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Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla

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Life is made up of choices.
Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future.

At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe.
Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days.

I love them both, but I have to choose.
There is only one choice I can make.
And I choose forever.



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I read a lot of books so it’s rare for me to close a book and know immediately that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read…. but with this book I knew instantly. It’s that crazy good. I just want everyone to read this duet, absolutely everyone. It just does everything right. It is simply one of the most beautiful romances I’ve ever read. Actually it’s maybe two of the most breath-taking romances I’ve ever read, which is why I was so blown away.

I know not everyone loves a triangle…read this one anyway. I know people like the concept of a once in a lifetime love that is like nothing the H/h have ever experienced before….read this book anyway. I know not everyone embraces the idea that you can love two different people for very different reasons at the same time….READ. IT. ANYWAY !!!

This book took my breath away…over and over. It made me smile and swoon and laugh and cry and scream and sob and question everything. I’ll be honest, I finished Choosing Forever a while ago and I am still thinking about it. A year from now I will still be thinking about it. It immediately claimed a spot in my all time Top Ten. This book…. these feelings… this emotion…. THIS is why I read.



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Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.


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💔 Torn Between Two 💔 by Mia Kayla Release Blitz and Review

Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1) by Mia Kayla

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Release Date: January 23, 2017





I believe in fairy tales — the kind where a knight in shining armor sweeps me off my feet. Coming from a broken home, fairy tales housed the hope I clung to. Never in my life did I imagine two knights coming into my life— two knights that wore very different armor.

A rockstar versus a lawyer.

Fast and furious versus deliberate and calculated.

Intense and passionate versus strong and devoted.

Chaos versus stability.

I fell in love with one in the craziness of a concert.

I fell in love with the other in the silence of his compassion.

And now I am Torn Between Two.






It’s January and I can tell you whole-heartedly that this book will be in my Top Ten for 2017.

Here’s how I know:

This duet is in my Top Ten Books of All Time (as in one of the very best stories I’ve ever read).

This story is simply the most beautiful, uplifting, heart-breaking, love-affirming, soul-shattering roller coaster I’ve ever read. I can only say I am so beyond grateful that Mia Kayla took me on such a breath-taking ride. I’m not going to tell you this book is flawless because the beauty of this book is its flaws…its flawed characters, its flawed love, its flawed circumstances. I loved every single page in this story…even the ones I hated.

What blew me away, more than any other aspect of this book, is how much I LOVED each and every character. I think that’s what made this story unforgettable. Sam is clearly torn between these two amazing and amazingly different men in her life, but you will be too. I understood Sam because I also loved them both. I adored Hawke and his crazy life and his beautiful words and intense love. But I also adored Josh and his calm strength and his beautiful heart and his compassionate love. Crap…now I’m tearing up just thinking about them. It’s just stunning to me that Mia was able to make me love them both so completely. And Sam is a great character. There is nothing weak or selfish in her feeling for these two. She is a loving, caring, independent woman who has had her fair share of heart-break. She is in a situation that no woman would ever expect to find herself in and there are simply no easy answers. She is never careless with her feelings or callous with her love.

This is not a book about cheating, that’s not what’s going on here. It’s a book about circumstances you don’t plan and feelings you don’t expect and people you never see coming, but who matter in ways you can’t control. It’s about the decisions you make and the decisions that are made for you. This book is about all the best parts and the worst parts of falling in love. It’s about falling in love fast and falling in love slow and friendship and passion and hurt and heartache. It’s about love.

This book is a love triangle, honestly the BEST love triangle I have ever read. It is NOT a menage or a threesome (Nothing wrong with those…I read them too. That’s just not what this duet is). I know not everyone loves a triangle…read this one anyway. I know people like the concept of a once in a lifetime love that is like nothing the H/h have ever experienced before….read this book anyway. I know not everyone embraces the idea that you can love two different people for very different reasons at the same time….READ. IT. ANYWAY !!! I would absolutely hate to think that anyone would miss out on this absolutely breath-taking love story because they were afraid to take a chance on it or because they had a preconceived notion of what a love story needs to look like.

I just can’t believe how freaking brilliant it is. I honestly laughed out loud, I ugly cried, I panicked, I screamed, I swooned, I hurt, I healed and I loved. THIS is why I read. This feeling right here….like I can’t get enough and I never want it to end.




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Life is made up of choices.
Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future.

At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe.
Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days.

I love them both, but I have to choose.
There is only one choice I can make.
And I choose forever.





About the Author

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.


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🎤 In the Absence of You 🎤 by Sunniva Dee Review and Release

In The Absence Of You
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Aishe is running. Running from the burn of a love she knows will consume her.
Running from a soul mate she’s never even met.
If only she hadn’t been hired as a merch girl for the hottest indie band on earth.
If only she’d never laid eyes on its front man, Emil—intense, sexy, and so unlike the men of her culture.
If only she hadn’t fallen onto his lips, then into his bed.
If only her flame hadn’t exploded into a full-on forest fire.
If only Emil’s heart didn’t belong to someone else.

Emil is running. Running from a broken heart.
Running from who he was with her.
If only Zoe hadn’t left.
If only Aishe hadn’t been right there.
If only she hadn’t been so damn gorgeous—insistent—different.
If only he could control himself around her.
If. Only.

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6 Stars

This is the one. This book right here is the one I’ve been waiting for. I knew Sunniva had this in her. Her last three were great, I loved them…but this book I ADORED. I can’t even explain how happy I am right now.

You have to know I’m a sucker for a bad boy rocker so I expected to like Emil. And he was entertaining in Walking Heartbreak and I had high hopes. But oh my God I never expected to love him like I do. Passionately! I never expected him to make me cry for him, to break my heart, to have me laughing and cheering and screaming. Emil’s pain is palpable, his confusion tangible and his desperation so very emotional. This boy was just a beautiful broken mess.

Then in walks Aishe. Aishe is a character I just got. I totally understood her. She was determined and willful while still being insecure. She was both selfish and caring. She was a dichotomy. A wonderfully interesting dichotomy. I felt her every emotion…her confusion, her hurt, her fear, her lust, mostly her desperate grip on Emil.

I read a lot of books and I like a lot of books, but I am rarely surprised by a book.

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Clearly this book surprised me. In the best possible way. I don’t trust Sunniva. I have said before that she is unconventional and unwilling to conform. It makes her a loose cannon. It makes her books a crazy exhilarating ride. I never knew what she was going to do next. And I LOVED that I never knew what she was going to do next.

This book was eloquent even when it was being crude and raw. It was so HOT and wrong and yet absolutely completely right. Perverted and sexy and sad and beautiful. It was crazy. Easily in my top 10 this year and a six star read for sure. This is a book I will read over and over again.



I come from a family that burns with love. You wouldn’t understand unless you were one of us. I’m not just talking my father and my mother—I’m talking every one of my ancestors. It’s in our genetic build to spend all of our energy on love.

Once we come of age, it strikes and blazes with a fire that eats you alive. This love is a plague that boils in my race and in my culture, and I wouldn’t know a different way unless I’d broken free and seen strangers love with milder flames.

Tonight, my eyes go from the merchandise on my table to the blond-headed burst of life hopping off the stage. His gaze shimmers with amusement, a cocky lip twitching as he slaps high-fives to guys and pinches girl-cheeks on his way over.

“Aishe! You got those super-tight, hot little tees with the broken heart thingy on the front? The ones the chicks dig?” he asks once he’s in front of me, Emil, the vocalist of Clown Irruption, one of the hottest alt-rock indie-bands out there. I’ve been their merch girl for a few months now. Each night, I zoom in on Emil with less and less difficulty.

“Yeah. Troll picked them up this morning,” I say referring to their tour manager.

“This is so cool—finally we see actual merch money,” Emil laughs out. Then he sets a hand to the table and squints at me. “You’ve done much better than your cousin. I mean, Shandor, man.” He shakes his head playfully. “He couldn’t draw dudes to the stand worth shit.”

My face loosens in a smile. I send a subtle glance at Shandor, who’s busy wrapping things up on stage, coiling cables and breaking down drums. To sell T-shirts wasn’t what he burned for. Shandor was born with the plague of our people too, but he hasn’t found his beloved yet. My people, we need something to obsess over, so if it’s not a man’s love for a woman or vice versa, it’s something else, and Shandor, he loves his music. Once the band promoted him from merch guy to monitors on stage, he recommended me to fill his spot, and voilà, here I am.

Shandor raises his head and stills on us, focus intent from under dark locks. He’s got a sixth sense for when guys chitchat with me. Like me, he left our traveling community years back, but the need to protect any girl of our people is so deep-rooted I doubt he ever questions it. Shandor would do everything in his power to stop any man, employer or not, from toying with his little cousin.

I straighten so that I’m tall for my height. Though I’m not overly curvy, I’m lean and strong. Supposedly, I’m also fiery, a bit fierce, a bit ferocious, traits that make me who I am, traits I don’t need here in the outside world as opposed to amongst those I was born to.

I intimidate most men with the stance I take right now, but I can’t intimidate Shandor. He glares, telling me without words what not to do, and next he pierces his stare into Emil’s back. Oblivious, Emil juts his index finger at the case of lukewarm beers behind me, wiggles it back and forth quickly, lips pursed in anticipation. “Hand over one of those babies, will ya?”

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Author Bio:

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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🏈 💜 First and Goal 💜 🏈 : Moving the Chains book 1 by Kata Čuić Release and Review

Title: First and Goal
Series: Moving the Chains Book 1

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Eva Papageorgiou has one goal: to make it through her senior year of high school unseen and unscathed. But when her strategy to stay out of the limelight is derailed by rampant rumors, she’s forced to change tactics. Her new game plan is to keep everyone at arm’s length. Especially boys. So when she’s partnered up in class with the hot as hell varsity quarterback, she pushes and pushes.

Until he pushes back.

Rob Falls just wants to fit in. With his teammates, with his friends, with everyone. His image as the quintessential jock makes him feel like a fraud. Especially since it’s the only reason all the girls at school want him, except the one girl he dreams about. She wants nothing to do with him. When he’s forced to tutor the class pariah, he realizes it’s time to get in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.

She’s going to help him get exactly what he wants, whether she knows it or not.

Life doesn’t come with a playbook, but Rob knows this could be the most important play he’ll ever make.

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Kristys Review (2)6 Stars

Every once in a while you read a book where you just live and breathe the characters. A book where you love them so much you think about their story long after you’re done reading. A story were the characters resonate with you so powerfully you don’t want to let them go. That’s how I feel about First and Goal. I adored it. I have Rob and Evie playlists because so many songs have me reliving their story. I have a ton of highlights, a boat load of bookmarked pages because I keep going back to re-read my favorite parts over and over. It’s that kind of book.

The writing is beautiful, intelligent, emotional and eloquent. The emotions are realistic and organic. Nothing feels false or fake. Rob and Evie are real, imperfect, exceptional and ordinary all at the same time. They are somehow both people you know and people you’ve never met before all rolled into one. Rob Falls will make you fall head over heels in love with him. He is just a beautiful boy inside and out and he immediately headed to the top of my BBF favorites list. You just need to meet him. And Evie…she is an extraordinary character. She is nothing like she appears to be when you first meet her. She is hard shell protecting a damaged heart. So real and relatable. Honestly, she’s half the women I know and watching her evolution is spectacular. I’ve always said believable character evolution is the mark of a great writer and Kata nails it.

This book literally made me laugh out loud. It made me smile and cringe and cheer and groan. This book made me bawl my damn eyes out. It made me lose sleep and blow off work and all kinds of things that should have pissed me off but instead made me deliriously happy.

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Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.

She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.

She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.

If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)

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I’m a yes girl.  Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex.  I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life.  So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes.  When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes.  And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes.  That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl!  In every area of my life but one —Love.  Always the first to leave a relationship.  Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy?  Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?


Don’t let Kenzie fool you!  She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile.  Being an attorney, I prefer the facts.  This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe.  No laugh can sugar coat what we are facing:  I’ve lost everything.  I know what it’s like to be left raw.  But sometimes that’s the only way to find love.  To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your shit, and hope they love you anyway.

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6 STARS, Yep 6 !
This book is one of the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.
I don’t even know how I will be able to do this book justice.
I want to say that I am in love with Prescott Lane’s writing but it would be too small of a word.
I want to say that I fell in love with the characters right away, but I fell in love with the cover first.
I want to say that this book met my expectations but it is so wrong. This book was so beautiful, so powerful it exceeded my expectations.
Real love is when you love and are loved in the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the past and the future. But to experience it you will to summon your fears and be stripped raw first.
It is a big step, a huge step that you will take willingly and jump head first with your eyes wide open, hoping the other one will accept all that you are .There is so much vunerability and sensibily coming out of each character you can’t help but fall in love with them.
Kenzie and Kane are two fragile characters but yet they are so strong. Both of them have a past that shapes their present and bring insecurities right in the middle of their lives.
From a young couple in the early stage of their relationship, we follow them every step of the way, living and witnessing a profession of love, listening to a heartbreaking past, a confession, a truth we don’t want to hear…
Stripped Raw is also the story of two sisters, of a bond so strong, so pure and perfect, that nothing and no one can part.
This book is so much more than what I expected, SO MUCH MORE.
I still have my heart beating faster when I think about it.


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“I’m the good girl, very responsible, girl-next-door type.”


Should I tell her I took the virginity of the girl next door?  Probably not.  “I think you’re more than that,” I say, taking a step closer to her.  That wasn’t a line.  I really mean it.  I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think so.


I inch even closer, but she looks confused — a little like she wants me to kiss her, a little like she wants me to screw her, but mostly like she doesn’t want me to do anything more.  I can’t blame her; we only met a few hours ago.  Deacon is wrong about the one night stand thing.  This woman isn’t looking for a hookup.  I’m not, either.  One night with her wouldn’t be enough.  So I take a step back, my fists clenched at my sides to redirect my energy.


“That was my first catalog,” Kenzie says.  “I plan on doing two a year.”  She reaches for a sketchbook on her work table.  “This is what I’m working on for the next line.  I’ll be photographing them pretty soon.  The line is inspired by men’s clothing, so pinstripes and. . . .”  


She keeps talking about the different fabrics, colors, and textures she plans to use.  I have no idea what she is saying, but marvel over what I’m seeing — corsets and bustiers, vests with garter belts, bras, and G-strings.  I love that these ideas, these fantasies, came out of her mind.  She is so much more than she thinks, so much more than the girl next door.


Kenzie flips to another sketch, this one of a navy bra and panty set with stockings and heels.  That will look perfect on her — especially bent over my office desk.  My cock throbbing, I take a deep breath and try to focus on what Kenzie is saying.  My eyes search the catalog pages for anything to distract me.  “What’s this?”


“Cuffs,” she says, “like on a man’s dress shirt.  But these double as handcuffs.”


Okay, that’s it.  The arts-and-crafts show is officially driving me crazy.  My dick is rock hard now, and I can’t take it anymore.


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Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life. Connect with Prescott Lane at and and and or at


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💋💋 Dawn of Forever is LIVE 💋💋 by Jewel E Ann

💋Jack & Jill’s dark & uniquely funny story concludes in💋

💋Dawn of Forever by Jewel E Ann!💋

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’til death do us part.

Aric James Monaghan promised Jillian Knight Portland. With a heavy heart and a light bag, she travels to the West Coast for the man she loved. In a blink her worlds collide, holding her hostage to a past filled with lies, deceit, and revenge.

Four Caskets

Two Bodies

It all started with a boy and a girl—their tragic love story is shared through the eyes of the enemy.

Every word fades dreams and shatters memories as life slips away. Jillian needs a Knight, Jessica needs a miracle, and together they need a savior.

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Tugging off her shirt, she smiled. Gone were the compression bras; she didn’t burn them, but they were hauled off with the trash shortly after the infamous refrigerator sex. Lace, satin, and underwire took their place.

“What you’re doing right now feels more intimate than anything you’ve ever done to me with your mouth.”

“We’ll see about that.” He wet his lips, eyeing her white lace bra. Approval glimmered in his eyes.

She removed the rest of her clothes, eager to be in his arms. He took a step back as she moved toward him.


She froze. Her hands searched for a place to be: hanging idle at her sides, covering her breasts, shielding her neatly-shaven pussy?

“Repeat after me.”

“What?” Her voice squeaked with disbelief.

He grinned as his ego gobbled up her confidence. “I’m beautiful.”

Ryn squinted.

“Say it.”

She sighed. “I’m beautiful.”

“I’m taking back every bit of confidence that bastard took from me.”

It would never happen like that, but someone who hadn’t been in her shoes could never understand. However, she loved the naked man standing before her for saying it.

“I’m taking back every bit of confidence that bastard took from me.”

“I’m worthy of happiness.”

That one hit harder than it should have. She’d never given happiness much thought.

“Say it.”

“I’m … I’m worthy of happiness.”

“I’m going to marry Jackson Knight and love him in spite of his multiple fucked-up personalities.”


“Say it.” His voice carried a rare pain and vulnerability.

“I’m going to marry Jackson Knight…” she stepped closer and rested her hands on his chest “…and I’m going to love Every. Single. One. Of his fucked-up personalities.”

“I’ve had a shit day,” he whispered, brushing his thumb along her cheek. “Until now.”

She nodded slowly, then looked up at him. “I’ve had a shit life … until now.”

“Touch me,” he said.


“Everywhere. Make me feel human again.”

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6 Stars

SOMETIMES I forget why I love books so much, Sometimes I forget why I put so much effort and energy into a book blog. It’s especially easy to forget theses things after reading a string of mediocre books that are neither memorable nor moving.

BUT THEN….then I read a book like Dawn of Forever and I REMEMBER. I remember that a book can make you feel everything. It can make you sob like a baby, it can make you smile and laugh, it can make you beg and break.  It can make you love and hate.  A book can make your heart expand with love until your chest hurts and then break it into a million tiny pieces.  And the very best books pick up all those little pieces and put your heart back together better than it was before.  Yeah….Dawn of Forever is that book.

There is NOBODY writing today that does it better than Jewel E. Ann.  Every book, every time and this series is no different.  The entire series is brilliant.  There is no other word for it.  Every character is so complete, so multi-faceted, so human and yet so extraordinary.  I loved every single one of them.  I cried and laughed and fell in love with each and every character.  I both wanted to BE Jillian and was so profoundly glad that I was not Jillian.  And Luke, Jackson and AJ??? There are no words.

One of the most impressive things about this series is how much is going on.  The plot is extensive, intelligent, enthralling and by far the most complex I’ve read in a long time…..and even with all of that….the plot is crystal clear, precise and easy to follow.  This book sincerely has the single best use of flashbacks I’ve ever read.  It’s never been done better.  I was simply blown away.

Above all else though, for me the eloquence of the writing is what made this series unforgettable.  The writing is freaking gorgeous.  Simply beautiful.  I’m not a big highlighter when I’m reading, but I highlighted a million things in this book.  Thoughts and the emotions have never been more beautifully expressed, I’m getting teary just remembering it and I finished the book 3 weeks ago.  Three weeks later and I still get weepy.

Here’s the bad thing about this book….the book hangover is a monster.  It was 2 weeks before I could even start another book, 2 weeks before I could move these characters out of my head, 2 weeks before I was even able to consider letting these characters go.

EVERY ONCE in a while you can read a book that makes you rethink everything you know. A book that makes you want to make changes. A book that has you taking stock and re-prioritizing. A book that hits so close to home you can’t help but recognize your own demons.

The Jack and Jill series by Jewel E. Ann may not be that for everyone….but it is that for me.

“‘God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?’ William Arthur Ward.”__Middle of Knight



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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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💘Hearts in Darkness 💘 By Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness

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Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?


Kristys Review (2)6 StarsThis book is incredible, brilliant even. Seriously, Laura Kaye gives a master class on how to write a novella. How she manages to build a beautiful, compelling, believable love story with fully developed characters in what amounts to a 12 hour time span is simply remarkable. I LOVE this book. Caden and McKenna are both amazing characters and so completely engaging. You will root for these two, you will love these two, you believe these two characters both as individuals and as a couple.

I’ve probably read this book 10 times, maybe more. It is my 100% guaranteed go to recommendation when friends are looking for something great to read. I’ve gifted and loaned this book dozens of times and EVERY SINGLE PERSON has agreed that is was wonderful. Easily in my TOP 10 books of all time. (Not exaggerating). You want this book.

☠☠ Review ☠☠ CORRUPT ☠☠ by Penelope Douglas

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6 Stars

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new dark romance…


I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became
my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through
your hand to watch. He’s handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star
of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the
dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For
years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped
watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my
head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.


Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our
dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I
can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body,
I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.


The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see,
three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now
they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will
come true.

*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for
ages 18+.

Kristys Review (2)6 StarsI’m going to start by saying that Penelope Douglas wrote one of my very favorite series (The Fall Away Series and if you haven’t read it YOU NEED TO).  Consequently, my expectations for Corrupt were exceedingly high, especially considering it promised to be darker than the Fall Away books and I seriously love dark reads.  All I can say is Penelope Douglas completely obliterated my expectations, she left them floundering in her dust, she actually made me feel silly for setting them so low.
There was so much I loved about this book that I hardly know where to start.
First, this is not one story.  This book is two stories, unfolding simultaneously, both of which are completely enthralling, captivating and heart pounding.  You are getting the present story of Erika out on her own and unknowingly at the mercy of the Four Horsemen, 4 hot as hell men with no limits, who hold her responsible for destroying life as they knew it.  Plus, you get the story of Devil’s Night, three years before.  The night Erika ran with the Horsemen and all of their lives were change irrevocably.  The skill it takes to keep two separate stories interesting, engaging and on track is amazing to me and Penelope does it to perfection.
Then, there was the fact that these stories, both of them, were heart pounding, shocking and breath-taking.  I was on edge for the last 40% of this book, I could hardly breathe I was so on edge….and I loved every single second of it.  The Horsemen were intense, scary and unrestrained.  I was never sure how far they were willing to go, how much danger Erika was really in and how crazy this story was going to get (and it does get crazy).  And, on top of all of the suspense, this book was a love story, with two people who were drawn to each other despite a million circumstances determined to keep them apart.  I generally don’t like mysteries or suspense mixed in with my romances, I feel like all to often the relationships and the romance take a back seat to the mystery, leaving me feeling jipped and not invested. So not the case here, I was fully invested and complete enthralled and the relationship between Micheal and Erika was so completely enhanced by the danger and drama.
Lastly, the characters MADE THIS BOOK.
The supporting characters were complete and well developed with just the right amount of backstory and personality to make you feel for them and with them.  I can’t wait until they all have books of their own.  And Michael was drool worthy.  I adored him in a way that hasn’t happened to me for a while.  Keep in mind I love a complex, angry, confusing a**hole of a leading man.  I want my leading man to be tortured and conflicted and unable to resist the pull towards the woman he shouldn’t want, but I also need him protective, emotional, hot and sweet.  Not to much to asked right?  Michael delivers in spades ON EVERYTHING !!

What surprised the hell out of me in this book was Erika…..I ADORED her in a way I have adored no other.  She is SPECTACULAR !!!  My God I wanted to BE her or date her, I couldn’t decide which (and I’m straight BTW).  Erika is reckless and brave and tough as nails.  She craves the rush and the exhilaration she gets from running with the Horseman…and when they turn on her, she welcomes the challenge, refusing to back down and completely enamored with the game.  She’s also compassionate, romantic and loyal.  God I loved her character…did I mention that?  Everything about this book is done to perfection in my opinion, but Erika Fane is what put it over the top for me, lifting it easily into my top 10 of 2015.  Do not pass this one up.

The Love Always Series by D.Nichole King

6 Stars

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Love Always, Damian (Love Always Series Book 2)

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Love Always, Kate (Love Always #1)

Dear Diary,
Leukemia’s been my life since I was eleven. Now, six years later, I want my life back. Only I’m not sure what that is. The test results came back today. 22,000. Which means I’m officially out of remission—again. I have three options:

1) Another round of chemo.
2) A super-new experimental drug.
3) Dump it all— forget the meds and treatments and enjoy the time I have left.

I think I know what I want. Then, in walks Damian, changing everything.
I mean, everything…

He’s got his own set of issues. It binds us together, you know? We understand what it’s like to lose what matters most in seconds. Still, the last thing I need is to have someone else to crush if I can’t fight hard enough. And the last thing he needs is someone else to grieve.

Never mind. I’m down to two options now.

Somehow I know that whichever one I choose, the result will be the same. With the sand in my hourglass seeping to the bottom, I hope there’s enough left to show Damian that life’s worth living.

Worth fighting for. Worth dying for.

Love Always, Kate

Love Always, Damian (Love Always #2)

They say time heals all wounds.
What a load of bull. It’s been four years, and Kate’s voice still echoes in my mind.
Every. Damn. Day.
I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can’t do what she asked.
I can’t let her go.

Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what’s left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn’t worth the deadness that follows after they’re gone. I didn’t ask for this. Didn’t ask for her.

And I sure as hell didn’t plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door.
Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can’t screw this up.
Because if I do, I’ll lose more than just Lia.  I’ll lose my life.

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I’m going to start this review with a bold statement…..These are two of the best books I have EVER read, easily in my top 5.  I have NEVER cried so hard, so consistently while reading.  And let me be clear…I cried because I was incredibly sad AND I cried because I was so damn happy.

I knew the first book was going to be sad, anyone who reads the back of Kate’s book knows that and I thought I was ready for it….I was so not ready.  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  Then I decided I needed to read the second book right away because I needed some sort of resolution, some kind of happy ending to make all of the crying worth it.  I expected it to be more uplifting (and eventually it was) but in all honesty…I cried more consistently and much harder during this book.  My throat hurts from crying, my eyes will probably be puffy for the next two days and I think I went through an entire roll of toilet paper blowing my nose.  And, in case I haven’t mentioned it, I adored every single second of it.

These books are gorgeously written, incredible intelligent, wonderfully emotional and perfectly crafted.  The intricacies of the story are amazing, every word has a purpose, every action has a result, every loose end has a beautiful resolution.   God I can’t remember ever loving a story this much.  I can’t remember ever loving and understand and CARING about characters this much.  And not just one character, not just the main characters….every single character!!!  The author’s ability to put us inside the character’s head and let us understand exactly where they are coming from is amazing and it’s done without endless monologues which is wonderful.

Just a couple more things and then I’m done gushing.

I think what really made these two books easily some of the best I’ve ever read was the author’s willingness to show the ugly as well as the beautiful.  Most authors are too worried about readers disliking their characters to really show the ugly stuff…but not De.  Her willingness to be brave as an author was so rewarding to me as a reader and her ability to zig when every author out there would have zagged made these two books unforgettable.  I was constantly surprised, that never happens to me any more.  These characters will live with me for a long time and I have no doubt I will read these books over and over.

READ THESE BOOKS.  It will be kind of like rough sex…you’ll hate me through 3/4 of it and LOVE me when it’s over!! Hehe

You Really Got Me (Rock Star Romance #1) by Erika Kelly

6 Stars

The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.


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I absolutely this book! I read a lot of these rock star romances and this is one of my very favorite! I love both of the main characters, completely real, believable, insecure, flawed, strong people. There was just the right amount of backstory to really flesh out the characters and make you feel like you understood their motivations and reactions. I thought the sexual tension and the drama and the romance and the friendship and the obstacles all seemed true to real life, not manufactured to cause drama. God, I could FEEL the attraction, the frustration, the joy, the release, the heartache and the love.

And for the record….Jonny ‘Slater’ Vaughn might just be the best book boyfriend I’ve ever come across.  He is flawed perfection and watching him fall for Emmie and navigate his way through a crazy business as his dreams come true is the best of all roller coaster rides.  And once he sets his sights on Emmie he is relentless in all the best ways.

And Emmie is a wonderful character.  Strong, smart and independent, she’s determined to help her brother and his band succeed and equally determined not to fall for another rock star.  Burned by her last rock star boyfriend, she knows better than to fall for the gorgeous front man of Snatch, but the more time she spends with him the harder it is to remember why he’s a bad idea.

All of the peripheral characters and storylines were great too, not too much, just enough to add to the story.  Emmie’s relationship with her brother was a nice addition. Derek’s book is up next, but in the mean time, I am starting over at page 1 and reading this entire book again!  BTW this is a standalone novel!

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