REVIEW ALERT ~ REVIVE: A Redemption Novel by Marley Valentine


We are thrilled to share Donna’s 5 ★ review of Marley Valentine’s all new contemporary romance, REVIVE: A Redemption Novel

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Sasha was the girl next door, and at fifteen I was sure she was my forever. She was my constant, and never let me down.

Until she did.

She broke me, yet I still found myself longing for her with a debilitating desperation.
Then came Taylah. A crazy and chaotic hurricane of beauty and bad decisions, she breathed life back into me.
For her, my heart began to beat a new rhythm. She was whimsical, and I was level-headed.
We were mismatched in the most perfect of ways.
But could she compete with history? Taylah was my reprieve, but could she be my new forever?


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Hendrix Michaels has known Sasha since school and at the tender age of 15, he was so sure she was his one and only. The girl of his dreams with a future for them both. Drix would never have believed Sasha would let him down, but she did. However much she’d disillusioned him, Drix still wanted her. Then a little whirlwind came along called Taylah; beautiful, funny and enigmatic. She gave Drix new hope and made his heart beat faster. Regardless of being complete opposites, Taylah would have to compete with Sasha who Hendrix has held on a pedestal for so long.

We met Hendrix in Reclaim which was his brother Jagger’s story, and from the offset I could tell that Drix as I knew him, to be a man with a heart of gold. He helps others without caring for his own feelings and aspirations. Such a selfless and giving soul. These two women shake him right to the core. They are nothing like each other. Taylah is a feisty, hardworking sassy girl and she’s drawn to Drix from the moment she met him a couple of times in Reclaim. She’s very intrigued by him and aware that there’s some sort of history with Sasha, but she can’t help being a moth to a flame when it comes to Drix.Sasha is a very complex character, full of insecurities and self-doubt. And although they have a long-standing bond since childhood, she’s her own worst enemy since she can’t seem to make up her mind whether she wants him or not. Now then, the banter and chemistry between Hendrix and Taylah is very intense, and I had no idea if it was just flirty fun or if there was a potential relationship, but it all depended on whether Drix could leave the past behind. Was Sasha really his forever? You will see!

I’d been anticipating Revive since we saw these characters in Reclaim and what Valentine was going to map out for them. Right from the beginning, I was gripped. We get flashes of the past as well as the present and points of view from Hendrix, Sasha and Taylah. It was welcome being able to read what each one of them was thinking and experiencing with their feelings and emotions. There are musical references and all I’ll say is chapter 14 had me in tears with the words and the song that matched with that part of the book. I had a lot of emotions throughout; tears, smiles and aww moments.

Ms. Valentine very cleverly penned a book that just kept me guessing all the way through. Dramatic scenes, very hot scenes. Oh boy, were they steamy! Hendrix is a very virile guy, *laughs* As I said before, there are musical references and a very complete playlist to accompany the reading experience. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Revive and the powerful impact it had on me. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. I’m definitely going to be re-reading this story as I can’t stop thinking about it and am unable to pick up my Kindle to read another book. Kudos to the author for giving us readers a very special treat. I just didn’t want the book to end. I could read about these characters forever.


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Marley Valentine comes from the future. Living in Sydney, Australia with her family. When she’s not busy writing her own stories, she spends most of her time immersed in the words of her favourite authors.



Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for ROOM MATE by Katie Ashley. This is a standalone, contemporary romance title. Check out the blurb and links for the previous standalone titles in this series below.

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From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I’ll lose everything if I pursue her.

Growing up as the only girl and with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy.


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The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don’t even get to choose–one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.


My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.

The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.

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From the first time I played army as a kid, the military has been my life. As an Airborne Major, I’d led my men through two tours in Afghanistan. But when my father was elected president, I became an even greater target for the enemy—a prize for someone to take out. To ensure not only the safety of myself, but of my men, I got stripped of my cammies, shoved into an Armani suit, and placed into a management position at my father’s company. After years of trekking through the desert with an assault rifle, I was way out of my area of expertise, which my transition coordinator was more than happy to let me know on a daily, if not hourly basis. The brunette bombshell would be the death of me in more ways than one, especially since I hadn’t been with a woman since my last deployment. She’s turning out to be one of the greatest foes I’ve ever done battle with.


In the backwoods Georgia town I was born in, you either married right out of high school or got the hell out of town. I chose the second and never looked back. After graduating top in my class, I started working for The Callahan Corporation. Fast forward five years and I was about to become the youngest female manager in the history of my department. And then all the blood, sweat, and tears I’d put into my career were for nothing when the boss’s billionaire son was handed my position on a silver platter. Not only that, I was expected to help transition him into the job that was supposed to be mine. Sure, he’s easy on the eyes with his chiseled good-looks and impossibly built physique, but I’m not going to let that distract me. I hope soldier boy is good at military strategy because sabotage is the name of the game I’ll be playing.

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About the Author


Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.

Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.

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