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Third and Long (Moving the Chains 3) by Kata Cuic

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Synopsis

Not everyone plays by the rules.

Eva Papageorgiou has it all: the popularity that always felt so elusive in high school, looks that men can’t ignore, and a boyfriend that other women covet. She’s gorgeous, powerful; she has the world at her fingertips.

And it’s all a lie.

The problem with living a lie is how easy it is to forget who you’re lying to. Eva’s time to withdraw into the shadows has expired, courtesy of Rob’s rising fame. Her only option is to hide in plain sight.
Amid all the chaos, Rob is her safe escape from it all. They continue to be stronger together than they ever could be on their own.
Until being together is what tears them apart.

Rob Falls has everything he’s ever wanted: his dream girl, a winning team, respect from everyone. He’s at the top of his game, with a Heisman nod on the horizon, and the potential to be a first-round draft pick.

And it’s all crumbling before his eyes.

The mounting pressure of being an athlete at the next level while doing all he can to protect Eva takes its toll. He doesn’t sleep enough, he worries constantly, and he’s torn wanting to be in two places at once.
Rob never imagined the day he’d have to choose between fame and love.

Sometimes life makes choices for us.

With the game and their hearts on the line, will Rob and Eva keep their secrets hidden? Or will they reveal everything to each other, to themselves, to the world…only to lose it all?

Kata Cuic’s tagline is Real Romance from the Trenches of Real Life. Seriously, there has never been anything more fitting. This book, these characters… they are real to me. I think about them, I cry for them, I hope for them, I want for them. When this series ends I will mourn the loss of them, I will cry because I won’t get to follow them into old age. Hell, I have tears rolling down my face right now just thinking about it. Nobody…NOBODY writes like this. I can’t think of one other author that writes real life so perfectly, so eloquently and so emotionally.

This book is both a big departure from the first two books of the series and a perfect logical inevitable progression for the characters. The first book, First and Goal, is sweet and funny and emotional. It’s first love and first mistakes at their finest. The second book, Second Down, is sadder and tougher. It’s love surviving in the face of adversity and heartbreak. And this book….this book is love struggling to survive in the face of real life. Real life were things can go from amazing to unbearable in the blink of an eye, where things aren’t fair and love isn’t easy and some days it’s all you can do to hold on. But where the good days make all the bad days worth the effort.

Rob and Evie are real people to me. They are so intricate and fleshed out and believable. In this book, more than any of the others in the series, you understand them, you feel what they feel, you know them and consequently you take the journey with them. When they got it right, my heart rejoiced with theirs, and when they made mistakes my heart broke with theirs, and when they cried, I cried horrible ugly-cry tears. I have never, in my life, read a book that made me feel so much. And the other characters in this story elicit just as much emotion from me. There are characters that I love passionately, and characters I hate viscerally. There is literally not one character in this story that I don’t have some kind of reaction to…and that to me is the mark of a great book. Nothing is a throwaway, everything, every character, every scene, every action,  builds this world and this story.

I read a ton of books, and I have for years, and in my opinion, there are only a handful of authors I’ve come across that can make a story live and breathe real life the way Kata Cuic does. I have loved other books and other couples, but with Rob and Evie I find myself constantly needing to be reminded that they are not, in fact, real people. Third and Long will stay with you long after you’ve finished it, at least that’s true for me.  This book is not light and fluffy, it’s not rainbows and unicorns, and if that’s what you’re looking for, this might be the wrong fit for you. But if read to feel real emotions, if you read because you appreciate the journey as much as the destination, if you read because sometimes you need to get lost in someone else’s life for awhile, then this book will blow you away. When the last book in the series comes out, I have a feeling it will be bitter sweet. I can not wait for the rest of Rob and Evie’s journey and I desperately anticipate their HEA. I know when they get there, no other couple will ever have deserved it more. But I also know, when I turn to the last page, I will be so grateful for the journey and so sad for the end of the ride.

About the Author

Kata lives near Pittsburgh, PA 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. A self-proclaimed binge-reader who has issues with moderation, she struggles to wear all the necessary hats of wife, mother, reader, writer, chef, maid, chauffeur, nurse on any given day. 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.

A few of her favorite things are books (duh), chocolate, cats, and gardening. Her biggest guilty pleasure is 90s rap and R&B (which she has to listen to when the kids aren’t around).

 

Choosing Forever by Mia Kayla is LIVE

Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla

My First 6 STAR read of 2017

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Synopsis

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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Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1)

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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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💔 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

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Synopsis

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.

 

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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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Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla

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Release Date: February 12, 2017

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Synopsis

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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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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We’ve got a new addition to the OwR team (I know you know…we’ve been gushing about it.)

Hi everybody!

I’m Cheryl, and I’m supposed to write an introduction, telling you a little about myself. I hate doing this, and so, I guess I can start there since it’s probably the biggest part of my personality. I’m introverted and shy, I don’t like attention, and I hate talking about myself. But I can talk books. For. Days.

I enjoy pretty much any genre—as long as there’s some kind of romance involved. What makes a book great, in my opinion, is not just the writing. It’s the story, the characters, the struggles they overcome, the sacrifices they make, and the butterflies-in-the-tummy love they find along the way. That is why I read, and why I write, and why I’m so excited to join the Obsessed with Romance blogging team.

Some of my favorite reads are:

Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
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The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Sea of Tranquility

Ten Tiny BreathsTen Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

Drowning Instince

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disater

Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The vincent BoysDarkhouse

The Dark House Series by Karina Halle

 

 

 

I was only supposed to list five favorites,

but here is something else you should know about me—I don’t follow rules all that well. Plus, who only has five favorite books??? I think my rule breaking is justified here. If you’ve read and loved any of the above books then please be sure to follow my reviews here on Obsessed with Romance.

Kristy and Wenn, I love you ladies to pieces! Thank you so much for making Sunniva and me permanent fixtures of the blog. I’m tremendously happy to be here and cannot wait to share my love of reading with everyone.

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The Love Always Series by D.Nichole King

6 Stars

Buy Love Always, Kate on Amazon (Kate is FREE!!)

Love Always, Damian (Love Always Series Book 2)

Find them on Goodreads   Visit D. Nichole King’s Website

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