Review Post: The Red Ledger: Part 2 by Meredith Wild

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by Meredith Wild

Release Date: Part 2 – May 29th

Genre: Suspense/thriller

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Synopsis

She’s the only link to his past…

Six years ago, Tristan Stone was everything to me. My whole heart, my future. We were unshakeable, bound tighter by any force that tried to drive us apart. Then he disappeared from my life, leaving me in tatters, broken and running away to one of the most intense cities in the world. Somehow he found me, but now nothing is the same…

Tristan claims someone wants me dead. He’s scarred and dangerous, but all of that seems to melt away when we touch. I might be the only one who can give him his memories, but I want more. The lover I could never forget is trapped inside the heartless man he’s become. I won’t stop until I reach him. I won’t stop until I find the answers he’s not giving me.

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My Review

*****5 Intense & Amazing Stars*****

The second installment of The Red Ledger picks up right where the first one left off. Isabel is back home in Washington DC still reeling from the events of the first part of the story. She is confused, she is missing Tristan, and she is just trying to make sense of what in the world is going on. Tristan is continuing to try to put the pieces of his past back together, all while trying to make sense of everything that he is learning about himself, about Isabel, and about what they shared together.

This second part of their story together continues their adrenaline pumping story, it continues all of the intensity from the first part of the series, and it will have you on your toes through every single page waiting to see what will happen next. In this story both Tristan and Isabel are faced with the reality of the situation they are in. He must realize what this all means, what his crashing past and present really means for his future and for Isabel’s future, and he has to simultaneously figure out how he’s going to get them out of the situation they’re in. Isabel on the other hand must come to terms with what this means for her life, with what she will and will not believe, and how far she is willing to go to save the man that she once and still does love.

This second part was everything I needed and more with Tristan and Isabel. Their story is one of the most addicting, intense, and consuming stories I have EVER read!! I loved every part of this story, and I am dying for more of them!!!

From the moment I started this part of their story, I could not put this book down. I was once again consumed within every twist and turn, with every shocking moment, and I loved all of the new dynamics and characters and storylines that were introduced in this part. Meredith Wild is setting up what I know will be an incredible an exceptional series (because it already is that and more!) and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for these characters. So many of the moments with these characters took my breath away, squeezed my heart, had me on the edge of my seat, and shocked me to my core. I loved it. I loved that I never knew what that next page would bring, I loved that I never knew what would happen next for these characters, and I loved that I was so consumed within it at all.

Meredith Wild has upped the ante in this second part, and she is laying more and more of the groundwork for what I know will be one of my favorite series ever. Her words, what she creates with them, and what she brings to life through every heart pounding and adrenaline spiking moment of this book is something I know I’ll never forget!

If you enjoyed the first installment of the series, you will love this one even more. You will love how it surprises you, you will love how it shocks you, you will love how you get more of Tristan and Isabel to love and root for and believe in, and you will love every single moment you get these characters.

I loved every word of this book. I loved what I got with these characters, I love how it entranced me even more within everything they were sharing and everything that was happening around them, and I loved getting to be there right along with them in all the action. Meredith Wild brought everything in credible word of this book to life, and I truly can’t tell you enough how exceptional it was to experience that!!! This second installment was everything I needed and more, and I cannot wait for the third one!!!

Trust me when I say that the moment you start the series you will not be able to put it down and you will love every single thing you get within its pages!

Meet The Author

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.

In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 20 languages.

Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey appreciator, and shameless sun worshipper. Find out more about what projects she’s working on next at www.meredithwild.com.

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Review Post: The Red Ledger Part 1 by Meredith Wild

Reborn: The Red Ledger Series

by Meredith Wild

Release Date: Part 1 – May 21st

Genre: Suspense/thriller

The Red Ledger, a binge-worthy suspense/thriller series with Wild’s

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Synopsis

He’s death for hire…

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.

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*****5 Unforgettably Intense Stars*****

Meredith Wild is one of my all-time favorite authors for a reason. Her books perfectly weave together unforgettable characters, consuming stories, and a palpable heat that is brought to life through her spectacular writing. I have loved each and every one of her stories, but what she has begun with this new series and what she has so exceptionally created in this first part is in a league of its own.

The Red Ledger is one of the most addicting reads I have ever read. This book took me on one helluva whirlwind from start to finish, and made for one serious intense and consuming read that I could not get enough of. I loved every part of this story. I loved the literal fire it sent through me as I read it. I loved how it left me breathless at times. I loved that it gave me a story unlike any other I’ve ever read before. And I loved that it started what I know will be one of my favorite series.

The first part of this series follows the suspenseful story of Isabel and Tristan. He’s murder for hire, and her name is at the top of his list. Yet the moment he goes to do the deed, her breathless whisper of his name, his real name changes everything. You see Tristan and Isabel have a past, yet he doesn’t remember any of it. She does though, and the more time he hesitates, the more he wonders about that past and the world of feeling that lays in that past that he can still feel the edges of. He also can’t seem to stop thinking about her and wondering more about what he’s forgotten. This story follows them as they set off on the run, as he tries to find the answers he seeks, and as she tries to see if the Tristan she loved all those years ago is somehow still in the man who was hired to kill her.

Every word of this story will pull you in something fierce, and the more you get with these two, the more you will need more. Meredith Wild makes this world, these characters, and their story addicting to say the least, and she will have you beyond ready to see what will unfold in this new world and series. This world in this book and series is darker, its grittier and more complicated, yet there is a tangible and palpable fire that will pull your mind and heart into every breathtaking word. From start to finish this book will have you on the edge of your seat ready to see where that next turn of the page will bring you, and trust me when I say that you will be so enraptured by it all.

The Red Ledger was fantastic. It was a phenomenal, quick, utterly suspenseful and fiery read that was intense as all get out and one of the most consuming reads I’ve read in such a long time. I loved getting every word of Isabel and Tristan’s story, and I can’t wait to see where those next chapters will take them both. Through every twist and turn, every action packed moment, and through every ounce of connection she created between these two characters, Meredith Wild created such an unforgettable read that I loved with all that I had!

The Red Ledger is a book that will have you so in it all ready for more, and that is just part of what makes it such an incredible read.

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Meredith Wild is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.

In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 20 languages.

Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey appreciator, and shameless sun worshipper. Find out more about what projects she’s working on next at www.meredithwild.com.

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Review Post: An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight

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An Imperfect Heart, an all-new second chance romance from Amie Knight, is available NOW!

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The heart is exquisite.

You’ll never hear anyone wax poetic over an organ quite like they do the heart.

When you’re lost in the world? Follow your heart.

When your love for someone is unwavering, unparalleled and unprecedented? You give them your heart.

As a lead pediatric cardiac surgeon, I knew better than anyone that the heart is equally as powerful as it is delicate.

The heart giveth just as easily as it taketh away.

And until the day Kelly Potter darkened my doorway that was all just part of the job.

She rolled in like a slow evening storm, fierce and beautiful, fighting for the life of her unborn child.

It should have been business as usual.

I was a doctor.

Her child the patient.

But Kelly was more.

She was the one who got away.

I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

It didn’t matter what the rules were.

For once, I was listening to my heart.

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*****5 Unforgettably Emotional Stars*****

There are things I’ve come to know and love and expect when I sit down to read a book by Amie Knight. When I read one of her books, I know that I will be getting an unforgettable story with dynamic and memorable characters that will literally take my breath away. When I read one of her books, I love that I will get all of the feels, all of the glorious emotion, and all of the breathtakingly beautiful moments with her characters as I experience their journey. When I read one of her books, I expect that what I’m reading will soon become one of my all-time favorite books that will leave me in awe once again of what she’s so fantastically created within the pages of her story.

When I read a book by Amie Knight I know and love and expect to get all of that and more because that is how spectacular and utterly amazing her books, her words, and her stories are.

They are everything. And more. So much more. And I do not say that lightly.

They are stories and characters that move me, that break me and shatter met, yet give me it all in the same breath with her exceptional storytelling. They are words that change everything, words that bring moments to life in the most tangible and authentic way, and words that truly speak to every part of you. They are books that I know I will never forget, worlds I never want to leave, and feels that light me, my heart, and my very soul on fire with what they so give me.

Suffice to say, I am a big fan of Amie Knight and her books. A real big fan.

Her newest book and the conclusion to her series of interconnected standalones, An Imperfect Heart, is just another prime example of the shear talent this author has. What she so beautifully creates in this book, what she brings to life in the most touching and heart melting way, and what she allows you live and experience with her characters delivers one hell of a story and one seriously fitting conclusion to an incredible series. I loved every word of this book. I loved what it allowed me to feel and share with its characters, I loved that it told a story that was equally beautiful and heartbreaking and real, and I loved that through it all I felt every ounce of what these characters were sharing and building together.

I’m also pretty sure I swooned through every single word of this book because what she gave me with Anthony and Kelly was heart touching and pure perfection in every single way.

An Imperfect Heart follows the second chance romance that develops between Kelly and Anthony, as she comes firing back into his life in search of help that only he can provide. Ten years ago Kelly and Anthony shared something very real, and something that hit them hard and fast in a way that changed them both forever. Ten years later they’re very different than they were before, and are suddenly thrust back into each other’s lives when Kelly reaches out to Anthony for help with her unborn child. You see Kelly’s soon to be born baby needs help and Anthony is the Doctor who can do just that.

This story follows them from the start of their very memorable reunion, through glimpses and moments of the past that let you know why things went they did with the two of them, all while giving you the most amazing present with them as they soon realize that the world of connection and feeling they shared is still alive and kicking something fierce.

Every word of this story weaves together the most thoughtful and enrapturing past and present with these two that simultaneously allows you to know what they once shared, what they’re sharing now, and how utterly real and scary and heartfelt and honest it all is.

Brought to life through Amie Knight’s signature writing, An Imperfect Heart tells the love story of what happens when second chances are given, when rules are broken, and when the heart comes back to life in ways that you were in no way prepared for.

Every word of this story had me loving and feeling every single breath of what Anthony and Kelly were sharing. Amie Knight has the best way of bringing that emotion to life in a way that is fitting, in a way that heightens all that you’re reading, and in a way that will truly give you it all with her characters. I loved that I was able to feel this story with these characters. I was able to live and breathe and feel every moment of this story, and the way Amie Knight adds in that honest emotion and feels to it all makes this story what it is. It makes it all so real, so tangible in a way, and that just adds the most authentic and connecting level to what you’re reading in this story.

When I was reading this story I was able to feel Kelly’s worries of the mother she would be, what would happen to her child, and I was able to feel how scary it was to take that leap and feel what she did for Anthony. I felt and understood her doubts, I relished in her sass and fire and personality, and I felt how hard it was for her to rely on someone after being alone for so long. I felt her fears, how they threatened to cripple her at times, and I felt in that same breath how those same fears and worries and doubts gave her the fire and tenacity to fight with all that she had. I felt it all with her. Her strength, her heart, and the music and fire that kept her going through it all.

I felt it all with Anthony too. I felt how that man had a heart of gold and how he was doing whatever was in his power to be there for Kelly and her baby and his other patients. I felt how that man would truly go to the ends of the Earth to fix everything and to give her everything if he could. I felt his own fears about his choices, what they meant and their heartbreaking repercussions. I felt how his own past and fears threatened to tear apart what he was building with Kelly. I felt his drive and his heart, and how the combination of those two things made him one of the most swoon worthy characters I have ever read. I felt it all with him. His good heart, his sweet nature, and his own fight and determination that kept him going through it all.

It’s pretty easy to say that I loved Kelly and Anthony with all that I had. Like I honestly don’t even have the right amount of words to capture my love for them. I loved what they were building, rebuilding, and creating in this book. I loved how special and right it felt. I loved that their story was uniquely theirs and highlighted what exactly they were sharing together.

I LOVED how damn good it felt too.

I truly can’t say that enough. This book felt so good to read. It felt special. It felt like just enough. It felt like the more these characters needed. It felt like exactly what they needed, and it gave me some of the most incredible, heart wrenching, and heart meltingly moments with them along the way. It gave me it all…and I honestly just feel honored that I had the chance to experience what I did with them.

Their story was that special. Their story was that moving and beautiful and powerful. Their story was that emotional and soul touching. Their story was just everything. It was everything I needed and more.

Amie Knight truly outdid herself with An Imperfect Heart. She put it all on the table. All of the feels and hopes and fears on the line, and she let these characters live their truth, even when it scared them half to death. She let them pour it all out to each other, and she lets you be there all along the way as they share all that they do in a way that is so honest, heartfelt, and truly authentic. She lets you be there as their connection and fire builds in the most mesmerizing and tangible of ways.

She lets you be there as they realize that when it comes to the heart, you can’t stop the beat or the pull or the utterly beautiful music it can create because while the heart can take it all away in a single beat, it can also give you everything in the next one.

She lets you be there through every up and down, every twist and turn with these characters as they share their second chance, and you will bask in every moment you get with those two. You will bask in every moment of them, every moment of what they’re building, and every moment that shows you the goodness of their characters and what they’re sharing together.

An Imperfect Heart was a beautifully emotional story that had me enraptured through every word and page. What Amie Knight gives you in this story with Anthony and Kelly will give you hope, every other emotion under the sun, and will have you believing in the power of the heart. This story will take you through every emotional high and low with these characters as they fight for their second chance together, and you will love every moment you get with them because that is how special and right and amazing their story is.

Trust me. You have never read a book quite like this one, and I am telling you, you will be blown away by every word of what you get in An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight. You will melt and swoon and fall something fierce under the spell that Anthony and Kelly so beautifully cast, and you will truly never want it to end.

Believe me. I read this book weeks ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it or its characters or what it gave me with them. That is how fitting and right and just genuinely amazing this story is.

What Amie Knight creates within its pages is something truly special and beautiful and magical in a way. I know with every fiber of my being that this book will be one of my top reads of the year, since it is now one of my all-time favorite books. Kelly and Anthony, what they share together, and what you get with them in this book is everything. So much everything.

I could seriously keep going on and on about how much I loved every word and moment of this book. I could keep telling you how amazing this book is, how many feels it’ll give you, how it’ll make you laugh your ass off and cry all the tears, but that honestly wouldn’t even scratch the surface of how spectacular this book is. My words wouldn’t even come close to capturing how special and incredible this book because my words just aren’t good enough to truly capture what Amie Knight so unforgettably creates in this book.

My words aren’t good enough, but you know whose are? Amie Knight’s. Her words are everything, and what they weave together, create, and bring to life in An Imperfect Heart will give you it all. And then some. So do yourself a favor and get to reading them as soon as humanly possible. It would be wrong not to.

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“Jesus. You’re fucking gorgeous, you know that?” He ran a large hand from the spot right in the middle of my shoulder blades past the small of my back before landing on my ass where he squeezed hard enough to make me giggle.

“Less talking, more petting, Doctor,” I said through laughter.

“Not a doctor. Yet.” His voice was cocky, and it made me hot. “Still a ways to go before that happens.”

I could hear the smile in his voice even though I couldn’t see his face. I was lying on my stomach on top of his white plush down comforter naked as the day I was born. And not shy about it at all. He’d just laid his mouth, his tongue, his hands over every inch of this body several times and he’d seemed to enjoy every second of it.

I looked out the small window next to his bed while he was propped up on one hand beside me and using the other to rub every available surface of skin on my body he could find. It was phenomenal. I wanted to purr like a damn cat, but instead I stretched out further along his bed.

“I can’t believe you came home with me tonight,” he husked out.

I couldn’t believe it either. I wasn’t the type of girl who did one-night stands. I didn’t really have boyfriends, either. I was married to the music. Anthony Jackson wasn’t even really my type per se. I liked moody guys with tattoos and piercings. Boys with darker eyes and even darker souls. I was a walking cliché, but I liked the tortured musician types. After all, we were kindred spirits. Me and my hard, banging drums, them with their soft guitar riffs and raspy lyrical voices.

I rolled to my back and gazed up at Anthony. He waggled an eyebrow at me, and I bit my lip to hide my smile. He may not have been my type, but I was positive there wasn’t a girl out there who’d turn him down. Vivid and inquisitive green eyes stared down at me and God, I wanted him all over again.

And I’d had him plenty that night. We’d met at the club only hours ago. I was visiting my friend Ainsley in Columbia, South Carolina, and we’d run into Anthony and his college friends at a nightclub. Ainsley introduced him as an old friend. He’d come on strong. I’d come on even stronger. Hardly any alcohol in my system and yet I’d let him drag me back to his small apartment, between my legs aching with want. We’d barely made it through the door when he picked me up and placed me on the entry table and pushed his massive body between my thighs. Slick skin, hot hands, wet mouths. And the rest was history. Or maybe not.

No, Anthony Jackson wasn’t my type. He was everygirl’s type.

Chiseled to perfection face.

Wide smile complete with full pink lips and deep dimples.

Square jaw that somehow managed to be both soft and hard.

Blond hair that was so thick and shiny I wanted to ask him what shampoo he used.

Not a tattoo or piercing marred the bronzed skin of his muscular body.

For fuck’s sake, even the man’s cock was pure perfection. Thick and long and cut just as beautifully as the rest of him.

He was surprised I’d come home with him. I couldn’t believe it, either. I realized in that moment, him over me. Me under him. The sweat still glistening on our bodies. His ruggedly handsome good looks beaming down at me like the sun on a bright day. For the first time in my life, I’d had a man. An actual real man. Not boys playing men. No, Anthony was all fucking masculine beauty and he’d picked me at the bar. I was one lucky girl.

About the Author:

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Review Post: Misadventures with My Roommate by Elizabeth Hayley

Misadventures with my Roommate 

by Elizabeth Hayley

 Releases: 27th March

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Synopsis

Blake Monroe hasn’t had the easiest life, but she’s never been one to dwell on her misfortunes, preferring to see the world as a place where you get what you give.

Having had an especially troubling childhood, Blake’s aware she doesn’t exactly fit the definition of “normal.” Her lack of filter, dry sense of humor, and uncanny ability to read people make her rather unique—and difficult to live with. When her latest roommate has had enough of her antics, Blake decides living with a man might suit her better.

Gavin Gibson’s a dreamer whose artsy aspirations don’t meet the high expectations of his wealthy family. Cast off and cut off, Gavin needs a place to live. When he’s invited to share Blake’s quaint apartment, he cannot pass it up. With a knack for spotting the good in others, Gavin can see past Blake’s quirks—and neither of them can ignore their sexual chemistry.

As sparks fly, their genuine affection for each other grows, and Gavin begins to break down Blake’s defenses. But can Blake open up to reveal the damage she’s worked so hard to conceal?

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*****5 Fantastic, Fun, and Fiery Stars*****

It is no secret that Elizabeth Haley is one of my favorite writing duos. Their writing, the personality they infuse into every word, the level of humor that has me laughing my butt off, and what they continue to give me in all of their amazing books is just part of why I love them so much. I have loved each and everyone of their books, and I was so excited to learn that they were going to be joining the Misadventures Series. Their books are already so fun and so vibrant, so they were the perfect It is no secret that Elizabeth Haley is one of my favorite writing duos. Their writing, the personality they infuse into every word, the level of humor that has me laughing my butt off, and what they continue to give me in all of their amazing books is just part of why I love them so much. I have loved each and everyone of their books, and I was so excited to learn that they were going to be joining the Misadventures Series. Their books are already so fun and so vibrant, so they were the perfect fit for this series and their book Misadventures with My Roommate was a complete delight.

This book made me laugh, it had me smiling so much with the banter and the antics and the personalities of these characters, and it had the perfect level of steam and heat and connection that made this one heck of a love story. What I love about Elizabeth Haley’s writing is that they always make their books and their character so memorable. They make their characters so distinctive and memorable, they give them personalities that are unique and special and hysterical, and they never fail to make me laugh out loud or more times than I can count. What they gave me in this book was all of that and more. It was funny as hell, it was witty, it was full of a connection and spark that just wouldn’t quit, and they gave me a story that was equal parts for filling and fiery and fun.

Reading this book brought me back to what allowed me to fall in love with their writing in the first place. The way that Elizabeth Haley introduces their characters in a way that pulls your heart to them, while you are simultaneously dying in the best way with their banter and colorful personalities. They find the perfect way to balance making their characters fun and a little bit crazy and highly memorable, while also making a very relatable and easy to love. I love to Blake and Gavin. I loved that there was more to them than met the eye, I loved that they both had such great personalities that really meshed together, and I love that I felt their connection pulling like crazy through every word of this book.

This story follows the two of them as they become an expected roommates, as they start sharing some very steamy moments, and as they soon realize that they might just be feeling a little bit more than they both bargained for. Elizabeth Haley does a phenomenal job of creating a story that is fun and light, while also weaving in A layer of meaning that I really connected to. I felt a lot for these characters, they were fresh and enjoyable, and I honestly just loved being in this book and experiencing what I got with them. It was fun, it was light, it was them, and in the end it was a fantastic story that I could not get enough of!

I Elizabeth Hayley has done it again with the story and I can’t wait to read more of their books and to get more of their phenomenal writing. This book is the perfect quick read, it will have you laughing more times than you can count, loving what you get with Blake and Gavin, and in the end it will have you realizing again and again how talented Elizabeth Hayley is.

I loved every part of this book, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands’ chagrin).

“Elizabeth” lives with her husband, daughter, and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband, son, and her own crazy dog. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

Elizabeth Hayley’s writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”

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Blog Tour: Back to the Start by Aly Martinez

Today we are celebrating the release of BACK TO THE START by Aly Martinez. Back to the Start is a collection of 5 of Aly’s previously released novels. You can get it for just 99 cents for a very limited time! Read below for an except and to read my reviews of these books!

BACK TO THE START by Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

BACK TO THE START is a collection of previously released novels by USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez. Each of the five full-length novels is a perfect starting point to dive into one of her sexy, emotional, and twisty worlds.

FIGHTING SILENCE: Sports Romance, Friends to lovers.
RETRIEVAL: Romantic Suspense, Second chance.
THE FALL UP: Contemporary Romance, Celebrity opposites attract.
CHANGING COURSE: Contemporary Romance, Broken hero.
SINGE: Romantic Suspense, Alpha bodyguard.

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He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. But I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.

“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”

“Doodle,” he whispered.

I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.

I lost it completely.

Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.

I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever.

“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your goddamned name—probably better than I know my own.”

While I was wrapped in Till’s strong arms, six months’ worth of tears fell from my eyes. He carried me to my apartment and guided me back through the window before following me inside. Then he stripped out of his blood-soaked shirt before dragging the blankets down and climbing into the bed behind me. I cried for a while in his arms, even turning to face him, only to cry against his chest. I had missed him so much.

I knew I’d loved Till years ago, but this was more. I needed him in order to function on a very basic level. Together, the world didn’t feel so big and overwhelming. He was my escape—the dream personified.

Till Page was comfortable.

His hands trailed up and down my back as he lulled me until the words fought their way out.

“I couldn’t stop going back,” I announced in a broken whisper. “I didn’t know where you had gone. And for the first time since I was thirteen, I was alone inside my own head. God. It was a scary place.” I tried to joke, but the tears streaming down my face told the truth.

“I’m sorry,” he responded on a sigh. “I couldn’t stay.”

“Why?” I whined, but I curled in closer against his chest, needing to feel him more than anything else.

“I don’t know, Doodle,” he lied.

God! It was such a fucking lie. He knew as well as I did. He just didn’t want to tell me.

“Where did you go?” I pressed further.

There was no way I ever could have expected his answer, but that wasn’t because it was a novel thought. No. His answer was surprising because it was the source of my anguish too.

“The real world.” He kissed my forehead.

Read My Review of Changing Course

Read My Review of The Fall Up

Read My Review of Fighting Silence

Read My Review of Singe

Read My Review of Retrieval  

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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.

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Review Post: I Need (Enamorado #3) by Ella Fox

Title: I Need

Series: Enamorado Book 3 

Author: Ella Fox

Genre: Contemporary (standalone)

Release Date: March 18, 2018

She’s single and not ready to mingle.

After the end of a months-long relationship with Mr. All Wrong, Emery Bellerose isn’t looking for love. In fact, it’s the farthest thing from her mind.

With the paparazzi camped outside of her house she has no choice but to stay next door with the new neighbors. That’s when Emery meets the man who makes her feel things she never knew she could.

He’s alone and wants to keep it that way.

Four years ago Spanish heartthrob Rafael Cruz’s life crashed and burned in a way he’s never recovered from. With his ability to trust obliterated he vowed to stay single and unattached forever. 

But you know what they say about best-laid plans.

What’s supposed to be an uneventful family vacation in Malibu becomes a game changer thanks to Elvis, the meddling peacock no one realizes is playing matchmaker.

 

*****5 Utterly Fantastic Stars***** 

Y’all I have to tell you something important, so come in nice and close. Sit down, make yourself comfortable, and listen up because there’s something you need to know: this book is utterly incredible. It will make you swoon something fierce, it’ll have you melting in your boots, and it’ll have your heart all aflutter with what you get with Rafe and Emery. From the very first page of this book, this story will steal your heart. It will own you in every way possible, and it’ll have you bursting with the amount of love that floods you for these characters.

Whether its the butterflies they give you, the heart meltingly moments that own you, or the moments that so magnificently envelop you within every ounce of what these two characters share, I Need will give you it all.

It will give you the feels, the heart, the feel of family and connection, and it’ll give you one helluva love story that will have you believing in the true power of love. It is no secret that I have loved this series. I Want and I Don’t were two of my favorite reads last year, so it’s easy to say that the entire Enamorado Series is one of my favorites. There is just something about this family, something about these Spanish alphas who fight for their hearts and their loves with all that they have, and something about the strong, dynamic and wonderful women they fall for that has me needing these books like I need my next breath.

What Ella Fox has created within these books is fantastic. This author knows how to write one helluva love story that will get your heart racing a bit faster, all while consuming you within the mesmerizing heat and connection her characters share. The way she allows you to be right in the thick of it with them, experiencing what it’s like to fall, what it’s like to meet that one person who changes everything, and what it’s like to be pulled into a love that is like a siren’s call is truly what sets these books apart. That and the fact that the characters of this world are amazing in every way, distinctive in a way that makes them each such an integral part of the story, and just so damn wonderful that you will never want to leave them.

Seriously. Trust me when I say you will never want to leave these characters. I just finished I Need and I am already going through withdrawals. I already miss Rafael and Emery. I already miss Elvis. I already miss this wonderful family that is loyal and generous and so kind. I already miss all the memorable moments they all share. I already miss what they each brought to this story and everything that unfolded. And I am already thinking about the next time that I will get to be with them.

That is how much I love them, that is how much I love this world and this series, and that is how much I love and cannot get enough of Ella Fox’s world.

I have read all of her books. I have devoured them, reread them, swooned and melted while reading them, and let me just tell you, they all just keep getting better and better. All of her characters are so easy to love, so easy to root for and fall for, and they all have this wonderful way about them that allows them to burrow themselves so deeply in your heart that you just can’t get enough.

I can’t get enough.

This series follows the sons of the Cruz family as they fall head over heels for the women that give them everything. I have loved every single book in this series, but I have to admit that after everything that was set up for Rafe’s story, I was especially excited to see what his book would bring. You see Rafe has been through so much, and after being betrayed by someone close to him he was shattered. It has taken years for him to put his pieces back together again, and the moment he comes face to face with Emery, is the moment he realizes everything has changed. This story follows the two of them as they fall fast and hard, as the gush over one amazing (and oh so handsome!) peacock, and as they realize that they might’ve just met the one missing piece that they needed.

To say this book made my heart happy is a complete understatement. It melted my heart into a puddle of glorious emotion, coupled with some serious swoon. Every page had me even more enamored with these characters and what they shared. Through Ella Fox’s incredible writing I was with them through every breath of this story, living it, experiencing it, and falling right along with those two. Their connection is on fire and it starts the second they meet, and every word of this story follows Rafe and Emery as they try to make sense of their feelings, as they share what they do, and as they see where the future might take them.

Their story was emotional, beautiful in a way that truly touched my heart, and it made me blush like nobody’s business because of the fire and spark those two share. It was like the fourth of July on crack y’all, and I was addicted. I was addicted to them, their story, and every moment of what they shared together. Every turn of that page in this book made me love them more, had me feeling and living more of their story, and showed me again and again how much they needed each other.

Rafe and Emery were just the best. They were real, they were honest, and they had their hearts on their sleeves. They had both been through so much in their lives, and I loved getting to be there with them as they connected and as they helped each other reach the places they both so deserved to be. I loved that Rafe was so thoughtful, so protective, and so darn endearing. I also could not resist that man and his Spanish sweet nothings that had me swooning left and right. Most of all, I loved that Rafe was such a good guy, with a heart of gold, fighting for what he and his heart wanted. I was just as smitten with Emery. I found her to be so relatable and sweet and genuine. I loved that she too had her heart on her sleeve and wasn’t afraid to feel what was consuming her. That girl was strong, honest, and beautiful inside and out, and I couldn’t have asked for someone better for Rafe.

(Did I mention the fact that his character really meant a lot to me, so the lady for him had to be special, and Emery completely fit that bill. Tenfold.)

And do not even get me started on my love for Elvis. That little peacock was a gem. The way he was his own character, with his own shining and distinctive personality, and the way he interacted with these characters was the best. He was the icing on top of the cake for an incredible story, and I loved him. So so much. I loved every moment he was in, and I have my fingers crossed that he will find his way into more of these books as this series continues.

To say I loved this book is not enough. It just doesn’t do this story what It deserves. This book took ahold of my heart in every way, it gave me two real and so easy to love characters, and it let me believe and feel and live and breathe every ounce of their love story as they gave it all a chance. What Emery and Rafe shared together made me believe in the power of love all over again, and I am practically counting down the minutes until I can get more of this series and more with all of these characters. I love them all so much, I am so invested in all of them, and I can’t wait to see where tis series will take them all!!!

This story was exactly what I needed and more. I couldn’t put it down once I started, and I never wanted it to end either. It melted me, touched every part of my heart, and had me swooning and loving every second of being with Emery and Rafe. If you read this book and this series, it’ll do the same for you. I promise. This book, this world, and what Ella Fox so magnificently gives you with these characters will have you believing in the all encompassing power of love. This book will make you need everything it so fantastically gives you, and in the end you will be deliriously happy that you jumped into with all that you have.

Trust me. There is no resisting Rafe and Emery, or Elvis for that matter. Their love will give you it all and then some, and I am telling you, you will love every second you get with them.

I know I did. So damn much.

“You’ve already got one peacock, Emery—there is no need for another. What you need is a man.”

The intensity in his gaze heated my blood. I bit my lip as I cocked my head to the side. “Are you applying for the job?” I asked.
 “I am,” he said. Sitting up straight, he leaned in closer and slid his hand behind my neck.
There was a rightness to the way he held me, something I’d never known could be felt between two people. His hand cupping the back of my neck gave me all of the feels— as did the sensation of his warm breath against my lips as he hovered above me. His eyes stayed locked on mine as he held still, and I realized he was waiting for me to give him the green light. I nodded once, my stomach fluttering at the relieved smile he gave before he kissed me.
Obviously I’d been kissed before, but when Rafael was the one doing it I realized I’d never been kissed well. I’d never felt more treasured than I did with one of his hands at the back of my neck while the other cupped my cheek. I raised my hands to his shoulders, sliding one around the back of his neck as he deepened the kiss. The first touch of his tongue against mine was electric, so much more than I’d ever known the act of kissing could feel like.

The heat and taste of him was so incredible that I couldn’t contain a moan as his tongue glided against mine. I shifted forward in an effort to be closer to him as my right hand trailed from his shoulder to his abdomen. The fingers on my left hand were busy running through his silky hair and still, I wanted more contact. I tried to get closer but without stopping the kiss, there was no way— and I damn sure wasn’t stopping. Either he sensed my frustration or he felt the same because the next thing I knew he’d dropped his hands to my waist. He lifted me up and into his lap like I weighed nothing, then groaned low in his throat as our upper bodies connected.

Ella Fox is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Consequences of Deception, The Hart Family series & many other sexy and exciting books. 

Ella is an avid reader, lover of music and all around goofball. She grew up loving to read. That’s not surprising considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday!

In 2016 Ella began publishing insta-love novellas under the pen name Evie Harrison.

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Review Post: Twisted Desire (The Knot Duet #1) by M. Mabie

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From M Mabie comes the angst-filled Knot Duet featuring a one-woman man and the woman he can’t resist. An intense story spanning years of lust, friendship, love, and heartache.

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TWISTED DESIRE | Knot Duet, Book One

I wasn’t looking for Nora Koehl, and she sure as hell wasn’t looking for me. We were two people speeding in opposite directions. Our relationship was born out of lust, curiosity, and compromises neither of us intended to keep.

Being with one person wasn’t Nora’s style, and I refused to share her.

Then everything changed, and together we bent every rule we’d ever made… until they broke. Our need for each other led us to the lies we told. Mistakes we made.

We’re tangled and twisted—bound by our desire—but anything less than all of Nora will never be enough. Now this knot in my stomach only gets tighter, wondering if I can accept and love her for who she is.

Will it even be enough for her to love me back?

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NOTE: TWISTED DESIRE & TETHERED LOVE are a re-launch of a previously released novel titled KNOT from 2016.

*****5 Unforgettably Amazing Stars*****

Reagan Warren and Nora Koehl are hands down two of my favorite literary characters ever. I would even go so far as to say they are two of my favorite people ever because those two are as real to me as anything. To say I love them is not doing my affection for them both justice. My love for those two is fierce. My love for them is unending. My love for them is permanent.

I have loved Reggie and Nora since I met them in Bait all those years ago, and I needed their story in my life like I needed my next breath. Seriously. I have been enthralled and intrigued by those two since the start, and getting their story was one of the best things ever.

I first read their story in Knot a couple of years back, and getting to revisit them as I reread the first part of their story in Twisted Desire felt like coming home again…you know if that home was the most gloriously filled angst fest ever. Twisted Desire is the first part of the breathtakingly emotional and heart rendering story that will take you for one helluva ride for these two, as the one woman man starts to fall for the one woman he can’t quite catch. Their story spans years, locations, time zones, and it exemplifies every lick of what these two share together.

It might be messy, it might be raw, and it might be a roller coaster ride of emotions, heartbreak, and sensuous fire, but let me tell you that ride is worth every second because what you get with these two is unforgettable.

Twisted Desire is a book that you feel, a book that you breathe and take in every word of, and a book that you experience every single second of right along with its dynamic characters. This is a book that will have you within its pages, experiencing every moment of its phenomenal, viscerally emotional, and pulse racing story, as you invest yourself in every way possible in what it’s giving you.

If you think you’ve experienced angst, wait until you read Twisted Desire (and the rest of Reggie & Nora’s story in Tethered Love) and want to equally throw your e-reader across the room, scream at the top of your lungs in adamant love and frustration, all while simultaneously wanting to hug the book closer to you, as if that will somehow get you closer to these characters and all their feels.

If you think you’ve experienced an undeniably heated and emotional connection between two characters, wait until you read this story and get your hands on Reggie and Nora and all that they will give you. Wait until they make you cry or laugh or melt or swoon or break into a million pieces, and then break those broken pieces of your heart even more. Just. You. Wait. You have never felt a book as much as you will with this one. Trust me on that one.

If you think you’ve experienced a love between two characters that’s worth fighting for, a love worth giving everything to, and a love worth investing everything in, wait until you read this book and are thrown right into the thick of it with these two. That love and fire and connection you get with them will make you and break you and pull at every emotion you didn’t even know you had, just as it does with Reggie and Nora. Through all of that you will be right there with them, in the thick of it, fighting and trying and giving it your all, in hopes that it might work out.

If you think you’ve read a book like this one, think again my friend, and just wait until you experience every wickedly sensual, heart wrenchingly emotional, and exceptionally written word of this book.

  1. Mabie brings it all to life with her incredible writing in a way that will have you on the pages of this book, fighting and giving it your all right along with Reggie and Nora, all while you experience every part of this story unfolding with them. M. Mabie’s writing is a delight in every way possible. It is mesmerizing, beautiful in a way that perfectly weaves together meaning, life, color and vibrancy, with so much impact. Her words have a way of owning you. Heart. Body. Mind. And soul. And let me tell you, you will never be owned quite like you are by M. Mabie’s writing and her exceptionally crafted stories.

They are in a league of their own for a reason. Her writing is that good, that powerful, and that extraordinary. Her words have so much behind them, so much heart and emotion and life and love. She pours her soul into these words and that shines through on every single page, which is just part of what makes this story, and Reggie and Nora, living and breathing exceptional things.

Twisted Desire is the first chapter in a story of what happens when two people, who are seemingly opposite in so many ways, can’t help but be drawn back to one another. It’s a story of second chances and third chances and so many more chances, all of which you will feel in your bones while reading. It’s a story of what happens when two people share a connection so fierce, so alluring, and so life changing that they can’t seem to fight or stay away from it, no matter how much it hurts, and no matter how much they know they will never be the same after experiencing a connection like that.

It’s a love story about two people who have just about broken each other’s hearts more times than they can count, but trust me they’re really counting, and how despite what they do to one another, they can’t help but be drawn back to each other and that fierce connection theyshare. This is a story about what happens when you meet the one person who changes everything, when you meet that one person who tilts your world’s axis, and who makes you see and feel and experience everything differently…and ultimately how that equally tears you apart as much as it puts you back together again.

It is a story about falling and breaking and picking yourself back up again, again and again. It’s about that pull that you can’t ignore, that fire you can’t douse, and that unyielding spark you can’t deny. It’s about Reggie and Nora and every lick of what they share as they try to figure out what in the world they’re doing and feeling.

I have loved every single one of this author’s books, but getting to go back and revisit my favorite book of hers, with my favorite characters what everything I needed and more.

I was shown over and over again why this book is some of her best work, and why it is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. What I got with Reggie and Nora as they pushed and pulled, as they fought and conquered, as they fell and broke, and as they let themselves and their hearts and emotions bleed out so intensely on the pages of this book was everything. EVERYTHING. And then some.

Those two opened their souls and every part of themselves to me as I read and experienced this book. They weren’t afraid to be vulnerable, they weren’t afraid to put it all on the line, and they weren’t afraid to fight or take that chance to take that leap of faith when it really mattered. They were themselves through every single page. Raw. Complicated. Dynamic. Unforgettable. Distinctive. Them. Reggie and Nora through and through, and I honestly can’t tell you enough what that will give you with them.

This book was the perfect first chapter into their story. It laid the groundwork, it set the bar, and it raised the stakes. This first taste of Reggie and Nora will have you practically salivating for more and dying to get your hands on the rest of their story. Trust me. Once you meet them, once you have, and one you’ve been spellbound by their authenticity, intenseness, and literal amazingness, you will have to have more of them. You’ll need them, you’ll crave them, and you’ll be beyond ready to see how it all comes to be in the final book of their story.

I said it before and I’ll say it again, this is some of M. Mabie’s best work, her strongest writing and storytelling, and it is contemporary romance at its finest. This book is emotional angst heaven and you are going to rejoice in every single word you get in this story with Reggie and Nora. Trust me. Those two will steal your heart faster than you know how, and you will love them for it.

You will love them, envy them, hate them, feel for them, all while simultaneously needing more of them, and that is just a fraction of what makes this one of the best books I have ever read.

So seriously, run yourself to this book, to this couple, to this world, to this angsty, emotional, intense, and utterly breathtaking story. Do not walk, do not pass go and collect 200 dollars, and do not dilly dally. Stories as epic and consuming as this one do not come around very often, and I am telling you, the second you get within this books’ pages and meet Reggie and Nora, is the moment you will instantaneously love them and need more…

And M. Mabie has a hell of a lot of more in this book and its follow up, so buckle up y’all and enjoy the unforgettable ride.

I know I did.

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TETHERED LOVE | Knot Duet, Book Two | Coming March 29

I’m lying to myself, but I can’t stop.

At least, not until Reagan’s hands bring me to life. He lays claim to me like no one else and makes promises I can’t keep.

I push him away because he deserves more, but wherever I go, he always pulls me back.

My heart is tethered to his. Across miles. Through every lonely night apart. The feeling of him never goes away.

Love never lets go.

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M. Mabie is the writer who made thousands of readers hate to love (and love to hate) the angst-filled contemporary romance, Bait.

She lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody “real-life romance.” She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.

She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost. M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.

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Review Post: Breathe You (Pieces of Broken #2) by Celeste Grande

Release Date: February 26, 2018

Photo Credit: Perrywinkle Photography

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Synopsis

When past and present collide…
And second chances aren’t promised.

Evangelina and Blake shared a fiery, heart-pounding, live-beneath-your-skin kind of love. Until her demons came to find her, ripping him from her life. Alone once again, Evangelina tries to pick up the pieces that remain.

But one missing piece is irreplaceable.

Blake is struggling without his Angel, and every turn is a reminder of a love lost. When the burden becomes too much to handle, he decides to salvage what’s left of him—to walk away.

Hidden truths come to light.
Secrets are revealed.
And the battle of Evangelina’s life is on.

The fight for her freedom.
For her light.
For true love.

But when family is your nightmare, and the demons follow your sins, how do you climb back from the darkness?

You find your strength.
You discover your purpose.
And most important…
You remember to breathe.

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*****5 Unforgettably Emotional Stars*****

Two years ago I read a book that broke the mold. It was a book that owned every single emotion I had. It was a book that wowed me on every single level possible. It was a book that has stuck with me over the years and has owned a piece of my heart since that first time I read it.

It was a book that changed everything.

That book was Live Me, the first book in this beautifully breathtaking series by Celeste Grande.

It was in that book that I fell heart first into a love story that was so intensely raw, so heartbreakingly real and emotional, and so completely unforgettable. Live Me started my unadulterated love with Blake and Eva, their love story, and everything those two shared together. It was that book that seared me to them in every way possible, and it was that book that had me reeling with so much need to know what would happen next for them.

I can still remember reading the end of that book, with a heart that was bursting with so much emotion and feeling for these characters. I’m also about 102% positive I was crying when I finished that book. I can remember where I was when I reached the end, what was going through me as I read those last words, and I can remember knowing with every fiber of my being that I would never forget what I had just read and what I had experienced with Blake and Eva.

Their story let my heart and my mind and my soul on the edge of it all at the end of Live Me, so to say I was ready for the conclusion to their story was the understatement of the century. I needed more of them like I needed my next breath. I needed them to heal, I needed them to fix what was broken and what had torn them apart, I needed them to be okay.

I needed them to live. I needed them to breathe. I needed them to love. And feel. And hope. And believe in each other and in themselves again.

The start of Breathe You picks up right after the events of Live Me. It finds Eva breaking into pieces after everything that she has been through, and after having broken up with Blake, the other piece to her heart. Trying to protect him from the demons that have swarmed her in more ways than one, she pushes him away, breaking them both even more in the process. She is heartbroken and shattered, he is reeling and doesn’t know what to do, and they are both so lost as to which way is up. The events of this book follow Eva and Blake as they not only see what a second chance together could bring the two of them, but as they both try to heal from the pain and anguish they’ve experienced.

This book is their fight. Their fight for their lives, for their hearts, and for their futures. It’s their second chance at the love neither of them can forget. It’s their hearts on the line, laying it all out there for the other to see. It’s their story of healing, of living, and breathing.

I don’t want to tell you much more of the plot of this story because I would never want to take away a single ounce of what this book will give you with Blake and Eva. But what I will tell you is be prepared for one helluva emotional ride. This book will break you. It will shatter you and it will have you feeling your heart in your throat more times than you can count. In fact I’m pretty sure I read most of this book with my heart aching and bursting with the level of breathtaking emotion it had. There were so many moments in this book that took my breath away. Literally. Where my heart stopped, where my breath caught, and where I was so transfixed and consumed in what these characters were feeling and sharing.

And you know what?! I LOVED that. I loved that I FELT and BREATHED and LIVED every exceptional word of this book. I loved that this book owned me mind, body, and soul from start to finish. I loved that this book made me cry and made me feel like I was breaking right along with its characters. I loved that this book and this author’s phenomenal words put me in every breath of what I was reading.

I loved all of that because that showed me how much I was in this book, how much I was invested in these characters and what they shared, and it exemplified to me how exceptional Celeste Grande’s writing is that she gave me all of that.

And so much more.

If you have read Live Me, then you know that Blake and Eva share a world of emotion and connection and love with one another. Their love is on a whole other level. And I do not say that lightly. Their love is so deep, so honest, and so heartfelt. Experiencing that love is something I will never forget, and experiencing what happened when that love was tested in this book is something I will never forget either.

Those two certainly put me and my heart through the emotional wringer in this book.

They shattered me at times, broke me more at others, and showed me what it was like to feel like you didn’t know how you would go on or how you would stand back up again or how you could give it all another go…yet there they both were, trying and fighting and giving it all they had, even when they had the weight of everything on top of them. The both had their worries and fears and doubts that held them back. They both felt so much anguish at times that made them wonder if a second chance was really possible. It was those moments that were so real and so beyond authentic.

Celeste Grande allows you to completely understand where all of their thoughts and reactions and hesitancies come from. She allows you to get them, to get their hearts and their minds, and she allows you the most spectacular level of understanding with them that will show you exactly why things went the way they did at the end of Live me, and why they go the way that they do in this book. You will understand what holds them back, what pushes them forward, what gives them hope, what threatens to break them, and what has them both thinking that walking away could be the better option.

You will get it ALL with them. Every emotional high and low, every heart rendering twist and turn, every moment that will have your breath catching right along with theirs as they see if a second chance is possible and as they give it all the fight of their lives.

To say I loved this book is putting it too mildly. To say I lived and breathed and felt it all while within its exceptional pages is not doing Celeste Grande’s writing the justice it deserves. This book was everything. EVERYTHING. It was emotional, raw, intense, consuming on every level. It was heartbreaking and healing and perfect. It was everything I needed, and everything I didn’t even know I needed for Blake and Eva, and it was the most fitting conclusion I could’ve ever asked for for their story.

Celeste Grande is an amazing author. She has a serious talent and you can tell that she poured her soul into this book and into these characters. Her thoughtful crafting of this book, the way she tackles so many tough issues in such an authentic and fitting way, and the way she makes it all mean so much is a true testament to the writing and storytelling talent that she is. She has such a way with words and such a way with emotion that connects you on a soul deep level to these characters. She sears you to them, she binds your heart to their and she shows you what their lives and their hearts and their souls are like. She lets you get her characters, she lets you live this book with them, and she lets you be there through thick and thin with them as they fight for their friendships, their lives, and their loves.

I literally cannot tell you enough how exceptional her words are in this book, and what those words will give you with Blake and Eva. What she gave me in this book is something I don’t have the right amount of positive adjectives to describe, and let me tell you now that my words will in no way encapsulate the enormity of what she so beautifully gives you in Breathe You. My words just aren’t good enough to capture everything this book and her writing gives you.

The way she so caringly and thoughtfully gave me these characters, and how she interspersed their points of view and their moments in a way that complimented and amplified everything in this book was exceptional. She made music its own main character in this book, which pulled me in even more than I thought possible to what I was reading and to what these characters were feeling and sharing together. She showed me what it was like to be broken, what it was like to feel shattered and like there was no light at the end of that tunnel, yet in those same pages and in those same moments with Blake and Eva she showed me hope and fire and strength.

She showed me what it meant to live, what it meant to breathe, what it meant to fight and give it your all, even when it all feels so insurmountable.

She showed me what it means when your broken pieces match someone else’s broken pieces.

She showed me what it means to put yourself back together again after breaking more than you thought humanly possible.

She showed me what it means to have honest to goodness love in your heart, and how that love can give you the world if you let it.

She showed me what it means to live. She showed me what it means to breathe. She showed me what it means to love. What it means to love with your whole heart, right on your sleeve, ready to see what could be.

She showed me it all. Every heart stopping, heart melting, soul touching, breathtakingly emotional moment. She showed me every single bit, and I will never forget it.

Breathe You is one of the best books I have EVER read. It was a book that consumed every single part of me from beginning to end, and it is a story with unbridled and breathtaking emotion that will sweep you and your heart and soul off its feet. This book will make you fight, it’ll make you fight for Blake and Eva, for what they share, for their healing. It’ll make you fight for the possibilities those two have. It’ll make you fight with every ounce of your heart right along with those two, and I am telling you, you will LOVE experiencing every single moment of that.

This book will show you what it means to love. It will show you what true friends are. It will show you how your family, blood related and not, can be there for you when it really matters. It will show you that this series and these characters and this world is one you will never want to leave. (I’m already looking forward to more stories with so many of these characters! I’m lookin’ at you Jace, Abby, Drew, Eric, Tori, Jessie and Rick!)

It will show you what it means to break, to fall, and to shatter more than you ever thought you could. It’ll also show you what it means to fight, what it means to try, and what it means to pick yourself up off the ground and try again. It will show you that even when you think you’re broken beyond repair and even when you think there’s no way the pieces of your heart can be put back together again, the light still shines through, the heart still works, and the hope lives on as long as you believe in it and fight for it.

It is that light that makes it all worth it, and that can be your beacon even in the darkest of hours.

Breathe You is that light, and it will give you the a light that will rival the sun and the moon and the stars if you let it.

So please trust me when I say that you NEED this book in your life. You need Blake and Eva. You need their love. You need their fight. You need every unforgettable ounce of emotion they will give you. You need their tenacity and strength and fire. You need their friends that are there for them when it really matters, and that will sear themselves to you just as much. You need their hope. You need their hearts. You need Celeste Grande’s exceptional writing that brings it all to life.

And you need them.

Plain and simple.

So do yourself a favor and get to meeting them. And loving them. And fighting for them. And feeling it all with them. You won’t regret it. I promise you that with everything that I have.

You will never regret reading and experiencing and feeling every breath of their memorable story that comes to the most beautifully fitting conclusion in Breathe You.

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About the Author

Celeste Grande grew up loving words. From an early age, it was easy for her to open her heart through pen and paper and come away with something poetic. She never thought anything more than releasing her emotions would come of it though. A workaholic that can’t keep still, in her ‘real’ life, she’s a Certified Public Accountant who dreams of writing sexy books all day long. When she isn’t working, she’s reading, writing, mommying and being a wifey to the love of her life. She’s newly relocated to the state of Florida, but don’t worry, she’s taken her pen with her.

Celeste is best known for her debut novel, Live Me—a steamy, angsty, New Adult romance with a bit of laughter coating its dark side.

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Review Post: Smoke and Mirrors (City Limits #3) by M. Mabie

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Smoke and Mirrors is the third standalone in the City Limits series. It features a new couple navigating their second-chance romance. Enjoy this love story between a fireman who has returned home from the military and the single mom he left down the street. Welcome to Wynne.

Blurb

My best laid plans had backfired. I’d thought by putting miles between myself and my first love that she’d be free to live whatever life she’d wanted, but when I came back from serving my country and Faith was raising her little girl alone, it was time to make new plans.

In eight years, not a single day had passed when she wasn’t on my mind, and not a night went by when I didn’t miss her. She was fierce and stunning and didn’t need a man in her life, but when the time came—and she wanted one—the line would start behind me.

Like smoke, I’d let her slip through my fingers once, but I’d never forgive the man in the mirror if I let it happen again. She was the fire inside me that would never burn out.

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*****5 Amazing Second Chance Stars*****

Going back to Wynne is something I absolutely treasure. Getting more of M. Mabie’s exceptional words is something I look forward to with all that I have. Being with her wonderful and distinctive characters is something that just gives me life and everything that I need.

Reading her books always feels good. Damn good. I never want them to end. Ever. I’m never ready to say goodbye to her characters and the feels that they give me. I’m never ready for the story to end, I’m never ready for it to stop consuming me like all of her stories do. I’m never ready to sever the vibrant and all-feeling connection I feel to her words and what she so memorably creates with them.

The inviting and memorable world and characters and moments she creates within the pages of her books’ take me in in the most authentic and heartfelt way. They take me in, they own me while I am in their dynamic grasp, and by the end of it all, I never want them to let me go because that’s how good and right and enjoyable they are.

I can’t get enough of M. Mabie’s words. Or her books. Or her characters. Or what she gives me with them along the way. I can never get enough of it all.

And that is just a fraction of what makes her books so incredible, so enrapturing, and so moving.

Smoke and Mirrors was another exceptional example of M. Mabie’s writing talent and thoughtful storytelling. Every word of this book stole my heart and soul, while simultaneously letting me feel like I was coming home to the best group of characters a girl could ask for. The way she brought it all to life through her words, through the memorable and all-feeling moments she so fantastically created, and the way she let me live it and breathe it and just experience it all was everything to me.

Everything.

This book was equal parts sweet, meaningful, and heartfelt. It perfectly balanced every amazing aspect of its second chance nature, while giving me a love story that touched every facet of my heart. This story was one built on emotion, feels, heart, second chances, and a helluva lot of hope and strength and fight.

I honestly can’t tell you enough how amazing it was to read and experience. This book just felt good to read. Every word, every sentence, every page and moment felt good and right and needed. It felt like the perfect summer day. It was fulfilling, satisfying, and it flooded me with the most beautiful feeling of contented pleasure. All of M. Mabie’s City Limits books have felt that way, and this book just showed me even more why I love this series, why I love the wonderful and distinctive and honest characters it gives me, and why I can’t get enough of a little town named Wynne.

The events of this story follows two characters, as they get a second chance to fix what could’ve been. Years ago Aaron and Faith had a connection that was full of fire and longing and young love, but there were obstacles that held them back and stood in their way. Now years have passed, yet their connection and feelings and longing for one another have only strengthened. He’s left and come back, she’s now a single mom to an amazing little girl, and they both seemed to be plagued with thoughts of “what would’ve happened it we…” It is those thoughts that take up more of their minds and hearts than they are willing to really admit, and that is what eventually gives them both that little nudge to see what could be.

Smoke and Mirrors follows what happens when Aaron and Faith decide to take that leap of faith, to meet that push that urges them to think of what they could share and have together, and to try to see what might happen if they gave it all a real shot.

This story follows them and their honest and so easy to love hearts as they take that second chance, as they feel it all, and as they try to figure out what the future might hold for them both. They share an intertwined past that seeps into their present in more ways than one. They also share a strong as all get out connection that has them both knowing that they need to do something. It is that connection and pull that will have you in every word of this book, experiencing it all with them as they take that second chance, as their fight and determination and tenacity shines through, and as they soon start to realize that falling for one another is oh so easy when you already fell so long ago.

There were so many aspects that I absolutely loved about this book. I loved that it gave me a front row seat to a second chance romance. Second chance love stories are my jam, and Aaron and Faith highlighted that for me again and again while I experienced their second chance at it all. They showed what second chances are all about. They showed the vulnerabilities and worries and fears that come with them. They showed what happened when you put all of that aside and took that leap of faith to see what could be. They showed every part of their hearts and pasts, they showed how it was all affecting them in the present, and along the way they showed their hopes and dreams and their longing.

Getting all of that was nothing short of spectacular.

What I loved about this book was that it gave me a story about what happens when two people fight for what they want and need and for what they believe in, all while showing their realistic, sweet, and heart melting journey together as they gave it all another chance.

This book lets their story unfold in the most magical and fitting way that will have you swooning something fierce, while simultaneously wishing you were them getting to feel every ounce of what they share.

Suffice to say, those two completely stole my heart. Every page solidified my love for them and my adamant belief in what they shared. That combined with the wonderful characters of Wynne made this story incredible on every level.

Aaron was a man that I loved from the start. I loved how good of a guy he was. I loved that he was a hard worker, both at his job and his life and with everything he wanted to share with Faith. I loved that he was a man who would not give up, and who would not apologize for doing what he knew was right. Aaron was a character who was true to his word, who was so honest and real, and he was someone who was doing all that he could to right the wrong choice he made all those years ago. I loved him so fiercely. I loved his heart, his determination, and how he was there for Faith and her little girl. I swooned for that man, I rooted him on and believed in him, and I just loved him with all that I had.

Plus who can resist a firefighter with a heart of gold?! (The answer to that question is no one, in case you were wondering.)

Faith was a woman who I connected to immediately. I found her so real, so genuine, and she was such a good person and mother doing the best she could for her little girl and herself. That girl has more strength and tenacity than you can shake a stick at, and seeing all that she did to get by and to give her daughter the life she deserved was amazing. It seared my heart to that woman, and the sheer strength she had and how hard she worked and fought for it all was the absolute best. I also loved how real of a character she was. She was smart, she had hesitancies like any person in her shoes would have, and she wasn’t afraid to be honest with what worried her. She was real and complicated in such an endearing way, and that was just one of many things that had me loving her to pieces. She was also just a damn good person and mother and friend, and every interaction with her made me smile or laugh of feel such a strong connection to her.

She was her through and through, and I loved every relatable and sweet bit of her that I got to know and understand in this book.

Everything those two shared together pulled at my heart. It made me believe in everything they were trying to build with their second chance. It had me feeling it all right along with them through M. Mabie’s enrapturing and authentic writing. It had me basking in the memorable moments they shared, the fire that sparked between them, and the feelings that had them falling hard for one another. Every word of this book had me rooting for them and that was just another thing pulling me into this incredible book.

No to be outdone, the rest of the characters that make the world of Wynne what it is are back in this book and will have you loving every moment you get with them. You will love Delaney, Faith’s daughter, with all that you have. The spunk and sass of that girl is all kinds of amazing, and you will love getting her interactions with Faith, with the other people of Wynne, and especially with Aaron. *cue all the swooning* All your favorites are back. Rhett, Sunny, Darrel, Hannah, Vaughn, and so many others that will have you loving what you’re reading and feeling like you just want to pull up a chair and sit down for a beer with them all.

All of these wonderfully distinctive characters make this world and series what it is, and they all add another fantastic layer to this love story that will just have you chomping at the bit for the next time you get more of them all.

Smoke and Mirrors is a story that I loved every word of. I loved how it allowed me to feel good and how it encapsulated me within a story that was magical and real and so honestly heartfelt. I loved how it stole my heart, how it made me hope and wonder and wish, how it let me get the vulnerabilities and the honest selves of these characters, and how it just gave me a second chance romance that gave me everything. This book was another incredible addition to this series, and it told a story that was sweet, real, and one that everyone should have the pleasure of reading.

This book is all about what you do with the second chance you’re given. Do you wait? Do you leap? Do you dance around your feelings, or do you let them take charge? Do you hold back because of what could happen, or do you give it one last push because something could happen? Do you love? Do you fall? Do you put your heart on your sleeve for the chance at something more?

Smoke and Mirrors gave me the answers to all of those questions and more. It gave me a love story that was so memorable and enjoyable and real, it gave me two characters whose hearts shined through every moment, and in the end it let me get a front row seat to a second chance love story that was outstanding in every way possible.

This book made me smile, it made me laugh, and it made me feel good. It gave me every part of these characters and their journey together, and it showed me just how right they were for one another.

M. Mabie excels at real life romance, and Smoke and Mirrors delivers a spectacular real life romance that will have you swooning, have you feeling it all, and that will have you believing in the meaningful power of a good second chance.

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M. Mabie is writer who made thousands of readers hate to love (and love to hate) the angst-filled contemporary romance, Bait.

She lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody “real-life romance.” She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.

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Review Post: Thrive (Guardian Protection #2) by Aly Martinez

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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*****5 Unforgettably Amazing Stars*****

So let’s talk about how absolutely incredible this book is.

Are you ready? Pull up a chair and take a seat because do I have some things to tell you about this amazing, breathtaking, and utterly consuming book. This book was the epitome of a perfect second chance romance. It was emotional, gripping, and breathtaking with the moments it gave me with its characters. It was so exceptionally crafted, with so much feeling, so much intensity and angst and heart and heartbreak behind each word, and the way that Aly Martinez brought it all to life was everything. EVERYTHING.

She made this book thrilling. She made it breathtakingly emotional. She made it all consuming in the most unforgettable way. She made it all so real. The love, the heartbreak, the anguish, the highs and lows and everything these characters experienced. It was so real, so authentic as if I was living it right along with them, and that seared me to them in every single way possible.

It pulled me into every single part of this book. It pulled me to the minds and hearts and souls of these characters. It pulled me into every single emotionally charged moment they shared. It pulled me into their sensual and heart rendering passion. It pulled me into it all.

Every word that Aly Martinez so thoughtfully created, every dynamic layer she added to this story, and every emotion and feeling she infused and wove together so breathtakingly in this book made it one of the best books I have ever read.

Thrive is a second chance romance that follows two characters who have experienced their own world of heartbreak. Years ago they had a connection they couldn’t get enough of, and a fire that burned them from the inside out. They couldn’t get enough of each other, but when faced with a choice, one of them chooses wrong leading to heartbreak, pain, and more anguish than you can shake a stick at. That one choice changes everything for the both of them in ways that neither of them were prepared for. They go their separate ways, but another string of events brings them back together again years later.

The events of this book follow what happens when Mira and Lark come face to face after the mountain of hurt and pain that has separated them for many years. This book is filled to the brim with twists and turns, adrenaline pumping moments, and a second chance love story that will pummel your heart in the most amazing and all-feeling way with what these characters give you. Years have passed, choices have been made, but when these two come face to face again there is nothing that can stop the fire and heat and emotion that bursts out of them for one another…no matter how hard they might try to hide it and fight it.

These two have a past, they have the most interesting and captivating and emotional present together, and this story explores what happens when they must face the past and embrace and live the present, all to see what the future could bring them.

Let me just tell you this now, if I could give this book all the stars in the world, I would. It was that good. It was that captivating. It was that exceptionally emotional. It was that phenomenally written. This book had it all. It had the fire and connection and passion that Aly Martinez brings to life in the most alluring and encapsulating way. It had the story that kept me on my toes through every single page dying to see what would happen next. It had the emotion and feels that owned me through every lick of what I was experiencing with these characters.

It had the characters, the story, the heart, the heat, and everything I needed and more. Simply put, Thrive had it all. It had everything I have come to love and expect from a book by Aly Martinez. It was beautifully written, with a layer of suspense, passion, and emotion that truly delivered it all. That along with her incredible and wonderfully distinctive characters gave me a story that I know I will never forget.

What I loved about Thrive was that it was all about choice and consequences and the high stakes emotions that go along with that. It was about what happens when you make a mistake, when you make a choice, when you make one decision that changes everything. It allowed me to understand these characters, to understand their motives and fear and worries. It let me get them in the past and in the present, and it let me put it all together in a way that pulled me into every moment they shared.

This book explored what can happen when you get a second chance at it all. It shows you the hope that can bring, the emotional turmoil that can come with it, and it takes you along the bumpy, twisty, and all-feeling road that exists on the way to putting yourself back together again.

Every chapter, every moment, and everything these characters shared was brought to life through Aly Martinez’s exceptional writing. She let you live their pain, their past, and the emotion that went along with their heartbreak. She put you there with them as they were reunited, as you caught up with them, and as you learned what the past years had brought to their lives. She kept you with them as they felt that soul touching fire that seared them to one another in ways they didn’t even realize. She let you breathe their pain, their hope, their fire and their hearts and everything that exploded between them as she reached out for help and as he did all that he could to keep her from falling.

This book touched every part of my heart with what I got with Mira and Lark. When I read Thrive, there were so many moments that literally took my breath away and hurt my heart. Sometimes that was because of the shear pain and hurt these characters experienced and were going through. Other times it was because of what happened when they were together, whether it was their banter or their attempts at healing or the connection that exploded from them in such a way that made all of that emotion and hurt worth it. Sometimes I was just in awe of those two and what they shared, what they felt, and what was happening between them as they faced a second chance at what could be.

Through it all I lived it, I felt it, I breathed it and experienced every ounce of what was happening between them, and I loved it. I loved it all. Even when it hurt, even when it made me cry, even when it took my breath away because of how hard it was to read because of the depth and rawness of the emotion, I loved it. I loved it because it was them. It was their story, their hearts, and their second chance. And that was everything to get.

Now Aly Martinez has given me some of my all-time favorite characters, and Thrive just gave me two more to add to my list. Mira and Lark are probably two of the strongest characters I have ever read. They have both lost so much, been through so much, and have had to endure more than anyone should, yet they still fight. They still give it their all. Their tenacity and determination and fire is on a whole other level, and that is just part of what makes them so fantastic and distinctive.

What can I say? I loved those two with my entire heart. I loved how they pushed each other’s buttons like nobody’s business. I loved how they just got each other. I loved how those two slipped right back in to being them, yet in the same breath were older, wiser, and a more experienced version of themselves. I loved how every moment of this book let me understand them a little bit more. I loved how Aly Martinez made them so memorable. She made their humor and personalities and their fire so them, so distinctively Mira and Lark, and that brought every lively and vibrant part of them and their connection to life.

The way she so intricately creates them, their story, and everything they share together in Thrive creates a book and world that you’ll never want to leave. I spent this book LOVING every moment I got with them and the other amazing characters that make the Guardian Protection Series what it is. I love this world. I love how the members of Guardian are one crazy, unforgettable, and wonderfully ridiculous group of men who I just love with my whole damn heart. I love that every little taste of them all make me want more, and has me even more in need of the next time I get more with them.

What Aly Martinez so fantastically created in the first book in this series, continues outstandingly into Thrive. She once again allows this world to come alive in a way that is tangible, emotional, memorable, and so distinctively Guardian. It’s Leo and Johnson and Brayden and Jude. It’s Lark and Mira and Apollo. It’s everyone. It’s their personalities, it’s their sense of family and bond, it’s their friendships and connections that add another incredible layer to what you get, while just investing you more in everything you’re experiencing.

Reading this book was one of the most fulfilling reading experiences I have ever had. This book owned me. It owned my emotions, it owned my thoughts, it owned my heart and mind and my very soul, and in the end it owned every part of me as it delivered an emotionally breathtaking story of what happens when two soulmates get a second chance at love.

Thrive made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me smile at the antics and banter and back and forth with these characters, and through it all it gave me Mira and Lark and every lick of what they shared in a way that I will never forget.

Aly Martinez has done it again. She has once again crafted a book that delivers it all. She has once again created a story that will keep you and your heart on your toes, a story that will connect you so deeply to its character, and a story that will have you feeling every ounce of what it has to give you.

This book will show you what it means to get a second chance at the one choice that changed everything. It will show you what can happen when the other half of your heart comes barreling into your life. Literally. And it will show you what can happen if you put yourself out there, if you fight, and if you give it all up to what you feel and what could be in order to heal from the pains of the past.

Thrive is hands down one of my top reads for the year, and it was everything. And then some. And then some more. It is a story that I guarantee will touch your heart and own you in ways that you will love, and in the end you will be damn glad you jumped into the thick of that emotion and into that second chance with Mira and Lark because it will give you everything you need.

And then some.

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“This is yours?” I asked in awe, trailing my fingers over the shiny, black hood of a newer-model Ford pickup truck.

He’d lifted it and put huge tires on it, and while the top was spotless, there was a thin layer of mud covering the running boards, letting me know that it didn’t stay locked away in his garage waiting for a Chicago snow. It actually got used—and in places that weren’t covered in asphalt. My Southern heart, which had been relocated to the Midwest all those years ago, quaked in its stunning presence.

He stared at me, his arms crossed over his chest, the muscles of his neck straining beneath a gray henley, but not because he was stressed or upset, but rather because his muscles were so thick and defined that they were always straining.

He answered with a simple, “Babe.”

I swung my hand to the Escalade parked in the driveway. “What about the SUV?”

Twirling the keys on his finger, he walked over to me. “It’s not a crime for a man to own two vehicles.” Gripping my hip, he swayed me toward him. “If I have the kids, I drive the Caddy. If I’m by myself and the Caddy isn’t blocking the garage, I’ll take the truck.” He grinned, dipped low, brushed his lips to mine, and whispered, “If I’m with Mira, I take the truck even if the Caddy is blocking the garage and I have to move it so it’s not.”

My stomach performed gold-medal-worthy somersaults as I pushed up onto my toes and gave him far more than a lip brush.

His mouth opened, inviting me in. His warm tongue rolled with mine, acting as the welcoming committee. My head became light and I fisted my hands in the front of his shirt for balance. The moan that slipped from my throat made his tantalizing lips curve up in a smile before he pulled away.

Resting his forehead to mine, he rumbled, “Breakfast and condoms, baby. We can’t do anything without them.”

“Not completely true,” I murmured. “I saw a loaf of bread in your kitchen. Toast will serve as sustenance, and you can eat while I do other things with my mouth that don’t require condoms.”

His hand slipped down to my ass. “I’ve missed your mouth, Mira. But not a chance in hell you start things on your knees and I don’t end them inside you. And, for that, I’m gonna need more than toast. So it looks like we’re back to breakfast and condoms.” He gripped my ass, rocking me against him. “But we’re going to take the truck so you can slide in real close. And, on the off chance you feel like getting handsy while I drive, I won’t object.”

That had happened a lot when we were younger. The minute my ass had hit his seat, he’d lift his arm in invitation and I’d slid all the way over, as close as I could get without being in his lap. And then he’d drive. Windows down, the world passing us in a blur, him being the only thing in focus.

Inside that truck, I had been free to be Mira.

And, the idea of having that now, after seventeen years of feeling like someone else, I became giddy with excitement.

“You have a bench seat?” I gasped, staring up at him with a megawatt smile.

Smirking, he released me and opened the passenger’s door. “When I lift the armrest, I do.”

I giggled. “Jesus, it’s like you knew I’d be coming back.”

His shoulders jerked, and his jaw turned to granite. And then Jeremy Lark slayed me, brought me back to life, and then ruined me once and for all. “No. Because if I’d thought there was any chance of you ever coming back, I’d probably still be sitting on the tailgate of that clunker in the woods, waiting.”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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.

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