Review Post: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it…

So does heartbreak.

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*****5 COMPLETELY AMAZING STARS*****

To say that I was ready for this book is the understatement of the century. From the moment I entered this world and met Tanner Reese in The Darkest Sunrise, I NEEDED his story. I needed him. I needed into his head and his heart and I needed all the minutes and hours and days with that man.

And let me tell you, getting into his head and getting his story did not disappoint. Not one little bit.

How do I even begin to explain my love of Tanner Reese?

First, he is the best. Like the absolute best. He is hysterical. He is swoony. He knows how to hold hands like a boss. He is hot AF. He is endearing in a way that is completely irresistible. He is real and so much more than the persona he puts out to the world.

He is Tanner Reese. He’s just him.

And when you read this book, and get to know him, you will realize that that is the best way to describe him. Tanner is Tanner, and nobody could be him, except for him. That is how distinctive his character is.

Across the Horizon is a story of what happens when love and connection and fire comes at the exact wrong time. It is a story that will have you laughing hysterically at the banter of these characters. It is a story that will take ahold of your heart with everything it gives you. It is a story that will make you smile and swoon through every single word. It is a story that will give you it all.

This book is a story of what happens when two people who have no business being together, can’t seem to stay apart, no matter how hard they might try to fight it.

This story follows Tanner Reese and Rita Hartley, two characters who live in very different worlds, yet share more with one another than they ever thought possible. Rita has just broken up with her philandering husband and Tanner has his own relationship mess to handle, but when these two are thrust together in one of the most memorable moments ever, they start to realize that there might just be something so real and so right building between them. Across the Horizon is there story of finding that one person who might just change everything at the exact wrong time.

It is a story filled to the brim with banter, one helluva connection, and a spark that just won’t quit for nothing between its two main characters. And that is just part of what makes it one of my top reads of the year.

What I loved about this story was Tanner and Rita. I mean they made this book. They made it beyond enjoyable. They made it so a page didn’t go by where I wasn’t laughing hysterically at their banter, humor, and personalities. They pulled my heart in with all that they had with how real they were, how honest they were, and how heartfelt they were with where they were at and how they were doing. Not to mention, they had a spark that created a tangible level of build and intensity that was practically palpable on every page of this book.

Rita and Tanner were just phenomenal. They were them from start to finish. Flaws and craziness and all. They were so authentic, so easy to love and relate to, and so easy to root for. From the very start of this story I loved them both, felt completely consumed by them both and what was building between them, and I just could not get enough of them.

I couldn’t get enough of the connection they shared. I could not get enough of how real they could be with one another, and how they had such an exceptional way of knowing and seeing each other. They just immediately understood each other. They immediately saw the truth in each other. They immediately felt a pull that was so intense and so right, even if the timing was so wrong. I just could not get enough of everything that Aly Martinez so phenomenally brought to life with them.

Aly Martinez created a completely unforgettable, vibrant, and wholly enjoyable story in Across the Horizon.

She brought us back to a world, to a group of characters, and to a story that will always hold a piece of my heart. The way that she exceptionally brought Tanner and Rita’s story to life was everything. It really was. The way that she brought me back to a story and a world that I LOVE was everything. The way she wove in Tanner and Rita’s story, without spoiling anything from The Darkest Sunrise and The Brightest Sunrise, while also giving me a new perspective on moments from those stories and that world was EVERYTHING. (It also highlights the shear talent this woman has as a writer that she was able to give me more, without spoiling or giving away too much of the other story that this one connects into. Allllll the snaps for Aly Martinez on that one!)

The way that she put me right in the thick of it with Tanner and Rita as they opened their hearts to one another, as they cut through all the layers, and as they really saw and started to feel for one another was everything.

It was everything and then some.

I really can’t say that enough.

Across the Horizon was the exact book I needed. It was funny, it was light, it was refreshing and full of a life and vibrancy that I could not get enough of. What I loved about this book was that it was on the lighter side for an Aly Martinez book, yet it still had her distinctive writing, and it still had a level of emotion and feels to it that brought tears to my eyes a few times. I loved that as much as she made me laugh while reading this book, she gave me the feels too. She gave me the heart of this story and these characters in a way that seared me to them as everything with them unfolded. She invested me so deeply in them and their journeys as characters, while also keeping me on my toes and reminding me how precariously close those two were to the edge of a cliff.

Trust me when I say that Aly Martinez delivers it all in this book. And while you might think Across the Horizon won’t shock you or emotionally murder you just a bit because of its humor and fun…don’t give up hope quite yet, because Aly Martinez always has a trick or an emotional murder weapon up her sleeve.

Tanner and Rita were also just the best. And in case you’re wondering, Rita Hartley is the perfect match for that man. Tanner Reese is his own force to be reckoned with, and that man needed someone that would keep him on his toes. Rita Hartley is that woman. She is a force to be reckoned with herself. She is fire, she is strength, and she completely understands the appeal of Robb Stark so clearly she is amazing in so many ways. But more than that, she is the perfect woman for Tanner Reese. She gets to him. She makes him want to be the best he can be, and she makes him nervous. She is no wilting flower that girl, and even though I love Tanner with my entire heart and want to keep him to myself forever, if I had to share him with someone, it would be Rita.

Those two share something that is so real and that will touch every part of your heart. It might be the wrong time for them, they might have a world of hurdles in front of them, and it might be crazy, but it’s them. And it works. You will absolutely love getting to be with Tanner and Rita as they feel what they do, and as they try to figure it all out. Their story will give you many memorable moments that will have you laughing your butt off, that will have you feeling all the feels, and that will have you believing with every ounce of your being that these two people belong together.

I truly can’t say enough how much I loved this book and how much I NEEDED this story in my life.

Across the Horizon was everything I needed and more.

It was a story that I have been wanting and needing ever since first meeting both Tanner and Rita. It is a story that gave me life, gave me the feels, and gave me two dynamic characters with a banter and a connection that just wouldn’t quit. This book was exceptionally written and crafted. It was a light and funny read that still packed an emotional punch that will steal your breath away. This story is one that I will never forget, and as I sit here writing this review all I can think about is how much I already miss Tanner and Rita.

I miss their craziness. I miss their banter. I miss their lovable selves that just owned their craziness and everything that they were doing and feeling. I miss their honesty. I miss their palpable connection.

I miss them. So much.

What Aly Martinez created in Across the Horizon with them was phenomenal in every way. She created a story that was worthy of them and that exemplified who they truly are. She made this book that I never wanted to leave, and she made them two characters that I loved and felt for with all that I had. She gave me everything with those two, and she made them both so distinctive and memorable in a way that only she could with her writing.

She gave me it all.

She gave me Tanner. She gave me Rita. She gave me a ninja warrior course, a new love and appreciation of Game of Thrones, the breathtaking meaning of hand holding, and most of all, she gave me a love story that was vibrant, perfectly authentic and heartfelt, and so very fun and so very real.

And honestly, I will forever love what I got with Tanner and Rita in this book because it was everything.

Everything I needed, everything I wanted, everything that was deserving of Tanner and Rita, and everything that I have come to love about a book by Aly Martinez.

I shifted the phone to my other ear and asked her, “Did you just get in bed?”

“If, by bed, you mean carrying a glass of wine out back to swing in the hammock, maybe.”

I bit my bottom lip, my head falling back against the headrest. For most men, this would have been an innocuous statement. But for a hammock connoisseur like myself, this was the normal guy equivalent of her saying that she liked to give blowjobs during halftime.

“You have a hammock out back?”

There was a delay in her response, which was followed by a subtle kiss of her lips on what I assumed was a wine glass. “Don’t knock it until you try it. It’s one of the most underrated luxuries in outdoor furniture.”

“Oh, I’m not knocking anything. Rope or quilted?”

“Mayan, actually.”

“Oh, sweet heavenly baby Jesus, she’s beautiful and knows her hammocks. I’ve never been so turned on in my life.”

She giggled, pausing for another sip. “You know, if you leaked this hammock fetish to the press, you could probably increase demand by five million percent and singlehandedly lower the country’s unemployment rate.”

Okay, so at some point during the day, she’d figured out who I was.

But! Even with this knowledge, she was trying to avoid a date with me and was not elbow-deep in planning our televised wedding. This was a definite plus in my book.

“Yeah, but then, when I talked to beautiful women like yourself, I’d have no idea if the hammock was your idea or a ploy to impress me.”

“Jeez, that’s sad, Tanner,” she said, her sweet Southern accent like a wave rolling over my name.

I’d meant it as a joke, but it was the absolute truth when it came to dating. Early on in my career, I’d done a rapid-fire interview about my personal life. One of the questions had been: What would your ideal woman order on the first date? Truth be told, the only thing I hoped my ideal woman would order was something she wanted. I didn’t factor into that. But I’d been on my last question in my last interview of the last day of a month-long press tour. My face had hurt from fake smiling, I’d been in desperate need of a shower, a smoke, and sleep, and my mind had been mush, so I’d prattled off the first thing that had come to mind: shrimp and grits.

That one little answer somehow made it onto my Wiki page, and after that, every woman I’d taken out ordered shrimp and grits. One of them even had a shellfish allergy and nearly ended up in the hospital. And this insanity was not limited to women outside of the spotlight.

I’d once gone on a date with America’s princess of pop, Levee Williams. We’d hit it off at a charity event. For one of the most famous women in the world, she was a surprisingly nice girl, gorgeous, and funny as all get out. But the first time I took her out? One guess what she ordered.

I was at the end of my rope with dating and lost my freaking mind before storming out like an asshole. That night, as I was reporting shrimp and fucking grits as an error to Wiki, I noticed that her page listed it as her favorite food. I’d never had the balls to contact her again, and I once hid behind a palm tree on Rodeo Drive when I heard the clamoring of paparazzi calling her name. But that’s neither here nor there.

In short, while finding a woman was all too easy, dating was hard.

But that wasn’t about to stop me from trying with Rita.

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: Break My Fall (The Breaking Trilogy #1) by M. Mabie

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Break My Fall by M. Mabie

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art

Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography

Model: Jamie Walker

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Synopsis: “The first time I returned to Lancaster was for my brother’s funeral.

The second time was for Myra.”

For twelve years, I lived alone in my cabin, building a life with my two bare hands. I was free from their rules, their policies, and their lies.

They are a cult.

My father is their leader.

To protect my brother’s widow, I’m making her my wife. It’s her only way out.

But drawn to the purity in her deep blue eyes and the innocence of her gentle voice, I wonder if I’m not the biggest monster of them all. I have to save her from them and myself. Because every second I spend with this timid woman, I fight the urge to claim her.

Own her.

Make her truly mine.

And I know it’s wrong.

I will break her fall—if I don’t break her first.

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*****5 Completely Unforgettable Stars*****

Gripping. Unique. Enthralling. Unforgettable.

Those are just a few of the words that instantly come to mind when I think about Break My Fall by M. Mabie. As I sit here thinking about this book there are so many other positive adjectives that come to mind when I think of this story and what M. Mabie created within it. Raw, intensely real, and authentic. Emotional and all-feeling in every way. Exceptionally written and crafted through every page. Life changing, heart gripping, and utterly magnificent. Mind blowing and bursting with moments that will have you questioning everything. Phenomenal, outstanding, and just damn good.

I could seriously go on and on about this book and what it creates with Myra and Abraham.

Their story is unlike any other story I have ever read.

I have NEVER read a book like this one. I have NEVER experienced a book like this one. I have NEVER lived in a world quite like this one or met characters like the ones I found in this book. I have NEVER had writing completely transport me into a world or into a character’s head or into such consuming and unforgettable moments in such a way like I did while reading this book. I promise you have NEVER read or experienced or lived a story like this one, and that is just part of what makes this one of the most exceptional stories I have ever gotten my hands on.

What M. Mabie creates in this book, in the start of this trilogy, is wholly unique, encapsulating in its own spectacular way, and will take you into a world that you have never been a part of. A world made up of people with their own rules, their own laws, and their own way of doing things. A world made up of banding ceremonies and helpmeets, a world brimming with seclusion and oppression, a world where nothing is as it seems, yet no one knows the real depths and pulls of it all. A world of lies, of freedom, of fight and fire.

A world unlike any other I have been in while reading a book, and a world that I can’t wait to find myself back in as soon as humanly possible.

I am telling you, you have never read a book quite like this one. You have never met characters like the ones you will meet and love and discover in this book. You have never experienced a story like the one M. Mabie exceptionally crafts and brings to life in Break My Fall. You have never been in a world like Lancaster or met people like the ones who reside in that place.

You have never read a book that so meticulously, thoughtfully, and outstandingly meshes religion, romance, faith, emotion, family, longing and intensity and build quite like this one does.

What M. Mabie creates in this book is nothing short of everything. It is a slow burning romance that will push heart and your moral compass and your mind to places you’ve never been or felt before. It will have you wondering what in the world the rest of this series will bring about for Abraham and Myra and the world they call home. It will have you NEEDING to know what happens next. It will have you wondering what may or may not continue to grow between Myra and Abraham, all while you wonder and feel and live and breathe every ounce of what they gave you in this story. This book is their journey of faith, of family, of obligation, of fight and determination, of new beginnings, of things they never expected and more. It is their struggle, them giving it all for a triumph they don’t even know if they want or deserve or something they will even get to have, and it is them all the way through, from beginning to end, from pagp to page, in the most exceptional way.

Break My Fall is about what happens when one man’s journey home turns his life completely upside down and takes him back to a place he never wanted to see again. It is about what happens when faith and religion and newness and questions intersect in the most consuming way. It is about what happens when the one person who was supposed to mean nothing, turns out to mean EVERYTHING. And I mean everything. It is about the journey, the fight, the questions and wondering, the chances, the risks, and what it all means. This story is about what happens when two worlds collide, literally, figuratively, emotionally, physically, and in every other way possible. And when that collision happens y’all…well it makes for one of the most mesmerizing and unique and encapsulating reading experiences you will EVER have.

Trust me.

I read this book days ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I still can’t stop thinking about these characters and their lives and what they’re beginning to share with one another. I can’t stop thinking about what is going to happen next, what has already happened, and what it all means. I can’t stop thinking about the emotion and the religion and the craziness that unfolded within the pages of this book. I can’t stop thinking about what M. Mabie created in this book and so incredibly brought to life with her words. I can’t stop thinking about it all.

These characters and this story and this world have overtaken me, and I love it. I love that I can’t stop feeling what I did while reading this book. I love that I can’t stop thinking and wondering about Lancaster, and what’s really happening there, and what will happen as more pieces come to this puzzle. I love that I just NEED more, more of that emotion, more of that raw honesty, more of what is so extraordinarily building between Myra and Abraham, more of what is pulling them together, yet pushing them apart in the same breath…more of it all. I want it all with them, I need it all with them, and I HAVE to have it all with them. The level of what I feel for their characters and this story and what M. Mabie is so dynamically creating in this world and series truly sets this book in a league of its own.

This book gave me life while I read it, and I do not say that lightly.

There were so many moments while reading where my breath was stolen because of the intensity of the moments in the pages of this book. There were other moments that shocked me to my core. Whether it was from the rules of Lancaster, what Myra or Abraham were doing or feeling, or whether it was from the moments they so vividly shared together, I was shocked. I felt that shock, the emotion and the physical effects that went with it, and I felt the changes that brought to these characters and what they shared. There were moments in this book where I practically swooned for Abraham and the goodness and the thoughtfulness of that man. There were moments when I practically cheered for Myra as she took chances that must’ve been so scary and felt so risky.

There were moments that had me practically YELLING at my kindle for one reason or another. Whether it was because I wanted and needed these characters to give into even just a morsel of what was so intensely and authentically building between them….or if it was the moments where things started to change and their worlds and perspectives and minds meshed and flip flopped and swayed in the most unforgettable and tangible of ways…or whether it was the moments that had me so vividly connected to these characters and their journeys and their feelings as they tried to wade their way through the murky waters of what is right, what is wrong, what is and isn’t okay, and as they came into their own...all of it had my heart and soul and mind and breath and voice in this story.

I lived this story as much as it gave me life and that is a true testament to what M. Mabie so phenomenally creates in every page of this book.

What I loved about this story was that as much as it is a slow burning romance that will give you the feels and emotion and heart and connection you crave in a love story, it will also give you a story that will make you think and question and wonder about everything.

The way that M. Mabie so incredibly weaves together a story that infuses faith and religion and morals and choice together made for a story unlike any other I have read before. I am not a religious person, I am not someone who even knows that much about religion, but I was fascinated by the way M. Mabie so carefully and thoughtfully brought religion, and every aspect of it, into this story. She finds a way to perfectly balance the religion and the pieces of this cult and the faith these characters have in way that isn’t too much, yet holds an exceptional level of meaning for them and their story as it all unfolds. The way religion and faith are almost their own characters and presence in this story is just one of the many amazing aspects this authors brings to life in Break My Fall.

That along with the moments that will make you question everything, that will have you wondering what you would do or what you would feel or what you would think, and those moments that will make you think long and hard about what is right and wrong, what is okay, what is a bad choice or a good choice, and what it means when control and consent and independence and choice mesh together will just give you it all. And then some.

That was this entire book. It was everything and then some. It was so much more, so much glorious more, and it just blew me away with everything it had.

I have never read a book like this, and as I read this story I found myself wanting to slow down my pace of reading because I never wanted it to end. I never wanted to leave what this author was bringing to life in me and in this world and in these characters. I never wanted to leave the intense and honest connection that was building so intricately between Abraham and Myra. I never wanted to leave this story that made me question and wonder about everything, every choice, every scripture, every word and feeling and moment. I never wanted to leave it all, and that just left me more than ready for the rest of this trilogy.

Break My Fall is hands down one of my top reads for the year and one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It was different, it was memorable, it was a world unlike any other I have lived in, and it gave me two complicated, real, and authentic characters that I immediately connected to. What you get within their heads, what you live and breathe with them in this story, and what you feel with them along the way as this all unfolds will break you in ways, will push you in others, will have every part of your mind and heart and soul with them through it all, and in the end, will have you knowing that what you’ve just experienced with them was nothing short of everything.

This book is one that I will never forget reading. And as I sit here writing this review, all I can think about is how much I want more of these characters, more of this unforgettable and dynamic world, and more of what M. Mabie so outstandingly created in this book. This author is a true writer with a talent that knows no bounds, and every bit of that shows in what she brings to life in Break My Fall.

Excerpt:

A cloud of smoke followed the silver-haired woman out the door of the main building onto the covered porch outside, and she shot the butt of her cigarette into the dirt in front of the semi.

“Your mother’s been trying to reach you.”

My phone had died two days earlier, and I’d forgotten to bring a charger. Mom was the only person I still spoke with from Lancaster, but it was rare for her to call me, and I only reached out a few times a year.

“Say what she wanted?” I asked and slid my hands into worn leather gloves.

“Honey, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your brother passed away last night.”

Ted Grier hung back in the doorway, watching. Both of their faces wore sympathy.

“Pardon?”

“Your brother passed, Abe. You should call her back. Come on in and use the phone.”

I hadn’t spoken to my brother in years, but when I left home with no plans to return, I just assumed things would stay how I left them. They’d cling to their Bibles and bands and keep living in their own warped version of reality. They’d stay tucked under the strict thumb of the Legacies and God, or at least the way they interpreted him, and I’d live my life in the woods, free of their judgment and rules.

Alone and how I liked it.

They lived how they wanted, and I did the same.

I squinted in the mid-day sun, and the tension in my neck pinched even tighter.

“Jacob died?”

Ted limped to the stoop, tapped a Camel from his pack and lit it. “Son, you wanna come inside for a minute? Call your family?”

I did not. Calling them was the last thing I wanted.

It was almost noon, and I still had more than half day’s work to finish. The tobacco in the air was thick as I pulled it into my chest. “I’ll call when I get home.”

It was supposed to rain for the next four days in the hills, and there was work that needed to be done. Calling in the middle of the day wasn’t going to do anything but put me behind, and my brother would still be dead that evening.

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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she 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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Releasing Now: Break My Fall (The Breaking Trilogy #1) by M. Mabie

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Break My Fall by M. Mabie
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography
Model: Jamie Walker

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Synopsis:

“The first time I returned to Lancaster was for my brother’s funeral.

The second time was for Myra.”

For twelve years, I lived alone in my cabin, building a life with my two bare hands. I was free from their rules, their policies, and their lies.

They are a cult.

My father is their leader.

To protect my brother’s widow, I’m making her my wife. It’s her only way out.

But drawn to the purity in her deep blue eyes and the innocence of her gentle voice, I wonder if I’m not the biggest monster of them all. I have to save her from them and myself. Because every second I spend with this timid woman, I fight the urge to claim her.

Own her.

Make her truly mine.

And I know it’s wrong.

I will break her fall—if I don’t break her first.

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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she 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.

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Review Post: Chasing Clouds by Kathryn Andrews

Title: Chasing Clouds

Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2018
Cover Image: Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Designer: Heart to Cover


“I highly recommend this book – especially for a light, swoony, southern read. Kathryn Andrews didn’t just get a hit with this one, she knocked it out of the park. Angsty, sexy, and surprisingly witty, I devoured every page. 5 Stars.” – Amazon Bestselling Author Kandi Steiner

Reid Jackson
I’m a simple guy. There are only two things I love: my family and playing professional football.
I may not understand why people get married, but I’d go anywhere for my brother, even his friend Camille’s wedding. Once I’m there, I realize our Bronx upbringing has left me unprepared for the world of old Southern money. Over twenty-four hours, I see scandal, threats, and lies. It’s a life I don’t relate to, a place I never want to belong. Even so, when the minister asks if anyone objects, I shock not only myself but also the beautiful bride when I stand up and say, “I do.” I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me—but deep down, I knew I had to make that move.

Camille Whitley
As a political socialite in the South, nothing about my life is simple.

For years I’ve known I’d one day be standing at the altar, about to marry a man I don’t love. In Savannah, family expectations and appearances are everything, but none of it’s real. I hate what I’ve become, and I dream of being free. So, when an opportunity suddenly presents itself in the form of a stranger with captivating green eyes, I find myself asking what’s best for me: the plan or the unknown? I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me—but if I’m going to make a move, it’s now or never.

*****5 UNFORGETTABLE STARS*****

Do you ever start a book and have that feeling of knowing that that book will be everything you needed and more? Do you ever start a book and know from those first words, from the first few pages, from that first chapter that that book will be one of the most unforgettable stories you’ve ever read? Do you ever read a book and just know with every bone in your body that you are experiencing something truly beautiful and magical and exceptional?

Do you ever start a book and just know right from the start that that book will be one of your all-time favorite books?

Do you ever read a book and know all of that and more because of how truly extraordinary that book is?

Well I do.

I’ve been lucky enough as a reader to feel and know all of that for a handful of books that have made my list of all-time favorites. These are books that have owned me, books that have enraptured me within their stories like no other, and books that have taken a piece of my heart a soul forever. It is these books that have taken it all to a whole other level with what they give me, and it is these books that are permanently ingrained with me in more ways than one.

And after reading Chasing Clouds by Kathryn Andrews, I can add a new book to that all-time favorites list.

Chasing Clouds is one of the best books I have EVER read. I seriously feel like shouting that as I type this because that is how true that last statement is. I LOVED every single word of this book, and I truly cannot say enough how much it gave me, how much it owned me, and how it truly is one of the best books I have EVER read.

I honestly don’t know if I have the right amount of words to really capture what this book gave me and allowed me to experience while I read it. I just don’t feel as if my words are good enough to capture what Kathryn Andrews so beautifully captured and created in this book. As I read this story, I felt as if I was on fire in a way that I have never quite experienced before when reading a book. This book ignited something in me with its characters as it all unfolded. It had this light and spark and tangible magic that flowed through me as I experienced this story with Camille and Reid. It had me living and breathing and feeling every ounce of this mesmerizing story in a way that truly owned me from start to finish.

Experiencing that is just one of the many things that made me love this book so much.

Kathryn Andrews delivered one of the most amazing stories I have ever read in Chasing Clouds. Through her incredible writing and storytelling, she so thoughtfully crafted a story that was full of beauty, meaning, emotion, and so much heart. Her words made these characters and their story so real, so authentic, and so unforgettably honest in a way that deeply touched every part of my heart and soul. She painted such a vivid and vibrant picture with Camille and Reid and everything they shared through her mesmerizing words, and I honestly can’t say enough good things about that and everything she brought to life in this book.

She is one of my all-time favorite authors for a reason, and this book proved that to me again and again. She has a true talent for bringing worlds and characters and raw and honest emotion to life in a way that is truly spellbinding and magical. She just makes it all feel so real, so right, and so needed. She has done this in every book of hers, which I have LOVED, but there was truly something special about what she created in Chasing Clouds. She took it all to a whole new level, and completely wowed me with the heart and soul and feels she poured onto the pages of this book.

Experiencing her phenomenal words is just a fraction of what made me love this book so much.

Chasing Clouds is a sweeping and enthralling story of what happens when southern society, charm, and expectations mixes with a fake marriage that will change everything. Camille Whitley is a southern socialite who is doing what’s expected of her by marrying the “perfect” suitor. She’s following the plan set out for her, but she can’t help but wish for more and for a different path for her life, even though she can’t seem to find a way out. Enter Reid, a professional football player who doesn’t believe in marriage or anything serious. He’s only at the wedding of Camille Whitley for a chance to see his brother, but the moment he sees her and sees what’s going on around her, he can’t help but voice his objection to her wedding when given the opportunity.

What unfolds after that objection is a story chalk full of vulnerability, emotion, honesty and realness, and more building tension than you can shake a stick at.

What started out as an impulsive decision soon becomes more than Reid or Camille had bargained for, and soon those two realize that what might have started out as fake, is more real than either of them have experienced before. Told through Kathryn Andrews’s vivid and enrapturing words, Chasing Clouds follows Camille and Reid as they begin to fall for one another, as they take chances, as they see what could be between them, as they put themselves out there for the other to see, and as they what unforgettable things can happen when vulnerability, trust, emotion, and love come together.

Chasing Clouds is a romance you won’t soon forget. Trust me. What you get with Camille and Reid along the way will touch every part of your heart and soul in a way that is beautiful, meaningful, and unforgettable. What you get to experience with them will have you believing in the power of love, healing, and honest vulnerability. And in the end, what you live and breathe and feel with them in this story will move you, break you just a bit, give you it all, while showing you how literally amazing these two characters and their journey together is.

What I loved about this book was that it was not only an exceptional love story, but it was also a story that allowed both Camille and Reid to discover who they really were, what they really wanted, and what they really wanted their lives to be like. Kathryn Andrews perfectly weaves their own individual journeys with that into their falling for one another, and that makes for an all-encompassing read that will truly own you from start to finish. She lets you get them. She lets you know them and love them and feel for them. She shows you them both at their highest of highs and lowest of lows in a way that will sear you heart to theirs.

She lets you be there with them every step of the way. Through every shocking revelation, through every moment of glorious build and tension, through every moment as they put their hearts on the line, through every moment of heart squeezing emotion and raw vulnerability, and through every single moment as they share what they do together.

Through every single word of Chasing Clouds, Kathryn Andrews thoughtfully and vividly captures and creates a story that shows the unforgettable and life changing things that can happen when you meet the one person who changes everything.

I truly cannot stress to you enough how special this book was. Every piece of these characters and this story were so seamlessly and incredibly brought together in a way that will blow you away with what they give you. Getting all of those pieces made for an all-feeling and vividly tangible reading experience that I will never forget. It was as if with every extraordinary piece I got of Camille and Reid, I found myself giving them pieces of myself, so that I could keep them with me forever. The love I have for those two has no bounds. It is real, it is tangible, and it is so beyond heartfelt because of the strength of the connection I feel towards the two of them.

I have wanted this story for so long, and I truly could not have asked for more from those two. What I got with them, what I felt with them and for them, what I had the chance to experience with them, and what I got to understand with them as they fell for one another is something I will always treasure. What they share is so heart touchingly real, so beautiful and magical and mesmerizing, and so them. It’s just them, in their most honest form. The good, the bad, the ugly and vulnerable, the emotion, the heart, and every lick of feeling in between. Their story is one of friendship, family, love and loyalty, pain and regret, and the healing and transformative power of honesty, vulnerability, and trust. Trust in each other, trust in oneself, and trust in the path set before you.

Chasing Clouds is Camille and Reid’s story of forgiveness, acceptance, healing, and the biggest and most important thing of all, love.

I could honestly keep going and going with how much I loved this book. I could tell you all the things I loved about it, all the things I felt while reading it, and all the things that truly set this book in a league of their own. I could tell you all of that and more, and I wouldn’t even come close to scratching the surface of how spectacular Chasing Clouds is. This book will always hold a special place in my heart, and what I got with Camille and Reid along the way will have me singing their praises until the end of time.

Kathryn Andrews completely brought it all to the pages of this book with this all-consuming story.

She brought the charm, she brought the life and vibrancy and personality of these dynamic characters and setting, she brought the feels and emotion. She brought the moments that make you smile and swoon and fall, she brought the moments that make you cry and render you breathless with the emotion she brings to life, she brought the moments that show you who these characters really are and who they could be if they only took that leap of faith. She brought it all. And then some.

Chasing Clouds is hands down one of the best books I have ever read, and I will never forget it.

As I sit here finishing this review all I can think about is Camille and Reid and how much I already miss them. Those two are something special, and I truly love them something fierce with my entire heart. Everything I got with them in Chasing Clouds connected me to them, invested me in their individual and shared journeys, and showed me again and again how utterly perfect those two are for one another.

I could go on and on for ages about what I feel for those two and what I got during their story, but I know it will never be enough to truly capture how extraordinary their story is, so just do yourself a favor and read this book. Read it, love it, feel it all with them. Take it in, breathe it out, and be prepared to be completely swept up in the beauty, authenticity, emotion, and heart that permeates their story in the most incredible way.

It would be wrong not to.

Kathryn Andrews loves stories that end with a happily ever after. She started writing at age seven and never stopped. Kathryn is an Amazon Bestseller for her much loved Hale Brothers Series and is a chi-lit, contemporary romance, and new adult writer. 
Kathryn graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and currently lives in Tampa, Florida. She spends her days as a sales director for a medical device company and her nights lost in her love of fictional characters.
When Kathryn is not crafting beautiful worlds that incorporate some of her most favorite real life places, she can be found hanging out with her husband and two young sons, while drinking iced coffee and enjoying the sun. To find out more about Kathryn and her novels, visit: www.kandrewsauthor.com
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A letter to E.L. James

Dear E.L. James,

Longtime fan, first time caller.

(Or should I say writer? Never mind, I digress.)

I have wanted to write this letter for quite some time. I’ve had a lot of things on my heart and mind that I’ve wanted to tell you for what seems like forever, and I have finally found the time to do it.

So here it goes…

You changed my life.

Your books changed my life.

Let me explain.

I can still remember the first time I read your book Fifty Shades of Grey. (I say first time because I have honestly lost track of how many times I have read that book, and the others that came after it, over the past years.)

A picture from that beach trip back in 2012.

It was the summer of 2012 right before my senior year of college. I was on a beach trip with one of my best friends, and she had brought the book to read at the beach. I had seen the book around and was curious what it was about, since I had yet to really look into it. My friend told me it was a romance that she could not put down, and I knew if she loved it I would too, so I immediately made her take me to the bookstore so that I could get my very own copy.

Fast forward about 48 hours later and I had devoured the entire series. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning each night reading Fifty Shades of Grey on that trip. I read Fifty Shades Darker the entire car ride home from North Carolina to Maryland, and when I got home from that trip I drove straight to Target to get the third one. Fifty Shades Freed was finished about 5:30 the next morning as the sun was coming up.

It was official: I was hooked, lined, and sinkered to your words and your characters and your books from that moment on.

I couldn’t remember the last time I had been that intensely addicted and consumed by a book or series. Probably not since I read the Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga years earlier, or even or The Hunger Games Trilogy that I had devoured earlier that year. I thought about your characters, I became invested on such a real level to them, and I just couldn’t get enough of them.

The moment I finished your books after that fateful beach trip, I started them again because I just wasn’t ready for them to end. I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Christian or Ana or what they allowed me to feel with them as I experienced their story. I wasn’t ready for their love story to come to a close. I just wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.

I can remember wanting to talk to everyone about your books after I read them. I talked to my friends at home and my friends at school about them. I even talked to my boss at the time because she was reading them too, and we had many discussions about everything Christian and Ana. I couldn’t stop talking about them, or thinking about them, or wanting to find more people to talk about them with.

Until I read your books, I had never read a book or series like yours. And I don’t just mean because there was sex or BDSM or themes of dominance and submission. I mean that I had never read a story with a love that was that intense or real or raw or that vulnerable at times. I had never been on that kind of an epic and whirlwind emotional and love filled journey with characters before. I had never felt quite so connected and entranced by everything I was reading and experiencing before.

I mean sure I’d walked the halls of Hogwarts, and fallen in love with a vampire (and a werewolf), and even defeated a dystopian empire a few times by then, but I’d never before felt what I did when I read your books.

You see I had never read real romance before.

I had never ventured into that aisle of the bookstore until I read your books.

Sure I’d read my fair share of love stories in young adult novels and even in some of the women’s fiction books I loved, but I had never read anything that was truly a romance. I had never read a story where the love story was the focus. I had never read a book that gave me every complicated and wonderful and emotional and consuming and heartbreaking and magical moment of falling in love and meeting that one person who changes everything.

I had never read anything like that until I read your books, and it completely changed my life as a reader going forward.

I have always been an avid reader as long as I can remember. My parents quickly figured out that taking me to the bookstore meant I was going to grab as many books as my little arms could hold onto. You could find me in those aisles of young adult and mystery and fiction novels for hours at a time…and after I read your books, I found a whole new set of aisles to explore.

Romance.

And all the many subgenres that come with it.

I’ve always LOVED to read, but it was your books, and your words, and your characters that pushed me into the wonderful world of romance and those new aisles….and it is where I’ve been happy to stay ever since.

As I went into my senior year of college, I found myself rereading your books on a never ending loop. You see I was deep in the middle of my student teaching internship, other classes, and working part time at a children’s shoe store, so free time was a luxury I didn’t have. I loved to read, but didn’t have the time to jump into new books, so I reread yours. Again and again. That, along with a serious amount of caffeine and support from my friends, is what got me to graduation.

This is where the life changing part comes in.

That next summer, after I found my job as a special education teacher, I finally had the time to go back to my first love: reading. And I promptly started devouring every romance book I could get my hands on. After rereading your series again, I jumped into the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, then it was Unteachable by Leah Raeder, right after that it was the Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks, and so on and so forth with so many books and love stories.

It was right in the middle of that that I got the idea to start a book blog. This book blog. It was just a random idea I had one day, but it was one I could not get out of my head. At that time I didn’t know anyone who had a blog, but I did know that I LOVED reading. I also knew that I especially loved reading romance. I wanted to find a way to share that with the world and connect with others who shared that love. So I pulled my less than stellar technological skills together and created The Never Ending Book Basket.

I never knew when I started this book blog that it would bring me into a community of authors, bloggers, and fellow readers that I will NEVER want to leave.

This community includes self-published indie authors, hybrid authors, traditionally published authors, bloggers, editors, formatters, and readers of all kinds. It has people from around the world, in dozens of countries, who come from all walks of life. It has some of the most amazing and incredible people I have ever met within it, who have since become some of my closest and dearest friends. This is a world I didn’t even know existed 5 years ago when I read Fifty Shades for the first time, and 5 years later I don’t know what I would do without this world or the incredible people in it.

I would have never known about any of it or any of them, or been lucky enough to find and join this amazing community, if it wasn’t for you E.L. James.

You changed my life.

You changed my world.

And I do not say that lightly.

Your books, your words, and your epic love story of Ana and Christian were the catalyst for bringing me into this world. It is what made me a lover of love stories and romance. It is what brought about this very book blog. It is what brought me into this amazing and wonderful and inspiring book community of readers and authors and bloggers and other professionals, who just love a damn good love story. It is what has brought me some of my most treasured friendships, it has allowed me to connect with other readers around the world and down the street from my own house, and it has let me experience so many unforgettable moments over the last 5 years.

And honestly, I can’t thank you enough for that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I could say it a million times, and I don’t think it would ever be enough. It wouldn’t even scratch the surface of being enough. It wouldn’t be enough to truly capture what your books and characters and words gave me, what they opened inside of my own head and heart, and the doors and pathways they opened in the world around me.

I have so much respect for you as a writer, as a businesswoman, and as a human being. I hope one day I have the pleasure of meeting you and thanking you in person for all that you’ve given me and brought to my world. (I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will happen next month at Book Bonanza in Denver.) If that ever happens I’ll l try not to go completely fangirl crazy, but I make no promises. I’ll also try to remember to use words and to not flail with excitement. I’ll try not to tear up and cry too, like I’ve been doing the entire time writing this post, but I especially make no promises with that one.

I just truly can’t say thank you enough for everything.

For the books, for the movies that came after, for the memories and moments you and your stories have created that I will never forget, and for bringing me into a world that I will be forever grateful for.

I could seriously go on and on about how much you and your books have given me.

I could tell you about the time my best friend and I were snowed in at the movie theater and saw Fifty Shades of Grey twice in the same night. (I mean what else were we supposed to do?! I think we made the best decision that night.) I could tell you about how I’ve been to every midnight showing of the movies with some of my closest friends, and how immediately after I go to another showing with my brother and his best friend. (He loves the movies, he just won’t admit it out loud yet.) I could tell you about that time I got a signed copy of Grey in my Bookworm Box and almost cried, while simultaneously shrieking so loud my dad was highly concerned about my welfare.

I could tell you about how the soundtracks from the movies and the ones from the books are usually on a constant loop of some sort. (And I may or may not be listening to the Freed soundtrack right now as I write this post.) I could tell you about how I still find myself going back for a quick minute to reread one of my many favorite scenes from the books, which usually then turns into an hours long rereading of whichever book I’m rereading. I could tell you so many things, so many other memories or moments that you were the catalyst for, but I’ll try to wrap it up here because I really could go on and on for quite some time about all that you and your books and your words and your movies have given me.

I could go on and on, and it still wouldn’t be enough.

And while I feel as if my words will never be enough to truly thank you and to really capture all you have brought to my life with these characters and this series, and what you’ve done for this wonderful book community and world, I truly can’t say it enough.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

You changed my life. You changed my world. And I will be forever grateful to you for that and for everything else along the way.

All my best,

Megan Cooke

(One of your many fans.)

Review Post: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

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MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan

On sale: October 17, 2017 | Forever | Trade Paperback: $14.99 | eBook: $4.99

SUMMARY

“Heartbreaking…inspiring, uplifting and raw…” ― RT Book Reviews, A 5-star Gold Pick

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

 

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*****5 Unforgettable Stars*****

Most of All You was a breathtakingly emotional story of two broken people trying to make it through life and the life altering hurdles it threw in their way. This story is one that is filled with unimaginable pain and anguish, yet in the same breath is filled with the most soul touching love and healing that you will ever experience. As much as this story is about hurt and darkness and things that threaten to take the life out of you, it is just as much, if not more so about love and light and the things that make life worth living for.

Mia Sheridan continues to be one of the most talented authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The way she so thoughtfully weaves together stories and characters that are deep, so unforgettably real, and that sear themselves to your heart is what continues to make her one of my favorite authors. Her words, the feelings and emotions behind them, and the beautiful and powerful meaning she crafts behind them are so much more. They are more unforgettable, more amazing, more consuming, and more all-feeling.

She just makes her stories and characters and everything with them mean so much more, and that truly sets her books in a league of their own.

Most of All You follows what happens when two people with a world of hurt and pain in their pasts, find themselves on the same path trying to find a way to heal, to find themselves, and to be who they were always meant to be. This story follows them through every struggle, triumph, and moment in between with them as they fight against each other and what they know is right, as they fight for themselves, and as they fight to end up in the exact place they know they need to be. Most of All You gives you their highs, their lows, and every moment in between as they try to find their way through the darkness that threatens to surround them. This book has a story within it that is bursting with so much heart, so much varied emotion, and so much hope. Hope for the future, hope for healing, and hope for what could be if fate finds a way. Getting to experience that hope along with everything else in this book was extraordinary.

Every page of this book, every sentence with these characters, and every word I experienced while reading put me right in the thick of this book with these characters loving and feeling and breathing and living everything that they were.

The way that Mia Sheridan once again puts you in the heart of her story will pull at every one of your emotions, and will have you rooting with all that you have that Gabriel and Ellie will find a way to get to the place they both deserve to be. Through every page of this book my love for those two grew exponentially, and the way that Mia Sheridan gave me them, as their messiest, at their most complicated, at their most broken pulled my heart to them a million times over. She allowed me to get them, to understand their pain and their journeys and why they guarded their hearts the way she did. She also allowed me to see and feel how it all started to change, and to understand the fears and worries and vulnerabilities that went along with that.

Through every page and word of what I read and felt, I got these characters. I got them, their fight, their falls, and every moment of the two of them seeing what could be if they could only find it through that darkness to the light they both wanted. Ellie and Gabriel’s story was beautiful. It was raw and intense at times and so breathtakingly real, and getting to fall in love with them both while I got to experience their incredible journeys of fight and healing was everything.

Gabriel was a man who melted my heart from the very first page. His honesty, his sweetness, and his patience blew me away. That man had a heart of gold that shined on every page, and the words out of his mouth and the meaning behind them had me loving him with all that I had. Ellie and her hard exterior, her blunt nature, and her fiery self pulled me in, even when that girl did all she could to push others away. Getting to see that exterior of hers crack, getting to see her walls fall, and getting to be there with her as she tried to figure out who she was and what she wanted was amazing. It was real and genuine and it was her, and that was everything to get.

Most of All You was one of the most perfect love stories I have ever read, and what’s funny is it probably had two of the most broken characters in it, yet it was their brokenness, their cracks, and the dings in their armor that made this story so beautiful, so right, and so epic. Every word of this book wowed me. Every emotion behind it all moved me and had my heart melting and my eyes tearing up more times than I could count. Every moment I got with these characters gave me it all, and in the end I know that I will not soon forget what this story so exceptionally gave me.

It was breathtaking, it was emotional, it was healing, it was pain and hurt and love and light all mixed into one, and through it all it was a story about what can happen when you learn to embrace the cracks that let you see the light.

I cannot say enough how much I loved this book and what it gave me. Ellie and Gabriel’s story will move you in ways you didn’t know possible, and will give you a love story you won’t soon forget, and it truly does not get better than that!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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Review Post: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

*****5 Unforgettable and Amazing Stars*****

Let me start this review by saying that I am a proud emotional masochist when it comes to reading. I absolutely LOVE it when a book makes me feel it all, when it literally takes my breath away with the level of raw and authentic emotion it has to give me, and when that book breaks me, breaks all of my emotions and feels, and physically hurts my heart. Because let me tell you, when you experience a book with that exceptional level of emotion, it hurts in the most unforgettable way. In a way that is tangible. In a way that is wholly real. And in a way that hurts so damn good.

So. Damn. Good.

I sometimes like to joke that I like to be emotionally murdered by the books I read, and honestly that is beyond true because I do love me some highly emotional and heartbreaking feels. I want to live and breathe and feel and be consumed by those emotions and feels. I want them to be tangible. I want them to shake me to my core. I want them to blow me away with all they have. And yes, I want them to murder my emotional masochistic heart to pieces because I want to feel it ALL, and getting and experiencing that level of emotion is what truly shows me how completely consumed I am in what I’m reading.

Let me tell you, The Darkest Sunrise the first book in this amazing duet murdered all of my emotions…and I LOVED every amazing and all-feeling moment of that. And just when I thought all of my feels and emotions were sufficiently murdered in a way that gave my emotional masochist heart what it wanted, Aly Martinez went and murdered them again in The Brightest Sunset….and you know what? I LOVED every moment of that even more than I did in The Darkest Sunrise because that’s how truly exceptional those feels, the level of varied and deep emotion, and everything I got with these characters was.

The Brightest Sunset was the absolute PERFECT conclusion to this duet.

It was emotional. It was real. It was exactly what I needed, and even more of what I didn’t even know I needed from these characters. It was superbly written and crafted. It blew me away through every page, and that is honestly just a fraction of what made this one of the best books I have EVER read.

This book wowed me on every level. It had me feeling and experiencing every part of this book, this story, and these characters as it all unfolded in front of my eyes and heart. This story had me crying like a baby at times (read: in every single chapter of this book), and physically feeling the emotional toll and affect this story’s events had on its characters through every single page. It had me laughing my ass off and smirking like a fool with the banter and spark of these characters, all while loving the connection and fire they shared through it all.

I feel as if I could go on and on about how much I loved The Brightest Sunset, how much it made me feel and experience, how much it gave me while I read this story, and I wouldn’t even come close to capturing what it was like to read this conclusion to this unforgettable duet and to live and breathe this story with Porter and Charlotte.

I could not have asked for a more fitting continuation and ending to these characters’ journeys, or a more emotionally gripping and satisfying conclusion to what they shared together.

To put it simply, The Brightest Sunset was a book that captured every phenomenal aspect of this duet into a spectacular conclusion that delivered on every level.

As I sit here writing this review, all I can truly think about is how much I loved this book, and how much I really don’t want to tell you much of anything that happens in it because I would never want to spoil this story for you. The conclusion that Aly Martinez so thoughtfully crafted in The Brightest Sunset is so epic, so fitting, and just so damn good that me revealing even just a little bit of what actually happens in this ending would take away from the literal amazingness of this ending and what it’s like to experience it.

What I will say though is that The Brightest Sunset continues everything I loved and felt for these characters through every word, sentence, paragraph, page and chapter in the most incredible, all-feeling, and distinctive way. This book invested me more in Porter and Charlotte and what they shared together. It had my heart in it even more than I thought was humanly possible with what those two share and go through as they try to figure out what they hell they are doing. This book pushed them both, and me right along with them, to their emotional limits. It pushed them to places they never thought they’d be.

Places they feared and dreamed of, places they thought were always going to be out of reach for them, places that scared them in the best way possible. Places that showed them who they really are, who they truly wanted to be, and who they were ready to fight like hell with all that they had to find.

What I got with both Porter and Charlotte deepened the connection I had with their characters and their intertwined journeys. This book made me love them more, it allowed me to feel for them more, hurt and break for them more, hope for them with all that I had, all while basking in every breathtaking moment I got with them as this story unfolded. The depth I got with their characters, and the exceptional level of understanding I had with what they were going through, what they feared, and what was literally taking over every part of their lives and heads and hearts, seared me to them completely.

Those two took ahold of my heart, my emotions, and my very soul, and I honestly don’t want those three things back yet because that’s how much I loved every breath of what I got with Porter and Charlotte in this book.

I have to say that one of my favorite aspects of this book was getting more of Porter’s emotional journey and fight to heal. The Darkest Sunrise gave me all of that and more with Charlotte, with Porter right there with her every step of the way in the exact way she needed. This book flipped that dynamic in a way, putting Charlotte in a place to be there for Porter as he found that way through the darkness, through the pain and anger and anguish, and through the literal heartbreak to find the light he needed and so deserved. Both of the books in this duet give you the exceptionally interwoven journeys of these characters and what they share and are trying to build together, but I can’t say enough how truly incredible it was to get those different dynamics in each book.

To experience him helping her try to heal, to then experience her helping him try to heal, to experience all of the phenomenal supporting characters along the way supporting them in the exact way they needed, and in the end experiencing what it was like for Charlotte and Porter to continue that push and pull towards healing and light was EVERYTHING.

The way that Aly Martinez creates that dynamic in both of these books, through every page of this unforgettable story, and how that continues to show what these characters are sharing and trying to build with one another was perfection.

It was so real. So heartfelt. So genuine. So beautiful. So raw and intense and heart squeezing. It was so Porter. So Charlotte. And so them.

I know I have probably spent most of this review rambling about emotional murdering and talking around what happens in this story to avoid spoilers, but let me just say that if there are two books that you NEED in your life, it is The Darkest Sunrise and The Brightest Sunset. I could say that a million times over, and I would still need to say it again because that is how truly incredible these books are.

What Porter and Charlotte so authentically, so viscerally, and so honestly give you in both of these books, and especially in this conclusion, will wow you, move you, break you, make you, heal you, and in the end will have you knowing that every heartbreak, every ounce of pain and emotion, and every breath of what they went through was damn worth it.

This book deserves more than 5 stars. It deserves them all. And then some. It deserves the highest praises because that is how phenomenal it is. What Aly Martinez gives you in this book with these characters as they fight that good fight, as they try to wade through the emotional superstorm that is their lives and their “normal”, and as they attempt to put the pieces of themselves back together again is everything.

E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

As I sit here writing this review I find myself not wanting to end it all because that’s how much I completely love these characters and what I got with them in this book and this duet. Even though those two made me cry in EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER for one reason or another, even though they pushed my heart and soul to its emotional limit, and even though they broke me and shattered me again and again, I will be forever grateful for all of that because all of that gave me them.

All of that gave me their powerful and meaningful story. All of that gave me the most unadulterated and perfect level of emotion and connection as it all came to be. All of that gave me Porter. All of that gave me Charlotte. All of that gave me Travis and Hannah and Sloth and Rita and Brady and Tom.

All of that gave me one of the most exceptional stories that I have EVER read, a story that I know will stay embedded in my heart and soul forever because that is how damn good it is, and that is how much it permanently pulled me to these characters.

What can I say about The Brightest Sunset?

It made me laugh at times to the point that my cheeks hurt. It made me smile in the most heartfelt and genuine way. It made me cry and feel. Everything. It made me blush something fierce, and allowed me to experience the most incredible fire burning between Charlotte and Porter. It gave me one of the most meaningful stories and character journeys I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

And in the end it gave me Porter and Charlotte. Their lightness. Their darkness. Their hearts. Their love. Their passion. Their flaws. Their highs and lows and everything in between.

It gave me every part of them, every part of what they shared, and every part of their unforgettable story, and it truly doesn’t get better than that.

Trust. Me.

So just do yourself a favor and read these incredible books. Fall in love with Porter and Charlotte. Feel every word and syllable of their story. Live every moment that Aly Martinez so exceptionally creates.

Read this book. Live it. Feel it. Love it. Let it emotionally murder you, and put you back together again and again. Take in and experience every single second of The Darkest Sunrise and The Brightest Sunset.

It would be wrong not to.

 

 

 

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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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Releasing Now: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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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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Releasing Now: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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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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Title: The Bars Between Us

Author: A.S. Teague

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20th

About The Bars Between Us:

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.

I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.

I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved.

After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.

We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.

Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?

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Parked beside my car is a truck that’s got to be twice as old as I am and looks like it should have been buried long ago.

Bronn hooks a thumb in the rust bucket’s direction and tells me, “Bessie’s seen better days, but I just can’t bring myself to put her out to pasture.”

I pull my door open and toss my purse inside, before turning to face him. “Bessie, huh?”

He props a hip on her front fender. “Belonged to my dad. When he died, Dani’s mom kept her. Gave her to me.”

His face is relaxed, but the pain of his loss is still in his eyes, and I’ve come to notice that it’s a look that’s always there. Even when he’s laughing, it doesn’t erase the perpetual sadness that he carries with him. It’s a sadness that I carry with me as well.

“When I was a kid, my dad took me to the beach once.”

Bronn’s brows knit and I hurry to continue my story. “It was cold that morning, early spring, the breeze causing goosebumps to take up permanent residence on my arms. I remember Daddy taking his sweat shirt off and putting it on me. The thing swamped me.” I pause and laugh, remembering how the arms of the hoodie had drug the ground and how daddy had belly laughed at the sight before rolling them up. “Anyway, we searched for shark’s teeth that morning. It was too cold to swim, too cold to play in the sand. But I’d had a fascination with the predators of the sea, a newfound one, and Daddy had been determined that we were going to find a great white’s full jaw, I think.” I’d been staring up at the sky, but I glanced at Bronn to see his face rapt with attention, his expression intense. “We looked and looked until my eyes went cross. But, we didn’t have any luck.”

I can’t tear my gaze away from Bronn’s, even though the way he’s studying me is a little unnerving.

“We found all kinds of amazing shells, rocks that were smooth from being tumbled by the waves, crab shells that must have been eaten by gulls. But nothing that came from Jaw’s mouth.” I shrug, and smile. Bronn smiles back. His face finally relaxes, but his eyes are still full of emotion.

“I remember Daddy was so disappointed. But I wasn’t. I’d spent the morning with my favorite person in the world. I may have been freezing the whole time, my face chapped from with wind and sand whipping in it, my hair a tangled mess that took mama an hour to brush, but it was the best day.”

The half-smile that I’d been sporting while lost in the memory fades. “That was my last happy memory with him. He died not long after that.” I swallow hard, determined not to cry.

The memory is bittersweet, but it’s still sweet. That’s the thing about memories. The same exact memory can be happy or sad, depending on how you choose to remember it. And I choose to remember the sheer joy I’d felt that day, not the crushing sadness that it was the last time I’d felt that way.

I clear the emotion from my throat. “Anyway, I don’t know why I shared that. Just, maybe, to tell you, that I understand holding on to something because it has sentimental value.” I nod at his truck, “Bessie may not be worth any money, but she’s worth her weight in gold if she makes you happy.”

My lips quiver as I offer a smile. Bronn may think that we come from different worlds, and maybe we do. Nana would have killed me dead if I had ever come home from a date in a truck like his. But there’s sadness and loss everywhere, no matter how much money you have. And that common thread binds us together, whether Bronn realizes it or not.

 

About the Author:

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

 

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