Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Fractured Love by Ella James

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I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and blue eyes—light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.

 

Now I’m twenty-nine, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him—Dr. Jones.

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Michel’s Review

The one thing I have come to realize is when I open an Ella James novel to expect the unexpected.  Ella James has a gift of creating complex twists in what should be a relatively simple romance novel.  She adds layers upon layers to the story and creates characters that are less than perfect but at the same time humanly endearing.  Their flaws are monumental and their strengths are admirable.  What’s in the middle is their muddied relationship, past and present, that evolves into an unforgettable love story that was earned through surviving the storm called life.

Evie and Landon were doomed from the beginning.  He was a foster child taken in by her loving but strict parents.  The family loved Landon and wanted the best for his future.  They wanted to give him a stable home and a family he could count on.  What they didn’t factor in is a budding relationship between two naive sixteen year old kids who were driven by their hormones as well as their hearts.  The only thing they could do was send Landon back to the system until both kids could mature and reach their future potential.  What they couldn’t foresee is the ramifications of their actions changing the course of both kids future.  Both Evie and Landon spent over ten years in their own personal hells but never forgot each other.  The problem was what happened in those ten years could never be undone or changed.  They both ended up reaching their academic potential and had bright futures as doctors but were still very damaged individuals.  Working together as interns in one of the best neurosurgery hospitals is a challenge.  Denying their feelings for one another was a hopeless endeavor.  Endangering their careers was inevitable.  Revealing their secrets is unthinkable because those secrets could tear them apart forever. Secrets can only be hidden for so long and the revelations are beyond devastating.

Two teenage hearts fell hopelessly in love.  Two adult hearts are still hopelessly in love.  The key word is hopeless.  Evie and Landon have to choose between finally letting go of each other or letting go of the past and hanging onto each other for life.

Ella James once again delivered an emotional romance that touches the readers hearts.

I highly recommend reading Fractured Love by Ella James.

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Author Bio

Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

 

Ella’s obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

 

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Release Blitz and 5+ Star Review: The Iron Tiara by Beth Flynn … A Spinoff of the Nine Minute Trilogy

The Iron Tiara

By Beth Flynn

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Synopsis

Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds.

Anthony’s the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. As a child, he ran away from his family and the Cherokee Indian Reservation to enter a life of crime. As an adult, he leads a multifaceted life managing his two businesses—his legitimate landscaping venture, and his loan shark and underworld dealings. Driven by anger and betrayal, Anthony begins the hunt for Christy’s father, Van Chapman, after he runs out on a loan.

Christy’s privileged life is not as it seems. She has kept painful family secrets and hidden some of her own. She’s determined to find out the truth and expose Van, but her search delivers her right into Anthony Bear’s hands, adding kidnapping to his list of crimes.

Their worlds are as contrasting as the color of their skin. The only thing they seem to have in common is their mutual disdain for Van Chapman…and each other.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

Michel’s Review

I’m sure the digital book retail world is working in overdrive today with the release of The Iron Tiara by Beth Flynn.  Readers have been waiting for a year to re enter the dynamic world from the Nine Minutes Trilogy.  Readers are taken back to South Florida in the 70’s where a corrupt world of lawless bikers committing unspeakable crimes that included drug trafficking and murder were as much a part of the scenery as the sunny beaches and gator infested waters of the Everglades. A world where men like Grizz and Anthony Bear ruled with an iron fist and a loaded gun without any conscience or remorse.  The readers experienced Grizz’s epic story that spanned over twenty years and now they are going to experience Anthony Bear’s reign of terror during those years as well.  Unlike Grizz’s complex story, Anthony’s story is just as charismatic with a very straight forward view.  He’s just a lethal (if not more) as Grizz was but he didn’t have to hide his actions and secrets the way Grizz did.  Anthony owned his kingdom and protected what was his no matter what the cost was and did it without apologies or explanations.

Before I go any farther I want to emphasize to the readers… do not go into to this book looking for more insight into Grizz.  This is not his book or his story!  His story has been told, his life has been exposed, he’s bled for the readers on the pages.  Grizz didn’t get to where he was alone, he had a few friends who helped him along the way and he trusted completely.  The one who always had his back without question was Anthony Bear.  Anthony Bear is just as enigmatic as Grizz.  His story is just as compelling.  Grizz and Ginny will only make cameo appearances as supporting characters.  It’s time for Anthony and Christy to tell their story.

It all begins with Anthony Bear as a twelve year old child on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma.  Readers get an insight of his heritage and what his life was like as a half breed on the reservation.  Being the nephew of the Chief doesn’t give him prestige or validation, he still has to prove himself as a person of integrity and value.  He’s learned the value of ethics and honesty from his uncle but has also learned corruption and dishonesty from his father.  When faced with choices that test his honor as an individual it sets him on a new path that leads him to South Florida and the beginnings of a life of crime.

By the mid 1970’s Anthony has established his ruthless reign of crime on the west coast of Florida.  No one crosses his line and lives to tell about it.  When a client reneges on a loan, he takes revenge and extracts whats due.

Van Chapman ran out on a loan and Anthony is going to get his due.  When an opportunity falls in his lap, he takes it.  He kidnaps Van Chapman’s only daughter, Christy Chapman, to hold for ransom.  It doesn’t take long to realize that Van Chapman could care less and the only thing being held for ransom is his heart.  Christy Chapman isn’t the white socialite he thought her to be.  She’s more than an heiress, she is the queen of his iron heart.

As most readers know… Beth Flynn delivers a complex, detailed story that spans decades.  She allows her readers to experience her characters lives throughout the years rather than just the moments where they fall hopelessly in love.  She allows the readers to experience their joy, their triumphs in life as well as their mistakes, pain, and tribulations that test their very souls.  She gives them life on the pages as well as in the readers hearts!

I am thankful to experience Anthony Bear’s beautiful, ugly life.  He is a man of honor and integrity as well as a ruthless criminal.  He is a hero in his own right!

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Nine Minutes

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Out Of Time

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beth flynn bioBeth 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 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters 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 five-year breast cancer survivor.

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Release Blitz + Excerpt + 5 Star Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

 

Trust
A Mature YA Novel
By Kylie Scott

 

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Synopsis

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

 

 

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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

 

 

Michel’s Review

Wow!  Trust by Kylie Scott blew me away!  Kylie Scott ventured into the dramatic world of teenage angst and conquered those drama babies with a big dose of harsh realities, valid fears, and gave them the tools to become strong, independent adults with an arsenal of emotional experiences and new perspectives in life.  In other words… she gave them a chance to learn to trust themselves and trust their hearts by making them face themselves in a life changing situation where the scars were internal rather than external.  A life or death situation bonded two completely different types of people and opened their eyes to the realities of their lives.  It changed their perspectives and changed the course they were on.  It gave them the strength they didn’t know they needed to step outside of their individual destructive paths and reach for a better path.

Most teenagers can’t see past right now and really don’t have a concept of what they want for their future lives.  They can’t comprehend life beyond the drama induced world in which they are living in.  To them it’s a state of permanence rather than a stepping stone of becoming a mature adult.  They don’t understand that the moment they graduate high school that none of the crap they dealt with matters anymore.  Their choices and actions at that time in their lives can influence their future paths but the peer pressure is gone.  They are now accountable only to themselves.

Edie and John were put in each others paths during a convenience store robbery where they witnessed tragic horrific murders.  They were lucky to survive the ordeal but they didn’t come out of it without scars.  It opened Edie’s eyes to the way she saw herself as an individual and made her take a stand against bullying by choosing to remove herself from the negative environment.  She switched schools and refused to become a target. When she runs into the boy who saved her life, she knows she made the right decision. This boy sees her as a person rather than the poor fat girl.

John was on a bad path.  He was a party boy and small time school drug dealer.  After the robbery he began to see his life was on the same path as the guy who robbed the store.  When he sees the girl from the store at school and notices how positive her life is, he wants the same thing.  With her help, he’s changing into a boy with a bright future rather than a low life drug dealer.

These two find refuge in one another.  They become deeply bonded friends who give each other the confidence to become better people.  They help each other accept themselves and see the good rather than the bad.  In the process they find a love built by strength of character rather than surface beauty.

Kylie Scott captured the soul of a teenager in todays world and gave them the tools to become confident adults.  This book was more than a teenage romance, it was a suspenseful novel that allowed the characters to grow emotionally as individuals.  Life is never easy and it’s even harder when you don’t have the emotional maturity to handle the angst.  This novel is about learning to Trust oneself and Trust those who are willing to invest themselves in you.

I loved this novel and would recommend it to readers of all ages!

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kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

 

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

Beautiful

By Vi Keeland

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The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

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Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland is a stand alone novel that will pull at your heartstrings and make you swoon.

Rachel Martin is finishing up her grad school requirements and writing her thesis while working full time as a waitress in a local pub.  She has been assigned to be the TA for Professor West , who is known to be one of the hardest, unyielding, and unsympathetic teachers among the staff and students.  She’s not looking forward to her last semester at all.  On her last night out with her best friend, who is drinking away a bad relationship with a married man, she finally gets to confront the man who carelessly used her friend.  Not only does she give this man a piece of mind, she also makes it clear that he is the lowest scum of the earth.  As the night ends she finds out she confronted the wrong man and has to suck it up and apologize.  To make matters worse is when she shows up late for the class she is the supposed to be a TA for and finds that the same man from night before is non other than Professor West.

As the story plays out, there is a lot more going on than lesson plans and grading papers. Caine West and Rachel Martin are fighting off their attraction to one another.  Besides their positions in school, they both have secrets in their pasts that keep them from fully committing to each other.  Fate has always had another plan for them and the angels are backing them up.  Like the old saying goes… “everything happens for a reason”.

Vi Keeland once again delivered a fantastic, emotional romance that touched my heart in so many ways.  I can’t get enough of her books!

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Ego Maniac

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Boss Man

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Baller

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Life On Stage Series

Throb  Amazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes / Kobo

BeatAmazon / B & N / ITunes / Kobo

MMA Fighter Series

Worth The FightAmazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

Worth The ChanceAmazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

Worth ForgivingAmazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

Cole Series

Belong To YouAmazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

Made For You – Amazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

Stand Alone Novels

First Thing I SeeAmazon / Barnes and Noble 

Left Behind – Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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Other books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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Cocky Bastard

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Stuck-Up Suit

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Mister Moneybags

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New Release + 5 Star Review + 2017 Favorite: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez – The Darkest Sunrise Duet – Book 1

 

The Darkest Sunrise

The Darkest Sunrise Duet – Book 1

By Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

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

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

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

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

Lies.

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

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

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

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

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

Michel’s Review

After reading the synopsis for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez, I knew this was a book I must read.  I fully understood that it would end in a cliffhanger because it was clearly promoted as a duet.  I also knew that my past reading experiences with Aly Martinez novels were emotional and entertaining.  I always experienced her stories rather than just reading them.  I connected with the characters on every level.  I embraced their stories as if they were my own.  The Darkest Sunrise was a much more personal reading experience for me because I am a mother.  I would be completely lost if my children weren’t in my life.  The moment a woman becomes a mother she becomes complete, she has a real purpose that goes beyond career, notoriety, and monetary success.  The same goes for men when they become fathers.  They become nurturers, protectors, and giants in the hearts of their children.  I clearly had a feeling that this would be a difficult duet to read but also have a feeling it will be rewarding.  Aly Martinez eloquently defined the emotional depths of parenting, good and bad, heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The day Charlotte Mills found out she was pregnant her life changed.  She was starting her first year of medical school and becoming a mother.  She accepted her fate and fell hopelessly in love with her son.  She managed her hectic schedule with pure grace.  When her baby is diagnosed with a heart condition that would require a heart transplant, she’s heartbroken.  She understands the diagnosis and treatments because she is becoming a doctor.  She thought she could handle it.  When she loses her baby, she submerges herself into darkness and has become emotionally lost. Ten years later she’s trapped in the darkness without hope of ever seeing the light.

Porter Reese is a single father of two children after he lost his wife in a car accident.  He’s struggling to manage his restaurant business, take care of his children, and manage his son’s serious pulmonary illness.  His son is getting worse and he needs the best doctor to treat him.  Dr. Charlotte Mills is the best Pulmonary Specialist in the Atlanta area.  He has desperately tried to get his son an appointment with her but she doesn’t treat children.  He’s determined to get her to treat his son.  When he manipulates her office manager and arranges a “chance” meeting, rather than finding a specialist to treat his son, he finds a woman living in the same kind of darkness he’s living in.  He’s found someone to share the darkness with and make it stand still in those stolen moments.

Charlotte and Porter both know the light in their darkness is only temporary.  Life has a way of extinguishing the light without warning.  No matter what they do, it’s beyond their control.  Those precious moments spent together in the darkness isn’t going to prepare either of them for the darkness that is going to swallow them whole.  CLIFFHANGER!

The Brightest Sunrise can’t release fast enough!  Aly Martinez has taken my heart hostage once again!

 

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

Coming July 27th

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Synopsis

 

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
More lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

 

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New Release + 5 Star Review: Some Kind Of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann – The Troubleshooters Series – Book 19

Some Kind Of Hero

Troubleshooters Series – Book 19

By Suzanne Brockmann

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Synopsis

The Troubleshooters return in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann! Some Kind of Hero showcases Brockmann’s signature white-knuckle suspense, romantic twists, and sexy Navy SEALs.

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

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Michel’s Review

It’s hard to believe that the nineteenth book in the Troubleshooters Series by Suzanne Brockmann has released.  I can remember reading the first Troubleshooters book in June of 2000 while awaiting the birth of my youngest child.  As I sat by the swimming pool reading Unsung Hero, hopelessly trying to avoid my three year old splashing water on the pages, I fell head over heels in love with Tom Paoletti like I did with Joe Catalanotto in Prince Joe in 1996. I was already addicted to the Tall, Dark & Dangerous series and loved her style of writing.  Her fast paced, high octane Navy Seals characters captured my attention and are still holding me captive twenty years later.  Suzanne Brockmann is the queen of romantic suspense.

Lieutenant Peter Greene may be one of the toughest Seals in the Navy.  He has faced some of the most dangerous, life threatening situations and not broke a sweat.  He instills fear in the recruits at BUDD training and commands them with an iron fist.  When it comes to his fifteen year old daughter, he’s clueless.  He hasn’t figured out the parenting job or the teenage drama and angst.  Being a single father is harder than going through BUDD’s training.  Learning to communicate rather than command is like translating an encrypted code.  What makes it all the more difficult is he’s doing it alone without any guides or manuals.  He’s suddenly thrust into the parenting role after the sudden death of his ex wife (and yes… there’s a whole other story there that will put at your heartstrings).  When his defiant daughter turns up missing from school the only thing he can do is go in Navy Seal mode and treat it like a mission.  He doesn’t have a clue where to start or what to look for until he meets his sexy neighbor, Shayla Whitman.  Shayla Whitman is going to teach him a new way to approach the mission, she’s going to teach him the romantic suspense writer way and the seasoned teenage parent way. Lieutenant Peter Greene is on more than a mission against the bad guys, he’s finally learning about life, love, family, and parenting.

Shayla Whitman is a New York Times bestselling romantic suspense writer who has been suffering from writers block for the past two years.  When she stumbles upon her sexy Navy Seal neighbor wandering the high school street little does she know her offer to give him a ride is going to take her on a real adventure like her novels.  Lt. Peter Greene may be a real life hero but he is clueless when it comes to teenagers, social media, and matters of the heart.  Being a mother of two teenage boys, she understands his panic and fears.  She will do anything to help him.  Even though she has no clue how to handle the dangers, her characters are helping her out, they are talking to her in her head and making the whole situation comical.

Shayla and Peter are on a mission against time.  His daughter is a target for one of the biggest drug dealers in the area.  With the help of some of Peter’s Troubleshooter pals, the John Squad, Shayla’s outspoken characters, and good old fashion parenting instincts, Peter and Shayla are going to find more than a missing teenage daughter.  They are both going to find the happiness they never thought they could have.

Suzanne Brockmann once again had me on the edge of my seat with this sexy, intense thriller.  Being a parent of two teenagers I could easily relate to all the emotions and angst delivered in this book.  Being a long time fan of this series, I was thrilled to see many of the beloved characters grace the pages once again.  The Troubleshooters Series will never become obsolete or outdated because Suzanne Brockmann captures the very essence and heart of the true Navy Seals.  She gives these extraordinary heroes ordinary flaws and emotional situations that make them true heroes of the heart.

I highly recommend reading Some Kind Of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann.  It can be read as a stand alone novel or in series order, either way the reader is in for an action packed, romantic adventure.

 

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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts.

Her personal favorite is the one where her most popular character, gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, wins his happily-ever-after and marries the man of his dreams. Called All Through the Night, this was the first mainstream romance novel with a hero and a hero to hit the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. In 2007, Suz donated all of her earnings from this book, in perpetuity, to MassEquality, to help win and preserve equal marriage rights in Massachusetts.

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene all those years ago, Suz has become widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Married to author and screenwriter Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Framingham, Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida.

She has two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer and novelist, and Jason, who is an actor, producer, screenwriter and novelist. Suz also has two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

In addition to writing books, Suz has co-produced several feature-length indie movies, the rom-com The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with Ed and Jason, and the upcoming thriller Russian Doll. She has also co-written the Night Sky series of YA paranormals with Melanie, and created a line of m/m category romantic comedy novellas called Suzanne Brockmann Presents.

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez – Book 1 in The Darkest Sunrise Duet

 

The Darkest Sunrise

The Darkest Sunrise Duet – Book 1

By Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

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

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

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

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

Lies.

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

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

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

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

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

Michel’s Review

After reading the synopsis for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez, I knew this was a book I must read.  I fully understood that it would end in a cliffhanger because it was clearly promoted as a duet.  I also knew that my past reading experiences with Aly Martinez novels were emotional and entertaining.  I always experienced her stories rather than just reading them.  I connected with the characters on every level.  I embraced their stories as if they were my own.  The Darkest Sunrise was a much more personal reading experience for me because I am a mother.  I would be completely lost if my children weren’t in my life.  The moment a woman becomes a mother she becomes complete, she has a real purpose that goes beyond career, notoriety, and monetary success.  The same goes for men when they become fathers.  They become nurturers, protectors, and giants in the hearts of their children.  I clearly had a feeling that this would be a difficult duet to read but also have a feeling it will be rewarding.  Aly Martinez eloquently defined the emotional depths of parenting, good and bad, heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The day Charlotte Mills found out she was pregnant her life changed.  She was starting her first year of medical school and becoming a mother.  She accepted her fate and fell hopelessly in love with her son.  She managed her hectic schedule with pure grace.  When her baby is diagnosed with a heart condition that would require a heart transplant, she’s heartbroken.  She understands the diagnosis and treatments because she is becoming a doctor.  She thought she could handle it.  When she loses her baby, she submerges herself into darkness and has become emotionally lost. Ten years later she’s trapped in the darkness without hope of ever seeing the light.

Porter Reese is a single father of two children after he lost his wife in a car accident.  He’s struggling to manage his restaurant business, take care of his children, and manage his son’s serious pulmonary illness.  His son is getting worse and he needs the best doctor to treat him.  Dr. Charlotte Mills is the best Pulmonary Specialist in the Atlanta area.  He has desperately tried to get his son an appointment with her but she doesn’t treat children.  He’s determined to get her to treat his son.  When he manipulates her office manager and arranges a “chance” meeting, rather than finding a specialist to treat his son, he finds a woman living in the same kind of darkness he’s living in.  He’s found someone to share the darkness with and make it stand still in those stolen moments.

Charlotte and Porter both know the light in their darkness is only temporary.  Life has a way of extinguishing the light without warning.  No matter what they do, it’s beyond their control.  Those precious moments spent together in the darkness isn’t going to prepare either of them for the darkness that is going to swallow them whole.  CLIFFHANGER!

The Brightest Sunrise can’t release fast enough!  Aly Martinez has taken my heart hostage once again!

 

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

Coming July 27th

Pre Order: Amazon

Synopsis

 

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
More lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

 

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