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High School Lover by Rose Croft–Review

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Rose Croft is a debut author and High School Lover is her debut book. I was unsure of what I was going to experience prior to reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had surmised that it was a ‘friends to lovers’ type of setting, but it is so much more.

Andrew and Loren are good friends but are also friends with Mike. Loren and Andrew’s relationship eventually transitions into a love relationship, however, not all are happy with their new pairing. Because of this, they are forced to breakup and eventually lose touch with each other. An unforeseen and unexpected moment happens in their life that brings them back together.

Now you need to read this book to see what happens up to this point and after their reunion. Rose wrote a well-written book that takes you on the journey of these two main characters from high school to adult. Many hard-hitting topics were discussed and written well. I believe that we all could be transported in time from our own high school self through adulthood. I, truly, felt for Loren and Andrew. There were many times that I was screaming in frustration (at both these two characters and Ms. Croft) for the quest that she had created.

Besides, teenager angst and adults that had communication issues. She touched upon the stereotypical ‘norms’ that unfortunately are present in modern society. The concept of ‘judging a book by its cover’ is well covered throughout. It made me stop and think about this concept in real life.

High School Lover is well written with good topics. The ending is phenomenal!! The pacing and flow of the book was consistent, except for a small portion of the middle. The progress was still forward, just at a slower pace than the rest of the book. As I mentioned though, the ending was spectacular and made it all worth it!!

Congrats Rose on a job well done!! PS…you will fall in love with John, Andrews brother. I can’t wait to read his story!

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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–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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Anonymous by L.P. Dover–Release Blitz

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Title: Anonymous
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Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Regina Wamba
Release Date: April 23, 2018

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 Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished. My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

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It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn. His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

 My Review: Anonymous by L.P. Dover–Review

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It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it.

Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”

I show her the text.

Anonymous: 31773?

Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”

“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.

Me: WHO IS THIS?

Anonymous: Why all the yelling?

I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.

Me: I like using all caps.

Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.

Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number.

Anonymous: Why?

Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!

“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”

I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.”

My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone.

Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.

Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE!

Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through.

Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen.

The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale.

“I don’t think this person’s going away.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novels It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Regretfully Yours by Sunniva Dee–Review

I am so in awe of this author and the outstanding work of art she created, I am honestly having a hard time getting started with this. I have a million thoughts zooming through my brain, I can’t grasp just one, so I’m just going to start.

Sunniva Dee is the ‘Queen’ of the unconventional! She has mastered the taboo and has made it ok, while you might be thinking ‘oh no’ or ‘no way’. She writes with such fluidity and makes every single word of hers count for something. Her books are more than ‘just reading’, they are thought provoking through her purposely placed analogies. With Regretfully Yours, Sunniva SLAYED it, just absolutely SLAYED it! Her official name should be, Sunniva ‘Slayed it’ Dee.

Regretfully Yours is about Gioele and Salvina. Gioele is the younger brother to Isaias from, ‘Indirections of a God’. Their father is Il Lince, the mafia boss of the Nascimbeni family. After his older brother abdicated from the mafia, this makes Gioele the next heir to his crime family. Oh yeah, did I mention that Isaias runs a very prominent adult entertainment company? Well, he does and one day while the brothers are fighting, Gioele exclaimed in anger that he was going to audition for the rival company, Harmony Femme. After all, he is currently studying law, but is bored with it and wants to make his own way. No matter what, though, there is one person that always brings him comfort, Salvina.

Salvina is a 21-year-old biology major, trying to make a name for herself, away from her family. Sounds like any other typical college student correct? Well, let me tell you something. Salvina’s father is Cosmio. Cosmio has a brother named Evodio. (still nothing??) Ok, how about this. Evodio is otherwise known as, Il Lince. Did you make the connection yet? Yep, Gioele and Salvina are cousins. (gasp, right) They are very close in age and have grown up together, playing innocently among other things. Currently, Salvina had moved away from her home to San Francisco to avoid temptation (otherwise known as, Gioele). Gioele couldn’t handle being apart from his heart, so he moved right along with her. The family had preached to them, the virtues of not being able to love each other more than a familial sense. So, Gioele has been resolved to stolen hugs and being OVERLY protective of her.

‘She’s been saying the same thing for weeks now: “Gioele, per favore. Since we can’t be together, let’s live our lives. We need to find our person in other places. We just have to look a bit wider–there are awesome people out there for us.”‘

‘I love her. There’s no one in the entire damn world like her.’

There is SO MUCH content to this story, that it is hard to reduce it to a few paragraphs. Let me just say that, Regretfully Yours, is beautiful, innocent perfection written in its finest form.  It is salaciously and wickedly good! The twists and turns will make you gasp, laugh and cry. There is an ending that you will not see coming, but will finally allow you to breathe again. You will be hit hard, torn up, chewed up, spit out and finally stitched back together, only to want more. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this and any of Sunniva’s books. You won’t be sorry!

‘”You’re mine, now. You know?” Celestially blue, his gaze floats to my face and rests there. “Say it.” “I’m yours.” Regretfully yours.’

Rating: 5 ‘Regretfully Yours’ stars

Mr. So Wrong by R.C. Stephens–Review

Mr. So Wrong is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. We first meet Al in Mr. All Wrong, which is about his friend, Colton.

Albert Walsh the Third sounds like such a pretentious name, but truth is he’s just Al. Al is a guy who gave up that wealthy, snobby, privileged life a decade ago. The only remaining person that he talks to is his younger sister. Mr. So Wrong picks up where book one left off. His best friend has found love and is moving on, while Al is happy for him, this makes him unemployed and slightly lost. With nothing in sight, he plans a trip to spend Christmas with his younger sister at the family cabin in Colorado. Let’s just say his Porsche is not equipped for near blizzard like conditions and ends up in the ditch.

Samantha Belmont is a little girl who is lost and running away from life, despite, never leaving her hometown. Sam had made a promise to her mother when she was nine years old to make it out of their small town and find a good man to love. Here we are present day, where Sam is twenty-three and working side by side with her father on the ranch. Sam is coming home during the middle of the snowstorm and finds Al in the ditch. He is unconscious and freezing cold, so she takes him home (the home she shares with her father). It is the quintessential story of country girl and city boy.

Mr. So Wrong is a perfect balance of second chance romance among two damaged people, emotionally intense histories, new love/beginnings and breaking down the emotional barriers. Ms. Stephens wrote a book that was gripping, astonishing and outright beautiful. The plot and storyline was well done, as was the dual POV (past/present). The only negative I have is with the epilogue. If you are an epilogue whore, like myself, I was just plain wanting more. I felt that it was kind of lacking. Other than that, I truly do recommend this book.

“Even great men fall. I made fun of my best friend as he was falling hopelessly in love with his girlfriend. It was a jackass move I know. I’d been in love before but love was for fools. I promised myself I’d never fall in love again which means right now with Sam I’m totally screwed.”

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Crux Untamed (Hades Hangman #6) by Tillie Cole–Review

Crux Untamed was one of my most anticipated reads! I knew when I read the blurb that I just had to read it. I was curious from the beginning of the dynamic duo of Cowboy and Hush. Cowboy’s outgoing personality and Hush’s calm and quiet demeanor pulled at me making me wonder what was going on underneath. As soon as I heard that Sia was Ky’s sister, I knew I had to have more.

This book…(smh)…man, this book was everything. It destroyed me in the best way possible. It was dark, gritty, uncomfortable, emotional (totally cried here), passionate and the underlying storyline was magnificent.

“Kärleken ser inte färger. Bara rena hjärter.” 

(“Love doesn’t see colors. Just pure hearts.”)

Our three leads are Sia (Elysia), Cowboy and Hush and I LOVED them. They stole my heart and had no concerns with giving it back. Prior to reading, Cowboy and Hush had me intrigued equally. While reading though, Hush, massacred my existence and slowly became my #1 go to guy of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I have other favorites, but Hush will always have an extra piece of my heart.

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Tillie Cole mentioned that Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz and Amber Heard were her inspiration for the characters. She did a pretty spot on job with description and transferring that into reader visualization.

“Three sets of blue eyes, all different. All who have walked different paths…All who have seen the full spectrum of life-the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Sia is the sister to Ky, VP Hades Hangman. When she was seventeen years old, she got into some trouble and drew the attention of Juan Garcia (Mexican cartel). Ky and Styx (Pres of Hades Hangmen) had to go in and kidnap her back. Since this time, she has been hidden on a farm where she happily works with horses, as her own form of equine therapy. Unfortunately, she is indirectly found by Garcia.

“You’re mine, rosa negra. And I’m never letting you go.”

The underlying story and bond between Cowboy and Hush is beautiful, shocking and outright emotional. These twenty-six-year-old Cajun twosomes hale from an incredibly small town in Louisiana. Through much bad blood and incredibly hard to imagine horrific circumstances, they meet and have created a bond so strong, that nothing will destroy it!

Despite the seriousness and emotionally heaviness of this book, Viking and Ky brought forth some much needed instances of laughter. Despite being distraught and tormented, Ky mentioned something that just had me laughing with tears.

“It’s the thought of those fuckers double-teaming you that makes me see red…You’re my baby fucking sister. Now you’re in bed with not one but two brothers, who quite honestly could be fucking each other too. All I see in my head whenever you three are mentioned is a conga line of pussy, cocks and assholes. It’s fucking with my head!”

Truthfully, in all out honesty, Crux Untamed, is one heck of a book. You have Sia, Cowboy and Hush each with their own individual issues/storylines, but then you bring together three different people and meld those storylines into an incredibly heart-wrenching, yet tragically beautiful story, you simply end up with perfection. Everyone has their own very specific role within this threesome, it was exquisite to read. Sia is a broken woman, Hush is a damaged and lonely man, while Cowboy is the free-spirited glue that holds them all together. It was striking to read of them evolving and changing and finding peace within themselves and their souls. A truly impactful story with much greater depth than two men and a woman in a relationship.

“I couldn’t have been prouder to wear the Hangmen patch. Because they were my family…After fighting my demons for so long, I let myself accept the truth. I belonged.”

Bravo to Tillie Cole for another well done Hades Hangman!!

Live Free. Ride Free. Die Free!”

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