Death’s door proved to be more productive than I expected. The flu turned pneumonia opened the possibilities for me to catch up on my TBR. I have not written these reviews on Amazon or Goodreads yet, but I figured while the thoughts were hot, I’d jot my notes and share a few good reads with y’all.
One Last Time by Corinne Michaels paves the way for Kristin to move on after a messy divorce. Noah Frazer is a man on a mission, and when their worlds collide, it’s not the sweet dance you’d expect.
Corinne Michaels brings to life the rejuvenation of a drowning soul like no other author. Her heroines show strength when all hope is lost, and her heroes—well she makes it hard to pick a favorite as each mans attributes fall beyond swoon-worthy. Michaels’s depth and breadth of character development contribute to her voice and style which wraps me in every time I pick up a work from Corinne Michaels.
“I know that you think you’re weak, but I see a strong, beautiful, and smart woman who deserves a man to worship her. More than any of that, Kristin, I should walk out and let both our lives be a hell of a lot less complicated than trying to start something, but here I am. You’re worth complicating things.”
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Author JC Grant completes the Playing Series with Playing for Forever. David and Austin put the ball in play and ended with the W. David’s possessive Alpha style and Austin’s past play chess with their developing romance and marriage. Grant explodes their weaknesses and works to rebuild or destroy their path to something deeper, more mature, unconditional.
The trilogy is a journey from lust and physicality to emotional depth and security. Both David and Austin symbolize the stereotype of each of their respective roles. He is the arrogant successful athlete and she the determined yet struggling young adult. However, Grant does not simply deliver the typical trope. She adds in much more and flips these two around, and when you suspect the HEA she throws in the reality of what the mind can do to deepen wounds from the past. David and Austin’ story is rich, but sit back and wait—Grant gets them dirty before she cleans them up!
Playing For Forever
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The Romance and Erotica Author Fraternity wrote an anthology and split the proceeds between VET Sports and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Some notable highlights:
BT Urruela’s Bishop mixes a realism and insight of a return to college after a military career is cut short. The change from enlisted to civilian, discipline and sacrifice, to study and choice guides Bishop’s journey as he adjusts to his new life. One of the characteristic signs of a Urruela work is his ability to capture the transition between one lifestyle and another while expressing the emotional journey and lacing it with humor, life lessons, and a cast of characters that hold tried and true to their tropes.
Seth King’s Torture is a smooth read with all the feels and social constructs which are the forefront of our ever-changing world. King’s strength is his ability to create a situation where the reader is infused into the situation and can appreciate as well as respect the entirety of the situation at hand. The real story between Eric and Grant is one which brightens the world and sheds light on the meaning of learning to grow and appreciating one’s self with an open heart.
Chris Genovese and alter ego Carve Pike pens his tale weaving good vs evil between The Strings on Me and Cutting His Strings. The Genovese and Pike author’s craft is nicely played. This was my virgin run with his work and from my nerdy literary perspective, there are multiple mental gymnastics my mind is walking through with these as separate entries and then with each as intertwined pieces. He uses Lucky is a motif here and the symbolism is fantastic.
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All Proceeds from the sale of the Anthology will benefit two charities
Founded in 2012 by three combat Veterans, VETSports aims to set the standard for how to improve Veteran’s physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement.
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
Lauren Rowe captured my heart with her Club Series. Then she went ahead and sealed my fate with each spin-off using the Morgan brothers as her hook. The story of each of these family members is amazing. Her voice for each of them unique, the message learned heartwarming, and the family centered world they are circling about is charming. Lydia’s a character who will break the reader but watching her grow warms the heart. Colby Morgan’s selflessness and inspiring attitude make Hero everyone’s feel-good of the year.
JD Hawkins’s new work, Love & Ink, depicts the tale of love, loss, and love again. Ash and Teo’s story is one of ill-fated timing, young immature love, and making the journey back through time and maturity to find peace, love, and happiness. Hawkins sends multiple messages of this as a spin-off Romeo and Juliet tragedy and sprinkles it with a modern-day Cinderella twist. One particular passage stood out and sums up the big theme of Love & Ink for me, “Humans…there’s not much about us that’s permanent, you know? We break promises, we change, our minds, life throws you curveballs… So the idea of taking something, something you weren’t born with, an expression of yourself, something or someone you love, a decision you made, and turning it into something that endures… I think that’s rare. Unique. Something only tattoos can really do…”
Arriving soon, The Maiden by Celia Aaron. Celia Aaron hits the scandalous inter-working of the South’s religious stronghold and the innocent who follow the Prophets into the deep to a whole new extreme. She unfolds taboo and dissects each nuance with a microscopic lens in order to create this dastardly tormented tale. Aaron’s gift of not mincing words and uncovering the down and dirty is represented well by Delilah and Adam. Aaron provides motif’s and symbols which explore the tangled web of the Prophet’s followers and minions to the point the reader is not sure who to feel sorry for the lions or the lambs. The Maiden will land in your hands and then leave you thirsting for more.
The Maiden releases this Tuesday! April 3, 2018
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A.M. Johnson never disappoints. Hockey and romance old trope you say? That may be true for some sports romances, but A.M. Johnson has a way with words which leads her readers to a bigger picture and underlying heartfelt theme. In Breakaway, Johnson demonstrates how a heart which has been broken requires one to pick themselves up, dust off, and re-enter the world of loving, trusting, and taking a leap of faith. Mark and Stevie develop from different perspectives of heartbreak, but each one dynamically builds through this journey of self-discovery.
A.M. Johnson’s natural talent lies in rich characters. This holds true in Breakaway. Both Mark and Stevie offer the reader a depth and dynamic woven into Johnson’s craft. Grab Breakaway and take to the ice, with a story of two people willing to take on a challenge!
Breakaway by A M Johnson is now available & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!!!
This novella in the erotica genre, Banging the Intern by Alex Wolf, is a quick dirty read. Wolf speeds the pace of this piece by cutting out all fluff and getting down to the nitty-gritty. The work is intriguing as it deals with the older Alpha making a move on the young intern, but Wolf creates a hitch. This hook lends itself to leave the reader asking for more and given the opportunity a longer work by this new to me author would be welcomed.
The last one of the recent ten-day stint was the new non-fiction read of Scott Hildreth’s, Lover Come Back. His account of his life’s actions which led him to the man, husband, and father he is today speaks volumes about how we grow and develop, live and learn, and love and lose over our lifetime. He speaks of tough situations, the moral high ground, social justice, and the big one—unconditional love. From hate and resentment to forgiveness and love, he touches all the bases and demonstrates how growth and maturity prevail over time. His love for his family, children, and wife is a piece of artwork in and of itself. In today’s world of shallow skepticism his account of living life to the fullest is well worth the read.