New Release: Clipped by Love (Bellevue Bullies, Book #2) by Toni Aleo

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Synopsis: 

Things are heating up for the Sinclair boys! With one already in the NHL, Jayden Sinclair is hoping to be next!

This has been the toughest year of my life. I watched my brother go into the draft without me, my mom got divorced, and the weight of my family’s issues is heavy on my shoulders. I feel like it’s my job to fix everything while working my butt off in school and trying to make my game better. I have to go into the draft. It will give my family the support they need, and it will prove that I’m good enough. But to get there, I have to show I can be the best captain for the Bellevue Bullies. The spot is mine—no one can take it. First though, Jude is making me go on a brother’s weekend. Innocent enough, I guess…until I see her. She’s the biggest competitor I’ve ever faced. Not only for my spot but also my heart. It’s hard to ignore someone like Baylor Moore.
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I don’t lose. I can’t. My dad has bred me to be the best in anything I do. I am driven, I am smart, and I am going to be the first woman in the National Hockey League. No two ways about it. I’ve worked too hard. I’ve been through too much not to have what I want. I know I can do it. I will make my dad proud, and no one will stand in the way of that. That is, until I let him in. He scares me. He makes me feel. And he could very well be the one person who can make me want more than just to win.
We both have the same goal. Victory. But how do you compete against the person you want to win? It’s not easy. Love isn’t something you can control. It isn’t like a puck that can be handled by a stick. No, it has a mind of its own and does what it wants.
Neither of us saw it coming, and we really don’t know if there is a way to score, especially when you’re being Clipped by Love.

Series Order: (Click Below Thumbnails for the Amazon Purchase Link.) 

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New Release: Who I Am with You (Unexpected Heroes Series, Book #3) by Melody Anne

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Synopsis: 

A spinoff of Melody Anne’s New York Times bestselling Billionaire Bachelors series, this entrancing e-novella features motocross racer Taylor Winchester and little sister to Hawk, the hero of “Safe in His Arms” from the romance anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

As a motocross rider, Taylor Winchester has made a career out of throwing herself headfirst into danger, as fiercely as any of the guys racing against her. But after a brutal crash, she takes a little forced R&R while her injuries heal. Her mom wishes she’d settle down, find love, maybe have a baby or two…but all Taylor wants is to get back on her bike.

She heads to her brother Hawk’s cabin to get a little peace and quiet—but is shocked to discover she’s not the only inhabitant. Ex-military man Travis, her high school crush, has also borrowed the cabin, and the two of them are each too stubborn to let the other one win. Nothing left to do but share the cabin…which quickly leads to sharing a bed! As Taylor and Travis discover that the heat between them is far more than a fling, they both struggle with letting go of control. But if they learn to give a little, what they could win is worth more than any prize…

Series Order: (Click Below Cover Thumbnails for Amazon Purchase Link)

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New Release: Sweet (Contours of the Heart, Book #3) by Tammara Webber

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Synopsis:

He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.
He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.

Series Order: Sweet is a Contour of the Heart Spin-off/Standalone. 

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New Release: Rock Solid (Rock Solid Construction, Book #1) by Riley Hart

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Synopsis:

Trevor Dixon has made too many mistakes to count. Sober for thirteen months, he’s determined to do the right thing: rebuild his relationship with his family, and help his brother get Rock Solid Construction off the ground. Failing them again isn’t an option. Too bad the first estimate Trevor goes on alone is for an uptight doctor with a superiority complex.

A hand injury took away the only important thing in Dr. Simon Malone’s life—performing heart surgery. He doesn’t do well with people and has no family, but being a damn good surgeon? He always had that. Now, he doesn’t know who he is. The last thing he wants to deal with is the young construction worker who blows his shot at remodeling Simon’s home.

Trevor and Simon form an unlikely friendship. The more time they spend together, the more Trevor starts wondering if maybe Simon’s not as straight—or uptight—as he thought…and maybe Trevor’s new attraction for Simon runs both ways.

There are too many reasons they shouldn’t be together: they have little in common, their age difference, Trevor needing to focus on his sobriety…yet there’s something about each other that they just can’t shake. They don’t feel so lost when they’re together. But with their footing so unsteady, forming a relationship that’s rock solid seems impossible. There’s blow after blow, and the last one just might be powerful enough to crack their foundation for good.

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Review: You (You, #1) by Caroline Kepnes

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Synopsis: 

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

My Review:

YOU

YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU! Ahhhh, I think, I have YOU out of my system. After a little over 12 hours of the word YOU being drilled into my head I feel somewhat possessed by the word. (Am I the only one who feels this way after reading/listening to this book?!) My God, now the sound of the word makes me feel exhausted (drained actually) and it’s only one syllable. YOU would understand if YOU read the book! I wonder how many times the word YOU was used in this book! It has to be record breaking!

YOU should know straight off the bat, that this is not a romance…Unless YOU consider some serious stalker-ish, psycho-ish, and insane-ish bullshit as romantic!

Joe Goldberg is the man (well he thinks he is)! He’s the narrator who’s telling the story and YOU is Guinvere Beck also known as just Beck. Joe works at a bookstore. One day, Beck goes to the bookstore, it was like insane love at first sight for Joe. Beck is beautiful, sexy, and educated and Joe, well he’s just well read!

In Joe’s mind Beck is everything he ever wanted and needed. Beck was the missing piece in his world. However, Beck doesn’t quite feel the same about Joe…and at this point the games of insane-ish obsession begins. We quickly find out that social media is not our friend, but they are the best friend of stalkers. (Ha, Most of us know this but not Beck!)

(Side Note: I’m now scared of bookstores with male employee who I believe could possibly be a Joe! Well Played, Caroline Kepnes, Amazon should Thank You!)

This book made me laugh…Joe is beyond crazy, he’s an obsessed insane sick asshole and that’s what made this book, so damn good! He knew she wasn’t that into him.  It’s funny because when someone isn’t that into YOU, they don’t care about YOU and Joe knew this because he would often mention she doesn’t even ask me how I am or try and get to know me. (Dude, she’s just not that into YOU! And YOU know it!) This dude was so exhausting, I was so freaking tired of him. I found myself saying “No Joe, DON’T DO IT!” way too many times. Who thinks of this sh*t?! No seriously?! Caroline Kepnes that’s who!

“Who can sleep with you in the world?”

This was a nice change of pace for me (definitely since it’s not my reality). I mainly, read HEAs,  which have dreamy swoon-worthy fictional men! Joe is the absolute polar opposite. He’s really a certifiable nightmare. It’s funny because the people that, I follow on Goodreads that have read this book are die-hard HEA fans and they gave this book high ratings! I believe that the high ratings are due to the fact, that this book was skillfully crafted. There were absolutely no dull moments. It was intense madness that kept on rolling and honestly, I think that’s how I got hooked! We also knew what we were getting ourselves into because the synopsis warned us.

Caroline Kepnes is a wonderful writer. This book was brilliantly written, even though she created a heinous psycho. Joe kept me  on  the edge of my seat guessing on what he could possibly do next to gain Beck’s trust and love.

If I  hear the word YOU it will only be too soon! Maybe, I will be able to handle the word “LOVE” better. Love is the next book in this series… Stay Tuned!

“The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don’t want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”

4-star

Review: A Stone in the Sea (A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 1) by A.L. Jackson

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Synopsis:

A Stone in the Sea ~

He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she’s helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?

My Review: 

A.L. Jackson is one of my favorite authors, so naturally I had to read her latest release, A Stone in the Sea. I love the story line. Sebastian “Baz” Stone is one hot man but TROUBLE seems to follow him no matter where he goes! Shea Bently is extremely sweet and patient. The chemistry between them was undeniable.

Both character’s had very deep and intense thoughts. I felt like the language used in this book was from a different literary time period and doesn’t represent the present time, in which this book takes place.

“To be blinded by her light while she drowned me in her sea of dark.”

There were also a lot of chants:

“Pulling, Pulling, Pulling”
“Real, Real, Real”
“Want, Want, Want”
“Screaming, Screaming, Screaming”
“No, No, No”

These were some of the chants and thoughts that ran through the head’s of these characters. They just didn’t seem realistic. Maybe it’s just me and this is a style of writing I do not appreciate. I appreciate the down and dirty, the nitty gritty and want the narration of the actions between the characters. I can follow that easier. I think without all of the chants and the so over the top descriptive wording, lies a really great story.

I listened to the audible. Baz’s voice in the chapters where he gave his POV was so deep. However, during Shea’s POV Chapters, his voice was a bit lower and I liked it more. The voice change was really drastic. I know many audibles are like that but it also threw me off in the beginning.

Will I still read future A.L. Jackson’s future books? ABSOLUTELY! Again, she’s one of my favorite authors and even though I don’t like this book as much as her others, it doesn’t matter, she’s still a damn good writer! (You can’t please everyone all of the time, right?!)

The question also remains will I read the next book in this series? The answer is “YES.” That ending was totally unexpected and I NEED – NO, I WANT to know what happens. I was on the edge my seat begging for more!

3-star