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Happy weekend everyone!! Here are this week’s latest new books, sales, and recommendations!

My top recommendation is of course Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec because seriously EVERYONE needs to read this book!! Everyone. Oh and I’ve also recently loved both Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton and Where One Goes by BN Toler — both were amazing, emotional standalones. If you’re looking for some other guaranteed top recommendations, my list of Best Books of 2015 has been newly updated!

And remember to check for your personal latest discount Audiobook upgrades right here :)

*** TOP WEEKEND RECOMMENDATION ***

 

Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec (Read my Review)– New standalone!!

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!! — “Fisher, I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you… You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most…. Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested. I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.” — To get the ending they want, they will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other…

— WOW. WOW. WOW!! I finished this INCREDIBLE book with my heart overflowing with emotions. This story captivated me from the first page and I was literally unable to put it down until I finished!!! I was highlighting quotes non-stop!! This was exactly the kind of book that I most LOVE to read! A heart-wrenching, achingly BEAUTIFUL story of true love spanning 15 years. It’s a second chance military romance and one of the BEST books I’ve EVER read. A TOP RECOMMENDATION!!!! Everyone should read this!! — 5+ STARS!! — Just click here to purchase! (now $2.99, going up to $4.99 soon)

*** WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING ***

 

Big Little Lies by Lianne MoriartyNew Release!!

“A murder. A tragic accident…. Someone is dead. But who did what?”

Ohhh, I’m halfway through this book and it is AMAZING!!! Totally intriguing!! I was in a mood for something totally different than my usual and I’d heard awesome things about this one. I saw it described quite accurately as a “JUICY DRAMA” and it’s being made into a TV movie starring Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon!! Anyways, I can’t put it down. The writing is fantastic, and I’m way hooked!!

*** 2 RECENT TOP RECOMMENDATIONS ***

 

Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton (Read my Review)

WOW!! This was just gorgeous! The hero was a mysterious, gorgeous man with a heart-breaking past, and the heroine was a single mom of a little girl…

I don’t know what makes a great love story. I only know what makes my love story. Finding him when I did, saved me. He was more broken than I was, but we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, then mine… ours is the greatest of them all.

 

Where One Goes by BN Toler (Read my Review) — Standalone

SQUEE!!! This was AMAZING!! — “One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by a strong, striking soldier. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room. Sweet and gentle. He is my savior. And he’s dead. We’ve made an agreement… I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover. His unfinished matter involves his twin brother… When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love… Now, I am faced with a cruel predicament. In saving one brother, I must let go of the other…”

*** CURRENT SALES & PRICE DROPS ***

Note: Sales are updated daily! And are limited time only!
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Books with a star (★) are ones I’ve read and loved.
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*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

 

Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha BoydNew Release!!

I absolutely LOOVE the sound of this standalone and can’t wait to start reading it!! — The heroine is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her. But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger who is there for reasons of his own…. In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way…

 

Kulti by Mariana ZapataNew Release!!

Ooooooh, a “hate-to-love” romance set in the soccer world!!
It’s a standalone and I’ve heard it’s a slooowwwww burn ;)

The heroine is a soccer player whose new coach is an international soccer star who she used to worship… only to find that he’s not the type of man she thought he’d be… “She isn’t prepared for this quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been…”

 

Revved by Samantha TowleNew Release!!

Bad boy alert!!! I’ve loved this author’s other books and this sounds ANGSTY!!
It’s a standalone Adult romance.

The hero is a bad boy race car driver who races hard and parties harder. The heroine is a mechanic with one rule: no dating drivers. When she’s offered her dream job working for him, she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet. And now, she has a crush on the one man she can’t have…

 

Brise by Leigh Ann LunsfordNew Release!!

This is a standalone and it sounds good!

“He was seven. She was four. Neighbors and best friends. He was her protector. She was his reason. Each had their battles but they fought them together. He had a plan. She wasn’t aware… She was seventeen. He was twenty. Tragedy strikes and their life is derailed. She leaves to heal and fulfill a dream to dance on stage. He is left behind and forgets how to live. He stops searching. She begins looking…”

 

After Dark by M. PierceNew Release!!

Woohoo!!! This is the final book in the smoking HOT Night Owl trilogy!! The price is temporarily lowered (reg. $9.99) and the first book is also on sale so if you’re planning to read these, be sure to take advantage of the sales!! — Can a passion that has withstood many ordeals become a love strong enough to last a lifetime?

#1 Night Owl (SALE), #2 Last Light, #3 After Dark (SALE).

 

Sociopath: Legacy by Lime CravenNew Release!!

Dark romance fans!! This is the sequel to Sociopath (Read my Review), a book I read last year that totally messed with my mind. It was well written and FASCINATING. Some parts made me uncomfortable (it’s really not for the faint of heart!!) but I found myself SO curious about this guy (hero?) and the way he looked at the world… because he quite literally had NO conscience!!!! Curious? ;)

(Both $0.99 for a limited time)

 

Manwhore by Katy EvansNew Release!!

This is the first novel in a sexy, adult contemporary series. Sounds HOT!!

The heroine is assigned investigate one of Chicago’s hottest players and reveal his elusive personality. She’s determined to make him the story that will change her career. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where she comes in. His name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. But… What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?”

 

Flirting With Fire by Kate MeaderNew Release!!

This is the first standalone in a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

She’s specializes in PR, he’s a sexy, quick-tempered firefighter. When he goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, she lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules…

 

Captive by Brighton WalshNew Release!!

Well, this is super intriguing!!! — The heroine “dreams of leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen… Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, he’s an enigmatic mercenary, and she’s trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but she realizes he’s not what he seems… Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own…” <---- EEEP!!!

 

Awakening You by Jessica SorensenNew Release!!

This is the third book in the Unraveling series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.

His relationship with Lyric is starting to heat up and his career in music is taking off. But the disappearance of his sister still weighs heavily on his mind. Desperate to find out where his sister is, Ayden decides to take drastic measures. But his dangerous risk leads to the unraveling of secrets, and he’s left facing a darker past then he ever could have imagined.

 

One Last Sin by Georgia CatesNew Release!!

This is the final book in the Sin Trilogy: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.

Her fate lies in the hands of the enemy. Complicated circumstances have rendered her helpless to escape their clutches so she must await rescue by her less than lily-white knight. All is right again when she’s back in the arms of the man she loves until long buried secrets are unearthed. With them, Bleu finally discovers her mother’s killer along with far more than she could possibly imagine.

 

Fall Out Girl by L. DuarteNew Release!!

This is a new standalone.

“Imagine a social outcast: Me. Imagine a popular boy: Him. Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide. But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk… After you read my tale, it becomes yours… So, off we go! Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.”

 

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For fans of AUDIOBOOKS (or if you want to try them out), Amazon has a great program that searches YOUR Kindle library and finds you discounted audio upgrades for the books you already own. This means you’ll be able to switch seamlessly between reading and listening. If you’re curious, just click the link below… Everyone will see something different because it’s custom-tailored to YOUR personal books!

*** FIFTY SHADES NEWS***

Here’s some clarifying info regarding the various versions of the DVD/Blu-ray that are going to be available. I asked the ‪#‎OfficialFifty‬ team personally and this is what they told me:

There are 2 available options:

✦ The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD combo pack (DVD included) will include the Theatrical version AND an exclusive Unrated version with a never-before-seen alternate ending, along with almost 2 hours of all-new behind the scenes Bonus Features (interviews, featurettes etc). Pre-order here!

✦ The single-disc DVD is an alternate product that only includes the Theatrical version in case you want to just have what you saw in theaters. Pre-order here!

*** UPDATED LIST: BEST BOOKS OF 2015 ***

 
I’ve recently 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:

*** EXCITING UPCOMING RELEASES ***

Note: You are NOT charged for pre-orders until the book is released.

Before We Were Strangers by Renee CarlinoPre-order Now!!

This standalone sound incredibly unique!! I can’t wait to read it!!

The hero and heroine became friends in college. They vowed to stay in touch but they never did…. Fifteen years later, they cross paths just as she’s about to get on a subway train. But just as they recognize each other, the train pulls away. So he sends out a missed connections letter, and then hopes she remembers where to look… <---- LOVE THAT!!! (PS: This is inspired by a true story)

 

November Nine by Colleen HooverPre-order Now!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything this author writes and this standalone sounds absolutely incredible!! I’m counting down the days til its release!!

“Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day she becomes unsure if he’s been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.”

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Book Review — Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

Book Review — Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

“You and me against the world, Fisher.
It’s always been you and me, and it always will be.”

WOW. WOW. WOW!! I finished this incredible book with my heart overflowing with emotions. I was captivated from the first page and was unable to put it down until the end! This was exactly the kind of book I most LOVE to read! A heart-wrenching, achingly beautiful story of true love spanning 15 years. It’s a second chance military romance and one of the best books I’ve ever read. Everyone should read it!!  

5+ STARS!!

From the moment I read the blurb, I knew this was a book I had to read. Even just that little tiny glimpse into Lucy and Fisher’s story made my heart ache. I needed to know what happened next…

Fisher,

I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most. Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.

I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.
Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

Gah!! You feel it too, right?!

Lucy and Fisher first met in high school. The day they met was the same day he enlisted. His need to serve his country and his utter devotion to and love for Lucy were the two things that drove him. They built a life together on the island. It wasn’t always easy, but they made it through together. She understood and supported his need to be a Marine and did everything in her power to help him heal and find peace each time he came home on leave. But over the years, he was changed by his experiences in the war…

“I love that he has this need to protect our country and our freedom, but at the same time I hate it because it takes him away from me. And sends him back just a little more broken every time.”

Fisher suffered from severe PTSD. It changed him, but Lucy didn’t stop loving or believing in him… until one day, he finally pushed too far and forced them apart. A year later, he returns to the island, intent on proving to Lucy that he had conquered his demons and that he’d never once stopped loving her. This is the story of a marriage built on a love so strong that nothing — not war, not separation, nor even divorce — could destroy it. As heart-wrenching as it is, it’s also truly inspiring and ultimately uplifting.

“I’m going to fix this. I have to fix this… I hate every moment that I’m away from her, but I will do whatever it takes to find the man she once loved and bring him back to her.”

The story is told in a mixture of present day events and memories of the past, from both Fisher and Lucy’s POVs. These storylines were seamlessly blended together in a way that strengthened the story and gave deeper meaning to each and every scene. In order to appreciate what each of them were going through in the present day, you had to understand their past and every new bit of their past that we learned would always have a direct impact on your emotional reaction to the present day events.

I really connected deeply to Lucy’s character. I loved the way she stood by Fisher through the worst of everything he went through. She hung on as long as she could even after he forced her out of his life. I loved how understanding she tried to be, and I fully understood the depths of her hurt. It was soul deep. And yet, the progression of her growth over the course of the book — how she got stronger and stronger with everything she endured — was just perfectly portrayed.

“I only have room in my heart for one man, and it’s always going to be Fisher who occupies that space.”

My heart broke for Fisher over and over again. Tara Sivec really did an outstanding job of showing his experience living with PTSD and what was going on inside his head. We experienced it from both sides. First by seeing what Lucy saw — him from the outside — and then from his POV. Seeing what he was going through and living with inside his head was utterly heart-breaking. Heart-crushing.

“It’s a strange thing, feeling like you can’t breathe without another person. Physically, I know I’m breathing and my heart is beating when she’s not around, but… when I’m away from her, I feel like my life is on hold and she’s the only one who can restart it.”

Their story owned my heart. More than anything, I loved seeing them work through their issues together. Even through the worst of their mistakes, the one thing I never once doubted was their love for each other. You could feel it on every page. Some of the hurt was impossibly deep, but their love was always there.

“I’m going to remind her why we’re perfect for each other. I’m going to show her that there’s no one else on this earth who can love her like I can.”

Everything that happened felt believable. The characters’ emotions were understandable. This entire story felt realIt was gut-wrenching at times, at others it was unbelievably romantic, and some scenes even had me laughing out loud. My heart was broken, torn to shreds, but left healed and whole. In every way, this was the kind of story I most love to read about. A heart-felt story of the resiliance and healing of true love.

“I will always fucking fight for you, Lucy.”

I can’t recommend this highly enough. For me, this is one of the best books of the year. Actually, to be honest, I’d say that at this point, it’s tied with The Mason List for my #1 top favorite of 2015.

I loved this book. Lived it. And I know I will never forget it. This is an epic love story. If you’re looking for an heart-wrenchingly emotional and yet powerfully uplifting new book, this is it!

Rating: 5+ STARS!! Standalone Adult romance.

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THE LONGEST RIDE is an upcoming film based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, starring Scott Eastwood (*swoon*), Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda.

The film hits theaters April 10 and centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. <—– Gah!!! It sounds amazing!!!

Today, 20th Century Fox is offering an awesome giveaway for you here for a chance to win a $25.00 Visa Gift Carda Longest Ride-themed tote bag, & a copy of the book that the movie is based on!

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks

In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

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The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.

As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, it explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

 

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Book Review — Where One Goes by BN Toler

Book Review — Where One Goes by BN Toler

“Would you dance with me tonight if you could?”

You know how sometimes you read a blurb for a book and just go “Wow! I need to read that!” ? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me here. I’m always on the lookout for different books. I love the romance genre, but I especially love when I come across a story that is unlike any other I’ve read. Check this out…

“One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by a strong, striking soldier. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room. Sweet and gentle. He is my savior. And he’s dead. We’ve made an agreement… I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover.

His unfinished matter involves his twin brother… When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love… Now, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving one brother, I must let go of the other…”

Pretty intriguing, right?

Before anything, I’m going to clarify two quick things:

  1. Even if you’re not fond of love triangles (like me), I think there’s still a good chance  you’ll love this book because it’s just not a traditional triangle since one of the guys is literally not alive. Of course, it’s quite emotionally complex, but it’s not really like there’s actually any “choice” between the guys.
  2. Even if you’re not into paranormal stuff, I also think there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this book. There’s no complicated mythology, it’s not a “paranormal world”, its just literally that this one girl can see souls who are still around. They look totally normal, they’re not evil or malicious. There’s nothing spooky or creepy or dark about it. The story just feels REAL. It truly does! Again, I really think anyone who loves romance and is just able to be open minded about this, will love it.

Ok, moving on!

This was one of those stories that hooked me right from the start. It just immediately captured my attention. It intrigued me, made me care, and the more I read, the more invested I became. I was simultaneously thrilled and impressed with how real this story felt. Big kudos to the author for that!

Ike, the dead soldier, really stole my heart. I felt for him so strongly. Here he was stuck around but unable to make a difference. Even though he never once regretted his decision to join the military, what was unable to bear was the damage his death was doing to his brother, George. When he came across Charlotte, he saw in her the opportunity to not only help his brother, but also somehow help her too.

“It’s an odd bond. I’m fighting to give her and my brother life, while she’s fighting to help me let go. Somehow we’ve become tethered to one another, even though we both know our time is limited.”

Despite the fact that this book has fairly serious and emotional foundation, I loved the way there’d be these hilarious lines throw in here and there that would literally have me laughing out loud!

“You can see me?” I shake my head in disbelief.

She clenches her eyes closed and groans. “You’re dead.” It’s not a question, but more of a statement…

“You can really see me?” I ask again, convinced I’m going mad.

“Dead and stupid,” she mumbles. “Obviously I can see and hear you.”

Charlotte’s connection to the two brothers was very different. While with Ike, their connection came easily and they bonded very strongly early on, George had a lot of issues to work through before his relationship with Char was able to develop all the way so they had quite an interesting hot/cold dynamic.

Charlotte and Ike had the ultimate forbidden romance. They both knew they had no chance at any real future, but their emotional connection was no less strong. It was both beautiful and heart-breaking.

“Would you dance with me tonight if you could?”

His brows rise, surprised by my question. Standing, he looks down at me, his expression serious. “Every fucking song.”

You’ll see the way it all works out in the end, but I’ll say that I thought it all was very beautifully portrayed. I teared up several times — especially in that dog tag scene! OMG! — and really felt strongly for each of the characters in their own way… This was just one of those books that I loved everything about.

If you’re a fan of romance and are looking for something different with wonderful writing and really deep emotions, but balanced out with fun humor, and a very unique story then give this book a shot!!

Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone with paranormal elements.

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SIGNED SERIES GIVEAWAY — NIGHT OWL TRILOGY by M. Pierce

SIGNED SERIES GIVEAWAY — NIGHT OWL TRILOGY by M. Pierce

Who wants to win signed books?! :D

After Dark, the final book in the smokin’ hot and phenomenally well-written Night Owl Trilogy will be released on March 24th (just a few more days!!) and to celebrate, author M. Pierce is offering to gift a signed copy of the complete trilogy to a lucky winner!!

If you’re new to this series, the complete reading order is listed below. If you’re already a fan, then the little excerpt below will give you a little idea of what to expect from After Dark ;)

Oh AND, you can now pre-order After Dark at the discounted price of $5.99 instead of the full $9.99 so be sure that you one-click a copy while it’s on sale because that price might not last after release…

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AFTER DARK — EXCERPT

Releasing March 24, 2015.

In the great room, in the dark, I pressed her against the wall.

“Here,” I said, “now, always like it’s the last time.”

We moved from the wall to the couch and from the couch to the floor.

“Breathe,” she said as I moved against her. She lay under me, on the rug in front of the fireplace, and I was inside her. “Breathe . . .”

Excitement practically closed my throat. I shuddered and slowed, gulping air.

It was good to be like that—so exposed to her, excited and desperate—and good to see her undressed and blushing, so exposed to me.

When I became frantic again, pushing us both to the edge, she grasped my thigh and back and let me feel the bite of her nails.

This happiness, I thought. Here, now, always.

This happiness, no matter the cost.

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FULL TRILOGY: READING ORDER

Note: the eBook and Paperback covers are different. Books are the same.

#1 — NIGHT OWL
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#2 — LAST LIGHT
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#3 — AFTER DARK
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Book Review — Soaring by Kristen Ashley

Book Review — Soaring by Kristen Ashley

“You gotta learn there’s no safer place than in my arms…”

Soaring was a beautiful story of second chances, rebuilding family after messy divorces, finding yourself again, and realizing that sometimes the best things come later in life. I’ve read almost every single book KA has written and I have to say that I think this is the quietest of them all. It’s a slow build, and a slow burn, but the story has all the depth and heart that we’ve come to love from Kristen Ashley’s books.

This book is a standalone telling Mickey and Amelia’s story. We first met Mickey as a secondary character in The Will (the first standalone in this series). While this book, Soaring, can indeed be read as a complete standalone, I would still personally recommend reading The Will first just because I loved it so incredibly much and because the background characters’ stories do build with every book.

Amelia was an American heiress who once had the perfect life — she had a husband she loved, was raising two beautiful children, and her life was filled with everything she ever could have wanted. But all that came crashing down when her husband threw away their 16 year marriage when he cheated on her with a woman half her age, promptly divorced her, and then re-married almost instantly to the same woman he cheated on her with. Needless to say, the pain of this betrayal tore her apart. Unfortunately, the people in her life also encouraged her to try react in an unsavory manner and so she made some public scenes she wasn’t proud of and consequently lost her children’s respect — which was for her, the biggest blow of all.

When her douchebag ex husband then moved her kids across the country, it served as her wake up call. She realized that she’d lived her life for too long being the person everyone else wanted her to be and this was her last chance to be her — to find herself and win back the hearts of her children. So she packed up her life and moved after them, willing to do whatever it took to heal her relationship with them.

What she didn’t count on was her smoking hot, fire-fighter next door neighbor, Mickey Donovan. She met him one day not long after she moved in when her ex-husband had taken it upon himself to give her a less-then-pleasant welcome to the town. Mickey seemingly came out of nowhere and defended her.

I’d seen him move, I had to. Yet it happened so fast, it almost seemed like I didn’t. 

But it happened and there he was, this stranger unknowingly standing between me and my [ex husband]. 

Protecting me.

I’d never had that. Not in my… life.

He lived across her street and was also divorced with two kids. While his story was very different than hers it was no less painful. It wasn’t an easy road for either of them them — they came from completely different worlds. Her inheritance insured that she was loaded, he worked three jobs and barely had a free moment. She didn’t care, even though he worried he wouldn’t be able to fit into her world. But their feelings for each other were strong enough to over come that. And this is their story of second chances.

“I had to figure out what I wanted.

I had to figure out who I was.

I had to create a home.

I had to win back my children… 

I had to let go of the old.

I had to pull myself together and start anew.”

I have to say that I think the reason I love KA books so incredibly much is the way she really GETS people. If you’ve read her writing, you know exactly what I mean. It comes across so strongly in everything she writes. She just gets interactions, emotions, perspectives, and relationships of all kinds on a very deep level. She makes you able to see each side of the story regardless of whether you identify with it, she makes you genuinely connect with all the characters, and more importantly, she mades you care for them.

Every single time I read a Kristen Ashley book, I’m reminded of why I love her writing so much. It just speaks straight to your heart and soul. She truly is an absolute  genius with character development.

Side note: For the love of all that’s holy I hope KA starts to include recipes with these books because OMG I swear I wanted to eat every single thing Amelia cooked and baked. I was reading half the scenes drooling over the meals she prepared! Recipes. I need recipes!!!!!!

But back to talking about the book…. I will say that Mickey’s frustration at being attracted to Amelia but not feeling like he was good enough for her, plus her frustration at being attracted to him but not caring even remotely about his financial situation led to some pretty awesome angry banter between them…

“You need to get checked,” I snapped. “You clearly have an overabundance of testosterone in a way it’s harmful to your health.”

“Not sure that can even happen,” he replied smoothly.

“The harmful to your health part is me murdering you.”

As I mentioned, their romance was a slow build and a slow burn, but like with all KA books, it was worth every word. With these books, you  don’t just get the highlights of these characters’ lives, instead, for the duration of the book, you live their lives with them in full detail. You go shopping with them, decorate their houses, pick up kids from activities, and all the normal every day stuff…. and you also fall in love.

“I’ll warn you, might make me crazy, might make me a dick, don’t give a shit, but I get off on goin’ head to head with you. So if you feel like keepin’ your gloves up, baby, bring it. ‘Cause I know after doin’ it for a while and then gettin’ that kiss from you, you keep doin’ it, when I finally fuck you it’s gonna,” he leaned keep into me, “wreck you.”

“Have dinner with me,” he whispered.

All in all this was a really great but also really quiet KA book. It was a story of two single, divorced parents with kids getting a second chance at love together while trying to rebuild and heal what was left of their families. It tackles what happens when the life you planned gets ripped away, how you can heal and find happiness again. I would have ideally wished that it had had a little but more intensity to it — as much as I enjoyed so much of this book, I also found it easy to put down. Luckily, it was just as easily to pick back up again and it was filled with many deep emotions — caring, romance, family, love, siblings, self healing — and all the heart that KA’s writing never fails to capture. I can’t wait for the next standalone in the series!

Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone within a series.

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*** FULL SERIES (STANDALONES) ***

#1 — THE WILL (Jake  & Josie)
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#2 — SOARING (Mickey & Amelia)
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And, if you’re new to Kristen Ashley books, here’s the complete reading order of all her series :D

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