Review: A Song For Us by Teresa Mummert

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Title: A Song For Us
Series: White Trash #3
Author: Teresa Mummert
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication Date: April 22nd
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A Song For Us

In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love?

From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.

Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident façade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future…

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It was amazing being back with Cass and Tucker (& Damaged!) and the sneak peak into their HEA was wonderful. The Song For Us takes us into Erik, Sarah’s and Derek’s relationship.

Eric and Sarah are best friends.
Eric loves Sarah and wants a chance to make her happy.
Sarah is with Derek.
Derek and Eric hate each other.
Derek is an absolute douchecanoe that needs his nuts chopped off.

Told in dual pov, it is such an emotional journey with such complex characters that will make you cry, swoon and laugh.

I won’t go into details and spoil the trip for you – only to tell you that Eric and Sarah both have traumatic events from their pasts that impact their relationships. They are both struggling to deal with those events and the bond that this pair shares that makes them feel like they are the only two in the world that understand each other.

Even though I had a love / hate / love / hate relationship with both Eric and Sarah throughout some parts, I have to tell you that the writing was beautiful with their stories told flawlessly. Their desperation, sorrow, anger and heartache poured from each page and kept me on the edge of my chair hoping and praying that these 2 lost empty souls would be able to overcome their ups and downs find their way to each other and a HEA.

I enjoyed The Song For Us and would absolutely recommend this series. Bravo Ms Mummert…

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White Trash BeautifulWhite Trash Beautiful (White Trash Trilogy #1) by Teresa Mummert

A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .

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White Trash DamagedWhite Trash Damaged (White Trash Trilogy #2) by Teresa Mummert

Rocker Tucker White saved down-and-out waitress Cass Daniels from everyone in her life who was hurting her—except herself. In the much-anticipated follow-up to White Trash Beautiful, Teresa Mummert’s New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Tucker and Cass are finally together, but does that mean they get their happy ending?

Living on a tour bus with your boyfriend’s rock band is nothing like living in a trailer with your drug-addicted mother—except for the drama. After all the pain and grief that marked the beginning of Cass and Tucker’s relationship, they’re finally building a life together—just the two of them, his three bandmates, some groupies, and thousands of screaming fans. And not everyone is as happy about the couple’s reunion as they are.

The last thing Cass wants to do is create friction within the band—especially when Damaged is on the brink of achieving the success Tucker has worked so hard for. She’s thrilled to finally be with a man who loves and protects her as much as he does. But how can she carve out a place for herself in this new rock star world . . . without being swallowed by the shadow of Tucker’s fame?

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Teresa MummertABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney’s Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn’t resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I’d like to tell you a story.

(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

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Happy Release Day & Giveaway: Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young

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Title: Out of the Shallows
Series: Into The Deep #2
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Out of the Shallows

From the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Deep

LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.

Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…

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I couldn’t actually dispute any of that, which made me even more pissed, hurt, defensive, scared and … confused.

I started to shiver. “I … I can’t do this.” I turned away.

I hadn’t taken two steps when I felt his hand wrap around my wrist. Jake tugged me, forcefully, pulling me around so I stumbled into his chest. His lips crashed down on mine, his kiss hungry, desperate, angry …

For a moment I forgot everything else but the hard pressure of his mouth on mine, the smell of his cologne, the feel of his body. I was surrounded.

Drowning.

And I let it happen.

His lips moved from my mouth to my chin, along my jaw, as his hand slid up my waist, his thumb just grazing my breast. I sighed, my body arching into his. I was hot. Hot and wanting. Nothing else mattered but the way I felt when he touched me.

His voice was ragged in my ear. “I’ve missed you so much. I love you so fucking much.” He squeezed my waist and pulled me closer, his mouth reaching for mine again but those three little words had broken through the spell of lust created by Jake’s proximity and the four beers I’d had.

“Stop,” I whispered, pushing gently on his chest.

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Into the deepInto the Deep (Into the Deep #1) by Samantha Young 

Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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Samantha YoungABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.

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Happy Release Day & Giveaway: Toxic Girl by Chantal Fernando

Title: Toxic Girl
Author: Chantal Fernando
Release Date:April 14th 2014
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Everyone has secrets.

Finally, I had a fresh start.
I knew no one.
I could be anyone, or so I thought.
I wanted to be invisible, to blend into the background.
But it turned out keeping my secret wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Enter Grayson Mills.

When Grayson noticed me, so did everyone else.
He wanted me. Bad.
And what Grayson wanted, he usually got.

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Chantal Fernando

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.
When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.
Chantal loves to hear from readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cover Reveal: When We Fall by Kendall Ryan

Title: When We Fall
Series: When I Break #3
Author: Kendall Ryan
Release Date: May 26, 2014
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When We Fall

In this third and final installment of the much loved When I Break series, Knox and McKenna’s relationship has reached a critical impasse. The mistakes and secrets of their pasts have caught up to them and threaten their future happiness. Can McKenna trust that Knox’s sexual addiction is behind him and make a life with this beautifully troubled man? And when Knox reveals the full truth about his past, will McKenna be able to put her own fears aside and accept him?

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When I BreakWhen I Break (When I Break #1) by Kendall Ryan

What happens when a sex addict falls for a virgin?

**Warning**
This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes. Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

Knox Bauer’s life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can’t seem to do a thing right. But this can’t go on…they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn’t have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox’s true motivations might take more courage than she has.

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When I SurrenderWhen I Surrender (When I Break #2) by Kendall Ryan

**Warning** This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes.

Undaunted by Knox’s complicated history with sexual addiction, McKenna pushes forward in her relationship with this deliciously flawed man. She experiences the highest highs as they discover each other, along with the lowest lows, and worries that his past may not be entirely behind him.

But when a complication from her own past demands attention, she’s forced to decide where their relationship is headed, and everything she thought she knew is questioned.

When I Surrender is book 2 in the WHEN I BREAK series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

Note: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

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Kendall Ryan.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, Hard to Love, Resisting Her, The Impact of You, and Working It. She’s a sassy yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss.

Happy Release Day & Giveaway: Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow

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Title: Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow
Series: Blue Phoenix #1
Genre: Contemporary romance
Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs
Hosted by: Forever Me Romance
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Summer Sky

Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again – even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason – to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a summer romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky’ but Dylan doesn’t want to let her go.

Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix bass player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

Summer Sky is a quirky romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of contemporary rock star romances.

Please note: this is a romance with a rock star hero, and not an erotic rock star book!

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“A couple of days ago, I got up and thought ‘fuck this’. So I cut my hair and left.”
Forgetting myself, I reach a hand and touch the short hair above his ear. “You had long hair?”
My hand slides across Dylan’s face as he turns to look at me, his cheek smooth above his stubbled jaw. “For the last eight years, yeah. I’ll show you a picture sometime. You might recognise me then.”
“That’s a long time. It must be weird looking in the mirror and not recognising yourself.”
“I didn’t recognise myself for a long time even before I cut my hair.” He picks at his food and looks back to the sea.
Despite avoiding talking about each other’s lives, things slip in. Like this explanation for the tightly wound Dylan I met a few days ago.
“Maybe I should cut mine, I can recreate myself too. This is the longest my hair’s been for a few years.”
Dylan strokes my fringe from my face, fingers trailing across my forehead. The touch ignites nerve-endings across my face. “I’m sure you’ll look great whatever you decide to do with your hair.”
“Grant said girls with short hair don’t look right.”
“Who’s Grant?”
I clamp a hand over my mouth. Real life things. Secrets. “Just some dickhead who used to be my boyfriend.”
“I wouldn’t think you were the kind of girl to date dickheads.”
I huff. “Yeah, some of them slip through the net and I don’t realise until it’s too late.”
“How can it be too late? You weren’t married, were you?”
I splutter Fanta over my cooling chips. “Hell, no.”
“Then what?”
“Once you fall in love, it’s harder to let go; even with dickheads.”
“But you let go? Is that why you’re here?”
This isn’t fair. He’s poking at what I came to escape from – letting things into our bubble world. I set the meal onto the sand next to me. “I don’t want to talk about this.”
Dylan’s scrutiny traces a pattern over my face, leaving a trail of heat. How does he do that?
“Such a shame I’m a dickhead,” he says in a low voice.
“I’m sure you can’t help it. Part of the Y chromosome disability, unfortunately,” I say lightly.
Reaching out, he brushes salt from my lips. An embarrassing sound escapes my throat as he rubs the rough fingertip along my lips.
“Remember what I said about your sarcastic mouth?” he asks.
Of course, I remember, how am I going to forget? But all I can do is stare back like some wide-eyed idiot and nod.
He removes his finger and licks the salt off the tip; the move is impossibly sexy and fires arousal through me.
“I know kissing you is the wrong thing to do to you, but I’m starting to get obsessed.”
My brain struggles to keep up. “Wrong?” I ask.
“When you look at me the way you do, I love and hate it at the same time. When you don’t look at me the way I want you to, that’s even worse. Every funny thing you say, every time you blush, even just being in the same room fills me with an urge to kiss you. I don’t understand, because this isn’t what I want.”
“That makes no sense.”
“It doesn’t, does it? But nothing in my life makes sense to me.” He moves the fish and chips from his lap onto the sand.
Excruciatingly slowly, Dylan leans towards me. My heart somersaults and cheerleads in my chest as his mouth approaches mine.
“So about kissing your sarcastic mouth…?”
The words are spoken millimetres from my lips and as his mouth moves, his lips touch mine. He’s good at this.
“Yes.”
“Yes, you remember, or yes, you’ve changed your mind and want me to kiss you?” Dylan rubs his cool nose along my cheek towards my ear.

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Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow

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Lisa SwallowABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. She even leaves the house occasionally. Lisa loves all things from the Whedonverse and preferred vampires before they sparkled.

Lisa has four books published: the ‘Butterfly Days’ series, and two in her urban fantasy series Soul Ties. She is currently working on a new contemporary romance series Blue Phoenix and the first book, Summer Sky is due for release in April. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Cover Reveal – The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals

I’m feeling a little awkward today …

It’s a surprise release and a surprise reveal from R.K. Ryals!

Have you ever felt outside the norm? Different? Unusual? Weird?

Have you ever been bullied? Teased?


Have you ever felt alone? Secluded?


Peregrine Storke knows the feeling, that incredibly lonely feeling. It’s like standing at a window, your palm on the glass, your gaze watching people be things you never thought you could be.


But that’s about to change ….


Releasing this weekend is The Story of Awkward. This is a YA/NA romance for anyone who’s ever wanted to believe in fairytales, who’s ever wanted to be a part of a fairytale, but who always felt too awkward to fill the role.


#EmbraceYourAwkward


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Synopsis:

If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story. 

If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story. 

This is by no means an uncomplicated tale about uncomplicated people. It is by no means sweet or light. 

This story is ugly. 
This story is complicated.
This story is emotional.
This story is tragic.
In short, this story is about being awkward. 

Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she’s drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own. With a stroke of her pencil, she has given life to a spectacled princess, a freckle-nosed king, a candy loving troll, a two-horned unicorn, and a graceless fairy.

At nineteen, Peregrine leaves her home, her sketchbook, and awkwardness behind. But what happens when something goes wrong in the world of Awkward? Trapped inside of her complex realm with the bully she thought to leave behind, Peregrine discovers there is nothing worse than falling for your own villain.

 

#EmbraceYourAwkward This Sunday!!

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to “share the love of reading one book at a time.” An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn’t live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.

Contact her on twitter at @RKRyals, on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/RKRyals, on instagram at @rkryals or online at http://rkryals.com


Review: Against All Odds by Angie McKeon

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Title: Against All Odds
Series: Against #1
Author: Angie McKeon
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
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Our lives shattered… Our hearts broken… Our souls torn to pieces…

He was my world, my whole life. My reason for breathing. I had a perfect marriage, a baby on the way, and I felt fulfilled—almost invincible.

Until the day life hit, leaving me broken, vulnerable, and alone.

She was my life. My ray of hope on the cloudiest day. With her, I thought I had the ultimate safety. A love that would never hurt or betray me. I gave her my heart, my body, and my soul.

Until she broke me, destroying every dream and illusion I had about life, love, and marriage.

In our grief, we made a mistake. A mistake I’m not sure we can come back from.

*A Contemporary Adult Romance novel*

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adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.
anxiety, fear, dread, apprehension, worry, perturbation, foreboding,trepidation, malaise, distress, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness;

That meaning of angst may as well feature the picture of the stunning Against All Odds cover.

The synopsis compelled me to begin, and I just couldn’t stop.

The warning bells were sounding early on and it was screaming that this was going to undo me. This picture of grief, self-destruction, anger and sorrow wasn’t pretty. It was raw and gritty and made me feel all the feels.

“I needed and craved his love and when he stopped giving it to me, I lost who I was. I felt stuck. Stuck with someone who owned me; heart, body and soul, but didn’t seem to want me anymore.”

Against All Odds took me far out of my comfort zone. It took me into the lives of 2 (ok, ok, 3) people who were struggling each and every day. Life picked them up, and took everything they thought they knew about their future and annihilated them both separately, and together.

We weren’t strong enough for what life handed us, and it’s torn every piece of our lives to shreds.

♣ Love
♣ Tragedy
♣ Grief
♣ Heartache
♣ Self-destruction
♣ Depression
♣ Anger
♣ Sorrow
♣ Friendship
♣ Self-loathing
♣ Desperation
♣ Lust
♣ Hope

The above words come to the forefront of my mind each time I consciously consider this book and the lessons inside. When I’m not making that conscience decision I find myself randomly thinking about how I would react in a similar circumstance, and about Kylie, Cooper and Gray and how life is progressing. I can’t wait for more.

“Dreams have a way of shattering you when they don’t work out. The illusion of hope is a very dangerous thing. Once you’ve lost that it’s like a black hole that sucks the very life from your soul, making you doubt your purpose.”

I think those words above paint a pretty bleak picture of the tale that unfolds throughout these pages and as I mentioned, it’s chockablock full of every kind of emotion and I found it an immensely difficult journey, but the most important part of this book is the message. It’s learning to heal and forgive. It’s fighting for what you want and not being a bystander in your own life. It’s not being able to understand the why’s of one of life’s most difficult lessons but making the decision to look to the light.

“We share a reckless, toxic love that feeds the brokenness in me, in us. A love that’s an addiction. A love that I won’t ever consider living without.”

There were times I could hardly see the words through the waterfall of tears, others where I was chomping at the bit to lash out and shake Kylie & Cooper – my own personal way of encouraging them to make better decisions, and others also when I needed to find me a cold shower or an alternative. I sobbed, I raged, I swooned and admit this was a journey I took blindly, never believing, even at half way, that there could be a happy ending – that was how far apart these 2 souls had drifted. This is where Ms McKeon pulled out all the stops and started the healing.

“We’ve both learned that love is not perfect. It doesn’t come in pretty packages. Sometimes it dents and bruises and does things it regrets, but it also forgives, shows mercy, and supports. It soothes and fights to the death.”

Ms McKeon has penned a novel that reached in a grabbed a hold of me. It had me questioning myself, and my beliefs and if I didn’t know these words were written by a debut author, I would have trouble believing it. I think Angie McKeon is one to watch…Bravo ♥

I would recommend Against All Odds to everyone, but recommend bringing tissues!

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Angie McKeonABOUT THE AUTHOR

A multi-tasker from birth—and now proudly able to add ‘writer’ to my resume—I’m a mother, wife and blogger. I love to read, write and drink copious amounts of iced coffee.

All three aforementioned addictions are detrimental to my sanity.

I have a voracious appetite for dark, painful and twisted reads. I’m enamored with the concept of love and heart break. I believe life is a journey, a tale in its own for each of us. The road to happiness is sometimes paved with stones from hell, or glitters of satisfaction graced from the heavens above.

In my upcoming debut novel, ‘Against All Odds,’ I strive to make you feel. I believe any emotion—whether painful or happy—is good. To me, the key to living is to go through life feeling its ups and downs. Love is dark and it can be painful but, at the end of the day, it can save the most lost of souls and the most broken of hearts.

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Happy Release Day: More by Kimberly Hart

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Title: more. A Collection
Author: Kimberly Hart
Genre: Poetry
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The debut poetry collection of Kimberly Hart.

Words from a woman that is more than just a mom, more than just a lover, more than just a friend. Poems that capture the complexity of the heart, giving you a glimpse into the intricate inner musings of someone longing and searching for something more. Love & Life. Hope & Loss. Light & Dark. Raw & Gritty.

Do you want more?

Warning: This work contains subject matter that is adult in nature. Intended to be read by those 18 and older.

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Happy Release Day & Giveaway: First Night by Lauren Blakely

An erotic novella from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…

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Title: First Night
Series: Seductive Nights #1
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Erotic Novella
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It was only supposed to be one night…

When the sinfully handsome man walks into her bar in San Francisco, Julia Bell simply wants a break from the troubles that keep chasing her. That escape comes in the form of sexy, confident and commanding Clay Nichols, who captivates her mind AND turns her inside out with pleasure. The attraction is electric and they share one scorchingly hot night together, but they also discover there is more than just off-the-charts chemistry; the connection between them runs deep. Clay never thought he’d return to New York with this woman still on his mind. But he can’t get her out of his system, and he needs more of her…He wants more than just the first night…

*This is a prequel novella to the erotic romance NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.*

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♥  A Note from Lauren  ♥

“I am so excited to share my first erotic romance series with readers, and I want as many readers as possible to be introduced to the hotness of Clay Nichols!! You will need a spare set of panties, or two or three, if you read this book! That’s why I am offering the full-length novel, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents. That’s right! You don’t have to wait for a sale. It is for the very short pre-order period only on Amazon and iBooks and for the first day of release on B&N on April 18th. I want to reward loyal readers with the lowest possible price and to give as many people as possible the chance to read. If you have already pre-ordered on Apple iBooks, you will automatically receive it for 99 cents! I will share the links as soon as the pre-order on Amazon goes live. The price will go to 2.99 on release day. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT will be followed by the second full-length novel, AFTER THIS NIGHT, on May 12th. That book is available for pre-order on iBooks for $2.99 and will go to $3.99 on release day. It will also be available for Amazon pre-order in mid-April for the same price.”

Seductive Nights Series

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LaurenBlakelybluedressheadshotABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Happy Release Day & Giveaway: Taming Damian by Jessica Wood

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Title: Taming Damian
Author: Jessica Wood
Series: The Heartbreaker #2
Genre: New Adult Romance
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She destroyed me. Can I still love her?

Damian Castillo is the man, the legend, the heartbreaker—the self-proclaimed man-whore that doesn’t believe in love or commitment. That is until he meets Alexis Blythe—the innocent, strong-willed small town girl who didn’t immediately give into Damian’s charm. With Alexis, Damian sees something more than just hot, no-strings-attached sex, and against his inner resistance, he gives into his feelings for her.

But just when their relationship begins to bloom, something unexpected threatens to break them apart. Will Damian leave Alexis and go back to his playboy ways and break yet another heart? Or will Damian’s love for Alexis be strong enough to convince him to stay and fight for a woman that’s like no other he’s ever met before?

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“Damian, we’re in the ladies’ bathroom.” I made no attempt to zip my dress back up. Even I knew my words of protest were empty as my breathing became more ragged and uneven and I arched my body toward him. So why am I so turned on?
“Then let’s not waste any time then.” His hold tightened around me as I felt his fingers unclasp my bra. “Let’s see if I can make you come before someone comes in.”
Instead of resisting, I dropped my purse to the ground and felt my body respond on its own as I shifted my hips and heard the dress slide down my body. A second later, my bra joined my dress and purse on a pile on the floor. Before I could think through my emotions, he grabbed my face and lowered his lips down to greet me. His kiss was rough and forceful as he backed me up against bathroom sink and lifted me up on top of the cold black marble counter. His hands secured mine against the mirror behind me.
“Now, do you want that? Do you want to come before someone comes in?”
I swallowed hard and nodded, unable to say a single word.
“Now take off your panties.” He wasn’t asking and he wasn’t demanding. He was stating a fact that he knew would happen. His smoldering eyes were dark and dangerous as he watched me push my panties down my legs and onto the floor next to my dress. He moved his hands down my legs, and by the way his hands secured me in place, I knew this wasn’t the first time he’d done this before.
I suddenly gasped as he pushed my legs apart and leaned into me. I felt his hard erection rub against my inner thigh through his pants and an excruciating need grew in the pit of my stomach. I saw my hands reach for his white tuxedo shirt, and before I could register my actions, I ripped his shirt open with both hands, revealing his hard, chiseled, tan chest. I heard the buttons fall down the porcelain sink and against the marble countertop. My breathing was sharp and uneven as my gaze moved down his naked body that peaked through his ripped shirt. My eyes widened when they landed on the hardness that was pushing through his slacks. He groaned as my hands moved up his pants and brushed up against his erection.
“Let me out.” His commanding voice was ragged as his eyes rolled back in pleasure. I obeyed and unzipped his pants. I gasped as his erection immediately poked out of the opening to greet me. He had gone commando tonight.

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Damian by Jessica WoodDamian (The Heartbreaker #1) by Jessica Wood

Meet Damian Castillo. The man, the legend, the heartbreaker. As a self-proclaimed man-whore, Damian doesn’t believe in love or commitment. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he’s had feeling for a woman that went beyond hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only things he cares about are his bar, his appearance, and his needs.

But then he meets Alexis.

Meet Alexis Blythe. A small town girl that has lost a lot of love in her life. Wanting to leave her past behind her, she moves to San Francisco looking for a big change. Yet, despite everything she’s gone through, she still believes in true love.

But then she meets Damian.

When Alexis shows up at his bar, Damian’s caught by surprise. She’s different. She’s sweet, innocent, and feisty. But above all, this woman didn’t respond to his charm and piercing-blue eyes the way every other woman did. To Damian, she’s his ultimate challenge.

Could Alexis be the girl that will break through Damian’s wall of perpetual bachelorhood without getting hurt? Or will Damian remain true his ways and break Alexis’s heart and her hopes of true love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Wood writes new adult contemporary romance.

While she has lived in countless cities throughout the U.S., her heart belongs to San Francisco. To her, there’s something seductively romantic about the Golden Gate Bridge, the steep rolling hills of the city streets, the cable cars, and the Victorian-style architecture.

She loves a strong, masculine man with a witty personality. While she is headstrong and extremely independent, she can’t resist a man who takes control of the relationship, both outside and inside of the bedroom.

She loves to travel internationally, and tries to plan a yearly trip abroad. She also loves to cook and bake, and—to the benefit of her friends—she loves to share. She also enjoys ceramics and being creative with her hands. She has a weakness for good (maybe bad) TV shows; she’s up-to-date on over 25 current shows, and no, that wasn’t a joke.

And it goes without saying, she loves books—they’re like old and dear friends who have always been there to make her laugh and make her cry.

The one thing she wished she had more of is time.

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