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My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M. Cameron

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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….

 

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Dangerous to Know and Love – by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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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!!

LIFERS by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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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!

 

 

 

Tethered By L.D Davis

 

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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.

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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.”

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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…

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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!

 

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First Look at “Just One More Breath” By Leigha Lewis

We can’t wait to read this!

Author Leigha Lewis

Prologue

 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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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!

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Tears of Tess By Pepper Winters

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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!

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