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4 Star Review

In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman hiding from her criminal past is taken captive by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.

Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to a rising business star, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.

Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she’s in danger of losing more than her social status.

Determined to protect the careful life she’s built for herself, Evie doesn’t want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who broke her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He’s never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.

Kristys review

 

I love second chance romances and Brighton Walsh books so this was a win/win for me.  Not to mention I thought Captive was a great book and I was looking forward to Riley’s story.  Once again the clandestine world of Ghost and Riley is phenomenally well crafted.  One of the hardest things for an author to pull off is a believable criminal underworld where the plot makes sense and doesn’t have major holes.  Brighton does this to perfection and watching the story unfold is a wonderful crazy ride in this book.

Riley is perfection, absolute sheer male perfection.  I could not have loved or felt for him more.  Having followed Ghost into a shady, violent business, he excels at providing intimidation and protection, all the while getting revenge for the love he lost as a teen.  But his protective nature and loyalty are swoon worthy and when his world gets turned upside down he rises to the occasion beautifully.

Evie is awesome.  She’s tough as nails in all ways and proficient at living a life under the radar, hiding from a past that is determined to track her down.  She’s hiding more than one secret and has never had a reason to trust anyone…except Riley, the only man that ever made her feel safe.  But now that she’s back in his life and in hiding with him she’s afraid to let him in to her life and her heart…especially since her past is putting them both in danger.  It’s wonderful to see a character that can be so tough and strong while still being vulnerable and insecure.  Oh…did I mention stubborn?  Yep she’s stubborn as hell.

The first 80% of this book was absolute perfection to me.  I cried, I was shocked, I fell in love with the characters, I loved it.  This was firmly a 5 star read for me until the last 20%.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book and the end is very well done.  For me, however, there were two or three small points at the end that missed the mark for me a little bit, minor things but just enough to move it down to a solid 4 star read.

An ARC was provide in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she’s not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.

 

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The Reason I Breathe by Cory Cyr

Title: The Reason I Breathe

Series: Bite & Release #2

Author: Cory Cyr

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: July 24, 2015

I waited my entire life for one singular moment.

Everything I had endured—all the pain and suffering—I would go through it all again,

if I knew she was waiting for me.

Ryan Chase was the only woman I ever loved.

My obsession. My desire.

When she came home . . . loving her hadn’t been easy.

The road to our particular happiness was paved with boulders.

I became who she needed me to be. Who she wanted.

Marriage and children— they were a dream we both shared.

Until a nightmare threatened to take it all away.

Is love supposed to be this hard?

How long before the person I’m pretending to be begins to crack?

I’m a liar. A fraud.

He is surfacing.

She’s the only reason I survived. I lived.

She is the reason I breathe.

Now, when she needs me the most—I’m transforming into the person

I thought I’d buried years before.

I can’t be without her. She gives me purpose and makes me whole.

Nevertheless, the universe chose a different route. God had a different plan.

And right now, I’m pissed at them both.

**Strong Language**Explicit Sex**Intense Situations**

*This is Shea’s POV. It is highly recommended you read Bite & Release first*

The London American Brides Novella Trilogy: The Complete Series by Prisca Martin

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Author Prisca Martin is releasing Undeniable Love: Novella Three of the London American Brides Novella Trilogy
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Love can be lost but never forgotten.  Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it’s all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can’t run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she’s never been able to forget. Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie’s heart. Years have gone by, but he’s never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he’d still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away. As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can’t give up the perfect life she’s been working toward…and Riley has no part in it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she’s not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.

 

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Bleeding Love (Hope Town #2) by Harper Sloan

 

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4 Star Review

Synopsis

I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.

Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.

He’s on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.

*Bleeding Love is the second book in the Hope Town series. It will follow Liam and Megan. Each book in the series is a HEA and can be read as a standalone.

Wenns Review

Having just read a heart wrenching story, I needed the happy and swoony high every Harper Sloan book makes me experience.

And once again, it did not disappoint me. I closed this book happy, dreamy, and hopeful. So Wham, Bam, Thank you Liam! 🙂

This is the story of Megan, a widow mom, who has lived through way too many awful events in her short life.
And Liam Beckett…* sigh*  For those who’ve read the Corps Security series, I’m sure the name Beckett alone puts a huge smile on your face! For those who haven’t… GO READ IT! NOW!  You will meet the very hot and very alpha piece of man that is Liam’s dad…

Liam is everything I love. A man not afraid to show his feelings, who fights for what he believes in.

Oh and who is totally HOT!!! 

Liam knows deep down that he has strong feelings for Megan but can’t express them, can’t let her know the pull he feels towards her.

Megan being so closed off.  She doesn’t want to feel. She is NUMB and wants to stay that way. She’s afraid to feel and doesn’t let anyone in.

But when Liam, fed up with waiting and trying to get her to see what’s right in front of her, comes to make her his, EVERYTHING changes. *swoon*

You will follow them through a journey full of grief and hope, fear and love. Harper Sloan did a good job, I felt EVERYTHING reading it.

And damn if Molly isn’t one of a kind… You will LOVE her.

Everything falls into place and it’s like watching two of your best friends, who were made for each other, finally open their eyes and jump fully into happiness.

Basically this book has it all. It is drama-free, angst-free but the “Alphaness”  (I’m sorry if this word doesn’t exist, I’m French, we can pretend it’s a French word! Lol) is high and I am always happy to read about the Corps Security Family!

Affairytale by C.J. English

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4 1_2 Star Review

Synopsis

I had an affair. The most forbidden and seductive affair, and fell in Love.

He was a rare gentleman, intelligent and gorgeous; a man every woman desired. Every cell in my body was telling me that he was my happily ever after. I was stuck in a marriage of mediocrity, I ached for red silk romance and carry me away passion, but not with my husband. I craved Him. Living without him was cruel and unusual punishment, even for my wandering heart.

Affairytale is a tantalizing memoir of sultry encounters, hidden grottos and secret hillside cabins. From the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the Southern shores of Maui you’ll fall in love with this tell-all memoir that pulls back the veil on infidelity and gives you rare look into hearts and bedroom of a real life extramarital affair. Woven with original love letters and scandalous text messages, this engrossing true love story is sure to break then win your heart.

True Love always finds a way.
Sometimes…it starts with an affair.

Wenns ReviewThis book is probably one of the hardest books I WANTED  to review.

First I want to say that in this review I am not judging C.J.’s life, I am writing about my feelings, my very personal feelings while reading this book.

I understand that some readers won’t read it because it is a memoir or because it deals with an affair, but without the affair C.J would not have lived this fairy tale.

This is a real story, a real love story. One that is stronger than anything and will leave you asking yourself how you define true love.

When C.J meets Grant, she’s already in a relationship with Levi and she is trying to do her best for herself, her daughter and her family. But her attraction to Grant is stronger than anything else she’s experienced .  I couldn’t believe how strong C.J. was in denying the pull she felt  toward Grant. And it saddened me to see she was married to the wrong person.

If all marriages are unhappy and take work, then mine was no different. I stayed because I was foolish enough to believe those things were true.”

I had so many feelings while reading this book. I wished so desperately that I knew C.J during the hard times she had to go through alone. I felt like I totally understood her struggles and lived them with her. I wanted to be there, to hold her hand and to tell her she would be okay. But at the end of this journey, she did it all by herself, showing strengths and weaknesses, but above all…..humanity.

“I wanted to live, really live before I die. I wanted to know what it feels like to be loved by the man of my dreams.
Levi was the man I couldn’t live with, and Grant was the man I couldn’t live without.”

I felt my heart burst with sadness for C.J.’s denied right to happiness and I felt it spark when those two soulmates finally achieved what they deserved so much…

To my awe and amazement what I got […], was nothing short of a glorious beginning to the rest of my life.”

It was so hard to see her defeated at certain points in the book. She goes head down into a marriage knowing it would be hard. And knowing she’s not in love, not the RIGHT love. I just wanted to whisper in her ear that she could leave, that she deserved to be happy…

While re-reading the sentences I highlighted and the notes I made, I realized that this book completely wrecked me.

There are some parts where you can’t help but wonder what you would have done in her position and the writing, the notes, the messages…. It all feels right and makes it worth the heartache.

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**Cover Reveal** Controlling Interest (Legacy #2) by Lana Grayson

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 Controlling Interests (The Legacy #2) by Lana Grayson

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Synopsis

Submission is survival…

Sarah

Trapped. Seduced. Betrayed.

Submission is the greatest revenge.

When I turn twenty-one, my family’s secret trust passes to me, and I’ll finally destroy Darius Bennett…if I survive my captivity. But vengeance comes at a cost, and Nicholas Bennett demands a male heir to ensure my safety.

I fell hard for my step-brother, but loving the man is easier than trusting a Bennett.

Hiding our relationship will protect us, but what will happen if the lies twist and the truth is revealed?

I have to save myself, because I don’t know if anyone else will.

Nicholas

Devoted. Consumed. Lost.

I’m out of options, out of allies, out of time.

I want it all—my step-sister and her heir, the money and empires—and I’ll stop at nothing to ensure they’re mine.

But saving the woman I love means either betraying her secret or losing the power that is my birthright.

How do I protect my family from Sarah Atwood, and how do I keep her safe from my father?

The answer?

I can’t.

And the sacrifice will ruin us both.

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Excerpt:

“You will sleep every night in my bed. You’ll wake every morning in my arms. Is that clear enough for you, Ms. Atwood?” I brushed my thumb over her puffy lip. “They touch you because I give you to them. They fuck you because I order it. And you will receive them because it is what you are meant to do.”

Sarah didn’t pull away. She never did, even when it was in her best interests.

“Remember this moment,” she whispered. “Right here, right now.”

“Every second with you is forever seared in my memory.”

“Good.” Her smile widened, and I longed to taste her challenge. “Remember this conversation on my twenty-first birthday.”

“Why?”

“Because, Nicholas Bennett, once I own you and your company, you’ll be obeying my orders.”

“And what would those entail?”

“You touching me because I want it. You taking me because I command it.”

It was a defeat worth earning. She leaned in, but I denied her, if only to see her pout.

“You’ll get that kiss once I return,” I said.

“I’ll hope for more than a kiss.”

Dangerous girl.

 

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Lana Grayson was born to write anything and everything to do with romance. Her favorite genres range from the dark and twisty to the lighthearted and sentimental—as long as the characters are memorable, the story is fun, and the romance is steamy. Lana lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, and, when she isn’t bundled in her writing chair, she’s most likely cheering on the Steelers or searching for the ‘Burgh’s best Italian restaurants.

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Cruel Boundaries Cover Reveal By Michelle Horst

Title: Cruel Boundaries

Author: Michelle Horst

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: July 30th, 2015

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Synopsis

He’s my cousin and I love to hate him.
He bullies me.
He tries to break me every chance he gets
I remind him constantly that he’s adopted. It’s the only weapon I have against him.

Authors Note and WARNING: Cruel Boundaries is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable.
Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations.

*** Standalone ***
*** No Cliffhanger ***
*** HEA ***

This book is not for everyone. Please only read it if you can handle the subject matter and are able to keep an open mind whilst reading. If you want a perfect love story, this is not it.

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Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from the land of milk and honey. She’s been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for other cultures, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals. She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. One filled with joy. One filled with passion and heart stopping moments. But most of all, it’s filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that. Thank you for each and every story you share with me. Sunshine Smiles from around the world and back,Michelle ;).

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Fractured Energy by Lynn Vroman

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Fractured Energy is the exciting third installment of Lynn Vroman’s YA/Science Fiction Energy Series! Fractured Energy is published with Untold Press, along with the other thrilling books in this series.

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When Cassondra took Wilma’s energy, Lena’s mission changed. Only revenge matters now.

For the past year, Lena and her small army have tried to finish what they started, beginning with Earth: close the lines between worlds and end Exemplar’s hold on humanity. Unfortunately, the task is daunting. But unlike before, Lena has no problem pulling the trigger. As soon as her army takes care of threats in Earth, Lena goes back to Arcus—only to find out where the next war will be.

Tarek will do anything to mend Lena’s heart, even while she pushes him away. Only death for a death seems to ease the pain tearing her apart. But as much as he desires to heal the woman he loves, Tarek has to make sure Arcus stays safe from extermination.

After an attack, refugees Tarek has sworn to protect are terrified Exemplian authority will destroy their new home. Not able to defeat Exemplar’s direct assault, only one solution remains—a solution that will more than likely end in catastrophe: take the war to Exemplar and shut down their power source.

Lena doesn’t see disaster for her army—she sees victory and demands to go, refusing to miss a chance to kill more Exemplians.

While Lena hopes to save Wilma’s energy during the impossible mission, Tarek fears Lena will lose more than the war.

If she fails, Lena may lose herself completely.

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They thought hiding in plain sight a brilliant idea. Set up camp in large cities where thousands of unassuming witnesses kept them safe from open attacks. Perfect, right? Surely, the rogue army wouldn’t think to involve innocent people.

Their first mistake.

No matter how big the city or how many people saw us, we had no problem killing Exemplians.

Why?

We had Winston, the mind-scrubbing champion.

Cheveyo, Earth’s Warden, believed this was the last nest. We hoped the Exemplian pricks would give up after tonight and move on to another world, another world my small army would follow them to.

But this last trip to Earth… I wanted to make sure they remembered me. I looked toward the sky before opening the café door and turning off my contego suit so the glow wouldn’t show through my sweatshirt. Exemplian satellites no doubt pointed in my direction. Whatever. Wouldn’t want them to miss the show, anyway.

I tugged my hood lower to cover more of my face and walked in. After stomping snow from my boots, I trudged between tables, dodging internet addicts hunched over their computers. For show, really. The three Guides, a middle-aged man, woman, and a muscle head, sitting by the window knew what I was as soon as the tinkling bell announced my presence, probably before then.

I felt them, too. Their static crinkled in my head so loud, I had to grit my teeth and force myself to walk to the counter. From the mirrored wall behind the clerk, I watched them scrutinizing me over their TracFones and café au laits.

“Puis-je vous aider?” The clerk snapped his fingers in my face and asked a second time when I ignored him to keep staring in the mirror.

“Oh, um…café noir, s’il vous plait.”

“Oui.”

With any luck, the barista wouldn’t ask me anything else. Winston only gave me the “Black coffee, please” line to memorize. While waiting for my order, I pretended to admire the pastries in the glass encasement under the counter.

We’d been tracking them in Quebec for the better part of two months. These nesters were craftier, moving from spot to spot, but still easy to find. That it took us under a couple months to get their schedules down made the Exemplian authority look sloppy.

When the guy handed over the coffee, I gave him a coin. He shook his head, saying a few more things I didn’t understand. I shrugged, getting the gist when he wagged the money in my face, speaking much slower. Funny. No matter how drawn out his words were, I wouldn’t get it.

I handed him a couple more coins then turned from the register, giving the Guide trio a nervous glance. The idiots were already on their phones–more than likely letting their Protectors know they were on the move–and collecting their stuff to follow. Exemplians thought anyone not born on their world a moron. More than likely, they probably figured I was some clueless recycled Guide, living another life, right here in freezing-as-fuck Quebec.

Their second mistake.

The trio had followed me all morning until I gave them the slip fifteen minutes ago. How fortunate were they that I happened to waltz into the very café they were in?

Seriously, total dumbasses.

My heart hurt. Dumbass. Every time I even thought about the word, Wilma’s face flashed in my mind. Her little pet name for me when I pissed her off. God, I missed her.

I walked down the busy street at a decent clip, brushing tears away. This wasn’t the time. Now, I’d make every single person who followed me pay a little more for her death.

Make them pay over and over…

I turned the corner, off Rue Saint-Jean, away from the crowd shopping for Christmas. Slush soaked through my boots, numbing my toes. The late evening drizzle infiltrated my thick hoodie, too, drenching me from hair to skin. I ignored it, used to physical discomfort, and stopped to take a few sips of my steaming drink, giving the Guides a chance to catch up. Gross. The rest of the coffee landed in a snowbank. Still hated it.

When the fuzz returned, I got moving. Cheery sounds of shoppers and holiday music wafted after me as I strode farther, careful not to go too fast, lest they lose me again.

The streetlamps broken by yours truly a few hours before helped keep them confused, giving me the edge I’d need. Cell phone lights glowed behind me, though not putting much of a dent in the black. Unfortunately, complete darkness didn’t hide the fuzz getting stronger in my head, something I had grown to hate yet tolerate. Hopefully their Protectors were close so we could end this soon.

Arrogance happened to be the main weakness all Synod Exemplians had. No matter how many nests we’d destroyed, every single idiot we encountered believed they were smart enough to take us on–once they figured out who we were.

That would be their third mistake.

Exemplians were a quick study, always predictable. After a while, their stupidity bore me. But killing them never got old. Ever.

I stumbled when I turned around, making sure they noticed. Their chins lifted, and they were close enough for me to see smiles on their faces. I loved this part. When they believed their nervous prey finally figured out people stalked her.

Loved it.

I moved faster toward the one unbroken streetlight in front of an alley crammed with industrial-sized garbage cans. The smell coming from the frozen trash was way more pleasant than the fuzz clogging my head. I pretended to talk on my phone, adding a lot of scared flavor to my voice. Stupid Guides ate it up, my fear giving them the courage to come closer.

As soon as they were a few feet in front of me, I slid back my hood and gave them a smile of my own.

“Oh, no.” One sputtered that a few times, stopping while the two others, though not smiling anymore, kept coming at me.

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About Lynn Vroman:

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Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. The main result that came from honing her imagination skills was brilliantly failing algebra. Today, she still spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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The Shortstop by AM Madden Review

5 1_2 Star Review

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Synopsis:

“Quint and Annie sitting in a tree…K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”

Quint Lawson and Annie Weber heard that childhood song over and over and it never bothered them. Even though Quint was only five, Annie wasn’t just his neighbor. She would become his best friend and the love of his life. Annie wasn’t interested in dolls, or girly things when growing up. A tomboy at heart, having a boy as a best friend suited her just fine. That same boy captured her heart.

Quint had two passions, his girl and baseball. From kindergarten to college, Quint tore up every baseball diamond he played on. His position was shortstop. His talent was undeniable. Professional ball was most definitely in his future, and he was ready for it. Annie would be right by his side.

When everything in life is perfect, it’s hard to imagine heartbreak in any form. Quint wasn’t immune to its power. This shortstop had no idea what any form of heartbreak could do to his perfect world. When it hit, there were many casualties left in its wake…the most important one was Annie.

Can a person be prepared for, understand, or even endure a misfortune if they’ve never experienced one before? In Quint Lawson’s case the answer is no.
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I’m not quite sure why I went after this ARC….probably because I love sports and friends to lovers stories and I had read one of A.M. Madden’s previous books and I liked it well enough. I wasn’t particularly excited about starting this one but I made a commitment to review and I was going to stick to that. Turns out I should have been REALLY FREAKIN’ EXCITED to be reading this book. I should have been freaking GIDDY that someone was letting me read this book. The book hangover from this one has lasted all week. I’m a damn blogger and I haven’t read a book ALL WEEK because The Shortstop just fulfilled every single thing I need a book to fulfill. It was so damn good.

The first half of the book was sweet in all the best ‘friends to lovers’, ‘high school sweethearts’, ‘next door neighbors’ kind of ways. Annie and Quint are adorable and good to each other. They are likable characters and clearly in love with their future all mapped out for them. What I loved about the first half of this book was as great as their story was….I just felt this tension while I was reading it…not between the characters…but in my gut I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and I KNEW the shoe was going to drop. That tension is the kind of thing that makes a book great for me. I was scared to death for them (yep…for fictional characters) and that’s why I read books…to FEEL that fear…to know something is coming and to dread and crave it all at the same time.

Just to prove my point….this is what my FB post looked like while I was reading:

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Want to hear the best part? When that shoe dropped….it was nothing like what I expected…NOTHING. Not only that…it seemed like nothing I had ever read before. I read tons of sports romances and this one had something NEW. My God do I love being surprised by a book. And then this book got painful. For me it was ugly cry, actual pain in my chest, sobbing, angry oh please no kind of crying. Actually…I still cry when I think about. I finished this book a week ago and I’m crying while I write this review because parts of this book will just rip your heart out.

And then

It got more painful. I was thinking about this analogy the other day…it was like A.M. Madden ripped my heart out and then, just when I thought she was done…she threw it on the floor and stomped the hell out of it. The good news? She did eventually pick up all the little pieces, put them back together in the most beautiful way and give it back to me…..and somehow managed to leave me sobbing with joy and grateful for the experience.

Quint is a beautiful boy with such a good heart. You will love him, you will root for him, you will adore his sappy romantic side and the care with which he loves and protects Annie. He is every bit a boy who fell in love at 5 years old and never fell out. But you will hate him and you will be so damn angry with him and you will want to simultaneously beat the hell out of him and hold him.

Annie is sweet, almost too sweet. She is supportive and loving and totally willing to stand on the sidelines to root for her man, She is every bit the girl who fell in love at 5 years old and never fell out. But she can be her own kind of frustrating, the kind where you just want to yell please Annie, have an opinion, stand up for yourself, stop being so meek. You’ll love her, but you’ll want to take her and shake her too. I don’t want to spoil anything…but let me just say a great character evolution absolutely rocks. And Annie’s is one of the best character evolutions, like top three I’ve ever read for a female character. Yep…that good.

I read a lot of books…A LOT of them. Some I wish I hadn’t wasted my time on, some were OK, some I’m really freaking happy I got to read….but this book…THIS book I’m GRATEFUL that I got to read it. Absolutely grateful for the experience of this book and for me…that puts it in a very elite group.

 

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Author bio:

AM Madden
Amazon Best Selling Author ~
A.M. Madden’s debut novel is Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. The series includes Back-Up, Front & Center, Encore, Backstage, and The Devil’s Lair Novella.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while raising teenage boys.

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