Saturday, February 23, 2019

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW for Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

Audible Audio, Unabridged, 

Published November 8th 2016 by Melissa Foster


Publisher's Summary
Tru Blue is a sexy, dark, standalone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance listeners have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction listeners have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today best-selling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover.

There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family - including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet.


My Thoughts…

Audiobook Review…  Paul Woodson is the perfect Truman.   He has a deep, thoughtful, sexy voice that portrays Tru exactly how I expected him to sound.    He takes the caring feelings, the fear of ruining the life he is making, and the sexiness of Tru and brings them alive.    This isn’t a light and easy book, although there were plenty of fun times in the story.   It is rough, tough, and gritty but has all the love, sexiness, and friendships that Melissa Foster is known for. 

eBook Review…Tru Blue is Melissa Foster at her best.     She brings to this story an absolutely amazingly complex character in Truman.    He has lived his entire life, even as a child, protecting and saving those he loves.    He even went to prison to protect his brother.     The things he saw, the things he did, and the reactions he had have shaped him into the man he is today.   Then he meets Gemma.  

Oh, Gemma…she is exactly what a man like Tru needs.    She accepts him for who he is, she offers him support, not pity or sympathy, and she loves him.     The things she is able to do for him are not easy.   She offers him support and guidance even when he doesn’t think he needs or wants it.    She loves him even when he thinks he is unlovable.     She lifts him up when he is down on himself and his life.     In return for all this Truman gives Gemma the two things she has wanted her entire life.   The first is unconditional love.   He just gives it to her, there are no conditions, no do this for my love, he just opens his arms and his heart and lets her in.   The second thing she has wanted her entire life??  Well, you need to read the story to find that out.  


You have to pick up this standalone story.   Truman and Gemma are amazing.    Their love is real, with rough spots and all.      

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



Friday, February 22, 2019

REVIEW for Wanted in Paradise by Kate Ashenden

Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published 2019 (first published November 25th 2018)

Genre
Romantic suspense


Book Blurb

Wanted in Paradise, a hot romantic suspense novel filled with the...
...drama of forbidden love
...tension of a love triangle
...glamour of wealthy men
...type of action and adventure that holds your interest!
Set in the beauty of the Maldives...

The perfect location and Romeo Moretti, the famous, talented, and charismatic man that Jasmine has always loved.
Paradise is the place to be passionate and free. 
Paradise is the answer to their problems. 
However, can all obstacles, no matter what, be overcome by the power of true love? 
Will those that love power stand in the way? 
Will Jasmine’s internal and external conflict make her fight for true love impossible? 
It’s time to find out if love conquers all.

My Thoughts…

This is a debut book from Kate Ashenden.    I love picking up a debut book, it means there is nothing to tell me what to expect.  Will I love it?  I always have hopes that I will enjoy it.    Kate’s book, Wanted in Paradise, is a great first book.   I enjoyed the beautiful beach setting, the charismatic characters, and the fun storyline.  

I’d have liked more information about the concert and the reasoning behind it since it was the reason for Jasmine and Romeo to be in the Maldive Islands.    There were a few side storylines that didn’t seem to add much to the story and I wonder if there should have been more about them or if I just missed their importance. 

Romeo and Jasmine’s relationship was interesting and intense.   They either hated each other or loved each other.   It changed with each interaction.    It kept me on my toes and wondering if they could ever just be or if it would always be so quick to change.    


For a debut novel, this was a fun and easy read.   I will be looking for more from Kate Ashenden.

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**Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.




REVIEW for Cherished by M.J. Masucci


Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 24th 2018


There’s a fine line between love and obsession.

It’s Julian’s turn to be kidnapped, leaving Nina to deal with her demons on her own. She can’t live in the home they were to share and she won’t give up trying to find him. But Julian’s captor is cunning and smart, moving him from place to place to avoid detection.

All Julian can think about is getting back to Nina. It’s what keeps him fighting even when he’s left in the dark, weakened by starvation and turned into a puppet for his captor’s amusement.

In a final cruel twist, devastating secrets from Julian’s past will be revealed.

If you like Robin Perini’s, Forgotten Secrets, you’ll love the Cherished.

Buy your copy of Cherished today and learn the horrible truth.

**This is the last book of The Beloved Trilogy, HEA

My Thoughts…

I love these characters and this story.   Julian has lost it all when he lost his family.  Nina is overprotected by her family.   With Nina, Julian finds a family that he didn’t realize how badly was needed and Nina finds someone who will respect her enough to make her own decisions and mistakes. Their story has progressed through the first two books and now with Cherished we finally get to know their ending.   It is a HEA ending!! (I’m not giving it away, the author shared that in the synopsis.)

The final book in a series should tie the story up with the perfect ending and this one does but I wanted more.    Maybe I was just so connected to the characters that I was being greedy and not wanting their story to end, maybe I had my own thoughts as to what would happen, or maybe I just wanted more…plain and simple.      I finished the last page, set the book down, and thought wow, that’s it?   I want to see how their life moved on, how they love each other until they were old; if they had children… there were so many things I wanted to know more about.  Yet, as a good author is known to do MJ left it to my imagination.     

The Beloved series is wonderful.   The books do have to be read in order as each book starts where the one before it leaves off but they are easy to read.   Pick up this series, read these books, you will love them! 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY for Every Time We Touch by J.E. Parker

Title: Every Time We Touch
Series: Redeeming Love Series
Author: J.E. Parker
Genre: NA/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2019
She’s fighting to keep her head above water…
He’s drowning in guilt.
As a kid my life was perfect.
I had everything I could ever want.
Amazing parents, a loving little sister.
Then it all changed.
In the blink of an eye, my heart died.
My soul fractured, my happiness vanished.
For years I felt nothing but pain.
Then Carissa walked into my life.
In an instant, she turned my world upside down.
With one look she quieted my demons.
Silenced my pain.
Before I learned her name, she became my salvation.
Determined to get things right, I’ve kept my distance.
But I’m done with the space between us.
It’s time for me to claim my woman.
Once and for all.

      
J.E. Parker is an American romance author who was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina. A southern belle at heart, she’s addicted to sweet tea, Cheerwine, and peach cobbler. Not only is J.E. married to the man of her dreams (albeit a total pain in the rear), she’s also the mother of a herd of sweet (sometimes), and angelic (only when they’re sleeping) children. Despite their occasional demonic behavior and bottomless stomachs, J.E. loves her little tribe more than words could ever express. On the weekends, you can find her sitting on the couch, cheering on (or cursing) her favorite football team, stuffing her face with junk food, and guzzling a bottle of cheap red wine. When she’s not busy making sure her husband doesn’t burn the house down or acting as a referee for her fighting children, J.E. enjoys reading, writing (obviously), and listening to a wide variety of music.


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RELEASE BLITZ for Finding Home by K.L. Humphreys

Title: Finding Home
Author: K.L. Humphreys
Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 21, 2019

“I will say that there is some sensitive subjects on this novel but the author really handled them beautifully. 5 stars #2OCCJD” - 2OCC Reviews
Wow! This book took me completely off guard!” - Cassie Ashford
“It was a roller coaster of emotions and also had draw dropping moments.” - Lauren (Goodreads)
Trent
How do you go home when home is gone?
I’ve paid my dues for protecting someone I love.
In return my family, my life, and my freedom—all taken from me.
When a friend calls in a favor, I go from nothing…to having a job and a place to live.
A fresh start brings something more; a woman who brings out my protective instincts.
She's been hurt—it's written all over her.
There's one thing for sure, I want her.
And I vow that nothing will ever harm her again.
Michelle
I've hit rock bottom, and I've slowly climbed my way back up.
Now, I keep myself locked away. It's easier than letting people in and telling them about that night.
I live my life in the shadows because happiness is something that I can't have.
I keep my pain where it belongs, in the past. I keep my secrets buried deep down.
Now my past is colliding with my future, and I'm not sure how I'm going to survive.
But in the midst of the darkness is a shining light: Trent.
Sometimes you find home in the place you least expect it.
KL Humphreys lives in Ireland with the love of her life and her baby girl. In a way, the world has him to thank for her debut novel, Deadly Hunt. After years of thinking about writing the story that had been dying to get out of her head, she finally confided in her other half. He gave her all the encouragement she needed to get the story out, he has been with her every step of the way.
KL loves music, especially pop, R'n'B and rap and if she's writing you will find it playing somewhere nearby. She also loves all romance novels but of course, Romantic Suspense is her go-to genre. When she isn't writing it...it's a good bet she is curled up somewhere reading it.
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