Release Blitz ~ Unsteady by Melissa Collins ~ Sarah A’s Review

Micah Hudson and Jude MacMillian were both lonely teenagers. One the new kid and one the target of relentless bullying, they quickly became friends. But when friendship grew into more, the relationship was too much for either to handle. As their tenuous bond was tested, everything tumbled down, leaving them lonely once again.

A decade later, Micah is on the brink of losing his will to live. Beyond exhausted from lying to everyone, including himself, Micah thinks of the one person who knows his deepest secret. Desperate and alone, Micah makes the only decision he feels he has: he must leave. But his need for closure depends on one thing.

Can Jude make room in his Unsteady life for Micah once again?

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Unsteady was a deeply emotional book for me.  It touches on an issue near and dear to my heart and I’m going to take a minute and touch on it right now: suicide.  Suicidal ideations, to be exact.  Micah speaks about how much easier it is to die rather than keep waking up each morning and he is not alone in those thoughts, especially as a veteran.  United States veterans commit suicide at a rate of 22 per day, one every 65 minutes, nearly double the rate of civilian suicides.  We can’t stand idly by while the people who’ve risked so much for our country are battling a war inside of their own minds.  If you know anyone, veteran or not, who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help them find support.

I loved this book, for so many reasons, the biggest part of which was Micah.  His struggles and self-loathing called out to my heart and made me want to just hold him and comfort him until all he could remember was what being loved for exactly who he was felt like.  As much as Jude had struggled with accepting who he was and learning to live with the things he’d lost, I always felt like he had a far better handle on how to cope with the struggles he faced.  Micah appeared to have everything a person could need for most of his life but once we glimpsed beneath the surface it was painfully obvious everything he had was nothing more than a façade.  And to me, it is far lonelier, far more upsetting to have those things at your fingertips and not be able to touch them, than it is to know the things you need are no longer available to you.

The flashbacks to Micah and Jude’s time together when they were in high school are what made this book so great, to me.  Seeing those struggles, realizations, and heartbreaks first hand, rather than having them recounted in other ways let me understand more the hesitancy and fears they experienced in the present day scenes.  There were a few more scenes I would have loved to have fleshed out in that way, but I know that I would never be satisfied that I had enough of Micah and Jude.  Both of their love stories, past and present, touched me in different ways and I am glad to have been able to experience each of them.

I love M/M, especially when done well, and Melissa did a great job with Unsteady.  The vulnerability she demonstrated in both of men, especially Micah made this book for me.  There is a fine line to skate between making emotionally charged, vulnerable male characters and still keep them powerful and masculine that makes an M/M romance so special to me, and she definitely did it in Unsteady.  I am also impressed with how she dealt with important social issues experienced by both gay men and veterans.  If Ms. Collins continues to write with the poignancy and intensity of Unsteady I can only see her rising through the ranks of my must read authors.

Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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GIVEAWAY, Review, & Excerpt Tour ~ HONOR by Jay Crownover ~ Sarah A’s Review

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honorpbNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with her most complicated hero yet, in the first book in the romantic suspense series The Breaking Point. 

Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center.

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ALP SarahAReview OwlIt’s no secret that Jay Crownover is one of my favorite romance authors.  Maybe because she is semi-local to me.  Maybe because she’s so true to herself.  Maybe because her writing is so relatable.  Definitely because her heroes and heroines are always perfectly balanced counterpoints to one another.  All so tragically flawed you have no choice to root for them regardless of how bad they are.

When I first heard Nassir was getting his own story I wasn’t completely sold.  He had started to have some appeal to me by the end of Better When He’s Brave, I was unsure if there was anything Jay could make such an unrepentant man win me over.  As I saw more teasers and comments, my curiosity was piqued.  By the time I had the chance to review it, I couldn’t wait to walk through the fires of hell to get inside the Devil’s head.  I was not disappointed.

Honestly, by the time  I made it through the prologue every transgression Nassir had made was completely forgiven by me.  I didn’t even care if he ever sought redemption, his story was so heartbreaking it earned him a complete pardon from me.  I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t have full faith in Jay, from the get-go, to deliver me a broken bad boy who would win me over heart and soul.

Jay kept me completely invested in every page of HONOR.  Even in the moments where Keelyn was desperately trying to fight her connection to Nassir, there was enough action and tension to keep me satisfied with the forward progress they were making.  The action, the drama was en pointe for the duration of the book, there were periods of respite that allowed me to settle into the intensity of Nassir and Key while having enough action interspersed to leave me anticipating when te next shoe was going to drop.

The only thing I wish there would have been more of was Keelyn’s backstory.  There were little tidbits here and there, enough information to know her life wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but I would have liked to know more about her.  When I was finished with the book, I felt completely satisfied with who she in the here and now, but I would have loved to have the same pieces of her past as we had of Nassir’s.

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KEELYN

                “What are you doing here, Nassir?”

Nassir Gates, half man and half monster. He was lethal and toxic, keeping all that sinister beauty covered up in a ridiculously expensive suit that made him look elegant and falsely civilized. To the untrained eye, Nassir was an outrageously handsome man that looked like he was on his way to a business meeting, but if you had spent any time on the streets, were familiar with life in the gutter, there was no missing who he really was, what he was. The top of the food chain. If you knew about what it took to make it where I came from, you could look at Nassir and see that he not only thrived in chaos but was comfortable there. He even managed to make it look good.

I left all of that behind. I liked Denver. I liked the laid-back vibe. I liked the monotony. I liked the predictability. I liked that I could walk to my car after my shift at the diner and not have to worry about taking a knife in the ribs or getting a revolver shoved in my back. I liked that I didn’t have to shake my ass or get naked to pay my bills. I liked that here, soccer dads were just that, and weren’t secretly banging hookers in the back room or gambling the family’s grocery money away at an illegal poker game. Most importantly I liked that I didn’t have to look my biggest addiction, my worst temptation, in the eye every single day and pretend like I didn’t want him. Here I didn’t have to deny that I had been infatuated with him for years. I was foolishly obsessed with this particular devil in a designer suit and I knew he was absolutely detrimental not only to my safety but to the thing I valued above all else…my independence.

After a childhood spent evading the hands of my mother’s overzealous and unhinged boyfriends and barely escaping the clutches of a sick and twisted stepfather, and too many years working my ass off—literally—to make a life for myself, I could never risk letting myself care for Nassir the way I wanted to because I knew that if I did, I would become nothing more than his, and I refused to be any man’s possession or accessory.

When the opportunity arose to take off without an explanation or without looking like I was running from him and the promise and future I saw so clearly in his eyes, I grabbed it. Ran away with both my heart and my tail tucked between my legs. But now he was here in this fragile and predictable paradise and I wanted to stab him with the broken pen and jump in his lap and put my mouth on his smirking lips all at the same time.

You’re here, Key. Where else would I be?”

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headshot-3Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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