HAPPY RELEASE + GIVEAWAY : ONE TO LEAVE by TIA LOUISE – ONE TO HOLD SERIES – Book 5

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One To Leave

One To Hold Series- Book 5

By Tia Louise

Release Date: December 29, 2014

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Synopsis

Some demons can’t be shaken off.

Some wounds won’t heal.

Until a pair of hazel eyes knocks you on your ass, and you realize it’s time to stop running.

 

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Excerpt

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If you asked where this sudden surge of bravery came from, I’d have to be honest. I had no fucking idea. Stuart rode into the barn looking like sex on two legs… very tired sex on two legs, but sex on two legs all the same, and I made up my mind. After the way he kissed me yesterday, I didn’t care what type of bullshit line he tried to spin, Stuart Knight was in the same space as me. He was fighting hard, but he wanted this.

Now I was in his bedroom ordering him around, and he was actually allowing it. Humoring me, more like it. Not for one minute was I suffering from the delusion that this man took orders from anyone. Still, for whatever reason, exhaustion or simple curiosity, he let me take the lead.

Once his shirt was off, I couldn’t hide the hitch in my breath at the site of his lined torso. Ridges crossed his abdomen, lines stretched across his broad shoulders and down his arms. He lay on his stomach across the mattress, and it was all I could do not to run my tongue over every inch of his beautiful body. Instead, I quickly took off my boots, and for increased mobility (yes, that was my excuse), I removed my denim shorts.

Lightly I smoothed my palm across his lower back, trying to remember the touches I’d learned in the few massage therapy classes I’d taken. Why hadn’t I taken more? Kneading a little harder, I knew I had to get lower, down into the pelvic area to give him relief.

“Do you mind if I remove your boxers?” My voice was breathless and trembling. Those snug, dark briefs didn’t hide much, but I knew once I saw that ass, I’d be a goner.

“No.”

One word. He’d sounded almost as cautious as me when he said it. Closing my eyes, I shook myself. Now was the time. This was my man. If I was going to make it happen, if I was going to make any of this make sense, from the day I left Bayville to this moment, I had to go for it. Fate had dropped this opportunity straight in my lap.

Inhaling a quiet breath, I gently pulled the waistband out and lowered it down his legs. I knew what was on the other side, pressed between his pelvis and the mattress, and I didn’t want to hurt him. Miraculously, I got his underwear off, and

Oh.

My.

God.

Square and tight, with palm-sized indentations on each side… For a moment, I could only stare at his backside. Perfect and golden as the rest of him.

Climbing back onto my knees, I took the quietest deep breath in the history of recorded time. It trembled going in, and my hand trembled reaching out. I touched him. He seemed to breathe at that exact moment as well—almost as if he’d been holding his breath, too.

 

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Readers are saying…

 

“FIVE STARS: I swear Tia’s writing gets hotter and hotter, and some of the scenes (*phew*) were extremely spicy.” –Jezabell Girl Reviews

 

“If you’re looking for a super sexy cowboy-with-a-past to fall in love with One to Leave is definitely the book to pick up!” –Reading Past My Bedtime Reviews

 

“The story develops with a high level of anticipation and constant anger simmering just under the surface. And the craving…” –Anna K, Goodreads

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 Author Bio:

7213961Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire ALL of her stories… *wink*)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist.

It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again.

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SMUT BOOK JUNKIE REVIEWER TRACEY’S 2014 FAVORITES

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2014 brought a whole new chapter for me as a book lover. I was given the opportunity to join a few other wonderful ladies as part of Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews, which has been an absolutely awesome experience. Having other women that love to read as much as I do, to bounce ideas off of, to compare notes with, to drool over hot book boyfriends with, well, it has made for some fun times. Many wonderful books were released, some of which became instant and forever favorites. I got to read books from favorite authors of mine, as well as fantastic books from authors that I hadn’t experienced up to that point. I stepped outside of my comfortable boundaries, and got my fill of HEAs, too, all with a healthy dose of some really hot, sexy, romantic, wonderful book boyfriends. In short, 2014 was a great year to be a reader, a blogger, and a lover of all things book-related. Here’s looking forward to 2015, which promises to be just as fantastic for all of us book junkies. 🙂

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10 Favorite Books (in no particular order)

My Skylar by Penelope Ward
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan
Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan
Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei James
Unbroken by Maisey Yates
This Sweet Escape by Jessie Evans
The Resistance by S.L. Scott
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Uninhibited by Melody Grace

series

My five favorite series, in no particular order are:
The Seductive Nights series by Lauren Blakely
The Lonesome Point, TX, series by Jessie Evans
The Wild Rush series by Jessie Evans
The Dare To Love series by Carly Phillips
The Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones

Serial

Five Favorite Serials (in no particular order)

Sexual Awakenings by Angelica Chase
The Empire State Trilogy by Louise Bay
Dirty Dancing books by Melody Grace
Deep Surrendering by Chelsea Cameron

new authors

Adriana Locke (The Exception)
J.Daniels (new to me – Sweet Addiction and Sweet Possession)
Carrie Elliot (Cover Me)
Kristen Callihan (The Hook-Up)
Callie Sparks (new to me – Hot Water)

Feel Good Books

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

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Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan
Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

angsty books

My Skylar by Penelope Ward
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
Night Owl by M. Pierce (I read this is 2014)

charactershate

Hector from Becoming Calder and Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan
Charisma from My Skylar by Penelope Ward
Tawny from the Driven trilogy by K. Bromberg
Ava from the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones
Sandra from the Sexual Awakenings serials by Angelica Chase

book boyfriends

Jack Dalton (The Resistance by S.L. Scott)
Reese Carroll (Sweet Addiction/Sweet Possession by J.Daniels)
Mitch (My Skylar by Penelope Ward)
Clay Daniels (Seductive Nights series by Lauren Blakely)
Calder Raines (Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan)

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Smut Book Junkie Reviewer Liz’s 2014 Favorites

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My tastes in reading have evolved – again. Seems like I spent most of the year reading books about bikers and musicians.. with a few vampires thrown in for good measure! I’ve found a few books with older characters that I loved, I was ready for the more mature themes and problems and the interesting stories they can tell. When I relate to the characters, I enjoy the books so much more.

 

Also in 2014 I found myself longing for books that were written in third person.. found a few and they are included on these lists. I like getting the WHOLE picture of a story. First person has to be really well written to hold my interest; thankfully, there are lots of really good writers who focus on the emotions and soon you forget it’s written in first person and just go with the story. And that’s what reading’s all about.

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Crimson Ties by JT Cheyanne and VL Moon

            Sister Golden Hair by Juli Page Morgan

Jag by Stevie J. Cole

Craving Redemption by Nicole Jacquelyn

Rock Her by Inglath Cooper

Storm by Carian Cole

Rogue by Katy Evans

Play by Kylie Scott

series

BDB – JR Ward

            Crimson Nights by JT Cheyanne and VL Moon

            Men of Inked by Chelle Bliss

            Renegades by Skye Jordan

            Black Knights by Julie Ann Walker

new authors

JT Cheyanne

Stevie J. Cole

Nicole Jacquelyn

Lila Rose

Taryn Plendl

Feel Good Books

Sister Golden Hair

Rock Her

Play

The King

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Crimson Ties

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Jag – Jag by Stevie J. Cole

Rush- Rush by Stevie J. Cole

Jimmy – Lead by Kylie Scott

Ryder- Jani Kay’s Scorpio Stinger MC Series

Harrison- Jani Kay’s Scorpio Stinger MC Series

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Smut Book Junkie Reviewer Tina’s 2014 Favorites

 

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2014 was the first full year that I’ve been serious about writing reviews. I’ve read and reviewed over 220 books; some from my favorite authors and some from debut authors. There were books that I’ll never forget and books that I truly wish I could. But through it all, I’ve come to appreciate the time and effort these authors put forth in writing the stories and the courage it took to make them public.
When looking at several other reviewers’ and bloggers’ lists of their 2014 favorites, I quickly realized that many of their selections were similar whereas mine are quite different. So, while my favorites may not have received the popular vote, I hope you may find something of interest to you. 
 Save and Happy New Year Wishes to Y’all !

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10 Favorite Books

Lorelei James – Cowboy Take Me Away (Rough Riders #16)
Jennifer Bernard – Four Weddings and a Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #5)
Maya Banks – After the Storm (KGI #8)
Tonya Burrows – Honor Reclaimed (HORNET #2)
Claudia Connor – Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1)
A.M. Hartnett – The Deep End (Carried Away #1)
Greta Milan – Julie’s Butterfly
Laura Wright – Broken (The Cavanaugh Brothers, #2)
Jen Cousineau – A Deadly Bet (Summers, #1)
Penelope Ward – Stepbrother Dearest

series

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel – Jennifer Bernard
HORNET – Tonya Burrows
Hope – Jaci Burton
Animal Magnetism – Jill Shalvis
Snowberry Creek – Alexis Morgan

Serial

Donut Shop Diva (Miranda) – Khloe Adams
Senses – Xavier Neal

new authors

Claudia Connor
Greta Milan
Melanie Scott
Jen Cousineau
Taryn Elliot

Feel Good Books

Worth the Fall – Claudia Connor
Can’t Wait – Jennifer Ryan
A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise – Maggie McGinnis
Homecoming – Lily Everett
The Perfect Gift – Dani Lyn Alexander

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Cowboy Take Me Away – Lorelei James
Julie’s Butterfly – Greta Milan
A Deadly Bet – Jen Cousineau
A Reason to Love – Alexis Morgan
Nicholas – Emma Lang

angsty books

Elite – Rachel Van Dyken
Stepbrother Dearest – Penelope Ward
Rules of Protection – Alison Bliss
Once Perfect – Cecy Robson
Perfect Chaos – Nashoda Rose

charactershate

Elec – Stepbrother Dearest – Penelope Ward
Jake Kellar AND Emily – Rules of Protection – Alison Bliss
Logan – Senses series – Xavier Neal
Devin McClain – Hillbilly Rockstar – Lorelei James
Meghan McConnell – DeLuca Family – Susan Rae

book boyfriends

* Matt McKinney – Worth the Fall – Claudia Connor
* Derek “Vader” Brown – Four Weddings and a Fireman – Jennifer Bernard
* Cannon Colter – No Limits – Lori Foster
* Leif Brevik – More than a Touch – Alexis Morgan
* Donovan Kelly – After the Storm – Maya Banks

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ARC Review + 2014 Favorite : The Pact by Karina Halle

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The Pact

Contemporary Romance

By Karina Halle

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Synopsis

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*The Pact is a FULL-LENGTH
*STANDALONE (not part of a series)
*”FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS” CONTEMPORARY ADULT ROMANCE

It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounded like fun and games at the time but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.

Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Note: due to the dirty talk and sexy times, The Pact is not meant for anyone under the age of 18. All characters in THE PACT are in their thirties, therefore this is NOT a new adult book…even though love can mess you up at any age.

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5 star

2014 Favorite

Robin’s Review

In her acknowledgements, Karina Halle mentioned she had no plans to write The Pact. She had other novels planned – novels that had been planned for some time. But inspiration can strike at the oddest times, and this time it struck when Halle was reading a magazine as she was waiting to board a plane to whisk her away to Hawaii. In just three short weeks – on her vacation, no less! – Karina Halle wrote The Pact. She wrote every single day while she was in Hawaii, sharing “….it all came so easily, I just couldn’t stop. It was a hell of a lot of fun.” Sometimes you just have to take an idea and run with it.

Stephanie Robson calls him Cowboy. Linden McGregor calls her Baby Blue. Linden has a Scottish brogue accent and beard. Steph has newly dyed jet-black hair and blue eyes. Linden is self-assured, handsome, ambitious and intense. He has a BA in business and is close to getting his helicopter pilot’s license. Steph is beautiful and smart. She runs a clothing store in San Francisco, but aspires to open her own clothing boutique. Linden has hair the color of mahogany and dark blue eyes. He’s a womanizer and self-centered. Together Linden and Steph are best friends.

Linden has a proposition for Stephanie. It’s her birthday, and they are both perched on barstools at The Burgundy Lion in San Francisco. Both of them are now in their twenty-fifth year. They have each struggled with dead-end relationships for years. Linden tells Steph they are good for each other. Compatible. They make sense together. He proposes that the two of them should agree to marry each other if neither are in a serious relationship by the time they turn thirty. Certain that Linden is joking around, Steph agrees to his proposal with a pinky swear and the pact is born!

We were told The Pact would be a different type of novel for Karina Halle. Her usual repertoire consists of gritty, dark romance, horror romance, and new adult contemporary romance. The Pact is classified as adult contemporary romance and is narrated from dual points of view. It’s sexy and fun and has a lighter feel to it. Many of you who follow my reviews know that I absolutely love reading stories about friends who become lovers. There was the perfect amount of sweetness and angst in The Pact. All of these features combined to put a huge smile on my face after finishing the story!

Before I end this review, I need to mention the writing. I truly appreciate and respect the talented writing of this author. How many authors are capable of writing an unplanned full-length novel in three weeks? Of this quality? During their spare time while on vacation? And it’s not just the story, itself. It’s the attention to detail. Pay close attention to the adjectives, adverbs, and descriptions Halle weaves into her writing. She appeals to the senses of her readers. Her attention to detail results in bringing the scenes she is writing to life. Karina Halle is very diverse in her writing. It’s true. The Pact is unlike any of her previous novels, and I think this 5-star novel will appeal to many new readers who love the adult contemporary romance genre!
Author Bio:

Halle HeadshotWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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Serial Review: The Billionaire Salvation Serial by Bella Love-Wins

The Billionaire Salvation Series

The Billionaire Salvation Serial

Hero – Book 1

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Hero For Me – Book 2

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Hero For Christmas – Book 3

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By Bella Love

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~ She was hoping for a hero, but never realized who she would save. ~

This is a contemporary, new adult romance serial. For 18+ readers.

Kate Samuel thought she had left it all behind. The life of a billionaire’s daughter, and her incessant search for her macho hero type.

When she saved a neighbor’s young son during a fire at her new row house home in lower Manhattan, everything changed. And firefighter Lieutenant Matt Lewis made it all the more confusing.

Yeah…he was hotter than any man she imagined being with, but could he be just like the rest of the hero heart-breakers?

Find out by reading HERO, Book 1 of The Billionaire Salvation Series. Note: This is the first of at least 4 books in the serial.

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4 star

~ She was hoping for a hero, but never realized who she would save. ~
This is a contemporary, new adult romance serial. For 18+ readers.

Kate Samuel thought she had left it all behind. The life of a billionaire’s daughter, and her incessant search for her macho hero type.
When she saved a neighbor’s young son during a fire at her new row house home in lower Manhattan, everything changed. And firefighter Lieutenant Matt Lewis made it all the more confusing.
Yeah…he was hotter than any man she imagined being with, but could he be just like the rest of the hero heart-breakers?
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This serial takes place in New York, less than a month before Christmas. Kate is a radio DJ with a specialty in Communications and Social Media Strategy. She’s dreamed of having a Hero of her own for years, but the one she found in college used and abused her. When Kate rescues a young neighbor boy from a house fire, she’s suddenly a viral sensation and local hero, although her efforts warranted a hero to help her in return. With her home now burned to nothing, the homeless heroine somehow finds herself staying with her personal hero – in his home and in his arms.
All goes fine for a few days until a visitor shows up at Matt’s house and drops a bombshell of a cliffhanger… to be continued in HERO FOR ME.
There were several minor errors noted (an extra, missing, or misplaced word) throughout the book, however it’s not so bad that it completely ruins the overall vibe and flow – but I’d consider having a sit-down with the proofreader if I were Ms Love-Wins.
The characters, primary and secondary, are very likable. They have good dialogue and interaction. The flow of the book is decent, when not taking into account the minor errors (only 4 or 5). The plot was good for being such a short story, but did not have a lot of conflicting elements in it yet – it was more character development and plot set-up. Predictability was extremely low. This novella does not conclude but leaves it open for the next episode.

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~ She was hoping for a hero, but never realized who she would save. ~

This is a contemporary, new adult romance serial. For 18+ readers.

Kate Samuel met the handsome Lieutenant Matt Lewis, and it seemed like everything changed. He seemed like the only genuine man she knew, even though he was also a billionaire.

When her ex-coworker Joy announces that Matt is her man, all Kate’s faith disappeared. It was a painful reminder about all the hero heart-breakers she had already experienced first hand.

Were her instincts all wrong? Was Matt just another two-timing billionaire?

Find out by reading HERO For Me, Book 2 of The Billionaire Salvation Series. Note: This is the second of at least 4 books in the serial.

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4 star

Kate Samuel met the handsome Lieutenant Matt Lewis, and it seemed like everything changed. He seemed like the only genuine man she knew, even though he was also a billionaire.
When her ex-coworker Joy announces that Matt is her man, all Kate’s faith disappeared. It was a painful reminder about all the hero heart-breakers she had already experienced first hand.
Were her instincts all wrong? Was Matt just another two-timing billionaire?
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So, we’ve already met the characters and have begun to learn a little of each of their back stories. The plot continues where HERO leaves off. Kate leaves Matt’s and moves into a hotel near the radio station where she is threatened by a strange man after he breaks her door down. Part two of the serial abruptly ends at the Fire Fundraiser with an explosive cliffhanger to be continued in episode 3, HERO FOR CHRISTMAS.
Again, the characters are above average and likable, the plot is short but filled with good interaction. There is a little more dynamics in this episode of the serial than the last. The dialogue in a few places is not quite natural, but overall it’s pretty good. There were more conflicting elements in this novella to add a little more depth to the plot, which was very nice, but as is the nature of a serial, the conflict has no resolve as of yet. I am pleased to also find very little predictability. The ending is left open for the next episode to continue onward. Happily, I can also say I found less errors (added, missing or misused words) in this episode, however there were still two or three that I’d noticed that made it past the proof-reader.

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~ She was hoping for a hero, but never realized who she would save. ~

This is a contemporary, new adult romance serial. For 18+ readers.

Kate Samuel and Lieutenant Matt Lewis were finally together. With Kate’s attacker still on the loose, it didn’t seem like they could ever have peace of mind. Even with the power and wealth of Matt’s billionaire status, they were not safe.

When the men behind Kate’s attack threaten her life again, Matt takes matters into his own hands. Their escape to the Hamptons for Christmas seems like the perfect solution. But was Kate ready to face the ghosts of her Christmas past?

Find out by reading HERO For Christmas, Book 3 of The Billionaire Salvation Series. Note: This is the third of at least 4 books in the serial.

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4 star

 

Kate Samuel and Lieutenant Matt Lewis were finally together. With Kate’s attacker still on the loose, it didn’t seem like they could ever have peace of mind. Even with the power and wealth of Matt’s billionaire status, they were not safe.
When the men behind Kate’s attack threaten her life again, Matt takes matters into his own hands. Their escape to the Hamptons for Christmas seems like the perfect solution. But was Kate ready to face the ghosts of her Christmas past?
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Part three picks up precisely where HERO FOR ME leaves off… Kate has just unveiled what she thought was the fourth corporate donor’s check at the Fire Fundraiser event only to reveal a threatening message addressed to her. Now they’re off to the Hamptons where security is tight as they prepare for the Charity Christmas Ball.
Same characters following the timeline, still likable. I have a minor issue with the dialogue at times with her using his name & he using hers on such a regular basis. That’s something a stranger does to implant another person’s name into the brain. The conversation during sexual encounters feels awful scripted as well. Other than that, the plot is decent and it flows well. There’s one error that I just could NOT overlook… it occurs on Christmas Day morning. The comment Matt makes BETWEEN “God, Kate.” and “I need you more than air.” Who’s Kara? I mean, that would have been like a bucket of ice water to me – and essentially was. Once more, the novella leaves off with a cliffhanger. This one is not as spectacular as the last and not as grand as it could have been.

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4 star
SERIES OVERALL: I noticed Matt does not seem to work at the firehouse or at his businesses too often and everyone’s more that willing to accommodate him taking time off. He can be assuming and controlling one minute, then contrite the next. If demanding doesn’t work, he turns on the charm and pleads. She wants her independence but enjoys the efforts he puts forth in taking care of her… she wants it all.
The novellas are each under one hundred pages in length and it is a serial, so one leads into the next and so forth. There are no solid conclusions, there ARE cliffhangers at the ends. The overall plot is good, but again, with the short nature of each episode or part in the serial it’s really hard to feel the dynamics of it. One of the things I enjoyed most about this series so far is it’s ability to do just the opposite from what I’d been expecting it to do. There was no predictability for me.
My biggest concern was that Ms. Love-Wins’s proofreader was sleeping on the job when this passed their desk. It should never have gone to publication with the errors it has. Yes, it contains graphic sex but the series DOES come with a warning for the more easily offended readers. Watch for the back end review in early to mid-February, after parts 4 and 5 are released.

Author Bio:

About me: I’m twenty -three years old and work as a communications analyst in a small firm. I live a little north of Toronto and dream of moving to the small town of Grimsby, Ontario one day. Once I move out of the city I would love to have a Shih Tzu and 2 cats as pets and practice kids. I always wanted to write, which I why I completed a degree in Communications and Literature. I dream to improve my writing to where I can write fiction full time, and I know that it’s with daily writing practice that I will get better and better. I have one older brother and my parents live in Northern Ontario.
I find my stories to be about new adults and women in their mid-twenties, usually from wealthy families. This is because I went to school with the kids of some of the wealthiest families in Canada, and as I witnessed their woes first hand. My philosophy toward life is to believe that learning is possible, and that by learning everyday, we can improve and grow.

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6 Star Review: Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

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Nine Minutes

By Beth Flynn

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Synopsis

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

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6 star

2014 Favorite

Michel’s Review

Nine Minutes is one of the books that stunned my senses and left me with a major book hangover.  I read this book over a month and half ago.  After I finished the book I had to gift this book to several of my friends because it is the kind of book you “have” to read.  Each and every friend that has read this book had the same kind of reactions that I had to it.

This more than a typical biker romance.  It is a story that renders a very real look into a lawless lifestyle.  Although many of the characters are hardened criminals with ethics that are horrendous, they are also very human.  Their emotions and feelings are just as valid as anyone else emotions.  Their methods of dealing with their emotions are just as valid as how anyone else deals with their own.  We all have insecurities, we all have hopes and dreams, we all want the ones we love to have the best we can give, and we all have our own ways of protecting our deepest emotions.

The background for this story is so true to it’s portrayal.  I grew up in that area of south Florida in that exact timeframe.  I am very close to the same age as the heroine in this story.  The existence of this kind of MC club was in fact present in that area at that time.  As I was reading this book I had chills from the in depth descriptions.  I felt like I was walking back in time to my younger years and looking at it through different eyes.  It is was mind blowing.  When my mother, who has lived in south Florida for over fifty years,  and raised her family there, read this book she was just as stunned as I was.

The story itself was captivating.  It is a story of a lawless life, a story of a stolen life, and a story of unconditional love.  Although Grizz lived in a very violent world and delivered his own kind brand of justice, he also had a sense of honor and heart of gold.  For those he loved, he gave his all.  For those that betrayed his love and trust, he dealt with in a very gruesome violent manner.  In the end he paid for his love.  In the end he paid for his sins.  He did it with honor for those he loved.  He accepted the punishments for the crimes he committed.  He protected his family from suffering the repercussions of his crimes.  He gave those he loved the ultimate gift.  He gave them the gift of love and happiness.

Ginny was a young teenage girl when she was abducted.  She was just beginning her journey into womanhood.  Although she was taken, manipulated, and molded into a different kind of person, she was also given the gift of unconditional love.  Her life may have turned out very differently had she not been abducted.  Would she have had a better life? Most likely not.  Her childhood was not sunshine and roses.  Her life was not full of love.  She was forced to grow up at an early age.  She was forced to become responsible and self reliant.  She was a survivor.  She used her intelligence to guide her.  I think that is one of the reasons she was abducted.  One person saw the uniqueness and inner strength she possessed.  One person saw her value as a human being.  One person loved her for everything she was.  One person valued her enough to steal her away.  In the end that one person almost destroyed her life.  Through it all that one person also gave her more than his love, he gave her a love that would last a lifetime and always be there for her. He gave her a new love story to live.

Nine Minutes is not a forever love story.  Nine Minutes is breathtaking story of unconditional love and strength of the human spirit.  Nine Minutes is two beautiful love stories that intwine one woman into a person of strength, compassion, and beauty.  Two love stories that show her how by just being herself is more valuable than anything else in this world.

Nine Minutes is a powerful story.  Although Nine Minutes ends with a cliffhanger, it is not one that will have readers in an emotional uproar.  Nine Minutes has a resolution to that part of Ginny’s story.  It ended the only way it could.  The cliffhanger is more about the secrets that will be revealed.  It is about the other love story in the book.  It is the path to Ginny’s forever love story.

Read Nine Minutes! It is exceptional!

Author Bio:

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 16 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 30 years and have two daughters (the youngest in high school) and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a four-year breast cancer survivor.

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