New Release with Review: Seven Minutes ’till Midnight by Sunniva Dee

**(Mind Blown) ** Please give me a few moments to re-assemble my thoughts within my brain.  (1, 2, 3…10).
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Ok, I think I’m good now. Have you ever experienced that feeling of complete weightlessness, like every bit of air in your lungs has left them leaving you suspended in time? That feeling of floating, not knowing where your next breath is coming from and all time stands still? Yep, I didn’t think I’d ever experience that in my lifetime either, however, following Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight that’s how I felt. I, very cautiously put my kindle down (despite me wanting to throw it repeatedly) and just absorbed everything I have read. OMG, y’all, this book is EVERYTHING!!

I never knew that I needed a ‘Troy’ in my life, but I immediately want to put my order in for one of my very own. From his tri-colored dreads to his passion in playing the drums, I need everything about this man! (🙋🏻‍♀️Have you seen the cover model? Anybody have a name for that man with gorgeous eyes?👀)

Troy Armstrong is a mountain of man. He is tortured yet is epically sweet with a beautiful soul. There is so much understanding and love behind the intensity of those safari green eyes. Eyes that are luminescent and make a person feel as if he is probing your soul. Troy is kind and dedicated about his endeavors. One of which is his drumming.
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Aishe Xodyar is a mid-20’s gypsy girl, who was the ‘merch girl’ for Clown Irruption the previous summer and has made friends with the band and their wives/girlfriends. She is a spitfire and will dole out the verbal lashings and comebacks before you can blink. Despite being this outgoing girl with a fiery personality, she isn’t very keen on having the attention on her. Aishe has left her gypsy family to come to America. She believes in her gypsy heritage and customs immensely and hopes that she has outrun some of them in the US. (This becomes an important concept between Aishe and Troy).

‘Troy is the air I breathe and the godd*amn devil I want to stomp out like a cigarette under my shoe.’

I am always in awe at the worlds and storylines that Sunniva creates. She has a way of creating deeply thought out fictional stories that suck you in. I don’t know how she does it, but it is a breath of fresh air. Her ability to create characters that are rich, full-bodied and in tune with multiple cultural/social/ethnic diversities is stunning and completely out of this world. I always leave learning a little bit more about our world!

“‘Drago Fuoc.” I breathe my people’s fear out in a shudder. “Different clans have different names for it, but this is ours. It’s our Romani name for the love fire.'”

“‘What you call ‘love fire’ I would call ‘heartbreak'”.

Here’s the difference between a Sunniva book and others. A good book sucks you into that fantasy world, making you a part of it instead of a spectator. An excellent book not only sucks you into the story and makes you a part of this experience, it also leaves you learning a thing or two and truly thinking about sociological issues with society.  Ms. Dee has taken this concept and upped it by 20 times. Her storylines are that good!!

Sunniva is not only a ‘thinking’ author with storylines to match, but her technical writing is on point. Throughout her books, she fully embraces her characters and their back story. She is completely thorough, and it shows that she has researched whatever character has as a job, beliefs or customs, both national and internationally. As a former percussionist, I appreciated reading about flam-taps to triplets to single and double paradiddles! It brings back my playing days and I fully drummed along with Troy and I could empathize with his need to drum along his thigh, table or chair. That was me too. It still is. Y’all should see me driving while drumming my fingers.

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Now, without a doubt, hands down, do yourself a favor and pick up any of Sunniva Dee’s books, especially ‘Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight’. She will leave you aching, blown away and yearning for more. Sunniva is a Mistress of Words and a genius with her writing. She is a profound, technical professional in assembling these thoughts, concept and beliefs into an extraordinarily well-read book.
👍👍👍👍 and ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Moixcha. Is that what he said? Troy called me “forever love”. 

5 stars

Flip Trick by Amo Jones–Review

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Amo Jones is the master at dark romance and I love her for that. With, ‘Flip Trick’, she is expanding into the contemporary romance genre. So, color me intrigued when I found out about this.

Flip trick is about Amethyst and Maddox. Amethyst is the kind of heroine that you love to read about. She is quirky, spunky, sassy and oh, so fierce. She is a very strong female. Then you have Maddox. I believe some will either love him or hate him, but he is just a male lead that is slow to show himself. He has so many wonderful layers, it just may take you awhile to get his full character. However, once you reach that inner core, you will see how hard it will be to get him out of your head. I loved Maddox and it was easy to see that he and Ame belonged together.

Now, does this sound like a sweet and nice little book that will be easy to read? I’m here to tell you, heck no. There were so many twists and turns just like Hang Time roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm and ups and down like Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point. She continues to live up to her moniker as the ‘Mistress of the Mind F@ck.’

Flip Trick is a work of literary genius from such a linguistical master. She has such a knack to create an imaginary world that will suck you in. Her characters are complex with multiple layers just like her story lines. She has the uncanny ability to create a multitude of emotions and feelings that are pulled from the reader. There were many times I was cursing out her name, exalted in joy, pulled at my hair yelling, ‘What the f@ck’. If I had an endless supply of Kindle’s, I would’ve been throwing them left and right at the emotional upheaval she was writing about. Despite all this, Ms. Jones, wrote an incredibly wonderful tale of hopes, dreams, love, loss and the importance of family.

Flip Trick (contemporary romance) is a wonderful departure from her norm (dark romance). I will be looking forward to reading what she comes out with next. Well played, Ms. Jones, well played!!

My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Blog Tour

 

My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa

Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

When he left her, he made the biggest mistake of his life. But now she might be gone for good.

Kaden Hades couldn’t handle touring with his rock band and a relationship— until he discovered Sadie, the love of his life. But when tragedy struck with his teenage daughter, Kaden broke off the engagement, swearing to put his kids first.

Then he gets the phone call. Sadie’s been in a car accident.

By the time he reaches her side, she is critical.

With Sadie in a coma, memories flood Kaden’s mind. Her kisses. And all the wonderful experiences they shared. The day it all went wrong…and Kaden made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, as her last line of defense against those who’ve given up hope, he’ll move heaven and earth to protect her.

Because she’s always had his heart—but if he loses her, his world will come apart.

Check out my review: 

https://wordpress.com/post/lagerlefsebookblog.com/1815

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. And a wonderful husband who shares her love for all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

 

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American Cinderella by Krista Lakes–Blog Tour

Title: An American Cinderella
Author: Krista Lakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018

 

Blurb
“I’d give up my whole kingdom to be with you. I want to be your Prince
Charming.”
Aria has a big heart but bigger problems. Her whole life is a mess thanks
to her controlling stepmother. But when she’s knocked over- literally- by the
hottest man she’s ever had the pleasure of tangling up her body with,
everything changes.
Henry Prescott, second-string rugby player for the Paradisa Royals, is
funny, sweet, charming, and oh-so-sexy. He’s got a rock hard body and tackles
her in bed as fiercely as he tackled her in the park. Knowing nothing about
rugby, but absolutely intoxicated by his accent, she finds herself falling for
him.
There’s only one problem: Henry Prescott doesn’t exist.
The man she thinks she loves is actually Prince Henry, second in line for
the throne of the nation of Paradisa. He’s the man who Aria’s entire department
has to impress for trade relations. And that makes Aria’s stepmother’s plans
even more dangerous.
He’s the man who could destroy her world or make all her dreams come
true.
He lied about being a prince… did he also lie about being in love?
NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new sweet-and-sexy
royal romance. This standalone novel will have you cheering for an American
princess’s happily ever after.

 

Blog Review:

https://wordpress.com/post/lagerlefsebookblog.com/1811

Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

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Available at other retailers soon

 


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Krista Lakes is a
thirtysomething who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She is
living happily ever after with her Prince Charming. Her first kid just started
preschool and she is happy to welcome her second child into her life,
continuing her “Happily Ever After”!
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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills–Blog Tour

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU coming April 30th!

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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Blog Review:

https://wordpress.com/post/lagerlefsebookblog.com/1806

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My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Review

My Own Regret is a book that will stay with you for a very long time. I am still reeling over it and don’t know if I can do it justice with my review!

Here is a sample of some feelings/thoughts I felt while reading My One Regret: Hate, Love, Shock, Anger, Surprise, Hope, Soul crushing sadness, vengeance, deception and true, deep and soulful angst. Claudia was able to take me on an emotional roller coaster that had me feeling everything and pulled me in as if I was a background actor in the lives of Kaden and Sadie. My One Regret is told from dual POV’s, as well as past and present scenes. Be prepared to have tissues handy, because she holds back no punches. She rocks the foundation of your world from the prologue and doesn’t seem to put you back on sturdy footing until the last word.

‘What can I say? I believe that souls come in pairs.’…’I’d give anything to find mine.’

Kaden Hades is a Rockstar for Killing Hades, who along with his buddy/bandmate is playing at a local coffee shop. Kaden’s friend immediately notices the blonde and calls ‘dibs’, while Kaden is completely enamored with the auburn-haired girl with purple and pink streaks in her hair. He notices through the whole concert that she is singing along, while maintaining strong eye contact with Kaden. After the show, Kaden tries to keep an eye on her, but loses her in the crowd. Have no fear, Sadie, marches right up to him and strikes up a conversation. The rest is history, however, bumpy and time consuming it may be.

‘You’re made of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness.’…’Your bright light is a magnet to my darkness.’

Sadie is a local florist with her own shop, which is about one year old. She has worked hard to have what she does and she loves creating memories for people. Her store is more than flowers, it also includes party favors, jewelry, toys, etc. She is truly trying to cater to everyone that may walk in. Sadie is a very sweet, kind and caring individual. She didn’t have the best childhood, despite her dad having a lot of money. Her mother is on a continual rotation with rehab for alcoholism and pill popping. Somehow, Sadie is the one that usually ends up taking care of her.

I absolutely adored the storytelling of Kaden and Sadie. Unlike some books, where the H and h jump into a relationship right away, these two truly started off as friends. They got to know each other; their hopes, dreams and thoughts for a future.

Unfortunately, something happens in Kaden’s life, that causes him to lose his focus and he forced to make an ‘on the spot’ decision regarding his relationship with Sadie. Kaden has two daughters that he absolutely adores and would do anything for. The negative side to those two daughters is a very manipulative and self-centered ex-wife. Kaden tries to stay amicable with her for the sake of his daughters, but there is absolutely no relationship and if he didn’t have to talk to her about the girls, he wouldn’t talk to her.

The story of Sadie and Kaden is an emotional one. It will rip out your heart and gut you, but you will eventually get put back together and feel contented of these two scarred souls! PS…I, ABSOLUTELY, loved the interaction between Kaden and Sadie when it came to nicknames for each other. Truly the best comedic spot highlight in an emotionally heavy book!

‘Nothing is guaranteed or permanent. Life is ever changing, nothing set in stone or promised to us. The world doesn’t owe you anything, nor you to the world. To receive, you have to give, but yet never expect. You have to find your own path and change it as many times as needed. Adapting, accepting, and learning that you aren’t guaranteed happiness or love. But the more love and happiness you give, the more will come back to you. Trust the journey. Always trust your heart.’

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Manic Monday by Piper Rayne–Review

What would you do if you hated a person, just on principle alone? If you had been burned by the local mechanic, would you hate ALL mechanics? What if hated a guy, because he was a mechanic, but did funny things to your system? Would you break your rules and say, ‘screw it’ or would you live in limbo between hate/love?

Well, Manic Monday by Piper Rayne, is that book exactly and more. Victoria is a divorced woman with a seven-year-old daughter, Jade. Victoria detests her ex-husband, from some things that he’s said and done. To truly start over, as well as, help her mom who was recently diagnosed with MS, Victoria and Jade move home to Chicago.

Victoria is a strong, independent and determined single mother, who besides working a full-time job and taking care of her mom, she is also going to school with expectations of graduating soon. It is a daily ritual that Victoria walks Jade to school (which is only a few blocks from home) before she catches the train to work. This has become her new normal, until one particular Monday morning. They are within seeing distance of the school entrance, when she notices an Uber pull up. Out pops a little boy, Henry, who is about the same age as Jade. Jade being the intuitive seven-year-old that she is, immediately stops to yell ‘Hello’ to him. This, however, is not what has caught Victoria’s attention. It is the tall, handsome man that steps out still putting his tie on with still slightly damp hair that catches Victoria’s attention. It is none other than Reed Warner, the best man from her wedding. Oh yeah, he also happens to be a lawyer just like her ex. Despite being drool-worthy, she immediately hates him because of his profession.

Victoria and Reed are phenomenal leads in this book, but there are some extraordinary secondary characters. (PS…. Reed is yummy!) Firstly, there is Jade, who at seven years old is very perceptive with people and situations around her. She figured out early on, that Henry was the key to getting Reed and Victoria together. Secondly, there are some amazing women that Victoria work’s with. Hannah is boss/owner of the foundation to help empower young girls. She is the ultimate boss to work for. She is funny, down to earth, but quick to realize when they need a break to either chit-chat or get out of the office. Lastly, is another co-worker of hers, Chelsea. Oh my goodness, Chelsea was hilarious. Some of the antics she would get into, the stories that she could tell and you never knew what would pop out of her mouth next. I’m looking forward to their books.

Overall, Manic Monday, was a very sweet and funny book with occasional interludes of steaminess.  There was drama, but very realistic drama. Something that could truly happen in the real world and not for the sake of the storyline. Piper and Rayne delivered a well-written book that was difficult to put down.