Releasing Now: Dom Wars Round 6

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Dom Wars The Final Round by Lucian Bane & Aden Lowe

Release Date August 13, 2014

BDSM Erotic Romance

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 When Gladiator Inc, an adult toy company expands their market to familiarize the ‘vanilla’ world with the elements of BDSM, the result is a pay-per-view reality show with video feeds streamed live to subscribers. The show, Dom Wars, is a competition to determine the Top Dom that will become the spokesperson for the company. The contestants all wear cameras to film every moment and angle of the competition, while they complete various challenges to determine who has ultimately Dominated various elements of themselves. The hero and heroine of the series, Lucian Bane and Tara Reese, have barely made it into the Sixth and Final Round of Dom Wars. This week-long Survival Round will determine the Top Dom, once and for all. The contestants are taken to an uninhabited island, where they will have to cross formidable jungle terrain. First Dom to reach the boat anchored on the other side of the island wins the million dollars and the title. Seems simple. Except Lucian’s old adversary, the Sadist Jase Duff from Round One, has been tasked with making sure none of the five teams make it to the boat. If he is successful, he wins the prize, only it’s not money that Jase Duff cares about, its revenge on Lucian and Tara. And his sadistic need to inflict pain makes it game on.

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Lucian Bane:

My name is Lucian Bane, and I’m an Ineffable Dom. That just means, do yourself a favor and please don’t try to fit me into categories. Complicated Dom, Intricate Dom, or Confounding Dom work too. I don’t want a woman I can break, or overpower, or exercise my dominance over. I want a woman I can come undone with. I want a woman I can lose myself in. I think there are many men like myself, and I hope my writing will be a map for them. (And women, to let them know Doms like this exist.) I want to challenge men to go for the complete power exchange with a woman, but don’t be a coward and not give the same that they demand or expect. Consider that when you give one hundred percent of yourself to a person, there is no more of you to give away. You now belong to them the way they belong to you. Inner Doms need a master to train them. I once bowed to my Dom’s reckless and tireless desires, but when I gained control, he bowed to my will. The transformation made me into what I am today. What many would call an Ineffable Dom. But its equal term in the Vanilla world, in my opinion, is a real man.

Fun Facts about Lucian…

  1. I love salt and vinegar chips
  2. I love coffee
  3. I hate liver
  4. I love the lonesome cry of locusts at dusk
  5. I love antiques
  6. I want to live off the land, in the mountains in a remote cabin with Tara and our future family
  7. I love the smell of Pine Sol
  8. Love the smell of a campfire
  9. Love the smell of fresh cut grass
  10. I love swimming in a cold river
  11. I love sleeping with a box fan on (lol old habit)

Aden Lowe:

As an English major in college, I took a summer job as a proofreader for a small town newspaper, and got hooked on editing. I also worked my way through college training horses. After graduation, I landed a job for a small independent editing firm, and stayed there for 15 yrs. An old friend, Lucian, approached me to edit his special fiction project, and I got hooked. After an insane few months editing his Dom Wars series for him, Lucian convinced me I should try my hand at writing as well. I’m his co-author for Round Six, the final Dom Wars installment, and we will co-write the White Knight Academy series as well. And in Sept 2014, I’ll release my debut solo work, an Erotic Western with BDSM elements, “Big Game: A Hunted Love Novella”. In addition, I have a military series in the planning stages.

Fun Facts about Aden…

  1. Might, or might not, have bad dreams about penguins.
  2. Had no idea who Justin Bieber was until a few days ago when Wheels enlightened me and changed my life forever. Not.
  3. Until recently, hadn’t gone to see a movie at the theater since “The Horse Whisperer”. I’m not happy about sitting in the dark with that many strangers.
  4. Loves babysitting the neighbors Little Doms, except when they’re flushing my bathroom rug, or doing something worse.
  5. Drinks a mixture of coffee and hot cocoa instead of coffee.
  6. Not into sports – balls aren’t intended to be hit, batted, kicked, thrown, or otherwise abused.
  7. Lived up to a lifelong goal of making a woman wet her panties… just not in the intended way ;)
  8. According to a certain Little Domme’s mom, big hands and feet mean big other things. And everybody knows moms know EVERYTHING.
  9. Has a horse named Joe. Why Joe? Because it’s far easier to say “Joe, you bastard, you bite me and I’ll take your head off” than “Stardust Lucky Bastard, you bastard, you…”
  10. ADEN IS NOT: 1. Afraid of bugs 2. Innocent 3. Sweet 4. A clean freak (Just can’t stand NOT clean) 5. A workaholic (OK, that one’s a fib) 6. A good liar 7. Intimidated by children who aren’t the Little Doms next door. 8. A Momma’s Boy (Close to and protective of Mom is different) 9. Unlikely to shoot a criminal coming through the front door 10. Above kicking a fool’s ass, literally or figuratively.

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Releasing Now: Rules of Protection

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Rules of Protection

By: Alison Bliss

Release Date: August 26, 2014 (That is TODAY!)

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It’s rule breaker Emily Foster’s birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake’s as hot as he is infuriating, and she can’t help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.

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*****5 Amazing and Phenomenal Stars*****

Let me begin this review by saying that if I could give this book all the stars in the world, I would. It blew me away with its magnificently developed characters possessing some pretty distinctive personalities, its upbeat and highly engaging story, and the fact that it had more southern charm than you can shake a stick at.

Rules of Protection had everything that makes a book exceptional, and Alison Bliss hit it out of the park with her debut novel. I couldn’t get enough of it, and even after finishing it, I can’t get the story or its seriously charming, authentic, and hysterical characters out of my head.

Something tells me they’re going to stick around with me for a while too! And I LOVE that because they’re all out of this world awesome.

What made this book exceptional:

  • Emily is a snarky little spitfire. Emily is as snarky and sassy as they come. She puts the out in outspoken, and I freaking loved that I never knew what would come out of her mouth! That girl likes to ruffle some feathers, and she definitely has a pretty tough defense mechanism when it comes to her “word vomit”, but I heart that girl something fierce! I especially loved that no matter what situation Emily was in, she was still her. It didn’t matter if she was in a moment of pure pain or pure passion, she was still her tried and true spitfire self all the way.
  • Jake is my kind of male character. Jake had buckets of personality, and I loved that about him. He was charming and he could be stubborn as all get out, yet he was definitely a true southern gentleman with a little bit of a twist. He’s also just a seriously good guy who just melted my heart. There were time when his character had such a rough exterior, and he could be one helluva hard ass about things, but when he felt, he felt hard. There isn’t one thing I didn’t like about him. Did I also mention he’s good looking as all get out, and knows how to woo your pants off? Literally.
  • Jake & Emily’s relationship. I couldn’t get enough of reading how these two attempt to come together. They face a crap ton of obstacles between their pasts and presents, and they are both stubborn as all get out, but reading the building of their relationship was just extraordinary. The doubts they had, the hesitancy that happened every time they got close to one another, and the emotional pushing and pulling they both did in the building of their relationship was utterly authentic and so enthralling to read. Reading these two get close to that edge over and over again made me love them more, and their banter was fanfreakingtastic.
  • The vivacious supporting characters that glued themselves to my heart. I absolutely freaking adored every single supporting character. I want to read a book about each one of their distinctive and remarkable little selves. I want to know the story behind Ox, Judd, Junior, Bobbie Jo, Gina, Dale, Hank, Floss, and most of all, COWBOY! They were all utterly fantastic, and so well developed. I felt like I knew each and every one of them personally, and I connected with them in such a way that made them all seem so real to me. All of these glorious characters make up one helluva family that I just adored spending time with.
  • The humor that had me laughing out loud! Rules of Protection had me laughing and smirking more times than I could count. The humor and banter was right up my alley, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the hysterical things these characters were saying and doing. The one liners in this book were simply the best, and I don’t think I’ve laughed this much while reading in a very long time. I especially loved the unique humor each character had, as it added a distinct piece of wit to the already fun filled story.
  • The southern charm. This book is bursting with southern charm, and I ate up every single bit of it. The country living, the sayings, the twang, the lovely animals, and everything else in between had me loving all of the southern aspects. It brought a smile to my face, and the world of this book to life from the page. I felt like I was there and could wholly imagine and feel the characters and southern setting so well, and that was just remarkable and so enjoyable to experience.
  • You can cut the sexual tension with a knife. The sexual tension and chemistry between Jake and Emily sparks off the page, and builds and builds until it explodes. If you thought fireworks were fantastic, you haven’t read this book and felt that connection and tension between Emily and Jake. (Oh, and I’ve never been jealous of a deer stand until I read this book…)
  • The pasts of the characters. I really enjoyed getting to read about both Emily and Jake’s respective pasts, as it enlightened so much about both of them. Their pasts show how they came to be where they are together in their current situation, and honestly explained so much about them. I also enjoyed getting to see the glimpses into some of the other characters pasts, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I get more on those little gems someday soon!
  • All the feels. This book will make you feel every emotion under the sun. You will feel the love, the passion, the pain, the emotion, the vulnerability, the sass, and everything else these characters and story feel. You feel it all, and even when it sometimes sucks because the characters are going through so much, you will love it because you will feel and understand everything they feel.
  • The moments that speed your heart up. There were so many instances that sped my heart up. Some were from the love going on or the action and suspense I was reading or just from the lovable craziness, but I loved it all. That excitement and vivaciousness just thrilled me and engaged me fully within this story. It also had me dying to know how it would all come together.

Bottom line: this book will just blow you away with how outstanding it is.

It has everything going for it. The main characters are absolutely wonderful in every way, the family that makes up the supporting characters will have you feeling the love, humor, and the southern awesomeness, and the story itself will hook you in from the first word to the very last. It’s also magnificently balanced with the love story and suspense, and you’ll want to fight for Emily and Jake and what they have together throughout the entirety of the book.

I honestly couldn’t recommend this book to you more if I tried. It was exceptional in every way, and every aspect of this phenomenal book made me love it whole heartedly more. Alison Bliss wrote an outstanding book, and her thoughtfully crafted and beautiful writing will make you a fan of hers for life.

Rules of Protection will suck you in in the best possible way, and it won’t let you go until long after you’ve finished. That doesn’t happen every time you read a book, so relish in that because that’s rarer than you think.

And when in doubt, just think of what Cowboy would do, because that gem of a man will never steer you wrong. :)

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As the youngest of five girls, Alison Bliss has never turned down a challenge…or been called by the right name. Her writing career may have started out as a dare by one of her sisters, but Alison hasn’t put her pen down since.

She grew up on a small island off the Texas Gulf Coast, where most of her childhood vacations consisted of camping or hunting trips to the deer lease. Although she’ll always be a Texan at heart, Alison currently resides in the Midwest with her Iowa farm-boy husband and their two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it’s no wonder she writes “girl books.”

She’s an animal lover, a closet video game enthusiast, and believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. Alison’s an avid romance reader who enjoys penning the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, “Romance…with a sense of humor.

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 I cannot recommend this book to you more! It was utterly fantastic and you are seriously missing out if you pass this one up! So do yourself a favor and check it out TODAY! 

 

Releasing Now: Assumption

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Assumption

By: Aurora Rose Reynolds

Release Date: August 28th

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a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof

They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.

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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.

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Author Spotlight: Melissa Pearl

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus, and Pakistan…not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since become a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014-True Colors, The Msks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has 6 books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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The Lover’s Secret

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The Lover’s Secret

By: J.C. Reed

Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Full Length Novel

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When a sexy encounter comes like a dream…
Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe and can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The fun is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.
Sexy millionaire Jett Mayfield can have any woman he wants, but the night he sees Brooke, he knows what he has to do. Brooke has something Jett desperately wants, something he can’t admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. He has a secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

When two hearts collide, at least one is bound to shatter.
A man who takes what he wants A woman who’s ready to give him one night One bet that turns into a game of seduction But Mr. Sexy drives in the fast lane. And he has a secret that could destroy her.

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****4 1/2 Hot Hot Stars****

This was the first book I had ever read by J.C. Reed, and I have to say that I really enjoyed reading The Lover’s Secret. It had so many aspects to it that I just loved, and I was immediately taken in with the story and its characters, Brooke and Jett.

J.C. Reed’s writing is well done, and the book hooked me in from the first page. It also made me want more of these fabulous characters, and I am dying to see where their story goes after this book.

What I loved about The Lover’s Secret:

  • The unpredictability. I loved that this book was unpredictable with what was going on in the story and with the actions of the characters. I never knew where the next plot twist or turn would lead. I loved that, and that kept the entire book seriously engaging.
  • The passion and connection. You can feel the passion and instantaneous connection between these two characters right away. It’s raw and visceral and really powerful altogether. It also lights the pages of this book on fire, and you will definitely be feeling the heat from these two.
  • The mystery. There is a true sense of mystery that weaves its way through this book. When you read this book you will feel that mystery working its way through the story with the secrets coming out in little pieces that will leave you dying to figure it all out. These little mysteries and secrets left me wanting to know all the answers the questions they brought up, and that completely captivated me to the story.
  • Brooke’s past. You can definitely tell that Brooke has a past filled with some pretty heavy things, and that those events are heavily influencing the way she’s acting, feeling, and thinking in the present. I loved reading that because it just made so much sense and it made me really feel for her character. It allowed me the chance to understand exactly why she felt the way she did. It just helped me “get” her.
  • The beautiful writing. The writing in this book was fantastic. I could picture everything so well, and I could easily feel every single thing the characters were feeling because of how wonderful the writing was. The writing just made this book, and it really made the characters and story come to life off the page.
  • What in the world is Jett up to? Throughout this book I was heavily intrigued with trying to figure Jett out. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him, and I loved that. He also is hot as all get out, and I was loving how I had to try to decipher what in the world was going on with him. There’s clearly a lot more at play him with this story, and I cannot wait to find out what that is in the coming books in this series.
  • The supporting characters. These characters really help bring the story together, and they each add something to the story, whether it’s more mystery or secrets or just some good old social interaction. I love the instances where I got to see those other characters and what they added to the story, and overall they helped round out the book well.
  • Wham bam thank you ma’am. This book is fast paced and highly charged. It was thrilling and exciting, and it kept me hooked in the entire time. Its hits the ground running and didn’t let you go until the book was over, and that just works.
  • The trust thing. I really liked the fact that this book explores the trust that Brooke has with herself, her feelings, and with Jett himself. Her past which slowly and thoughtfully comes to the page makes it easy to understand why it’s hard for her to trust. Reading how she tries to figure out what and who she can trust within herself and others is just utterly fabulous, and it made her character truly authentic.
  • The great anticipation of more. This book has a surprise around every corner and will leave you highly anticipating what will happen next in the coming books. I am dying to know how this will all turn out, and I can’t wait to read this books follow up. That anticipation will have you feeling the same way. I guarantee it.

The Lover’s Secret overall was just a fantastic book to read. It had a ton of aspects that I just loved, and I want truly captivated by the story being told. Brooke and Jett were characters that I truly enjoyed reading, and their story is one that will take you on one hell of a ride.

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**This book is a standalone book as part of a new series, but the characters in these books are also the two main characters from her Surrender Series. This book is a new twist to their story, and twisty it was! You don’t have to read those books to understand these characters or this book, though I did go on to read that entire series AFTER reading The Lover’s Secret. And I will have you know that I loved reading it in that order.

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It’s a Cover Reveal: Raced by K. Bromberg

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By: K. Bromberg

Release Date: September 15th

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The Colton Points of View Collection

 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a companion novella to the best selling Driven Trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed). This novella is a compilation of reader requested scenes from the series retold through the eyes of Colton Donavan.

 Colton Donavan lived life in the fast lane, but it took Rylee Thomas to teach him what racing was all about.

 Arrogant

Rogue

Broken

Conceited

Dirty-Talking

Rebel

Egomaniacal

Voodooed

Bent

Reckless

 You think you know me?

Think again.

*Raced is not a complete re-write of the Driven Trilogy. This companion explores pivotal scenes as well as some new ones written in Colton Donavan’s point of view that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, and Crashed. Hear his thoughts, experience his inner-turmoil, and laugh with him on his journey as he overcomes his demons and accepts what it means to love.

 This novella is for the devoted readers of the Driven series. It is recommended that this companion be read after Driven, Fueled, and Crashed.

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“Well, according to you, I took the checkered flag last night, Rylee…” I say as I take a step toward her trying to snap my thoughts in line, make up a reason for being here besides the need to make sure she’s okay when I could have just picked up the fucking phone. I resist the urge to reach out and touch her because I know if I do, my dick will rise to the occasion and do the talking for me. And fuck if I know what it will say.

She licks her lips, dick beginning to win the internal thought process when I suddenly figure out my angle – my in – my stupid ass excuse for showing up the morning after like some pussy-whipped douchebag. Because fuck, you can’t get pussy-whipped after just one taste. Shit like that takes time to acquire.

Or so I’ve heard.

This man might be drawn to the pussy palace but fuck if its queen will hand out orders that I’ll obey.

I take another step toward her, still undecided about my excuse for being here when I glance down momentarily and see her nipples harden through her tank. Well at least I know she’s still attracted to me. Let’s see if I can make her like me again. Give me another chance.

Bingo. Truth shall set me free. There’s the answer. I just want another chance when I’ve never wanted one before.

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Drops of Rain

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Drops of Rain

By: Kathryn Andrews

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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Ali Rain
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.

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I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.

**This book is for anyone who loves a good romance and it is intended for those who are 16 years of age and older.**

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Reading Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews was by far one of the best reading experiences I’ve had in a long time. This book was just so much more. I honestly don’t think I have enough positive adjectives to describe how out of this world phenomenal it was.

I could probably use every positive adjective I know, and it still wouldn’t do this book as much justice as it deserves.

Let me begin this review by telling you that this book took me through the serious emotional wringer. (And this is from someone who watches Grey’s Anatomy on the regular, and sits through hours of Shonda Rhimes toying with my emotions.)

This book was brimming with varied, well developed, and thoughtfully crafted emotions, each one more powerful than the last. Each event, character, and instance brought on a new feeling. Sometimes it was painful as hell, sometimes it even broke my heart to read, and then other times those instances brought on so much elation, healing, and love that it took my breath away from its sheer beauty.

This book was powerful and passionate as hell, and it truly had every single aspect that makes a book an exceptional read.

What was out of this world about Drops of Rain:

  • Seeing both Ali and Drew’s POV’s. Drops of Rain is from both Ali and Drew’s alternating perspectives, which illuminated so much about them both as individual characters, but especially so with how they felt about one another. Their individual P.O.V. enlighten everything about them, their pasts, and their presents while managing to capture them in such a truly enthralling and believable way.
  • The emotional wringer. Like I said, this book takes you through a full on emotional wringer, but this aspect is why I loved it immensely. The anguish, pain, and desolateness that both Ali and Drew experience in their individual lives will just make your heart hurt. You’ll want to reach in and offer comfort, and just make it better for them. In the end though, that emotional wringer will make the story that comes off the page that much more memorable, and seriously worthwhile because of every emotion you experience. Music also plays an essential role with that emotional wringer, and that music just enhances everything you’re reading tenfold.
  • Ali. Ali’s character was beautifully inspiring, and that girl had some serious sass to her that just drew me to her. Ali is the type of girl who is determined and focused, and stops for nothing. She could also care less what other’s think of her, and that was truly refreshing. Through everything she experiences with her loss and with Drew, her character shines and emanates through. You will feel for Ali, you will love her, and you’ll want to protect her with everything you’ve got. The connection I had to her character was outstandingly powerful.
  • Drew. Drew is by far one of my favorite male characters I’ve EVER read. The time spent in his head explains what shaped him to become the man he is, and the man he is becoming when he meets Ali. Drew is severely driven and fiercely protective because of circumstances no one should ever have to experience. His character is one that’ll take root in your heart, and your love for him will continually grow with every single word. What Drew experiences will exemplify the strength he has, and will show you just how good of a person he is.
  • The depth of Ali and Drew’s relationship. Because of what both characters go through individually, the depth of their feelings in their relationship become deeper and more powerful. Their relationship is beautifully developed, and even when they have their heads up their butts with stubbornness about one another, you will adore them. The magnificently crafted words on the page will make you believe that a love built on so much passion, strength, and tenacity like theirs can heal, take you to a better place, and make you a better in every single way.
  • The build to be each other’s “person”. The build in Ali and Drew’s relationship exemplifies everything it takes for them to be together. Their hesitancy, doubts, emotional pushes and pulls, and steps forward and backward throughout that building of their relationship epitomizes all they are putting into it. You get to read how their connection flourishes and grows, and how they become each other’s “person” in every single way, and that’s absolutely brilliant.
  • The hope with the pain. With every instance that pulled at my heart and brought tears to my eyes, there was an instance that healed and transformed it all. (And yes I really did cry!! I know, that’s shocking for me!) The transformative healing that takes place for many characters really balances in such a wonderful way with the pain they’re all experiencing, and it makes the story that more fantastic as a whole.
  • You will feel it all. The way all of the emotions come across will literally have you feeling and experiencing every single thing Ali, Drew, and everyone else are. The author creates a world where you see every little and significant thing through their eyes’ fully in every facet. This aspect will make these characters wholly authentic and real to you. You’ll feel them, you’ll connect with them, and you’ll love them every damn step of the way.
  • Fighting for the happy and peace. Both of these characters have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Ali is feeling utterly alone, and Drew is pulling away from everyone. They’re both at war with so many emotions and people, but when they come together, they fight for that happiness they both so totally deserve. The fight both of these remarkable characters go through for that happiness will just make you want to fight for them too. Their tenacity in the face of so much sadness, pain, and utter anguish will blow you away.
  • Supporting characters for the win! Every single supporting character won me over in an instant (Even Cassidy and her horribly conniving self.), and I loved them all for their range of sparkling personalities that just made me consistently smile. There is also an instant comradery between all of these characters themselves and with Ali & Drew that is felt exceedingly real and authentic for characters of their age. Beau and Leila especially stood out because of every incredible line and moment they added with Ali and Drew and the rest of the story. (I cannot wait to read more Beau! He just melted my heart!)
  • The dragonfly symbolism. The symbolism with the dragonfly with Ali and her mother that weaves its way effortlessly through the book is very poignant and beautiful. It was also powerful as hell, and served such an immense and magical purpose to Ali’s story.
  • Channeling the passion. Ali is a dancer, and Drew is a swimmer. They take and put everything they feel into both of those passions, and that exemplifies so much about them both. It shows their tenacity, while also showing how both of those passions are an escape from the harsh realities they both face.

I know that this review was long, even for me, but I hope you really enjoyed it because I enjoyed Drops of Rain profoundly. It was a highly enthralling book that provided me with such a beautiful, captivating, and emotional reading experience that I won’t ever forget.

Drops of Rain is writing and storytelling at its best. The characters are thoughtfully crafted and developed, the story is one you’ll connect with instantly, the level of emotion will blow you out of the water, and in the end you’ll be glad as hell you read this book.

Kathryn Andrews blew me away with this book, and I sincerely hope you take a leap of faith with my HIGHEST recommendation & review, and give Drops of Rain a read so that you can experience its breathtaking magnificence.

Take the leap of faith people….You’d do well to remember that.

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Releasing Now: Combust by Tessa Teevan

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Combust is the first in an Explosive spin-off series called The Wellingtons.

Combust (The Wellingtons, #1)

By: Tessa Teevan

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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After years of being called a tease and then being labeled the Virgin Queen, Andi Kane decides that when she goes off to college, she’s ready to ditch the labels. She’s grabbing the bull by its horns and riding as wild as she can.

Fate must be smiling on her the night she meets Cohen Wellington, the cute boy-next-door and fellow music lover. Their connection is instant, and as the night progresses, she knows she’s found The One. Only…it doesn’t go exactly the way she had planned it. And even though she can’t get him off her mind, some humiliations are just too much to overcome. She walks away, never planning to see him again.

Three years and a whole lot of experience later, Andi and Cohen are suddenly drawn together again, and it doesn’t take long before it’s clear their connection is stronger than ever.

Fate. Destiny. Kismet. Whatever you want to call it, these two fall hard and fall fast. Their love burns hot, but when their plans for the future seem to move in two different directions, will it be enough to sustain the flames, or will the fire consume them, their relationship combusting before their very eyes?

Sometimes love comes quickly without question, without hesitation, and without fear. But this kind of love is once in a lifetime, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, can it really last?

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She stands up and begins looking around. “She was actually just here about ten minutes ago, but I told her you weren’t due in until one. She said she’d wait, but I don’t see her.” She continues looking until her eyes light up. “Oh, there she is. I’d spot that beautiful red hair anywhere. She’s at the table in the corner, her back turned to us.”

At the mention of beautiful red hair, my heart nearly skips a beat. I mentally ridicule myself. I have no idea why I still think every single redhead I see is going to be Andi. As I turn to see where Mrs. Marsh is pointing, I easily spot the redhead. I’m about to thank her and head towards the back table when someone across from her nods in my direction. Slowly, she turns her head, and as our eyes meet, I can’t move from my spot.

Less than twenty feet away from me is the girl I’ve been simultaneously looking for and avoiding for the past three years.

The girl whose mixtape has nearly worn out from continuous play.

The girl I’m supposed to tutor and not five minutes ago I made a vow to keep my hands off of.

Less than twenty feet away from me is Andi. For the first time in over three years, I’m face to face with her. Ruby.

Just a little tease…

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I’m a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

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Rescue Breathing by Zoe Norman (And a Cover Reveal!)

Rescue Breathing

By: Zoe Norman

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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When Manhattan Psychologist Olivia Burke receives an invitation to present her research on trauma in servicemen in Seattle, she is determined to turn the business trip into the start of healing her own traumatized heart.
 
FDNY Firefighter Owen Maxwell is an unapologetic playboy who spends his days saving lives and his nights breaking hearts.  He puts his life on the line every day and is skeptical about doing the same with his heart.  But when he meets Olivia, the girl with the shattered spirit–sparks fly.
 
They share a hot weekend in Seattle and discover that they want to share so much more.
 
Both Olivia and Owen are in need of help mending their hearts.  What remains to be seen is if they can do that for each other, or if they are so damaged they go up in smoke.
 
Rescue Breathing is the journey of two lost souls, trying to breathe new life into each other without losing themselves along the way.

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 Zoe Norman is the brainchild of Stephanie K. and Heidi H., two women with one very important thing in common—their love of good erotic romance novels.  After a year of writing fanfiction and developing a swoon worthy friendship from across the country, the decision was made to write their own novel.

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Olivia Burke is ready to risk everything to be with Owen Maxwell.  She’s determined to discover his dark secrets, mend his broken soul, and convince him to make their relationship more permanent.  Owen is hell bent on not losing his sense of self, all the while trying to alleviate Olivia’s fears that he’ll leave her for any of the warm bodies ready to throw themselves at a sexy fireman.  For Olivia, the past interferes with the future she wants.  For Owen, the future he wants is being assaulted by his past.
 
With hard work and a commitment to love each other, their budding relationship continues to blossom until one fateful day when their utopia comes to a crashing halt and threatens the future they’ve been working toward.
 
Will the challenges life continues to deal them keep them together or push them further apart?  Is their love strong enough?  Right now, both of them are in need of some life support. 
 
Life Support is the conclusion of Olivia and Owen’s story that began in Rescue Breathing.

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For Nicky

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By: A.D. Ellis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Elizabeth Decker views herself as shy, totally average, and pretty much insignificant. She’s nothing special, at least not compared to her little sister, Audrey. Elizabeth is content with her plain and lonely future; she’s too insecure to contemplate a relationship thanks to her sister. Audrey is a bombshell and uses this to get what she wants. She’s a girl who will stop at nothing to control anyone and everything around her. She craves power and doesn’t care if she has to hurt Elizabeth to get it.

Nathaniel Morgan has spent his whole life fighting for his twin brother, Nicholas. Somewhere along the way, he lost himself. Now he’s just getting by. He’s devoted to his family, but emotionally detached from the women he burns through like wildfire. He has no plans of getting into something as complicated and committed as a “relationship”.

Nicholas Morgan has placed the new librarian, Miss Elizabeth, on a pedestal and is begging her to meet his twin brother, Nathaniel. Elizabeth and Nathaniel agree to meet, for Nicky. Both are caught off-guard when unexpected sparks fly between them. This was not in their plans. Will Nathaniel and Elizabeth be able to escape a past that still plagues them? Or, will the past, suspicions, and insecurities come between them one too many times?

**This is a contemporary new adult romance. It should only be read by ages 18+ due to adult themes and situations. This is a stand alone book.

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*****5 Heartwarming Stars*****

 

Let me begin by saying that For Nicky was probably one of the sweetest and most heartwarming stories that I have ever read. It definitely had its ups and downs, and not all of this book is all sunshine and roses, but overall it was just as sweet as can be.

I didn’t know I needed that when I began this book, but judging on how I felt after reading, I definitely needed everything this book gave me!

For Nicky tells the story of Elizabeth and Nate who find themselves drawn to one another after they give it all chance thanks to Nicky, Nate’s twin brother. What happens when these two connect is nothing short of beautiful, and their story is one that I just ate up.

What I simply adored about For Nicky:

  • The sweetness. Like I said this book was just sweet, and truly beautiful. The love story itself was sweet, but it was everything else that was sweet too. Nicky for instance made this story and its sweetness, and all of the positive and light interactions between these characters just added more.
  • Elizabeth comes into her own. Elizabeth’s character really comes into her own over the course of this story. In the beginning she is meek and held back, and by the end she is anything but that. She finds some true inner strength within herself and in the end she knew exactly who she wanted to be inside and out. Reading that transformation was awesome, and her growth over the book feels so real world and is utterly relatable.
  • Nate is a downright good guy. Nate was just good. He had a heart of gold, and he made my heart melt many times over the course of this book. He had his moments where he had to think about the things he did that were not so great. And there were a few moments where his head was up his ass, but through it all he was still that good guy I loved. Score one for the good guys!
  • Nicky. Nicky’s character was one that I loved the instant I met him. I freaking adored him, and loved him to pieces. I loved getting to read the brief glimpses into his head throughout this book. I also loved getting to read his relationships with those around him. Getting to know more about Nicky made this book exceptional, and he is truly a character I won’t soon forget.
  • The ups and downs. This book puts Nate and Elizabeth through a helluva lot on their road to being together. They go through so much individually and together as a couple. I liked that though because it was extremely authentic and real world. It was also believable as hell. Both of these characters have things to work on and work on they do. All of that work shows how much they go through to be together and to get to where they want to be. So I gladly enjoyed all those glorious ups and downs.
  • The emotions. This book has a lot of emotions that come across in a pretty remarkable way. You feel every single emotion each of these characters feel. You get 4 perspectives in this book, and 4 different sets of magnificently crafted emotions. All that emotion makes it simply easy to connect with all of these characters. (And yes I’m including Audrey in that one! Read the book and you’ll see what I mean!)
  • Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. Audrey was definitely a memorable character. In the beginning I absolutely loathed her. With all the downright horrible things she does and says, that’s not too hard to understand. But when everything was said and done, I completely changed my tune. I felt like I got to understand her in a whole new way, and she ended up being one of my favorites. I honestly can’t wait to read her story and figure out what in the world was going on in her head to make her do the things she did.
  • The build of the relationship. I felt that A.D. Ellis did a phenomenal job of creating a book that had a natural build to a relationship. It wasn’t too fast. It was realistic. It felt really real, and it was what I would think would happen in a relationship that involved the feelings, questions, doubts, and excitement that Elizabeth and Nate’s had. Right down to those butterflies in the stomach, this author captures that build exceptionally.
  • The theme of acceptance. Accepting yourself and others for who they are is a prominent theme in this book. What honestly sets it apart is that within the love story being told, you feel the theme of acceptance weave its way through. That theme is vital to the story, and it makes the story and characters shine. It also made this book hit very close to home for me. (I mold tiny human’s minds, and specifically seeing how Nicky was accepted and just loved brought me so much joy while reading!)
  • The real world issues. This book tackles some very real world topics with bullying and name calling. That made this book for me because of how that connected to my own life and profession. It also just strikes a chord, and will truly make you think, which is always fantastic while reading.

For Nicky was just a beautiful book. Its characters were well developed, the story flowed, and it all just worked. This book was engaging from the very first word to the last, and its multiple perspectives give so much insight into every aspect of this book.

This book truly was as sweet as can be, so be sure to check it out today!

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A.D Ellis was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends were not such book enthusiasts which earned her a few snickers when she was constantly reading.
A.D. had always dreamed of being a teacher. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Indiana State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis for 15 years. While she’s taught several different grades, fourth grade is her favorite. They are learning independence by 4th grade, but most haven’t learned the attitude yet. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students may not be in agreement with that excitement.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. A.D. lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.
A.D. had always pondered the idea of writing a book, but until recently it was a far off dream. In today’s age of independently published authors, A.D. decided to take a chance and try her hand at writing. She has learned so much during this journey and is having a world of fun with it. 

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For Nicky was a truly heartwarming story that I Just absolutely loved. It is sweet, and passionate, and it will just make you fall instantly in love with its characters and story, so be sure to check it and A.D. Ellis out today!