Book review: ‘Stolen Course’ by Aly Martinez – Can Caleb finally move on from Manda?

Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book on Kindle Unlimted
Series: book 2 of Wrecked and Ruined series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contempory Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19169739-stolen-course

I’ve had time to digest this book and I’m still not a 100% sure that I like Caleb. There are times, many in fact, where I want to give up on him completely. He is a complete jerk to Emma for things that are outside of her control and it got to the point where I started getting annoyed with her because she just kept taking him back. Thankfully after that one big fight she didn’t and it made me like her a whole lot more.

Caleb’s biggest problems is that he is stuck in the past and can’t let go of Manda. He holds on to so much hate for Sarah that it carries over in his relationship with Emma. But thankfully, she makes him feel things that he hasn’t felt in 5 years so we get to a glimpse of the man that he was before he was forever changed with Manda died.

Emma holds her own against Caleb and I love that she does. He needed someone to light a fire under him to pull him out of his grief. Them together is explosive, that it kind of reminded me of the reference that Eminem made with volcano and tornado coming together. It was a whirlwind for both of them and definitely changed both of their lives.

Once again Martinez is able to create characters that have such diverse emotions. Unlike many of the male leads in other romantic books, he is not someone that you love 100%. He has got his issues that run deeper than the ocean and it makes you not like him at points of the story, such much that you actually wish the couple doesn’t end up together. But of course, that can’t happen because where would the fun in that be.

Rating: A

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

 

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‘Sylvie’ by K. Langston prove that you never really move on from your first love

First loves. We don’t forget them. And in this case, they never really move on.

Linc and Sylvie were destined to be together but their fear of ruining the friendship caused their love story to go in a whole new direction. Sylvie fell in love with another man and started a life with him, while Linc moved to Nashville to follow his dream of being a singer.

The story flashes back and forth with the present and the past but it ends about half way through when you find out what is eating at Sylvie. You get to see how their relationship is built and see how time apart almost cost them what they hold so dear.

I loved the angst-filled moments that Langston gave us and there were quite a few. At times I was annoyed with Sylvie just because I wanted her to just get to it with Linc but the whole ‘it’s not realistic if they just get right together’ but this a book I should get what I want!

Anyways, the turmoil that is plaguing Sylvie is a doozy of one. As we see her life progress you start to get clues as to what happened, but you won’t be able to predict what actually happens. She touches us on subjects that are hard to understand unless you’ve lived them and for me I found the feelings eerily similar to things I’ve experienced in my past.

This book quickly became one of my favorites from Langston because it’s not a book that is going to give you a hang over after you read it. It gives you a nice warm fuzzy feeling of happiness and we need more of those books in our lives.

Rating: A

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K lives in the deep south with her husband of 16 years, their two children and fur babies, Sadie and Birdie. She released her debut novel Because You’re Mine in September 2013 and has since released three follow-up books in the MINE series. Her newest series, Brothers in Blue, is packed full of romance and suspense and features six alpha brothers.

She was also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward and co-wrote Unlawful Justice with fellow author and friend, KC Lynn.

Oh, and she had dinner at Colleen Hoover’s house once.

Where she stole a roll of toilet paper as a souvenir.

Because she’s the shit.

Her most recent release, Sylvie is a standalone contemporary romance about a woman fighting to survive lif K lives in the deep south with her husband of 16 years, their two children and fur babies, Sadie and Birdie. She released her debut novel Because You’re Mine in September 2013 and has since released three follow-up books in the MINE series. Her newest series, Brothers in Blue, is packed full of romance and suspense and features six alpha brothers.

She was also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward and co-wrote Unlawful Justice with fellow author and friend, KC Lynn.

Oh, and she had dinner at Colleen Hoover’s house once.

Where she stole a roll of toilet paper as a souvenir.

Because she’s the shit.

Her most recent release, Sylvie is a standalone contemporary romance about a woman fighting to survive life.

And love.

When she’s not penning her next story, you can find her nose buried between the pages of a good book or she’s on social media because look. SQUIRREL!!

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Review: ‘Silent Waters’ by Brittainy Cherry – story about how silence can speak more than words

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book on Kindle Unlimited
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 15+ sensual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29963453-the-silent-waters

All I could think about when I was reading throughout most of this story was the song of ‘Sound of Silence’. I think that the song speaks volumes to what the story tries to cover just how important it is to listen to not only what people are saying but what people are doing. Maggie experiences a horrific event that not only has scared her emotionally, but has stolen her voice. She struggles with trying to find her way back but only falls further and further down the rabbit hole.

Brooks is that typical 10 year old boy that doesn’t want to admit that he likes someone but he reluctantly lets Maggie in. When he does, he can’t let her go. He is riddled with guilt and it’s a part of why he feels connected to Maggie, but as time passes, he realize that it’s not guilt that keeps him there. It’s because she knows him better than anybody else and he can’t let that go.

As time passes, Brooks goes on with his life but he can’t let Maggie go. Maggie tries to live her life as best she can but can’t because she feels guilty for holding her family back.

I love the many many many references that Cherry makes about books in this book. I am an avid reader, like Maggie was in this book, and I loved the many things that she wrote about the love Maggie had with books. The many different universes that she traveled to with each book. It’s her love of books that brings Brooks to her and its her love of books that brings them together. Books are not only a way to escape the stresses of everyday life but also to show us how it can shape us if we let it.

The author’s note is what skyrocketed my love for this book. To know that the author went through something similar to this (the not talking part) speaks volumes (pun intended) for the story. You can feel the pain that comes with not talking and how much it can hurt those that are in their lives.

Rating: A

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‘Unraveled’ by AS Teague is out now

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I had it all––until I didn’t.

 When my job, my livelihood, and my passion are suddenly snatched away from me, I’m left scrambling to keep my head above water. Desperate, I’m forced to walk into the last place I ever thought I’d go. Little did I know that I’d come face-to-face with the woman who would help me pick up the pieces of my unraveled life.

 

Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.

Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.

 It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.


But, as I’ve learned over the years, sometimes the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.

  *Each book in the Undisputed series can be read as a complete standalone novel

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Review

There are many books out there that involve a fighter falling in love and trying to separate the two worlds. This one is no different. Ryker is trying to come back after being screwed over and does that with the help of Rebecca Toler.

Rebecca Toler is a ‘doesn’t take crap from no one’ kind of girl and its hard not to like her, even though she does things that may make you mad (much like Ryker). But through it all, you like her because she is stubborn and sticks up for herself, something that we would all like to be. She is the perfect complement for Ryker and I loved watching them together.

The only thing that I didn’t like about them was the fact that Ryker was a MAJOR push over when it came to Rebeca and the decisions that she made. I would have thought that as a fighter, he would be stubborn, full of pride and ego, and not be willing to just bend over backwards to give her what she wants.

My favorite part is some part of a spoiler so if you don’t want to know, skip over this paragraph….so anyways he is down on his luck through most of the book and doesn’t have much money. He tries to woo Rebecca with what little that he has but it makes Rebecca come off as a major b-word. I love that awkward feeling that she gets when she realizes what’s going on and I just love how romantic he is on the little money that he has. It’s a very ‘Notebook-esque’ kind of love story.

There isn’t much of the fighting aspect in this story and I wish that there was more. Of course, I am comparing this book to the other fighter novels that I love where they have more battles and references, but the book has enough of it in the story to at least keep you interested in the story.

I like this story but I don’t know if it’s got that re-readable quality.

Rating: C+

Excerpt

For the next three hours I’m swamped answering calls—thankfully no more real estate agents—and helping anyone that comes in while trying to finalize the boys’ events for the next month.  When that damn bell chimes for the hundredth time today, I plaster a forced smile on my face and glance up.  When my eyes finally focus on the man walking through the door, the smile vanishes and my jaw falls open.

 

What the actual fuck?

 

His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him. 

 

With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”

 

He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.

 

My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me.  Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.

 

Fuck, he’s sexy.

 

He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt. 

 

“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.

 

His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”

 

He grins, but doesn’t reply.

 

Fuck, that grin is hot.

 

 “What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.

 

He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention.  His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.

 

He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.

 

“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.

 

His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.

 

For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl. 

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AS Teague

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

 

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Review: ‘Sparrow’ by LJ Sheen – the Boston gang is alive and well in this book

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, dark themes
Genre: Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27263454-sparrow

In this book, Sparrow is forced into a marriage by gang leader Troy because Troy is not someone that you say no to. But Troy harbors his own reason for why he wanted to marry her and as he gets to know her, he finds that things get complicated once feelings develop and get in the way.

I started reading this book because there was a recommendation for it one of the Facebook groups that I am. I was a little put off by it because it didn’t seem like something that I would be interested in, but the fact that I could read it via Kindle Unlimited helped make my decision. It was a dark and mysterious story as we dive into the world of the Boston gangs and how they run the city. Troy is not your knight in shining armor. In fact, he is the one that is trying to corrupt you. You want to hate him, but you can’t because he is every fantasy that you never knew that you had.

Being from Massachusetts, I looked to see how authentic it actually is. I have seen authors before where they try and do a book from Boston but fail to capture that essence that truly is living in Boston. This book didn’t quite capture the language (replacing the r’s with h’s) but it did capture the atmosphere of Boston. The crazy weather, the city, and nature of living in Boston. Though, I heard on the audiobook they got people from Boston to do Sparrow and Troy so that would have changed that opinion for me. But reading it, it didn’t read like they were from Boston.

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Troy was a bad boy that I was even afraid of as I read the book. It was hard for me to read the book, not because I didn’t like it but because Troy was so crazy scary that I was nervous about what he was going to do next. It was obvious that he liked Sparrow but that was because she didn’t just agree with everything that he said. Like most of us, we like the people that challenge us the most.

I liked that while Sparrow fell for Troy and his bad boy ways, she never lost sight of who she was and what she wanted. She didn’t just give in because it was easier, but challenged him and made him work for it (if you get what I mean). She grew up in this kind of life so it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that she would fall for someone like Troy. In fact, I would have been more surprised if she didn’t.

The ending wasn’t what I had expected or hoped it would be. Throughout the book, we see all the ways in which Troy thinks and acts and how possessive he is over things that he claims are his. We see him in action when he goes through his revenge, but he gets to the bottom of two crimes that have wronged him? And what does he do? One quick shot and bam it’s over. Seemed a little out of character for him. I would have thought he would have wanted to do more.
Perhaps if I had listened to it like the other reviewers did, I may have liked it more. I did like the back and forth between Sparrow and Troy but’s not enough to make me love the story. It’s an interesting enough read and its worth doing it if you have Kindle Unlimited.

 Rating: C

Sparrow is available on Kindle Unlimited on Amazon, also at Amazon UK , Barnes and Noble.

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Book review – “Learning to Live” by Kira Adams – story of living life to the fullest

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Format: ebook
Series: book 1 of 4 of the Infinite Love series
Rating: 16+ for language, sexual content, themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24088823-learning-to-live

In the first book in this series, we follow Topher (a boy who has it all but feels nothing) as he meets Ciera (the subject to his and his friends torment wanting to be invisible) and embark on an unlikely friendship before falling in love and learning the true meaning of life.

On the surface, Topher has it all. Beautiful girlfriend, money, popularity but you quickly see that the grass may not always be greener on the other side. He reaches a point in his life that he wants to stop being numb and start living and he has Ciera to thank for that.

Ciera was the butt to all the pranks and jokes from Topher and his friends and had no resolve to forgive any of them, but when life hands her lemons she has to try and make lemonade because she doesn’t want to hold on to that hate.

The story as a whole reminds me a whole lot of A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, but personally, I like this story a lot better. I like Topher and Ciera more as characters and they feel more real to me then the couple in Sparks’s book. Topher is a romantic at heart and does anything he can to make Ciera see how much she’s changed him. She made him feel again and he made her live life like it should be.

Perhaps the one downside of the story is the epilogue. The ending for Topher is left unresolved and a quick look ahead in the rest of the series, it doesn’t look like we will get to see what happens. We won’t get to see if gets the scholarship, we don’t get to see if he’s ok. After spending the entire book getting attached to him, it’s a big let down.

The book is a clear tear-jerker and will give you what some authors like to call an ‘ugly cry’ but the meaning behind the story is important to take out of this. Life is short and you should live each day to the fullest.

Rating: A

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The Infinite Love series

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Learning to Live

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 My Forever
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Beautifully Broken
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Against All Odds
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The cover for “Fighting the Fall” by J.B. Salsbury packs a punch

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The cover for the latest book in The Fighting series, Fighting the Fall, has been released. This cover certainly stands out from the last three book covers as the glass shattering adds an element of the idea of ‘breaking through’ something.

In Fighting the Fall, the toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.

Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.

Stay on your feet.

It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.

When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.

Will they risk it all and fight to be together?

Or does defeat lie within the fall?

To celebrate the cover release, Salsbury is also gifting us with two excerpts and two teaser posters for the upcoming book. Talk about a sweet deal. The two teaser posters can be seen below the short teasers.

Teaser #1:

“Only thing I ever fought for was my career. Take my wife, yeah it sucks, but I’ll live. Take away my fighting? I hit my knees.”

“Hit your knees?”

“Fall. One thing I don’t do is fall. Not anymore, not ever.”

Teaser #2:

I feel his eyes on me, and when I turn I almost recoil at the intensity behind his stare. “Can you stop acting like we’re two old friends shooting the shit when you know good and fucking well you’re thinking the same thing I am.”

My mouth falls open and I force it shut, only to have it drop open again.

“I’ve hand my hands and my mouth all over every inch of that gorgeous body, Eve. You think I can’t read you? Know what you’re thinking about right now?”

I swallow hard. “What am I thinking about?”

“Same thing I am.”

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The Fighting Series

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If you are a little behind on the series, that’s ok. Fighting the Fall doesn’t come out until October so you have plenty of time to purchase and read the other three books in the series to catch up. Each story follows a different couple as they overcome personal and outer struggles to find that happiness and love with one another.

The three books in The Fighting series are available for e-book for the Kindle or Nook, paperback, or you can get the first two on audiobook. Below are the links that you can follow to purchase the books in the formats. And good news for all you Kindle Unlimited users, Fighting to Flight can be read through that program.

Fighting to Fight

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Fighting to Forgive

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Fighting to Forget

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Author Bio

JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury, USA Today Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

To stay up to date on news for Fighting the Fall, you can go to J.B. Salsbury or Give Me Books Blog Facebook page and ‘Like’ them, follow Salsbury (@JBSalsbury) or Give Me Books Blog (@givemebooksblog) on Twitter, or go to the main site for JB Salsbury. Also, adding Fighting the Fall to your Goodreads shelf can alert you of any updates.

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