it. You will need to read Real, first. It’s absolutely, no chore. It’s a great book, no cliffhanger,but you will need to see where it all started, and be as obsessed as the rest of us. Mine picks up, where we left Brooke and Remy, preparing for the next season of fighting. Katy takes us along the road, watching their love grow and them take on anything in their way. She had me enthralled, with the whole scene, I saw the ring. Heard the screams for Riptide. This story will pull you in and shut out the rest of the world. I can’t even tell you what went on in my house for those two days, did my kids eat? Was their homework finished? Who knows, but I can tell you when I laughed, while I read Mine. Or When I put the book down pacing and scared to continue. I never felt like I knew what was coming in every chapter. No, every page was a new adventure. One I devoured. Thrilled to be in their world again. Outstanding book, one I will read over and over! I recommend, that everyone reads it! Truly my hat is off to Katy Evans, she sets the bar pretty high! Love Mine, go read it!! You’ll love it, too!
Author Katy Evans link!
A little about author Katy Evans:
My Life in 8 Words: “Hectic, wonderful, complete; everything I ever wanted.”
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…
Interview with Katy Evans & Review for Real!!