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Title: What The Lightening Sees

Series: What The Lightening  Sees: Part Three

Author: Louise Bay

Release Dates:

Book One ~1st March | Book Two ~ 27th April, 2015

Book Three 25th May

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: Adult

 

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KFF SYNOPSIS

Jake and Haven have finally found a way to be together. Haven realized that she is ready to trust Jake and wants to open up to him. For Jake, Haven isn’t an option, she’s not just another girl, she’s his future. He’s certain of that, or he was.

Jake has been delivered life-changing news that he is yet to share with Haven. Will he confide in Haven and if he does, is their bond strong enough to withstand the bombshell?

What the Lightning Sees Part Three is the final part in the series.

 

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Reviewed by Donna Elsegood

FIVE MAGIC STARS

So this is the third and final instalment and I was looking forward to this as we were left with a cliffhanger in part two. I really wondered what was next for Jake Harrison and Haven Daniels. I was expecting a lot of angst and a rollercoaster for two people that I felt inevitably belonged together.

Jake has flown out to California with the knowledge of news that could rock the boat for a future with Haven. He doesn’t answer her calls as he feels that what he needs to discuss with her should be done face to face, not on the telephone. So he decides to wait until he gets back home to talk to her. Jake is back in the airport waiting for his luggage, and thinking about how he’ll be able to deal with the news he’d received before he left. When his phone rings and he is dealt yet another blow, how on earth is he going to tell Haven?

Quote ~ Beth: “I’m going to book my ticket for later today, and you have things to do here. You need to talk to Haven.”

Jake goes to see Haven, his beautiful girl who he doesn’t want to hurt as he has deep feelings for her. It is evident they missed each other. They go out to dinner to catch up.

Quote ~ Jake: “Millie called me just after I left you on Tuesday.”
Haven: “On your way to the airport?” “What did she want?”

I am not going to tell you what she wanted! You will have to read to find out! All I will tell you is this. Haven makes a self-discovery of what she wants from her future with her employment and Jake. What does the future hold?
Again we are offered angst, hotness and a real rollercoaster of events and I wondered where it was leading up to. What I will say is at one point I was guessing the outcome as it seemed similar to what I had read before. However, I was fooled by Louise’s style here. I always expect the unexpected with this lady’s stories and as normal, I was truly hit with a real twist that I never saw coming, that totally had me wanting to throttle a couple of characters!

Quote ~ Jake: “I want you, Haven.”
Haven: “I want you, too.”

These two have become my favourite couple from Louise’s books even though I do love them all. But this series in my opinion, has blown the rest of my favourite author’s works out of the water, and that is really saying something considering. Yet again, I got to see the supporting characters in Beth who is Jake’s sister and Haven’s best friend, Ashley. It is so refreshing to see side characters with such developed personalities. I’m hoping we have not seen the last of any of them. Well done Louise with another big hit. The first part for me was Magic, the second I had Anticipation. The third part you came along and Turn my World Around!

 

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Haven had thought she was wrong about Jake, but apparently she should have trusted her instincts. He wasn’t the man she thought he was. The chink that Jake managed to put in her armor has healed over. She’s shut down and as far as she’s concerned, it’s all business between them from now on.

Thrown together on another assignment, anger, frustration and jealousy are at the forefront of Jake’s emotions. Will Jake convince Haven that he really cares or will he let her go as she insists he must?

What the Lighting Sees – Part Two – is the second part in a three part novella series.

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Reviewed by Donna Elsegood.

We see the return of Haven Daniels and Jake “Harry” Harrison, and we discover where the pair go from the last instalment. Haven let down her guard only to believe it was all a façade on Jake’s part. Believing that she was played, Haven builds up her walls and wants nothing to do with him. However, he tries his hardest to talk to her and find out what she heard and why she ran off like she did.

Quote ~ “I need to understand why she is so upset, what she heard.” “I need to talk to her.”

Unfortunately, as Haven has spectacularly closed out Jake. Things are made awkward when they are forced to work on another assignment for the magazine Rallegra, and as it’ll be Jake’s last assignment before he goes back to running his own company fulltime, another photographer is appointed. This new assignment has Jake virtually foaming at the mouth and causes feelings he isn’t used to dealing with.

Quote ~ Jake: “Let’s get out of here.” “Please don’t fight me on this, Haven.”

Quote~ Haven: “I’m not fighting you, Jake.” “I told you that I trust you.”

The story moves on and we see Haven and Jake coming to grips with their possible misunderstanding, and also shows us some pretty hot scenes between the two. Although I couldn’t help thinking there was something else getting ready to hit them just around the corner.

I loved the return of Beth, Jake’s sister, who shows such strength and character; notwithstanding the fact that she has her own battles to conquer. This reminded me a bit like Jake’s conscience which had me chuckling. He certainly can’t fool his sister! Ash made an appearance who is Haven’s best friend, and also Jenny Haven’s work colleague who helped out with the assignment. I was a bit disappointed we only briefly saw Luke, Haven’s elder brother. Nevertheless, thinking about it, I would say it’s more about how Haven and Jake deal with the fallout from the end of book one.

The way the story is written not only made me feel strongly for the two protagonist’s intensity, but also shows how good the writing is when you enjoy the supporting characters so much. I am really hoping we get more of their own stories in the future as there’s certainly a lot of scope there.
Yet again Louise has left me kind of hanging when a massive curveball was thrown in. I never saw that coming, and despite having to wait a bit to see how this is going to end, I can give a clue… There is definitely going to be a bumpy road ahead with lots of angst thrown in. Louise, a huge well done! Another hit from you and I have every faith you’ll make it right between Jake and Haven. I have no doubt that you’re going to torture me right up until the end, too! As always, a playlist has been included and in the word of Carly Simon; “Anticipation.”

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Jake Harrison is everything that Haven Daniels hates about men: over-confident, born into money and too handsome for his own good. Haven finds it difficult to keep her opinions to herself and can’t help but tell Jake exactly what she thinks of him, again and again.

Haven Daniels is uptight, smart and a bit of a bitch – the perfect challenge for Jake. It doesn’t hurt that she’s movie star beautiful and has no idea.

Forced to work together, verbal sparring turns into sexual chemistry but men like Jake are trouble and Haven has had enough trouble to last her a lifetime.

Will Haven give into Jake’s charms? Can Jake peel off Haven’s prickly mask, revealing the woman he knows lies beneath?

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Reviewed By Donna Elsegood.

I would describe one of my favourite authors as a total machine. This lady just keeps those stories coming and it is always such a delight to read them. This is a brand new series from Louise and I had every hope it was going to be a fantastic read.

The story is about Haven Daniels and Jake “Harry” Harrison. She is a bit of a bitch that doesn’t seem to have a filter; uptight and smart with it. He is a very rich, good looking man who is overly confident. Haven likes to tell Jake what she thinks which to him is a bit of a challenge, but he finds her very attractive regardless of how she behaves around him. He is the type of man Haven feels she should steer well clear of.

Quote: Harry ~ “Wow, you’re a bitch.”
Haven ~ “So I’ve been told. You’re a spoiled, entitled rich boy. We all have our crosses to bear.”

These two are forced to work together. She works for a magazine which is run by a friend of Jake’s, and is asked as a favour, to do a piece on a pop star come movie star in the making. The reason Haven was chosen had me groaning as it comes across how jealously malicious people are about Haven who is an attractive and talented woman. So Haven and Jake’s chemistry slowly burns to a build-up eventually exploding.

Quote: Jake ~ “I want you to undress for me and lie on the bed, Leave those shoes on.”

What I love about this story is it wasn’t just about the two protagonists. There was some great supporting characters. Beth, who is Jake’s sister, and lives with him. Haven’s best friend, Ash, who was very funny, and Haven’s brother, Luke. The banter between them had me smiling every time they featured during the story.

Why I gave this book five stars is not just because Louise knows how to write a good story, but because it is totally different from previous works. As much as I like the passion and intensity that smacks into you as soon as you start reading, this story was different in a way that although there is chemistry and intensity, we get to see more of who they are first.

Of course, there is going to be two other parts after this first segment and of course, we have been left wanting to know what could happen next. There was a bit of a cliff-hanger leaving my gut feeling uneasy. I’m sure there’ll be lot of angst and I am hoping for more passion, too. As per usual, the author has offered us a playlist to this fantastic new story and in the words of Coldplay, I would call this read ‘Magic!’

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U and ur Hand – P!nk

Through the Barricades – Spandau Ballet

Anticipation – Carly Simon

Magic – Coldplay

Beauty Has Her Way – Mummy Calls

You’ll think of me – Keith Urban

Into the Woods – Taylor Swift

Here comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics

I Miss You So – Diana Krall

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Turn my World Around – Gloriana

There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

KFF ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Bestselling Author Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books Faithful and Hopeful are stand-alone novels although there are some overlapping characters. Bestselling The Empire State Series of novellas starts with A Week in New York. My next series is What the Lightning Sees.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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HENRY’S END by JULIE A. RICHMAN

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Title: Henry’s End

Author: Julie A Richman

Genre: Standalone M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 11, 2015

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Dreams.
I used to have them—before the nightmares started.
I dreamed of nice guys, love…normalcy.
Things like reading the Sunday paper in bed with my lover.

But who needs dreams when your reality is filled with a string of faceless dominating men in uniform? Men that pack a thick bulge and are only too happy to satisfy my deviant sexual cravings.

Me. That’s who.

And then HE walked through the door and shared with me, a total stranger, his intimate dream of love. Damn him for verbalizing every single detail of the dream I buried long ago.

And now I don’t know how I’m going to live without that dream.
Or him.

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Henry was deeply ensconced in his own head, making resolutions about moving on, not paying attention to his surroundings, or seeing the man, as he approached his car. He was leaning against the hood, his thick muscled arms folded across his chest. Calm, cool, collected, in charge and so damn freaking handsome.

“Your place?” was all he said.

Henry felt the sharp stab in his heart as his adrenal glands shot a release of hormones into his blood stream. Shaking his head no, he was shocked at how cool and calm his voice sounded, when he was anything but, “No. I don’t think so. You haven’t even bought me a drink yet.”

Walking around the big Marine to the driver’s side, Henry hit the remote, unlocking the door.

With a palm to the solar plexus to stop him, “Where are you going?” the Marine asked.

“Home,” Henry was very matter-of-fact.

“I thought you wanted me to buy you a drink?”

Stepping around the Marine, Henry opened the door to his black BMW and got in. “I do…” and he closed the door and started the engine.

Rolling down the window, he added with a smile, “… on Sunday.” Gunning the Beamer’s engine, he left the Marine in the dusty parking lot with a smile on his handsome face.

Well played, Henry congratulated himself. Let him ache for me as much as I’ve been aching for him.

 

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Reviewed by Donna Elsegood

This is the story of Henry Clark whom is best friends with Schooner Moore and Mia from the Searching For Moore series. His story begins with him flying back from Schooner and Mia’s wedding in New York where he met Mia’s friend and employee, Seth Shapiro. Meeting Seth has a real impact on Henry and he realises he wants his forever. Henry settles in his seat on board the plane and flashes back to when he first moved to live and work in San Diego.

Quote – Seth: “I want to sit in a cafe on Sunday mornings in the West Village, reading the New York Times for hours, with my lover sitting across from me, spend hours planning vacations to places like Bali or the Seychelles. Have Schooner and Mia over for a gourmet dinner we’ve cooked for them.” “That’s what I want.”

San Diego in the 90’s gay nightlife scene was thriving. Henry settles in well in his new life making new friends. He frequents a local bar for the first time to widen his social circle and maybe meet a guy. He has an aversion to guys in uniform, especially military which is coincidental as there is a base not too far from where he lives. His eyes meet with a mysterious guy; staring at each other, there is an instant attraction. Henry later finds out his name is Cody and he is military.

Quote – Cody: “I missed you,” “And I don’t know why, I hardly know you.”
Henry: “I missed you, too.”

These two have a very steamy, passionate affair but I had a feeling all was not as it seemed. I knew the author wouldn’t let it be plain sailing for Henry because of an earlier event in the story, but I never imagined what would happen. My heart broke for him and I sat bolt upright when it all unfolded. I wondered how the book could continue and how Henry would be able to continue on with his life but he does. Schooner supports Henry in a very difficult time in his life and he does his best to rebuild himself.

Henry meets some cops who frequent Schooner’s gym. One in particular has Henry wondering but a little apprehensive until they discover they both like cycling. Quinn and Henry have a pure attraction that is palpable as I read on. It kind of had a different feel to it than when Cody was around.

Quote- Henry: “I’m scared. For so many reasons. But most of it’s my own shit and you need to know that.”

I loved the relationship between Henry and Quinn. Especially the intense love and them making plans for the future and what their aspirations together as a couple were. Just when I thought Henry’s life was running smoothly, Julie yet again threw a curveball into the story. My heart broke once more and while reading, I sobbed out loud for him. How on earth does this man go on?

I thought the Searching For Moore series was fabulous but dear me, Henry’s End has blown that idea apart. Julie really outdid herself here. I’m sure you can guess this is an M/M story and whilst I have read the odd story with this kind of content, nothing had me sitting on the edge of my seat as much as this story did. It was well written and I felt every emotion you can think of. Henry was such a very endearing character. It was a real pleasure reading his story. I don’t just think, I know this is going to be a real hit with readers old and new.

I have no choice but to give Henry’s End five brightly shining stars. I loved how you have the prologue, then a flashback to the majority of the book, and then the last part back to the present day. It deals with issues such as PTSD, love, heartbreak and ultimately, what most people are looking for forever. It is a story that will stay in my mind for a long time if not for always, and I certainly would entertain the idea of re-reading.

 

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USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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💛 BLOG TOUR 💛 TWISTED SOULS #1 AND TWISTED PATH #2 by L.L. COLLINS

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Titles: Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths

Series: The Twisted Series Book One and Book Two

Author: L.L. Collins

Release Date: 1st March & 7th April, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: Adult

 

 

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What if your soul is so intertwined with someone else’s that it’s impossible to imagine yourself without them?

Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly’s families have spent their vacations together on Sanibel Island their entire lives, and the two have always been the best of friends. But as they get ready to go to college, they admit that friendship isn’t enough for them anymore and spend a whirlwind two weeks daring to dream of their future together.

But building sandcastles and lazy beach walks filled with moonlight kisses isn’t the same as real life, and soon they are faced with a new reality. Can their hope of forever survive past their summer, or does fate have its own twisted plan?

 

 

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Stepping into the warm water with her, I need her like I need my next breath. I snake my arms around her and pull her to me. I can’t stop the groan that comes out when her wet skin hits mine. I’m a guy; I know all about showers. However, a shower with Liane is beyond my wildest fantasies. Our tongues come together as I step us backwards and press her gently into the wall, hoping it’s not cold. She doesn’t make a sound, so she either doesn’t care or it’s warm enough. I smooth her wet hair away from her face as I deepen our kiss, tilting my head so I can tell her everything I want with my mouth.

She moans, her hands finding me and making my eyes roll in my head. Yeah, this entire night is going to be what saves me for the next few months, thinking about all of this right here. I slow down our kiss and pull away, putting my lips at her ears. “Wanna race?” I tease. I love playing with her; it’s one of my favorite things to do.

“Race?” She looks at me, a gleam in her eye. “We’re starting a new kind of race?” Her hands are still caressing me, and I can barely form words at the sensation.

“Yeah,” I mutter, putting my hands over hers so she will stop for a second. “We’ve raced our whole lives, right? It’s part of who we are. So why not have a race now?”

“What are we racing to?” She looks me up and down, her eyes stopping at the evidence of my desire for her.

I lean over and whisper in her ear, and she giggles, looking up at me with wide eyes. “Really? And what does the winner—or loser—get?”

I wink at her. “The winner gets to pick the next location.” She gets exactly what I mean, and I see the competitive gleam come into her eye.

“Well, let the best man—or in this case, woman—win,” she says. All I know is, I’m not losing because I already have the grand prize. Her.

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FIVE STARS

Reviewed By Donna Elsegood on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

This is the story of Blake McIntyre, Liane Kelly and their families. They have known each other for their whole lives. Each year, holidays were spent on Sanibel Island together. The had always been the best of friends; totally inseparable. When they go home after their vacation, they miss each other but keep in contact by letter and telephone. As they get ready to go to college, they have a whirlwind summer and feelings are finally admitted along with their dreams of the future.

Quote ~ “Someday soon, I’m going to put a ring on this finger. And not long after that, everyone in the world will know that you are mine.”

Liane had a boyfriend at home from the age of sixteen until she was eighteen called Ronan Collier. He had broken it off with her before she went on the normal summer vacation where she realised her heart belonged to Blake. Promises are made along with plans, but Blake is concerned Ronan will talk Liane into getting back with him. Liane promises this will not happen.

Quote ~ “He probably won’t give up without a fight.”

This story is set in the 1990,s before social media and mobile phones really took off. It has a lot of twist and turns and I really wouldn’t want to give too much away.

Twisted Souls is full of so many emotions and feelings; namely love, hate, betrayal and angst. I found my heart breaking for Blake and Liane and I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened. It is one hell of a bumpy road and I found that I couldn’t put this book down. I just wanted to know what was exactly going to happen next. All I can say is their lives twist in the most unexpected way with lots of lies and hurt which toward the second part of the book, made me wonder if they would ever recover.

I adored Blake! He is so loving and sweet. Such a passionate young man who wears his heart on his sleeve. And Liane! She is such a sweet young girl who always wants to do the right thing regardless of hurtful moments. She never goes out of her way to cause anyone any harm; she just goes along with what everyone else wants! Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say she was lacking in backbone either. Far from it! Weakness didn’t come into the equation as she just loved fiercely and wanted to make everyone happy. Until she has to drop a major bombshell that changes the whole course of what she wanted for her future.

Ronan Collier! To describe him as the spoilt rich young man who manipulated everything to suit himself would be putting it mildly. I wasn’t at all keen on him!

I give this read five stars as it has everything in a story that I like with all the emotions and wonder of where the story would take me. I listened to the playlist and it fits in perfectly well for the era the author was portraying. A great big well done, and I’m so looking forward to the second part of the series to see what happens to all the main protagonists. I also loved the supporting characters and even though there were only three, they complimented the story immensely.

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Life is a series of choices, and every one we make sends us down a different path…

It is easy to look back at your life and see the mistakes you’ve made and wonder how it all could’ve been different. But when the path you thought would last forever comes to an end and you have to choose a new one, do you follow the route that looks the straightest and easiest? Or do you follow your heart and choose the one that might have more twists and turns but could lead you to the happiest tomorrows?

Twisted Paths is not a standalone. This is meant to be read after book one in the Twisted series, Twisted Souls.

 

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The first thing I notice is that the man is seriously beautiful. His body is cut and sculpted like he spends hours a day in the gym, and even in the dim light from the pool deck, I can tell he’s tan. His board shorts hang low on his hips, and the defined cuts of muscle on his chest and abs is enough to send women running to him and dropping at his feet. Had I been a single woman, he would definitely be my type. My eyes lift past his impeccable body to the face and head that’s attached, and that’s when my heart completely stops. I must’ve gasped out loud, because I feel Mia turn and look at me as he gets closer.

I feel my mouth drop open as his eyes meet mine for the first time in years. “Blake.” He stops in his tracks, both of us staring at each other for what seems like every moment of the time we have been apart. I can’t believe he’s standing here, and had it not been for Mia standing next to me, I might’ve thought I was dreaming.

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FIVE STARS

Reviewed By Donna Elsegood on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

This is the second and final part of the Twisted Series. The story of Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly, or now known as Collier.

Twisted Souls’ story was set eighteen years earlier. They had chosen their paths all those years ago with Liane seeing her son Carter off to college. This pained her as she had always been a devoted wife and mother; married to a hard working provider for their little family. She was young and still at school when Carter was born, but even so, she managed to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.

Suddenly she is dropped from a great height and everything she believed about her life’s path is not what it seems. Liane decides to run away to the family holiday retreat in Sanibel in Florida where the family have a timeshare.

Blake McIntyre returns every year to Sanibel to relive his memories of his one true love. Blake’s family desperately wants him to move on but he still can’t let go. He is a recovering alcoholic due to not coping very well with what life has dealt him. Divorced with no children, he still lives in hope.
Blake and Liane paths cross again at Sanibel and old feelings are felt.

Quote: Blake ~ “I want to help, whatever it is,” “No matter what, I want to be your friend. We were friends before… we’ve always been friends. So if you want to talk I’m here. “

Quote: Liane ~ “I haven’t seen you in years Blake,” “I’m not sure being friends as kids classifies us as friends now.”

There is a lot to work through for these two protagonists as it’s clear they are still in love. Even after all these years, they were truly meant to be together. A tragedy strikes and everything they have ever believed in comes crashing down around them.

I was on the edge of my seat as truths were unfolded. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and I must admit I despised Ronan in Twisted Souls but in this segment, a little part of me felt sorry for him. Just a little part, I might add! Blake and Liane are fantastic characters and to see where the story took them held my attention so much that I forgot everything else around me. Great supporting characters and I loved Carter. What a lovely young man and I know we’re going to get a story about him. I loved the whole plot, the author’s style of writing, and I will definitely be reading more of her work. Let’s just say all the frantic reading wanting to know what happens, plenty of angst included, was well worth it with a satisfactory outcome.

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LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. The Living Again series: Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever, and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback. The beginning to her new series, Twisted Souls, was released March 3, 2015 and the second and final book in the series, Twisted Paths, will release April 7, 2015.

LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out to try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 13 and 11.

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💜 BLOG TOUR 💜 A BEAUTIFUL KIND OF LOVE by ELLIE WADE

 

Title: A Beautiful Kind of Love

Author: Ellie Wade

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 13, 2015

 

Every choice has a consequence.

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and his name is Jax Porter.

I have known Jax my whole life and I have loved him with every breath I’ve ever taken. The fact that we were born a mere month apart to mothers that are best friends has made us inseparable since birth.

What we have is so rare, one would think our story would be written, our fate sealed. But, unfortunately that’s not how life works. Life offers us many choices that can turn destiny into chance.

I now find myself heading toward a destination that I could have never imagined and I have to figure out where to go from here.

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or will fate find its way?

 

Our entire life together has been perfect. We have had eighteen years of foreplay. I don’t need candles or flowers. I need you. Take me to bed and make me yours in the only way that I’m not. ~ A Beautiful Kind of Love

What we have is the absolute rightness of two souls born into this world to complement the other flawlessly. Everything that Jax is and everything that he does is always exactly what I need. A Beautiful Kind of Love

I can’t compare what I’ve had with others to what I could have with you. You are my Lily. There is no comparison. A Beautiful Kind of Love

Our entire life together has been perfect. We have had eighteen years of foreplay. I don’t need candles or flowers. I need you. Take me to bed and make me yours in the only way that I’m not. A Beautiful Kind of Love

This right here with Jax and me, our bodies and our souls acting on pure instinct and desire, is what I was made for. A Beautiful Kind of Love

 

 

 

               JAX                    LILY

 

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Reviewed By Donna Elsegood.

Jax and Lily are just a month apart in age and since their mothers are best friends, these two have had a close bond growing up. Lily being the eldest is nicknamed “Little” by Jake which she finds most annoying. She wants to be called Lil. This is a brief introduction to their story as it leaps forward five years when they are preparing to go to college. Jax is a football player and has a girlfriend called Maeve; however, he doesn’t like Lily gaining attention from other guys. Lily points out to Jax that he can’t always be around to protect her.

Quote ~ Lily: “You can’t always be around, Jax.”
Quote ~ Jax: “For you, Lily, I can. I’m always here for you. You know that.”

Jax takes Lily to the school prom and while they are they are dancing together, she starts feeling something. She can’t understand why she is reacting like she is, or why she is attracted to him. When a song they have danced to more than a million times is played, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis, Lily gets confused. Ruining her friendship with her best friend is the last thing on her mind.

Quote~ “I requested it, and I made it extremely clear to the DJ that my Little had to dance to this song tonight.”

Kisses are shared increasing their magnetism which in turn, causes more bewilderment. But they discuss this at great length as neither of them want to destroy what they’ve had in the past. Decisions are made and they decide to take their relationship up to new level.

Three years later, Jax is in college playing football and Lily stays behind at a local community college. Jax wanted her to go to his college, Lily feels she needs to branch out and discover her own identity. So when she enrols in photography, Jax breaks off with her as he says he wants to have the college life.

Regardless of other romances, their passion is rekindled. There is a lot of angst in this emotional rollercoaster story which I won’t give away. One thing is clear though; as they grow older, the few twists and turns thrown in doesn’t dampen their powerful love.

The author has written a story that shows us life isn’t always mapped out the way one expects it to. Jax and Lily thought they would be able to withstand anything. Growing up and learning who they are as people made it inevitable that there would be the unexpected in store. Sweet moments and few hot scenes made this read perfect.

This is book one of two in a series and now that Lily and Jax are adults who have graduated, I am looking forward to seeing what happens in their futures. The ending of this first part was a huge wow! Will they or won’t they? I was totally sitting on edge. Please don’t be put off by the fact that it begins with them as children until young adults. This all adds to the build-up of who they really are. I can’t wait for the second book from this fabulous storyteller. Ellie, you just get better and better and in my opinion, five shiny stars are most certainly worthy of such a fab read.

 

 

Ellie Wade resides in southwest Michigan with her husband, three young children, and two dogs. She has a Master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and is a huge University of Michigan sports fan. She loves the beauty of her home state, especially the lakes and the gorgeous autumn weather. When she is not writing, you will find her reading, snuggled up with her kiddos, or spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and exploring new places with her family.

 

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WHAT THE LIGHTNING SEES by LOUISE BAY

 

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What The Lightening Sees

Author:

Louise Bay

Series:

What The Lightening Sees | Part One in a three part novella series

Release Date:

31st March 2015

Genre:

Contemporary Romance

Age: 

Mature Adult

 

 

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“Harry stayed seated too, and I watched him as he leaned back, put his hands behind his head and observed people leaving. As if he knew I was watching, he turned his head toward me and looked me in the eye.

His eyebrows lifted and his eyes widened like he was asking me if I was done looking at him. I got the feeling he was used to being looked at. I could imagine if I was one of those girls, I might be distracted by that strong jaw and those sparkling eyes. The difference was, I wasn’t ogling him as I imagined most people would be. I wasn’t interested in his long fingers that periodically swept through his dirty-blond hair or the way his shirt seemed to skim over his tight body. I simply wanted to figure him out.”

 

 

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U and ur Hand ~ P!nk

Through the Barricades ~ Spandau Ballet

Anticipation ~ Carly Simon

Magic ~ Coldplay

Beauty Has Her Way ~ Mummy Calls

You’ll think of me ~ Keith Urban

Into the Woods ~ Taylor Swift

Here comes the Rain Again ~ Eurythmics

I Miss You So ~ Diana Krall

I Won’t Give Up ~ Jason Mraz

Turn my World Around ~ Gloriana

There You’ll Be ~ Faith Hill

 

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Reviewed By Donna Elsegood.

I would describe one of my favourite authors as a total machine. This lady just keeps those stories coming and it is always such a delight to read them. This is a brand new series from Louise and I had every hope it was going to be a fantastic read.

The story is about Haven Daniels and Jake “Harry” Harrison. She is a bit of a bitch that doesn’t seem to have a filter; uptight and smart with it. He is a very rich, good looking man who is overly confident. Haven likes to tell Jake what she thinks which to him is a bit of a challenge, but he finds her very attractive regardless of how she behaves around him. He is the type of man Haven feels she should steer well clear of.

Quote: Harry ~ “Wow, you’re a bitch.”
Haven ~ “So I’ve been told. You’re a spoiled, entitled rich boy. We all have our crosses to bear.”

These two are forced to work together. She works for a magazine which is run by a friend of Jake’s, and is asked as a favour, to do a piece on a pop star come movie star in the making. The reason Haven was chosen had me groaning as it comes across how jealously malicious people are about Haven who is an attractive and talented woman. So Haven and Jake’s chemistry slowly burns to a build-up eventually exploding.

Quote: Jake ~ “I want you to undress for me and lie on the bed, Leave those shoes on.”

What I love about this story is it wasn’t just about the two protagonists. There was some great supporting characters. Beth, who is Jake’s sister, and lives with him. Haven’s best friend, Ash, who was very funny, and Haven’s brother, Luke. The banter between them had me smiling every time they featured during the story.

Why I gave this book five stars is not just because Louise knows how to write a good story, but because it is totally different from previous works. As much as I like the passion and intensity that smacks into you as soon as you start reading, this story was different in a way that although there is chemistry and intensity, we get to see more of who they are first.

Of course, there is going to be two other parts after this first segment and of course, we have been left wanting to know what could happen next. There was a bit of a cliff-hanger leaving my gut feeling uneasy. I’m sure there’ll be lot of angst and I am hoping for more passion, too. As per usual, the author has offered us a playlist to this fantastic new story and in the words of Coldplay, I would call this read ‘Magic!’

 

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USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books Faithful and Hopeful are stand-alone novels although there are some overlapping characters. The Empire State Series of novellas starts with A Week in New York.  Her first book in the What the Lightning Sees Series was released on 31st March.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

 

 

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PRIVATE ENCOUNTERS by ANIE MICHEALS

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Title: Private Encounters

Author: Anie Michaels

Series: The Private Serial Book Two

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date of Publication: 17th March, 2015

 

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I wanted him.
It was as simple as that.
It was also dangerous.
I was willing to risk it all for just one night with him.
As I watched my carefully structured life fall apart around me,
I needed him to make me forget.
Preston was everything I knew I should walk away from,
but impossible to leave behind.
He would be my undoing, my downfall,
but I wanted nothing more than to be undone.

**This is volume two of a multi-volume serial. Readers should not expect a resolution at the end of this publication. For mature readers only due to explicit sexual situations.

 

 

 

5  ★ Review by Donna Elsegood

 

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This is the second instalment of the series. I was looking forward to finding out more as the first had a lot of mystery surrounding it. Especially as the first book was a secret. Obviously by now we are aware the story is about Lena Bellows and her miserable marriage to Derrek.

Lena had hired the hot private investigator Preston Reid to obtain information on her philandering sneaky husband, and it was clear there was an instant attraction between Lena and Preston.

Quote ~ “I wasn’t expecting to be this drawn to you, Lena. I couldn’t have prepared myself for the attraction I felt when we first met. I should have turned the job down, should have walked away, but I’m not that strong.”

Preston asks — no insists on Lena coming to stay with him as he has been sleeping in his car at night keeping watch on her and is desperate for a decent night’s sleep in his bed. Well, sleep being the operative word as this segment of the story really gets steamy. Lovemaking and dirty sex scenes are in abundance and there is even a filthy act in public to which Lena enjoys, but is also angry at Preston as it makes her feel uncomfortable behaving the opposite to what she has been used to.

Quote ~ “Jesus, Lena. You’re so responsive. I’ve barely touched you.”

Lena worries that Derrek will find out she has not been home and wants to keep up the pretence until she has enough to rid herself of him without losing out. There is a lot tied up in their marriage financially. Preston informs Lena about some things he has found out about her lying and cheating hubby. Preston doesn’t want Lena to go back. He wants to keep her with him.

Quote ~ “I’m not unsafe and Derrick can’t know that I didn’t go home last…”

Is Lena in some sort of danger and from whom? The cheating husband or the hot and sexy mysterious PI!! This story is short; however, I could not put it down to find out more about the uncertainty enclosed in this segment of the series. It is clear you had me in book one Anie, which in turn had me so ready for this part of the story. Oh, and the cliff hanger! Or maybe it isn’t, but I most definitely was not expecting it. What a shocker! I cannot believe what you did there. I know what I’m looking for in the next part and it involves all three. Derrek, Lena and Preston…

So how will this story unfold? I had no doubt whatsoever awarding five stars purely because the writing is good. And the shortness of each book with the mystery and intrigue keeps the reader wanting more is pure genius. Kudos to the author.

 

 

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Anie Michaels is the author of the Never series. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

 

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CLAIMED by M. NEVER

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Happy Release Day, M. Never! Claimed is book #2 in her dark erotic Decadence After Dark Series!

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Title: Claimed

Series: Decadence after Dark #2

Author: M. Never

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Cover: Cover Me, Darling

Release Date: March 10, 2015

 

 

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With one look he consumed me.
With one touch he marked me.
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.
“No matter where you go or who you’re with, you’ll always be mine.”
Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep
her down. But things aren’t always as they seem.

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she’s gone now, doesn’t mean she’ll be gone forever. She is his, and he won’t stop until he’s
reclaimed her as his own.

*Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a
Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

 

 

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By Donna Elsegood

Claimed begins one year after events unfolded towards the end of book one, Owned. Kayne Roberts is a broken man and on the road of self-destruction. Drinking heavily and getting into bar scraps, as well as having an unkempt appearance. Kayne desperately misses Ellie and wants her back. Jett, who is Kayne’s friend and colleague for many years, helps him to clean up his act and fight for his girl.

Quote ~ “I just miss her so damn much.” “Is there ever going to be a woman in my life who doesn’t break my heart.”

Ellie Stevens is back to finishing her studies but she too is struggling with the memory and the effect of Kayne Roberts. It’s been a whole year since she left him. The man who abducted, trained, used, owned and deceived her. A whole year since she found out she was free. Ellie is trying to move on with her life with college, and seeing a fellow student, Michael, who is sweet and wants more; however, Ellie is happy getting drunk and having sex.

I’m so pleased Jett makes an appearance in this book as I really enjoyed the relationship he built with Ellie in Owned. He again plays the trusted confidant who is there to assure that Kayne has true feelings for her. Ellie has to learn to trust Kayne, and it doesn’t come without its problems as she felt so let down by him. She doesn’t want to be his sex slave, she wants equality.

Quote ~ “If you don’t show up, he’s disappearing, and this time it will be for good.”

This story had me totally intrigued as I do not normally do dark reads; nevertheless, the characters intrigued me. I was willing them on to have some closure and peace but totally together. There is hot sex as you would expect from the characters in this book, not to mention an extremely kinky scene. Domination and dirty sex is what Kayne and his kitten, Ellie, thrive on. Jett and London also make great cameo roles and get involved in a dirty sex scene.

Quote ~ ” You don’t put your life on the line for a plaything, you don’t risk six years of work, a house full of people and your own heart for a plaything.”

It is so clear that although they have hurdles to overcome, they truly are in love with each other. The chemistry just sizzles throughout Claimed. And let’s not confuse ourselves and think that it is all hearts and flowers and make up sex because it isn’t. Kayne and Ellie have a bit of an unconventional relationship which is kinky. Of course, the story has a dark element and evil lurks to destroy something that could potentially work out.
Can they work out some sort of a future? Is it another doomed attempt at a relationship? You will have to read to find out.

I have become a fan of this author who has written a great series and totally converted me as I don’t read dark books. I look forward to future stories but I am secretly hoping a possible novella with Kayne, Ellie and of course, Jett and London. Well done. Five stars well earned

 

 

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:::: ABOUT THE AUTHOR ::::

M. NEVER resided in New York City. When she’s not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.
She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.
She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn’t trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!

 

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