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Never Say Goodbye (Nancys Curse Book 1) Kindle Edition by C.A. BELL

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Sometimes white magic can turn dark. Even with the best intentions.

When Angelica placed a protective curse over her granddaughter, Nancy, in a bid to keep her safe from society and her own powers until she was old enough to understand, she had no idea of the consequences.

It’s October 31st, and a grown-up Nancy is holding her annual Halloween party. Only this year she strays away from her traditional festivities that include her famous Halloween punch, and dancing to the Monster Mash, and opts for a spookier night. She will be holding a séance with the help of her friends and her new Ouija board. Little does she know that the protective curse her grandmother secretly cast over twenty-seven years ago is lifted tonight, and her true powers are finally presented to her.

A spirit is summoned. But only time will tell just who he really is.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT-RACHEL JONES

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CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF RACHEL JONES
Motto:
Despite the struggles, love survives.
While she continued to work her full-time RN job, it was thoughts of what she would do after retirement from her career in healthcare that spurred Rachel to begin writing her first manuscript in March of 2012. Needing guidance and support with her new endeavor, she joined local and national writing groups.
Release day for Rachel’s debut novel, To Dance One More Day, occurred in June 2014. Her second book, Taking A Chance On Love, released in October 2015. She is working on her third manuscript and is planning her first series. Rachel’s books reflect her love of the performing arts. Working as a registered nurse for twenty-five years has influenced the threads of medical drama woven into her storylines.
A music enthusiast for decades, Rachel resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband of thirty-eight years and their spoiled Labrador retriever. She is a member of Georgia Writers Association, Georgia Romance Writers and is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
Rachel writes contemporary romance novels and draws her inspiration from the performing arts.
Rachels debut novel, To Dance One More Day, is centered around the world of ballet.
Desertion and death of her family leaves Jillian Russell alone in the world. A medical diagnosis takes away her performance career. Starting over in Charlotte, North Carolina, she opens a ballet company which takes all her resources and leaves no time to build new relationships.
Trauma surgeon, Alan Armstrong, is determined to fix Jillian’s life before he moves on to set up a rural community clinic that had been the top priority in his life, until he met Jillian.
Will their undeniable connection cause them to change their ambitions so they can be together? Or will they walk away from each other to continue on the paths they had chosen before they met?

Her second book, Taking a Chance on Love, is focused on a concert pianist.

From childhood, Virginia Manning has planned for a career as a concert clarinetist. Blindsided by family circumstances, her plans are interrupted, taking her down a path she would never have chosen. As a music teacher, Virginia’s relationship with the football coach goes from problematic to romantic. After Blake’s brush with death, a scared Virginia runs away looking for the contentment music has always brought to her life.
Because Blake Oliver has experienced disappointment and pain, he opts for a fresh start in a small New England town. Accepting the position of football coach, he isn’t looking for love when it finds him. But when Virginia leaves to pursue a performance career, Blake realizes it’s not where you live but having someone to love that matters. His only problem is making her understand that as well.

We know you’re an author, but do you work another job when you are not writing?
Yes, I do. I’ve been a night shift labor and delivery RN for twenty-five years. I’m three years away from retirement from healthcare. I’m three years away from becoming a full-time writer.
Other than writing, what do you have a passion for?
Music – I have a bachelor’s degree in music education and have played the clarinet for fifty-three years. I also play the flute and piano. I love classical music.
Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
My home office (just painted from gray to peach – yay!) is where I do the majority of my writing. I don’t think I’m the coffee house kind of writer, but I’ve never tried writing in public. Maybe I should give it a go.
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published – Tell us about them?
The title of my WIP is Final Acceptance.
She wanted to come home, but could she stay? He met someone that made him feel alive again, but could he chance it?
A story of loss, grieving and tearing down barriers. Ella wants to revive her life that was once amazing and fulfilling. Jackson is looking to put down roots, but family responsibilities pull him away from the west coast and the woman that will make his life complete.

My 5 star review #romance #contemporary #forgiveness #rocker

Summary
Ink and art are in Jaylene Charles’ blood. When her overbearing father died unexpectedly, Jaylene quit her internship with a prominent Berkeley therapist and followed her heart to New Orleans. Finding kindred spirits there, she got back to her tattooing roots and realized her dream of owning her own tattoo shop. Jaylene had everything she thought she wanted when five tattooed, pierced, and broken-hearted rock n’ roll boys challenged her to put her skills, and her heart, to the test.

Maggie’s Bones were Metal’s next big thing when tragedy struck, leaving them devastated and at each others’ throats. Their label demanded a follow-up to their latest insanely successful album, and they were running out of time. Hiding out in Louisiana to salvage their career, they sought Jaylene’s help. She immediately felt a connection with D, the broken man with the sorrowful eyes and missing smile, but refuses to let him in.

Can Jaylene trust that D’s feelings are more than gratitude? Can the man with the sad eyes make her accept that sometimes love really can cure the haunted?

FOR 18+ READERS: ADULT THEMES AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS.

Haunted by R.L. Merrill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In order for me to give a book a 5, I have to have at least two big things happen. 1 being I must get completely engulfed into the writers world almost becoming one of the characters myself. The other criteria I have is that I need to have a strong emotional reaction throughout the book. Haunted is really more like a 6. First, understand that when you read this book, it is a dense, heavy read. Honestly, right now I feel a little haunted myself. There really was not the angst factor that kept me going but more of needing to heal right along with the characters. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. RL Merrill has a new fan right here. By the end of the book, I was laughing at unexpected times waking my husband from sleep and then crying at the same time. At one point, I was sobbing a little feeling the pain radiating off the pages. But then I was bathed in a glorious love not only between the main characters but also through friendship and family. It reminded me that family is so much more than blood. Jaylene is an angle who makes this book amazing in ways that I cant really describe. All I can say is dont miss this amazing book. It will settle in your soul leaving you a little sad, a little happy, and a whole lot of love.

I received this book from the author in a contest and this is my honest review.

My 5-star review of this sexy, suspenseful Irish mobster ebook

Summary

An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan.

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

CROW by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book but had to focus on my school work, but I am glad I did not or I would not have gotten a\nything done! I kept promising myself just one more chapter once I picked it up a week later, but I was hooked. This book had just the right amount of chemistry, passion, and suspense to kidnap me into me into Zavarellis world and not let me loose until the last page. It takes an amazing author to introduce me to their world and not let go. Now I cant wait to read the next book. I hope it has something to do with some of other characters. Either way, Zavarelli has a new fan!

BROKEN AT LOVE (WHITMAN UNIVERSITY BOOK 1) KINDLE EDITION BY LYLA PAYNE-MY REVIEW-FREE

Summary

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Broken at Love by Lyla Payne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know this book has gotten mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. If I a teetering between a 4 and a 5, one big thing has to happen-I have to become emotionally swept up/butterflies in my tummy. Most of the book read like a four, but wham about mid-way I kept flying through the pages, not being able to sleep, and hung on. Quinn was such a sad character, and I kept wondering would I have been an Annette in college or an Emilie? Games like this happen all the time, unfortunately, but it nice to see that at least in fiction all ends well.

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EVERYTHING TO ME (BOOK 1-4 SERIALIZED): A YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT ROMANCE-MY REVIEW

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Summary

A Serialized YA/NA Crossover Romance. (Warning: Includes Cliffhangers, Strong Language and Sexual Situations. 18+ Only.)

Dana: I’ve always been the smart girl, the careful one.

Not anymore. I feel reckless, desperate. I love him, and it’s senior year, my last chance with him before I leave for college, so I’m going to take it.

What could go wrong? Oh, my God, I had no idea.

Peter: I’ve spent years trying to hide how I feel about her. It gets harder every day.

For so long, she was my best friend, the first person who truly believed in me, sometimes the only one.

Do I love her? Of course, I do. Can I let her get even deeper into the hellacious mess my life is?

No way. You don’t do that to someone you love.

**Everything To Me (Book 4) on sale Jan. 13th**

Everything to Me (Book 1 Serialized): A Young Adult / New Adult Romance by Teresa Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book from the New Adult Book Club for an honest review.

It is hard to separate these novels since I read them all back to back. Overall, I give the whole series a 4. I thought I had the whole series since I had books 1-4, but I was wrong. The 1st book is a little overwhelming, and I felt like I walked in on an ongoing novel. Everyone was related with back stories, and it was hard to keep who belonged to whom straight. I almost needed a flow chart. Other than that, the 1st book is so full of exposition, it is hard to understand. Heck, I just finished book 4 and am still confused about the relationship status of the main characters.
Everything To Me by Teresa Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the New Adult Book Club for my honest review.

Because I am rating books 2-4 a 4 star rating, I am going to lump the reviews together. Although each book ended with a cliff-hanger that kept me coming for more, overall I struggled with this book. It felt like watching an attempted rape survivor struggling with the stages of what happened in real time. It was slow and painful. It is the first book that really deals with the inner struggle of a attempted rape victim in this manner. It was hard to understand at times. Peter has his own past abusive issues, and she has new ones. The scars are fresh in this book and keep mounting. All I have to say is thank God I did not live as a teen with social media. It terrifies me for my son. It is definitely worth the read, but victims may have a really hard time, so be warned.

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LOVES SECRET TORMENT BY STACY L. DARNELL-MY REVIEW

Summary

Friendship, Love and Life…

Sam- Carefree, innocent, and in love. All is destroyed when life has other plans. Love isn’t easy, especially when mixed with dissapointment, heartache and broken trust.

Alec- The weight of a life changing secret is suffocating. His love for her is his oxygen. Will his love be enough or will he be too late?

Emmett- Life gives and life takes away. Tormented by what and who he can’t have. Will he fight or lose his soul?

When fate steps in, their lives are irrevocably changed.

Love’s Secret Torment is the story of three people’s search for answers as they deal with life’s cruel turns. Does surviving their destiny and living with the aftermath come at too great a cost? Join them on their journey as they face the rocky steps of a fate-twisted adulthood.

My 4.5-star review

This book left me with many emotions.  I almost finished it in one night, but I had to put it down because I was sobbing so hard I could barely breathe.  The emotional mess it left me in was almost unbearable.  There were times where I was able to smile and laugh, but the torment Sam, Alex, and Emmett live through is just heartbreaking.  The only reason I give this a little ding is because of the development.  Alec and Sams relationship happens so fast that I never really got to get settled in their relationship.  Maybe that was the point though. Maybe it was supposed to be a whirlwind romance.  Either way that is my little ding, but besides that, this is a must read.  Well, it is if you can handle the emotional train wreck it takes the reader on.  Although it is emotionally draining, all is worth it in the end.  It is like life-ups and downs-but it is what you learn from it that makes you stronger.  So, grab some tissues and get ready to read!

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RUSSIAN TATTOOS OBSESSION KINDLE EDITION BY KAT SHEHATA-MY REVIEW

Synopsis:

Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.

Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?

Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.

Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.

He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.

As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.

When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian mafia plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I loved it and hated it all at the same time. At first, it was all encompassing. There was romance, a little weaseling, a little teasing, and lots of sexual chemistry. Then, BAM! out of nowhere, the crap hits the fan. I dont want to give anything away which is why I am so vague. There is no way to really react to this book without revealing something.
So, all I can say is this.this is a crazy adventure to read. It repulsed me and made me crazy but drew me in to the point that I went to Amazon praying for book 2. Sadly, it is not there yet. I HAVE to know what happens next. It is all I thought about today. Sigh, alas, I must wait, but until then go ahead and get this and be ready to get your love hate on.

Book & Author Details:

Russian Tattoos – Obsession by Kat Shehata
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27775715-russian-tattoos

AUTHOR BIO:
Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals–literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side.

She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

Author links:
http://www.katshehata.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/64088.Kat_Shehata

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ALTERED BY KELLY CAIN

Summary

At first, I saw him as everyone else did. But then, I saw him for who he really was. Recognized the beauty beneath the pain. Loved the quirks disguising the insecurity. Embraced the man who hid behind the boy. But there was so much more… More I didn’t know. And once I did, I couldn’t let go… Of the boy. The man. The lover… …even if his past is threatening our future. Nothing will alter what we’ve built.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book through New Adult Book Club on Goodreads and the author for an honest review.

This book was a sort of ugly duckling romance. I loved that she is able to see past his ugly duckling issues and see into his soul. Although I will not give the end away, all I can say is that is so awesome. Not only is she able to see him but he helps heal her. I did expect her ex to be a little more prominent in the book because it seemed to lead me there based on what she says at some times, but I was glad the book stayed focused. Good read!

 

Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl Book 1) Kindle Edition by Aileen Erin-A Supernatural, Werewolf-Love Story

Summary

One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over.

Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.
When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

THE ALPHA GIRLS SERIES

1. BECOMING ALPHA
2. AVOIDING ALPHA
3. ALPHA DIVIDED
4. BRUJA
5. ALPHA UNLEASHED
6. SHATTERED PACK — Releases May 31, 2016!

My-5 star Review!

There is nothing better than finding a new author and series to fall in love with. Here I have all these obligations and books to read, but I came across this book through another Goodreads reader and am so happy that I did.  I could not put it down.  I read until 4 in the morning.  Good thing it was a weekend.  What I love about this book is the passion, the humor, and the integration of other supernatural creatures.  I had no idea what would happen next, and honestly, I didnt care because all I wanted to do was learn more about Tessas powers and see her relationships blossom.  Such a wonderful book.  I am off to read book 2 now.