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This week’s latest new books & sales are posted below!! Just scroll down… ;)

*** UPDATE *** Also, I’ve posted my list of Top 10 Best Books of 2015 so far. If you’re looking for a great new recommendation, be sure to check them out!! All of those books are favorites! Just click here!

Here are a few of my most recent favorite books and recommendations:

*** NEWEST TOP RECOMMENDATION ***

 

The Deal by Elle Kennedy (Read my Review)

SQUEE!!! I absolutely LOOOOOOVED this book!!!

This was one of the best college romance I’ve read.
It had epic banter, sexy romance, and fantastic writing!!
I laughed, I swooned, I couldn’t put it down.
Highly recommended!!
(standalone)

 
I have to say, this is the first time a girl’s been worried about getting caught in my bedroom. Normally they strut out like they’ve just bagged Brad Pitt.
She takes a breath. “We studied. We watched TV. I went home late. That’s what happened. Got it?”
I fight back laughter. “As you wish.”
“Did you really just Princess Bride me?”
“Did you really just use Princess Bride as a verb?”
She glowers.

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

 

The 27 Club by Kim KarrNew Release!!

This is an “exciting and passionate” standalone.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds. The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I’m next… But then I met Nate…

 

Easy Love by Kristen ProbyNew Release!!

This is the first standalone in a series of standalones.

The hero is the CEO of his family’s business and has discovered that someone is stealing from him. So he hires the heroine whose job it is to find out who the thief is… Their attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but she’s heard all about his playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job…

 

Return To Me by Kelly MoranNew Release!!

This is the first standalone in a series of standalones.

Ten years ago, the hero was a rich kid who got everything he wanted… including the heroine. But one night shattered both their hearts and he left everything behind to join the military. But now he’s home. When the heroine comes back to work as a private nurse helping him recover, they’re both forced to face the attraction that’s still there… but also the memories of betrayal. And a secret he’s been keeping…

 

Becoming Rain by KA TuckerNew Release!!

This is the standalone sequel to Burying Water.

Clara Bertelli is one of the most successful undercover officers in the DC major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps… As Clara drifts further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur…

 

Two Truths And A Lie by Ashley StoyanoffNew Release!!

This is the first standalone in a series of standalones. Sounds SO good!

“One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind. It seemed like a good idea until I realized running from a police officer isn’t easy. It’s been 365 days. I’m done running. I’m going to take my life back… It was supposed to be easy. A meeting with Jason Pierce, a private investigator, was set up. All I had to do was go to him, let him do his thing, and then I could go home, or so I thought. That is, until I met Jason and things got … complicated.”

 

Missing Pieces by Meredith TateNew Release!!

Ooooh, this forbidden love story sounds DIFFERENT!!! I’m super intrigued!!

“They can’t be friends… not in their world. They were Assigned to other people at the age of six, and they’re supposed to marry their Partners when they turn twenty-four. Failure to comply leads to Banishment, a fate worse than death… In a world without freedom, there are still choices to be made. Following their hearts means losing their family, but following the law means losing each other. Forever…”

 

Levitate by Kaylee RyanNew Release!!

This is a new standalone.

Trust. Five Letters. One Word. I watched my father give my mother the world and the stars. She took everything from him, then left him as a broken man with nothing to live for. I told myself I’d never fall in love… Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you find a piece you never thought you needed until everything changes with one touch. After that…you levitate.

 

Before I Fall by Jessica ScottNew Release!!

A military guy home from the war falling in love with his new tutor (who incidentally hates everything about what the war has done to her family)!!

“All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at her threatens to unravel the careful lies he’s constructed around him…”

 

Unbreakable by Emma ScottNew Release!!

This can be read as a complete standalone.
The story sounds very unique!

The hero and heroine meet when they are taken hostage together during a bank robbery!!!! They come from very different worlds — she’s wealthy, he’s a struggling single father — but the bond they forged out of desperation and fear, is one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls…

 

The Trouble With Falling In Love by Lauren LayneNew Release!!

This can be read as a complete standalone. “A jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.”

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy is giving journalism a shot… And happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

 

Sustain by TijanNew Release!!

This is a standalone.

Rock star alert!! When the heroine’s life goes downhill, her brother talks her into joining their old band again as their drummer… “Playing drums was in my blood. I used to be addicted and that craving hadn’t been satisfied in three long years. The only problem was their lead singer. It was HIM… I think I was still addicted to him too.”

 

Conviction by Lesley JonesNew Release!!

This is a new standalone from the author of Carnage.

“Dirty filthy sex. Love. Heartbreak. Betrayal. High emotion and angst.” — I thought he loved me, I believed everything he said, every promise that he made but then, when I needed him more than I’d needed anyone in my life, and when I was at my most vulnerable, he let me down. He chose to take a different path and leave me to pick up the pieces of my now broken life.

 

Work of Art 3: Masterpiece by Ruth ClampettNew Release!!

This is the final book in this trilogy: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.

The hero is the “bad boy of the art world”… An unexpected plane ticket leads our heroine to a meeting that will change her life. What happens when what’s most precious to you slips out of your grasp? How fiercely will you fight for the one you love? Join Max and Ava for the dramatic and passionate conclusion to the Work of Art Trilogy.

 

With Every Heartbeat by Linda KageNew Release!!

This is a standalone in a series of standalones.

Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.

 

Sidelined by Emma HartNew Release!!

This is the second standalone in this series, following Blindsided.

Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls, not even Macey Kelly. Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option… Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s life… It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back.

 

Stealing Rose by Monica MurphyNew Release!!

This is the second standalone in this series, following Owning Violet.

What if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now. And maybe I don’t want to.

 

Something Real by Lexi RyanNew Release!!

This is the conclusion to the story from Something Reckless.

Return to a world of secrets, scandal, and temptation… I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and now the anonymity ends. I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed. Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

 

And I Love Her by Marie ForceNew Release!!

This is the latest standalone in the Green Mountain Romance series.

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people’s problems, but now he has a problem of his own — how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps… But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?
 

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*** 5 NEW RECOMMENDATIONS (STANDALONES) ***

 

Because of Ellison by MS Willis (Read my Review)

WOW!!! I read this GORGEOUS book in one sitting!! It hooked me right from the prologue and the EMOTIONS in the epilogue were just SO powerful!! I LOVED it!! — It begins fifty years into the future. The hero is now an older man, a genius, who has discovered the cure for cancer and is about to give a speech in front of an entire medical community. He was supposed to talk about the medical accomplishments. But instead he told them the truth of where it started. About a summer when he was 19… and a girl who defied him and stole his heart. It all started because of her.

 

Hero by Samantha Young (Read my Review)

I. LOOOOOOOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!! It was exciting, addictive, sexy, well-written… everything I had hoped for!!! The hero could be an ass at times BUT he definitely had a heart and the heroine was determined to bring out his softer side. She was strong and sassy and he was this was this Alpha, dominant, wealthy CEO with a dark history and “kind of honourable in a fucked-up way.” I loved their banter and sexual tension, and the way their shared history gave the story layers. I highly recommend this especially for fans of the Crossfire series!

 

TIGHT by Alessandra Torre (Read my Review)

WOAH!!! This book was ADDICTIVE! It kept me guessing the whole way through!!! I was so sure I knew the twist but then the ending surprised me yet again!! I LOVE it when a book can do that!! I started it just a few hours ago and literally read it all in one sitting. — I was glued to my kindle, unable to stop flipping pages!!! It’s SEXY, erotic, mysterious… there’s romance, a complex plot, fantastic writing… I went in TOTALLY blind. It’s a standalone and didn’t know anything other than the blurb. I recommend you dive right in!!!

 

The Five Stages of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson (My Review)

*wipes happy tears* I recently finished this BEAUTIFUL heartfelt book. It broke my heart, healed it, and made me truly believe in second chances. — It’s about a woman whose beloved husband and father to their four young children dies leaving her alone to cope with her overwhelming grief and to hold their family together. Six months later, a man moves in next door who changes her life. Slowly. Patiently. One day at a time, he helps her heal and shows her that it’s possible to keep living, to find happiness, and even love again, without having to forget the past.

 

Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez (Read my Review)

Fighter alert!!! I love this author’s writing and this book can be read as a standalone. It’s a childhood friends-to-lovers romance…

“Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway. Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting for my career. Fighting the silence. Fighting for her.” (!!!)
 

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Book Review — The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Book Review — The Deal by Elle Kennedy

“I’m broken, and I want you to fix me.”

SQUEEE!!!! I loooooved this book!! I was hooked from the very first page and spent the rest of my afternoon laughing out loud, swooning, fanning myself, and highlighting awesome and hilarious quotes non-stop! Fans of Beautiful Disaster or Wait For You  should definitely check this out :)

So it’s about this girl, Hannah, who is crushing hard on a football player. She’s not one to usually get this mushy over a guy, but he’s caught her eye and she wishes she was on his radar.

The hero is a a guy named Garrett. He’s a bad boy hockey player with a bit of a manwhoring reputation around campus who is in one of her classes and borderline failing. He’s a smart guy, but this class just isn’t his forte. Lucky for him, she’s acing it… and he makes it his mission to get her to tutor him. Unfortunately for him though, she’s not remotely interested in anything he has to offer in exchange.

“How about a date?” I offer.

That gets her attention. She straightens up like someone shoved a metal rod up her spine, then swivels her head in astonishment. “What?”

“Ah. I’ve got your attention.”

“No, you’ve got my disgust. You actually think I want to go out with you?”

“Everyone wants to go out with me.”

She bursts out laughing…

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.. “I kiss each one of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

She snorts. “Uh-huh. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Perfect, but I’m not interested in dating you.”

After a few days of trying his best to wear her down, he finally comes up with an idea: he’ll help elevate her social status by pretending to date her — thus making her more likely to catch the eye of her crush IF she’ll tutor him. She finally relents and the deal is formed.

But the more time they spend together, the closer they get… and even though Garrett swore he didn’t want a girlfriend, he falls for her… and makes it his mission to show her that he’s actually the guy she wants.

I have to say, this is the first time a girl’s been worried about getting caught in my bedroom. Normally they strut out like they’ve just bagged Brad Pitt.

Hannah takes a breath. “We studied. We watched TV. I went home late. That’s what happened. Got it?”

I fight back laughter. “As you wish.” 

“Did you really just Princess Bride me?”

“Did you really just use Princess Bride as a verb?”

She glowers.

I loved the way their relationship developed almost by accident. Neither of them meant for it to happen. They just began hanging out, spending time together, and one thing naturally led to another. (Side note: after reading about them watching Breaking Bad together, I kinda want to watch the show too!)

Just to clear up a question I’ve been asked by several readers: there is NO cheating and no triangle in this story. He does hook up with two girls (literally just meaningless one-night stands) before he and Hannah become a couple. But once they’re together, all that ends. So don’t worry!

This book had the ability to make me swoon one minute, put my heart in my throat the next, then literally make me burst right out laughing out of the blue. Here, I just have  to share this one scene…

The guy protests… “I don’t think you should go in th—“

I burst into the locker room and —

Penises!

Sweet Jesus.

Penises everywhere.

Horror slams into me as I register what I’m seeing. Oh God. I’ve stumbled onto a penis convention. Big penises and small penises and fat penises and penis-shaped penises. It doesn’t matter which direction I move my head because everywhere I look I see penises.

My mortified gasp draws the attention of every penis — er, guy, in the room. In a heartbeat, towels snap up and hands cover junk and bodies shuffle around, while I stand in the front of the room blushing like a tomato.

Teeheeeeee!!!!  C’mon, doesn’t that make you want to read the book?? :D

You’ll swoon hard over Garrett, wish Hannah was your BFF, and totally get caught up in their story. It’s fun, sexy, but with just enough ‘seriousness’ mixed in to ground the story as well. I really loved it!

This was one of the best college romance I’ve read. It had epic banter, sexy romance, and fantastic writing!! I laughed, I swooned, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!!

Rating: 4.5 — 5 stars. Standalone NA romance.

PS: This is the first standalone in a series of standalones. The next book will be a different couple.

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SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

WOW WOW WOW!!! This is an EPIC new release week!!! Here’s a big round-up list of all the latest ones! There are so many that sound absolutely fantastic. Actually, they ALL sound fantastic :D

New favs: The Deal by Elle Kennedy (college bad boy), Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez (fighter romance).

*** UPDATE *** Also, I’ve posted my list of Top 10 Best Books of 2015 so far. If you’re looking for a great new recommendation, be sure to check them out!! All of those books are favorites! Just click here!

*** FEATURED SALE *** The Five Stages of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson just went on sale for $2.99 (reg. $4.99). This is a *beautiful* standalone I read last month. I LOVED it!!! If you’re looking for a deeply emotional and heartwarming romance, this has all the feels! (My Review) — More sales here.

*** MY WEEKEND RECOMMENDATIONS ***

 

The Deal by Elle Kennedy (Read my Review)

SQUEE!!! I finished this and LOOOOOOVED it!!!

This was one of the best college romance I’ve read.
It had epic banter, sexy romance, and fantastic writing!!
I laughed, I swooned, I couldn’t put it down.
Highly recommended!!
(standalone)

 
I have to say, this is the first time a girl’s been worried about getting caught in my bedroom. Normally they strut out like they’ve just bagged Brad Pitt.
She takes a breath. “We studied. We watched TV. I went home late. That’s what happened. Got it?”
I fight back laughter. “As you wish.”
“Did you really just Princess Bride me?”
“Did you really just use Princess Bride as a verb?”
She glowers.

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Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez (Read my Review)

Fighter alert!!! I love this author’s writing and this book can be read as a standalone. It’s a childhood friends-to-lovers romance…

“Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway. Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting for my career. Fighting the silence. Fighting for her.” (!!!)

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

 

Thoughtful by SC StephensNew Release!!

KELLAN KYLE is back!!! This is the highly anticipated and long-awaited book telling Kellan’s POV of the story in Thoughtless.

The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything…

 

Slow Burn by K. BrombergNew Release!!

Driven series fans!! This is a spin-off novel about Haddie & Becks!

One night. That’s all it was supposed to be… There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached — so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

Driven series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.

 

By Any Other Name by JM DarhowerNew Release!!

This new forbidden romance sounds SO good!!

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of her young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She’s heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

 

Good Girl Gone (Reed Brothers) by Tammy FalknerNew Release!!

This is the latest book in the amazing Reed Brothers series!

“She’s perfect. He’s not. She’s in a popular rock band. He’s a tattoo artist covered in prison ink. She’s wealthy. He doesn’t have a pot to piss in. She’s good. He’s bad…”

Order: TTT, SSS, CCC, JJJ, FFF, RR + EEE, MMM, PPP, OO, BB, ZZZ, GGG.

 

A Stone In The Sea by AL JacksonNew Release!!

This is the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors!

The hero is the tattooed lead singer in a band and has fans, fame, and fortune. But after facing assault charges from trying to protect his brother, he’s sent away to lie low for a while… which is where he meets the heroine. “Secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them…”

 

Killian by Brenda RothertNew Release!!

Hockey player fans!! — His reckless behavior, devil-may-care attitude and complete disregard for consequences have made him a major source of headaches for the Fenway Flyers’ brass… She’s determined to transform the Flyers from marketing nightmare to hockey powerhouse. Once she gets Killian in line, she knows the rest of the team will follow his lead… It’s all on the line as Killian and Sidney are forced to choose – business or pleasure?

 

Quiet Angel by Prescott LaneNew Release!!

We all have that someone we can’t forget… For Gage Montgomery, that someone is Layla Baxter. When he was 18, he took one look her and knew his life would never be the same. But it all came crashing down when Layla suddenly and mysteriously disappeared leaving him with nothing but her angel wing pendent around his neck. When their paths finally cross 12 years later, he’s determined to get the answers he’s spent his life searching for — and to get the girl, too. Quiet Angel is a story of hope, survival, and lost love made new again.

 

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie CahillNew Release!!

This sounds different!! It’s a “friends-with-benefits” romance… with a twist!! The hero and heroine have been friends since college. They met one night after she’d been dumped by her boyfriend. He offers a proposition… he’ll become her go-to go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. Surprisingly, six years later, they’re still the best of friends… with benefits. No strings. No attachments. But what happens to the rules when they begin to fall for each other?

 

After Ever Happy by Anna ToddNew Release!!

This is the 4th book in the After series. (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4.)

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s impenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

 

Beautiful Life by Brynne AsherNew Release!!

The heroine is recovering from trauma at the hands of an abusive husband… “I’ve been trained to fear those who are supposed to love me… I don’t think being healed will ever be a possibility for me. Or I didn’t until Tony Carpino fixated himself in my life. He is patient. Determined. He wants to give me everything, make my life beautiful when my life has always been ugly.” This is a story of heartache and broken souls. This is a love story. This is the story of Tony and Leigh.

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SIGNED GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT — CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

SIGNED GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT — CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

Woohoo!!! Check this out!!

As many of you know, Colleen Hoover is one of my most favorite authors of all-time. I’ve literally loved every single book she’s written and her upcoming standalone, CONFESS, is another winner!! Exquisitely heart-wrenching and absolutely unputdownable, this is a must-read book of the year! It’ll be released on March 10th so be sure to pre-order your copy. This is a book that you will want to get your hands on the minute it goes live! My full review will be coming soon.

But today, I have an exclusive excerpt for you from the prologue AND a special signed giveaway!!
So scroll down and check it out :D

– SYNOPSIS –


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love — and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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– EXCERPT –

He loosens his grip from around me and makes a tremendous effort to roll toward me so that we’re facing each other. One could argue that his eyes are hazel, but they aren’t. They are layers of greens and browns, touching but never blending, creating the most intense, define pair of eyes that have ever looked in my direction. Eyes that were once the brightest part of him but are now too defeated by an untimely fate that is slowly draining the color right out of him.

“I’m referring specifically to how we’re both so pissed at Death for being such a greedy bastard. But I guess I’m also referring to our parents, for not understanding this. For not allowing me to have the one and only thing I want here with me.”

He’s right. I’m definitely pissed about both of those things. But we’ve been over it enough times in the last few days to know that we lost and they won. Right now I just want to focus on him and soak up every last ounce of his presence while I still have it.

“You said you have so many things to thank me for. What’s the next one?”

He smiles and brings his hand up to my face. His thumb brushes over my lips and it feels as if my heart lunges toward him in a desperate attempt to remain here while my empty shell is forced to fly back to Portland. “I want to thank you for letting me be your first,” he says. “And for being mine.”

His smiles briefly transforms him from a sixteen-year-old boy on his deathbed into a handsome, vibrant, full-of-life teenagy boy who is thinking about the first time he had sex.

His words, and his own reaction to his words, force an embarrassed smile to cross my face as I think back to that night. It was before we knew he would be moving back to Texas. We knew his prognosis at that point and we were still trying to accept it. We spent an entire evening discussing all the things we could have experience together if we had a possibility of forever. Traveling, marriage, kids (including what we would have named them), all the places we would have lived, and of course, sex.

We predicted that we would have had a phenomenal sex life, if given the change. Our sex life would have been the envy of all our friends. We would have made love every morning before we left for work and every night before we went to bed and sometimes in between.

We laughed about it, but the conversation soon grew quiet as we both realized that this was the one aspect of our relationship that we still had control over. Everything else about the future, we had no voice in, but we could possible have this one private thing that death could never take from us.

We didn’t even discuss it. We didn’t have to. As soon as he looked at me and I saw my own thoughts mirrored in his eyes, we began kissing and didn’t stop. We kissed while we undressed, we kissed while we touched, we kissed while we cried. We kissed until we were finished, and even then, we continued to kiss in celebration of the fact that we had won this one small battle against life and death and time. And we were still kissing when he held me afterward and told me he loved me.

Just like he’s holding and kissing me now.

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Book Review — Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Book Review — Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

From the moment I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. I mean, c’mon! Doesn’t that tug your heartstrings?! Plus, I’ve literally loved every book that Aly Martinez has written so… I had to dive right in!

Till and Eliza met by chance one night in an abandoned building at age thirteen — each seeking an escape from their lives for one reason or another. Over the years, they kept meeting there every few days and became close… more than friends, but not a couple either. They were simply vital to each other’s lives.

“It had become more and more difficult to stop myself from kissing her, touching her, claiming her. But I knew that, if I did, I would eventually lose her. Relationships didn’t work in high school. Something would have happened, we would have broken up, and then I would have lost her completely. I needed Eliza too damn bad to ever chance that.”

With his dad in jail and his mother more concerned about her nails than caring for her children, it fell on Till to take care of his two little brothers from a very young age in order to keep them out of the foster system. He cared for Eliza more than anything but couldn’t bear to start a relationship with her for fear of losing her friendship. In his eyes, what they had was almost magical and he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that.

“Till and I both knew we had a strange relationship. It was more than a friendship, but there wasn’t romance or sex. There was definitely love though. Immeasurable amounts of it. I knew that Till had this grand fantasy about me. But what he didn’t realize was all that he gave me in return. He was the only thing I’d ever had that I honestly though I couldn’t live without. Till Page was my soulmate on every level.”

Sadly though, their lives were split one fateful night. But then, several months later they were given a second chance and this time, things were different…

“You’ve always been forever for me.”

My heart really broke for Till. This amazing guy worked himself to the bone to give his brothers the best life he could. He worked at a boxing gym every waking hour, fuelling a dream of one day going pro which would finally give him the money he needed to truly provide for his family.

“I believe you’re going to set the boxing world on fire, because every time you put on those gloves, you’re doing it for them. Say yes.”

Adding to all the pressure was the fact that he was slowly going deaf and there wasn’t a single thing he could do to stop it. It was scary — terrifying even — that he’d one day never be able to hear Eliza’s voice.

“I miss your voice. I miss listening to you talk… I’d give anything to hear it right now.”

I read this book in one sitting start-to-finish. The ending was a thrill ride wrapped up with a great epilogue which both concluded Till & Eliza’s story and set up the next one — which I can’t wait to read!

Aly Martinez is definitely one of my go-to authors. I’ve read all her books and loved each one. Her stories are always unique and have strong, sexy, heart-racing romances with a thrilling edge to them.

THIS book can be read as a complete standalone. Even if you’ve never read any other book by this author, you’re safe to dive right in and you’ll be satisfied with the ending. However… as with all of her books, this one does have tie-ins with her other books. Slade (the hero from Among The Echoes) is featured heavily in this book as a side character but you do not have to have read his book first in order to appreciate this one. That being said, if you were to want to read his book as well, then I’d actually recommend reading the complete Wrecked & Ruined series because technically Slade’s book should be read as #3 in that series.

Bottom line: this book can be read on it’s own. But, if you want to have the full experience of meeting all the characters in this world, then read them in the order I’ve listed below. This authors’ books are very cleverly set up so that you can read any of them alone BUT you’ll of course get even more out of them if you’ve read them all. So it’s really just up to you. You won’t go wrong either way. I promise :)

Rating: 4 stars. Can be read as a standalone.

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*** ALL THE BOOKS ***
Interconnected standalones.

CHANGING COURSE
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STOLEN COURSE
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AMONG THE ECHOES
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BROKEN COURSE
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FIGHTING SILENCE
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Book Review — Because of Ellison by MS Willis

Book Review — Because of Ellison by MS Willis

What do you do when a girl walks into your life and challenges everything you know? You hold onto her and never let go.

WOW!! This book hooked me right from the prologue and I could not put it down until I turned the very last page of the powerful epilogue! It was beautifully written, deeply emotional, and unforgettable. Hunter and Ellison’s story will stay with me for a long time. I loved it!! Do yourself a favor and read this book!

The story begins fifty years into the future. Hunter is now an older man, a genius, who has discovered the cure for cancer and is about to give a speech in front of an entire medical community. He was supposed to talk about the medical accomplishments. But instead he told them the truth of where it started. About a summer when he was 19… and a girl who defied him and stole his heart. It all started because of Ellison…

And then we’re taken back in time to when they first met as he tells us their story.

Hunter had always been highly intelligent and he came from a wealthy family that gave him every physical thing he could want for. But when his drinking and drug taking went too far, his parents sent him to work for his uncle in Florida for a summer — no credit cards, no electronics, nothing — hoping that earning his keep would help teach him a lesson.

Their run-down lifestyle he now was a part of was about as far away from what he was used to as possible, but the real game changer came when he met a girl named Ellison. She defied him at every turn, had a quick temper and wasn’t afraid to use it, was snarky, sassy, and lived life to it’s fullest. She pushed and challenged him to be better. He’d never met anyone like her.

“I don’t want to be one of those people who, at the end of their lives, look back and realize they missed it.”

They came from different worlds, were about as opposite as you could imagine, their time together was limited since he was all set to attend college in the fall in Harvard far far away, and yet despite everything, they slowly grew closer and fell in love. This summer changed the course of their lives…

“You’re only going to be here for a couple of months and then you are heading back to your home. We can be friends, Hunter, but… I don’t like to risk my heart when I know something won’t work out in the end. I’m not a fling. I’m not some girl that’s okay with having fun just for the sake of the moment.”

Trust me when I say that this is not your typical summer romance. Also — I’m just going to say it because I know half of you are thinking it: No, she does not get sick and die over the summer either. M’kay?

I loved seeing Hunter’s transformation from this kid who was headed down a path leading nowhere, borderline addicted to drugs, partying away his lack of will to live… to this guy who fell in love with a girl who gave him a purpose in life. She showed him what there was to live for. And even though she didn’t make it easy, even though she challeneged him at every turn, I think that’s exactly what he needed. I’m not sure any other girl would ever have gotten through to him like that. And most of all, I loved how, when the tables were turned, he never once, not ever, not even for a moment, gave up on her.

“This might be your life, but I’m making it mine as well — because YOU are my life. I don’t give a shit what you say or do. You can ignore me, you can hate me — hell — you can put my picture on a wall and throw darts at it if that’s what makes you feel better, but I’m not going anywhere.”

I read this book start to finish in 2 hours. It’s a full length book (350 pages ish) but I literally just couldn’t put it down and that’s a testament to the story and the writing. This was just one of those books that flowed the whole way through. — That being said, I did find that there were some slower parts in the middle. But that actually made sense given that much of this story took place over the course of a summer and, realistically, no one’s lives are jam packed with drama every day so it felt realistic from that sense.

I absolutely LOVED the ending. L-O-V-E-D it!! The epilogue was hugely emotional!!! I cried. SOBBED!!! It wasn’t tragic though — please don’t be freaked out — and in fact, you could argue that this was indeed the truest form of a HEA. It was powerful beyond words. In some ways, even though the story was very different, it reminded me of The Notebook. I just sat there with tears literally pouring down my face. But I’d consider it non-tragic sobbing. You know what I mean? I was honestly SO happy with the way it ended.

I’m always on a search for books that not only tell a good story, but that also make me FEEL that story with all my heart. This was one of those books. I highly recommend it!

“My lips fell on hers and I kissed her with everything that I had. I told her I loved her with that kiss, I told her I would protect her, that I would care for her and that I would fight for her every fucking day if that’s what it took for me to be with her.”

Rating: 4.5 stars!! Standalone romance.

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