Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan ~ Sarah A’s Review

A gripping, exquisitely romantic new standalone by New York Times bestselling author Mia Sheridan!

Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved . . . until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she’s put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He’s still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she’s ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death . . .

When Dane offers to fly his ex-wife from California to Colorado to help correct a wrong, he never imagined the harrowing twist of fate awaiting them. When their plane goes down in the snowy mountain wilderness, Dane and Audra are stranded with no one to turn to but each other. Will their second crash end their lives—or save their souls?

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Mia Sheridan’s Signs of Love series are amongst some of the most wonderfully touching and poignant romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading and Dane’s Storm lived up to my lofty expectations of the author and the series. Dane and Audra’s story held the kind of pain and heartbreak that can only be expressed by a person who’s lived through the worst kind of pain and came out the other side stronger. I loved how beautifully Ms. Sheridan dealt with the darkest aspects of this book and left so much room for hope after devastation for her characters.

Amuck. Amuck. Amuck. Amuck. My emotions pulled a total Sarah Sanderson while I was reading this book. My heart was torn in a different direction with each page turn. From anger to joy, fear to hope, despondence to devotion, Ms. Sheridan dragged me – right alongside her characters – through almost every extreme a person can experience. She has an uncanny knack for making her readers feel as if each feeling the characters experience are their own.

I have a fondness for second-chance romances, especially when the reason for the initial break-up between the characters is as horrific as the one Dane and Audra experienced. I also love books where, for the most part, the hero and heroine are the only human characters in the book. The isolation heightens everything and makes each moment feel more intense and poignant. Dane’s Storm delivered so much on both fronts; I was completely swept up in the heartbreak of their past and the intense and consuming situation that forced them to confront the things they had refused to deal with.

Dane’s Storm was a unique storyline, as far as what I have read in romance. The survival aspect of their reconnection made everything feel more necessary as if had their reconciliation was a matter of life and death. I was enamored by how Ms. Sheridan used that acute dynamic to acknowledge all the things they’d try to suppress and deny existed. It was beautiful and touching to watch them reconnect without the interference of the outside world.

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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More Than Words by Mia Sheridan ~ Sarah A’s Review

No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Times bestselling author Mia Sheridan.

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

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I can’t express how excited I was to get my hands on this book, Mia Sheridan has long been one of very few authors who’ve never disappointed me, and I eagerly anticipate each of her new releases.  Sometimes some things are just too good to continue indefinitely, and that is what happened with More Than Words.  I was a miss for me, I nearly DNF’d it several times, but pushed on because I love Ms. Sheridan’s work so deeply. The last half of the book redeemed the first, somewhat, but I felt like this novel was missing the ‘Mia Magic’ I’ve come to expect from her work.

There were parts of this book that were absolutely perfect.  The beginning of Jessica and Callen’s relationship tore my heart out.  Both for the little boy who was obviously broken beyond repair and for the little girl who was left without a goodbye.  Part Three of their story was also wonderful.  I loved how Ms. Sheridan brought this story together and gave them the ending they both deserved.  Among my favorite aspects of More Than Words was the story Jessica had been hired to translate, it added such a phenomenal dimension to the book and mirror to Jessica and Callen’s story.

Callen called to my heart, between his love for music and how broken he was I found him highly endearing.  He was the reason I kept reading this book.  I needed to know why he was so broken, why he felt so badly of himself, why he refused to believe in himself.  The way he grew, matured, and healed throughout the novel was sublime.  That growth arc wouldn’t have been possible without Jessica, and for that, I loved her, even though I had a harder time connecting with her character.

I have so many wishes for this book, but my biggest would be that several of the scenes with supporting characters be reworked.  I’m not sure what was going on with them, but several interactions Jessica and Callen had with those characters felt forced and awkward, particularly the dialogue.  Secondly, I wish the connection between Jessica and Callen would have been stronger.  There were a few perfectly beautiful scenes between them where I could feel their love for one another, but a lot of it fell flat.  Finally, I wish the beginning of the book had been more quick-paced, it seemed like there was so much scene setting and history telling, I had a hard time connecting with the characters or wanting to know how their lives were going to play out.

More Than Words is a standalone novel and is not connected to any of Mia Sheridan’s other works.  It is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Jessica and Callen.

Mia Sheridan has always been at the top of my list of must-read authors.  Her stories are deeply emotional and profoundly romantic.  Her prose is usually flawless and poetic, lending an added layer of romanticism to her writing.  I don’t feel like More Than Words demonstrated the depth of her talent and I am heartbroken to have not seen her signature style and gift.

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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SEEK by Mia Sheridan ~ Whitney’s Review

  • Seek by Mia Sheridan

Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She’s even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.

The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn’t necessarily the thing you find.

Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection

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I get giddy every time Mia Sheridan announces she’ll be writing another novel.  She snuck this one up on us and is *hopefully* introducing us to a new series as well!  A stand alone, Seek appears to be the first book in a new Solstice series.  Now, I will read anything Mia writes.  She could write a chemistry textbook and I’d even read that (I don’t have to understand it, right!).  But Seek was truly beautiful.

It’s almost hard to describe what trope it is.  There’s a degree of insta-love since the majority of the story takes places within a few days time.  But the magic that is Mia somehow made it feel like these characters knew each other so well!  I think it’s all that they go through together and how Livvy and Thomas just seem to automatically ‘get’ each other that makes the insta-love part work so well.

This book does have a different feel than some of Mia’s others.  It’s got some danger, some thrills and while there is definitely angst, since this is a shorter book in a short timeline, it doesn’t feel as gut wrenching as previous books.  It’s a little shorter which worked well with the storyline although I’d have loved to see a few more chapters.  I think anyone who is a Mia will enjoy this book along with anyone who enjoys romantic contemporary suspense.

I can’t wait to read more Mia magic!


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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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NOW AVAILABLE!! SEEK by Mia Sheridan ~ Sarah A’s Review

Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She’s even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.

The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn’t necessarily the thing you find.

Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection

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Can a romance be both slow-burn and insta-love?  Because SEEK seems to fit both of those descriptions flawlessly.  I kept feeling like they’d been fighting their feelings for so long, only to be immediately reminded they’d only known each other for days.  Whether a slow-burn, insta-love romance is a thing or not, that incongruous dynamic worked so well in this book.

SEEK is a standalone novel, there is a cameo from one of Mia Sheridan’s Sign of Love characters, but it is so fleeting you wouldn’t know who he was if you hadn’t read his book.  The cover brands it as a Solstice Novel, so I can only hope we’ll be getting another powerful series from Ms. Sheridan.  SEEK is told in dual first-person perspective by Olivia and Thomas.

I felt like this was a bit of a departure from some of Mia Sheridan’s other novels.  Much of that is likely due to the length, SEEK was shorter than her other books, so it had to move quicker than her other novels.  While I love the deep, intense, purposeful plotting of her other books, there was an amazing relief in the speed and action that propelled SEEK forward.  The conflict broiling under the surface of this book kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued to my kindle.

Olivia was not at all who I’d picture her to be when she first appeared on page.  She was the embodiment of beauty and strength and – most of all – hope.  The more I learned about Livvy and her past, the more in awe I found myself.  She may have had her flaws, but they only served to make her relatable and human.  She was the perfect counterpoint to Thomas, who had long ago forgot what hope even looked like.  Together they made something so much more than the sum of their individual parts.  I loved how they complemented one another and facilitated the healing of the scars they’d both carried for much of their lives.

The only wish I have for SEEK is that there be more of it.  I would have loved to see more of Olivia and Thomas’ backstories.  And the stories of some of the secondary characters.  I also would have loved to have more of their HEA.  I feel like I could read Mia Sheridan’s description of paint drying and find it compelling, though, so wanting more of her stories isn’t even a criticism, it just comes with the territory.

Mia Sheridan is a wordsmith.  Every time I pick up a book she’s written I’m completely swept away into the world she’s created and find myself falling deeper in love with her words.  I won’t pretend to know how she’s able to craft a single sentence and captivate me so deeply I don’t notice whole hours of time passing around me as I live in her art.  Ms. Sheridan is a virtuoso when it comes to the written word, and I’m like a starved woman waiting for her to grace us with her next masterpiece.

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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NOW LIVE ~ Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

Guys, this book.  So good.  I think this might be Mia Sheridan’s best work yet and that’s saying something because Archer’s Voice was terrific.  I couldn’t bear to put it down for a single second; I was so involved in Ellie and Gabriel’s story.  I’m blown away by how deeply I felt every single word in this book; it is a thing to behold truly.

It’s been an hour since I finished this book and my heart is still pounding due to the plethora of emotions it was pulled through in Most of All You.  Ms. Sheridan dumped me right into the deep end of feeling and made me fight for every inch I gained closer to the shore.  Her ability to draw emotions with her words and make them all such a visceral thing is nothing short of masterful.

Gabriel and Ellie were everything.  My heart just hurt so much for what they had both been through.  It was impossible to distinguish who’d survived the worst circumstances, though it was easy to see who had overcome the atrocities of their youths.  I couldn’t imagine either of them being able to heal in a way that was healthy without the other, theirs may have been a love story, but it was primarily a story of healing.

Most of All You is very much character driven, while there are outside factors that influenced their hurt, healing, and relationship, the plot took a backseat to character growth.  Writing this book in dual POV really highlighted how much the characters grew, as we were able to see changes they made both from the inside and how others perceived them on the outside.  I love a good character arc, and Mia Sheridan is a master at giving her characters compelling, fulfilling arcs.

Mia Sheridan is at the top of my must-read authors.  Most of All You is a perfect example of why.  She can take the most heart-wrenching, tragic situations and sculpt them into beautifully poignant masterpieces.  The prose in this book was sublime and consuming.  There are few authors whom I would place in the same class of author with Ms. Sheridan; her work has always been fantastic yet with every book she writes the writing exceeds the impossibly high bar she’s already set.

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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Sarah A’s Review ~ Preston’s Honor by Mia Sheridan

prestons-honorThere were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Mia Sheridan is a wordsmith.  She continually impresses me with the way she crafts a story, the way she weaves an intricate web of love and hope and devastation and societal awareness.  Preston’s Honor was another in a long line of Mia’s books that opened my eyes to a side of life I’d never considered, never even given a second thought.  That ability is one of the things I most admire about her writing.

One of the best parts of Mia Sheridan’s writing is her characterization.  Each character, no matter how different from myself, is easily relatable.  There is never a time when I can not find some incredibly relatable part of them.  This held true for both Preston and Lia in this book.  While I had never experienced the abject poverty Lia had, I had felt the shame of being a burden to the only friends I had.  I, much like Lia, have also continually not stood up for myself no matter how much I should have.  Preston, while incredibly stoic, also had the inability to speak up for the things he needed, though his desire stemmed from doing what he considered honorable.

This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be, I was intrigued by the synopsis, but it in no way did justice to all the things this book was.  From exploring the worst parts of human nature by demonstrating how people decide who a person is by nothing more than what they see on the outside, to plumbing the depths of what can happen when a person has no support and no way to reach out for the help they desperately need, Mia touched on many of the primal fears we all experience.  She showed us how bad they can get and then turned around and showed us how to combat those fears and how to become more than what we ever thought we could be because we were strong enough to fight for ourselves.

While Mia Sheridan never fails to tell a beautifully poignant love story, because her books are far more than a romance novel, it is always the other lessons, the extra parts of life she adds that speak to my soul.  She sheds light to the ugliest parts of life with a grace that is uncommon and wildly powerful.  I love knowing, each time I open one of her books, I will be left a more compassionate and understanding person.  There is no greater gift an author can give her readers than a heart that is more open, more tender, and a soul that longs to make a difference, however slight, in the world around them.

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miasheridanMia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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COVER REVEAL- Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

We are so pleased to bring you the beautiful cover to Mia Sheridan’s newest book! 

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

A Sign of Love Novel (Virgo)

Coming March 15, 2016

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Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he’s out of a job, out of the public’s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?


Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.


THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY VIRGO. Non-Paranormal, New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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ALP’s Best of 2014

In case you were unaware there are six of us on the blog.  Six.  When was the last time you knew two women to agree on anything?  Let alone six!  So instead of one master list that we all begrudgingly agreed on we have each selected our favorite books of the year.  Every list is different, some are long some are short, some are really two lists.  Some are ordered and some are just a group of favorites in no particular order.  We will guarantee you that between the six of us there is something that you haven’t read and will love.  So without further ado, our Best of 2014!!

Books2014~SAI have two list for my Best of 2014, standalones and series.  Some of the standalones are techinically part of series but can be read without reading the rest of the series.


#8 ~ Rome by Jay Crownover

Coming in at number eight on my standalones is a book that is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone, should you not want to read the entire series.

Rome was beautiful and damaged and just so good. I absolutely loved his story and his broken soul. I quite enjoyed his story of redemption and finding himself in a way that he hadn’t expected.

Rule | Jet | Rome | Nash | Rowdy | Asa

#7 ~ Deacon by Kristen Ashley

Number seven of my standalones is another book that is part of a series, but can be read by itself, if you so choose.

I’ve got to be honest and tell you I was intrigued by all that was Deacon before this book was released. He was just such an unknown. I’m glad that we got to know him in this book. He was just as hot and amazing as I thought that he might be. Deacon was protective and caring and alpha and wonderful.

Knight | Creed | RaidDeacon

#6 ~ Letting Go by Molly McAdams

This book starts out by devastating you. The true sign of an excellent book, in my opinion! My heart hurt, physically ached reading this book. There was just so much pain that leaked from the pages that I could feel it in every word. Getting to witness the healing was amazing.

Letting Go

#5 ~ Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow Author is part of her In Too Deep series, but can definitely be read all on it’s own. Though I do suggest reading Gracie’s story because it is incredibly poignant and brings light to an issue not heavily covered anywhere.

Above the Noise was beautiful and tragic. Instead of being all sunshine and roses there was hardship. The book was based in reality. The one we live in. It was beautiful. There were moments I laughed and moments I cried. Both happy tears and sad tears.

In Too Deep | On Solid GroundAbove the Noise

#4 ~ Rellik by Teresa Mummert

This book was intense. That’s the best way to describe it. I loved Rellik for all of the reasons he hated himself. He was much more than he thought he was. The secondary characters in the book were amazing too. I can only hope that Teresa sees fit to give them their own stories.


#3 ~ Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

This is one the best stand alones I’ve read in recent years. Archer’s story is so tragic. He broke my heart with his innocence and heart. He was such a wonderful person faced with incredibly horrific circumstances. His ability to persevere was wonderful.

Archer’s Voice

#2 ~ Cut Too Deep by KJ Bell

Cut Too Deep is definitely not for the faint of heart. It deals with some pretty dark issues, and doesn’t tiptoe around the hard stuff. It pulls more emotions out of you than you knew a book could do. There were times that I was completely livid and times I was bawling so hard I literally could not see well enough to continue reading. When I learned what had happened to Hadley I had an actual physical ache in my chest. The depth of emotion that KJ Bellwas able to write into her book was amazing.

Cut Too Deep

#1 ~ Black Box by Cassia Leo

Black Box is a love story, but it is much more a story of survival. Of hope. Of learning to trust. It is also a story of unimaginable horrors and devastating losses. Of not having the kind of peace, love, and support from the people we need it from the most. But most of all it is a story about the darkness that lives inside of all of us and working to overcome it. Cassia did a masterful job of tearing my heart and soul open with this book then artfully patched them back together.

Black Box


#8 ~ Give Me Series by Kate McCarthy

This series is suspenseful and fun and has hot rockers. What more can you need? Oh you want danger and hot men in uniform? This has got those too. Do yourself a favor and pick this series up now!!

Give Me Love | Give Me Strength | Give Me Grace

#7 ~ Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken

Hot. Mafia. Bosses. Do I really need to say more? I loved these books. I especially love the internal struggle that the characters go through. There is nothing I appreciate more than some damaged characters learning that they are worthy of more than they ever thought.

Elite | Elect | Entice | Elicit | Enforce | Bang Bang

#6 ~ Flat-Out Series by Jessica Park

This series was perfectly imperfect. The characters were flawed and awkward and real. There was not one person in the series that was too good to be true. Their stories were tragic and heartbreaking and real. So real. I loved every second of every book.

Flat-Out Love | Flat-Out Matt | Flat-Out Celeste

#5 ~ Playing With Fire Series by Tara Sivec

In case you haven’t noticed a theme in the books I like, I have a thing for protective forces. Be it military, security corps., mafia (that might be stretching things, but they are protecting the family!) or something along those lines. Tara’s Playing With Fire series has that in spades. Military, retired military, and security corps. There is suspense and tragedy and wonderful love stories all wrapped up in between too. If any of that appeals to you, you should check these books out!

A Beautiful Lie | Because of You | Worn Me Down | Closer to the Edge | Complete Series

#4 ~ The Ruin Series by Rachel Van Dyken

Ah, yes, she has already made the list, but I don’t care. I love this series.
There is tragedy. Lots of tragedy, as well as an overabundance of well-deserved happiness. Above all the characters find their redemption and there is little I love more than that!

Ruin | Fearless | Toxic | Shame | Complete Series

#3 ~ The Pieces Series by Jamie Canosa

I cannot tell you how much I loved this series. Jade’s story was tragic in the most horrific ways possible. Kiernan was nearly perfect in so many ways, except the most tragic one. And Caulder, good lord, Caulder. He was everything. Just everything. This series was heartbreakingly tragic and healing and wonderful. A definite must read by Jamie.

Falling Into Pieces | Angel | Pieces of My Heart

#2 ~ Becoming Calder/Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

This story started slow, I’ll admit, but it was amazingly written and so detailed I felt like I was walking along with the characters at every turn. Add on top of that the hardships and trials that Calder and Eden faced and you have a formula for an excellent book.

Becoming Calder | Finding Eden

#1 ~ The Closer to You Series by A.L. Jackson

Come to Me Quietly has touched me in a way few books do. There is something in the the tragic circumstances from which hope is able to blossom that is completely different from other books with the same themes.AL Jackson is a masterful story teller who was able to put me not only into the heroines shoes but also the heroes. Every second of their pain and loss, their hope and love was mine. It was in me.
Come to Me Softly is a seamless continuation of Come to Me Quietly. There is no time lapse or series of events that happen between the books that we only know about because of flashbacks. We get to see the struggle that happens for Aly and Jared from the exactly where we left off in CTMQ.

Come to Me Quietly | Come to Me Softly


These are in no particular order, save my number one.

The Cranberry Inn Series by Author Beth Ehemann.

I was introduced to Brody Murphy by my friend Kaci and I am so thrilled I took her advice.

From his sweet and persistent pursuit of Kacie to the adorable way he was with the Twinkies, I loved everything about Brody. If you have not met this sexy hockey player, I encourage you to do so.

Room For You (CI #1) | Room For More (CI #2) | Room For Just A Little Bit More (CI #2.5)

Bang by Author E.K. Blair

Holy Mind F*ck! This is one of those books that I COULD NOT PUT DOWN! It was intense and dark and gritty and full of twists! I required hand holding from my book bestie, Whitney, and I am so glad that she was able to help me get through it. I am anxious for 2015 as we have the next book, Echo, to look forward to.

Bang (The Black Lotus Series #1)

The Album by Author Ashley Pullo

 This was a refreshingly different read for me that both tugged on my heart and made me laugh. These characters struck a chord with me and I am so pleased to have discovered this author.

Review –> http://wp.me/p48pQL-1db

The Album (Book #1) | The Ballad (Book #2)

 Livvy by Lori Otto

Livvy (Choisie Book #4) from Lori L. Otto is the final book in the Choisie Series. The series follows the story of Livvy Holland and Jon Scott from teenagers into early adulthood. I absolutely loved watching these characters grow up together.

It’s no secret that Lori is one of my favorite authors. She captured me as a lifelong fan with her Emi Lost & Found Series. The Choisie Series is a spin off from her first series and is packed full of feels as you get to experience the joys of first love through the eyes of Livvy and Jon.

Contessa (Choisie 1) | Olivia (Choisie 2) | Dear Jon (Choisie 3) | Livvy (Choisie 4)

 With This Heart by R.S. Grey

With This Heart by Author R.S. Grey is pretty high at the top of my list. RS Grey packed all the things I love into this standalone book that kickstarted my love for this author. I encourage you to meet Beck and Abby SOON!!

From My Review:
This is a story about second chances and choosing to live the kind of life that leaves you with no regrets. It’s about being brave in a scary big world and stepping outside your comfort zone. It’s about first loves, first kisses, and all the other firsts that young love experiences. But above all, it’s about not taking anything for granted.

With This Heart

Crashed (Driven Trilogy #3) by K. Bromberg

This was the EPIC conclusion to Colton & Rylee’s story. It was the Colton we have come to love but it was intense and sweet and steamy and made me love that arrogant man so much more. If you have not yet met Colton Donovan a.k.a. “ACE”, please do soon.

Driven (Book #1) | Fueled (Book #2) | Crashed (Book #3) | Raced (Book #4 – Companion Novella)

The Seductive Nights Series by Lauren Blakely

The Seductive Nights Series from Lauren Blakely brought a Book Boyfriend by the name of Clay Nichols into my life. He is a dirty talking – suit wearing – alpha male and I am smitten with this Blakely boy.

Lauren was super busy this year giving us new book boyfriends in the Blakely Universe. I have some catching up to do on the series, but 2015 is already looking promising with another Blakely boy in the Seductive Nights Series COMING SOON!!

First Night (FREE) | Night After Night (#1) | After This Night (#2) | One More Night (#3) | Complete Series

Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo

Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts Series #4) by Cassia Leo was the heartwarming conclusion to this series that first sparked my love for Cassia. Abby’s story was beautiful and packed full of emotion.

It’s no secret I am an Adam girl. But let me tell you – grown up Chris Knight is a force to be reckoned with as both a loving husband and doting father. If you have not read this series, carve out some time and prepare for a journey.

Forever Ours (0.5) | Relentless (1) | Pieces of You (2) | Bring Me Home (3) | Chasing Abby (4)

All 2014 Colleen Hoover Releases

Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and she gave me three books this year. I am calling it a tie on these books as I can’t possibly choose 1.

Maybe Someday combined reading and music into one UNFORGETTABLE story. This was not just a book – it was SO MUCH MORE and I love Ridge & Sydney.

The Book – The Soundtrack – The Experience <–that sums it up right there.

Maybe Not gave us more Warren & Bridgette – something I was longing for after Maybe Someday. So Colleen graciously gave us this novella and I fell so much more in love with Warren.

Ugly Love – words fail me on how to describe my love for this book. It was unlike anything Colleen has given us before and simply reminded me of why she is my favorite author. Tate & Miles – and the possibilities of the big screen are just icing on the cake for this book.

Maybe Someday | Maybe Not | Ugly Love

 Patricia’s #1 Book of 2014

I thought long and hard about which book was my TOP book of 2014. So without further delay – my #1 Book of 2014 is…

Bright Side by Kim Holden

This book touched me in such a profound way and even though I was devastated by this story, I was left with such a full heart in the end. The message was beautiful and certainly left it’s mark on me. #‎DoEpic‬

Bright Side


These are in alphabetical order except for my #1 at the end

The Addicted Series/Calloway Sisters spin-offs by Krista and Becca Ritchie

There is no way I could pick just one 2014 release from Krista & Becca Ritchie. After all, the did write my favorite series. Kiss the Sky, Hothouse Flower, Thrive, and Addicted After all were all released this year and are part of the Addicted series.Why do I love these books? That’s easy. The perfect amount of angst, an amazing storyline, and some of the be…st characters I have ever read. The series covers three different couples and each are so unique that it never gets old. There are no cliffhangers but I do recommend reading in order.

Addicted to YouRicochetAddicted for Now | Kiss the Sky | Hothouse Flower | Thrive | Addicted After All | Fuel the Fire (coming soon) | Long Way Down (coming soon)

The Cranberry Inn series by Beth Ehemann

Our own lovely Patricia messaged me one day telling me about a great new series that I just HAD to read. Sweet, fun story with a hot guy… I’m sold. Little did I know that The Cranberry Inn series by Author Beth Ehemann would be so awesome it got places on my coveted re-read list.  Brody is just… sigh. A cute storyline and great side characters add even more to this story of a single mom and a swoony hockey star.

Room For You (CI #1) | Room For More (CI #2) | Room For Just A Little Bit More (CI #2.5)

Draw Me In by Megan Squires

I read Draw Me In by Megan Squires – Author almost a year ago. This was a January 2014 read but I’ve never forgotten this beautiful love story. I laughed, I cried like a baby and ended this amazing stand alone a big pile of happy goo.Spunky girl, hot businessman with a secret! Sound good? Give this clean, contemporary romance a try.

Draw Me In

 Eversea series by Natasha Boyd

I’m not always a fan of ‘famous people’ reads like actors, rockstars, etc but The Eversea Series by Author Natasha Boydswept me up her awesomeness. Three words… Jack freaking Eversea. Whoa!An actor looking to hide encounters one of my favorite female characters, Keri Ann and the sparks fly even though Keri Ann wants nothing to do with his lifestyle. This series is pretty near perfect. There is fun, there is angst, and did I mention Jack? Seriously, read it. Do it.

Eversea | Forever Jack | Mistletoe and Hollywood

 Flat Out Celeste by Jessica Park

It’s no secret that I stalk the crap out of Author Jessica Park. I pretty much think she’s a genius. Flat Out Celeste (spin off from the Flat Out Love series) just rocked my world. I fell in love with these characters in Flat Out Love and Flat Out Matt so this book was just icing on the cake.Celeste is quirky and vulnerable and it was amazing to watch her fall in love with Justin, a guy with his own social awkwardness. This book contains my favorite scene of the year… the Christmas tree! If you haven’t read it, you won’t know what I’m talking about but it’s so darn sweet. I recommend definitely reading FOL first and FOM (novella) if you are so inclined.

The King’s Trilogy by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I’m all for a good paranormal series so when a friend recommended the King’s Trilogy by Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff to me, I got book one. Then I read it straight through and started book two the same day. I wound up reading all three books in two days because I couldn’t put them down.These are adult but oddly enough there isn’t much sex, mostly tension especially at the beginning of the series. But they are dark and gritty. Very different from anything I’ve read before. In fact, I’m still suffering a hangover from this series.

King’s | King for a Day | King of Me

Love, In English and Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

I bow down to Karina Halle for consistently creating amazing and different books. She can change genres and still all of her books have a very “Karina” feel to them.Love, In English and Love, In Spanish were not as dark as some of her other books but damn, did they tear me apart. They are not easy to read, I could feel the character’s hearts bleeding from the …pages but it was so worth it.A young girl (early 20’s) spends a summer in Spain tutoring English students and falls for Mateo, the very hot and older (late 30’s) former soccer star. Problem… Mateo is married and though he is unhappy, they fight to balance what they know is right and their growing passion for each other.

Love, In English | Love, In Spanish

 The Breaking Nova series by Jessica Sorensen

I *might* have fangirled a little over Jessica Sorensen when I got to PA for her at a book signing. I was so in love with the Breaking Nova series, I squealed when I found out the last book for the main characters was coming out on my birthday. It was like my own special birthday present.Anyhow, this series is not easy to read. They are dark and deal with issues such as suicide and drug addiction in a very real and gritty manner. I cried so hard, especially in book two watching Quinton and his struggles overcoming his problems.

Series: Breaking Nova | Saving Quinton | Nova and Quinton: No Regrets

Spinoffs: Delilah: The Making of Red (novella) | Tristan:Finding Hope (novella)| Wreck Me

Nowhere But Here and After the Rain by Renee Carlino

That dang Author Renee Carlino… can she write a bad book? How on earth was I supposed to choose between Nowhere But Here and After the Rain. I guess I give a slight edge to NBH but both of these books are too good to be ignored.Nowhere But Here has a sweet journalist who falls for a vineyard worker who is harboring a few secrets. Beautifully written, one of… the best stories I’ve read. Ever. Not just this year. Plus it’s on sale right now over half off. After the Rain is a little darker, a little more angsty and a whole lot epic. This story covers the span of several years and Ava’s struggle to love, let go and forgive as she meets a guy, Nate, who is struggling to find his place in the world. This is super emotional and if you don’t cry, I’d be very surprised.

Nowhere But Here | After the Rain

 Sparrow by Sara Mack

Sparrow by Sara Mack was breathe of fresh air for me. This second chance romance is told from the male POV and Sara does a very good job making it realistic. In fact, the realness of these characters is what makes me love them so much. Kyle is perfect, yet he’s not. He’s just an all around great guy who loses his first love as a teenager and then encounters her again in his mid 20’s.There is some angst but overall, this is a fairly light read and should leave you with a big smile on your face after it’s over. Highly recommended!


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Were you wondering when Colleen Hoover was going to make an appearance on my list? Since I’ve been going in alphabetical order, we are finally able to talk about Ugly Love!!!If you haven’t at least heard of this book, you are probably living under a rock. She has sold the movie rights, Nick Batemanis involved in the project and the book is freaking fantastic. …Ugly Love is definitely ugly at times. I cried but since Colleen can inject her snarky sense of humor into almost anything, there were lighter moments as well. Miles is kind of an ass until you really get to know him and then your heart just shatters.This is beautifully written and will remain in my favorite books of all time category.

Ugly Love

*** Tie for #1 Book of 2014 ***

The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons and Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Yes, that’s right… here it is. Prior to this, my picks were in alphabetical order but I now give you my #1 read for the year. Only there was a tie. These books are so different, it wasn’t fair to choose one over the other as they are equally amazing. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan – Archer has earned a spot as one of my favorite BBF’s with his quiet strength and…vulnerability. Bree is amazing and so loving, perfect for our silent boy. If you haven’t read this book, I am truly sorry for you. Contemporary stand alone. The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons – This is Alice in Wonderland meets modern day romance. Part fairy tale, part mystery, part contemporary romance, TCS is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. It’s truly unique and will keep you turning the pages. This is book one in a series but ends in a good place.

Archer’s Voice | The Collectors Society

I feel like I’m not fangirling appropriately over these two authors and their books. The truth is that both had other books in my top of 2014 list other than these two so I will list those as well:

I couldn’t leave out the other books by Mia Sheridan and Heather Lyons. Mia also release Becoming Calder and Finding Eden (the two make up a series) which touched my heart and left tears dripping down my cheeks.

Becoming Calder | Finding Eden

Clearly, I like the angst which is darn good considering I also loved the Fate Series by Heather Lyons, part of which was released this year. The series starts out YA and ends contemporary (fairly clean, very little sex). This is a fantasy series and deals with ‘real’ people who possess elements of magic. I will forever carry a book hangover from this series and it’s one of my all time worst ugly cries. Please note this series also contains a love triangle.

A Matter of Fate | A Matter of Heart | Beyond Fate (novella) | A Matter of Truth | A Matter of Forever


Rock My Body by Michelle A. Valentine

This is the final book in her Black Falcon series. I fell in love with this series when I read Rock the Heart quite awhile ago. My favorite part of this book is the epilogues where we get to catch up with all of the characters from the series.

Rock My Body

After the Rain by Author Renee Carlino

This is a beautiful story about love, loss and learning to live again.

The Journey Home by Kelly Elliott Author

I love all of Kelly’s books but this one is my favorite by her. It was beautifully written and so much deeper than her other books.

The Journey Home

Burying Water by. K.A.Tucker (Author)

This was a very emotional story about finding oneself and learning to live again. What would you do if you woke up one day and didn’t remember who you were? How would you move on with your life?

Burying Water

 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Colleen is one of my favorite authors. Her books bring out every single emotion and I love that about her writing.

Ugly Love

Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson

I work in healthcare so I completely understand the connection between Melanie and Alyssa throughout this book. This is a very emotional story about living life to the fullest, love, loss and second chances.

Please have a box of tissues handy when you read this book!

Fragile Bonds

 My #1 books of 2014 are actually a series of books.

The Ever Trilogy by Jasinda Wilder

This series has stuck with me since the day I finished the first book in the series which is titled Forever and Always! The second book is titled After Forever and the third one is Saving Forever.

This series took me on quite an emotional rollercoaster. There were times when I was reading that I wanted to throw my kindle. Sometimes the characters made some really stupid decisions but in the end everything turned out so beautifully.

Cade and Ever are two of the strongest characters I have ever read about. They both went through some pretty horrible experiences but their love for each other got them through.

Forever & Always | After Forever | Saving Forever


#1 ~ Forever Ours & Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo

When I joined the book world I found The Shattered Hearts Series by Cassia Leo and fell in love. This year I read Chasing Abby and Forever Ours. Both are great.

Forever Ours is the prequel to the series, it came out this year. I’m glad that the new people to discover the series get to start with this book. I was a die hard Team Adam girl until this book and it brought me over to Team Chris. His love for Claire goes above and beyond.

Chasing Abby is the ending of the series and what an ending it is. I laughed and cried my way through this book. I didn’t want it to end but I was extremely happy when it did.

Both books left me with glorious book hangovers. Do your self a favor and pick this series up.

Forever Ours (0.5) | Relentless (1) | Pieces of You (2) | Bring Me Home (3) | Chasing Abby (4)

#2 ~ Magen McMinimy ~ All Books

The Half Blood Princess series (Book 1 is FREE right now) follows Sophia and her friends. It contains Vampires, Shifters, and Witches. I fell in love with this series and couldn’t put it down. This a complete series.

Blood Claim (FREE) | Boxed Set #1 | Boxed Set #2

The Immortal Heart series (Book 1 is FREE right now) is a new take on Fae and Immortals. It has almost every supernatural possible in the series. This is also a complete series.

Immortal Blood (FREE) | Series Links

Twins of Aurora series was fantastic. Once I started I had to have more from her. Because of this series I started stalking, I mean following, her. Her writing style is wonderful and has easy flow. She makes it easy to just get lost in the world that she has you picturing. It was very easy to picture my self as the main characters in her stories.

Twins of Aurora | Sacred Fire

#3 ~ Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

I have read every book she has put out and this one just spoke to me. Vital Sign is a must read for 2015 if you haven’t read it yet.

This book has so many emotions in it that it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. while reading this I had to stop multiple times just to compose my self.

Vital Sign

#4 ~ Being Sawyer Knight & Taming Ryder by Nicola Haken

Being Sawyer Knight was my first and I loved it. Nicola has a way of writing that you almost forget that you are reading about two men. All that shines it the beautiful love story, the passion and the struggles they go through.

Taming Ryder is amazing on its own. Ryder is a strong man but in his own way. He’s cocky but you love him for it.

Being Sawyer Knight | Taming Ryder

#5 ~ ‘Til Death Do Us Part Series by Krissy V

Earlier this year I took a chance based on a recommendation from another blogger and fell in love. Krissy V’s has taken the topic of spousal abuse and made you feel what the victim and the abuser are both going through.

I have never read a book quite like this one. In the beginning the only thing I wanted to do was kill Felix my self but by the end of the series I was partially rooting for him. She showed that abuser are not only a product of their upbringing but that it can just the person them self.

Throughout all of the abuse and struggles Tasha never gives up. She pushes through and tries to see the light. She tries to keep her friends and family close through it all.

If you are looking for a great emotional and dark read then this is the book for you.

For Better or Worse | In Sickness and In Health | To Love and To Cherish | To Have and To Hold | For Richer or For Poorer

#6 ~ Love Lost by Maria Desouza

For a debut novel it reads like a seasoned author wrote it. She has a beautiful way with words that lets you imagine you are the main character. Her writing enables you to feel every emotion she portrays.

In Love Lost, Jason and Selene meet only to discover they are both after the same person. Lucio. He is the ultimate bad guy. Tall, dark, brooding, violent and drop dead sexy.

Love Lost

#7 ~ Securing Her Heart by Elizabeth James

All of her books are wonderful but Securing Her Heart is beautifully written and wonderfully heartwarming. You can tell that she poured her heart and soul in to this book.

Jolene and Ryder have know each other forever but she takes off for design school and he joins the military. Everything is going great in their lives and then the flood gates open up and all hell breaks loose. This is a great read that will stick with you and have you wondering what they are up to.

Securing Her Heart

#8 ~ Doubt (The Connected Series) by K.A. Hobbs

Yes the book has a lot of sex in it but this is actually a book that it works in. She has written the kind of book that you could take it out of and it would still get the point across. She is on the way to being a seasoned author.

Doubt | Assured | Broken

#9 ~ Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

I know this book is not from 2014 but that is when I finally read it. Many people have read it but those who haven’t need to. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover was an amazing read.

I read this book and couldn’t put it down. This was my first book by her and I plan to read many more. I have not picked up Losing Hope yet but I will. This book was a heartfelt roller coaster in its self so I am afraid to pick it up.

Hopeless | Losing Hope | Finding Cinderella

#10 ~ Shy of Tomorrow by S.H. Pratt

In Shy of Tomorrow, the main character is a librarian and she meets her love interest there. Who doesn’t want to meet their man in a library. This book has everything you could ask for in a book funny one liners, sweet and sassy banter and a lot of heart felt emotions.  It is the perfect read on a rainy day, day at the beach, by the pool or even just on a lazy Sunday.

Shy of Tomorrow


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

An amazing read …the way she writes helps you see EVERY character’s point of view and feel for them all!

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

#5Greats  Gripping storytelling at its BEST.  A gift to the reader.  YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Love Archer, so different and good and an original story line. Fall in Love with Archer!

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

I’m a sucker for a GREAT biker book and this one is THE best!

More Than Forever (More Than Series, Book 4) by Jay McLean

#HappyTears…These characters are so lovable and I enjoy it every time I open a Jay Book!

No Strings Attached by Hilary Storm (Rebel Walking #3)

#UglyCry  My BIG ugly Cry.  Love me some Luke and this one delivers.

Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest Series, Book 4) by Tijan

I’m addicted to Tijan and these characters.  She writes like no other!

Bender (The Core Four Book 1) by  Stacy Borel

Waited on this book to come out and was so happy when it lived up to my expectations and the some!

A Very Xander Christmas by Anne Mercier

 #MyHeart  Anne is so dear to me, and this book will ALWAYS hold a place in my heart! Check out her series, it’s fantastic!

A Haunted Heart by Kristi Pelton

This book (and Kristi) also means a great deal to me…I was there from the start and so very blessed to be a part of it! Read it ..it’s SOOO good!!

Wounded by Jasinda Wilder

So different and so very fantastic, with wonderful characters.  It blew me AWAY!

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

#Funny, I enjoyed reading this book, it was funny and wonderfully entertaining! #Soccer

Willing Captive by Belle Aurora

This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be…  It was so much better than that!

Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

I loved the way these characters stories were told, loved the dynamic of them! WONDERFUL READ!

Storm (Ashes & Embers book 1) by Carian Cole

#Steamy, everyone should get caught in a snow STORM!!  Hot!  Looking forward to the next in this series!

RELEASE DAY AND SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Becoming Calder and Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

It was so hard to wait until release day to share this review with you.  I wanted to wait until the buy links were live though so everyone could experience this incredible journey!

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Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

A Sign of Love Novel

Release Date: October 5, 2014 

Book one in a series. The sequel Finding Eden releases October 5th as well.

Becoming Calder cover

About Becoming Calder

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, WILL RELEASE SIMULTANEOUSLY. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Finding Eden

A Sign of Love Novel

The continuation of Becoming Calder

Release Date: October 5th

Finding Eden cover

About Finding Eden

Finding Eden is the continuation, and conclusion, to Becoming Calder.

When the world as you know it has ended, when all that you love has been washed away, where do you find strength?

When the new world you’ve stepped into is as isolating as the last, when your heart is broken, and your future is unclear, where do you find hope?

Finding Eden is a story of strength, discovery, forgiveness, and undying love. It is about believing in your destiny and following the path that leads to peace.

THIS IS THE SECOND PART, AND CONCLUSION, IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS (BECOMING CALDER SHOULD BE READ FIRST). New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Buy It Now

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Fidning Eden teaser

Whitney’s Million Star Review of Becoming Calder

Calder grows up in a world vastly different than most Americans. In Acadia, he is taught to be obedient at all times and to never question his place in life. Never dream, never strive for more.

As a curious child, Calder began to question the world around him and wonder what life outside of Acadia is like. Meeting Eden, a beautiful child who grows into an even more beautiful young woman only makes him dreams grow stronger. But Eden is not Calder’s and she never will be.

As the two grow into their teens, an unlikely and forbidden friendship forms, turning to love despite the dangers they know they will face if they are discovered. Eden also does not like the hand she has been dealt in life and dreams of more. She dreams of loving Calder.


Four days out, I am still overwhelmed by this story. There is so much to the plot other than the small piece I described above but I don’t want to ruin a single thing. I started crying in the prologue and then managed to keep mostly dry eyes again until the last few chapters.

Mia has torn me up all over again just like she did with her previous books. I think that’s what makes her one of my ‘drop everything and read her new books immediately’ authors. The incredible emotions Mia elicits through this story and her characters are matched only by her previous books. Very few authors get to me like she does.

Becoming Calder has a different feel to it than other novels and it’s hard to describe. I think a lot of it has to do with the characters. They remain young at the end of the book (18 and 20) and their lack of life experience gives the book a beautiful innocence. Both dreamers, their ideals and wishes for a better life along with their fight to love each other dominate the story.

The setting is also very different than any other romance novel I’ve read. I thought I might know what it was from be blurb (and I was right) but in case you don’t know, I don’t want to give it away. Just know that Mia does a very accurate job describing the type of place and mentality of Acadia and what these young characters face in their day to day lives. So even though we may not be able to relate to it doesn’t mean it’s not real. (Yes, I have had experience through my family with this type of setting/situation)

There is a lot of sexual tension as the characters grow up and definitely sex although it’s not quite as descriptive (probably due the age of the characters). But once again, Mia has done an incredible job of balancing the storyline, character development and sexy times to pull together an emotionally gripping read.

Please note that unlike Mia’s other books, this is not a stand alone. Finding Eden is the sequel and not just a companion novel. I recommend reading them back to back. Trust me, you’ll want to. Luckily, they release the same day so you’ll be fine. I can’t wait to see where this story is going!

A million stars! This will go right next to Archer’s Voice on my Top of 2014 List!

**  As I’m writing this blog post, I’m 25% into Finding Eden because yes, I stayed up until midnight last night until it went live!  I’m not sure exactly where the story will lead but I am already pleased with where I’m at!  Calder = Swoon!

About Mia Sheridan

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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. Mia can be found online at http://www.miasheridan.com or http://www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor.


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We are excited to welcome Mia Sheridan to our Spotlight Feature for the week of June 22nd.

Please tune in to A Literary Perusal as we spotlight Mia.

Monday – Meet the Author

Tuesday – Teasers

Wednesday – What’s Next

Thursday – Thank an Author

Friday – Fun Facts


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