Friction (Station 32 #2) by Jamie Magee – Review

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Having the wrong things in common with the right girl at the wrong time has always been a tragic issue for Easton Ballantine. At least it was when it came to Georgia Armstrong.

Georgia Armstrong’s nomadic life had left her worn and lacking the desire to attach to anyone or anything. She’d been burned and felt the coldness of loss and was content to drift at will until she found a reason to stay.

Broken roads and bad decisions, which led to right ones, were the demons in both their past—choices that would either draw them together, or rip them apart.

“I tend to attract the broken.”

“I’m not broken,” Easton snapped in a hiss of words.

She felt her body tense before her next bold words came. “Did I say you were?” She lifted her chin. “Am I attracting you, Easton Ballantine?”

He looked right at her, green to blue, a stare reaching past the fraudulent calm surface. Yes, she was. Which only pissed him off more. Not only was she not anywhere near his type, she was Memphis’s kid sister, Lucas’s daughter—she was seventeen. No way in hell this is going down.

He smirked to break the gaze they shared, to put a wall between her and him—to do anything to block the way she was messing with his head.

“I’m every kind of bad habit you don’t want or need, Georgia.”

Court’s $0.02:

Friction is the second installment in the Station 32 series and I am loving this series more and more.
“…Nothing rocks him, but somehow you give him friction, make him lost the controlled balance he always has.”
The title of this book is so perfect is so many different ways. Falling for your best friend’s sister.  Two people fighting something they both want.  Lovers from the past haunting the present.
Easton was dealt a bad hand in his life.  But he had great friends and family help him through it.  It’s when the one man who kept him grounded is ripped from his life that really jolts Easton.
Georgia moved away when her parents split but she visited her dad and brother often.  When her father is torn from her the day she chooses to move back with him, Georgia does what she’s knows best – she runs.
“No matter how broken the road is, they all lead you to where you’re meant to be.”
However, that one night that Easton and Georgia shared on the river the night before her father was laid to rest, neither of them can forget.  They say time heals all wounds.  But what if you those feelings just never go away??
This story spans over years and their lives change.  But when Georgia returns to her hometown for a wedding, can she escape the one place she says has nothing for her?
“The frist instinct is made with the heart, the second is with your mind – your heart knows no fear.  Without fear – you’re invicible.  Always be invicible”
I love all the different twists and turns in this story.  Just when you think things are going to go a certain way, Jamie throws in another plot twist!  I truly did not see the ending coming – very well done Jamie.
Jamie has definitely matured in her writing and I am looking forward to the next installment in this series!!

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Confess by Colleen Hoover – Review!

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

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

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

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

K3’s $0.02:

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

 

Auburn Reed never expected to fall in love again. Especially after losing the love of her life at such a young age. With her life mapped out and her goals within reach, Auburn is so close to getting what she believes is her happily ever after. When she walks into an art studio in Dallas and ends up getting a job, that life she had mapped out, takes a completely different route. Owen Gentry is an enigmatic artist. His art is inspired by people’s confessions. She is shocked that her attraction to him is so strong.

Taking a risk with her heart and with Owen, Auburn finds happiness she never thought she’d have again.

Secrets: NOUN- something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others:

Everybody has a past, everybody has secrets. The thing is Owen has a few of them and unfortunately they are big enough to ruin everything Auburn has worked so hard for and threatens the most important thing in Auburn’s life.

Owen does all he can to convince Auburn that the truth can be just as subjective as his art. Sometimes confessions can destroy everything but then again, they can make things stronger in the end.

Confess: VERB-admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way:

Colleen Hoover has once again created a beautiful story with a unique way of telling it. The art and the confessions were brilliant. The emotions brought on by this happiness, guilt, regret, sadness, hope, love, loss.

Auburn has been through so much at such a young age. She was also taken advantage of in the worst way. She has got a good head on her shoulders and has always done what was asked of her. I was so happy when she finally found the strength to stand up for herself and demanded she be given what has always been hers from the beginning.

Owen’s past is a bit complicated. He has the biggest heart and his emotions show through his art. The art he creates from anonymous people’s confessions that are left in the slot of his door. The art and the confessions were wonderful, inspiring, and heartbreaking. It left me in awe.

He takes on problems that were never his own to begin with. He also loves fiercely and does all he can to make things right for Auburn, whether they are together or not. He is selfless.

Magnetism; that is how I would describe Auburn and Owens chemistry. They belong together. They were made for each other and their journey is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The bond that was easily formed between each other gets tested immediately. Owen helps Auburn find her heart regardless of all the truths and lies that were told. In the end Auburn realizes that it is a risk worth taking.

This is a beautiful story on loss, struggle, heartache, forgiveness and love.

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It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1) by Tillie Cole

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Sinning never felt so good…

A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

Pet’s $0.02:

Know what’s scarier than an MC club known for running guns, murder and a whole host of other illegal activities? I do!!! It’s a fucked up religious cult headed by a polygamous Prophet. No thank you…. I’ll take the murderers. Let’s just say, there’s a lot of messed up shit in this book.

River (Styx) meets Salomae when she’s eight and he’s eleven. River has a speech impediment. It’s too intense to call a stutter, and he physically can’t make himself speak. So when he realizes that he can actually talk to Salomae, he becomes obsessed with her. This obsession lasts fifteen years, until Styx finds her close to death behind his motorcycle club. When he realizes this is the girl that he has searched for years to find, he knows he has to protect her.

But the Prophet David and the rest of the Elders aren’t just going to let Salomae leave. That she’s proof of a hidden commune is bad enough, but the nail in her coffin is that she’s prophesized to bring about the end of days once she’s married to the Prophet as his seventh wife. So they have to get her back!

Add in motorcycle club politics, FBI surveillance, a rat in the club and a club brother who may be getting a little too close to Salomae for Styx’s liking and it’s a hot bed of tension waiting to explode.

I’m a fan of the MC genre if it’s done well, and I liked this book a lot. There’s no apology for men who live by their own code, live outside society’s rules and don’t necessarily treat some of their women, or hell, even some of their own members well. The story is fast paced, the anxiety remains high throughout and the romance that develops between Salomae and Styx is sweet but not without its problems and will keep you flipping pages.

I’m excited to get to Ky’s story, which is next.

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Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott – Review

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Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Kristie’s $0.02:

ATTRACTION: a feeling that makes someone romantically or sexually interested in another person

Lizzy Rollins. She is smart, beautiful and has such a great future ahead of her. Focusing on trying to finish college, the last thing she expected was to end up pregnant by Ben Nicholson. The man who never, ever does the relationship thing, EVER. One crazy night in Vegas and boom. Yes, they started off as great friends but deep down, Lizzy wants the impossible from him but she will take what she can get.

DESIRE: : to want or wish for (something) : to feel desire for (something)

: to want to have sex with (someone)

Ben Nicholson is loving his life. He does what he wants when he wants. No attachments is what he lives for. The thing is lately he has been seeing Lizzy in a whole new light. He knows she is completely off limits. The thing is when they talk or are around each other the chemistry between them is all consuming and he does his best to stay away. As sweet and sexy as hell she may be, he promised not to go there. You know what they say, promises are made to be broken and when they finally give into their feelings it is everything he imagined and more.

FORBIDDEN: : not permitted or allowed

Since their passionate night, Lizzy has done all she can to avoid Ben, but know that she is carrying his child, she needs to face the music and break the news to him. Let’s just say the cat gets out of the bag in a not so good way. *insertcrazydramahere*

With Anne shocked and Mal pissed, the tension between the best friends is off the charts. Mal continues to warn Ben to stay away but Ben fights to prove that he will do all he can to support Lizzy. Agreeing to remain friends and co-parent, Lizzy heart continues to break.

Oh Ben… he means well but everything he ends up doing is just wrong. He continues to send Lizzy mixed signals, when they give into their desires once again, Lizzy ends up getting her heart broken and when family starts to add in their drama, Lizzy puts her foot down completely and utterly defeated.

What’s a girl with a broken heart to do? Well she leaves promising to keep him posted with the medical updates.

Even though he and Lizzie are connected in a deep way it isn’t enough for Lizzie, the thing is she also wants to be connected to Ben’s heart.

Poor Lizzie, those emotions that girl goes through. Up and down, up and down. Ben is so hot and cold with her. She is beautiful, smart and is head over heels for a man who doesn’t do relationships, baby or no baby. She does her best to be friends with him no matter how much it kills her. The longer she stays on tour with him, the more she begins to realize that a relationship with Ben is not in the cards for her, him being a father well, yes their baby will be provided for but how much of a role he will play in their baby’s life is questionable. In the end, Lizzy makes a choice and she chooses her baby.

Then there is Ben, who is confused. He isn’t used to the feeling he is having, he isn’t used to checking in with someone. Unfortunately this time, money can’t solve this issue. This is something Ben has to come to terms with on his own, well maybe with the help of his band mates.

I love the struggles that Ben and Lizzy go though, as heartbreaking as they are. The bumps in the road, the anger, the hurt and the angst and the love. Ben made me so angry at times I just wanted to slap him and the next minute I wanted to hug him. My heart just constantly broke for Lizzy. She is literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Kylie Scott did an amazing job with Ben and Lizzy. It is a story about self-discovery, friendship, relationships and love. A great conclusion to the Stage Dive series.

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The Reckoning by S.L. Scott – Cover Reveal!

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Jack Dalton was charismatic.

 

Johnny Outlaw was irresistible.

 

Two sides of the same man, passionate about two things—music and Holliday Hughes. With her intoxicating mix of strength and vulnerability, confidence and sex appeal, he couldn’t get enough of her.

 

Together, love was a storm of chaos and calm. When fame became a force to be reckoned with, could their love hold them together or would their notoriety tear them apart?

 

“This isn’t how our melody goes. This isn’t how we were supposed to play out.”

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

 

New York Times and USA Bestselling Author, S. L. Scott, was always interested in the arts. She grew up painting, writing poetry and short stories, and wiling her days away lost in a good book and the movies.

 

With a degree in Journalism, she continued her love of the written word by reading American authors like Salinger and Fitzgerald. She was intrigued by their flawed characters living in picture perfect worlds, but could still debate that the worlds those characters lived in were actually the flawed ones. This dynamic of leaving the reader invested in the words, inspired Scott to start writing with emotion while interjecting an underlying passion into her own stories.

 

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. She dreams of seeing one of her own books made into a movie one day as well as returning to Europe. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.

 

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Embracing Everly by Kelly Mooney – Review

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When Mick O’Malley left Boston and casted aside his family with IRA ties, he never imagined finding solace within a club of Bounty Hunters. At 25 years old, he’d given up on love and trust and counted on only one person to get him through life—himself. When Mick finds himself doing a protection gig as a favor to his new mentor, he finds the one girl who can alter his out of whack views.

But he’s there to do a job, not fall in love with a girl who is off-limits. Mick was committed to protecting Everly and not failing his boss for a second time. But what’s the harm in one kiss? One time? One night?

Everly Moore was ready for her “real life” to begin. She had a lifelong dream of moving to New York to write music professionally. She didn’t realize the danger her father’s job had placed on her, or the fact that her new sexy and confident neighbor Mick O’Malley was sent there to protect her.

Mick knows how lies and secrets can destroy trust. Hell, he’s lived with those his whole life, but when those secrets are meant to protect her, he has no choice but to continue the deception.

When his secrets and lies are revealed, will it be too late to save Everly or will their need for one another beat the odds?

ellie’s $0.02:

Did you all know that I shoot straight?  Well, I’m going to be honest.  I edited this one.  So as always, if it’s poor editing, you now know who to complain to.  But I disclose that because there may be bias.  And honestly, I’ve read a lot of Kelly’s work.  A.  Lot.  Do I feel obligated to review every time?  No.  But this one deserves a raving review. 

This may sound like me being a dick (which I am), but I pick up a book to edit prepared for the worst. No, not a slam to the authors.  But prepared for a story I may not like.  That’s the worst.  So KM sends me this baby and I actually don’t think I even knew the plot before receiving the manuscript. 

A few chapters in, I was grinning with delight. Utter delight.  I was thrilled.  And captivated.  And pleased. And gripped.  

I’ve been able to watch KM grow and expand with her writing and I think she hit the nail on the head with this one.  Some suspense, some romance, some action, and some sex.  Yeah, duh.  Because we have some pretty hot characters.  I’m done using the word “some” now too. 

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Finding Fisher by Dakota Madison – Review

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Franklin Smith was the perfect fiancé. He was at the top of our class at Stanford and had been recently accepted to Harvard Law. But Spring Break our senior year of college changed everything. He went back home to New Jersey and never returned. At his funeral I discovered a guy I never knew. His secret past. And a twin brother, Fisher, I didn’t know existed.

Author’s Note: This book is dedicated to cover model, Joshua Scott Nicholson (August 30, 1990 – December 12, 2014). A portion of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated in Josh’s memory to Joining Hearts, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing support to people living with HIV and AIDS in Atlanta. Cover Photographer Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography will also donating a portion of his profits to Joining Hearts in Josh’s memory.

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Deceit: the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth

What would you do if you found out that the one person you were planning on spending the rest of your life with ends up being someone you never really knew at all?

Chloe Woodford’s fiancé, Franklin Smith was her perfect match in every way. He was top of his class at Stanford and recently got accepted into Harvard Law. While on spring break, Franklin makes a trip back home to New Jersey but never returns.

Chloe calls his cell phone and when a woman answers the call, Chloe is left confused. Putting her schooling on hold, she takes a trip to New Jersey to get some answers. Trying to piece everything together, Chloe soon discovers that her fiancé is someone she never really knew at all. The last thing Chloe ever expected is a guy named Fisher Smith, her deceased fiancé twin brother.

Honest: free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere

Being in the small town that Franklin grew up in, it becomes crystal clear that Franklin was the golden boy and could do no wrong. Franklin’s mother has completely shut her out but Fisher does all he can to help her out. Chloe finds herself doing things she never thought she’d do. She also realizes that things don’t always need to be perfect, that it is okay to color outside the lines once in a while. Fisher helped bring out a side of herself she never knew existed.

They say things happen for a reason and while she picks up the pieces of the lies Franklin left behind, she finds herself on a path of self-discovery, strength and true happiness with the one person she least expected.

Chloe’s character is really sheltered. Her parents are well off. She grew up with a silver spoon and her parents raised her to be nothing but the best academically. They have planned out her whole life for her. Her colleges, her career and what type of man she was expected to marry. In their eyes, this is much more important than her happiness.

Fisher, he is everything that Franklin isn’t. He didn’t get the brains but he did get talent working with his hands. He loves life and is content with how it is going. He has his own business and he does well with it. He is smart, caring and kind. He is selfless.

You know that saying, opposites attract? Well, let’s just say it is a bumpy road for Chloe. Fisher because he is such an amazing man, helps Chloe every single step of the way. The chemistry between them is amazing. I felt every emotion. The hurt, the embarrassment, the longing, the fear, the happiness and of course the love.

This story is about self-discovery, finding strength you didn’t think you had and learning to follow your heart.

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