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Title: Roman Crazy

Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Series: Broads Abroad #1

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 13th September, 2016

Published by Gallery Books

 

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Title: Roman Crazy

Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Series: Broads Abroad #1

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 13th September, 2016

Published by Gallery Books

 

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SYNOPSIS

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

 

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There was always this nugget of hope that somehow, someway our paths might cross again and I’d be granted the privilege of seeing this man once more, to remember what I knew so well, what I loved so dearly.

Mama mia! ‘Vivere la vita’ is an Italian way of life and how better to experience it by reading this book. It will take you on a journey set in summer in one of the most historical cities in the world, Rome. A strong sensation of déjà vu hit us and lingered from the beginning of Avery’s voyage to the very last page. Since we’ve both been fortunate enough to have visited this amazing place on more than one occasion, we truly felt like we were walking on the cobblestone streets alongside the story’s characters. Vespa scooters whizzed past us, cars hooted constantly and the smell of delicious food wafting through the air reached our taste buds. Mouth-watering, eh? The authors certainly built up our appetite when explaining the necessary ingredients for making such delicious dishes. In other words, the descriptive writing is meravigliosa!

“Mr. Pickpocket did get my favourite lipstick and a starlight mint.”

“A starlight mint huh?”

“I wanted to have fresh breath when I arrived.”

“I hear that. There’s so many hot men in this city, sometimes you just never know when you’re going to fall on one of their mouths.”

The first chapter stunned us. Well, we weren’t the only ones to be left with our mouths wide open and although Avery tried to take it lightly, she couldn’t! So she did what most women would do under her situation—face the music. Ooh boy, sorry mums-in-law but Avery’s takes the cake. Avery’s handling of such a delicate issue had us in fits of laughter, her decision to do something about it, we applauded. Actually, both of us discussed as to whom wrote this scene and many others and despite us having our suspicions, we’re not letting on! 

“I always forget how funny you think you are, Avery. Daniel always was fond of your sense of humour.”

Our feelings for the man who caused her to take the initiative was what the heck! A wimp with a capital W! In the blink of an eye, her life with him had become a sham, had to be sorted out and opened our eyes as to how the other half lives. Hmm. . . we didn’t care for it a bit.

“So what’s up? Seriously what’s up?”

“What else do you want me to say? What can I do for you? How can I help you? Are you lost? Sorry I left you hanging about the dry cleaning?”

“What’s up is that I wanted to see you. To talk to you, and make sure that we’re doing the right thing here.”

Avery had chosen the life she lived for reasons to be divulged well into the book. Only then did we understand why she didn’t carry on with her passion. Her true colours shine brightly in Rome though. How could they not? Rome awoke her senses; she’s artistically in her element, hungry to know more…, and of course, being with her bestie Daisy was just what she needed. Ooh, and we have to mention Daisy’s generous heart. Inquisitive and witty, she encourages Avery in every possible way. We couldn’t help but adore how she brought out her friend’s sassiness; teases and more important, gives sound advice. Even so, neither of us argued about who our favourite character was. The joy of seeing Avery find her bearings in her new surrounding was what made this story.

“Hairy is never a good word to describe anything. Unless it’s a redheaded prince of England.”

Marcello and the ambience he is in shows Avery that you can be happy and don’t have to be surrounded by luxury or live a charade. We adored the friendly and working relationship he has with Daisy who had absolutely no idea that he and Avery have history. What we didn’t care for was one of his actions; nonetheless, this is real, what happens and wasn’t candy-coated over.

“Turn around so I can fix my shirt.”

“You know I have seen you. All of you. Many times.”

“That was college-age Avery. Before things started shifting and sinking like your Colosseum.”

We really enjoyed the flashbacks which put us in the picture regarding past events, but we felt some of them could have been enhanced a tad. However, we did learn that Avery missed the boat and regretted it. Now she has a second chance and doesn’t want miss it again. Not everything is what it seems and she takes a long while to come to grips with what she’d done. How it comes to light gave us the tension we yearned for. She eats humble pie, puts her big girl panties on and deals with it!

“Do I pick one of the ninety-five thousand churches to confess in, or is Rome just so holy that you yell your sins outside at the sky and wait for judgement to befall you?”

The build-up is slow boil. What we were offered beforehand was a sightseeing tour of all the most symbolic monuments in a city that doesn’t sleep. And it’s not in the slightest bit exaggerated. We have to put emphasis on the fact that whatever hour of the day or opportunity the Romans have to meet up with friends, there is always time to savour their wholesome cuisine washed down with a glass of wine.

“Come, let’s go home. I’d thought a nice walk through the gardens would be a nice way to end the day, but ….”

“But?”

“But now all I can think about is getting you into bed. Or up against that cabinet in the entryway. I am not picky.”

When Marcello and Avery go to the next level, steaminess abounds. Gosh, there is nothing like a Latin lover and no wonder they have the reputation for being so chivalrous, hot and totally into keeping their loved ones close to them.

“What do you want Avery? Tell me.”

“You know what I want.”

Told in past tense from Avery’s point of view, we’re crossing our fingers that in follow-up we’ll see what Marcello has to say. This gorgeous guy certainly deserves to be heard and if not, well, we can’t wait to go back into town and find out what’s on the cards for Daisy. Bravo Ms Clayton and Ms Bocci for offering us a fun read and for making us laugh out loud.         

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Nina Bocci

NINA BOCCI is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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                            RELEASE WEEK BLITZ                 FIGHTING TO BE FREE by KIRSTY MOSELEY

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Title: FIGHTING TO BE FREE

Series: Fighting to Be Free #1

Author: Kirsty Moseley

Release Date: 6th September, 2016

Publisher: Forever Trade

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All his life, people have told Jamie Cole that he was born bad. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. But that doesn’t matter now. Because after a lifetime of demons, Jamie has finally found an angel.

Ellie Pearce learned the hard way that boys can’t be trusted. But the night she meets Jamie, something shifts. He’s different: brooding, a bit dark, determined to change. The connection they share is intense, compelling. Ellie tries to resist, but with each breathtaking kiss, she can’t help falling deeper.

Things between Ellie and Jamie are perfect—and perfection can’t last. When fate goes horribly wrong, Jamie’s only hope of saving his family is to strike a deal with the devil. Most of all, Jamie wants to prove he’s the person Ellie believes him to be. But if she learns just how much he’s been hiding, Ellie won’t be able to believe anything Jamie has ever told her…

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Kirsty Moseley has always been a passionate reader with stories brewing in her head. Once she discovered Wattpad, she finally posted a story. Seven million reads later, she self-published her debut novel, The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window, which later became a finalists for the 2012 Goodreads’ Choice Awards. Kirsty lives in Norfolk, England with her husband and son.

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                             QUIVER by JACOB CHANCE

 

Title: QUIVER

Series: Quake #2

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Erotica

Cover Designer: Jessica Hildreth

Release Date: September 8th

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SYNOPSIS

They met under the most unusual circumstances and fell deeply in love. Their relationship thrived, despite all the secrets Kyle kept from Janny. When the
sordid details of his betrayal were revealed in the worst way possible, he had to fight to win her back.

Now Kyle’s in the battle of his life and the obstacle in their path might be impossible to overcome. Will they continue working together and face the
problem head on or…

will this be the one thing their love can’t survive?

 

 

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“I’m falling for you, Janny.”

“Kyle, what’s wrong?”

His lips move, but no words leave his mouth. Panic fills his eyes.

“I want to be with you and I don’t plan to let you go.”

“Kyle, what’s happening?” I yell, my voice is laced with fear.

Our eyes meet. His breaths are quick and shallow. Terror snakes its way around me, squeezing until I can’t breathe. He grips his head with both hands and
falls hard to his knees.

I fall to mine, my shaky hands grabbing his face. “Kyle can you hear me?” I scream.

“Janny Moore, will you be my girlfriend?”

His eyes squeeze shut. Sweat beads on his face. I wipe it away, and touch my forehead to his.

His beautiful golden brown eyes open. He smiles.

“We should stop before I can’t.”

Tears cloud my eyes and fall helplessly. I smile back. He’s going to be okay.

“I wasn’t prepared for you.”

Relief turns to horror when his eyes roll back into his head. He slips from my grasp, his head hitting the concrete with a sickening thud.

“I’ve fallen in love with you.”

“No!” I yell, reaching for him.

“I never want to spend another day without you.”

I sob, cradling his bloodied head in my lap.

 

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Quiver is the anticipated follow-up to Quake where we revisit Kyle and Janny’s story. They met under unusual circumstances but the connection was there. They fell deeply in love but Kyle was carrying a secret that was a heavy burden and after already being tested, it looked like they were about to face the biggest test of their lives. In fact, Kyle will face the biggest battle of his life. Can they overcome this battle? Is their love strong enough? Again we get the story in dual point of view which I think compliments the story as we always know what the protagonists are thinking and feeling first hand. Especially where Quiver or better said, the author takes the reader.

Seeing Janny mature showed me her strength and the signs of her sassy personality shone through. She has great friends around to help, too. It was good to see Elle, Josh and some of the old characters. We get to meet some new ones and new friendships materialize. Although the story takes a different spin, its clear no matter what is happening that Kyle and Janny still have a very strong bond. A bumpy road is ahead for them; nonetheless, they are strong. . . they can overcome anything.

The below quote had me thinking what on earth it meant! Intriguing, thrilling and mysterious, it made me even more inquisitive than I already was.

“Soon there will be no secrets between us”

Take note because it will make sense as you read on and is the key to understanding exactly how suspenseful this offering is.

Sizzling hot scenes and chilling moments were strung together making my heart beat fast and break all at the same time. Being pushed to my very limits, never would I have guessed where it was going. This book is so cleverly written that it is not surprising I felt how I did.

Yet again Jacob has left me the same way as when I read Quake. Masterfully knocking this reader of balance with his penmanship, he kept my interest throughout. His incredible storytelling and creation of a strong alpha male, a sassy young lady and the development of the side characters has to be commended. So looking forward to reading the next instalment about Kyle’s sister, Kenna. I’m predicting a very exciting story with lots more thrills and spills. Despite having a suspicion that many readers will want more of Kyle and Janny, I’m happy where they are. What I would like are a few updates because I’m not sure what more these two could go through in the future. I’m not going to give anything away about Quiver, but I have to say that it’s slightly darker than I expected. No doubt I’ll be doing a marathon and read both books back to back! I highly recommended this book which merited my five-star rating tenfold.

 

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of erotic romance, QUIVER is his second release and is the follow up to QUAKE.

Jacob plans on writing many more sexy, suspenseful stories and to branch out to other genres.

Keep your eye out for a winter release that will be co-authored with his older brother Logan.

 

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                                          REVIEW                                            THE PROTECTOR by JODI ELLEN MALPAS

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Title: The Protector

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 6th September, 2016

Published by Orion Books

 

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People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

 

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**ARC kindly received by Orion Books via NetGalley for an honest review**

We’re both huge fans of Jodi’s books so when were invited to read and review her new offering, we jumped at the chance. Different from what we’ve read before since all previous books have been trilogies, our delight was tenfold seeing that this is her first standalone. Told from dual points of view in present tense just happens to be at the top of our list, too! So what more could we possibly have asked for? Well, there’s no doubt Ms Malpas has delivered. Her words have a way of getting under your skin, draw you into the story to such an extent that we were left overwhelmed and wanting more. The banter isn’t overflowing though. We thought we’d miss it; however, the authors’ modus operandi which isn’t her usual one, effectively allowed us to get inside the protagonists’ heads giving us the opportunity for an in-depth look into their personal issues. Putting it lightly, we have to say that we were taken aback by them.

“Does it swallow you up like it does me? Does it consume you so much you think you might never break free? Tell me you feel the same. Tell me I’m not alone.”

Jake Sharp and Camille Logan’s backgrounds aren’t at all comparable. Not an insta-love by any means, the chemistry kicks in almost instantly. It’s a very hands off situation they’re in. Neither of them are over the moon about spending 24/7 together for reasons to be divulged, although we couldn’t help but love the friction this caused. The age gap. This detail didn’t concern us in the slightest. In fact, it gave a depth and realism to the story which we easily related to. Albeit the plot being an extremely well-thought-out one; strong and perfectly structured, it took us a while to really get into it. That being said, the element of surprise is there and shook us. The blurb. We read it before reading the book but would suggest that future readers don’t do the same so as not to be influenced. Regardless, it only scratches the surface of a really complex love-entangle. One factor which swayed us was the metaphorical phrase, ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Taken in its pure sense, it couldn’t have been more fitting when a scene kicks in depicting this outstanding couple. Jump for joy, we did! And if it were ever possible to fall even more head over heels for Jake, we did, too!

. . . I haven’t a burning need to unravel the puzzle that is Jacob Sharp. I want to know so I can help him. Because I love him.

Him…Lord above! As you can see, it’s obvious that we’re enamoured with Jake. We felt ourselves melting into his arms so can you imagine you how Camille felt? Most of the time this sassy, independent and truly sensible lass had no idea what was going on around her or who would steal her heart. Hmm… Jake is cold, totally professional and has had a really daunting past he’s still having trouble coping with. Yet this drop-dead gorgeous bossy man who’s constantly punishing himself in ways you will see, has a job to do and it’s not exactly what he’s used to or to his liking. What he wants isn’t up for discussion when the carrot is dangled in front of him. He accepts the challenge by someone he has little respect for and discovers that there is much more to the assignment than meets the eye. Investing in Jake as the saying goes, was piece of cake. Investing in Camille was a yes underlined!

“I’m not going to tell you that it isn’t true. I’m not proud of it. I screwed women. Nothing more, nothing less.”
“Stop.”
“No, I won’t. When I couldn’t distract myself with work, that’s all I had. They were faceless women, angel. I see you.”

What sold us was despite her privileged upbringing, she’s not spoilt, stands up for herself and doesn’t want to rely on anyone for anything. She’s also had her fair share of problems and only her iron-will to overcome them keeps her on the right path. She certainly earned ours and Jake’s respect. She’s so much more open with her feelings. He’s a closed book, not proud of a past happening and it’s going to take a lot of patience on Camille’s part to get through to him. The gravity of his mistake is revealed well into the read, and only then did we realise why he was so affected by it. But his confessions aren’t going to stop Camille giving him a run for his money… pun unintended! Camille’s a tad annoyed that she’s had her wings clipped and it’s not until a very unfavourable event takes place that it’s brought home to her that all this bodyguard business is not just a double-edged sword. Of course, there’s plenty of cloak and dagger goings on and far too close to home for comfort. The cause for nail-biting scenarios is right under her nose and made us squirm. To think that someone you trust could go to such lengths to cover up their tracks at the cost of someone dear we found horrifying.

“You calm me, regardless of the fact that you’ve actually made my life the most chaotic it’s ever been. You’ve found me, despite the fact that I never wanted to be found.”

As per usual, Jodi’s character development is of the highest quality. We loved how she’d entwined witty comebacks into their dialogue and Camille teasing Jake not only exasperated him, but also made us laugh our socks off! Yeh, there’s no doubt whatsoever that he needed a little distraction in his life and she was the one to give it to him. Even though she has a complicated relationship with one of the members of her family, she’s blessed with other folk who are always concerned for her well-being. But what we really have to mention is our favourite part of the book and it was the ending! Never before has a chapter evoked such strong emotions from us and we were completely blindsided by it in a truly amazing way. Up until this point, it had all been about Camille and Jake, but on the fringes of their story we were given snippets of another character that plays a very significant role; nonetheless, we didn’t get to meet them. We couldn’t possibly tell you who this person is as it would spoil the book totally. What we can tell you is that it brought us to our knees!

“Where’s home?”
“Where do you want it to be?”
“You’re my home now. Wherever you are that’s my home.”

If you’re already a fan of this author’s works like us, or if you’ve yet to dip your toes into her marvellous world of alpha males, then we highly recommend you read this new standalone. We guarantee that you’ll be enthralled by this couple from chapter one to the very last page! Bravo Ms Malpas and well played!

 

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Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

 

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                             5 ★ REVIEW ALERT                                SWEETEST SORROW by J.M. DARHOWER

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Title: Sweetest Sorrow

Series: Forbidden #2

Author: J.M. Darhower

Release Date: 28th August, 2016

 

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Dante Galante has evaded death a few times in his life, but held captive in a sweltering basement, he’s certain that death has finally caught up to him. Bloody and barely breathing, he tries to stay strong, but there’s only so much a man can endure before darkness takes over.

As a critical care nurse, Gabriella Russo witnesses suffering often. Thick-skinned, forever cautious, she doesn’t take her work home with her… until Dante Galante lands himself in her hospital. Recklessly grieving the sister he believes he’ll never see again, Dante needs a friend. Just a friend. That’s all it’s supposed to be.

But life has other plans for them, just as it had for Matteo Barsanti and Genevieve Galante. Away from the chaos, building a life of their own, there’s only one thing that could ever bring them back to New York: Dante.

Rules get broken and boundaries are crossed as the fight between rival families continues on, drawing them all deeper into a war they want far away from… for good reason.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever Review by Rachel and Sharon Thérèse 

 

Was it worth the wait? No doubt about it! True to her style, Ms Darhower has once again captured the essence of the Mob’s way of thinking and their modus operandi. Savouring every word in this long read was a doddle, a pleasure and mustn’t be rushed. The culmination of this epic series sucked us in from the first page and as always, left us in awe of her penmanship. Not forgetting, this woman’s an expert in weaving whatever tale takes her fancy. What she’s actually done here is tell two stories in one. Ooh boy, did she surprise the hell out of for us! Let’s be honest . . . even though we’d reviewed By Any Other Name, the mere fact that we hadn’t read the synopsis of Sweet Sorrow meant we had little idea what to expect. Why, you may ask! Well, the release of the second book in this series was literally sprung on us and we hardly had any time to react.

Two heads of Mob families have been on a collision course for an eternity. A blood feud so strong and so ingrained turns into outright war and ooh boy, did we feel their seething hate simmer off the pages. Well before time, a vengeful inheritance for those close to them dictates a no questions asked policy. Established rules are unbreakable; victims become perpetrators and counterattack each other. The price has to be paid regardless of whom happens to be in the way. And this folks, is exactly what this story is about.

“Every single one of you will pay. I’ll see to it. I’ll have your jobs. I’ll have your lives!”

Galanti or Barsanti! Which team did we choose to be on then? Neither! Both capos are much to be desired. You’ll see why Primo Galanti made our skin crawl and why his archenemy, Roberto Barsanti had the same effect on us. However, not all their children felt the same about carrying on a personal vendetta which could cause a feared backlash for injustices committed.

“So do I grieve her? Absolutely. I grieve the loss of her every day. But not for the reason you’re thinking.”

Genevieve Galanti or Genna with a G and Matteo Barsanti, Matty-B, both endearingly named by someone close, have a secret. Left hanging on a huge cliffy in book one, we couldn’t wait to see how something as prohibited as theirs would play out. Genna’s been mollycoddled most of her life. Reasons there are, but she’ll go to great lengths to outwit those who have protected her. Young, sassy, headstrong and a tad irresponsible, it was a joy to see her put her big girl panties on and make the best of a bad situation. We have to confess that we didn’t connect to her straightaway but the change in her swayed our opinion no-end.

“You might prefer to live in the moment, but I like having a plan. The easiest way to keep out of trouble is to always stay a few steps ahead.”

Ooh. . . Matty! Delectably chivalrous and hard-working, could we possibly have asked more of this man who manned up to the occasion without a blink of an eye! He’s been able to shun wishes from higher powers for many reasons. Why he chose to ignore goings on was not only self-preservation, but also to keep someone he loathed at arm’s length. But now he’s experiencing the fallout. Despite new revelations and a grey cloud hanging over him, he shone brighter than bright since his optimism for a better future never swayed.

“What kind of job? You’re gonna need to elaborate, Matty.”
“The kind that earns money.”

Dante and Genna Galanti. Siblings whose very special relationship is perfectly conveyed throughout both reads, tested our emotions fervidly. By now, we’re in a total and utter mess and all we wanted was for them to find out the truth. Only the reader and assumingly, two other people discover who is behind a guarded secret and it’s quite frankly SHOCKING! Freakin’ awesome, actually! Forgivable? You’ll have to make your own minds up.

“. . . I did nothing, when I could’ve. But instead, I waited until her fate was sealed, and even then. . .”

Loyal to his father, dangerous and true to his word, Dante is like a cat with nine lives counting down. Trapped in a series of uncontrollable events had us sitting on the edge of our seats. Someone made sure he was around to suffer the consequences of his mistakes though. So much so that we cried, no lies. . . we sobbed out hearts out for him. To say we crossed our fingers and backed him up wouldn’t be an exaggeration, either. Unbelievable as it may seem, this formidably pig-headed guy has a guardian angel and a friend he could lean on. Against all odds, his story unravels and pity him, we did!

“You know how it feels to have hope. It feels like maybe you won’t die in the dark alone.”

We never questioned Gabriella Russo’s stance. Even though she was in the right place at the wrong time and aware of what she was letting herself in for, her rule-bending seemed totally appropriate to us. Fearless and astute, she puts two and two together. She knows what she’s doing, she guards her thoughts to herself. She also becomes a decisive cog in the wheel in ‘this thing’ she had always swept aside. Where her trust lies and who she never doubted cannot be disputed.

“I trust you to give me CPR if I stop breathing.”

Gavin Amaro’s part in this story is of such importance that we can’t help but mention him. He was a breath of fresh air and his light-hearted sense of humour so welcoming. Loyalty can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, how he went about calming troubled waters gained our respect at the drop of hat. Are we asking too much of the author for more of him? Ms Darhower, he truly deserves to be heard!

“You don’t know what you’re talking about. Vito Corleone had a cat.”

For the very first time ever, neither of us agreed about the author’s narrative structure. Told in third person; I, Sharon, thought it could have been a tad shorter. Me, Rachel, said to her that Ms Darhower had put her heart and soul into every minute detail. Sharon recapped taking into consideration the flowing banter and had to agree. Conclusion. Fan-effing-tastic! Thank you for keeping us in the loop with your marvellous characters and their struggles for a better life. BRAVO!

 

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jm darhowerJ.M. Darhower is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her Mafia romantic suspense novels. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t busy writing (or being a fangirl) she’s usually ranting about those things.

 

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                                   NEW RELEASE                                   SAVAGE COLLISION by GWYN MCNAMEE

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Title: Savage Collision

Series: A Hawke Family Novel

Author: Gwyn McNamee

Release Date: 1st September, 2016

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Synopsis:

The last thing I expect when I walk into The Hawkeye Club is to fall head over heels in lust. It’s supposed to be a rescue mission. I have to get my baby sister off the pole, into some clothes, and out of the grasp of the pussy peddler who somehow manipulated her into stripping. But the moment I see Savage Hawke and verbally spar with him, my ability to remain rational flies out the window and my libido takes center stage. I’ve never wanted a relationship—my time is better spent focusing on taking down the scum running this city—but what I want and what I need are apparently two different things.

Danika Eriksson storms into my office in her high heels and on her high horse. Her holier-than-thou attitude and accusations should offend me, but instead, I can’t get her out of my head or my heart. Her incomparable drive, take-no-prisoners attitude, and blatant honesty captivate me and hold me prisoner. I should steer clear, but my self-preservation instinct is apparently dead—which is exactly what our relationship will be once she knows everything. It’s only a matter of time.

The truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes, it just royally screws you.

 

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Early Feedback

OMG!!!! If I could rate this book a perfect 10 I would. This book was absolutely one of the best I have read in a long time. ~ Goodreads Review

I loved this story. It is full of twists, turns, suspense, secrets and so much sexy time. ~ Goodreads Reviews

There is angst aplenty, crime, and intrigue to go along with the relationship that develops between Danika and Savage. Gwyn has done a good job of marrying all of these elements to give readers a book that will draw them in from the very first, and keep them reading until the last page. ~ Smut Book Junkie Reviews

Gwyn McNamee wrote a beautiful story. It’s told in dual pov and moves so smoothly. There are some twists you’d never see coming and they’re all handled well by the characters. ~ Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

 

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About the Author


 photo Gwyn Profile Image_zpsxtjtjaq3.jpegGwyn McNamee is an attorney, writer, wife, and mother (to one human baby and two fur babies). Originally from the Midwest, Gwyn relocated to her husband’s home town of Las Vegas in 2015 and is enjoying her respite from the cold and snow. Gwyn has been writing down her crazy stories and ideas for years and finally decided to share them with the world. She loves to write stories with a bit of suspense and action mingled with romance and heat.
When she isn’t either writing or voraciously devouring any books she can get her hands on, Gwyn is busy adding to her tattoo collection, golfing, and stirring up trouble with her perfect mix of sweetness and sarcasm (usually while wearing heels). An admitted shoe whore, Gwyn’s closet rivals Carrie Bradshaw’s and is constantly expanding.
Gwyn’s debut novel, Savage Collision, the first book in The Hawke Family Series, releases September 1, 2016.

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