Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers Book 1) by Claudia Connor

Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

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review This book blew me away. One of the most beautiful, honest, believable romances I’ve ever come across. Matt and Abby are amazing characters. Both of them are intelligent, independent, and loving but also flawed and confused. Abby is everything a heroine should be. She’s been through hard times and a rough childhood, but she is strong and loves her children fiercely. Pregnant and now alone, she’s determined to get through on her own and, after years of being hurt by the people who should have protected her, she simply doesn’t know how to let someone into to her life.

Matt is a Navy Seal. Loyal to a fault, independent and focused on duty, he’s never had the time or the need for a relationship. But something about Abby and her children draws him in and has him seeking out ways to spend time with them before their week at the beach ends and they go their separate ways for good.

This story is beautiful and believable. Matt is sexy as hell but I’m not sure what I loved more, his relationship with Abby or watching him fall for her children. Often I find children in romance books annoying clichés and plot devices. Not these kids, I loved them all and they added so much to this story.

READ THIS BOOK. I would have given it 6 stars if I could. This is the book I recommend to everyone and I have had NO complaints. Book 2 is out now (also a wonderful book) and book 3 is on the way.

 

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Claudia Connor

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Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

 

Laura Kaye

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

S.C. Stephens

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S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

Cheryl McIntyre

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Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, Hard and Dark Calling. She calls Ohio home, though she secretly dreams of living somewhere much warmer–preferably near a beach.

You can follow her author page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads. On Twitter, though she has still not yet mastered the art of tweeting.  Or on her website.

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Crushed by Lauren Layne (Redemption #2)

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5 Star Review

 

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

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This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it definitely will NOT be my last. I loved this book!! Loved it. Chloe is definitely my favorite female lead in ages, possibly ever. Chloe is funny, smart, caring, a straight shooter and, most importantly, normal. She’s not stunningly beautiful, she’s not stick figure thin. She’s just normal and occasionally overlooked, especially when her gorgeous older sister is around. And when she meets Michael it’s more of the same. Michael is running from a messy pas This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it definitely will NOT be my last. I ♥♥ loved♥♥ this book!! Loved it.Chloe is definitely my favorite female lead in ages, possibly ever. Chloe is funny, smart, caring, a straight shooter and, most importantly, normal. She’s not stunningly beautiful, she’s not stick figure thin. She’s just normal and occasionally overlooked, especially when her gorgeous older sister is around. And when she meets Michael it’s more of the same.Michael is running from a messy past and working a summer job as the tennis pro/personal trainer at the country club Chloe’s family belongs to. He’s got dark secrets and a hidden agenda. He decides Chloe’s friendship can definitely help him achieve is goal. What neither of them expects is how real their friendship is about to become. I’m a sucker for the friends become more trope and this book is one of the best. A four star book for me is a book that I loved. But a five star book is one I can’t leave behind, I keep thinking about it, I keep going back and rereading my favorite parts, I’ll read the entire book more than once. That is this book. I’m going back to read the first two books in the series too.

This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

 
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Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (Thoughtless Book 1)

6 Stars

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes… and none of them will ever be the same.

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Potentially my favorite NA book ever. I could not have loved this book more. It was gut-wrenching, emotional, sad, romantic, hopeful and so damn real.

I’m not going to lie, Keira is different than most of the female characters I read about and probably not as likeable as most. She’s confused and insecure and needy and selfish. But I think if you can be non-judgemental and really look at how she got in the position she’s in, I think her behavior is at the very least understandable and at the very best what almost any woman would do in the face of Kellan Kyle.

Kellan Kyle is the be all, end all, most beautifully damaged man ever written. He is flawed perfection. He will ruin you for all other men.

The love triangle is harsh and painful and sad as hell but believable and oh so addictive. Really, there are no good guys and no bad guys and no villains, just three people in a no win situation. This book is not a romanticized love story full of heart warming gestures and mushy live scenes (although there are some amazing ones). This book is mistakes and painful fights full of love and passion and anger and betrayal.

My heart was crushed by this book, broken into a million little pieces and then put back together piece by painful piece.

It was perfection….I can’t wait to read the next three books.

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Hard by Cheryl McIntyre

6 Stars

THIS IS A FULL-LENGTH, STAND-ALONE EROTIC ROMANCE

I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her.

For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes.

And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires.

I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard.

My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS POSSIBLE EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS FOR SOME READERS. PLEASE TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY.

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I can not even begin to tell you how amazing this book was!! I love Cheryl McIntyre’s Sometimes Never series, but this is her best book yet. It works on every possible level. It will make you hot, it will turn you on, it will make you cry, it will take your breathe away. The depth of the characters is what sets this book apart from most erotic romances.

From the first chapter to the last I felt every emotion the characters felt and more importantly, I believed every emotion. Every feeling, every action and every reaction make perfect sense in the context of the book. There’s no false drama or manufactured conflict, it’s all exactly as it should be, gut wrenching and real.

And holy hell the sex in this book is off the charts. Some of the most inventive, sensual, erotic sex I’ve ever read (and I’ve read ALOT). If this doesn’t turn you on you might want to see a doctor, something may be broken.

But beyond the wonderful story and the sexy romance, what makes this book amazing(and truthfully most of Cheryl’s books) is the way this author turns a phrase. There is such a lyrical poetic quality to the phrasing and sentence structures that adds to the emotion in such a tangible way. I often find myself re-reading and highlighting large parts of the text just because the wording is so beautiful. It moves me the same way a great song lyric does.

I read this book TWICE the day I got it, yes that’s right, twice the same day. I have a feeling this is a book I’ll go back and read over and over again.

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Just getting started…..

I have a very unhealthy addiction.  I read romance novels like a fiend.  Like any good addict, I have drugs that I prefer over others, I have pushers and dealers that feed my obsession, I have a single minded determination to get a fix and a need to share my scores with other addicts.  So this is my diary, my decision to expose my dirty little secret.  Ideally this is where I will post my reviews, fangirl over upcoming releases, occasionally interview authors and generally share my obsession.

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