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

Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, dark themes
Genre: Romance
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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
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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


The Infinite Love series

infinite love series

Learning to Live

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

 My Forever
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Beautifully Broken
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Against All Odds
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The Box set of all 4 books
Amazon | Amazon UK

*Note, the series is available for Kindle Unlimited at the time of this posting

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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.”

Teaser 2       Teaser 1

The Fighting Series

Fighting Series

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

Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble (Nook)

Fighting to Forgive

Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble (Nook)



Fighting to Forget

Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble (Nook)



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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New Kindle program released from Amazon


Earlier today, Amazon launched a new program for the Kindle called Kindle Unlimited. In this program, prescribers will pay $9.99 a month and get unlimited access to over 600,000 titles for your e-reader or audio books. The full description from Amazon can be seen below.

Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore. Try new genres, discover new authors, and dive into new adventures with unlimited access to our wide and varied selection of books. From rhetoric to romance, or comedy to tragedy, you will find unlimited stories waiting to be discovered. Relive the classics you grew up with, start on that best seller you’ve been wanting to read or try one of the hundreds of thousands of books you won’t find anywhere. Find your next great read today.

Right now, they have a promotion going on where you can get the first thirty days for free then it will charge you the day after the 30th day.

Some popular titles that are available are The Hunger Games series, The Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings series, and big names like Lois Lowry, Andrew Peterson, and Kendra Elliot.

This program will offer users the opportunity to try and avoid getting bootleg books and support the authors by reading their books. Of course, if you like a book good enough, you can buy it still. This is the perfect program for all you avid readers out there who can read multiple books in a month. After you have finished reading the book or audio book, you can just return it through your Manage Your Content link and then get another one. It’s just that easy.

To start your 30-day trial, you can go here.

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