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
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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.”



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: ★ ★ ★ ★

Monday, July 17, 2017

Return to Oz (The Falken Chronicles Book 3) by Piers Platt

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Synopsis:

Falken survived the ordeal on Olympus, only to be stunned with a shocking revelation: his good friend Weaver is still incarcerated on Oz. The only way to get Weaver out is to volunteer to go back inside the prison himself. But the clock is ticking – Falken will only have a few days to find his friend and help him escape. While he’s back on Oz, he’ll have to follow the rules to the letter. One step out of line, and they’ll both be stuck in jail … forever.

Review:

I feel like every time I sit down to write a review of this author's works I end up saying the same thing. This story is awesome! So much fun! I loved it so so much!! Couldn't put it down! But that is because all of his books are seriously so much fun and I love them. I read them with a big smile on my face. When I see he has a new book out I am so excited to start reading. It is awesome. I love this author's stories, I love the worlds he creates and the characters I get to meet and it is always a fun super entertaining read.

The first two books in the Falken series could be read as standalone, but not Return to Oz. It draws on what happened in the first two books and, as the title implies, Falken returns to Oz. The same Oz as in book one. So if you haven't at least read Escape from Oz you will not have all the info to fully enjoy this story.

Falken is a great guy. He let his temper get the best of him back in the day, back before the start of the first book that set all of his adventures in motion. He has changed, he is not that person anymore, and I really enjoyed reading him. When he found out his friend Weaver is still in prison he is shocked. He thought for sure Weaver had gotten out just like he had. So once he found out this was not the case he has to try and help him. After all, Weaver helped him become the person he is today. He helped Falken get out of prison and become something. Falken can't just let Weaver rot in there forever.

This story had all the fun adventure that I love and all of the character that I love to read. One thing I really enjoy about this author's books is he always has a lot of characters, a lot of storylines that might not seem to be related, but they all come together in the end. This is not just Falken trying to get Weaver out of jail and what happens with him. This is also Weaver's daughter looking into the incident that got Weaver incarcerated in the first place. This is the story of the system that incarcerates people and how hard it can be to leave. This is people stirring up trouble trying to find out the truth. It was fun going back into Oz and seeing what it is like with Weaver in control. It is such a cool idea and getting to see all the people we met before and what they are doing when Falken goes back was a lot of fun. The way the author weaves everything together works so well. It's not easy, the system is really not set up for people who are innocent of crimes they committed, but maybe with Falkens help Weaver can get back to his family. Can have a life again. Really a great read.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Friday, July 14, 2017

Blog Tour: The Darkest Sunrise (Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez


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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.”

Review:

The Darkest Sunrise really puts you through the wringer! I loved it so so much! I always love Martinez's books, she always writes stories that I cannot put down, and this was no exception. I had been seeing other ARC reviews posting about how this book destroyed them and knew I was in for a treat. I also knew it was part one of two and so I tried to read it as late as possible just so I wouldn't have to wait as long to see what happens next! I can be a bit impatient, especially when the story is so great. I seriously cannot wait to see what happens next!

I absolutely love stories with broken people who learn to live again. Who learn that even though they have been through a lot the world is still turning and they are still alive. It is not easy, not by a longshot, but that is life. I don't know why I love stories like this so much. Maybe because it gives me hope that is heaven forbid something terrible happened in my life, say something happened to my husband, I would hopefully eventually find a way through the darkness. That is what these two characters are doing in this story. They are just barely floating along at the beginning of the story, but maybe somehow they can figure out how to live again. How to not just put on that fake smile so people will stop worrying about you. How to be again.

Charlotte and Porter both are hiding. They are both just pretending to be okay to get through the day. They both have a darkness in them from things that have happened. Not the same thing, but oh these two. When Porter first meets Charlotte he recognizes that in her. He sees her darkness, the same darkness that he lives with. And he meant to use her to help his son but ends up falling for her instead. He gets her like no one else. He might not know her exact circumstances, what happened to her that she stays in the darkness, but he understands it. He is there too. Oh, these two. They seemed destined to fail right from the start, but yet they still try and work something out. When you click with someone even when you are so out of it it is worth it. In the end. Hopefully.

I can't really say much more about this book (without spoiling it) except go grab your copy and read it! And pre-order book two as you are going to want to read that as soon as possible. I loved both Charlotte and Porter. I loved how they are so similar but so different. I loved watching them fall apart and help each other come back together. I loved this story. It ends on a cliffhanger. Things are not yet resolved, but I am hopeful that everything will work out in the next book. I need to see what happens. Another great read from one of my favorite authors.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)
Coming July 27th - Pre-order now on Amazon.com & Amazon.de
Add to your to-read list on 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.”


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 13, 2017

Release Day: The Darkest Sunrise (Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez


The Darkest Sunrise, the first book in a new duet by Aly Martinez, is now live! Grab your copy today and be sure to follow Aly's newsletter for exclusive news about the duet!

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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.”


The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)
Coming July 27th - Pre-order now on Amazon.com & Amazon.de
Add to your to-read list on 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.”


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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Night School: Genesis (Night School #1) by C.J. Daugherty

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Synopsis:

Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was.

Review:

Night School started off fun and I was interested in seeing where it was going and what was really going on, but then it dragged on and on and on. *spoilers ahead*

I started reading it interested in Allie. She keeps getting in trouble with the law and so her parents send her to a boarding school she has never heard of in the middle of nowhere. They don't have any technology there, no cell phones, no tv, nothing. She instantly makes some friends and seems to fit in and like it there even though it is completely different from what she is used to, which is odd that she doesn't mind not being able to call her friends back home that she apparently cares so much about, but I let it slide. It was fine. And pretty instantly we set up a love triangle with a dark, brooding guy and a creepy rich guy who is super popular. 

So while I was reading this I was trying to figure out what was going on. I really thought this was going to be a paranormal book as it seems like it would be. So many things happened that people tried to brush aside as nothing, but seemed like maybe it was a werewolf or vampires or something. Like when Allie arrives at the school the schoolmaster says you can't leave the grounds without their permission and it made it seem like you literally couldn't leave the grounds, not that you are just not allowed. That and no going in the woods alone or after dark because they are dangerous. Like what is in the woods that is so dangerous? Allie keeps running into things or being creeped out so I was really interested to see why. What is going on? 

Then the book drags on and on and on with Allie not being told anything, odd things keep happening, and it keeps looking more and more like the kids in Night School are paranormal somehow. But they aren't. It felt like I had to wait forever to find out what is actually happening and I wish there would have been some actual clues sooner or something. Plus when I found out what it was, when brooding guy actually told Allie even though no one is supposed to know outside of Night School, I think I said aloud "You have got to be kidding me! Seriously?? This is sooooo lame!!" It was such a disappointment and didn't really make sense in the grand scheme of things. Like some of the odd things that happened I was thinking about later, some that were never brought up again, and was just like but what about that? Why could person x do this? Or why did this happen? Or whatever. It....it wasn't good. So I felt like I read most of the book just to see what is happening only to be very disappointed. 

Besides the storyline being slow and disappointing the other thing that bothered me was creepy rich guy. He was not cool at all pretty much right from the beginning. And he really made me think there was paranormal going on. He would say something to Allie, tell her to do something, and she just would even though just before or later she would say I shouldn't or wonder why she did. It made it seem like he could control her with his words, tell her to do something and she would just do it because he said. So I was waiting for the reveal that he was whatever and could make you do whatever he wanted.

Then there is a big dance and Allie is so excited to go with creepy guy even though she keeps thinking of brooding guy (yeah she is one of those going with the one guy even though she obviously likes another guy more girls) and creepy guy keeps giving her drinks and telling her to finish them quickly so she would and she gets really wasted. So much so that later she thinks that creepy guy spiked her drinks as she was way more wasted than she should have been, but everyone just keeps saying the wine is really strong at this school...which why? Why do they have incredibly strong wine they are giving to kids?? That doesn't make much sense to me unless it is some paranormal thing and Allie was drinking the wrong wine as the strong stuff is just for the "others" as it doesn't affect them as much or something. Anyways Allie is really wasted and creepy guy pulls her aside and is trying to make out with her and go farther, but she is all no! Stop! And he doesn't. He starts strangling her so she can barely breathe and is all tell me you are mine!!! It was super creepy and I again thought oh there must be something to this. Like if she says she is his to appease him it will really bond her to him and she can never get away or something. That is the way everyone talked about it, but nope. He would just be happier and she could take it back once she got away if she wanted so...it was odd.

So yeah creepy guy is strangling Allie and trying to rape her while wanting her to tell her she is his and it was sooooo not cool. Luckily brooding guy shows up and saves her. So you would think Allie wouldn't want anything to do with creepy guy or would report him or something? Nope. I know someone died shortly after, but still. She should at least have not spoken to him again or stayed away from him. Instead she is just like that was the worst date ever! We are through! And later he apologizes with a "Sorry I forgot you are not like the other girls here and I can't treat you like I treat them" apology. Like what the actual f? So you rape other girls and almost choke them to death when they don't want it? And you just forgot you shouldn't treat this particular girl that way? You are awesome! And what does Allie do? First tells him he shouldn't treat any women like that, which is good, but I wanted more, and then forgives him. Yey! We are all friends now. Um seriously? You are just going to be friends with your would be rapist? Really?!? Oh, one other things, broody guy totally victim blames Allie afterward. He was all I told you creepy guy wasn't good! It is your fault you drank so much and went with him alone in a dark corner!! And she is just like I know! I am so angry with myself! It is my fault! BS! Complete BS!! Sorry, but rape and victim blaming and treating it like it is no big deal and we can all live happily ever after with our rapist is totally not cool!! I know creepy guy didn't rape her, but if brooding guy wouldn't have shown up he would have. And it would have been all Allie's fault according to the book. No. Just no. This is a young adults series. We don't need to be teaching our girls that if you are sexually assaulted it is your fault. No. Not cool. 

So yeah, this book was not very good. It made me very angry at times, it victim blames, Allie is incredibly stupid, and it was a long frustrating read. Did not like, will not be reading any more. It was bad. 

Rating:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Teaser Reveal: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez


The Darkest Sunrise, the first book in a new duet by Aly Martinez, releases in 1 week! Be sure to follow Aly's newsletter to be notified when the books are up for pre-order.

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)
Coming July 13 - add to your to-read list on Goodreads

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.”



The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)
Coming July 27th - Add to your to-read list on 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.”


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 5, 2017

The Heat Is On (Boston 5 #1) by Poppy J. Anderson

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Synopsis:

When Hayden's fiancĂ© breaks off their engagement, Hayden’s whole world falls apart. After all, she has loved Heath Fitzpatrick since they were children. Though she can hardly believe he really wants the breakup, she picks up the pieces of her life and tries to accept the new situation.

But her efforts are thwarted time and again by the rest of the Fitzpatrick clan, who have always been part of her life—and who are notorious for being outspoken, persistent, and downright meddlesome. None of Heath's siblings are above adding their own two cents. Or twenty.

Even Heath himself, a daring firefighter, seems to be having trouble adjusting to his new single life. So how in the world is Hayden supposed to move on, forget the plans they made for the future, and get Heath off her mind? And even more difficult—she'll need to banish him from her heart, forever.

Review:

The Heat is On was an alright read, but everything happened too quickly, was told to me, and was resolved without much fuss. It was an okay read, but I wanted more. Some slight spoilers ahead

Something bad happened not too long ago that has shaken up the Fitzpatrick clan. Heath especially. His world has fallen apart and he is not dealing well. He is pushing everyone away, especially Hayden his ex-fiance. He just can't seem to get it together. 

Hayden had been trying to not give up on Heath, but he has gone too far. Apparently he doesn't love her anymore. Apparently he really does want this breakup. It is killing her, but she has to face the facts. It is time to try and move on, but how is she going to do that? 

Now it is obvious they both still love each other, but the story was a bit...I didn't connect with either of them really, with anyone, so It was just a light read. And Heath did and said some really not cool things to Hayden. Things that man...it would have taken a lot to get on my good side again if someone said this to me. And the end? When Heath finally realizes he is messing everything up and need to make it better? That was way too easy. He just suddenly changes his ways and everything works out fine. He says one thing and Hayden forgives him. It was just...not that good. Way too easy and quick and just an okay fluff kind of read. I wish it would have been a bit more. If I could have connected with the characters or things didn't suddenly resolve themselves it would have been better.

Rating: ★★

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Taking Charge (Lone Star Burn #4) by Ruth Cardello

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Synopsis:

Lucy Albright never wanted her family’s Texas ranch, but now it’s in foreclosure. She’s already lost so much she can’t bear the thought of losing one more thing. Lucy learned the hard way not to accept help from a man when there are strings attached, so she’ll do whatever it takes to save the ranch on her own terms—even if that means launching an online business marketing high-¬tech sex toys.

Ranch manager David Harmon has a reputation for being a cowboy with a heart of gold. Even if she refuses his help, down-and-out Lucy is the kind of woman he’ll do anything to protect. And while David may not know much about Lucy’s naughty side business, that won’t stop a cowboy from doing something he’s set his mind to.

With the ranch threatened by a scheming neighbor, Lucy can’t help but keep David around. Their attraction may be undeniable, but will the spark between them burn her entire future to the ground?

Review:

Taking Charge was not my favorite read. I never understood the main character and why she did what she did, didn't like the whole men must solve the problems and keep the poor little ladies at home, it just wasn't the book for me.

Lucy never wanted to run her family's ranch, but now she is all that is left. She lost both her parents and her brother has run off leaving her to keep everything afloat. It is hard work, she doesn't love it, but she also can't bear to part with the last piece of her family she has left.

David is a really great guy who wants to be there for Lucy. When he first meets her he is smitten. He wants to get to know her better, but she is not in a good place so he bides his time. Only she goes and does something pretty stupid and he loses his chance...at least until a new one arrises. He is not going to waste his second chance with Lucy, the women he is going to marry.

Now I didn't really understand Lucy at all in this book. She talks a lot about how she is afraid now, how she never used to be, how she used to live life how she wanted. How she cannot ask anyone for help because...I guess cause she lost her parents and her brother went dark and everyone leaves? I can understand that when the story makes me believe that is the way the character feels. I was told Lucy felt this way, but I didn't really see it. She didn't make much sense to me. She tries her hardest to stay away from David as...I don't know. She just had a not so good situation so I can see being gun shy, but he is there and your friends have known him forever and know he is a great guy. So...I didn't really understand the way it was written why she was the way she was. That and she is so embarrassed by her online business that she doesn't want anyone to know. If David found out what she was selling he would hate her forever and never want to be with her because...well I don't know why. But by the way she was always so embarrassed by it I kept thinking maybe you should find something else to sell from your house? I don't know. Part of that could just be me not thinking it was a big deal at all, but it annoyed me. 

The other big issue I had with the story was that Lucy has someone who is out to get her, who wants her ranch, but David will do anything he can to protect her. Even shipping her off to another town so the womenfolk won't be around when the bad stuff goes down. Yeah, I would have been so so so angry if someone tried to shuttle me off somewhere else so I would be safe. So I could let the big strong men take care of us poor weak women. No. No. No. The way it was written I was just like nope. Not cool.

Overall this wasn't the book for me. The writing didn't make me connect with Lucy or understand her so it was not the best read.

Rating: ★★