Book of the Week – ‘The Protector’ by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

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Review: ‘Friday’ by EL Todd – Axel tries to live a life without Marie

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from the author
Series: book 4 of the Timeless series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29965523-friday?from_search=true

In the next book of the series, Axel tries to live his life without Marie but he quickly sees that while it might he thinks is best for her, it might be the worst thing for both of them.

Much like the first couple, Axel and Marie suffer a break up because of the man’s insecurities and then that aha moment goes off and he tries to win her back. Unlike the first couple though, it only happens once. And unlike the first couple, while it may be frustrating to see Axel keep denying his love for Marie, I can understand it. They quickly became my favorite couple of the series because with them, I wasn’t just rereading the same things over and over again.

Axel got a lot of baggage that he is carrying and I love that Marie is the one that makes him face what happened in his past. It’s obvious that what happened with his Dad is going to cause problems with Marie. You would have to be blind to not see that. What I like the most, and something that EL Todd does an amazing job in, is how his father’s decisions molded the people that Axel and Frankie became.

Marie has her own things that she needs to work through. I like that she doesn’t just give into Axel and his problems that she makes him face what his problems are and that he is not the man that he is better than the man that he thinks that he is. My favorite scenes with her though are the ones where she protects Frankie’s honor and snaps at Hawke for what he’s doing to her. As we know, he doesn’t exactly leave her life but Marie hates that he thinks that he can just essentially stalk her but not be with her and make her happy. It’s a fair point and I know that we all wish we could have a friend that would defend our backs like her.

While I did like Marie and Axel as a couple better, I felt it was a little repetitive to how the first couple went. I would have liked to have seen more of a difference between the two sets because it felt like it was just too much the same. I hope that with the next couple there is more differences.

Rating: B

About the Author:

Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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‘Wide Open Spaces’ by Aurora Rose Reynolds book tour

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Blurb

That moment your life changes.

That moment that changes your life.

That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.

That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.

There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won’t be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.

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Review

I didn’t think it was possible to love a book as much as I loved the first book of the series, Fighting to Breathe.

Shelby returns home after she finds out about the death of her grandfather and has to deal with the past that she has been running from for fifteen years. Zach has been stuck in the past and when he sees Shelby he sees a second chance at having the life he’s always wanted. But will the decisions of their past keep them apart?

What I love the most about this book (and pretty much all the books by Reynolds) is the fact that the books are quick and right to the point. I can read this book when I am hanging out at the pool or relaxing somewhere on vacation. I love these kinds of books because they aren’t just guilty pleasures, but they are the ones that sneakily become those go to books that you read when you are in between books. In my case, I have read the first book so many times that I have practically memorized it. I have a feeling this book is going to be the same.

Zach is not just the alpha male that we have come to love from Reynolds, but he is also kind, sweet, and insecure. He’s the first man that Reynolds that has written that has been insecure and I love the direction that she took with him. He is not sure of where he stands with Shelby and he knows that the decisions that he made in the past may have cost him the love of his life.

The only thing that this book didn’t have that I wished it did, was more about the character of Samuel. We know right from the beginning that Shelby and Zach had to give up the son that they had when they were teenagers. While it was the right thing to do at the time, it doesn’t come at a regret. It causes big tension and problems for them, especially what happened in the year that followed. I wished we could have seen that reunion between Samuel and his parents because without a doubt it would have brought me to tears. I always cry when I see those reunion shows on TV.

Speaking of crying, that dedication at the beginning of the book, yeah it’s going to bring you to tears so be prepared for that because I definitely was not.

Rating: B+

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Excerpt

“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.

“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”

“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.

“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”

“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.

“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.

“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.

“I don’t,” he growls.

“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.

“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”

“Zach—”

“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.

“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”

He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

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Review: ‘Thursday’ by EL Todd – go back to see how Axel and Marie got together

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from the author
Series: book 4 of the Timeless series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29965520-thursday

It doesn’t happen very often where I like the ‘secondary couple’ of a series but in this case, Axel and Marie are quickly and permanently becoming my favorite couple of the series. This story only solidified that fact because Axel becomes the man who can open to the possibility of love and Marie gets her dream come true.

After a one night stand of passion, the pair come together to help their friend (Frankie) survive her break up with Hawke. Initially I will admit that I was very annoyed with how she handled everything but seeing her through Axel’s eyes I began to understand her more. She is acting the way her father did when her mother died. The psychology major in me is cheering out loud because Todd perfects the art of how kids pick up traits from their parents. More often then not in books, that doesn’t happen. A father will be a jerk (for lack of another word I can’t use) and we don’t see any of that residual on the character. I like how Todd uses the experiences of the characters past to dictate their decisions. BECAUSE THAT IS REAL.

Now on to what I like to call the money shot of the book. The love scenes. You thought it was hot with Hawke and Frankie. That was lukewarm compared to Axel and Marie. They have so much lust for one another you don’t want to believe it because it can’t be real. Oh but it is people. It is!

Axel by far is my favorite character in the book (though that might change after I read Kyle’s book). He is what I expect to be that average joe kind of guy. He likes sports, makes inappropriate jokes, and thinks with one head (if you catch my drift). Marie forces him to see his flaws and on his own he decides to change for her. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is.

For the ending, if you read the first book you probably expected it to happen. And the fact that you know that they end up together in the end doesn’t make it that surprising. They needed some kind of bang in their relationship. What I am looking forward to is how Axel gets his head out of his butt and tries to woo Marie over again. And the question will be, how long will it take? Will it be like Tuesday where Hawke and Frankie don’t get together for 80% of the book? While its realistic I hope not. Axel and Marie are my favorite and I need them together for every single page.

About the Author:

Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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‘Wait’ by AL Jackson is a book that you can not wait to read

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Blurb:

From NYT & USA Today bestselling author comes a new Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel…

 

She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

 

Edie Evans is gorgeous.

Sexy.

Kind.

She’s also the definition of off-limits.

But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.

The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.

Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

 

Austin Stone is dangerous.

Alluring.

Tempting.

He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

Our desire is overpowering.  Our need unrelenting.

 

She is my hope. He is my weakness.

We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

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Review

Unlike the other books in the series, this book didn’t have a long title that had some hidden meaning. No, the title for this book is straight forward and has so many levels for the main characters Austin and Edie.

Austin is the younger brother of Sebastian Stone (who we met in the first book). As you know, he is harboring a dark guilt that eats at him more and more each day. He goes on a journey to find himself but instead finds the love of his life, and the one that he hurt the most, Edie. Edie is drowning in the ghosts and decisions she made in her past but with Austin, he is able to make her feel not only alive again, but hope as well.

I really don’t know how Jackson is doing this, but she makes me like the characters more and more each time I dive into this series. I thought that Lyrik and Tamar were going to be my favorite couple of the series, but after reading this book, I don’t think that is going to happen. Austin and Edie have such a deep and tragic past, I just loved reading how they used love to try and heal their wounds.

Jackson is able to create characters that you not only can relate to but you are rooting for. When you find out the full truth to what happened to Edie you just want to jump in the book and take action for her (much like Austin did/does). And Austin? Poor Austin. I just wanted to wrap him up and never let him go.

While the title says to ‘wait’, I would not wait to read this book. It’s a beautiful story and I loved every second of it. I can’t wait to see where Jackson takes us next.

Rating: A

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Excerpt :

 

“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.

I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.

Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.

But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.

Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.

My girl.

In my bed.

Wearing just her panties and my shirt.

An angel I wanted to dirty.

I always had.

Love was messy like that.

All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.

A fool thinking it might be enough.

Shit.

God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.

Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.

Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.

My breaths were coming short.

Panted and hard.

I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.

A soft, soft gasp.

I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.

Just another part of this fantasy.

Until I heard the small thump against the wall.

Shit.

I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.

Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.

Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.

It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.

But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.

She stared right back at me.

And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.

Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.

But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.

Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.

Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.

Alive.

She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.

Motherfuck.

My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.

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Review: ‘Furious Rush’ by SC Stephens – modern day Romeo Juliet that takes place at the race track

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26097165-furious-rush?from_search=true

Enter into the world of fast motorcycles, racing, feuding families, and forbidden love. In a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet, we follow Kenzie Cox, a female motorcyclist trying to make a name for herself outside her father’s shadow in a man’s game. Enter Hayden Hayes, the rival working for the family that she grew up hating. She knows that she should stay away from him but the connection that they have won’t sever, but instead gets stronger with each meeting.

Oh the tension between Hayden and Kenzie. It was so thick that you could feel it as if you were one of the characters. SC Stephens is no stranger to writing forbidden love between characters, having done successfully in the Thoughtless series. And like that book, we have to watch the two main characters try and deny their attraction, but we all know that it won’t happen.

Let’s take a minute and talk about her father. Ok, maybe more than a minute because this guy made me so mad that I wanted to throttle him. On the surface, you would think that he’s just being tough on his daughter because she chose a tough career and that she has to work twice as hard because everyone is going to be counting her out. But as we see more of their interactions, I felt so bad for Kenzie. She was saddled with trying to solve all of her father’s problems and he was so consumed with his life, that he didn’t care about how it was affecting her. Oh and the way that it ended with them?? OMG! I was so mad that I almost wanted to stop reading because I was fuming. As I was reading what he wanted, I used some choice words to describe him and was nervous about what Kenzie was going to do. Because like any child, she just wanted her father’s love and approval.

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Back to the best part of the story. That is Kenzie and Hayden’s relationship. They are that couple that makes you believe that they really were made for one another. No matter how much they try to fight it, there is a connection there and they are willing to risk everything for one another. And that connection? Let me tell you, it’s just like them racing bikes. It goes from 0 to 100 in no time flat because that’s the world that they live in.

The ending made me nervous on so many levels. When I reached a certain point in the story, I needed to keep reading to find out what was going to happen because I was nervous that it wouldn’t end the way that I wanted it to. And when you think that it’s done, it’s not. There is a bit of a surprise at the end that made me wonder if there is going to be another book. It ended in a way where it could be a stand-alone but there is definitely room for a second book.

Me, I hope for the latter.

Rating: A

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Review: ‘Wednesday’ by EL Todd – Has Hawke dealing with his past once and for all

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc
Series: book 3 of Timeless series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29965518-wednesday?from_search=true

**Spoilers will be talked about in the review. Please be warned**

I don’t really know where to begin with this story. There is so much to talk about and I don’t want to miss a thing. The relationship has yet another hurdle that they have to go through as tragedy strikes in Hawke’s home. Of course you can predict what happened, because you know what’s going to happen from the first book, and you know that it’s going to send Hawke into a downward spiral. What you don’t see coming is the after effects on his relationship with Frankie.

History seems to repeat itself. This part of the story I didn’t like. I also didn’t like the fact that Frankie went back to Kyle. I felt so bad for him because you know that it’s doomed to fail. Well, at least I did because I caved and read the synopsis of all the books =) Also, because it’s obvious that Hawke and Frankie are going to find their way back to one another. I think that it would have been better if this was the second book for Hawke and Frankie because the fact that they break up twice for pretty much the same thing is kind of redundant.

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Now, I really didn’t like Hawke in this story. I was with Axel in that he kept breaking Frankie’s heart whenever things got tough. I hardly ever root for the starring couple to not end up together and a part of me didn’t want them to end up together. If I was in their life, I would have been like Marie and trying to get Frankie to marry Kyle. Hawke may be her soulmate but he shouldn’t keep dropping her when things get tough.

Frankie to her credit was honest with Kyle and really did give their relationship a try, we all (including Kyle) knew that it wasn’t going to last. When there is someone in the relationship that talks about how they are soulmates with someone else? Yeah that doesn’t give much hope that things are going to last. This book did get me excited about Kyle’s books because seeing his heart broken in these last two books, I want to see him get his happy ever after. I hope that he can forgive Frankie in the process.

About the Author:

Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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