Badass Book Review: Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

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Folsom: Volume 1 (The End of Men) by Tarryn Fisher, Willow Aster
on May 29, 2018
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five-stars

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.

Contemporary Romance with a side of Dystopian

“Words are a powerful weapon and they never die.”
Folsom has been hard for me to review. I didn’t leave this book feeling like I’d reached the end. Cliffhangers are brutal and Folsom is no exception – but I still have plenty to say about this exciting new series!
First, I’ll admit that I went into this book full of cautious optimism. I was very excited but also a little unsure. When your favorite author ventures into a completely new genre it can be scary. I wanted to love all the things but I had no idea what to expect from this brave leap into the world of dystopian romance.
Simply put – dystopian isn’t my thing. I loved The Hunger Games trilogy but it took me FOREVER to force myself to read the books. I read the first chapter of the first book so many times I lost count and eventually had to watch the first movie before I could finally dive in and actually read. I haven’t read anything dystopian since.  
Of course, I should have known better than to have had even the slightest reservation! Everything Tarryn Fisher writes is gold. Add the talents of Willow Aster to the mix and Folsom was bound to be a recipe for perfection. I loved every minute of it. They instantly bring this vivid, female-ruled world to life and invest your heart in the possibility of Gwen Allison and Folsom Donahue. The originality and creativity contained in these pages is beyond impressive.
The fact that Folsom was co-written boggles my mind. You honestly cannot tell which of these ladies is responsible for their respective portions of the book. The process of co-writing is something that’s always fascinated me. Mainly because I’m a control freak and can’t imagine giving another person that much influence and control over my work. However, Fisher and Aster appear to have accomplished the task seamlessly.
So whether you’re into fantasy, dystopia, or romance – or if you think you aren’t into any of those genres, you should give Folsom a try. It’s definitely got something for everyone! 
Needless to say, I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series! The story isn’t over and there’s only a short wait to get our next dose of The End of Men series – Jackal is coming our way on June 29th and it’s at the top of my TBR!

About Tarryn Fisher

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Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains.

About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

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Badass Book Review: Hidden in a Small Town by Stacy M. Wray


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Badass Book Review: Hidden in a Small Town by Stacy M. WrayHidden in a Small Town: A Suspense by Stacy M. Wray
Published by Stacy M. Wray on June 14, 2018
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four-stars

She’s being attacked, losing her footing as she falls to the dusty ground littered with pine needles. Scurrying like a crab, she attempts to stand and then… nothing.

A cold sweat trickles down Slater Montgomery’s spine as he struggles to control his breathing. It’s been years since he’s felt them – years since he’s seen them. The visions which nearly destroyed his childhood. Back then, ignorance and getting high were his allies, providing a false sense of security. Now? He can’t get her out of his head. The girl with the wild curls and fear-riddled eyes – the girl of his dreams.

Except, Slater knows this is no dream. It’s too real, too raw. The details, her emotion… before he can convince himself not to, Slater finds himself packing a bag and leaving his picturesque Wyoming home in search of the woman haunting his every waking moment. He just needs to see her once, just to be certain she’s safe. Just to be sure he’s not losing his mind.

What Slater imagined to be impossible – actually finding the mysterious woman – proves to be just the beginning. As secrets are exposed, Slater finds himself trapped in a web darker than he ever could have imagined. One which he’s not quite sure either of them will survive.

It started as a vision. A dream-like scene flashing through his mind. The ending?

A nightmare.

Review
I have to say Hidden in a Small Town really took me by surprise. This is one of the best ARC’s I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. It was my first read by author Stacy M. Wray and it did not disappoint.
The writing drew me into the lives and worlds of Slater Montgomery and Nora Greer and a steamy, rural Indiana summer. Its originality is impressive and I always love a story that can keep me guessing until the very end. Hidden in a Small Town is a page-turner sprinkled with scenes that are truly heart-pounding. It’s full of suspense with a touch of mystery, action, and romance. A welcome departure from my usual genres. 
If you’re looking for a suspenseful summer read, Hidden in a Small Town releases June 14th! Pre-order now!  

About Stacy M. Wray

Stacy M Wray loves writing and reading anything romance - Judy Blume being one of the first authors she read in middle school. After all, a world without love, heartache, and angst would prove a boring place to live.

Lover of gray and white cats, craver of all things sweet, enthusiast of hiking and camping, wife of an extremely supportive husband, and mom to two amusing adult children, she realizes life is pretty damn good.

She also appreciates that it's never too late to try something new. Never.

Badass Book Review: Butterfly Trap by T.L. Fisher

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Butterfly Trap by T.L. Fisher
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Can two tortured souls find the beauty in each other?

Party girl, Nikki Kraemer is terrified when she wakes up tied to a dirty mattress in a basement that bleeds and breathes death. Her reality grows more terrifying as she battles her addiction at the mercy of her deadly captor.

This is no ordinary day. Issac Burns has a dangerous secret that has eaten away his moral integrity for ten years. This is the day he will confront his inner demon . . . but Nikki is no ordinary woman. She is certainly not what Isaac expected.

This romantic thriller dives into some dark subject matter and is not for the faint-of-heart. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

“…we can’t escape our past, but sometimes in the dark mirror reflecting our life, we can heal and trace an outline of something resembling the person we were meant to be.”
In her Forward, T.L. Fisher describes Butterfly Trap as “a new and somewhat awkward pursuit” in comparison to her usual romance novels. This is the first book I’ve read from Fisher so I have no means of comparison, however, I will say the story is not only creative but also daring and brave. 
The story of Nikki Kraemer and Isaac Burns is a journey down some of the darkest paths any person could embark upon. As Fisher states in her synopsis, “read at your own risk”. Readers will likely find it hard to relate to some of the disturbing subject matter contained in these pages. However, the reality is that these are matters that are a very real part of many people’s lives. Abuse, addiction, life choices that send us down paths we never wanted for ourselves. So keep an open mind and let this book take you down some dark, often overlooked paths of our society. In the end, Butterfly Trap is a story of redemption, finding ways to forgive ourselves for our failures, and overcoming some of the worst of what life has to offer.
Add to that a rather unexpected yet steamy, whirlwind romance between two tortured souls and Butterfly Trap is a recipe for a very intriguing romantic thriller that is dark and ultimately, beautifully tragic. 

About T.L. Fisher

TL Fisher is an author of cruel love stories, so she uses the term romance novelist loosely.

She is an avid believer in the philosophy; life isn’t about finding yourself as much as it is about creating who you want to be. We are the architect of our own destiny.

When she tells a story, her main goal is to make you feel. If you haven’t laughed out loud, breathed a gooey sigh and wiped snot from your nose, she feels she hasn’t done her job.

Her motto in life is—when nothing goes right—go left.

Her best advice—never make eye contact while eating a banana.

Badass Book Review: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

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The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 13, 2017
Pages: 372
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five-stars

When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.

What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her.

“Love, she said, was not always perfect, and not exactly how you expected it to be. But when it descended upon you, there was no controlling it.”
I feel like it’s going to be nearly impossible to write a spoiler-free review for this book – but I’ll to do my best. And I know I’m late to the game on this one. Someone should kick me for waiting so long! 
Author Tarryn Fisher recommended The Idea of You early this year which automatically made it mandatory reading. I jotted it on my TBR and started the first few pages a couple of different times and I just wasn’t quite sure. Then Tarryn announced that Robinne Lee would be a guest at the PLN Retreat I’d be attending this summer so I REALLY had to read it. It was obviously that damn good, but…I kept putting it off…
As I’ve been reading this year, I’ve noticed that the YA just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I’m craving something a little more in my age range, something that more accurately reflects where I’m at in my life. So when I read the blurb one more time, it just clicked. It was definitely time…
I was maybe a quarter of the way in when there was mention in one of my Facebook groups about The Idea of You and ugly crying. This sent me into a state of panic. I hadn’t emotionally prepared myself for ugly crying. I logically knew how the story would likely end so I wasn’t convinced I’d be reduced to tears. But I was still scared.
And so there I was, texting my book buddy at 10:30 at night through snot and tears, to tell her I was never going to be okay again. I was destroyed. Robinne Lee had ripped me apart and she did not put me back together again.
It’s now been over a week since I finished The Idea of You and I still haven’t recovered. There aren’t words for how much I loved this book. I haven’t gotten these kinds of reading feels in a very long time. I’ve spent the last week nursing a book hangover from hell while trying to force everyone I know to read it – even my friends who don’t read. “Here, read this, suffer with me. Please?” 
Needless to say, I’m irritated I waited as long as I did to finally dive in. This book is already in the running for the top spot on my Favorite Reads of 2018. And it’s only May.
The Idea of You is beautifully written. Robinne Lee’s words ooze class and sophistication while still maintaining a sexy edge as you get sucked into Solène and Hayes’ steamy, taboo romance. Their passion and chemistry are unrivaled. 
I’m a 39-year-old divorced, single mom with a 13-year-old child. I’ve also dated much younger men. To say this book hit home would be an understatement. It touches on the very agonizing reality of being a strong, successful, middle-aged, divorced single mom, and having those struggles magnified tenfold when you’re dating a younger man.  All the insecurities you feel on the inside; all the judgments forced upon you from the outside. Robinne Lee touched on every aspect in eloquent detail. She made a seemingly impossible, fairytale scenario seem completely plausible while detailing a very honest look at being a middle-aged woman in our society.
I implore you to read this book. Even if it seems as though you won’t relate – I assure you, you will find some part of yourself in these pages and the rest simply makes for a much-needed escape from reality! I would give The Idea of you 6 out of 5 stars if I could! These are the books I live for!

About Robinne Lee

Robinne Lee is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. As the daughter of Jamaican parents of African, Chinese, British and Arawak Indian descent, Robinne has long had an affinity for travel and the arts. Her past endeavors include working as an Editorial Assistant for ELLE Magazine, both in New York and Paris, writing celebrity profiles for the now defunct youth culture magazine, TELL, and running a music management company.

Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds, Don Cheadle in Hotel for Dogs, and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Christian Grey’s trusted COO, Ros Bailey.

An inactive member of the New York Bar, Robinne has served as a producer on various independent films and regularly speaks on panels regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry. She is an avid runner, a mediocre ballet dancer, and a huge fan of cheese.

Robinne currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

The Idea of You is her first novel.

Badass Book Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

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Badass Book Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuireAll the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
on May 29, 2018
Pages: 444
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four-stars

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

“That’s the beauty of a secret. Trust.”
I have to start by saying that I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Jamie McGuire. Her books are so diverse; leading me to read outside my typical go-to genres.
So not only was I excited to learn that she’d be releasing two entirely new books this year, but I was honored to receive the first release, All the Little Lights, as an ARC. (If you haven’t read anything by Jamie McGuire, go grab yourself a copy of Beautiful Disaster ASAP!)
All the Little Lights is a stand-alone releasing May 29th, 2018 as an Amazon exclusive and From Here to You: A Novel will release August 21, 2018, as the first book of the Crash and Burn series.
Jamie’s website describes All the Little Lights as a “dark Young Adult novel about Catherine Calhoun and the frightening secrets living inside the walls of her home”. I was immediately drawn into the dusty little town of Oak Creek, Oklahoma and the lives of Catherine Calhoun and Elliot Youngblood.
McGuire once again showcases her ability to create a complete departure from her previous works in this suspenseful and mysterious YA romance.
Not only is it dark, twisty, and full of intrigue, but WOW! The events that unfolded throughout the story had me completely blindsided. The high school romance between Elliot and Catherine is heartwarming and sweet but ultimately takes a back seat to Catherine’s secrets. This book will leave you feeling like you need to go back for a re-read once you understand the truth!  
If you’re looking for something that will keep you turning the pages and might even keep you up at night, you should definitely check out All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. It’s a page-turner that was a much-needed change of pace in my TBR list!
Go Pre-Order All the Little Lights and let me know what you think come May 29th!  

About Jamie McGuire

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Award-winning author Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list. In 2015 and 2016, the following three Maddox Brothers books, Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Sacrifice, and Beautiful Burn also topped the New York Times, as well as Beautiful series novellas, A Beautiful Wedding and Something Beautiful. The fifth Maddox Brothers Series novel, A Beautiful Funeral, debuted at #4 on the New York Times, also making appearances on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including Red Hill companion novella Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Providence trilogy novella Sins of the Innocent.

Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September, 2015. Her awards include 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year for Red Hill, and iBooks’ 2016 Romance Novel of the Year for Beautiful Burn.

Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.

Badass Book Review: All of You by Fabiola Francisco

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Badass Book Review: All of You by Fabiola FranciscoAll of You (A Rebel Desire Novel Book 3) by Fabiola Francisco, Robin Bateman
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three-half-stars

From the bestselling author in Country Music, comes a new novel in the Rebel Desire Series...  She's a single mom with a messy life. He's Rebel Desire's bass player.

I want what all my friends have.

He doesn't need my baggage.

I can't stop thinking about her.

Romance isn't my priority, my daughter is.

I want to show her she can have it all.

He thinks we can be a family.

Her and Rae are my family now, and no one will take them away from me.

He stays even when it's easier to leave.

I'm going to give her her southern fairytale.

“Nothing is black and white when it comes to the heart.”
Even though I hadn’t yet read anything by Fabiola Francisco when I ventured into the ARC of All of You, I was immediately hooked by the blurb. I’m a single mom and a fan of country music, so I was excited to see where this story would lead. While All of You is the third book in the Rebel Desire Series, it was easily read as a standalone.  
Set in Nashville, it was fun to recognize a few of Jason and Cassidy Rae’s date spots from the many times I’ve visited Music City myself. I’m a sucker for Nashville’s big city vibe full of southern charm!  
The story of Jason and Cassidy Rae is a fairytale romance to be sure. Cassidy Rae struggles fiercely and leads a life of near solitude in order to provide for her daughter Rae. She foregoes her own hopes and dreams for the chance to give her daughter a brighter future. With everything Cassidy Rae sacrifices of herself, you yearn for her to accept the chance at a happily ever after.
I enjoyed the fact that All of You delivers an air of hope. You never know what life has in store and at any moment everything can completely turn around. Being whisked away by a rich, handsome, country music superstar is probably a bit of a stretch. But it’s nice to get a little dose of rags to riches romance every once in a while, right? 😉
Have you read All of You or any of the other books in the Rebel Desire series? Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

 

About Fabiola Francisco

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#1 Best Seller in Country Music
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling in New Adult & College Romance.

Fabiola Francisco loves the simplicity—and kick—of scotch on the rocks. She follows Hemingway’s philosophy—write drunk, edit sober. She writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance, dipping her pen into new adult and young adult. Her moods guide her writing, taking her anywhere from sassy and sexy romances to dark and emotion-filled love stories.

Writing has always been a part of her life, penning her own life struggles as a form of therapy through poetry. She still stays true to her first love, poems, while weaving longer stories with strong heroines and honest heroes. She aims to get readers thinking about life and love while experiencing her characters’ journeys.

She is continuously creating stories as she daydreams. Her other loves are country music, exploring the outdoors, and reading.

Badass Book Review: The Birthday List by Devney Perry

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Badass Book Review: The Birthday List by Devney PerryThe Birthday List by Devney Perry
Published by Devney Perry on April 3rd 2018
Pages: 402
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five-stars

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

“Maybe being strong meant learning to lean on those who would take some of the pain away.”
Devney Perry has quickly become one of my favorite new authors. Her books are such a welcome escape. When I need a good dose of warm, fuzzy happiness I know I can turn to her stories to make everything right with the world, even if just for a stolen moment. The Birthday List was no exception. It easily earned a spot on the list of books I’ll love forever.
The Birthday List is truly an original. It’s one of those books I couldn’t put down while I never wanted to reach the end. I could have kept reading about the characters indefinitely. One minute this story would break my heart and the next I’d be laughing out loud.
Perry once again managed to make me fall in love with the beauty of rugged Western Montana. The story of Poppy, her late husband Jamie, the ever-persistent and understanding Cole, and all the quirky family and friends in Poppy’s life came together in a story that had a little bit of everything – romance, heartbreak, humor, and even some mystery and suspense.
The Birthday List really makes you imagine how difficult it would be to tragically and unexpectedly lose the love of your life as well as the pain and confusion of trying to move on in a world you no longer recognize. It is so unique because it’s a concept that’s not often explored in the genre of second chance romance. Not all relationships end in a break-up or divorce and death is an entirely different obstacle to overcome. The Birthday List did a beautiful job of portraying those emotions while also conveying a powerful message about living life to its fullest and being brave enough to accept new chances at life and love.
I think everyone who reads this book will be inspired to create their own Birthday List if they don’t already have one.
I give The Birthday List 5 Stars!
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About Devney Perry

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

Badass Book Review: Love Again by Kelly Elliot

Love Again by Kelly Elliot

Love Again

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Badass Book Review: Love Again by Kelly ElliotLove Again (Cowboys and Angels Book 4) by Kelly Elliott
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four-stars

Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.

Maybe not the death of me...but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.

It's more than physical. He's breaking through an impenetrable wall.

There's a problem though-he's younger than me.

Six. Years. Younger.

Let's not forget he's also one of my brother's best friends.

Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention...

I never wanted to fall in love again.

But you know what they say....never say never.

EXCERPT

“Do y’all know what you want to eat or should I give you a few minutes?”

When the waitress handed me the sample of wine, I downed it. She tried to hide her chuckle but failed. “Yep, it’s good. Now pour me a big glass.”

“I think we need a few minutes, Evie,” Jonathon said.

“Sure! No problem. I’ll leave you lovebirds alone.”

I choked on the wine as Evie spun walked to another table. Setting the glass down, I glared at Jonathon. “What in the hell was that?”

He shrugged. “Evie being hopeful, that’s all.”

“Hopeful of what?”

With a knock-my-panties-right-off-of-me smile, he replied, “Us.”

Leaning closer, I whispered, “You say that like we’re an item.”

He poured a glass of wine and held it up. “I hope by the end of dinner we are.”

My eyes closed. “You drive me insane, Turner.”

With a grunt, he put the wine glass down. “No, you drive me insane. It was your flirty little text that had me in my hotel room with my hand around my cock.”

A lady behind us cleared her throat.

“Shut up!” I whispered loudly.

Frustration bubbled inside every time I looked at him. Was sexual frustration what got him in that fight? A small part of me hoped it had been.

“You told your family about me?” I asked, changing the subject.

Jonathon half shrugged. “I might have mentioned you at a family dinner.”

“What did you say?”

A mischievous smile played across his face. “Well, I didn’t tell them I got caught fucking one of my clients.”

My stomach dropped. “Stop being crass,” I said before adding in a lower voice, “Save that shit for the bedroom.”

His brows rose. “You like the dirty talk, do you?”

It was my turn to shrug. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced a man talking dirty to me in bed before.”

“Is that a challenge, Waylynn?”

Taking a sip of my wine, I replied, “Do you want it to be?”

He leaned forward, his eyes full of hope. “Do you want it to be? I think you already know how much I want you.”

My teeth dug into my lip as I let the corner of my mouth rise into a slight smile. “I mean, it would be a shame for me to have gone panty-less for nothing.”

Jonathon hooked my chair with his foot and pulled me closer. When his hand touched my leg, I let out a gasp. “A little jumpy there, babe?”

“Don’t call me babe.” I looked around the restaurant. Not a single person was looking in our direction. The long black tablecloth was hiding the fact that Jonathon’s fingers were moving up the inside of my thigh.

“Spread your legs open…babe.”

“Promise me you won’t be reckless with my heart.”

I have to start by saying that Love Again made me a bit of a rule-breaker. (Such a rebel, haha!)
First, I have NEVER read a book in a series out of order. I just don’t do it. I have a fear of being lost or missing something important because I don’t have all the background information. I’ve also never read all the books in a long series that branches off following supporting characters. I tend to lose interest in trying to keep up with stories and characters I’m not invested in.
However, I definitely wasn’t completely lost by blindly jumping into the 4th book in the Cowboys and Angels series. To my surprise, Jonathan and Waylynn’s story in Love Again made me want to go back and read the first three books so I could learn everything there is to know about the Parker family. There’s just something I love about Kelly’s down-home Texas romance novels. They always keep me coming back for more. I love her talent for writing these down-to-earth, country guys and girls.
In Love Again, Kelly’s portrayal of Waylynn as the older woman dating a younger man, especially in a small, rural town, was spot-on. She really captured the emotional aspect of that dynamic. The fears, the reservations, the self-doubt – those are all very real insecurities when you’re an older woman dating a younger man. 
The events in Love Again move at the speed of light and send you on a roller coaster of emotions. But in the end, it’s a sweet and steamy romance with lessons about accepting love and everything life throws at us even if it’s not exactly what we’d wanted or planned. It’s that second chance romance we all love to get lost in. Kelly even gives you a playlist to add some musical inspiration to the story and I loved the songs she chose. So whether you’ve read the first three books in this series or not, I recommend adding Love Again to your TBR when you’re in the mood for a good second chance romance. 
Have you read Love Again by Kelly Elliot or any of the other books in the Cowboys and Angels series? Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

About Kelly Elliot

Kelly Elliot

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women, and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

Badass Book Review – Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue

Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue

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Badass Book Review – Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. RogueKiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue
on March 22nd 2018
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five-stars

My love is poison. His kiss is mine.

“The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never loved each other at the same time, but couldn’t let each other go.

Now here I was telling our story over drinks midday in an airport bar with my old diary clutched in my hand. Telling some version of our story, anyway.

I left him once with no goodbye. Now I was returning home to give him what he needed to move on.

“It’s important. It’s what you’re thinking.”

I knew what his message meant, sent in the middle of the night after I woke from a fever dream.

He was finally ready, and so was I. I just needed to finally give him the kiss he begged for. The one that meant goodbye.

“I knew what it was like to watch your face fall in reflected glass. To watch words die in your own eyes.”
Books like this are the reason I love to read. I don’t love many books or hand out many 5-star reviews. I reserve those sentiments for books like this. Those every-once-in-a-while, holy-shit books that just rip right to your core.
I love it when someone can put my mixed-up brain and broken heart into words and onto paper. Only someone like J.R. Rogue could take so many fears and failures and somehow make them sound so beautifully poetic.  
Kiss Me Like You Mean It is not a romance novel. It’s an impossibly fucked up love story and those are the ones I truly love to read. Love is hard and life is messy and I crave the kind of brutal honesty that makes my heart feel like it’s going to bleed. 
This is a story about how broken people love. How they sabotage, fear, and reject love, and all the things they try to do to protect themselves and numb their pain. It’s about how destructive childhood trauma, depression, and anxiety can be in our daily lives and relationships. But in the end, it’s also a testament to the fact that love is really just two people choosing not to give up on each other.
This book, like most books I love, is probably not for everyone. It’s not “pretty”;  you need to read it with an open mind. If you haven’t lived some life or been handed some of the worst of what life has to offer, you likely won’t recognize the beauty contained in all the ugliness of these pages. Kiss Me Like You Mean It takes some grit to be appreciated.    
To J.R. Rogue – thank you for being so honest and brave and letting people see the ugly side of yourself, of love, and of life in general. Your story ultimately left me hopeful that maybe someone will eventually love all my broken pieces.
Kiss Me Like You Mean It releases March 22nd.

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About J.R. Rogue

J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited High School crush & has never stopped writing about heartache.

She has published multiple volumes of poetry such as Tell Me Where It Hurts & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, & two novels, Burning Muses & Background Music. Her third novel, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, will release 3/22/18.

Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees.

Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy Regnery

Unloved

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Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy RegneryUnloved by Katy Regnery
on October 8th 2017
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My name is Cassidy Porter...

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

“I wasn’t born to a happy fate. I know that. But how I longed for it…It was never possible. The sons of murderers don’t deserve to be happy”

Unloved is my first novel by Katy Regnery and I found it to be original, touching, and very thought-provoking.
This book had me intrigued from the beginning. The idea of the haunted son of a convicted serial killer had me hooked – I’m a Dateline junkie! 🙂 The conclusion took a completely unexpected turn when I was convinced I knew how everything was going play out. That always scores big points with me. I even loved that it took place in the beautiful state of Maine, which is one of my new favorite places. 
Cassidy Porter – an anti-alpha male was a welcome change of pace. The development of his character really pulls at your heart. You come to see how pure and innocent and loving this man is. All the while learning how Cassidy’s past and his family’s misguided intentions have nearly destroyed how he sees himself and the outside world. It’s heartbreaking.
You can’t help but feel for Brynn as well, having faced her own tragedies in life and love. Brynn is determined to honor the memory of her fiance. In the process, she realizes she’s ready to move forward and live again and finds the bravery allow herself to do so.
The only thing I didn’t love about this story was that Brynn’s reactions were a bit unrealistic. (SPOILER AHEAD!) I don’t believe that a city girl would wake up finding herself completely isolated with a strange man and simply resign herself to trusting him so implicitly. I feel there would have been, at the very least, a lot more initial panic before coming to the realization that she was safe. THEN maybe, hmmm…this guy taking care of me is pretty hot…maybe being trapped off the grid with him isn’t so terrifying after all.
But that detail aside, Unloved really is a beautiful story full of lessons about life, love, moving forward,  and overcoming and breaking free from the past and others’ mistakes.
If you’ve read Unloved, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; the Enchanted Places Series; and a stand-alone novella, Frosted.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s boxed set, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times bestseller.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.