The Bonds We Break by Becca Steele–Review

Becca Steele has done it again. The Four, along with their significant others, made this book. A part of that group is Cassius and Jessa. Their storyline is emotional, temperamental, loving, and downright steamy, so don’t forget your fan! The Bonds We Break is full of everything. Mystery, intrigue, fear, anxiety, tenuous love to unbreakable bonds. A five-star read!!

As much as we know that Cass is the true lead in this book, I believe we need to take a step back and look at Jessa. If you have read the previous books, you know what I’m talking about. If not, that’s ok, here is your little cheat sheet on Jessa De Witt.

“I am Jessa De Witt, the girl that everyone wanted to be.”

Jessa has only ever known what it’s like to be a Queen B. First at Alstone High and then Alstone College. She wants to be top dog. To have everyone want to be her and will do what she can to maintain this status. Prior to Winter (Cade’s girlfriend), Cassius and Cade, consecutively, had one-night stands with her with no commitment involved, which worked for them at that time. Due to a miscommunication, Jessa is kidnapped (in place of Winter) and goes through some traumatizing experiences. Cassius is one of her rescuers from this horrifying situation. Flash to the present, Jessa is continuing to have some personal issues and when she needs help, the one person she can contact is Cassius.

Cass is just one of the guys that stood out to me from the beginning. Granted, I could safely say that statement about all the guys, but Cass is someone special. His character is fun, flirty, the ‘playboy’ of the group and the joker to lighten the situation/atmosphere. The thing is this is not all that Cassius Drummond is. It is extremely gratifying as a reader to get to see his layers being peeled back to see him, the real Cassius. Due to Jessa’s recent flare up of nightmares and anxiety over past circumstances, Cassius is rising to the Protector mode. A mode that suits him well. He will not let anyone hurt her again.

“Jessa, I’m not going anywhere, okay? You’re safe now. Safe with me.”

So, how do you take a hated enemy into a loved and accepted part of ‘The Four’ family? Simple, have Becca Steele write the story. The Evolution that Cassius and Jessa have gone through is magical and inspiring. The same can be said about Jessa and the rest of ‘The Four’ family. Cassius and Jessa are steamy, pure fire together, yet caring and affectionate. Jessa is the perfect counterpart to Cass.

“You’re important to Cass, and that means that you’re important to the rest of us.”

I can safely say that Jessa De Witt pleasantly surprised me. Her priorities shifted and a case of growing, maturing, and evolving into the strong and confident, non-judgmental, values friendships, and truly learn how to love has taken place. Jessa De Witt is a true reason to not judge a book by it’s cover.

Pause by Kylie Scott–Blog Tour

Pause, an all new emotional friends-to-lovers romance from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott is available now!

An unpauseable new romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!

When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything.

Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him.

Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.

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Excerpt

Leif Larsen lives in a big old brown brick building with a sprawling dogwood out front in a cool urban neighborhood. No one answers when I press the buzzer. But according to the details on the scrap of paper the nurse gave me, I’ve got the right place. 

What to do? 

The rational response would be to give up and go home. Because hiding out in my childhood bedroom has worked out great so far (and this would be sarcasm). It’s been months since I left the house for anything other than a medical appointment. Weeks since I’ve heard from any friends. Right on cue, my cell buzzes inside my tan Coach purse. I don’t bother to look. Mom requests proof of life every hour on the hour. Not even dinner at the country club can distract her, apparently. Her parental concern for me is well past claustrophobic.

My hand clenches the iron railing against a gust of unseasonably warm evening wind. It’s been a while since I stopped using a mobility aid, but things can still feel tricky. The whole damn world does, if I’m being honest. So many things I took for granted have now been turned upside down. 

This is the problem with living the supposed dream. With having an airtight plan for your life. Meet Prince Charming and marry him. Find the perfect job. Only problem is, if something goes wrong, when reality smacks you upside the head and sends you reeling, then there’s no system for putting the pieces back together. There’s no Plan B because it never occurred to you that you’d need one. A lack of imagination on my part, perhaps.

A motorcycle pulls up to the curb and it’s like everything happens in slow motion. Something about this long, lean man just makes time want to stand still. A denim-clad leg is swung over the back of the iron beast. A helmet is removed and shoulder-length hair tumbles free. High cheekbones and perfect lips are framed by stubble and all I can do is stare.

I don’t know if I’m intimidated or turned on or what.

“Can I help y . . .” he begins. There’s the faintest spark of recognition in his eyes.

I continue to stand there frozen.

“Fuck me,” he mutters, stalking closer. His gaze slides over me from top to toe, lingering on the small scars on my left cheek from the glass. There’s no attempt made to hide his curiosity. “It’s really you.”

Nichelle the nurse described him as being a nice young man. Nothing more. Certainly nothing that would prepare me for this. And I dispute “nice.” Ripped denim, battered leather, and a Harley-Davidson motorbike are not nice.

“Never seen you conscious before,” he says, getting even closer.

I just blink.

From beneath the collar and cuffs of his leather jacket emerge colorful tattoos. Lots of them. Blue waves and black letters. Red flames and white flowers. The man is a walking, talking piece of art. My parents would be horrified. Ryan too, for that matter. Not that any of their opinions matter. I need to forge my own path. Go my own way.

“How did you find me?” he asks with a faint frown.

“Oh. Ah.” I smooth down the front of my pale blue midi-length linen summer dress. My dark hair is slicked back in a low ponytail and my makeup is simple but perfect. It’s nice having some things I can control. “One of the nurses from the ICU told me about you and I wanted to come say thank you. But maybe an apology would be more in order?”

For a moment he pauses, then he asks, “Do you want to come in?”

Good question. The fact is, I don’t know. Nor do I know how to do this. Something made obvious when my mouth opens, but nothing comes out. So much nothing for such a length of time that it’s beyond embarrassing. Dammit. Whatever it is I came here looking for, it wasn’t this. Him. Whatever.

“We’ve never properly met, have we?” He holds out his big hand. “Hi, I’m Leif.”

“Anna.” 

While I’m tentative, he shows no such reserve. Strong, warm fingers enfold my own stiff and cold ones. There’s no attempt at a dominating handshake or groping. He gives my hand a squeeze, just the one gentle squeeze, before setting me free. 

“I’d say it’s nice to meet you, but that would be weird.” He grins conspiratorially and oh my God. Everything low in my stomach wakes up and takes notice. Shame on my lady parts, but the chemical pull of the man is ridiculous. It takes me a minute to remember that I’m a married woman. Mostly. Well, somewhat anyway. I certainly have no business smiling at him like I am. My life is messed up enough without adding a crush. Perhaps it’s in reaction to me, I don’t know, but the mirth disappears and his gaze becomes serious. A little bleak even. “I still have nightmares about that day, you know?”

“I’m sorry.”

“Not your fault.”

“I shouldn’t have come.”

“Don’t, Anna. Don’t look like that. I didn’t tell you to hurt you or make you uncomfortable. I was just . . . sharing.” His expression changes again, a more subdued smile taking the place of the brief hint of trauma. Then he suddenly winks at me all flirty like. I don’t know how to react. I can barely keep up. The man is a whirlwind. “Want to come in and have a beer with me?”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes.”

“I just . . . I don’t want to remind you of things you’d rather—”

“I want you to come inside. I wouldn’t have asked otherwise.”

A drink with a pretty wild man that I have a strange sort of history with or a swift return to safety and boredom? I don’t overthink it. I don’t even hesitate. “Then yes, Leif. I’d love to.”

About Kylie Scott
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Ruthless Noble by Alley Ciz–Review

Alley Ciz did not disappoint, nor hold back. Ruthless Noble was everything I wanted, expected, and needed.

This ending for Savvy and Jasper was not an easy one. It was full of twists and turns, shock, disbelief, the deeper insight of love between Savvy and Jasper and many ‘no way’ coming from my mouth.

I fell in love with BFF Tessa. Her character was rip roaring hilarious! She may be tiny, but Tessa be fierce!! Alley’s story writing was amazing as she entwined Savvy and Jasper with the Royals and UofJ characters! I highly recommend the Savage Queen/Ruthless Noble duet. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

**Hey Alley…feel free to write a follow up book for these three books, maybe a Christmas book. **

Ask An Author and New Release: Ruthless Noble by Alley Ciz

In case you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you may not have heard about the newest release to hit the book world! LRuthless Noble by Alley Ciz is book 2 in a duet about Savvy King and Jasper Noble. **See my review at the end.**

Now, onto the lady of the hour, Alley Ciz.

In honor of Alley Ciz and her newest release, Ruthless Noble, she was generous enough to do a little Q & A

𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲 (𝟭) 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 (𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼) 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆.⁣

I would just want to live in a Rebecca Jenshak book to hang out with all her characters⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴?⁣

I love music. All my books have playlists to them. Sometimes I need to listen to a certain song when working on a scene, but usually it’s all kinds of random stuff. But sometimes that backfires—like when I start to dance party on my couch to Britney⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻? 𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗼, 𝘄𝗵𝗼? 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹.⁣

I have a few that are my favorites, so it’s hard to pick just one so let’s just go with my most recent Savvy. She’s so fierce and sarcastic, I loved how she didn’t back down from anything. I like to write strong heroines, but she might be my most badass—and that’s saying something.⁣

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲?⁣

There’s no way I would be able to contain myself to just 3 questions, I know me lol. I would sit there with a gel pen and one of my five-million notebooks and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me”⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?⁣

When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write.⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱?⁣

Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane.⁣

𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲⁣

There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all⁣

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆?⁣

Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously⁣

𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:⁣
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁣

That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever

A ps and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me”⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?⁣

When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write.⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱?⁣

Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane.⁣

𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲⁣

There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all⁣

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆?⁣

Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously⁣

𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:⁣
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁣

That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever

         MY REVIEW

Thank you Alley for your time!!