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Hey everyone! Today is an EPIC new release day with some truly fantastic sounding new books so be sure to check ‘em out! I’ll keep adding more in throughout the day! Happy reading, everyone!! :D

A few highlights are: Kyland by Mia Sheridan (top favorite), The Five Stages of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson (love after loss), Landslide by Jenn Cooksley (childhood friend to lovers), Past Heaven by Laura Ward (unique romance), Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire (Maddox Bros), Wings Over Poppies by JA DeRouen (unique second chance love), Sever by JM Miller (unique second chance love), Falling for Jillian by Kristen Proby (veteran w/PTDS & city girl), The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey Berrick (unique romance), Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue (she’s an escort), Throb by Vi Keeland (love triangle-ish), Risking It All by Tessa Bailey (undercover cop) and more below!

NEW SALES: A few of my favorite books are currently on sale for $0.99 each: Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (badass Alpha biker), Bait by M Mabie (angst alert!!), NOCTE by Courtney Cole (unique, thrilling romance), Withering Hope by Layla Hagen (survival in the wild romance), and check out more here.

*** NEW REVIEW + RECOMMENDATION ***

 

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

*wipes happy tears* I just 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.

*** LATEST 5-STAR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS ***

These are both complete standalones!

Kyland by Mia Sheridan (Read my Review) — 5 STARS!!

SQUEEEEE!! This amazing book is LIVE!! Click here for your copy! It’s the newest standalone in the Sign of Love series (unrelated to any other book in the series).

I finished it in one sitting and absolutely LOVED it!!!! A heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about hope, sacrifice, and the strength and endurance of true love. It kept my heart racing and I just couldn’t put it down!! A must-read!

 

The Mason List by SD Hendrickson (Read my Review)

HOLY WOW!!! This book was just BREATHTAKING!! I truly LOVED it and truly FELT this story with all my heart and soul. My heart raced with the intensity as this epic childhood friends-to-lovers romance built over the years and I honestly had tears in my eyes for the whole last 80% of the book. And that epilogue was perfect!!! This easily was one of the most BEAUTIFUL stories I’ve read.

A TOP FAVORITE STANDALONE. 5+++ STARS!!!

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

 

Landslide by Jenn CooksleyNew Release!!

WOAH!!! The last line of this blurb made my heart skip a beat!!

“For Erica and Cole, the bond of friendship was forged in childhood. Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss. On a journey taken both together and alone, they search for healing and life… Because, for some people…love is friendship caught on fire.” <---- LOVE!!!

 

Past Heaven by Laura WardNew Release!!

WOAH!! This new standalone sounds AMAZING!! It’s such a unique story!! — The heroine’s world comes crashing down when her husband is murdered, leaving her to raise their three young children alone. The hero is a famous Hollywood actor who takes on a role playing her husband in a movie. His life then naturally collides with hers. But it turns into more. They never expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love, but that’s exactly what happens.

 

Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuireNew Release!!

This is the second book in the Maddox Brothers series!!
Be sure to read Beautiful Oblivion first.

“If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first? … Experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last…”

 

Wings Over Poppies by JA DeRouenNew Release!!

I love the sound of this second chance romance standalone!!

“Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me… The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word. But not everyone who is lost wants to be found… This is my story of unfinished love.”

 

Sever by JM MillerNew Release!!

Oh, this standalone sounds really different!! It seems to be a second chance romance with a unique set up. — The heroine and hero were once childhood friends. They were separated when her family moved away. They meet up several years later, but now she’s in jail and he’s off to college. And the next time they meet (years later again), its when she’s taken a job to break into a house he’s bought… — I’m SUPER intrigued!! *click*

 

Risking It All by Tessa BaileyNew Release!!

This sounds GOOD!! — She’s gone rogue. He’ll live to keep her safe.

“To track down the evidence she needs to take down her brother’s killer, the heroine joins the NYPD, and goes undercover. Unsanctioned. Alone. Meanwhile the hero has been given a job to extricate her. But when they meet, he knows there’s only one way to keep her safe without blowing either of their covers… by claiming her as his own.”

 

Contractual by Alice Montalvo-TribueNew Release!!

Here’s another new standalone!! — “They told me I’d be an escort; they made it sound so easy. Really I’m just a high priced call girl. Desperation brought me to this and it led me to him, my one and only client. Hating him is easy, he reminds me of my shame. Wanting him is wrong it fills me with guilt. Loving him is a losing battle yet it’s become everything. He consumes my every thought and I’d rather play my part in his bed than to spend one day without him.”

 

Throb by Vi KeelandNew Release!!

This steamy standalone romance has quite the blurb!!

“The rules: No dating. No sex outside of the game. No disclosing the terms of the contract. Rules were made to be broken, right? …. Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations… It wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.”

 

Falling for Jillian by Kristen ProbyNew Release!!

This is the latest standalone in this series featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover — and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through… Zack is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?

 

A Father’s Fight by JB SalsburyNew Release!!

This novella is the continuation of the story of the couple from the second standalone in this popular fighter romance series. The main novel should be read first. Both are linked below.

“Life changes in the span of a heartbeat—one tiny heartbeat.”

Main Novel, New Novella

 

Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire ContrerasNew Release!!

Oooh, this new standalone sounds so good!!!

“He was my older brother’s best friend. He was never supposed to be mine. I thought we would get it out of our system and move on. One of us did. One of us left. Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else… He broke my heart last time. This time he’ll obliterate it.”

 

The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey BerrickNew Release!!

This sounds so intriguing and it’s only $0.99!!

“Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and they both realize that two weeks a year will never be enough…”

 

Bound by Flamed by Jeaniene FrostNew Release!!

This is the third book in the PNR Night Price series (a spin-off of the Night Huntress series) following Vlad and Leila.

These are paranormal (vampire) romance books and they are not standalones and should be read in order. All the books are about the same couple.

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

 

The Vigilante’s Lover #2 by Annie WintersNew Release!!

This the sequel to The Vigilante’s Lover and continues the story. — She trembles as she reads the letter that arrives from Ridley Prison. Seduction. Rope ties. Things she’s never experienced. He longs for a woman who must’ve given him a fake address. Her address. She plans to send the letter back. He’s a convicted felon. But his words gnaw at her. She’s never done anything dangerous. So she writes him, pretending to be the woman he desires. The man is in prison for another fifteen years. It’s harmless. She is safe enough. Until he escapes. (!!!)

 

Going The Distance by Julianna KeyesNew Release!!

Wow, this sounds DIFFERENT!! — The heroine impulsively accepts a job in China after her life falls apart. Three months in, she’s miserable. She doesn’t speak Mandarin and she’s all alone. The hero, Jarek McLean is a loner. He’s used to be in the army and he’s not looking for friends, and he’s definitely not looking for love. She’s not his type and when he discovers the she’s hiding a secret, he wants to find out what it is… But the closer he gets, the more he falls for her, and suddenly the man who doesn’t do relationships finds himself in a most unexpected one.

 

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

SQUEE!!! I finished an advance copy of this upcoming standalone romance the other night and WOW was it ever amazing!!! Exquisitely heart-wrenching, it brought me to tears more than once!! The story is also SO much more than meets the eye. The blurb only tells you a part of what to expect… there’s an added layer to it that I absolutely LOVED!!! A new top favorite book!! Be sure to PRE-ORDER. You’ll want to read this the moment it’s released!! Review coming soon.
 

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Captured by Jasinda Wilder (Read my Review) — standalone

SQUEE!!!! I finished reading this in one sitting and I absolutely LOVED it!!!! Gorgeous emotions with the perfect balance between heart-wrenching and heart-melting… Sexy hotness that had me fanning myself for pages on end… And a story that kept me glued to the book!! This can be read as a standalone and I HIGHLY recommend it!!! It’s been on my TBR since the day it came out and I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner. I was in the mood for something emotional and so far this is EXACTLY what I wanted!!! It had ALL THE FEELS!! :D

 

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen (Read my Review)

I finished this brand new standalone romance while wiping away tears just because of how BEAUTIFUL the epilogue was!! The story is about a woman who is on her way to her wedding when her private jet crashes in the rainforest. With no communication to the outside world and barely any supplies, she and her pilot have to work together to survive. And the more time they spend together, they slowly begin to fall in love… If you’re looking for a “different” love story, give this one a try!! I really enjoyed it!! — And, it’s ONLY $0.99 for a limited time!!!

 

Absolution by Amanda Dick (Read my Review)

This was really beautiful love story — a second chance romance standalone with a heart-wrenching back story. — After a car accident shatters his girlfriend’s spine, Jack McKenna disappeared. Desperate to escape the guilt, he spent four years hiding in the shadows, punishing himself for not having the courage to go back to her. Then, out of the blue, a phone call forces him to face up to everything and everyone he left behind… especially her.

 

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (Read My Review)

This was fast-paced, thrilling, mysterious, exciting, romantic, and kept me guessing the whole way though. I literally could not put it down!!

Best friends since they could walk. In love since they were fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember.
She’ll do anything to forget.

 

The Pact by Karina Halle (Read my Review)

If you’re looking for a standalone to fall in love with, this friend-to-lovers romance was fun, hot, a little angsty, and kept me glued to the page!!

The hero is a ruggedly handsome helicopter pilot. The heroine is an ambitious businesswoman. They’ve been best friends forever. Back in their 20’s, they made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty… And as they get closer, their pact is put to the test!!

 

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven (Read my Review)

SQUEE!! I absolutely LOOOOVED this book!!! It’s a second chance romance with a moody, brooding, tortured bad boy hero and this INTENSE “hate-to-love-each-other”, dysfunctional-but-can’t-stay-away, love-you-forever-no-matter-how-painful type of love story. It just had this SPARK that made my heart RACE!! 5 STARS!!

“If you want me to apologize, I’ll do it until I lose my fucking voice. I just want things to be right between us. Talk to me. Help me fix this.”

 

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

I recently finished this and loved it! It’s a contemporary romance (not paranormal) about two broken people falling in love. The hero is tall, dark, mysterious, and tattooed. He runs a tattoo parlor and is intrigued when the girl from across the street comes in and shows him the hauntingly beautiful, intricate tattoo she wants him to ink onto her. It’s kind of funny, sweet, but also edgy and a little angsty.

Here’s (my review) and I’ll start the sequel, Inked Armor, soon!

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GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to FIFTY SHADES FIRST on Today in NYC

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to FIFTY SHADES FIRST on Today in NYC

FIFTY SHADES FANS!! This is an incredible giveaway!!

Thanks to Universal and the #OfficialFifty team, you can enter to win two tickets to the FIFTY SHADES FIRST event on the TODAY show in NYC on the morning of Friday, February 6, 2015. You’ll be shown an early screening of the movie that day and also, the cast & filmmakers will be in attendance!! :D

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GIVEAWAY TERMS: Winner and their guest must be 18 years or older. Prizing consists of two (2) seats to the FIFTY SHADES FIRST on TODAY event in New York City the morning of Friday, Feb 6, 2015. By entering, winner understands that they are responsible for all transportation and accommodations.

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Book Review — The 5 Stages Of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson

Book Review — The 5 Stages Of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson

“I’d said vows that would last forever. I promised to love one man for the rest of my life. And those were not empty vows. I meant them the day I got married and I still meant them today.”

From the moment I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. From the minute I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This beautiful story broke my heart, then healed it, and made me truly believe in second chances.

The story is about a woman whose beloved husband Grady, love of her life, and father to their four young children dies of cancer leaving her alone to cope with her overwhelming grief and to single-handedly hold their family together. Six months after his death, a man moves in next door to them who changes her life. Slowly. Patiently. One day at a time, Ben 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…

The writing drew me right into the story and made me feel like I was right there with Liz every step of the way — through her grief and healing. And I especially appreciated the slow-building romance. Given the enormity of the tragedy she’d faced, Liz had no intentions of ever moving on. She’d had her great love and even though Grady was no longer living, she still loved him with all her heart and soul. She lived for her children, but wasn’t interested in ever moving on. Ben sensed that. He could see where she was at and even though he wanted to be with her from very early on, he never ever pushed her into anything she wasn’t ready for. He respected her love for Grady, he understood her need for time and space, he never tried to act like a replacement, and was eternally patient with her as she moved through the five stages of grief. But he was there. Always there. It was truly heart-warming to see this man who was so deeply understanding and compassionate and who wanted to love her be willing to wait for her to be ready to love him back. The progression of their relationship felt incredibly realistic and even though it naturally made the book move at a slower pace, I felt it was perfect for this story.

The heart-wrenching prologue made me immediately fall in love with the book as my eyes filled with tears. By giving us this introduction into the final moments between Grady and Liz, it gave us a connection to her loss and an understanding of just how much he meant to her. He was her everything.

“This was our grief and pain at our deepest. This was our hearts and souls scraped raw. This was desperation so intense I felt it in my bones, in the broken places of my soul. And that my children shared this grief made it so much worse.”

When we moved forward six months, the story took the time to connect us to her life and to her children. With four kids under the age of 8, they were all coping differently and she was struggling to try to fill the roles of both parents for them all while living in a house brimming with memories of the man she loved.

“The cold hard truth was that I wasn’t enough. I had never been enough. My marriage was a partnership built on mutual love and shared responsibility… Now I felt drowned in memories of him. His ghost haunted me from every room, and lingered over each piece of furniture.”

“How could I get through to my little girl who had lost her hero?”

I felt this family’s pain. Their loss was profound and devastating and irreversible. I can’t even count how many times I teared up.

“It didn’t seem fair that I kept living while Grady didn’t. It didn’t seem possible. I kept waiting for Grady to come back. I kept waiting for him to walk in the door and wrap me in his arms and promise me that everything would be alright now. I couldn’t let him go… I loved him too much.”

The last thing she ever honestly expected would be to find love again. When Ben moved in next door, she (at first begrudgingly) accepted his friendship but never desired or expected more. But he was just there. Always. Helping her out unexpectedly. In many ways saving her. Listening. Giving her precious moments of peace. Just being there.

“Don’t ever be sorry… You can cry on me anytime you need to.”

“Why are you so nice to me? You barely know me.”

A soft smile played on his lips, “But I like what I know so far. And I’m excited for what else there is to find out.”

I felt like this wasn’t just a story, it was more of an experience if that makes sense. Some sections were slower than others, some more heart wrenching, some more romantic, some sections where you weren’t sure where it was headed next, others where you could feel it building towards a goal. But that’s a mirror of life itself. I loved that Liz and Ben never rushed into anything. I absolutely understood her hesitation at starting a new relationship and I admired his patience and understanding.

“Ben stood on the other side of the door… Before I could greet him, he stepped through the open door and crushed me in a hug.

I always expected him to treat me as though I were fragile… but he never did. He pushed me beyond being delicate, into a place I had never thought I would go again. He made me strong. He demanded that I be anything but weak and broken.”

Ben was honestly a dream. Kind, understanding, communicative, generous with his time and his heart. The way he was there for her was truly beautiful. He wasn’t intimidated by her grief or her love of Grady. He never tried to compete with or replace that. He just offered her more. He knew was he was getting into and understood that falling for a grieving widow of a beloved husband with four children wasn’t a conventional romance. But it was a responsibility and journey he took on with pride and care.

There were some moments with her and Ben and the kids that were so profound, that I just gasped out loud and tears fell. You’ll know what I mean when you get to 65%. Just wow!

“I can’t take anymore heartbreak,” I confessed on a broken whisper.

“Then it’s a good thing I’m not going to break your heart.”

This story is so much more than a romance. It’s a story of love, loss, life, death, family bonds, precious memories, and second chances. But more than anything, its a story of healing. I highly recommend it!

“That’s all I’m asking. Live in this moment with me and we’ll get to the next moment together.”

Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone.

THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE by rachel higginson

SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Kyland by Mia Sheridan

SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Kyland by Mia Sheridan

**** SIGNED GIVEAWAY AT BOTTOM OF POST ****

Tenleigh.
Half agony, half hope.

Half pain, half ecstasy.
Half grief, half joy.

Half my downfall, half my savior.

WOW!! Mia Sheridan can do no wrong. I absolutely loved this book! A unique, deeply heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about hope, sacrifice, courage, and the endurance and strength of true love. It kept my heart racing and I could not put it down!! 

There’s a special anticipation you feel before starting a book by one of your favorite authors… and my heart was racing even before I started reading. I could just tell this was going to be an amazing journey.

Living in a dead end town nestled in a nearly forgotten part of the mountains, Tenleigh and Kyland grew up hungry every day, dirt poor, and with very little to look forward to. No hopes, no dreams, nothing. Just lonely hearts, broken families, and empty bellies. Their one chance at a building a new life outside their town was through a scholarship. And they both were working towards it with everything they had.

Despite their intense mutual attraction, neither one of them could afford the distraction or complication of a potential relationship. They both avoided commitment, not only from each other, but from everyone around them. The need for freedom and a better life being the one thing that kept them going through the desolation. Kyland knew he was getting out, and nothing — not even love — would hold him back.

“I’m going to leave here, Tenleigh. Nothing is going to stop me. Not you, not anything. Not anyone. Do you hear me? … I’m leaving this place behind when I go. Everything about this place. Even you.”

But as hard as he tried, as hard as they tried to fight the pull they both felt towards each other, their hearts didn’t care what their minds wanted and falling in love changed the course of both of their lives.

“Kiss me back, Tenleigh,” he whispered, his voice strained. “God, please kiss me back.” He brushed his lips softly over mine.

“I understand that you’re leaving, Kyland. I already know.”
And I want you anyway. Maybe I shouldn’t. But I do.

You could almost say that their romance was forbidden by them. They did their best not to fall for each other. It was heart wrenching to see them try so hard, and yet I couldn’t help but root for them to find a way to make it work. Somehow.

“You should tell me to go, Tenleigh. And say it like you mean it. Tell me to leave because I can’t seem to do it on my own.”

Oh gosh, you guys… I fell so completely in love with Kyland. What this guy went through broke my heart over and over again. The more I read, the more I wished I could just reach into the book and hug him.

“I do go to hell. Every day. For you.”

True to Mia Sheridan’s style, this book is not only emotionally charged, but it is also scorching hot! I could feel their passion and longing for each other. It was erotic and sexy, and oh-so-beautifully written.

“I wanted to mark her, claim her, let everyone know that she belonged to me and only me… I’d dreamed about that damn kiss every night since. I wasn’t going to do it again, though. As much as I wanted to. I wasn’t going to take something from her I could never give back… She deserved better.”

Now, you know that feeling when you’re reading where you get to a point and you just KNOW that something horribly painful is coming and you’re almost terrified to keep reading because you just know that it’s going to rip your heart out?! Well, that’s how I felt at the halfway mark of this book.

“Please don’t cry… Anything but that. Please.” He sounded desperate. “This is what I’ve been trying to avoid. This. I don’t want either of us to feel this way.”

“Well, I do! And you don’t get to take that from me. I love you, and you don’t get to say anything about it. The love I feel for you is mine. And I’ll feel it if I want to.”

“Tenleigh,” he repeated, his voice cracking. “Don’t love me. Please don’t love me. I can’t stay here. Don’t love me.”

I knew something was coming and I knew it would hurt but OMG, I was not expecting that!!!! I read a certain few lines and just gasped in shock!!! My exact words that I shouty-caps screamed at a friend was “WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK JUST HAPPENED??!!” … heh. If you get to that point and have the same reaction, I’m going to tell you to just trust me and keep reading. Ok. Deep breaths. Just keep reading.

I did keep reading (obviously) since despite the fact that my heart had been ripped out, I was LOVING this book!! But, let me tell you, I pretty much did not blink from about 50-80%.  I just sat there flipping pages as fast as I could with my heart lodged firmly in my throat… needing to know what happened next.

Ohhhh Kyland. I fell hard for him! When you love someone with all your heart and soul, you’ll sacrifice anything for them. Everything. No matter the cost. And, this guy was honestly probably one of the noblest, most self-sacrificing heroes I’ve ever read. The world would be a better place with more guys like him in it.

I have loved every single book Mia Sheridan has written. I love her stories, her characters, and the pure raw emotions she conveys. I love that her stories have layers and depth and always stay in my heart long after I’ve finished reading. She is truly one of the most gifted authors I’ve ever read. All her books are always auto-buys for me. I honestly don’t even need to know what they’re about. I have complete trust in her as an author. If she wrote it, I’ll read it. And I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Rating: 5 stars! Standalone Adult contemporary romance.

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Book Review — Captured by Jasinda & Jack Wilder

Book Review — Captured by Jasinda & Jack Wilder

“I miss you. Every day, I miss you. Even when you’re home I miss you, because I know you’re always going to leave again.”

I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. A captivating story with gorgeous emotions that perfectly balanced the heart-wrenching and heart-melting sides, along with some seriously sexy hotness that had me fanning myself for pages on end. A truly beautiful love story.

While this book can be read as a complete standalone, it also takes place in the same world as another standalone, Wounded. You do not have to read Wounded first (or at all), but I did love it and it’s another one of my top favorites so I do highly recommend both books. Each one is about a different couple.

From the moment I started reading, I was completely drawn into this story. By the end of the prologue there were tears in my eyes and I literally did not put this book down until I was finished reading it.

The story is told in alternating points of view between Reagan (the heroine) and Derek (the hero). Just to clarify something that I’ve been asked about a lot: Reagan is the heroine, Tom is her husband (who is captured and tragically killed in an ambush), Derek is the hero of the story (also captured with Tom, but is the one who ends up going home). This is not a spoiler as this is made clear very early on in the first chapter or so. But so many of you have asked me about this that I just thought I’d explain it.

When Reaegan gets word that her husband has gone missing in action, her entire world crumbles. Pregnant, alone, and with no answers, she struggles on and keeps hoping that just maybe he’d come home.

“It’s an impossible thing… I don’t think you do cope.
You just survive it, one day at a time.”

Meanwhile, a world away, Derek and Tom were being held as prisoners of war while Tom was dying of a fatal wound. The only thing Tom had to hold onto was a letter from Reagan, a letter he made Derek read to him over and over again until the end. After Tom died, the only thing that kept Derek going was that letter and his promise to his brother in arms to make it home to his wife and tell her his last words…

“He should’ve been the one to make it. I think about that every fucking day. It should be him here. Not me. So — so I’m sorry. So, SO sorry. It should be him, but — but I couldn’t save him.”

There was SO much emotion wrapped up in every single part of this book. When Derek came home, he’d lost more than just his friend. The memories of everything he went through haunted him whether he was asleep or awake, his guilt over surviving when his friend had had so much more to live for was a constant weight over him. He was scarred more than just physically… a PTSD-plagued POW survivor.

“Raw, healing. Wounds to the body heal faster than those within.”

What I loved was that the romance was very slow building. Neither of them intended for it to happen, they both had all the natural worries, guilts, concerns over it, and it just was something they fell into. I really appreciated SO much that they both talked about their feelings openly. There was no “miscommunication drama” which was a welcome relief in this already heart-wrenching story. It was refreshing to have a story where the drama genuinely was solely derived from circumstance, not from mistakes.

“You deserve better than that.” Long sigh. “Better than a fucked-up mess like me.”

Women find confidence attractive. That’s a fact. And I’m no different. But there’s also something about vulnerability, and something about the kind of strength it takes to admit to vulnerability.”

As mentioned in the prologue, Reagan is pregnant at the start of the book with her and Tom’s child. Little Tommy (who is a 2-3 year old for most of the book) was an absolutely precious character. And let me tell you, the scenes with Derek and Tommy — this soldier who’d been to hell and back, and this little innocent child — bonding over anything from playtime to making pancakes was absolutely HEART-MELTING.

This book is hot. Erotic. Sexy. Let me repeat: HOT. EROTIC. SEXY. For the most part, I loved that about it, but honestly, my one and only complain about this book is that… and I can’t believe I’m saying this but… I actually feel like there was a leeeetle bit too much sex in this book. BUT a) it was very well written, b) I loved the characters, and c) I’d much rather read about that than stupid drama so *shrug* haha it’s really not that big of a complaint. It’s more just something I felt.

I really love reading about characters overcoming hardship and getting through things that might otherwise tear them down. The thing with damaged characters though is that it’s really up to the writing to make them seem believable and without a doubt, I felt fully connected to these characters and their story.

As a reader, I’m on a constant search for books like Captured. I have admittedly high standards when it comes to books. I don’t just want to read a story, I want to LIVE it. FEEL it. I want it to take over my life. I want to be drawn so deeply into the story that I’m unable to think about anything other than just wanting to read more of it. I want my heart to be overflowing with the emotions I feel for these characters. I want to laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry. I want to CARE. There are times as a reader where I’ll try even a few books in a row that just don’t have that and I naturally start wondering — is it me? Are my feels broken? Am I just in a weird mood? … But then I start a book like Captured and from the first page, it owns my heart. And I’m reminded that THIS is the type of book that is the reason I love to read.

Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone Adult romance.

Both books in this world are complete standalones.
You can read either one without the other if you wish, but they are connected.

WOUNDED
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CAPTURED
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SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

Hey everyone!! A new week of book releases is here!! Happy reading, everyone!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please GO HERE for the latest new list of new releases!!

*** EARLY RELEASE + #1 TOP RECOMMENDATION ***

 

Kyland by Mia Sheridan (Read my Review) — 5 STARS!!

SQUEEEEE!! This amazing book is LIVE!! Click here for your copy! It’s the newest standalone in the Sign of Love series (unrelated to any other book in the series).

I finished it in one sitting and absolutely LOVED it!!!! A heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about hope, sacrifice, and the strength and endurance of true love. It kept my heart racing and I just couldn’t put it down!! A must-read!

 

*** RECENT 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION ***

I’m keeping this as a top recommendation for the second week in a row, because honestly, I’m STILL thinking about this story even though it’s now been days since I finished it! It’s really a must-read!
 

The Mason List by SD Hendrickson (Read my Review)

HOLY WOW!!! This book was just BREATHTAKING!! I absolutely LOVED it and truly FELT this story with all my heart and soul. My heart raced with the intensity as this epic childhood friends-to-lovers romance built over the years and I honestly had tears in my eyes for the whole last 80% of the book. And that epilogue was perfect!!! This easily was one of the most BEAUTIFUL stories I’ve read.

A TOP FAVORITE STANDALONE. 5+++ STARS!!!

*** RECENT FAVORITES ***

 

Captured by Jasinda Wilder (Read my Review) — standalone

SQUEE!!!! I finished reading this in one sitting and I absolutely LOVED it!!!! Gorgeous emotions with the perfect balance between heart-wrenching and heart-melting… Sexy hotness that had me fanning myself for pages on end… And a story that kept me glued to the book!! This can be read as a standalone and I HIGHLY recommend it!!! It’s been on my TBR since the day it came out and I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner. I was in the mood for something emotional and so far this is EXACTLY what I wanted!!! It had ALL THE FEELS!! :D

 

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen (Read my Review)

I finished this brand new standalone romance while wiping away tears just because of how BEAUTIFUL the epilogue was!! The story is about a woman who is on her way to her wedding when her private jet crashes in the rainforest. With no communication to the outside world and barely any supplies, she and her pilot have to work together to survive. And the more time they spend together, they slowly begin to fall in love… If you’re looking for a “different” love story, give this one a try!! I really enjoyed it!! — And, it’s ONLY $0.99 for a limited time!!!

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

 

The Substitute by Denise Grover SwankNew Release!!

LOL!! Omg. This sounds like so much FUN!! It’s a standalone. — The heroine never told her parents about her broken engagement. On the plane over, she has a few drinks and spills her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger sitting next to her. But when she passes out, he helps her off the plane… And now her parents think he’s her fiancé. So he plays along… He’s only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he spends with her, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real… and the less they want to break it off.

 

Three Brothers by Nicole WilliamsNew Release!!

Wow!! This standalone sounds so unique!!! The heroine grew up alongside three brothers (not related to her). Over the years she moved away and spent time trying to forget the brother she’d fallen for — the biggest mistake of her life. But now she’s back… And a decade is a long time to wait. Has the brother she should have chosen moved on too? Is she about to discover that her biggest mistake wasn’t falling in love with the wrong brother, but failing to return the love of the right one sooner? Does unrequited love have an expiration date? She’s about to find out.

 

Mayhem by Jamie ShawNew Release!!

This rock star romance is recommended by author Jay Crownover!! — The heroine is a college freshman who shares one kiss with an up-and-coming rock star on his tour bus. On the first day of school, she’s stunned to see him in her French class. He’s soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But he doesn’t recognize her… She’s now a makeup free college student who looks nothing like the mysterious girl he met at his concert… who he can’t stop thinking about. And she has to decide if she’s willing to risk her heart with a player and tell him the truth.

 

Seducing Destiny by Amelia HutchinsNew Release!!

This is the fourth book in the Fae Chronicles series. This PNR series has very high ratings and should be read in order! — These have dominant alpha male characters and the blurb calls the series “dark, dangerous, intense, gritty and raw. Scenes are dark, disturbing, and scorching HOT… Side Effects may include, but are not limited to: Drooling, lip biting, wet panties, crying, and screaming at the author.”

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4.

 

The Hookup by Kristen CallihanNew Release!!

Football player alert!! This highly rated college romance was just re-released with a new cover!! It’s the first standalone in a series of standalones. Next book is a different couple. Also, this is on sale for $2.99 (reg. $4.99).

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love. Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

 

The Line Between by Tamsyn BesterNew Release!!

This seems to be an “enemies to lovers” type romance, and it’s the first standalone in a series of standalones.

“There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late. I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame. The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood… Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible…”

 

Burned by Karen Marie MoningNew Release!!

This is the 7th book in the Fever series!! This amazing urban fantasy/paranormal romance series has been one of my favorites for a long time and should be read in order as it follows one continuous storyline throughout all the books. Go to: Reading Order.

“The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.”

 

The Prince by Sylvain ReynardNew Release!!

This novella serves as a tie-in between the Gabriel Trilogy and the upcoming Florentine Trilogy (beginning with The Raven on Feb 3rd).

The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations in Florence exposes Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious enemy… Now one of the most dangerous beings in the city is determined to reclaim his prize and exact his revenge on the Emersons…

 

Between Everything And Us by Rebecca PaulaNew Release!!

Bad boy romance alert!! — Matisse is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school… Then Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about him mean one thing — trouble. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis… Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it…

 

Love Hurts by Mani BeckNew Release!!

This is the first book in a series with a cage fighter hero.

“Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

She’s my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle. Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?”

 

The Farther I Fall by Lisa NicholasNew Release!!

This is a rock star romance.

The heroine got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred. When she’s offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music’s hottest, most troubled star, her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean… But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle.
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