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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD by Jay Crownover (@JayCrownover) @InkSlingerPR

June 14, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 5

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Welcome to my stop on the Better When He’s Bad Blog Tour! Many of you know that I’m a Jay Crownover fan and I’m so excited about this newest release. Check out my 5 STAR REVIEW and enter the giveaway 🙂


About the Book


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover returns with a heart-stopping new series… Welcome to the Point.

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.




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My Review


My Rating: 5 Stars

“He was unpredictable, he was a criminal, he was hazardous to my sanity, but then he held me when I couldn’t sleep and touched me like I would break.”

This book is a wild ride; the kind of ride you only get riding shotgun in a muscle car with a gorgeous, sexy, tattooed felon behind the wheel. Wild ride indeed; and I loved every edgy, violent, gritty, exciting, and deliciously sexy moment.

With Better When He’s Bad, Jay Crownover is better than ever. Make no mistake, I adore her Marked Men, but my true tastes tend to run a little darker. We still get all of her original and engaging writing style, the flawless and genuine dialogue, complex characters, emotion, sex, and everything else we love about her books, but in a slightly different package. This package is a little more damaged and dirty, and we never quite know if it’s going to make it to the intended destination.

Our main characters in this downtrodden, raw and stark landscape of the Point are Bax and Dovie. Both grew up hard, and that has shaped them completely. Their individual circumstances sent them in different directions in life, but they ultimately arrive in the same place, seeking the same answers, and finding an intense emotional and physical connection that neither can deny no matter how hard they try. Their chemistry is explosive and the sex is HOT. I absolutely love they the way they are together; they are so different, yet neither wants the other to change. In their world, there’s plenty of heartbreak and just a tiny bit of hope. If surviving in the Point has taught them anything, it’s that their future is bleak and uncertain, so it’s important to appreciate any moments that bring even the illusion of peace and safety.

Bax and Dovie’s difficult relationship brings plenty of drama to the table, and still the story surrounding them is completely exciting and engaging. There’s violence, danger, and intrigue around every turn. The plot unfolds quickly, action and romance blend perfectly, and there’s a few “holy shit, I never saw THAT coming” moments.

Bax and Dovie’s story is a fantastic introduction to a new series that promises great things to come. It’s a complete book and won’t leave you hanging, but it will absolutely leave you wanting more of the Point and the people that live there.

“Even when you grew up hard and had little faith ion the world, every little girl still wanted her prince to come to her rescue, even if that prince had a star tattooed on his face and operated under horsepower instead of a white stallion.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




About the Author




Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: NEVER DOUBT ME (Judge Me Not #2) by S.R. Grey (@AuthorSRGrey)

June 2, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 2

Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2) by S.R. Grey



Release April 27, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

(recommended for readers 17+ due to mature content)


About the Book


Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?

Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.

Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in town…one disastrously so.

But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.

Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.

***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***


My Review


My Rating: 5 Stars

“Sure, I want to be a good person, and for the most part, I am, but I can’t deny there’s a level of darkness in me, just like there is in Chase.”

I absolutely love this book. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the excellent sex scenes, and I love how the author finds a strikingly perfect balance between hopeful romance and the dark moments that still creep in.

Chase and Kay are amazing together. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but there’s such a fantastic connection between these two as they struggle to move on from their pasts and in to a hopeful future. Life’s difficulties creep in, and even when not handled perfectly, there’s still such clear love between these two. They share an intense connection and I appreciate (so much!) that the author doesn’t constantly have the couple in extremely dramatic emotional turmoil. That’s not to say that there’s not a lot of strong emotion, because there is, it’s just not a constant “I love you, wait now I can’t stand you” roller coaster ride. This is a strong couple, one that faces their difficulties and tries their best do to right by the other. Oh, and their sexual chemistry is super intense. There’s some great sex scenes and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend some sexy time with Chase Gartner: the  hotter-than-hell, inked up bad-boy with a past, who wants change and be the best for his “sweet girl”. The beautiful Kay is his perfect complement: soft and vulnerable, but with a surprising and admirable strength, and her own sexy side. Everything about this couple is so real, so genuine, that as I reader I couldn’t help but feel connected to them.

“I like his hand over my mouth, keeping me quiet while he fucks me as only he can do, with power, with finesse.”

Will’s brother and his girlfriend Cassie add another layer to the story. It was beautiful watching Chase and Will reconnect and heartbreaking to witness the struggles that this young couple faces, and the struggles that Chase and Kay must face with them.

I can’t say enough good things about this book and this series. I enjoyed so much reading Chase and Kay’s story as their relationship develops and moves forward. I’m captivated by their romance, and hopeful for their future. I wish them luck, because some pretty big obstacles are ahead of them, and I absolutely want to best for this couple. This is the second book in the series, and the author has done a good job of filling in any necessary information from the first book, so it could potentially be read alone. However, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series. Trust me, you don’t want to miss any of this engaging story of loss, love, hope, and redemption. As with the first book, this second book ends with a dramatic conclusion, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

“A long time ago, when Chase and I first embarked on this journey of our relationship, I told him that I was in this for the long run. He said he was trouble and I asked him to be my trouble. I still feel the same way.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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About the Author


S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories.

New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3).

Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.


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Audiobook Review: RESOLUTIONS by Teri Riggs (@TeriLRiggs)

May 31, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense 2



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About the Book


DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…
As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…
On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.
“…Perfect Romantic Suspense…This is an action packed book from beginning to end.” -Kaylyn Davis


My Review (Audiobook)


My Rating: 4 Stars

An exciting and sexy thrill ride, Resolutions has it all: a super hot alpha male hero, a bad ass female lead, steamy sex, suspense, surprises, and a satisfying second chance romance.

I love romantic suspense, especially when our female lead is a kick ass operative who stands toe to toe with dangerous drug lords, fights alongside her sexy male counterparts (and saves their asses!), but still has a touch of sexy femininity. With their intense chemistry and rocky past, Eve and Mac are a fun couple to follow as they do their jobs as operatives and still manage to find time for some hot sex. Though it seems pretty clear they belong together, they certainly struggle to get it right (but when they do, it’s worth the wait!).

The plot is action-packed, with violence, suspense, intrigue, betrayal, and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It a sexy and exciting story with fun characters and even a dose of humor. A great read (or listen)!

I listened to the audiobook version and did not read the actual book. I was fine with but didn’t love the performance. The narrator was a bit robotic and it made the dialogue sound stiff. It didn’t interfere with my listening experience, though a different narrator could have improved it.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Book Review and #Giveaway: FISSURE FREE (Schasm #2) by Shari J. Ryan (@sharijryan)

May 28, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 0


Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel.

After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris.

Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship.

Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Franco, her disillusioned, serial-killing uncle has taken up residency in Chloe and Alex’s life. In search for an item that belongs to Chloe, Franco will deceive, connive and conquer until he finds what he is after—that is, unless, Chloe finds a way to beat him at his own game.

Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.





My Review


My Rating: 4 Stars



“Most women spend a lifetime searching for the man of their dreams, but I seem to have found mine within my dreams.”

Fissure Free is one of those books that reminds us that love does conquer all, that it’s the biggest force in the universe. Love can transcend time, place, and any and all opposing outside forces. Even a love that shouldn’t be real, couldn’t be real, is real if we want it to be.

The love that exists between Alex and Chloe is a seemingly impossible and hard-won love. This book continues their story from Schasm, and the more I get to know these strong characters, the more I’m drawn in to their improbable world. Their romance is epic and transcendent, but with a certain purity and sweetness. There’s heat and tension as well, but it’s well balanced with the rest of their relationship. They care deeply for each other, mind and body. They are each vulnerable but incredibly resilient; they have to be with the challenges they must face.

In this second book in the series, we’re drawn deeper in to Chloe and Adam’s dream world, a place they can truly be together as a couple. The plot is constantly surprising with twists, turns, action, and suspense. New characters color the exciting story and I was constantly questioning motives and outcomes, eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next, and how Alex and Chloe will deal with yet another hurdle. As with the first book, I sometimes found the plot disorienting, though not in a negative way; I imagine it’s often how the characters feel as well.

Question are answered but plenty more arise in Fissure Free. As far as a series, I really like how the author has set this one up. Though this second book is clearly a continuation of the first, it has its own beginning, middle, and end. I do think it’s necessary to read the first book in the series to fully understand this book. But, each book has its own exciting and fully realized plot line and conclusion, with endings that keep the reader wanting more of this epic, intriguing, and wholly original romance series.

” ‘Real is only what you make of it. If you want us to be real, then we’re as real as it gets.’ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




My heart quakes against my sternum. My stomach feels like stone, and my throat is clenching in on itself. I walk to the other bar covered window, completely horrified. I curl my fingers around the damp, ice-cold bars, and I pull myself up, pressing my face against the metal to look out.
The hallway is just as dark and abandoned as this room. The walls are painted a sea green. They’re cracked and peeling, and old rusty handcuffs hang from chains that line the wall. I peer down the other end of the hall, somewhat curious and somewhat petrified as to what I might see. The words “help me” are smeared along the wall in what looks to be blood.
Against my desire, I take in every detail of this deserted passageway, hoping to gain insight on where we might be. But I’m lost and dumfounded. An abandoned institution is the best I can come up with.
Sounds of footsteps arise from the depths of the barren walls, and the dissonance increases with each footstep, warning me that someone is coming. The hallway only has two directions and I don’t see anyone in either.
I’m going crazy.
I could only hope.
The footsteps stop, as does the beating of my heart. I close my eyes and pull in a deep lungful. But I inhale someone else’s warm, stale breath. My eyes snap open, and two large bulging brown eyes stare back at me. My chest caves in. My lungs struggle to move, and I fall backwards.


About the Author


Shari J. Ryan hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Writing has become Shari’s great escape from the real world over the past few years. After a bout of postpartum depression with her first child, Shari was determined to occupy her brain enough to eliminate some of the blue moments in life. When she found writing to help as a newfound therapy, she started her first book. Her books brought her out of postpartum depression and helped her overcome it when her second son was born. Shari likes to think writing saves her mind. She even used one of the characters in the book (the main character’s protagonist mother), to veer away from the type of person she refuses to become. Shari has two happy little boys and the Schasm series to show for her unorthodox therapeutic method.







Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her domineering mother and feeble father and the vivid fantasy of her imagination. With her condition comes the harsh observation of doctors who intend to cure her of it. But a chance encounter with a handsome and vaguely familiar young man in her dream world hints at the possibility of hidden truths—and a life she can’t remember. As her drifts become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence. Can she remain in the lush new imagined landscape to find happiness in a realm of her own invention? Is she doomed to return to the harsh reality of the outside world forever? Or will she become trapped somewhere between the two…unable to return to either?




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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: NASH (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover (@JayCrownover)

April 30, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 0

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Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.


About the Book


Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

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My Review


My Rating: 5 Stars

“I needed my friends, loved my crew of misfits and rebels, but now I needed her more.”

Once again, Jay Crownover has given us a wonderful book. She writes super sexy, tattooed bad boys with huge hearts, and creates exceptional women to love them. Nash exceeded my expectations with engaging characters, an unputdownable romance, real emotion, steamy sex, and the author’s own flawless style and clever brand of wit and humor.

Crownover has a knack for writing colorful characters and Nash and Saint fit the bill perfectly. They have some serious history and big hang-ups that they struggle to overcome so that they can be together, like really together. Before they can find common relationship ground, the sex between the huge-hearted redhead nurse and the tattoo artist with (sexy) piercings is fantastic. I love the author’s way of writing characters and romances that feel completely real and accessible. Her characters, this family, are a group I would love to hang out with, and Crownover draws you in and makes you feel as if you are a part of their story.

Nash and Saint’s story is about love and healing, about moving forward from the past. It’s a story about finding that special person who deserves us most, and even though finding them may be easy, their journey shows us that loving someone and really being with them is difficult. They love through past hurts and quirky personalities, they love through hot sex and support each other in consuming careers, through family strife and heartbreaking loss.

This book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me want to hold my own tattooed bad-boy close; right after I fuck him silly. Nash may be the sexiest of the Marked Men so far and when Saint finds her herself, her place in the group, and taps in to her inner strength, she’s amazing. I was so pleased to be dive in to more of all the characters’ stories: complete with a baby, an incredibly romantic wedding, and a heartbreaking funeral. I am anxiously awaiting the next books in this awesome series.

“He wasn’t just making love to me, he wasn’t just trying to turn me on or wind me up. He was worshipping me. He was trying to show me in yet another way just how beautiful and perfect he saw me as being.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




About the Author

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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out…

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: THE DARK LIGHT OF DAY by T.M. Frazier (@TM_Frazier)

April 29, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 1



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Title: The Dark Light of Day

Author: T.M. Frazier

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

Release Date: September 15, 2013


About the Book

This book is for mature audiences 17+. It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely. To the outside world she is just a loner with an attitude. When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else. Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own. Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved. Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the shadows within themselves. If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.


My Review


My Rating: 5 Stars

*Warning*: This book is DARK. It contains abuse, rape, drug use and violence; not a butterfly, unicorn, or rainbow in sight.

“I fell asleep that night in the arms of a killer. I’d never slept better.”

I adore this book; even in all it’s darkness and senseless violence, and in it’s hopeful, but slightly twisted romance. Love is a small thing of beauty in the ugliest of circumstances.

Abby and Jake are broken. Past abuse and tragedy had left them unable really love, or so they thought. When they come together, it’s electric. This couple BELONGS together. Never mind that they just met and everything is all wrong; they make you believe that they can make it work. Jake is sexy, dark, violent, and even funny. He shows his soft side around Abby, but always maintains that alpha-male persona. Abby’s past has left her numb, never accepting touch or love, and afraid to show herself to anyone, inside and out. But she is strong; often beaten but never quite broken. Abby and Jake are wonderfully realized kindred spirits, and they have genuine, simmering, palpable chemistry. This couple kept me glued to the pages, wanting more of their complicated, emotional love story. It is impossible to judge these two on a scale of right and wrong. They exist in a grey area and do what they must to survive and to try and find peace, but that peace is not easily granted.

This is Jake and Abby’s story of acceptance, healing and heartbreak, but also so much more. The story as whole developed in to something I never expected and I was constantly surprised. Moments of happiness were suddenly shattered and the characters’ actions and reactions kept me guessing. When I was hopeless and lost, the characters found a way to pull me from the depths. The writing is gritty and raw, but beautiful and entirely engaging.

After all of the tears, anguish, and heartbreak, I finished the story with a smile on my face and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Jake and Abby’s (sort-of) happily ever after does not come without a price. Darkness and light, hell and heaven, violence and love, redemption and revenge fight for balance in this book. This haunting, dark romance is a fantastic read.

“We were just us. Broken and bruised. Fucked up and messy. And together we were everything we never thought we could be.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously. In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents. It only took her twenty years to start the next one. The Dark Light of Day is her debut novel. Determined not to wait another twenty years, T.M. is hard at work on her second novel. It will not be about hamsters.

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*New Release* 5 Star Book Review: LOVE, IN ENGLISH by Karina Halle (@MetalBlonde)

April 20, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

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Title: Love, In English

Author: Karina Halle

Release Date: April 20th, 2014


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He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.


To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

My Review


My Rating: 5+ Stars


“You can fall in love in a second… The heart has no regard for time.”

It took me longer to read this book than perhaps it should have. It’s fairly long, but that isn’t why. I enjoy when books keep me eagerly turning pages, when I can’t put them down. But Love, In English was something more, different. It’s not that I wanted to put it down, but forced myself to. I knew early on that this book was going to be special, was going to stand out for me, and I wanted to draw it out as long as possible.  I wanted to exist with these characters, in their world, for as long as I could.  I loved this book; from the sweeping love story that spans continents, to the easy, clever, and natural dialogue. There’s happiness and heartbreak, and characters that stole my heart and whose moments together stole my breath.

“There was only me.

And I knew I was strong. I was resilient. And I wasn’t as bad as people had told me.

I was Vera Miles.

And I might have been the villain of my own story.

But I was the hero too.”

 This story has an extremely sexy male lead: Mateo is a Spanish ex-soccer star with a perfect body, who says romantic things in an accent I could hear even as I read, and does wicked things in bed (or wherever). But for me, it was Vera who was so absolutely special. She is one of those characters I related to so completely. It was like the author had been reading journals that I have never written or has some window to my soul. Perhaps it’s that Vera is rebellious and dramatic, covered in tattoos and loves sex and well, love, or that she often feels that she doesn’t fit, or even that she doesn’t deserve that love. Or maybe it’s that she feels love and guilt equally, and wants nothing more than to do the right thing, even if it rips her soul apart. Most likely, it’s that the author has written a character and a story that many people will see a bit of themselves in; a story with emotions and experiences that we can all relate to. She shows us that love, even difficult and imperfect as most love is, is still love.

“I love you because you are you. You’re a little bit crazy, and I find that more interesting than being normal. You’re passionate and I find that more interesting than being calm. You’re curious and adventurous and sexual and you’re full of life and you make me want to be a better man, to live louder, to bend and break all of the damn rules.”

 Vera and Mateo’s journey has a satisfying, slow burn. Their attraction is immediate, but they try and temper their emotions until it becomes impossible. As it becomes obvious how strongly they feel for one another, it also becomes clear that their relationship will not be easy or simple. They will need to reconcile family, geography, an age difference, and old wounds in order to be together. But they have passion, fire, and love, and hopefully enough strength. Their story is beautifully told and expertly written. It is engrossing, sexy, and passionate, both heartbreaking and hopeful. An epic and captivating emotional romance that is still completely relatable and accessible; an absolute must read.

 “Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.”

 *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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Claudia shrugged and pulled down at her yellow tee. “Not my problem. Eduardo is nice but Ricardo is really nice.”

“How did it happen?” I asked, kinda wanting the sordid details.

She was coy. “The way it usually happens.”

“Did you make the first move?”

Another shrug. “Why not?”

I swear, a shrug and a “why not?” were the Spaniards’ go-to answer for everything.

“Well, then I guess it seems safe—and a little boring now—to tell you that I have a crush on someone.”

Her brows quirked up. “Other than Mateo?”


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5 Star Book Review: PULLED BENEATH (Bar Harbor Series #1) by Marni Mann (@MarniMann)

March 18, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

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About the Book


What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents who she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that drew them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?


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My Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a blinding betrayal, this was years of lies, and questioning everything I believed to be true. This was a completely new reality.”

I loved this book! Marni Mann has a unique ability: each time I read one of her books she breaks my heart, and then heals it in a new, better way. Pulled Beneath is an emotional journey; offering heartbreak in its death, lies, and betrayal, and healing in self-discovery and new beginnings.

It’s a journey of single moments, simple snapshots of time filled with intense and palpable emotion that flow easily together in to a fantastic read. It’s beautifully written and fully engrossing. So much so, that even though the story is filled with  many mysteries and unanswered questions, I wasn’t necessarily eager to find the answers, simply because I did not want the story to end. But ultimately, the questions are answered in a surprising and satisfying way.

Drew is a character I couldn’t help but feel for, and though I personally relate little to her personal life experience, I felt extremely close to her as I went with her on this journey. I have never myself lost a parent, but we all understand loss, and the author allows the reader to feel so close to all of the characters. There’s an interesting and multi-layered cast, complete with a sexy, mysterious, rugged, tattooed and seriously swoon-worthy leading man. Saint and Drew’s encounters weave a delicious thread of sexual tension through the book.

A captivating story filled with emotion, heat, loss, family drama, secrets, and ultimately answers and the healing that comes with them, Pulled Beneath is a brilliant read. Pasts are revealed and futures are put in to motion. Lives end and love begins. It has a satisfying “happy-for-now” ending that promises much more to come, and I’m eager to spend more time in Bar Harbor.

” ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. Whether you break my heart or I break yours, that’s not really something we can say right now. But I want to be with you. And you completely own my mind. I promise you, that’s the truth.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.

Marni is preparing for the summer release of her fifth novel, Seductive Shadows, a provocative, intoxicating, erotic and unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption.

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5+ Star Book Review: SEMPRE by J.M. Darhower

February 25, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult 0

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Title: Sempre (Forever #1)

Author: J.M. Darhower

Release Date: January 31, 2012


My Rating: 5+ Stars


This is a story about sacrifice… death… love… freedom. This is a story about forever. Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege, never having to answer for anything he did.

Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything they ever believed. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that started before either were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price– especially not freedom. How much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free? Not everything is as it seems, and no one can possibly come out unscathed, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be worth it in the end.


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“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.”

This book, in all its brilliance, beauty, tragedy, romance, and hope… hurt me. It broke me in to thousands of tiny pieces, put them back together, only to break me over and over again. And I loved every second of it.

An epic romance between two fantastic characters, set against a backdrop of Mafia violence and secrets, this is an unforgettable story. It is about two kids, only seventeen, who seem much older than their years because of what they have had to endure. Though their pasts are completely different, Carmine and Haven understand one another. Their love is intense, real, beautiful and hopeful. Unfortunately, even a love this great is not immune to the outside world, and circumstances outside of Carmine’s and Hope’s control threaten to destroy them. They are victims of circumstance, and though they crack occasionally, they are each so strong in their own way.

J.M. Darhower possesses that elusive quality that some authors have: the ability to show, not tell. I did not have to be told how the characters were feeling at any given time, I felt it myself. It’s a quality that makes for a story and characters that are infinitely readable, as you become a part of their world. A world that includes intense emotions, plenty of mystery, suspense, and action, and characters that touch the reader’s heart. I felt their fear,desperation, sadness, and their love.

I absolutely loved this book. A story shrouded in the dark traditions of The Mafia, yet filled with love and tentative hope. There is violence, there are secrets, and there is death, but there is light. This is must-read and I’m starting the next book in the series right away.

“He kissed her slowly, softly, pure passion emanating from him. It was an innocent kiss, yet so much more. It was a kiss of redemption, of forgiveness and pride. It was a kiss that said no matter what may have happened in the past, there was still hope for the future.”

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Book Review and HUGE #Giveaway: A TRAGIC WRECK by T.K. Leigh (@TK_Leigh)

February 24, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 1

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How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

A Tragic Wreck is the continuation of T.K. Leigh’s heart-breakingBeautiful Mess series.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars


I have something I have to admit, a secret to share. As hot, and dominating, and romantic, and intense, and wonderful as Mr. Alexander Burnham is, I would gladly  throw him out on his beautiful ass if it meant I could have Cameron. I get it, Alex and Olivia have all of this fire, and intense chemistry, and a mysterious shared past, but all I can think about is Cam in his wetsuit, all sexy surfer, and sweet words, and hard… you get the point 😉

Even though Cam is a big part of their story, and a potential match for Olivia, this story will always be about Alex and Olivia. Their intense connection bleeds in to everything they do, even when they are apart, even when they are with other people. It was heart-breaking to watch them struggle with their separation, watch them destroy each other. Even as they try to overcome the demons of their pasts that keep them afraid of the potential love of a lifetime that could exist, it nearly seems hopeless. There’s too many secrets and maybe they’re just too broken, but maybe their undeniable connection can save them.

This book was an emotional roller-coaster, packed with extreme highs and lows, hot sex, and palpable emotion, all with a backdrop of danger and suspense that keeps the reader on edge. Though much of the story is painful as the reader watches these two characters crumble, there’s some epically romantic moments as well. One thing I particularly enjoyed about the book is the role that music plays in the story, weaving its way perfectly through the characters’ lives. This book is the second book in the series, and I feel that reading the first is necessary to fully understand the story. Though plenty of questions are answered in this installment, more questions are raised and it’s clear that there is much more danger, suspense, romance, and hot sex to come.

“He thought how well she fit in his embrace. Just like two pieces of a tragic puzzle.” 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




“Is this okay?” he asked, referring to his hand clasped around hers.

            She glanced over at him, a hopeful look in his eyes. “Yes. It’s fine.”

            He beamed, his smile reaching his eyes. He had dimples. God, he’s hot, she thought to herself.

            “Good. I like touching you,” he said quietly, gently rubbing her knuckles.

            Olivia didn’t know whether she should respond to that. She wasn’t sure she wanted to. What would she even say? Tell him that she relished his touch more than anything she could remember in recent history, but that she was ninety-nine shades of crazy at that moment, her thoughts consumed by one man she never should have let in? Her craziness was too much for Alexander, and it would surely be too much for Cam.

            “You don’t talk much, do you?” he asked as they crossed a set of railroad tracks, walking across Front Street toward a restaurant on the water.

            She shrugged. “I don’t know. I guess I do, as long as I have something to say.”

            “So you have nothing to say?” Cam asked, grinning.

            “I don’t know.”

            “Well, surely there must be something going through that brain of yours right now. You have this look on your face and I want to die, it’s so fucking cute.” He stopped walking at the edge of the water.

            Olivia’s heart began beating rapidly as he turned to face her with a hopeful look on his face, clutching both her hands in his.

            “I don’t know what it is about you, Libby, but I’m drawn to you. I noticed you way back in October. I even remember the date… October seventeenth. It was a Wednesday. You looked so fucking sad, and it killed me. I wanted to find out what made you so incredibly sad, and I swore I would do whatever I could to fix it.”

            Olivia turned her head, gazing out at all the shrimp boats docked for the evening, trying to tame the butterflies that slowly fluttered in her stomach.

            “Come on, Libby. Let me in,” he quietly pleaded.

            A tear fell down Olivia’s cheek as she continued staring at the blackness on the water. “You don’t even know me, Cam,” she whispered.

            He sighed before grabbing her chin, pulling her face toward his so they were mere inches apart. Olivia could feel the heat coming off his body. “All I know is that you love the smell of the ocean.” He smiled thinking about how beautiful she looked when he pulled up in front of her house each day. “Every morning, you sit outside, drink your coffee, and close your eyes when a gentle breeze rolls in, inhaling deeply as if the salty ocean air will fix everything.”

            Olivia stared into his eyes, not saying anything, her breathing becoming heavy.

            “All I know is that you used to take your coffee with cream, but lately you’ve been drinking it black.”

            She felt shivers as Cam brushed his hand across her forehead where her scar was.

            “All I know is that last week you couldn’t decide what color to paint your toenails so, instead of making that decision, you painted one foot green and the other foot orange.”

            She looked down at her feet and smiled.

            “And all I know is that I desperately want to get to know even more about you.” He gently cupped her cheek, staring into her deep brown eyes. “So please, Libby. I’ll take whatever you can give me. Just let me know you.”

Another tear escaped from her eye. “But what if I’m too broken for that, Cam?”

            He pulled her to his chest and she reveled in the warmth emanating from his body. “Then let me fix you,” he whispered.


About the Author




T. K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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