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!
For the love of the game.
Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he’s desperately tried to put behind him.
Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can’t deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.
Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he’s a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives.
“Devastatingly relevant, engaging, sexy, and ultimately heroic. Rush is the kind of book that will keep you reading late into the night.” -J.H. Trumble, author of Don’t Let Me Go
Book Heaux Rating: 5 Stars
So, Male/male books are my new guilty pleasure I Absolutely loved this storyline! Alec and Brandons need to be with each other dripped off of every page. I found myself desperate for these two to be together… And now I want more of them. This is the first Nyrae Dawn book I’ve ever read, certainly won’t be my last!
Release Date: 6/9/2014
Synopsis: What would you do if you’ve lost everything? If the reason you woke up in the morning no longer existed? If life dealt you a blow so devastating that something as simple as breathing was just too painful, how would you find the strength to go on?
Nicole Miller was happy, busy with her family and her dream job. Life was perfect. When tragedy struck, she succumbed to her devastating loss and crumbled under the heavy weight of her despair. She didn’t know where to find the strength to keep going.
Divorce Attorney, Shawn Burns had seen too many destroyed marriages to believe that happily ever after actually existed. By avoiding commitment, he remained aloof, and most importantly, unattached. Nicole, Shawn’s old college friend, is the only woman that he would ever be willing to give his heart to, but she was married to someone else…
Some friendships survive under stress. Some do not. Can Shawn, provide the healing balm for his friend’s soul? Will Nicole ever be able to find hope, forgiveness, or love for her desolate heart?
Here is the link to her prologue: http://wp.me/p4unx4-8
From the New York Times Best Selling Author of the Accidentally On Purpose trilogy…
“You were born to be mine and I was born to be yours.”
Donya Stewart’s chest filled with the soft beating wings of butterflies when she first met Emmet Grayne’s green eyes at the ripe age of five. Unable to identify the tugging pressure within her when in his presence, Donya moved through the first several years of her life addled by her feelings for the boy who was her best friend’s brother, and very much like her own sibling. But one cool autumn night in her mystifying teenage years, Emmet erases any ideas Donya has of him being anything like a sibling.
Donya and Emmet, unable to deny the invisible cord that fetters them together on an incredibly visceral level, begin a long journey on a road abounding with challenges, hurdles, and destructive forces. Their love for one another is absolute, and the emotional link between them is strong, but when they make a series of painful decisions and mistakes that pull them apart, the strength of that tether is challenged.
Donya’s career as a model took her around the world and away from Emmet who was working hard for his law degree. When Donya makes a hard decision for both of them, the tether between them stretches beyond what seems possible.
“The tether contorted and quivered and groaned in protest.”
Happy endings aren’t always a guarantee, even for two people who were born into this world for each other. With age comes maturity and hindsight. Will Emmet and Donya have to live apart and with the consequences of their choices? Will the link between them bring them together or prove to ensnare them in heartache?
If you are in search of an angst-filled romance novel, get tied into Tethered…
Book Heaux Rating: 5++++ Stars
Holy mother of God, This book knocked my shoes, socks and pants off. Seriously! It was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more. L.D Davis really outdid herself this time. I was sucked into this story from the very first word and wished that I didn’t have to work or do anything but read this. Donya and Emmet frustrated me like no other couple before me had. But, when the love is strong and it’s real, this is to be expected. We all know L.D knows how to write drama and sex, but who would’ve thought she could be so angsty? She’s definitely the kind of author I would 1-click without even reading a synopsis. I just wish more people knew about her, she’s a damn good author. Keep up the good work woman!
Video Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg6dWOmXR74&authuser=0
We can’t wait to read this!
I sat in the front row of the church with my left hand locked tightly into my mother’s, my right hand locked tightly into my best friend’s, and a small book tucked under my arm. I listened intently as person after person stood to read scriptures or offer words of comfort. Each person stopped in front of me, dabbed their red, swollen eyes as they gave me hugs and kisses, and offered me condolences. Like a robot, I automatically thanked each and every one of them and smiled as best I could.
My mother stood and approached the podium. She gave a beautiful eulogy; she summarized the ten short years of her grandson’s life better than anyone else could, including me. She told a few stories about the love between my sweet boy and me. Some even I had forgotten. She broke down a few times as she spoke…
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Do you believe in second chances?
This is the story of Quinton Carter and Nova Reed who both had their lives ahead of them until one fateful night changed everything.
Nova is a beautiful, talented drummer with her whole life ahead of her. She’s dating the love of her life, Landon and is insanely happy, but one night something goes incredibly wrong and she hasn’t been the same since. Then she meets Quinton…..who reminds her of a love lost. Why does he remind her so much of the pain? Why does she want to run away from him but run into his arms in the same moment?
Quinton Carter is given a second chance at life; but not without scars. He’s emotionally/physically scarred from a traumatic event that he caused/witnessed. He doesn’t feel as though he deserves to live, so he just exists, swearing off all good things, swearing off happiness….until Nova enters his life. His first instinct is to push her away, but there is an energy that keeps pulling them together. Should he ignore it or should he just believe that good things aren’t supposed to happen to him?
Now they are both lost and trying to find their way. Both are in search of the meaning of something. Maybe what they are looking for all along….is each other.
This is the story of how one moment can change your life forever.
Curly Book Heaux’s Review: 4.0 stars
I enjoyed this book very much. The complexities between Quinton and Nova are both intriguing and thought provoking. Throughout the book you are rooting for both of them to start “living” their lives, get over the pain and heal.
There were moments that you felt bad for them, then sad, then angry that they do not seem to value their lives. But on the other side of it, the feeling of being lost and undeserving of a good life is completely understandable when one has been through a traumatic experience.
However, the question you repeatedly ask yourself if: what would I do if all I have felt in the past year is pain? What would I do to help numb the pain?
Quinton and Nova are completely relatable. We are reminded that feeling an emotional pain can turn into a physical ache.
This is Nova’s story about being lost, healing, redemption and becoming whole again. This story teaches the reader that life is all about choices. We are not in control of what happens to us all the time, but we have 100% control of how we deal with it.
Kudos to Jessica Sorensen, who gets into your heart/mind with “real life issues.” You hurt for the character, you love the characters, you get annoyed with the characters but by the end of the book you are rooting for the characters.
I cannot wait to read Quinton’s story next!
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