NEW RELEASE!! A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews ~ Sarah A’s Review

From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn’t mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He’s got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer’s daughter has tried to deny it, Abby’s been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land—and work together toward a common cause—Abby can’t refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?

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I’m not usually the type to pick up a holiday story, especially one that isn’t connected to a story I’ve already read, but I am happy to have grabbed this one because the story was about so much more than Christmas. I loved the message of A True Cowboy Christmas, that love and marriage take work; it isn’t something you fall into, it’s a decision you make every day and have to care for like a living thing.

The beginnings of Abby and Gray’s relationship were anything but conventional.  But often the best love stories aren’t.  There is something to be said for how they came to be and how learning about a person, getting to know them outside all the pretenses of dating and social conventions can lead to something solid and lasting.  It was great to watch Gray slowly – then fully – realize the relationship he’d chosen for its practicality was so much more and had helped him find the pieces of himself that had been buried under years of mental and emotional torment.

The family dynamics played a huge part in this book, for both Abby and Gray. The mirroring, the contrasting, the understanding Ms. Crews used to demonstrate how very similar and completely different Abby, Gray, and all the other characters in this book were, was fascinating.  I was engrossed in how each character was formed by the toxicity of their pasts and how small differences in the people around them during and after those experiences molded them into who they were.  Watching them begin to shed the skin of the pains they suffered was beautiful.

A True Cowboy Christmas is the first book in Caitlin Crews’ Cold River Ranch series.  I loved this introduction into the world and the characters.  I am completely intrigued by the other brothers and by Abby’s friends, and can’t wait to see what Ms. Crews has in store for all of them.  A True Cowboy Christmas is written in third-person limited perspective, alternatively following the thoughts of Abby and Gray.

 

“Why would you try to tell me that chemistry doesn’t matter? Of course it does.”

“I’m not saying it doesn’t matter. But sheer stubborn- ness matters more.” He heard the intensity in his voice, but did nothing to temper it. “If people want to stay married, they do. If they want that marriage to be a good one, they work on it and make it that way. It’s not rocket science. It doesn’t require your online profiles. You don’t need to get matched on your smart phone. You make a commit- ment to someone, then you keep it. It’s as simple and as hard as that.”

He watched in fascination as her hands curled into fists at her sides.

“I appreciate that you have experience being married, and that gives you a platform to make sweeping state- ments,” she said, her voice low, as if she was fighting back her own intensity. “That’s great. But you’re missing that I’m not interested in the state of marriage in a general sense. I’m telling you I am not going to marry someone I have no chemistry with. That has nothing to do with me being stubborn, not stubborn, or insufficiently committed. It’s actually all about the fact that I’m not staggering around in a grief-induced daze, proposing marriage to people I’ve never looked at twice before in my whole life.” That should have annoyed him, because he wasn’t dazed. Amos had been a mean, unhealthy old man. His death hadn’t been a real surprise. Gray wasn’t sure he was grieving him so much as the father Amos had never been, and he knew he wasn’t crazy with it. But he couldn’t seem to lose his grin, especially when he moved closer to her.

Because when he did, she lost that scowl. Her eyes went wide, that cute flush brightened up her face again, and she had to tip her head back to look at him. Not as much as some of the other girls he’d dated had, as she’d pointed out. Gray liked that too. He didn’t have to hunker over her.

She was . . . right there.

He had an urge and went with it. He reached over and curled his fingers around her ponytail, then pulled them gently along the length of it.

And figured the chemistry question was answered by the way her breath went shuddery.

But he didn’t end it there.

“If I’m following all this,” he said, his drawl low. Thick. “You don’t actually have any objections. You think we maybe ought to date first. You’re worried we don’t have chemistry. But at the end of the day, you’re not opposed to the idea.”

“It’s crazy. And I’m worried that youre crazy, in a clin- ical sense.”

“If you agree to marry me, I’ll take you on a date or two. If that’s what you want.” His hand was still tangled in her hair, and he was close enough now that he could catch her scent. Gray breathed deep. She smelled like rosemary. And something that reminded him of the pies she and her grandmother had brought over the day after the funeral, warm and good. Right. “But we can settle the other question right here.”

“What do you mean . . . ?”

Gray didn’t wait. He didn’t answer her question, half stammered out with her hazel eyes so wide they looked like summer gold.

He used his free hand to cup her cheek, flushed and smooth beneath his palm. Then he bent—only a little, which struck him as unexpectedly hot—to take her mouth with his.

He felt her tremble. And there was something about the way she melted into him as their lips touched, then brushed, as if she was being pulled by some kind of magnetic force he was half certain he could feel himself.

Gray had only meant to kiss her to make a point. The way a gentleman might, not that he’d ever met too many gentlemen out here where the mountains and the land were the only things that mattered.

But Abby’s lips were soft and velvety beneath his. And she made a tiny sound in the back of her throat that he could feel like a flickering flame.

Before he knew it, Gray was angling his head to one side and licking his way into her mouth.

As if he couldn’t help himself.

And everything got hot. Bright. Impossible.

This was Abby Douglas. Abby Douglas. There was something deliciously wrong about it being Abby that made it hotter, wilder.

It rolled in him and made a joke of him imagining he was in control of any of this. Of her.

Of this sudden storm of sensation that would have taken him off his feet, if that didn’t mean he would have had to let go of her.

When the door slapped open, both of his hands were sunk deep into her hair, and Abby was up on her toes, pressed against him, her arms wrapped around his back.

It turned out Gray wasn’t going to have to worry about easing his way into some or other form of eventual chem- istry with the woman he already knew would make him a good rancher’s wife. He was going to have to worry about what the hell to do with all this chemistry—so much it was like a lightning storm and he kept getting hit—with a woman he’d never paid the slightest attention to until his father’s funeral.

The fact that the front door had opened penetrated the heat and fog that was swirling around him.

Finally.

USA Today-bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Caitlin Crews has written more than seventy-five books, including FrenemiesPrincess from the PastA Royal Without Rules, and Undone by the Sultan’s Touch. She’s won fans with her romance, Harlequin Presents, women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels, many of which she writes as Megan Crane (including the dystopian Viking romance Edge series). These days her focus is on contemporary romance in all its forms, from small town heat to international glamour, cowboys to bikers to military men and beyond. She’s taught creative writing classes in places like UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, gives assorted workshops on occasion, and attempts to make use of the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards, and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

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Blog Tour and Review-Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

 

KEEP HER SAFE

 K.A. TUCKER

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 Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn’t born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today’s most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

I absolutely love everything that K.A. Tucker writes. Keep Her Safe is a new standalone novel from K.A.. This book is filled with lots of drama, suspense, and a little bit of romance. This book is told in alternating POVs some from the past and some from the present which I really enjoyed.

Noah has always lived a pretty comfortable life as the son of the Austin police chief. He never expected his life would take such a turn until the night his mother commits suicide and his whole world is flipped upside down. He finds out his mother has been keeping secrets from him and now he needs to get to the bottom of everything and figure out what really happened to his mom’s old friend Abe Wilkes. He starts by getting in touch with Abe’s daughter Grace.

Grace’s world was flipped upside down when her dad was killed. Her mother couldn’t handle the news and used drugs to deal with it. Grace had to learn at a young age to take care of herself and her mother. When her old friend Noah comes back into her life things quickly take another turn. Together these two must work together to figure out what really happened to Grace’s dad and what caused the friendship between their parents to end.

I loved the connection between Noah and Grace. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I loved all the twists and turns this story took and all the emotions it brought our in me. It had me on the edge of my seat until the very end and I found myself not being able to put the book down. I can’t wait to see what K.A. is working on next!!

**** 5 Stars****

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

KEEP HER SAFE

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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy ~ Sarah A’s Review

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s
not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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I’m leaving this book unrated because I’m not sure how I actually feel about it.  (For Amazon review purposes I’m leaving a three-star rating because it seems like the fairest rating for a book I am so unsure about.)  My initial reaction was that it was interesting and fun to read, but when I truly think about the entire experience, I’m left feeling a bit empty.  Unlike most thrillers I’ve read, it seemed to be lacking in substance when all was said and done.

Pretty Dead Girls is a standalone YA thriller.  It’s primarily told in first person POV by Penelope Malone, with a few chapters thrown in from the viewpoint of the killer.  Initially, it threw me off, since there is little delineation between the two POVs, only a change in font.

I did not care for the characters, for the most part, they were completely unlikeable, but I’m pretty sure that was intentional.  Cass was the only character I felt had any sympathetic qualities or had a dynamic personality.  Penelope and her group of frenemies were completely awful – to each other and everyone around them.  They also all seemed to have the personality of a paper bag, there just wasn’t anything to them beyond the façade of being popular.

The plot of this book moved quickly enough to keep me interested, but in the end, it was trite and lacking in any real character growth.  I hoped that the tragic events Penelope experienced throughout the novel would change her, but she always seemed to revert back to the vapid, uncaring person she was at the beginning.  Maybe it was a defense mechanism, but it felt like that was really all she was.  Cass’ affection and care for her was the only thing redeeming about her if he hadn’t been an important part of her story I’m not sure I would have stuck it out.  I likely would have flipped to the final chapters and discovered the killer without reading the rest of the novel.

I wish the ending would have been more impactful.  From the time they figure out the killer until the end there is just not enough there to feel like the story had a strong conclusion.  Had there been a few more chapters where everyone begins recovery from all they lost, had they dealt with their grief, had the remaining girls reflected on the reasons they ended up in the killer’s crosshairs, I think I would have been far more satisfied with Pretty Dead Girls.  Unfortunately, there is just too little there for my gratification.

I had read a Monica Murphy book ages ago, one of her early romances, and I had remembered enjoying it.  So, when I saw she’d written a thriller, I thought it a good time to reacquaint myself with her writing.  Alas, I was disappointed with the writing in this book.  At times the writing seemed amateurish and awkward, while other portions felt like they’d been written with a practiced hand.  It was this strange combination that I found lacking in coherent style.  There were also a few bizarre moments when Penelope broke the fourth wall and was talking directly to the reader, I didn’t care for that at all; had it all been written that way – like the killer’s POV – it would have been different but since there were so few instances it just didn’t work.

After all of that, I will say, I did enjoy Penelope and Cass together.  I loved watching them try to figure out whodunnit and explore the dynamics of their precarious relationship.  Cass, his grandmother, and his history were of far more interest to me than the rest of this book.  I would have loved to read the book from his POV, to find out more about him.  In fact, at one point I thought the killer was going to be closely tied to him, even if he had no idea who they were to him.  GAH!  With a few tweaks, especially to the ending, this could have been such a great book.  However, since there is so little growth for the narrator, it just left me unfulfilled.

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s
not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Review of Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

 

ABOUT UNTIL IT FADES:

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population three thousand outside of tourist season).

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

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I absolutely love everything that K.A. Tucker writes. Until it Fades is a much lighter read than we normally get from K.A.. It is a standalone told from the female POV.

Catherine has been through so much in her life. A relationship she though was forever turned into a huge mistake and she was shunned from her family over it. She moves away and tries to start her life over. One night on her way home from a blind date gone wrong she comes upon a horrible accident. She saves one of the men and then hurries from the scene as she doesn’t want any media attention due to her past. She is quite surprised when the man she saved comes to her door and it’s professional hockey player Brett Madden. She is attracted to him but believes that someone like him would never want someone like her. She is also afraid that he will find out about her past and be sickened by it.

Brett Madden is so thankful to be alive and wants to find his savior. With a little bit of help he finds the woman who pulled him from the wreckage. He feels like he owes her everything. He doesn’t expect to find a wonderful woman like Catherine. The more time they spend together the more he feels like she is the one for him. He loves Catherine and her daughter and wants to give them a better life. Will these two people from two different worlds be able to be to make a relationship work and be happy together?

I loved the connection between Catherine and Brett. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. This is a definite must read book! I can’t wait to see what K.A. is working on next.

**5 Stars**

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K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

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Blog Tour and Review-Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

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ABOUT SWEAR ON THIS LIFE:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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I absolutely loved Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino. Renee has a way of pulling you in from the very beginning and not letting go until the very end. This is a beautiful story about two childhood friends that reconnect later in life in a very unusual way. This book does contain a love triangle so please read with caution.

Emiline and Jase grew up next door to each other. They both grew up with single parents and not with the most ideal living conditions. They were always there to support each other until one night when one of them goes through something horrible and ends up in foster care. Years go by and both Emiline and Jason move on with their lives and they never hear from each other again.

Emiline is now working on publishing a book and is working as an assistant professor of writing. She is struggling with her writing so her friend gives her a book by best-selling author J. Colby. As she begins to read the book she feels like she is reading her life story. She does some research on the author and soon realizes that it is her childhood love Jase. She can’t believe that he wrote and published a book about their childhood. She isn’t happy with some of the things he wrote in the book so she decides to go and confront him at a signing. What will happen when these two see each other for the first time in years? Will they still have the same spark they had all those years ago or will they both be happy with the current relationships they are in?

“We can’t always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can’t be scared to do it.”

I loved the deep connection between the two main characters. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I loved the emotional rollercoaster this story took me on. I can’t wait to see what Renee is working on next.

**4 Stars**

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Renée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

 

SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino

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Blog Tour and Review-Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

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UP IN FLAMES

A Rosemary Beach Novel

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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale and much beloved series.

 Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villan. Slut.

As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.
But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.
So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.
For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.
With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.

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I have really enjoyed the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines and am very sad that it has come to an end. I was very excited to have received an ARC of this book. I have been a #NanHater from the very first book and I was curious to see if Abbi could get me to change my mind about her.

Nan has always been the villain in this series and I was really hoping that she would redeem herself. If you have read the series, you know that she has never really felt loved and I was hoping she would finally find her HEA. Nan and Major were a mess from the very beginning and I never really felt a connection between them. He didn’t treat her very well and all she wanted was to feel loved and appreciated. When Gannon entered the story I was really hoping that there would be a deep connection between them but aside from a few dates most of their interaction took place in the bedroom. The best part of this story was seeing Blair and Nan getting along better and watching Nan interact with her nephew Nate. I was happy that Nan finally did end up finding her place in this world. Abbi didn’t turn me into a #NanLover but I am happy that she finally found love and happiness.

I really enjoyed this book even though I didn’t connect with the male main characters. I did love the twists and turns this story took. I was happy with the way Nan’s life turned out and loved seeing the way she interacted with Nate. Even though she comes across as an evil witch most of the time it was nice to see that she really does have a big heart. I can’t wait to see what Abbi is working on next!!

**3.5 Stars**

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ABOUT ABBI GLINES:

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

 

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UP IN FLAMES by Abbi Glines

Atria Books | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781501115394, $15.00 | June 28, 2016 | eBook ISBN: 9781501115400, $7.99

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ONE TRUE LOVES by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Atria/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776903 | June 7, 2016

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From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a PeopleMagazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour andUSA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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I’ve been in a bit of a review rut of late so I am going to change it up a bit for this book. Let’s call this Ode to One True Loves – Patricia’s Profession of Love

I love the way Taylor Jenkins Reid made me experience the story concept as if it was the first time it’s ever been told. I hung on every word as if my life depended on knowing what would happen next. The anticipation of seeing how it would play out was intense and so fulfilling it in the end.

I love the way these characters struck a chord with me, each in their own way, and made me feel so passionately about them and their happiness. They were well-developed likeable characters that felt very real to me. They left their mark on my heart and I won’t forget Jesse, Sam or Emma.

I love the way my heart hung in the balance just as Emma’s did – teetering between the past and the present. She fiercely loved two very different men who brought two very different realities to her world. Emma’s journey to self-discovery was equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming.

I love the way my emotions were never really stable. I cried happy tears, sad tears and even just because tears. This is the gift of Taylor Jenkins Reid. She is a master at delivering stories brimming with emotion and ensures you feel every single thing.

I love the way this story made me to reflect on the two great loves I encountered in my life.

I took an incredible journey with this story and my heart is full of love and appreciation for every minute I shared with these characters. I hope you will take the journey for yourself and experience the writing excellence of Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Overall Rating – 6 STARS

*I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an essayist and novelist living in Los Angeles and the acclaimed author of Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Before becoming a writer, she worked in entertainment and education.

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ARC REVIEW – Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown

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Title: Stay Until We Break

Author: Mercy Brown

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Publisher: Intermix a Berkley/NAL Imprint

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Twenty-one-year-old Sonia Grant, a business major, has big plans for a career in the music industry. So when she’s offered the job of tour manager for her best friend’s band, she jumps at the chance for some real life experience. When her number one crush, bassist Cole McCormack, jumps her the first night on tour, she hopes she’s in for three weeks of some hot backstage action, too. But Cole turns out to have more up his sleeve than she or anyone realized.

Nobody knows that Cole is on the road to party like a rock star one last time before quitting his dream to take a more practical job and settle down. What he hadn’t planned was to fall in love with a girl he believes is out of his league. Will Cole play out the rock star fantasy he thinks Sonia wants from him, or tell her the truth and take the chance that she’ll either break his heart or make an even bigger dream come true?

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This book was on my short list of most anticipated releases for 2016. I became smitten with these characters in Brown’s debut book, Loud is How I Love You, and I was excited to be back in the world of SOFT with the gang. Though I am not normally drawn to rocker stories, Brown’s characters and writing style won me over in LiHILY and I was anxious to see how Sonia and Cole’s story would play out.

I liked Sonia and Cole and I enjoyed watching them succumb to their feelings. There was definite chemistry between them and that produced some sweet moments and some seriously HOT moments. The band shenanigans and road trip mischief added some comedic relief to the challenges they faced on the road and provided some entertaining laugh out loud moments.

I had high expectations going into this story and I was disappointed that it came up short for me. I wanted more of Sonia and Cole – more of their backstories, more of them falling in love and more of them together. I understand this is a rocker story but I struggled to remain engaged through the overwhelming details of band life. SUWB certainly conveyed Brown’s experience with and affinity for life in a band and though it was not a favorite for me, it was an enjoyable read.

Overall Rating: 3 STARS

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Mercy Brown is a retired indie rock front girl turned author and LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU is her first book. LOUD is a New Adult novel and will be published by Intermix (Berkley-Penguin) in January 2016. LOUD is based, very, very loosely on Mercy’s experiences fronting bands in the 90s. A follow-up will be published in June 2016.

Mercy is represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency.

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Spotlight Review-Never Let You Go(Never Tear Us Apart #2) by Monica Murphy

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The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
 
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

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I absolutely love everything that Monica Murphy writes. Never Let You Go is the emotional conclusion to Never Tear Us Apart. This book picks up where the previous one left off with Katie being hurt by Ethan’s lies and betrayal. She has been trying to move on from her past for years and it always seems to keep coming back to haunt her. She knows that her and Ethan/Will are meant to be together but at what cost? Her family doesn’t approve of him and she is tired of disappointing them but she wants to an adult and live her life however she wants.

“I cry for what I’ve lost. I cry for what I’ve found.

“Ethan. Will. The boy of my past. The man of my future. The one I can never, ever let go.”
Ethan knows that he is probably the last person that Katie should be with but he can’t deny the way he feels about her. As much as he wants to let Katie go he knows he will never be happy if he does. Will these two ever be able to have a relationship together or will their pasts always continue to haunt them?

I loved the deep connection that Ethan/Will and Katie shared. True love always prevails even under the worst circumstances. I loved the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on. I loved that we got to read two different POVs throughout the book.  The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I can’t wait to see what Monica is working on next!!

**5 Stars**

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Monica is also known as USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com