Friday, July 28, 2017

The Brightest Sunset (Darkest Sunrise Duet #2) by Aly Martinez


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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

Review:

So I did something really stupid with this book. See last weekend my husband went out drinking with his friends leaving me home alone. So what did I do? Read of course. A different book. And it got late and I was tired, but I only had about a half hour left in my other book so I said that's fine. I will finish it then go to bed. Only when I finished it I went to move it into my read folder and noticed The Brightest Sunset was on my Kindle!! So what did I do? Go to bed and start the book in the morning since I was already really tired and all that? Of course not. Because seriously the ending of The Darkest Sunrise was killer. I needed to know what would happen. I needed to see how Charlotte and Porter dealt with everything. So I started reading. And promptly stayed up WAY too late...but it was worth it. This book was so worth the lack of sleep and zombie that I was the following day. Totally.

Oh man. This story. At the beginning I hated Charlotte so much. Hated how weak she was and how she let other people, mainly Brady, tell her what to do. She was such a pushover and I hated it because Porter was hurting so much. My heart shattered when I read Porter. When I read what happened with him and what he had to go through I was hurting so much for him. Seriously. I was so devastated for him. I hated everyone who wasn't  helping him! But then I thought about it. Charlotte was never a very strong person. She always let Brady put her down because she felt guilty and like she deserved it. So it wasn't surprising that she would let him dictating things at least in the beginning. When everything is so up in the air and confusing. I get it, I really do, but Porter? I hurt so much for him that I hated everyone else for doing that to him. For making him suffer one second longer than he had to. After all that they had been through, how amazing he was with Charlotte in the first book, it killed me to see him breaking down. Killed me. He truly is a wonderful human being. I don't know that I could have gone through everything he did and still found the happy ending I so wanted for him. I am just not that kind of person.

As I said I started reading this story way past my bedtime. But I couldn't help myself. I had to see how it started. I was naively hoping things would just get figured out easily and this story would just be about everyone trying to figure out what their happily ever after looked like. I mean I knew it wouldn't be that, but oh I wanted it to just be happy. But the darkest of times make the light so much lighter. These two were amazing. Really Porter was incredibly. Even with everything going on, even with him hurting so bad, he is there for Charlotte. As long as she is with him he will do whatever it takes to make things work. I loved this story. This duet really pulls on the heartstrings, but that's what makes the end so perfect. So wonderful. So...there are a lot of ups and downs. There are a lot of times when my heart hurt for these characters, but at the end of the day they figure it out. They figure out how to come out of the dark and into the light. They figure out how to live and it was beautiful to watch.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★




Book One
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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. 
“You’re pregnant.” 
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.” 
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Lies. 
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. 
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. 
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me. 
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


About the Author:

 Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Release Day: The Brightest Sunset (Darkest Sunrise Duet #2) by Aly Martinez


It is finally here! The conclusion to the Darkest Sunrise Duet! You don't want to miss this one!

Now available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”



Book One
Available on

Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. 
“You’re pregnant.” 
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.” 
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Lies. 
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. 
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. 
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me. 
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


About the Author:

 Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

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Synopsis:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Review:

I don't really know why I loved Beautiful Bastard as much as I did. Well...that might not be completely true. It is because I loved the hot sexy times between these two characters. Really this book is a lot of sexy times so if you start it, don't like it in the first chapter, then you probably are not going to enjoy the book. If you are like me and find yourself strangely drawn into this story of people who hate each other having sex all over the office then read on. And enjoy every minute of it. 

Chloe is almost done with her internship. She just has a few more months working with the bastard Bennett Ryan before she will hopefully have her pick of jobs. She is great at what she does and she can handle anything her boss throws at her. She doesn't know why he is such a jerk all the time, but only a few more months and she could move on to something else. After all she hates her boss. 

Bennett hates Chloe. Or he thinks he does. She is so gorgeous and tempts him like no other, but she is a shrew. Always harping and oh he hates her. So why does he want to get in her pants every two seconds? Why do her dresses drive him crazy? Maybe if he just gets a taste he can get it out of his system and move on. 

When Mr. Ryan is in a particularly bad mood one day and makes Chloe stay late to go over some things it doesn't turn out the way she imagined. He breaks, she lets him and oh does she enjoy it. In the conference room. Phew! I loved it. So so much. 

After that it is lots of the two having sexy time fun. I loved how strong and stubborn both of these characters were. They both gave as good as they got and oh it was fun. And hot. And awesome. Sure you get some feelings mixed in there and I loved watching them go from hate fucking to really having something (if they can figure out how to do that without Chloe sacrificing her integrity at her job). This was a fun read, surprisingly so as I normally am just so so on books like this. I loved these characters, I enjoyed reading this story, and by the end I wanted everything to work out for them. I can't wait to read more. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mister Romance (Masters of Love #1) by Leisa Rayven

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Synopsis:

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

Don’t miss this sizzling new standalone from the internationally best selling author of Bad Romeo, Broken Juliet, and Wicked Heart.


Review:

Mr. Romance was so much fun to read! I loved every second of this story.

Eden is a cynic. She doesn't believe in love and happily ever after. She feels sorry for all those fools who think they are in love. I mean why do that? It is just going to end in heartbreak. So why bother? She thinks she is happy being alone and having one night stands with guys she doesn't even like. Jerks who aren't even that good in bed. But that is all she wants and all she will ever want. She doesn't want to be indoctrinated into the cult of love. That is only for suckers.

Max makes his living by making your romantic fantasies come true. Sans sex. He will be there and give you what you need emotionally and he is very good at it. When Eden finds out about this guy, Mr. Romance as the women who use him call him, she knows she needs to find out more. This could be her big break to finally get the journalist gig she wants. If only she can find out more about Max and how he uses women, takes advantage of them for his own sick reasons. Or so she thinks.

Now I didn't like Eden. She is so judgmental and mean for no reason. She thinks these ladies that would use Max's services are desperate and he is preying on them. She...I don't really know why she hated what he does so much. Why she cares. It is not like the women don't know what they are getting into. So what if they want to play make believe once and a while? I didn't like her so right from the beginning I wanted her taken down. I wanted Max to show her what she was missing and that love isn't necessarily bad. That what he does helps these women. That all of her negative judgmental views are not true.

When Max finds out Eden wants to write a story about him he makes her a bet. Three dates. If he can make her feel for him then she won't write her story and ruin his and his clients' lives. If not then she can write what she wants. These two. I loved them. I absolutely loved Max to pieces. He was amazing! How he dealt with Eden? Oh, I loved it. She definitely needed to be taken down a few notches and he was the guy to do it. She is stubborn, she lies to herself constantly, but Max calls her out on it. He doesn't let her get away with her coping mechanisms that make her think one way when he can see she feels different. He wasn't mean about it, he can just see her. See what she is all about and I loved him. So so much.

I loved every minute if this story. For as much as I didn't like Eden and she frustrated me, I still loved reading her. It was odd as I was super happy at the end, but I still don't know that I like her. Even after everything happens. She is still not my favorite, but I loved her story. It is odd as normally if there is a character I don't particularly enjoy I will be happy for the one I like, happy that they are happy with whomever, but think they could have done better. But not with Mr. Romance. No, with this story I was so happy for the both of them even though I might not have liked both of them. Strange. I don't know how the author managed that, but I am so glad she did. This story was so much fun to read. I loved it!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Witness by Nora Roberts

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Synopsis:

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems -- and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something -- and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today's most reliably entertaining thriller -- and will leave people hungering for more.


Review:

I am not sure what it is about Nora Robert's writing that I don't enjoy. It feels more like someone telling me a story than reading a story if that makes sense. I never connect with the characters or what is happening so it is always just...okay. Not the best. Oh well. 

Abigail had a very controlling, terrible mother. One night she decides to break out and rebel a little only things don't go as planned. They go terribly wrong and now she is hiding out on her private property with only her dog for company. She stays away from people, sets up security systems for people on line, and is fine with her life. If she keeps out of sight then hopefully nothing bad can find her. 

Brooks is the local cop and when he has a run in with Abigail her aloofness makes him question what she is up to. What does she do out there on her property all day? So he starts dropping by, which at first Abigail is not happy about, but pretty soon things start to heat up between them and things don't go the way Abigail planned. She always have every angle mapped out, but she didn't see Brooks coming. Can she tell him the truth? What will happen when her past catches up to her? Will he be able to help her have a normal life? 

This should have been a really exciting thriller, but the writing made it uneventful for me. I couldn't get into it so it was just bleh. Oh well. 

Rating: ★ ★

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

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Synopsis:

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

Review:

Slow burn. Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn and I love it. Because it is all about the anticipation, my favorite thing. I love the anticipation. The lead up to whatever. My favorite season is fall even though my favorite weather is cold and snowy. Fall because once that air starts getting crisp and the leaves start changing colors I know it is not long until winter. Anticipation. I love it. The what will happen, what will it be? And that is why I loved this book.

Man Dear Aaron was...about halfway through I was a mess. I couldn't put it down. I was waiting and waiting to see what happened. I was watching the percentage complete go up, but seeing I still had so much more to read. You only get one point of view and it is amazing, but oh you just know the other one is amazing as well and you can't wait to see these two people get together because they are obviously meant for each other but you know it won't happen anytime soon because there are still so many pages left to read and it all gets wrapped up in this amazing story.

Phew, I really enjoyed this one. I loved how it started off with just emails back and forth. A lot of the book is just emails between Aaron and Ruby. Aaron who is in the military and overseas and Ruby who started writing to him due to a write a soldier program. Ruby who so sweet and kind and awesome, but hasn't had the best of luck with guys. Never had a boyfriend and isn't really looking for one. Aaron and Ruby who slowly get to know each other. But what will happen once Aaron's tour is over? When he gets back to normal life? Will they just stop writing and move on with their lives?

This book definitely has that slow burn. These two were so sweet together. I loved them and loved watching them fall for each other. I couldn't put it down once I started it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Complicating (Preston's Mill #3) by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase

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Synopsis:

Forget all those other accidental pregnancy romances you might have read.

Daisy and Carter don't have a one-night stand...because it's thirty minutes in a back room at a wedding reception. And Carter isn't a bad boy baby-daddy...except for the motorcycle, tattoos, and attitude. Daisy doesn't have the typical issues with her pregnancy...if you don't count the morning sickness, food cravings, and occasional horniness. And Carter doesn't hang around all the time, wanting both her and the baby...until he falls in love.

But they definitely don't become a happy family...right away.

Daisy has always been a good girl. She's never done anything wild or spontaneous until she has a little too much to drink at a wedding and has a fling with a sexy stranger. She thought they were careful, but accidents happen. And now she's going to have the baby of a man she barely knows.

Carter is her opposite in every way and completely the wrong man for her. They can still work out a reasonable arrangement regarding the baby. But the more time she spends with him, the less reasonable she feels. And he's acting all possessive and protective, so it gets harder and harder to convince herself that he's just the father of her baby.

She wants him to be so much more.

Review:

Complicating was a cute read. I love both authors, their books are always fun, and this was a perfect summer read.

Daisy is a good girl. She lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone and she never does anything crazy. She wouldn't want the people in town to talk or be disappointed in her. Only she doesn't plan on Carter.

Carter is a tattooed biker who seems to be the exact opposite of Daisy. He looks rough and tough and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. He is who he is and that is that.

When Carter and Daisy first meet at a friends wedding neither expected anything to happen. Carter noticed her right away, and Daisy noticed him, but without the help of Daisy's friend daring her to chat up guys, including Carter, they probably never would have met. They never would have sat and talked forever and connected. And Daisy definitely wouldn't have had a fling in the back room! Once she realized what she had done she doesn't stick around. She doesn't even really know who Carter is!

Now Daisy actually likes Carter. Like there could have been something there, but of course things don't turn out the way she had planned. Or didn't plan. Or whatever. She ends up pregnant! Which...she was not prepared for, but she is happy to be having a baby even if it is not the conventional way, after she is married with someone she loves.

Carter really liked Daisy. She rushed out on him so fast he couldn't get her info, but afterward, he finds himself at his friends place trying to subtly get information out of him. He wants to find her and see if maybe they do have something there. Only when he runs into her she acts like it is the worst thing ever and that she wants nothing to do with him. I loved Carter. He is who he is, he is super sweet and kind and he was the best. As soon as he found out Daisy was pregnant he wanted to be there for her and the baby...only Daisy doesn't want him there. Or she does, but she doesn't want him to feel like now he is stuck with her. Oh, these two. They were so cute together. Carter is wonderful, doing whatever Daisy will let him and even some that she won't. He just wants to help her and make things easier on her. And through it all they grow closer and closer. It was so cute! I loved them.

Of course they have their ups and downs. Daisy doesn't know what the town will think of Carter much less her parents. And would he consider moving to her small town? To be closer to their child? And maybe her? Can he change enough to fit in? Does she want him to? Oh, Daisy had a lot of things to work through, her heart might be in the right place but she doesn't always go about things the right way. And Carter doesn't always react the way he should or she would like him to. From misunderstandings to feelings getting hurt it wasn't easy to make it to happily ever after. Especially not with a baby on the way, but they were adorable and I loved them both. Another great read from these authors.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★