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Where I Found You (Heart’s Compass #1) by Brooke O’Brien

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How do you protect your heart?

Build a wall.
Lock it away.
Let no one in.

Everyone should have a childhood worth remembering. Only I remember mine for all the wrong reasons. Starting over in a new town is hard enough. When you are running from your past, it doesn’t get any easier.

I was ready to say goodbye to the burdens I have carried. The pain I’ve experienced is more than anyone should have to face.

Then I met him…

He takes my breath away. I can’t ignore the way he makes me feel. I know he has the power to destroy me.

And that’s what scares me the most.

My Review:

This is a stand alone novel, the whole plot revolves around one single circumstance of Ellie´s past and you can understand from the moment you read the Dedication, that this book has a happy ending which is so inspiring for those who have a difficult life, basically that part was what I was attracted to, mainly, the fact that the female protagonist Ellie, does not walk around crying by the corners but takes action and continues her life until she is happy with everything. I simply loved it, and is the same for the male character Callum, although it is less developed than Ellie, was him who entertained me for a longer time, with a hard childhood to overcome he´s still a positive character in every way. It is a very hot and sexy story that it also unfolds lightly, it has romance, a dark subject, suspense and it´s also fun at times,  I must say just for sensitive people, that it is quite graphic in the description of scenes. There are secondary characters to which I was tied up, and I am happy to know that soon enough I will be able to read their stories because there is much to discover there, although I will have to wait for my favorites (Wes and Kin) until 2018 as they are the last on the list of upcoming books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. Her debut novel, Where I Found You, released in May 2017.

Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving head first into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke likes going on long drives with no destination in mind. She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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ASHER BLACK by Parker S. Huntington

SYNOPSIS

He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then… we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor–be his fake fiance or die.

My review:

The first thing that hooked me on this book was the “Foreword”, never seen before, you can not miss that, it was hilarious and gave me an idea of how this book would be.
It is a story whose plot is developed around many issues about the mob, being the protagonist a gorgeous and brilliant man who is a passive member of it, and the female character… I love her because she has a lot of internal monologues and since I am exactly so I could see myself reflected on this part of her and enjoyed that a lot. At the very beginning it is a little bit slow in terms of the plot twists, but almost immediately the action starts and it becomes very interesting, sexy and intricate, there are plenty of characters and I do not want to reveal anything in advance, but it is essential to pay attention to each one of them. Someone recommended this book for me, after reading my review for Carter Reed and now I must thank him for this recommendation,  I could not but love it, if you liked some story related to the mafia before, with a bad-boy/good-man … this book is for you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Parker S. Huntington hates talking about herself, so bear with her as she awkwardly toots her own horn for a few sentences and then bids her readers adieu.

Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts (ALM) in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University.

She has two puppies, Bauer and Chloe, and lives with her boyfriend of four years—a real life alpha male, book boyfriend worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 1 of the Filmore Harding Academy Series.

A LONG WAY TO GO by ASHLEY SUMMERS

Sixteen-year-old Julie Thompson has a colorful past. After suffering years of abuse at the hands of men in positions of authority, she ends up in Horizons, a therapeutic boarding school. Though Julie’s over a thousand miles from home, in a secluded town in Washington State, she realizes this is her chance to start over. Jon Scott is a moody 16-year-old with a quick-trigger temper and his own sordid past, which got him a one-way ticket to Horizons as well. Somehow Jon and Julie, along with the rest of their schoolmates, must learn to trust and help each other, while helping themselves heal and move on with their lives.

Published March 22nd 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 16th 2016)

Definitely a 5 Stars!

There are several stories in this novel, it is a stand alone and despite being narrated by several characters it was made so you can keep track of the general story across all points of view.
Is about a group of kids in a therapeutic boarding school, some prestigious rehab center, each character has reasons for their addictions and each story is strong and twisted in its own way, and every trauma from the characters touched me and surprised me, because it made me think that we never know which kinds of things have been hidden behind each person.

I gave this book five stars not just because it is well written in a very original way, and is very entertaining, but because I saw a ONE star review and I know there is no way in hell for this book getting less than 4 stars.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Summers works full-time in interior design and freelances as an event planner, but she still manages to read and write as much as possible in her spare time. Ashley’s love for writing started at a very young age, and she’s always had an affinity for love stories in any medium, including books, movies, and TV shows. A Long Way To Go, her debut offering, represents more than a decade of hard work and countless revisions.

Ashley currently lives in New York City, where she loves running, eating at new restaurants, and finding new shows to binge watch with her boyfriend.

DANGEROUS HEARTS, COVER REVEAL!

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Model: Johnny Kane

Release Date: May 18, 2017

Synopsis

His heart beats for the music. She’s his favorite song.

Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals that

can cause an entire arena to swoon. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So

when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf,

she’s prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact.

Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of

guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him.

Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away.

Too bad she’s hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild.

She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants …

Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the

fierce attraction they feel toward one another—a dangerous combination.

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Release Date: July 2017

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About the Author

K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories.

She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a

mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a

tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.

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BOOT CAMP by Gina Christie

Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Enrapture (Pulse)

Blurb:
Whitney isn’t fat.
But unfortunately for her, she doesn’t belong on the cover of a fitness magazine either.
Always the last person picked in gym class when she was in high school and the first person to complain about running just one mile, Whitney finally decides enough is enough. Risking her unathletic being – and maybe even her sanity – she signs up for a strict fitness boot camp consisting of more exercise than she’s ever seen in her eighteen years of living.
Little does she know, this camp will be full of surprises, especially one by the name of Axel Chandler..

My Review:

I loved the way this book is written, the characters have a lot of originality. Whitney is strong and determined, she always confronts her insecurities with all her strength and she continues to evolve every time she finds some weakness inside her.
The male character is also quite unique, it is not “instalove” with this guy, Axel… he is a tough one, but he constantly pushes her limits so she can achieves her goals and feel better, he tries to understand her and boost her spirit even when it is something completely out of his comfort zone, meanwhile they create a beautiful connection.
Another thing that I found very interesting is the perspective from which the subject of bullying is treated, this book give you both sides on the story of the antagonistic character, and that surprised me, it was very unusual, that part caught my attention and appreciation for this writer since it was very well linked in the plot,  I’m looking forward to her next book. I highly recommend this book, a ‘must read’ specially for YA.
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COVER REVEAL “With A Twist” by Nicole Hart

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JUNE 1, 2017

Blurb:

Broken and flawed.

Those two words summed me up perfectly.

Happily ever after wasn’t in the cards for someone like me. I spent my life just going through the motions and trying to survive.

But everything changed the day those emerald green eyes captured my soul.

He picked up my pieces with a smile and gave me hope.  A reason to believe I wasn’t destined to live a life of loneliness.

But everything isn’t always as it seems.

We were two shattered souls.

How can you help someone heal when you’re just as broken?

RELEASE DATE JUNE 1ST, 2017

BY NOCOLE HART

Happy Release Day! “Where Good Girls Go To Die” by Holly Renee

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design & Photography

Release Date: April 13, 2017

 

Synopsis

It was a bad idea from the beginning.

He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable.

But I didn’t care.

I had loved him for as long as I could remember.

He was worth the risk. He was worth everything.

But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me.

So I ran.

Four years later, I never expected to see him again.

He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.

He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile.

Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die.

Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.
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When he left for a twelve-month deployment, she knew it would feel like forever before they saw each other again. She didn’t realize how right she was.

When Lance Corporal Brecken Connolly gets taken as a POW, Camryn hopes for the best but steels herself for the worst. In the end, steel was what she needed to survive when he didn’t. She moves on the only way she knows how—gilding herself in more steel.

Years go by.

She builds a new life.

She leaves the old one behind.

Until one day, she sees the face of a ghost on the news. Brecken seems to have risen from the dead, but she knows she can’t perform the same miracle for herself. While Brecken was held in a torture camp for the past five years, she’s been trapped in her own kind of prison. One she can’t be freed from.  

The man she mourned comes back to join the living, but the girl he wanted to spend his life with isn’t the same woman he comes back for. Brecken isn’t the same person either. The past five years have changed them both. While he’s determined to put the pieces back together, she’s resolved to let hers rot where they shattered.

Broken or not, Brecken wants her back. He’ll do anything to achieve that. Even if it means going against the warden of Camryn’s personal prison—her husband.
My head lifted. “There is an explanation.”
“You don’t owe me one.” His head barely shook. “And it doesn’t change the outcome.”
“What outcome?”
Brecken did half a turn, motioning at the house behind me before indicating at me. “You belong to someone else now.”
I couldn’t deny it.
Yet I couldn’t confirm it either.
“It’s okay,” he continued, his throat moving. “I’m happy to have you in my life. In whatever capacity I can. Even if it’s saving my ass every once in a while when I flambé my scrambled eggs.”
I stood from my seat and moved beside him. Regardless of everything else, he was alive. “I’m happy to have you in my life in whatever way too. Even if it’s saving my ass from something else.”
His shoulder touched mine. “I’ll save your ass from whatever you need saving from.”
“Hero complex?” My eyebrow lifted at him.
“Far less noble,” he replied, his eyes dropping behind me. His mouth stretched into a grin. “You’ve got a nice ass. Totally worth saving.”
Elbowing him, I feigned appall, but he saw through the act.
“I better get going. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.” He moved down the steps, holding the handrail as he took them backward. “Let me know what you decide to tell Crew. If you decide to tell him anything.”
My arms folded as I moved to the edge of the porch, watching him lower himself one step at a time. “Things between Crew and I are—”
“Complicated. Yeah. I was listening. I know that.” Brecken stopped when he stepped onto the pathway. “I don’t want to make things more complicated for you, so just let me know how I can do that. Unless you want me to complicate things for you, then by all means, let me know how I can do that as well.” He was joking, the glint in his eyes told that, but he wasn’t entirely. His face told me that.
When I went to reply, all that came out was a sigh.
“Listen, you’re with him. I know you’re his wife.” He was staring at me, still holding onto the handrail. Not able to let go. “If he wants to hear me say that to his face to make him feel better, I will.”
“You know what question Crew will follow up with.”
He nodded once. “If I’ll respect the fact that you’re his wife.”
My silence was a confirmation.
“Well, that’s simple,” he said, his voice sounding like the one I remembered. It didn’t waver. It didn’t rasp. Brecken’s eyes didn’t leave mine as he backed away. “I’d tell him that I have every intention of showing him the same amount of respect he showed me when he moved in on my girl weeks after my fake execution.”

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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Strung Out by Lyrica Creed

BLURB:

Finding my best friend and getting the hell out of California is top priority. Especially as the relationship with my rockstar stepbrother becomes more complicated with each passing day…

I’m on the tour bus partying!
The text from my best friend, Ivy, is one of her last. When weeks stretch with no further contact, I travel to L.A. to track down the band known as Rageon and find Ivy.

As the daughter of a groupie mom, and of a rock star father who fatally overdosed, I know the dangers of the world my friend disappeared into.

My ex-stepbrother, Gage, a musician who’s just come off tour invites me to crash at his place.

The last time I saw Gage in person, we were teens. He’s everywhere on social media, so I’m prepared for the tattoo-covered rocker who answers my knock. What I’m not expecting to find is the sweet, sensitive teen I grew up with is now an irresponsible, partying playboy who lives for his next fix.

As the search for Ivy narrows, my relationship with my rockstar stepbrother becomes more complicated. The tingling tug of attraction toward him is unexpected–and unacceptable. First, we’re practically siblings. Most importantly, I’ll never allow myself to fall for a musician, especially one with a drug addiction.

Gage teams up with me to find Ivy, introducing me into the right circles and guarding my secrets.

My search for Ivy takes me places I never wanted to go…
And my heart is an unwilling passenger on that dark ride.

Strung Out: A Needles and Pins Rock Star Romance is 90k words which is around 300 print pages. It may appear to be double that as the download contains 2 versions of the same book, allowing readers to choose their favorite reading style of 1 POV or 3 POV.

 

This is my first time reading a book written by Lyrica Creed, and it was a good first impression. I liked it so much because it has a little bit of everything, it is written in 1st person (female character) but, if you prefer the 3rd person POV you can have that option too. The main plot is intense however it has a lot of sub plots and other characters making this book quite interesting, it goes around this Rock star style of life and this important girl from his past. At the beginning is a little slow, and the main characters are so different, however, as the story unfolds I found several similarities that closed the gap between those two, and then everything falls into place. It was shocking, funny, desperated, thoug but always romantic, and that’s why I recommend it, especially if you have a thing for moody rockstars

 

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe by Jessica Arden

Haunted pasts. History Nerds. Hot New Orleans Nights.

Grad student and New Orleans ghost tour operator Julie Deveaux is used to believing in things she cannot see. Although with her family history, spirits lurking beyond French Quarter galleries seem more plausible than true love or soul mates.

With romantic entanglements the last thing on her mind, Julie would do anything to complete her thesis research and exonerate infamous murderess Sophia Durocher in the process. Anything, that is, except further harass Sophia’s already spotlight-weary family.

However, a collision in Jackson Square puts her in the path of infuriatingly handsome fellow history-buff Griffin, and Julie is unable to ignore her attraction. After they accidentally exchange copies of a rare book, Julie gets insights into Griffin, revealing someone who grapples with the same big questions as she does. As the two grow closer, this man (whose weird internet search history might just rival her own) begins breaking down her walls one by one.

But when Griffin turns out to be the grandson of her thesis subject, Julie walks a dangerous line. He could be the key to all of the answers she seeks. But solving Sophie Durocher’s mystery could mean losing the one man who makes her rethink her belief in soul mates.

 

I loved this reading, it was different from what I have read, I guess that title is a little misleading. It is written in 3rd person point of view, and at first I was absolutely hooked with the sequence of events, by the middle of my reading I didn’t know what to expect or think, but soon enough I was eager to know everything. It was a surprise for me, I thought it was a different kind of book, but I loved it, I recommend it, is smart, light and nerdy, and easy to handle if you are initiating yourself on the world of reading. The cover deserves a special mention because it is beautiful and it´s beautifuly related to the plot, I’m a fan of beautiful book’s covers, and I should mention that cover

The Beautiful Game (Man of the Match book 1) Release date April 27!

 

The Beautiful Game by A. Meredith Walters

(Man of the Match book 1)

Love is a game. Are you ready to play?

Blurb:

Lucas Bradley enjoys many things.

The roar of the crowd.

Scoring a goal.

Being worshipped and adored by a growing legion of rabid, football obsessed fans.

But gaining a reputation as English football’s newest bad boy—not so much.

 

Morgan Carter is a fish out of water.

Having moved from America to the United Kingdom, she had hoped for a great adventure.

Instead she’s floundering in a job she doesn’t like and a country she doesn’t understand.

And she finds herself more than ready to leave the land of hot accents behind.

 

Until a drunken kiss at the local pub changes everything.

 

Passion ignites. Tempers flare. And what starts as a temporary distraction turns into something deeper.

 

Yet sleeping with a man on the cusp of full-blown fame comes with a price— one that Morgan isn’t sure she’s willing to pay.  And Lucas, forced into the spotlight, finds his world turned upside down.

 

Love is a game.

 

But are Lucas and Morgan ready to play?

 

And can they learn the rules before they run out of time?

AFTERGLOW by Maria Monroe

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Nina can shoot a gun, start a fire, and kick some serious ass. So when a killer virus and solar storm decimate the country, she’s as prepared as possible to survive. She just needs a motorcycle to navigate the cluttered roads and meet up with her family.

Creed, former Marine, is tattooed and tough. He’s scarred inside and out. Loss is no stranger to him, and he avoids getting close to anyone at all costs.

When Nina tries to steal his motorcycle they have a vicious fight, but necessity and attraction force them into an uneasy alliance. They travel together through the dangerous landscape, where trouble lurks around every corner and they need each other to survive.

But the biggest danger just might be falling in love.

Equally as exciting as it is sexy, Afterglow contains graphic sex and some violence, so please read at your own risk. 18+ recommended.

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About the author

Maria Monroe lives just outside Chicago with her awesome husband, 3 kids, and a bunch of rescue animals. In addition to spending time writing sexy romance novels, she loves playing Pokemon and burning stuff in the backyard.

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This is a love story, is very romantic even when is set in an post- apocalyptic world. I enjoy it a lot. I was hooked from the very beginning, the survival and the dialogs captured my attention right away.   The male character is Creed, if the end of earth come you’ll absolutely want this ex-military man in your life, he knows everything and is so strong, and Nina! She is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read; together they are a really explosive couple in every way, which brings you an exciting, and fun plot. The central theme is the romance between them but there is action and the best part for me was the end. I appreciate when I get rewarded for all that angst in post-apocalyptic tragedies. So yes! 5 stars.