Review: ‘Fire in You’ by Jennifer Armentrout – story about how not letting guilt control you

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book
Series: book 6 in Wait for You series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Guilt is something that we have all experienced at some point in our life. It’s a poison that can not only consume you, but everyone around you. That is the case in this book. Brock, who we met in Jax and Calla’s book, is so consumed by a mistake that he made when he was younger that it has in some way shaped the man that he became.

It is now time to make amends for that choice.

Jillian has survived Hell and is trying to find her way back. Easier said then done. As time went on, she has slowly gained confidence but that gets shaken when she sees Brock again and he reminds her of the night that has scared her in more ways then one. Without wanting to, she falls into her old ways of obsessing over Brock and slowly she sees that with him he gives her more confidence then without him.

The book covers not only the trouble and the pain of letting guilt consume our lives, because more often than that that is what happens. The story shows you what can guilt can do to you if you let it win out. I love how Armentrout can touch on so many different problems in the world and not really make it obvious. One of my favorite scenes in the book is the one where Jillian stands up for herself with Paul because for someone who isn’t confident, I know how hard it is to not let fear stop you from standing up for yourself.

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Now there is more to the story than just guilt. There is the whole young love thing and whether or not it really is something that you can get over. As we can see with Jillian, it’s not something that she did get over, despite what happened with her. There are some that say that young, puppy love fades, but in reality, you don’t ever forget your first love. It stays with you because it gives you hope. It shows you that there are things in life that are worth fighting for and I think that is what helps Jillian with Brock.

Fire in You is yet another installment into the world where love always wins out and we get to see that happen again in this book. While it’s not my favorite of the series, it is a good book that I think will not only fit in well with the other books but help set up the next book in the series.

Rating: A-

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review: ‘Ryker’ by Sawyer Bennett – a man finds himself in a woman that he can’t have

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book
Series: book 4 in Cold Fury series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language,
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23834721-ryker

There is an expression that is about how strong a character somebody is after being knocked down. If that is the case with Ryker, then we are in for a store for the best come back story. Ryker has a lot to make up for in the league as he had let the fans and his teammates down when he lost the playoff game in the last book. He is able to do that considering he is the starting goalie for the year since their other goalie is out for the year.

Gray Brannon is making history with her job and she put all her eggs in Ryker’s basket. She built a team around him in hopes that he can help her get a championship as the first female GM in the league. Talk about a lot of pressure on one season?

The stakes are high, but that only them work harder, they want it more than anyone else but the budding feelings that they have for one another can complicate things for them. Or it can create some explosive love scenes. And that is exactly what we get with these two characters when they give into temptation and let themselves fall for one another. The only thing that I didn’t like about it is that there was no development for their relationship. They go 0 to 60 in two seconds and it’s hard to follow how they got there.

The best part of this book though is the ending. The climax is gripping and mysterious and you are not going to know what is going to happen next. There is a big build up throughout the book and you wonder what will happen and it’s explosive when it actually does.

For me, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as the first three, but I did like it overall. It has that alpha dominate male that we all love in love stories but it’s doesn’t have that ‘it’ quality that sets it apart from other books.

Rating: B-

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Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck.

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired.

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.

And their deaths.

For most people, death is the end of their story.

For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning.

This is the fifth book in the King Series and it’s meant to be read after Soulless.

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Tiny flashes of dim light spark in the darkened corners of my mind. Slowly, it turns from dusk to dawn, awakening my thoughts as the inner light grows brighter and brighter.

I hear a sound, a faucet running, and I realize it’s the blood rushing through my ears. When it reaches my heart I choke as it comes back to life like a bass drum. Boom. BaBOOM it beats, on and on, until it falls into a quick yet steady rhythm. The new life inside me grows louder, stronger, until death fades away and I awake on a gasp.

My eyes spring open. I try to take in air, but nothing happens. I try again and my lungs burn as they finally decide to cooperate. I can breathe, but it hurts like a son of a bitch.

I’m fucking alive.

My first thoughts shock the shit out of me. They’re of a girl. A sad looking girl with shiny black hair and huge dark eyes sitting on the edge of the water tower.

My heart falls out of rhythm, beating faster and faster until it’s thrumming against my chest like the vibration of a jackhammer.

Her.

Although my vision is blurry as shit, my thoughts of her are clearer than they’d ever been, and for the first time in my adult life, I’m fucking scared.

I don’t even need to see the big motherfucker standing over me with a baseball bat to know I am completely and totally fucked.

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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.

She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one.

It will not be about hamsters.

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Review – ‘Charge’ by EL Todd – Volt and Taylor try and do the whole friends thing

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Format: e-book, paperback

Format read: e-book

Series: book 1 of Electric series

Rating: 16+ sensual content, language

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31127705-charge

Welcome to a world where people think that they can have friendships with one another with no feelings to get involved. Each one thinks that they can be different and that nothing is going to happen to one another. Problem with that is that usually both people in the relationship both are attracted to one another. This one is no different.

Volt is a player by circumstance. He had his ripped out of his chest and stepped on so it’s given him the idea that love doesn’t really exist. Considering his ex (who he was about to propose to) hooked up with her ex behind his back, its no surprise. When he meets Taylor he htinks that she is going to be another one of his conquests, that is until she shuts him down.

So what does he do? He becomes friends with her. Nothing bad is gonna happen right?

WRONG.

Of course feelings get involved and it becomes more and more complicated as they each fall for one another. The problem is that they both don’t trust themselves in a relationship with the other. Can they overcome their insecurities and find love with one another? Well that is the question of the hour isn’t it?

The world seems to be entwined with the Timeless series as it references Frankie’s store The Muffin Girl. Will we see these characters later on in the book? That would be a fun surprise. I would love to see them and how they are connected to this new series.

For me, I couldn’t get into this series. I wonder if it’s because it reminded me a little too much of the Timeless series. The pace moved way too fast for my liking and I wished that she would have spent more time developing the relationship and embracing the tension. I am hoping that it gets better in the next book.

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Cover for ‘Blush for Me’ by Kristen Proby has Katrina and Ryan blushing for love

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About BLUSH FOR ME:

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

 

 

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Roman and Elisabeth fall apart in first look at ‘The Retrieval’ by Aly Martinez

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I proposed on our first date.

She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.

It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…

Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.

Finally, we were successful…

Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.

They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.

The retrieval of my wife and our family.

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The house was dark when I quietly twisted the lock so as not to wake her. God knows she needed the sleep. I didn’t know how she still functioned when her days were filled with tears and her nights weren’t much better. It was precisely the reason I stayed gone as much as I did. Or so I’d thought as I’d thrown myself into work. Money couldn’t solve my problems, but it might have been able to solve hers.

My body ached, and my lids barely stayed open despite the pot of coffee I’d downed not even an hour earlier. It was a miracle I had been able to drive at all. I should have just crashed at the office, but after yet another failed prototype, I’d needed an escape.

Instead, I’d gone home—the very place I’d spent so many nights trying to avoid.

Only one foot was over the threshold when I suddenly froze.

“Elisabeth?” I called, flipping the overhead light on.

My shoulders fell as I found her sitting on the sofa, her long, blond hair curtaining her face and suitcases surrounding her feet.

“What’s going on?” I asked as my gut wrenched, already knowing the answer.

I had no right to be surprised. I’d all but forced her hand. If I was honest with myself, it was what I’d wanted—for her. However, none of that made the pain of reality any less agonizing.

My heart raced. “Elisabeth?” I prompted again, needing to hear her say the words almost as much as I dreaded it.

“I can’t stay here anymore,” she whispered at the floor.

Acid rose in my throat.

Out of habit, I dropped my keys into the basket she’d bought when we’d first moved in. “If you fail the key basket, the key basket will fail you,” she’d announced with an infectious smile the day we had become homeowners to the two-bedroom-two-bath starter home we could barely afford. It was just seconds before I’d swept her off her feet and made love to her on the hardwood floor of our foyer in the middle of the day.

But such was life as a newlywed.

Inside that house with her was the only place I’d ever wanted to be.

Until the fantasy of forever had worn off and the walls of real life had closed in on us. Once my refuge, our home became an inescapable prison with bars built of my failures.

I couldn’t breathe inside that house any more than I could look her in the eye.

We’d only been married for five years. But, seeing her now, I felt like it’d been a lifetime since I’d peered into her eyes, promising to love her in sickness and in health.

But it wasn’t like she was the same woman, either.

Over the last six months, she’d wasted away both physically and mentally in front of my eyes.

And I’d done absolutely nothing to help her.

But how do you throw a lifeline when you yourself don’t even have a rope to hold on to? I might have been able to keep her afloat for another day, but I’d never have been able to pull her back to me.

We merely existed on the same plane. Living under the same roof, eating meals at the same table, sleeping in the same bed. But we were far from sharing our lives together.

“Are you coming back?” I asked, not willing to accept the truth that lingered in the air around us.

Her deep-green eyes lifted to mine—the red rims and the dark circles doing nothing to hinder her beauty. Swallowing hard, she shifted her gaze to the mantel on the other side of the room. I knew what she was looking at, but I refused to follow her into the past.

That might have been our biggest problem of all.

She was still living there.

And I refused to go back.

“Elisabeth?” My voice softened, but the question remained the same. “Are you coming back?”

“No,” she replied, swiping the tears from her cheeks.

A thousand arrows fell from the sky, searing into my soul. My breath hitched, and my lungs burned. This was it—the end of my life as I knew it. But, in that moment, with her shoulders hunched forward in defeat, I realized that it was the end of hers, too.

Why did that realization hurt more than the lifetime of loneliness that was awaiting me when the sun rose?

I lifted a hand and rubbed my chest, hoping to ease the mounting pressure threatening to overtake me. “Don’t do this,” I mumbled through the pain.

I wasn’t sure who I’d meant that for though.

Was I chastising myself for having asked her to prolong the inevitable just because I wasn’t ready to lose her yet? Or was I asking her to stay in this sham of a marriage for even one day longer?

Probably both.

“You’ll be okay,” she assured me, pushing to her feet and gathering her bag, complete with our Yorkie, Loretta, tucked in her mesh dog carrier.

My pulse quickened, nature’s fight-or-flight finally kicking in. But I’d been in flight mode for entirely too long. There was no fight left.

I stepped into her path. “Elisabeth, please.” I wasn’t sure why I kept saying her name. I secretly hoped that it would snap her out of it, bringing her back to the reality of it all. But it was the reality that was killing us.

“I’ll take off work tomorrow,” I pleaded. “We can talk. Figure things out.”

It was selfish. Completely and utterly selfish. But that was nothing new for me.

Her chin quivered as a steady stream of tears fell from her eyes. “Promise me something, Roman.”

I would have promised her the entire fucking universe if it had made her stay one night longer. But who was I kidding?

We were over.

We both knew it.

“Anything,” I whispered, reaching down to take her hand, desperate for the connection I didn’t deserve.

“Remember to live.” Her voice caught, and a silent sob tore through her.

Cupping the back of her head, I pulled her into my chest.

“I can fix this,” I swore, but it was yet another lie. “We just need time.”

Her shoulders shook as she cried in my arms. “We…we promised. We told him we’d live for him.”

I closed my lids and clung to her tighter.

We were supposed to be fighting and screaming. That was what soon-to-be-divorced couples did. But that wasn’t us. We didn’t hate each other. Elisabeth was my soul mate on every level.

And she was paying the price for that.

Minutes later, the tears stopped and she backed out of my arms. I fought the urge to regain my hold, forcing her to stay. But her sad resolve as she hurried to the mantel and then to the door made it clear it’d be a wasted effort.

Never in a million years had I thought I’d be standing there, watching her walk away.

But, then again, I’d never expected her to have the urn of our only child cradled in her arm, either. A reminder of just how much I hadn’t been able to give her. How much I’d never be able to give her.

My past, present, and future were walking out of my life, and I stood immobile as every fiber in my being screamed for me to drop to my knees and beg her to stay.

To take her in my arms and tell her that we’d figure it out.

To reclaim my life once and for all.

But how would that have helped her?

Staying wouldn’t magically bring back her smile. Nor would it make her look at me with those bright-green eyes that made me feel as though I could conquer the world.

It wouldn’t give me back the crazy woman who argued with her whole heart and loved with her entire soul. No. Those days were gone.

I’d lost that woman somewhere in the bitterness between grief and blame.

We’d been happy once.

But we’d gotten greedy and tried to start a family.

That was her future. Not mine. Regardless how desperately I longed to give it to her…and then selfishly take it for myself.

Sex. That’s how babies are made. Children as young as elementary school are taught the simple biological facts of reproduction.

But what they never tell you is that, for one in six couples, having a baby goes a little differently.

For Elisabeth and me, it looked more like this:

Thirty-six months of crushing disappointment.

Three miscarriages.

Hundreds of tests our insurance company refused to cover because the inability to reproduce was not considered a health condition.

Countless tears.

Helplessness.

Failure.

Failure.

Failure.

Her broken heart.

My empty chest.

Thirty-seven thousand dollars we didn’t have.

In vitro fertilization.

A sperm donor.

A handful of hope.

A positive pregnancy test.

Five months of utter bliss.

Earth-shattering devastation.

A funeral for a child I would never get to see grow up.

A job that became my only reprieve from reality.

And now…losing the only woman I would ever love.

I’d always been amazed by how much punishment a heart could take. I was broken, battered, and destroyed. And yet, much to my dismay, as I watched the front door close behind her, my heart kept beating.

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ONE STORY. TWO COUPLES.

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez is a two part series releasing September 2016.

RETRIEVAL releases on September 13th and will bring readers the first part of this emotional second chance romance.

TRANSFER (Part Two) will release on September 27th!

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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Review – ‘The Protector’ by Jodi Ellen Malpas – Modern-day ‘The Bodyguard’ come to life

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27860802-the-protector?from_search=true

Let’s call a spade a spade here, this is a lot like the movie The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. It involves a rich woman whose life is danger so she gets a bodyguard to protect her. The difference is that the threat is unknown and it takes Jake the length of the book to figure out who it is.

It is said that you need to watch out who you step on to make it to the top, because they can come back for vengeance when you least expect it. That’s what happens with Camille and her father. He is a rich and powerful man that needs to control everything in life. Obviously Jake is not about to let this man control him. He took on the job to protect Camille and he is not going to stop until he knows she’s 100% safe.

Jake is all hot and perfect that I would gladly let him guard my body. He does come with his issues and they run deeper than the ocean. Camille, as we all would do, falls for Jake especially after he becomes her knight in shining armor. Add that ot the fact that he’s got the whole bad-boy thing working for him, it’s almost impossible not to love him.

Now it wouldn’t be a Jodi Ellen Malpas book so you know the love scenes are going to be scorching hot. This book should come with a warning. DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC. I made that mistake and had to quickly change the book because some of the scenes were so hot that I couldn’t turn my attention way from it. The book grabbed me and didn’t let me go.

The ending? Oh boy. When we find out what happened and who is threatening her it’s a big twist of fate. Camille’s father is not the nicest man. In fact, a lot of times I had hoped that Jake would put a bullet in his brain.

I loved the relationship between Camille and Jake. They had a great back and forth and you can see that they are good for one another. The only thing that I didn’t like was that they both just fell right into love after knowing each other for like a week. I know for her, falling into lust is likely considering he saved her, but to fall in love? Seemed a bit to out there for me.

Rating: C+

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