What He Deserves Book Review

He can hear them as he lies in his hospital bed. Coma, the nurses whisper. An accident. A 911 call. But Richard remembers none of it. What happened to him?

Richard Lyons knows he’s a good man–a good husband, a good provider, a good father. He works hard and doesn’t suffer fools.

So, when he finds himself in a coma, unable to speak, but able to hear those around him, he’s desperate to awaken. Desperate to return to the life he remembered with his wife, Clarissa, and son, Andrew. Only the life he remembered doesn’t seem to be true. The nurses wonder why Clarissa still visits given what Richard did; Andrew never comes; and the police investigating whatever happened to him leave Richard with more questions than answers. Richard knows his memory now is akin to swiss cheese: riddled with holes. 

As memories come back to him, Richard sees the life he thought he knew fade away after a shocking revelation about Andrew. Hoping recovering his memories will be the key to awakening, Richard tries desperately to remember where things went wrong. Only, as the memories come back, he begins to wonder if he was really as good of a man as he believed…

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Richard looked down on everyone that wasn’t as lucky as himself. He thought that the only way to live life properly was through hard 12-hour work days to support your family, and that it was your own fault if you didn’t do this. He disregarded the fact that some people may not be able to take those jobs, or may get sick and lose the ability to work at all. He just called them lazy, and even said that they deserved to die rather than forcing hard-working people to pay for their medical expenses. He hates that his church is starting to teach the youth group that some people aren’t poor because they are lazy, he hates politics being in his church at all. He tries to tell his son differently, but soon Andrew starts growing apart from him. Just when he thinks that things are back to normal, his son gets into an accident, and his entire life is turned upside down.

The only thing that would have made this book better for me would have been if Richard was more likable. I would have had more sympathy for his coma and what was going on with his life if he wasn’t so full of hate from the very start of the novel. Nevertheless, this book was definitely hard-hitting. I have never had any family members or known anyone that had absolutely no compassion for a single person who was poor, working in a low-wage job, or generally down on their luck. Richard didn’t care what your case may be, if you did not have money, it was no one’s fault but your own. There was no possibility that there may be circumstances that were not in the person’s control that brought them to this situation. No, they must have just been lazy in life. I couldn’t fathom how Richard didn’t see the truth, but he didn’t. He stuck to his beliefs from the beginning to the end, and it was definitely interesting to read such a stubborn character.

The book doesn’t start off with Richard being in a coma, but the further you get into it, the closer you get to the point where Richard is in the coma, and the more Richard remembers about why he is in his current situation. Crayton is an excellent storyteller and makes sure that readers can feel how lost Richard truly feels while he is in the coma. You are finding things out at the same time Richard is, basically reliving the last few months of his life. This form of storytelling kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire novel.

The ending of the story was still shocking, and I reread the last few pages just to truly absorb what happened. I would definitely recommend this book just for the ending, even if the book wasn’t as amazing as it is. Now, I have to say that this is a must-read! It’s a bit of a political thriller in some ways, but it is mostly a mystery-suspense novel. If you are a fan of either of these genres, then this is the novel for you.

I received a copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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The Color of Lies Blog Tour Plus Review

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The Color of Lies
by C.J. Lyons
Publisher: Blink
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and mystery.

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.

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My Review

I’ve always been interested in books where a character has synesthesia, and this book was a thriller that had multiple synesthetes! I just knew I had to pick it up.

Ella is the only one in her family who seems to have a form of synesthesia that allows her to still live a normal life. Her grandmother and several others live their lives as recluses, avoiding sounds and words that might make them physically ill. Ella knows that her parents died in a fire when she was three, but then a boy named Alec comes along and turns her whole life upside down. He claims that her parents did not die in an accidental fire, that they were murdered. He says that he met Ella when she was younger, but Ella says that she was never at the scene of the fire. She must decide whether to trust Alec or to go back to believing her version of her parents’ death.

Alec was trying to work with Ella to figure out the truth. It was definitely awesome to have a diverse group of characters in this story. I found that I didn’t quite connect with him at certain parts of the story, but I was with him by the time that I reached the end.

The way that I would describe this story would be with the letter A. There are a lot of things going up the slope to build to the climax, and it seems a little bit slow climbing up the steep slope. Then, there is the top. The climax is abrupt, and almost out of nowhere. Lastly, there is a huge downward fall, where everything seems to happen all at once. And then we have a time skip at the end, and an almost “where are they now” with the characters, which I really enjoyed.

The story was good and had a lot of suspenseful details leading up to the climax, but because the ending felt so rushed, I still lost track of things. But I really enjoyed the book up until that point!

Ella in particular also went through a lot of character development as she started to remember things that she had forgotten over the years. I really loved her character, and how much she cared about her family. She was never a spoiled teenage brat, even if she didn’t have the best circumstances.

Overall, this was an addictive thriller, and I enjoyed my time reading it! I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA mystery-suspense novel.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

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The Cleansweep Counterstrike Blog Tour Plus Review! (Book #2)

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Book Title: The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron

Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 2

Category: Adult Fiction, 312 pages

Genre: Thriller / dystopian

Publisher: Bublish Inc.

Release date: April 21, 2018

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult language)

Book Description:

In this sequel, Matt Tremain is back, facing an even deadlier threat. Deceit and intrigue lie hidden behind the collapse of Operation CleanSweep. It’s time for revenge.

Instrumental in exposing the evil behind Operation CleanSweep—a diabolical “cultural cleansing” plot masterminded by Toronto billionaire Charles Claussen—investigative blogger Tremain now faces the madman’s desire for vengeance. Claussen intends to settle the score personally by luring Matt into a deadly trap.

But the clock is ticking for Claussen, too. Fraternité des Aigles, The Brotherhood of Eagles—a shadowy group that secretly financed Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep—wants answers and their money back. Consumed with rage, Claussen risks everything to get to Matt before the Brotherhood gets to him. Tremain is once again partnering with a police detective, Carling. Knowing they are being lured into a possible trap, they decide to face their nemesis, Charles Claussen.

Across four continents, Claussen sets traps, pursues Tremain, and continues to execute his signature brand of global chaos. When his fiancé’s life is on the line, can Tremain stop Claussen’s madness and still avoid getting killed?

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My Review

Wow, this plot twist was definitely interesting! Just as Matt thought that Cleansweep was done for good, it turns out that Claussen managed to escape. Even though the military surrounded his buildings and arrested many people after the news report’s release, he managed to slip away. He still wants to get revenge on Matt for ruining his plans, so Matt has to track him down while simultaneously watching his back for any of Claussen’s attacks.

I have to say, the government in this novel is rather weak. They simply sort of thought “oh Claussen is dead that totally isn’t another person’s body” and left it at that. They never really assisted Matt and his friends as they tried to find Claussen, even though Claussen should have been an international enemy due to the horrible crimes he both committed and tried to commit. It was the incompetence of the government to actually go after Claussen that allowed him to go after Matt and his friends again. He should have been too afraid to show his identity to be able to plot to kill people.

Seeing the story from Claussen’s POV allows the readers to truly connect with this character, but I still felt that he was rather two-dimensional in some ways. Sure, he was evil and knew lots of ways to be evil. He was determined to get to Matt and the others, no matter how many other people he had to kill to get there. But, I really wanted the true reason why he started Cleansweep. We know that he wanted to rid society of “undesirables,” but why did he want to do so. Usually, that sort of hatred does not just stem out of nowhere. It has to come from a past event that made him decide to start eliminating people. This would have been the PERFECT opportunity to discuss why he became a villain, to make his character less morally black or white and more morally gray. Nevertheless, most of the time the story just told what Claussen was planning to do before he did it.

I loved how this story continued to include the stories of side characters. I grew to love several of these side characters and liked them more than some of the main characters. Even an 80-year-old man in a boat seemed to have more personality than Claussen. These characters truly made the story for me, and I appreciated every bit of story time that was spent discussing them.

Overall, I liked this book a lot more than the CleenSweep Conspiracy. It drew me in faster, maybe because I had a prior connection with the characters, and I was able to finish the entire novel in one sitting. There was a lot more suspense, and even though the POV changed in quite a few instances, I was still able to keep track of characters and keep track of what was going on in the story.

I would recommend this book to lovers of dystopian thrillers.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.

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Seventh Born Blog Tour Plus Review

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by Monica Sanz
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: September 4th 2018
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Summary:

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

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This was definitely one of the best dark fantasy novels I have read in a long time. Even though it was fairly long, I finished it all in one day in about 2 sittings. It was just that addictive!

For starters, let me talk about Sera. She has been through a lot as a seventhborn and has traumatic memories from some of the things that she went through earlier in her life. This is also discussed throughout the story, as she has to come to terms with some of these horrible memories. She meets Professor Barrington and is not sure whether or not she wants to help him. Soon, she is drawn into the world of witches being drained and used to raise others from the dead, and some of the links seem to trace back to her school, the place where she has felt trapped for several years of her life. She wants to be able to avenge the witches who had been killed, but she is afraid of getting close to Professor Barrington. What if his intentions aren’t as pure as she thinks that they are? She must learn to trust again before she can enhance her skill and make sure that no other witches are killed.

I was astonished by how detailed this universe was. The seventhborns were considered as less than human by certain groups, but the poor sometimes envied the seventhborns who were sometimes supported by the government so that they wouldn’t be killed. Then, there were extremist groups who wanted to kill all seventhborns without any remorse. This world seemed to be so alive, and each person in the book had their own unique backstory and their own unique personality.

The only thing that I felt wasn’t explained was why women chose to have seventh children. If they knew that having a seventh child would kill them and leave their families motherless, why would the family not just stop at 6? I’m sure there is probably some sort of reason behind this, but I might have just missed it as I was reading the story.

I enjoyed the romance that was in this story, even though there wasn’t that much of it. I felt that it allowed the readers to focus more on Sera’s character rather than who she wanted to be with. She was such a strong character that I just wanted to read about her without too much distraction.

I hope that there is going to be a sequel to this book, I need to know more about Sera and Professor Barrington ASAP! I have officially fallen in love with the both of them and I want to see more of their future adventures.

Also, I didn’t notice this until I saw the author, but even though Sera looks “white” on the cover, her ethnicity isn’t really specified in the book. This definitely makes it easy for readers of all ethnicities to related to her and enjoy this book even more!

I would recommend this book to lovers of NA/upper YA fantasy novels with detailed universes and strong female main characters.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

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Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She’s been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced Blog Tour Plus Review

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
R.J. Garcia
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

This was an amazing YA suspense novel. It showed the “Misplaced” or “Misfits” who get together to solve a mystery. Tommy and his sister are the children of an addicted mother and are sent to Summertime to live with relatives. Finn has an abusive stepfather who is also the town sheriff. Annie and Silence are the girls of their four-person group, and they each have their own backstories that aren’t revealed until later in the novel. The character development in this novel is impeccable as each teen deals with his or her own personal trauma in different ways. None of them have conventional backgrounds, and they lean on each other for support.

The plot of this story has a medium pace. Most of the story is spent building on the characters rather than solving the mystery, but their lives are so mysterious that the suspense still counts. There were no editing errors even though I had an advanced copy of the novel, and the storyline definitely drew me in.

The only complaint that I had about the story was the fact that the POVs changed. It was a bit confusing at the beginning before I really started to know the characters and be able to tell the difference between their voices. I think that it could have been in one POV for a little bit longer before it started switching. However, as you all know I am not the biggest fan of POV changes in the first place.

Other than that, this book was perfect! I would recommend this book to lovers of suspense and mystery novels, or YA novels with characters that aren’t typical.

I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Don’t Look At Me Release Blitz Plus Review

Don’t Look at Me
J.P. Grider
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Haven:

A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.

It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.

And expected to get over it and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.

Quest:

It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.

And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.

Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.

My Review:

Haven wanted to be a news reporter and she was on the right track. She already had a job at a local news station and she was doing a story about a local slasher who had been attacking local girls, leaving two distinct marks on their faces. Everything is going well for her. When the owner of a local bookstore that she frequented passes away, she is told to go to the house of his grandson in order to discuss the will. Apparently, he has given her a book collection worth half a million dollars. She might have a problem claiming her books though, because the grandfather is forcing his grandson to keep the bookstore open for 5 years before allowing her to claim the books. The grandson, Quest, has no interest in owning this bookstore and simply wants to go back to wallowing in the sorrow of his military discharge.

When Haven is attacked by the slasher, her face seems to be even more ruined than the other girls. She knows that her career as a news reporter is over, and she doesn’t want to face the Quest again. She simply wants to disappear, but the people around her keep pushing her to go back to her normal life.

This has officially been the best Beauty and the Beast retelling that I have ever read before! In fact, it helped me out of the book slump I had started to go into recently. It is simply so addictive and the storyline is slightly dark but definitely realistic. Haven truly learns to accept herself, which she had never really done even before having her beauty taken from her. Quest learns to accept himself and come to terms with being discharged from the military. I won’t say why, even though it is technically in the summary, simply because it is a big reveal of the book that I personally enjoyed reading on my own. All I will say is that it really added to his character.

The plot flows well and the worldbuilding is good for a book that is supposed to take place in the “real world” I find that realistic books sometimes forget about worldbuilding, which can really take me out of a story. This book succeeds at that.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fairytale retellings or anyone who likes a romance novel in general. This book is amazing and y’all should definitely check it out.

I received a free advanced copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

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(I know all too well that transitions are difficult)

When I moved to Jersey from California, I had no idea that days would go by where I wouldn’t think of the incident that led to my being other-than-honorably discharged. For me, the events of that night have been branded into my brain—the consistent nightmares the hot iron that won’t let the scars heal. But since finding out about Haven’s attack, I find myself thinking about her more and more—why was she walking alone in the middle of the night? What was going through her mind when she was so viciously attacked? What is going through her mind now? Was she raped? It isn’t part of the slasher’s modus operandi to sexually assault his attackers, but he also doesn’t carve out whole sections of skin in the faces of his victims. According to reports I’ve read over and over online since learning of Haven’s attack, his approach is to leave two parallel slash marks down the right side of his victims’ cheek. From what I could see in the dark, the heft of Haven’s lacerations are on the left side of her face. It doesn’t make sense. The Stratford Slasher has only attacked each of his victims once, but if Haven’s wounds weren’t inflicted by this same man, could the one that did hurt her return to finish the job? I wish she’d take me up on my offer to help me in the store. Then I could keep an eye on her and make sure that doesn’t happen. But she barely stays on the phone with me for two minutes when I call her to ask. And the only time she’s ever called me was to thank me for the supplies she very much needed during the storm two weeks ago. I know she has a lot to work through since her attack, but I wish she’d let me help her to get through this transition from on-air personality to whatever she needs to do next. Because I know all too well that transitions are difficult. Especially when that transition requires living an entirely different life than before.

With Haven at the forefront of my mind, I can’t help but blurt out a question during one of our group sessions. “How can I help a friend who doesn’t seem to want my help?”

“You don’t,” Warren says at the same time Mary asks, “What kind of help does your friend need?”

“She needs help getting her life back. It was pretty much taken from her when some loser used her face as a canvas to do with as he pleased.”

“Poor girl,” Mary says while the others mumble something similar.

“And now she won’t go out in public. She has her food delivered to her. She only goes out in the middle of the night, wearing a getup she thinks hides her face.”

“Does she trust you to help her, Quest?” Mary leans forward, crossing her hands over her lap. Mary’s name suits her. She’s kind, soft-spoken, and nurturing. The Virgin Mary, my mother would say. The Mother of all mothers.

I answer honestly. “She hasn’t known me long enough.”

“Until she can trust you, I don’t think she’s going to accept your help. Is she getting counseling?”

“I don’t think so.”

“It sounds like she could use some professional counseling, but would she be open-minded about giving this group a chance? To get her headed in the right direction?”

My eyes go to the fluorescent lights on the ceiling. “I doubt it.”

“Then, just be her friend. Don’t try to help her overcome this, just be there for her until she finds her way.”

So, that’s what I resolve to do. Be her friend.

 

Author Bio:

J.P. Grider is a New Adult/Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story—whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one with her husband, four children, and her little Auggie Doggie.

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The Perks of Higher Ed Review (Seduction in a Suit Box Set)

Seduction in a Suit: an Office Romance Collection by [Corwin, Monica, Winters, Eva, Crenshaw, Taige, Jeffries, McKenna, Quinn, Author, Ayers, Brandy, Frazier, Lynda Kaye, Stuart, Leigh W., Jones, N.D., Ryan, Holly, Janae Keyes, Nicole Morgan, Ju Ephraime, Liz Gavin, Jewel Killian, Cassie Leigh, Leona Bushman, Camille Oster, Khardine Gray, Lexi Greene, Aliyah Burke, N.R. Larry]

Sky works with Malcolm at the Eastern Bluebird College. After meeting at a faculty event and being put on the Diversity Progress Committee, the attraction between them is unavoidable. However much Sky might want to close off her heart to Malcolm, he works his way in to woo her. Even if she accepts a relationship, it will still take her a lot more for her to open up to him about her past. Malcolm is willing to wait though, and in the meantime, he will show Sky his own family.

I absolutely love N.D. Jones’ romance novels. She always gives her characters proper backstories and allows them to grow, rather than just focusing on a shallow romance. This book was no different for me. I felt truly connected to both Malcolm and Sky. Sky struggled to open up to people, but Malcolm’s open personality helped her to grow. Malcolm was truly a family man who enjoyed spending time with his siblings, which is sometimes hard to find in a romance novel.

The storyline moves quickly, but it was definitely deep. Sometimes in box sets, you skip books because you don’t have the time. This one is definitely worth your while, so don’t skip it!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a complete romance novel with characters who grow throughout the book and who truly care for each other.

I received this book for free and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Somewhere Bound Blog Tour Plus Review!

Title: Somewhere Bound
Author: Fiona Keane
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publication Date: Feb. 27th, 2018
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Sophia and Jameson escape Florida to be free of Simon. They are making up their plans along the way, but they keep getting impeded by trackers and other issues. Simon seems determined to finish off Jameson, but Jameson is equally determined not to leave Sophia. He wants to marry her, if they ever get out of this situation. Sophia is devoted to him, but she is struggling to escape the memories of her past. Jameson wants her to have closure before they move on to the rest of their life.
I felt that the way this trilogy ended is perfect. I finally got to experience Sophia and Jameson getting to their final stage of their relationship where they trust each other with everything. I love the fact that I have been here for the ride since the beginning, so I feel as if I have seen each character’s growth. It also felt special to see them gain closure over their pasts, somewhat, and move into their futures.

Sophia has grown from a girl who was incapacitated by her panic attacks into a girl who has control over her past and herself. Jameson has grown from a boy who constantly ran from his past, into forgiving himself while opening his hear to another. I was so proud of the both of them by the end of this story.

I would recommend this trilogy to anyone looking for a YA mystery-suspense-romance novel with characters who actually grow and learn from each other.
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Overall Rating: 5/5
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Sophia…
I’ve only ever been Sophia Reid, the quiet girl from—and going—nowhere. If I ever want to escape the torment of my memories, and the murderer in our shadow, I need to die.
Jameson told me his story started and ended with me. Now I need to figure out who I am, who we are, and lay to rest the mysteries of our past, so our story can begin.
Jameson…
I belong by Sophia’s side. If we ever get out of this nightmare, I’ll make her my wife, and I’ll give her everything she needs to make her happy.
But right now, nowhere is safe. We left Florida, driving through deserts, across mountains, heading to Sophia’s old home in Oregon. Hopefully there, she’ll find peace…and answers.
I’ve spent my life trying to outrun death. But now, death may be the only thing that can save us.

Fueled by coffee and rainy days, shelves of books consuming her home in the Pacific Northwest, and a vivid imagination, Fiona writes about love because she believes the world needs more of it. She could spend eternity lost in a story, taken into someone’s thoughts while she is left lingering there long after the pages have turned. Fiona works to meld themes in the current world and spin them into stories of longing, determination, and hope. Her characters are relatable and relevant, as they battle their own fictional version of existence.Author Links:

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Everywhere Unraveled (Foundlings #2)

Everywhere Unraveled (Foundlings, #2)

SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE IN THIS REVIEW!

 

Jameson’s secret is finally out. Sophia doesn’t want it to get between them, but others in their lives don’t agree.

As a member of the witness protection program, Jameson had to erase all of his identity and move. He is still haunted by the memories of the death of his mother and sister, but Sophia has been helping him to forgive himself and move past those memories. Hos “aunt and uncle” are also a part of the program, there to protect him, and they do not agree with his relationship with Sophia in the slightest. Nevertheless, he still loves Sophia and wants to be with her.

After finding this out about Jameson, Sophia is shocked. Then she simply accepts it, because Jameson himself hasn’t changed. The two think they are safe, but then a hurricane destroys their part of Florida. Now, Sophia doesn’t have a home, and she doesn’t know what she will do if forced to separate from Jameson.

This was most likely my favorite story in this entire trilogy, simply because this was where I saw the most growth of both Sophia and Jameson. The hurricane storyline was important for both characters because they had just started to get used to living in the new environment. My overall favorite part of this story was definitely when Jameson needed emotional support from Sophia just as much as Sophia needed emotional support from him. They really leaned on each other through the storm and through the witness protection drama aftermath. Jameson is fighting with himself, saying that he will end up getting Sophia hurt. Sophia is fighting with him, saying that he will hurt her more by leaving her.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a YA romance-suspense novel.

I received this book for free and left a voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Secrets Kept Release Blitz!

Secrets Kept
Allie Everhart
Publication date: March 2nd 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

After finding her boyfriend cheating, Kate decides she’s had it with men. So the next night at her catering job she pretends not to be interested when Gavin, a hot guy with a great smile who attends the very exclusive Moorhurst College, asks her out. Unable to resist his charm, she agrees to have dinner with him.
On their first date, Kate’s convinced Gavin’s too good to be true. Funny, sweet, smart, and easy to talk to, he’s nothing like the losers she’s dated in the past. But maybe her luck has changed. Maybe Gavin’s the guy she’s been waiting for.
As their relationship grows, Gavin proves he really is the guy Kate’s always wanted but didn’t think existed. She’s even thinking about a future with him. But those plans come to an abrupt halt when Kate sees something she shouldn’t. Something dark and disturbing. Something that could get her killed if she ever told anyone.
Kate’s desperate to tell Gavin her secret but can’t. Even if she did, he’d never believe her. Still, she can’t keep something this big from Gavin, especially when he’s involved in it. Will she risk her life and tell him the truth? Or risk their relationship and keep this secret from the man she loves?

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Suddenly, unexpectedly, I burst out crying, tears flowing like a dam broke loose. I set my phone on the lounger and cover my face with my hands, sobbing.

Last night, and all of today, I was able to hold back the tears, but now they’re breaking free, pouring down my cheeks, dripping onto my black apron.

If Carol catches me, I’ll be in so much trouble. She’ll probably fire me. But I can’t stop. The tears have started and show no signs of stopping.

“Hey,” a voice says from behind me. I turn and see a guy coming up next to me. He sits down on the other lounge chair, facing me. The chairs are close together so when he’s seated our legs are almost touching.

“Anything I can do to help?” he asks.

I shake my head, still crying, even more so now, because this guy, whoever he is, will probably go tell Carol I’m out here crying and then I’ll for sure be fired.

“Hey.” He puts his hand on mine. “It can’t be that bad, can it?” I glance up and see him looking at me. I must look like a mess. Nose red and swollen. Makeup running down my face.

Good thing it’s dark back here, although the lights around the pool are pretty bright. I’m sure he can see what a mess I am.

I can see him just fine. He’s hot. Thick dark hair that’s mussed up in a sexy, bed-head way. Deep set eyes that appear to be a shade of blue. Strong, square jaw, shadowed by a layer of stubble. And full lips that are now lifted into a smile, showing off a slight dimple in his cheek.

Of course I run into this guy now, when I’m a crying, sniffling mess. Not that he’d be interested in me, but still.

“I just need a minute.” I wipe my face and take a deep breath. “You can go inside.”

“And leave you out here crying? Sorry, but that’s not who I am. I see a girl crying, I have to at least try to help.” He’s wearing jeans and pulls something from his pocket. A cocktail napkin from the party. “Here.” He hands it to me. “It’s clean. I promise.”

I take it and dab my eyes, then unfold it enough to blow my nose. “Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.” He’s still staring at me. “So what’s your name?”

“Kate. Kate Norris.”

“You work for the catering company?”

I nod, sniffling. “Are you going to tell my boss I’m out here?”

“Why would I do that?”

“Because this isn’t where I’m supposed to be.”

“What do I care if you’re out here?”

“I don’t know. I just…I don’t know.”

He looks over at the house, then back at me. “You want to talk about it? About why you’re out here crying?”

I swallow and shake my head. “No.”

“Why not?”

“Because it’s stupid. And embarrassing.”

“Stupid and embarrassing are my specialities.” He leans back on his hands. “Go ahead. Try me.”

“I’d rather not.” I dab my eyes but my napkin is soaked.

“Here.” He pulls another one from his pocket and hands it to me.

I feel a smile forming. “Do you always carry napkins around?”

“Yeah. Why?”

He’s so serious, it makes me laugh. “It just seems kind of odd.”

“Is it?” He shrugs. “Guess some might think it’s stupid. Or embarrassing.” He smiles. “See? Like I said. Stupid and embarrassing. My specialities.

So shoot. What’s making you cry?”

“I really don’t want to talk about it. I promised myself I wouldn’t.” I blot my face with the napkin.

“It has to do with a guy,” he says.

I look at him but don’t answer.

“Let me guess. Your boyfriend?”

I nod.

“You found him with some other girl?”

I nod again.

“How long did you date him?”

“Almost eight months.”

This time he’s the one who nods. “I’m guessing this happened recently? Him and this girl?”

“Yesterday. Our eight month anniversary.”

He cringes. “Ouch. You caught him on your anniversary? That’s tough. No wonder you’re crying. I can’t believe you showed up for work tonight.”

“I was hoping it’d take my mind off it. And it did, for a little while, but then…I guess I couldn’t hold it in any longer. This is the first time I’ve let myself cry about it.”

“Kate!” I hear Carol’s voice coming from the house. I’m definitely getting fired. She may be my mom’s friend but she’s also a businesswoman and she won’t stand for unprofessional behavior. And sitting out here, crying, is definitely unprofessional. “Kate, are you out here?”

I stand up. “Over here.”

The guy stands up too. I don’t even know his name.

I stay where I’m at as she comes over to us. I’d rather have her fire me out here than in front of the other staff.

The guy walks up to her, his hand extended. “Gavin Bishop. Nice to meet you.”

Bishop? As in the owners of this house? So he’s Niles’ son?

Oh, God, I am SO getting fired.

Author Bio:

Allie Everhart writes romance and romantic suspense and is the author of the popular Jade Series, Kensington Series, Wheeler Brothers, and several standalone titles. She’s also a freelance health writer and has worked on several New York Times bestselling books. Allie’s always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat. When she’s not writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.

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