Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best Reads of 2015

Every year I sit down on the last day to write up my best of list. Every year I have a hard time deciding on which 20 books were my favorite reads, but usually it is doable and I have one or two books that stand out as a bit better than the rest. One or two books that are my my absolute favorite reads.

This year is no different, I'm sitting here coming up with my list, but man 2015 was an amazing year for books! I have read so many wonderful stories that picking just 20 was incredibly difficult. More so than in past years. I started just listing every book I absolutely loved and had way too many. So then I said okay, just one in a series if I had more than that on the list, but even that was way too many. I finally had to decide on just one per author which still left me with more than I had wanted. It was hard coming up with just 20 books, series, or authors that I loved reading this past year. And the real kicker? I don't have one or two books that stand out as better than the rest. I have 20 books that are all the best. 20 books that are simply amazing with none hedging out the others. Incredible.

As this year comes to a close it is nice to be able to look back and see how many great new, or new to me, authors I have found. To see how many incredible books I have read. 2015 was a great year for me. Here's to hoping 2016 is just as good! Now onto my top reads, in no particular order (click the title link to go to my full review):

Kyland by Mia Sheridan. Oh Kyland made me feel all the feels. These characters were incredible. It was such a heartbreakingly beautiful read. Mia Sheridan really knows how to rip me apart then put me back together in a much better way. I still can't get over how amazing Kyland was. One could only be so lucky as to experience love like was seen in this story. I swear I read at least half of the book, if not more, with tears in my eyes. And I am not a cryer. Amazing.

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Man this was a hard decision to make. Which Courtney Milan book was my favorite? Too many! I believe the first book in her Brothers Sinister series, The Duchess War was free on Amazon for a bit so I downloaded it to see what it was all about. Once I started reading I didn't put it down until I got to the end. Then proceeded to read the entire series. I swear I read the entire series with the biggest smile on my face, laughing out loud at times, as it was just so much  fun! All of them are just so amusing and I love them all, but The Suffragette Scandal might be my favorite. After all there is a puppy cannon! Huzzah! Really though I don't think you can go wrong with one of her books. If I had room for more than one series per author some of her others would be on the list as well. But if you just want ridiculously over the top fun and entertaining reads check out The Brothers Sinister. They are all really incredible reads.

The Martian by Andy Weir. 

My friend had recommended this one to me, but I wasn't sure if it was something I would really be into. I am not the biggest space fan, though I am finding more space related things that I enjoy. What I was not expecting was how funny this book would be. Mark Watney is hilarious! I couldn't put the book down once I started. Plus I loved all the science stuff in it. All the calculations and seeing what it really does take to send something into outer space was really interesting. I had no idea.

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. 

This was a new to me author and man am I glad I found her books. I haven't gotten to the authors other books yet, but they are on my to-read list for early 2016. The Air He Breathes was another one of those books that just ripped my heart to shreds, but then put it back together in a better way. It was such an emotional read and I loved every minute of it. Elizabeth and Tristan are both so broken, they were devastating to read at times, but together they can help each other become whole. A really wonderful read that will destroy you, but then make you whole again and I can't wait to read more from the author.

A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand. 

Florand is another author where I would have put more than one book on my favorites list from this year. Really I love most anything she writes. Her style of writing is not like any other author I know. She always makes me fall in love with things I don't even like, with people who are so amazing I wish they were real. She always wraps me up in this warm cocoon of snuggly goodness that I can't get enough. I chose A Wish Upon Jasmine as my favorite for the year simply because Damian's hot dominant alpha male side that surprised me in such a great way. Really you can't go wrong with one of her books, and both of the La Vie en Roses books were amazing reads. Love this author so so much.

Butcher's Crossing by John Williams. 

Now this was a big surprise for me. How can a book about hunting buffalo, with so much super detailed description, be one of my favorite reads? I don't like hunting. I don't like killing animals. So why did I enjoy this book so much? I don't really know. This is an older book, and my book club read Stoner by the same author and I enjoyed that one so I thought I would check out his other books. I did listen to part of it as an audio book and I highly recommend that. The person who reads it is so much fun! This is definitely not my normal read, not something I would usually pick up, but I am glad I did. It was a lot of fun and kind of ridiculous at time. Plus I just loved how it ended.

The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons

One of my book clubs chose The Collectors' Society as the read one month and man am I glad they did. This author is another new to me author, and after finishing what is published of this series I went and read everything else I could find. They were all great reads, but I think this series is my favorite. I love the whole idea behind it. That popular stories, the places and people, actually exist in their own timelines. That if you were able to you could go into your favorite books and interact with the people. I also love how the author writes the characters, characters that you know from other works, and how they think about their stories. For them it is their lives and they don't always agree with how the author who wrote their stories portrayed things. Really fascinating read and I absolutely love Alice and Finn! I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can see what happens!

Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway

No one could be more surprised than me that an L.H. Cosway book made my list of favorite reads this year. I read a couple of her books last year and they were just not my thing. The guys were creepy to me for some reason, and they weren't written that they should have been creepy, so it didn't work for me. Then earlier this year I read The Hooker and the Hermit, authored by both Cosway and Penny Reid, and loved the guy in that book. Ronan was great and since he was mostly written by Cosway I thought I should really give her another try. Especially since Hearts of Fire intrigued me. I did start with the first book in the series, Six of Hearts, and enjoyed that one, but he is hot. He gets to me. He is one of my all time favorite guys from a book. This story was amazing. I love the circus setting and seeing how everything played out. I have been converted. I would say I am now a Cosway fan. And I couldn't be happier about it. Heart of Fire can be really intense, Jack can be intense, but oh so freakin hot I can't stand it. Love love loved this story.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Yes, Anna Karenina made my list of favorite reads. It has been on my to-read list for a while now, but I didn't get to it until it came up on my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge list. I thought it was going to be this long, difficult read. Kind of dry and hard to slog through, but that couldn't be farther from truth. I loved this story from the first pages. It was so much fun to read! I know some people disliked all the talk of Levin and his farm, all the details they found boring, but that was some of my favorite in the book. The characters, the way it was written and what they were thinking, always made me chuckle. I just loved the story. Yes it is long, yes it can be a bit confusing since it seems as though everyone is referred to by the same name, but oh how fun it was.

Fighting Silence

Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Aly Martinez is another new to me author and I am so glad I gave her books a try. I was hooked from the first pages of the first book and immediately read everything I could of hers. They were all such great reads so it was hard to pick just one favorite. I loved so many of the stories, so many of the characters, but I had to go with the first book of hers I read. The one that got me hooked. I remember looking up her books and seeing Fighting Silence. I read the description and thought it sounded interesting, but I wasn't expecting anything amazing from it. I started reading it on my train ride home from some errands and got so wrapped up in the story I almost missed my stop. And that never happens. I am always reading on the train, but always keep track of where we are so I don't go too far. Only Fighting Silence drew me in so much I tuned everything else out. I loved it. Till and Eliza were just perfect together. He has such a huge heart, always looking out for those he cares about, and she is just the sweetest person ever. They both had not so good home lives, but together they were simply amazing. I loved reading their story and really all of the authors books. Great reads.

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Oh Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors ever. I love her Knitting in the City series, and even though there was a new novella in that series (Ninja at First Sight) and that novella was amazing, I think Truth of Beard, the first book in the Winston Brothers spin off series, would be my favorite read of hers this year. I mean sexy bearded mountain men? Yes please! Add in a girl I loved who I can totally relate to and you have one great read. Duane and Jess were hilarious and hot, heartbreaking and sweet, and just everything wrapped up into a perfect package. Plus there is Cletus. Oh Cletus. I cannot wait to read his story!

Made For Us

Made for Us by Samantha Chase

I always love reading a Samantha Chase story, but there was something about Made for Us that really just blew me away and made me love it even more than normal. Aiden and Zoe were so cute together! I loved them, and I loved this story. Aiden was so cute. He is one of those people that everyone counts on. He takes care of his family and people he cares about. He always makes decisions and just thinks people should follow what he says as he knows best. Oh he was adorable. He didn't always understand why people would be upset or not understand why he was doing. He didn't always understand why Zoe would get angry with him as he was just trying to help...oh it was great. Plus he doesn't like change so he had some issues adjusting when things do just that. My favorite story from this author, though I love most all of her books.

The Janus Group series by Piers Platt

Oh my goodness was this series amazing. I smiled the entire time I was reading these books. The story start off with Rath's Deception and continues on with Rath's Gambit and Rath's Reckoning and I loved all of them. They were so much fun! So entertaining and I just loved them! As I said above space is not really my thing, but this series is so good I didn't really care. Rath is an amazing main character, I love that the story is his adventures (with the other characters storylines woven in as well). He gets scooped up by the Janus Group and taught to be a hitman, but of course things aren't as they seemed and he gets into all kind of crazy situations. Really really loved this series. It was just plain fun to read. 

Hansel Part 1

Hansel by Ella James

Phew-ey! Hansel was one hot read. It is marked as a dark, erotic fairy tale and it is not kidding. I was intrigued when I saw that as I thought this could either be amazing or it could be a disaster. Luckily it fell on the amazing side... It is dark, very dark. It is hot, incredibly hot. It is intense, so very intense. But I loved it all. Hansel and Leah are both messed up from what happened at Mother's house, but man. Hansel lets it go to this dark place, this intense sexy time that I loved to read. And Leah is right there with him. She wants it all. Yeah, I didn't expect to love this story as much as I did.

When to Let Go by J.M. Sevilla

When to Let Go is the story of the Baxter triplets and the people they fell in love with, and I fell in love with all of them. There are a lot of different storylines, portions written from many different points of view, but I really enjoyed the read. The author took me on quite the ride. So many ups and downs, so many times I almost cried, and so many times I was just overjoyed. Times when I was so angry with the characters, but times when everything was just so wonderful. Times when it was devastatingly sad and times when I almost cried because I was so happy. It was a really wonderful read with so many wonderful characters to fall in love with.

Winter's Heat by Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is yet another new to me author this year. I started off with her Only series then read most of her Titan series and I loved them all. I love all of these tough, strong, sexy black ops guys. They are just...yeah. I don't know that I can pick a favorite so I just went with the first in the Titan series. They are all great though. And the ladies in them are equally as amazing. They can be intense, they can be super hot, they can get in sticky situations, but they always get the job done. I love read them and all their secret missions and romances. Fun times.

Regret Me Not by Danielle Sibarium 

I wasn't sure that I would really enjoy Regret Me Not before I started reading it, but man I was hooked from the first page. Somehow the author wrote this story with a character that I would normally hate, but got me to love her instead. Mackenzie is the kind of girl I would normally hate in a story. She is not very confident, she is afraid of feeling too much, she makes stupid decisions and is not very nice at times, she makes decisions for other people, but I loved her. I felt for her. I wanted nothing but the best for her. The author did a wonderful job with this story. She made me feel all the feels when a different author would have made me hate the story. So an great read that I just loved. It really put me through the wringer, but I was glad it did.

How to Save A Life by Lauren K. McKellar

Man How to Save A Life was yet another super emotional read for me. It made me feel all the feels and I just wanted to scoop up the main character and make everything okay for her. One of the things I loved about this story is everything was slowly revealed. Things would be hinted at, but even with the hints I never would have guessed all the terrible things that lead to where the story started. This book was really intense. Everything that I just wanted to scoop Lia up and make everything okay. And Jase? Oh he was a sweetheart. He has his own dark past, but he is perfect for Lia. Really a great read.

After Math by Denise Grover Swank

This author I had read before, and I did enjoy, but she never made my top list. Then I found this Off the Subject series and that was that. After Math was probably my favorite, though I did love them all. Scarlett and Tucker are both broken, they both are hiding in their own ways, but they both make each other better. They are there for each other and I loved reading their story. Can you see a tend here? I really love stories about broken people. They are some of my favorites!

Love, Chocolate, and Beer by Violet Duke

Violet Duke is yet another new to me author that is now a favorite. I started with Love, Exes, and Ohs and loved it so much I went back and read the rest of the series. The books were so refreshing to read! Instead of lame drama llama causing problems towards the end the author had the characters handle whatever happened like adults. They would work through things instead of the ever present break up then get back together thing I find so often in stories like this. I really love these books. Whenever I get to a point and think oh, here we go, now it is going to be drama, it doesn't happen like I expect it to. Sure it is not all smooth sailing for the couples, but they was they handle every situation was just perfect. I'm glad I found this author and look forward to reading more of her books next year.

And there you have it. My top 20 reads of 2015. Really an amazing year for books. I had more 5 star reads than ever before. Plus Goodreads says my average star rating is 3.3 for the year. That means I read more good books that bad. I hope 2016 is just as good reading wise!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rath's Reckoning (Janus Group Book 3) by Piers Platt

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Rath and Paisen completed all fifty kills in their contracts with the Janus Group. But when they uncovered the criminal organization's darkest secret, the Janus Group unleashed an army of assassins to silence the rogue pair. With help from a former Interstellar Police detective, Rath and Paisen survive - barely. Their plan to attack the Janus Group head-on may be suicide, but in the end, they'll tear the organization to the ground … or die trying.


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also this is the third book in a series and NOT a standalone. You should have read the first two books before continuing on or you will be lost. There will be spoilers for the first two books ahead*

Rath's Reckoning is the third and final chapter of the Janus Group Trilogy and man was it fun! Just as great as the first two books in the series. The author did such a great job wrapping up this story. I was reading along just like how in the world is this going to work out? How are they going to be able to take down the Janus group? It just didn't seem possible, but then it was perfection. It came out of left field for me, but I loved every minute of it. Really I finished reading the book and turned to my husband just like "Oh man! You are never going to believe what happened! This book was so amazing!!" Fun times. 

The end of the last book was quite the cliffhanger. Rath had just found Paisen in the jail planet she was on only to find the company had followed him to find them both. We were left with them being tied up in some company facility with employees ready to torture them for the foreseeable future. It really looked bleak for them, though Rath did have the cop, Beauceron, who would be looking for him. 

This story starts right off with Beauceron trying to find Rath and saving him from his dire fate. You know throughout the whole series we have followed Beauceron and how he feels responsible for some cops deaths and him trying to find the Janus Group and hold them responsible for their crimes. I must say at times he got on my nerves in this book. I know he is a cop, but his blind optimism that they could somehow just walk up to the bad guys and put them on trial, that when things go bad they should turn themselves into the police even though that would mean losing whatever lead they had on the bad guys, his being so tunnel vision about it was frustrating. It was one of those yes, this might technically not be what you should do, but it is for the greater good. Do you want these people to pay for what they did or do you want them to kill you before you have a chance? After everything he has seen to almost underestimate the company was a bit surprising. He was just really rigid, but at the same time I get it. It is just not the way I would think in the situation. 

Rath and Paisen were so much fun. They are finally working together to try and take away the threat for good (and get paid). Man at the beginning of the story you can just see Paisen getting annoyed with Rath and thinking you've got to be kidding me!? Why do I have to be stuck with this idiot?? Oh I loved it. That is one of the things I love about the story. Rath is not some super amazing does everything perfect kind of person. He is more real, more like what a normal person would be like in his situation. It is good that he has Paisen on his side because together they might have a chance. 

There was a lot of action in this last chapter of the story which was great. With contractor 700 on their trail as well as the rest of the Janus Group they have a lot working against them. They get in some pretty sticky situations and somehow have to figure out a ways to not get killed. I loved all the technology in the story. I loved Rath's attachment to his backpack forge that he has been carrying around forever. I just loved this story. Like I said above I was getting towards the end of the story just thinking this is never going to work out, they are never going to be successful, but then it was just perfect how everything played out. 

I really enjoyed this series and cannot say enough good things about it. I don't read a lot of sci fi, but I probably should. If they are anything like these books I will love them. So much fun, so much action and adventure, such evil bad guys, just such a great read. Go pre-order your copy now so you will be all ready to finish this series on New Years Day! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a good book like this. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rebel (Rebel Wheels #1) by Elle Casey

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Teagan Cross, college senior, rebel, and wiseass extraordinaire, goes from princess to pauper in a single phone call. Overnight, her life of privilege becomes one of survival, and no matter where she turns, it seems like the world is out to get her. She's not going to fall apart, though. She's a rebel and she's strong … determined to live life on her own terms … and nothing's going to stop her from getting things done and making things right. But when a twist of fate brings her to the doorstep of a different kind of Rebel, she's forced to figure out when something's worth fighting for and when something's worth letting go.


Rebel is one of those books that I shouldn't have liked, but I actually loved. If someone would just tell me about the characters in detail, mainly Teagan, and the story and everything I probably would have passed on reading it. Teagan should have annoyed me greatly, but I just found her to be fun. I don't know why as she has a lot of qualities I don't normally enjoy reading. I love when that happens though. When an author makes me enjoy something I usually wouldn't.

Teagan is almost ready to graduate college when her father dies leaving her with nothing. She has a step-mother who is atrocious and a trust fund she can't get to until she is older, so she really doesn't have anything. No place to live, no money, no income, nothing but her bff. She is determined to figure it all out and take care of herself. Oh she was fun even if she did act like she was very young. She is so naive and doesn't know how the world works at all, which on one hand seems like it is impossible for her to be so unknowing about anything with how old she is, but on the other hand she seems like she really is just that naive. She was cute even if she wasn't the smartest at all times. She also is a bit crazy and all over the place which again endeared me to her somehow. Normally I would find her freaking out every two seconds, saying the exact opposite of what she means all the time, pushing the guy she likes away time and time again, not letting people help her because....well I don't really know why she would freak out all the time over nothing. Most times I would find characters like her so frustrating to read, but not her. Like when Rebel tried to help her when she was afraid to be alone and she would just say horrible things to him that she didn't mean and make him leave. It didn't make much sense, but somehow with her it did. I don't know if that makes sense. She was just a mess, but I really enjoyed reading her. Yes, she seemed like she was much younger than she was, but I loved her crazy ways.

And Rebel? Yeah. He is...everything I like in my book guys. Rebel is a very stoic guy. He doesn't like to waste words and so he doesn't talk very much. Oh I loved it. I especially loved the contrast between him and Teagan. He would just stand there saying nothing while she would just flit about talking a mile a minute and getting herself into situations that were just fun and ridiculous. She came in and turns his world upside down. Really she came in and refused to leave. She needed a job so she made one and made him accept her. And my goodness was he hot in all his silent ways. I loved him. He is such a great guy, always looking out for his brothers and those he cares about. He would do anything for them. Ah I loved it.

These two don't have it easy, especially with Teagan trying not to want what she wants. It was so sweet once Rebel starts opening up and talking about his past a bit. They really are great together. I loved them so much!! Through it all Teagan is also dealing with her fathers death and the toy car he sent her to keep safe. She is not the smartest, never thinks there might be more to it than just a toy car, but it was fun. Of course there is more to the story, more danger and intrigue, but overall it is just a super fun read. I really loved most everything about it and I can't wait to read the next books in the series! I don't know that I will love the other brothers as much as Rebel, but it will be a fun ride nonetheless!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, December 28, 2015

Lip Service (Lone Star Sisters #2) by Susan Mallery

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Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.

Former navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle have changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye -- or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He's asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb and help himself recover from a broken heart?


I know Lip Service is the second book in the series, and I did read the other three already, but I still loved this story. Yes, I knew what would happen in the long run, but Skye and Mitch were a lot of fun to read. 

Skye is the daughter who has always done what her father has wanted her to do. She was dating Mitch years ago, they were going to get married, but Skye's father told her to marry someone else so she did. She broke up with Mitch and hasn't seen him since. She loved him, she truly did, but her father...well her father is not a good person. He does what he wants and doesn't care about anyone else even his daughters. So do what he says or he will get nasty, so she does what he says. She always worried about what he would do if she didn't.

Mitch doesn't really know why Skye broke their engagement. Yes, her father wanted her to marry someone else, but he thought they were in love. He doesn't understand how she could do something like that, and now here he is back at home and everything has changed. He doesn't have part of his one leg, his family ranch is not the same as it used to be, there are just so many changes and he doesn't deal with them well. 

Through it all there is still that tension between the two of them. The both obviously still love the other, but can they make it work this time? Or will Skye's father sabotage their happily ever after again? It was a fun read. I loved the two of them together. I loved that Mitch was so cranky and had to learn to accept that not everything can stay the same. He cannot get his leg back, he cannot go back in time, he has to move forward. Skye's daughter was also amazing as she is just so cute! I really enjoyed this story. Really I loved this whole series. Great reads all of them. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Frozen by L.A. Casey

Re-releasing April 19. Available for pre-order now on
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There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.

Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.

Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?


Frozen was a fun Christmas read. Kind of like Jingle All the Way, but even more ridiculous since the two people fighting for the toy know each other. Really the beginning was almost a bit too much for me. It almost went too far and into the do not like category, but the story managed to right itself and just stay on the fun whimsical side. 

Darcy and Neala hate each other. Or so they say. It is obvious from the first pages that they both like the other, but neither will admit it. And Naela remembers what happened all those years ago to turn them from bff to enemies and it is ridiculous. Sure, young kids don't always use their words or know why they are upset or anything, but they are adults now! Naela thinks back on what happened just like see - he is a jerk! When it is like he is not. That was again an almost too much for me moment. Like I know it is supposed to be humorous, but it is not always my humor. This one toed that line for me at times, but stayed on the side of being a lot of fun. 

When Neala's niece and Darcy's nephew both want the hot toy of the season, and they both happen to be at the last store where the employee found the last one, of course they both want it. They need it for their gift since they said they would get it, but their families are super close, like family themselves. So no one would really care that much if one of them got it and the other didn't. It was ridiculous, but fun. 

Both of them are so crazy about having the doll there are lots of back and forth going on. One would steal it, then the other would try and get it back, and so on. This is nothing new for these two as they always fight with each other. Their families are getting tired of them ruining every family function with their petty feud and they see what Naela and Darcy don't - they would be perfect for each other!

When Darcy and Naela get snowed in together for a few days things heat up. They are forced to face what is going on between them and it was actually kind of cute. Of course there are still issues, these two cannot just go from fighting to loving, but it all works out in the end. A cute read for Christmastime.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Christmas Catch (Holiday Brides #1) by Ginny Baird

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A new Christmas novella by bestselling author Ginny Baird...
Book #1 in Ginny's Holiday Brides novella series.

Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart. 

Bachelor professor John Steadman has given up on finding the right one. Spending time with his friends while keeping up with his job seems satisfying enough. Then one day close to Christmas, a beautiful woman from Chicago nearly runs him off the road during a snowstorm. What's more, she's got a kid in her car. It's only natural that John and his trusty golden retriever want to help drag them out of a ditch and steer them toward their destination. What John doesn't expect is that soon he'll be hoping Christine and her son will be staying in Vermont - for more than just a little while.


The Christmas Catch was another great Christmas read. I just love all the holiday fun and magic that makes two people fall in love so quickly. Oh this really is one of the most wonderful times of the year. 

Christine has been struggling to support both herself and her son since the death of her husband a few years ago. She hasn't really gotten out and had a life since then, hasn't opened herself up to a new relationship or anything like that. She has been focused on her career and her son, though she hasn't been as close with him as she wishes. 

When her boss needs someone to go to Vermont and housesit for her (the boss had said she would do it, but at the last minute had something else come up) Christine agrees to go. She figures it will be a good chance to bond with her son. There is no TV or anything to distract them. 

While driving to the house she is caught in a snowstorm and almost gets run off the road. Luckily John is the one in the other car and he is so sweet. He does everything he can to help her and her son, with his trusted dog, and I really liked him. John has never had a real serious relationship. He has always been focusing on his career and has been too busy to devote to a family. At first he wants to keep his distance from Christine and her son, but that is easier said than done. There is just something about them that he starts falling for. 

Christine and John were cute together. They have a great holiday, though there are some bumps in the road to happiness. John needs to figure out what he really wants and if he can be that family guy he would need to be to be with Christine. Is she worth it, or should he let her go? It was a fun read and fun of holiday magic. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

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Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn't like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!


Merry Christmas those of you who celebrate this holiday! For todays read I decided on a classic from my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge list. A Christmas Carol must be one of the most popular Christmas stories, at least in the states, but it was never a favorite of mine. Really it is probably my least favorite Christmas story, based on the movies. I remember watching many movie versions of the story from Micky Mouse to Scrooged and everything in between. I don't know that I ever read the story though. If so I have forgotten it, but the movies I never really enjoyed. I was quite surprised when I started reading and found that I really enjoyed this. I think it is because of Dickens descriptions and writing style that I found quite whimsical and fun. For example one of the beginning lines which made me realize that this would be a much better read than I expected:

"Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. 
Mind! I don't mean to say that I know of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade."

Ah! So much fun. I also didn't think I was much of a Dickens fan, I read some of his works in high school and just remember slogging through it, but I am glad there are more on this Gilmore Challenge list as I need to revisit them. If they are anything like this work they will be a pleasure to read. 

So for those of you who don't know the story it is pretty simple. There is a grumpy, stodgy, money-hungry man who is not very nice to anyone. He has no Christmas spirit and is just all around unpleasant. One Christmas Eve he is visited by his dead partners ghost warning that he will be visited by three ghosts - the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Of course these show things Scrooge has either forgotten about or doesn't wish to happen and he wakes up Christmas day with a renewed sense of life. He is determined to change his ways so the future he saw does not come true. It is a fairly quick read, but so much fun. I see why it is such a classic, though I don't think the movies really do the story justice. Once again I am glad this challenge made me read something I wouldn't have otherwise read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Where the Heart Is (Ribbon Ridge #0.5) by Darcy Burke

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Home is more than a place . . .

Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.

Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future? 


Where the Heart Is is a quick, fun holiday read. It has all the markings of my favorite holiday reads - two people who meet under unusual circumstances and fall in love quickly, might have some issues, but the Christmas magic makes everything work out in the end. Oh I just love reads like this. 

Chloe has a bit of an overbearing family who is really into status and wealth. She has never care about her place in society and left them to take a part time job as an art teacher. She doesn't have a lot, but she is happy. She loves living in this small town and everything is going great until her house burns down. Luckily one of the firefighters, Derek, steps up and helps her. 

Derek was orphaned as a teenager, and he has a great second family, but he has never gotten over losing his parents. He has a lot of issues regarding the death of his mom in particular and he really should have gotten some help for that long ago. When Chloe needs a place to stay his family suggest his mom's old house which is sitting empty. He agrees even though he doesn't really want to. He hasn't been able to go in the house since his mom was alive, hasn't really done anything with it, but he also can't bear to part with it. 

Chloe and Derek were really sweet together. They just get along great from the get go, only Derek won't talk to Chloe about his problems. He won't open up to her and as long as the house doesn't come up things are fine. Chloe tries to just be there for him, but Derek does keep hurting her because of his issues. She is just what he needs to be able to start moving on and creating a new, better life. Chloe is such a sweetheart, so kind and patient and caring. This was a really great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joy is Found (Men of Ocean Beach #3) by Emma James

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Levi Donovan is best friend and wingman to Keanu Lee. He is also his business partner in Limbitless Tees. (There is a pun in there, folks.) Well, he was wingman, but now Keanu has Hope in more ways than one.

Things are changing for this sexy brotherhood … for the better.

Retro has the love of his life, which has turned him into an overprotective caveman. Keanu is a goner. Text is trying his best not to screw things up with his complicated relationship with Faith—it’s a work in progress. Harley’s ‘spidey’ senses are working overtime. And ... Slade has gone MIA, not that Phoenix cares. Not much, anyway. 

Damn Behemoth of a man.

Now the crew and the ever-expanding sisterhood are off to spend Thanksgiving in Cedar Hill, Texas with the people they love. Of course, what should have been a relaxing break away from OB turns into more than Levi bargained for.

When the girl he used to trip in elementary school with the mile-long legs and the ice blue hair crosses his path ... Let’s just say Levi is going to put his best foot forward, much to the amusement of the “inner circle.”

For once, Faith isn’t the one behind all the shenanigans; she has handed that baton over. Now she’s into matchmaking.

Oh, and of course there is that ever-pressing question:

Who is Hudson Raine?


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also this is not a standalone - you should have read the prior books in the series as this is a continuation of the same stories. 

Joy is Found was a great read. It is probably my favorite of the series thus far! These books are so different from most and I love that. The author is really good at creating a story with so many different main characters and having it actually work. These are not stories where there is a couple that is the main focus and everyone else you see in the background. No, these are stories about everyone. What they are all doing through the course of the book. Sure, one of them might find their special someone, but that is just what is going on with them in the book. I really enjoy that. You get to see everyone grow and mature and find their happiness together. It is amazing. 

Since this series is not like others it actually makes it harder for me to review. Since there is so much going on, so many people to read about, it is hard for me to condense what I love about the story into something that will do it justice. Each story adds more characters for me to fall in love with and growing closer to those I already know. This story was probably my favorite because it had so many ups and downs and really showed how everyone is finally really starting to move on from what happened with Chance. Yes, it was horrible, they all still have scars, but you can't just shut yourself off forever. This story was much more emotional for me. The author got me to be very upset when I jumped to conclusions (just like some of the characters), she made me angry with people at times (in a good way - just like no!?! What is happening?!?), but then she reminded me how great everyone is. She made me fall for these guys even more than I already had. Some of the characters I had previously not liked as much even started to grow on me. I loved this read. 

So like my other reviews for this series I think I will just do a little recap of all the main characters from this story. Ah I love it. So here we go.

Harley - Now he was one that I never really liked. Not that I have to like everyone, but he was a bit too over-protective for me in the first story especially. He is growing on me though. As I see all these big, strong guys fall for amazing ladies I kind of get that caveman thing more. I can't wait to see him fall in love with someone. He has been trying to deal with his feeling for Faith since she obviously likes his brother. I saw him as being much sweeter in this story, even if he was grumpy, and you just can't help but feel a bit for him having to be around the girl he thought he had feelings for and watch her be happy with someone else.

Keanu & Hope - Oh these two are so cute together! I fell for Hope hardcore in the last book, and she is just as sweet and awesome in this one. Keanu was always one of my favorites, I love how he deals with everything even if his humor sometimes hides how he is hurting, but with Hope by his side he is just amazing. He definitely has one of the biggest hearts and oh I love the two of them. I really like seeing them grow as a couple and you do have Hope learning who Ajax is and what he has been up to since he disappeared at the end of the last book.

Retro & Birdie - They got together in the first story and it was so much fun watching where their relationship is going. They are so happy together and so perfect for each other. They are adorable and have lots of fun surprises in store for everyone.

Text & Faith - Oh Jase. He is my favorite of all the guys. Something about the not talking really gets to me. He is the kind of character that I absolutely love to read. He probably has the most issues of all the guys and I can't wait until he finally lets us know what really happened from his point of view. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, he feels so guilty for everything, and he is finally starting to try and find some peace. He wants to be with Faith, and she deserves more than broken Jase. Really if anyone can help him it will be Faith. She is so sweet and kind, but pushes him as well. She is not willing to accept that this is just the way he will be forever. They have a bit of a rocky relationship, what will all the lingering issues, but I know they will work everything out. They are too perfect together!

Slade & Phoenix - Slade is not really in this book since he had other things to do, and Phoenix is really almost a secondary character. I can't wait to find out her story. I want to know what makes her tick. Why does she try to hide how much she likes Slade? What happened to her to make her the way she is? One thing I do know - they are going to burn the place down when/if they get together. They are just so hot together already, and they are not even together. Slade is this big, kinda scary looking, but super sweet guy and Phoenix...she is just awesome. Ah I can't wait for the next story with them in it (maybe the next Hell's Bastard book?). It will be fun!

Levi - He was always kind of a mystery to me. He was always there, but I never really knew him which is fixed in this book. He has his injuries from what happened, but he is kind of like Keanu. He projects this image of how fine he is with everything, how he accepts what happens, even if he does have a few insecurities locked up inside. I'm really glad I got to see him open up a bit more and help Joy with everything she is going through.

Joy - She is the new addition to the story that I loved. She has more in common with Levi that he might originally have known and I really like the 'used to like each other as kids' angle. Joy used to go to school with Levi and he showed her he liked her as 10 year olds do - by pulling her hair and such. Only she disappeared one day and he never knew what happened.  Now she is back and it looks like maybe there is still something between them. Joy still has a lot of issue to deal with. She has had some trauma in the past and she is not quite to Levi and the gangs level of acceptance yet. She has been hiding out from the world, but Levi doesn't want her to. He likes her, she might be the first girl who he has ever had to pursue, and I'm glad I got to meet her. She is a great addition to the gang!

So I think that is everyone. Wrap this all up into one story of everyone coming home for Thanksgiving, secrets being revealed, some really good times that made me just so happy, and some not so good that made me a bit tense and you have a great read. Not everything is happy shiny fun, but that is what makes it a great story. The author has created such a great group of people who will always be there for each other no matter what. Sure the guys can be a bit caveman-eque with their ladies, but it is really sweet. Oh, it was a great read. Now to wait to see what is in store next!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas in Whistler by Kim Hornby

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Daria Stark's ex-husband and his scheming girlfriend have her precious little girls for Christmas and she opts to get out of Seattle at the last minute to survive the lonely holidays. She arrives in the picturesque Canadian ski resort, Whistler Mountain, to visit her friend Joanne and lands in a whirlwind of holiday activity--getting a Christmas tree, shopping for presents, making Christmas cookies and being romanced by a dashing Frenchman, who is also visiting Whistler for Christmas. Not one to rush into romance, Daria finds herself being swept away by the charms of Californian vintner, Pierre Charbenaud and contemplates having a Christmas fling but will her heart survive when the Christmas vacation is over and both leave Whistler? 


Christmas in Whistler was a fun, cute Christmas read. Daria's ex-husband and horrible girlfriend have her daughters for Christmas. This is the first time Daria has had to be away from them for the holidays and she is not taking it so well. When her friend invites her up to Whistler she jumps at the opportunity. 

Pierre has also been invited to spend the holidays in Whistler. He is a charming Frenchman who sweeps Daria off her feet. His is so nice and plays along with everything, tries to help Daria with her ex's horrible girlfriend, is just a really great guy. They are both attracted to the other, but can if be more than just a holiday fling? Well it can if you add in a touch of Christmas magic!

This story was a lot of fun. Pierre and Daria and the others have a great time just enjoying the season. I loved how they would go out on the snow and make snowmen and snow angels and skiing and everything I love about snow. Snow just makes the Christmas season even better! A fun read, Pierre and Dari were cute together and I really enjoyed the read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Monday, December 21, 2015

Rath's Gambit (Janus Group #2) by Piers Platt

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Rath just assassinated a senator, and completed his final mission for the Janus Group. Now every Interstellar Police officer on Alberon is searching for him. If they don't find him, one of his fellow contractors certainly will … and the most feared criminal organization in the galaxy has severe punishments for employees who break the rules. Rath's only hope is to find the rogue contractor who helped him escape a company deathtrap after his final mission. United, the two assassins might just get free from the Janus Group and get what they're owed. But first they'll need to survive.


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also you should have read Rath's Deception already as this is a continuation of the same story.

Rath's Gambit was such a fun read. I am loving this series. One of the things I love most about this book is it is Rath's story. I love that he is not this perfect assassin even though he has had training. He has a crazy memory, he can't forget anything, but doesn't always think things through completely. As such he gets himself in situation that he then has to try and find a way out of. Oh he was fun. I love that the hero of the story is not this perfect person. He is human, real, even if he has had assassin training. He has to kind of fumble his way through things when they don't go exactly as planned.

At the end of the first book we were left with Rath making his escape from the men who showed up to collect his implants and everything. The men who were there to kill him since he completed his jobs. He had set up and executed a plan to do just that, escape, though it doesn't go exactly as planned. All of his nano bots didn't get out of his bloodstream. Most, but not all. That plus the company can still track him through his database means he still has some things to deal with before he can meet up with the only other assassin he knows who made it to 50 kills.

Through this story you see some of the character from the first book show up again, plus the company searching for both him and Paisen/Contractor 339. Rath needs help to try and find Paisen and hopefully she has a plan to get them both out of this mess. He just wants to be left alone, but he knows the company won't stop trying to find him.

You also get to learn more about the company, who is involved and why they started it. I can't wait to read more and see how this all works out. That and getting to know Paisen more...I really liked her. She is a great character and if anyone can take on the company I think it is her. She does not have as big a storyline as I had originally thought, but I still loved reading what was happening with her. You also have the cop from the first book who feels terrible for things he thinks he did. Even when things get bad he still sticks to his cop duties, still tries to work everything out in the way he was trained to do. Really I loved reading all of the characters storylines. It is hard to know who you can trust and when you see the reach of the seems like it will be impossible to stop them.

Really this book is a lot of fun. I love all the different people's stories we get to follow. This part ends in much more of a cliffhanger than the first one and I cannot wait to see what happens! It really doesn't look good, doesn't seem like they will be able to get out of this mess and take the company down. Alright I need to get reading the next book (releasing Jan 1) so I can see what happens! Such a fun read!!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Her Christmas Wishes by Lorraine Nelson

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Erica London needs some time alone to figure out if she should continue with the in vitro treatments. They haven’t worked so far. She really wants to have a baby and an heir to the ranch…to know he or she was on the way before Christmas. Of course, wishing for a man to love her and produce said baby would be wonderful, but that’s not about to happen. She rides over to the London Lodge, situated on the back end of the London Ranch, to clean and close it down for the winter. A freak blizzard has her snowed in, but she doesn’t mind in the least. She has food, shelter, and wood fires to keep her warm. Besides, she enjoys not having the phone ringing or wranglers stopping in to chat.

Spencer Rafferty is on his way to his brother’s wedding when he takes a wrong turn and ends up on a side road. His car hits a nasty drift and barrels into the ditch. With no signal on his cell phone, he looks around and all he sees is white. He smells wood smoke but can’t determine where it’s coming from. Then, in a moment of clarity when the wind dies down, he sees the smoke and walks down the road toward it.

Erica opens the door with gun in hand, unsure whether or not to allow the stranger in. But the storm is a raging blizzard and she takes pity on him. When not covered in snow, she sees just how handsome the man is…and he’s not wearing a ring. When the power goes out, things heat up. Could this man be the one to make her wishes come true? Did she have it in her to embark on a weekend affair? And could she survive his leaving when the storm was over?


Her Christmas Wish was not a very good Christmas read. The best thing about it was it was short so it didn't take much time to read. Even though it is a short read there will be spoilers ahead. The story was just not my favorite, and I don't know how to show that without talking about what I didn't like i.e. spoilers. 

Erica is desperate for a baby. She has been trying in vitro fertilization, but it hasn't been working. She needs some time to think things through by herself, so she heads off to the lodge that is closed for the season. If only she could get pregnant for Christmas! 

Spencer is a famous author on the way to his brothers wedding. When he misses his turn and gets stuck in a snowstorm he ends up on Erica's doorstep. Lucky for him Erica is so attractive! It won't be a hardship at all being stuck by themselves in the lodge! 

Of course since this is a short read they both are pretty instantly super attracted to the other. They gets some chores done, some misunderstanding out of the way, and then it is just days of sexy time. And surprise! Erica is a virgin! Yes, somehow her hymen is still in tact and she bestows this special gift on Spencer. Yes, he is just so attractive she cannot help herself! She has never been attracted to anyone else ever so lucky her he showed up at her door. And when the protection thing comes up, namely he doesn't have any, she is just like it's cool, I'm clean, don't worry about it. Yey! I am glad he never once thinks about how she can get pregnant...And that is like all she thinks about. How lucky would it be if she could have Spencer's baby? If only. 

So then the snow stops falling and the roads are cleared and Spencer must leave. Five weeks later and no word from him, but Annie is happy as she might be pregnant! Yey! So her whole baby frenzy, the wanting to have his baby without even telling him, I did not like at all. If he didn't show up on her doorstep would she have let him know? I doubt it by the way she was thinking which is just wrong. I did not like her I'm going to try and have his baby no matter what thing. Not cool. Anyways he shows up all I love you, I missed you, will you marry me? Of course she says yes to which he is then like well go take that pregnancy test you tried to hide from me when I walked in and see if you will make me even happier! Wait what? You have only spent a few days with this lady having sexy time all day and now you suddenly want to be married with a kid on the way? Okay. Sure. Whatever. I am done, and so is the story so...really not my favorite read. 


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Home for Christmas by Emme Rollins

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Alone and on the run, Ginny is desperate to stay one step ahead of danger while still trying to protect her sister and her sister's boys. 

Forced from her home and holding the key to a horrible secret, Ginny is haunted by her memories and pursued by a man who will stop at nothing to regain his control over her. 

The appearance of a mysterious man in her time of greatest need forces Ginny to decide whether she will take the chance to trust this handsome stranger.


Home for Christmas was a fun Christmas suspense. Ginny is homeless, living on the streets trying to stay warm at night and find food during the day. She has her places she can hang out and be warm during the day, but nighttime is still hard. She is on the run, trying to stay hidden from her step-father. 

Ginny didn't run far, but hopefully far enough. She has been sticking around because her sister is at a women's shelter with her two sons. She can't leave them, at least not until after Christmas. They are the only family she has. 

When Ginny realizes there is a guy following her she is a bit creeped out. This is one part of the story that was not as believable. If she were really so afraid of people finding her, of trusting anyone, it didn't seem like she wouldn't have just trusted Nick like she did, but it was a fun read so I just didn't focus on it. 

Through the story you start getting glimpse of what happened to Ginny and how horrible Brody is. You also get more info on who else is involved and some pretty terrible things almost happen. Ginny has a lot to deal with, but Nick is there for her and whatever she needs. Even though she has a dark past Nick wants to give her a bright future for Christmas. A fun, suspenseful holiday read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Cowboy for Christmas (Copper Mountain Christmas #1) by Katherine Garbera

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Annie Prudhomme never expected to be back in Marietta, MT and her family is fond of reminding her that she left them and the town behind in search of better things. A humiliating divorce that cost her everything she’d gained has driven her back home and her family isn’t about to welcome her back into the fold. She’s in town to rebuild the old home that she inherited and to move on once again.

Carson Scott never forgot Annie or the way she left. Now that she’s back in town he’s realizing that the old flame still burns hot but he can’t risk his heart the way he did last time now that he has his son to think about it. Being trapped together during a December snowstorm gives them a chance to rekindle their romance but is Annie back for good or is she just looking for a cowboy for Christmas? 


A Cowboy for Christmas was an alright Christmas read. The basic story is Annie and Carson used to be an item, but then she left him brokenhearted when she moved away. Now she is back, and there is still that attraction between them, but will she stay this time 

Carson seems like a great guy. He was married, but his wife died in a car accident a number of years ago. He was heartbroken when Annie left town, but he managed to move on. He still has his son to raise and is just a really good guy. When he sees Annie in town again he wants to get to know her, wants to see if they still had what they once did. At the same time he is worried that she will run again and leave him broken hearted once more. Though it is hard to stay away...

Annie never wanted to live in Marietta. She always wanted to go out and experience the world. She tired, was married, but her husband was a disaster and now she is crawling back with nothing. She has nowhere else to go and so she is planning on staying for a bit to figure out her next move. Even though she is loving being back, realizing that she missed that small town feel, missed people helping each other and being like family, she still is determined not to stay. Even though she keeps thinking this feels like home, being with Carson is like being home, being with him is amazing, she thinks she needs to go. Why? Well because she said she would never live in Marietta when she was a teenager! So she must stick with that...really she is why this was just an okay read for me. She annoyed me greatly. For most of the story it was just like I love it here, but I can't stay. I love Carson and he loves me, that means we can't be together. This is perfect and I love this, but this is not what I think ideal should be so I will just throw it away. Sure what she thought she wanted was not what she wanted, but let's hold so tight to what you should want and not let what you do want come in. She just annoyed me. So an alright read, but not my favorite Christmas story.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: Distraction (Underground Kings #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Distraction (Underground Kings #3, but can be read as a standalone) will be releasing early next year!. I am very excited for this story!

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Distraction: The great intensity, novelty, or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.

Sven is a man who takes pride in his ability to separate himself from his emotions. He's a man who knows who he is and where he’s going in life, a man who needs no one, because needing someone, anyone, is a weakness. 

His past taught him love isn’t enough.  

Maggie wants the happily ever after, but has never picked the right men, or stuck around long enough, to build a forever. It’s always been easier to get out early, before emotions make things messy. 
When Maggie wakes up naked in Sven’s bed, with no memory of the night before, these two must be honest about their feelings and face their fears, so they can build a future together.

Will love be enough for them to get their happy ending together, or will a threat from outside strike them down before they ever have a chance?

Prior books in the series:

  Assumption (Book 1)
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  Obligation (Book 2)
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About the Author:

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.