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Give In by Layla Frost Review

arcblurbgiveinlaylafrostI watched her.

I knew I shouldn’t. It was a mistake. Wrong. Forbidden.

A glimpse of heaven before a depraved angel led me to hell.

One email was all it would take to end the torture. A simple email, dropping Eden Wilder from my class and my life.
But I couldn’t do it. I was selfish—taking any bit of her I could.

That’s how addictions start. You give in just a little. Just once. Before long, your obsession has grown into a violent storm, shrouding you in darkness as it consumes your thoughts. Consumes your whole damn life. And everything you’ve worked for is gone.

But you honestly don’t give a f*ck. You’d serve your soul up on a silver platter for your addiction.

And she was mine.

Warning: Recommended for readers 18+ due to strong adult language, themes, and a stalkerific hero who puts the FUN in dysfunctional. Enjoy!

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aboutheauthorlaylafrostLayla Frost has always been a rebel. A true badass.

Growing up, Layla used to hide under her blanket with a flashlight to read the Sweet Valley High books she pilfered from her older sister. It wasn’t long before she was reading hidden Harlequins during class at school. This snowballed into pulling all-nighters after the promise of “just one more chapter”.

Her love of reading, especially the romance genre, took root early and has grown immeasurably.

In between reading and writing, Layla spends her free time rocking out (at concerts, on the couch, in the car… Anywhere is a stage if you get into it enough), watching TV (the nerdier the better!), and being a foodie. Though she lives in NY (the state, not the city), she’s an avid Red Sox fan.

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This review was extremely difficult for me to write. Not because it was bad… because it was SO EFFIN GOOD that it literally destroyed me. I stalk- er… follow Layla Frost and am in her readers group, so I saw her little “hey this may not be as safe as you want it to be” and got scared…

For those of you who don’t know, when a romance novel is safe it means no cheating; but it goes beyond that. It means, for all intents and purposes, both parties are eunuchs unless around their partners. I need my books to be safe, for many reasons. Numero Uno is that I hate cheating. Gives me anxiety.

So yeah… I was scared.

A little back story…
Eden Wilder is a college student trying to make a name for herself, and she’s on the run. She keeps a low profile, avoids relationships, and gets good grades. She pays her own way for college, which means she works hella hard… as a stripper.

Get that money girl.

Damien Caine is a professor… specifically Eden’s professor. He’s tough on her work, grading it harder than the others. From the beginning, he’s attracted to her. But he also wants to break her, but only to make her better than she was before. Being so much older than her, he stays away from her for as long as he can… until he stumbles upon her side gig.

There are some parts that may make this unsafe for readers. There’s a slight love triangle thingy in the beginning but Damien basically shuts it down. And Eden does too. But there’s also the fact that Eden has to get practically naked for her customers.

Oh, and there’s the little tidbit that Damien is in to BDSM. Not soft core, but not going to sex clubs either. It’s not a “safe word” situation, but a lifestyle. Part of that lifestyle means being harsh on his girl, but it also means taking care of her. Is ha an alpha-hole? HECK yeah. But is he swoon worthy? My response is not internet appropriate.

If you want evidence that I called Layla out for basically wrecking my whole world, I got it for ya. Message me (I’m funny sometimes). But I’m serious. This book wrecked me. It felt like Damien was breaking me down just as much as he was Eden. I wanted to hate him just as much as I fell in love with him. For every bit of a jerk Damien was, he was a just as much a sweetheart. For every bit the hardworking, independent woman Eden was, she was just as much faltering on her own. As much as she was a mature woman, she was bratty.

This book was full of extremes. Extreme sex, extreme love, and extreme touch. Maybe that’s what got me with it. In every taboo novel there’s a level of trust between the partners that has to be there, but with Eden and Damien they had to earn it. They had to earn every single ounce of trust; every step they made towards love was one hard earned.

It wasn’t just the teacher/student trope, or just BDSM, or just taboo, or just anything. It was everything. The slow burn to end all slow burns. A re-read (AND RE-READ) worthy novel that will have you eating out of the palm of Damien’s hand.

Because when you Give In… you might just find your Happily Ever After.

…Also, Layla, I’m gonna need another book from you STAT. I’m hooked, girl. YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THIS OKAY???

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Reputation by Dr. Rebecca Sharp Review!

reputation1arcblurbreputationFrom International Bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp… 

Small-town girl. America’s Sweetheart.
The biggest popstar in the world.
It began with one guy and then the next.
Until my reputation preceded me.
Yes, I dated them – all of them.
Yes, I also broke up with them.. All of them.
Was it too much? The world said yes. Too many, too quickly.
And my star began to flicker.
The world knew nothing about my life and yet, their judgement weighed on me like stone.
My reputation was falling faster than a shooting star and the only way to save it was with the boy who never wanted me.
Zach Parker was a singer, songwriter, and sexy as sin.
To him, I was just the neighbor’s little sister.
A pest that had grown into a famous annoyance.
Zach Parker wanted nothing to do with me.
But he could be tempted – with a stepping stone to fame, that is.
The plan was simple: Childhood Sweethearts Fall in Love on US Tour.
The plan was to let them see what they wanted to see: our ‘romance’ blossom right in front of their eyes.
A romance that Zach had made painfully clear to me years ago would never exist.
I’m told that it was the only thing that could repair my image.
So, every night I’ll stand on that stage and give Zach my heart piece by piece, note by note.
We’ll give them a show they’ll never forget – and a love story that I may not survive.
Because who cares that in order to put my reputation back together, I’ll have to tear my heart apart?

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drrebecca**Healing Heartaches One Alpha at a Time**
I’m a dentist by day and author by night!
Dr. Rebecca Sharp is an International Amazon Best-selling author of contemporary romance. By day, she is also a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband. Growing up, she always loved a good love story and let’s face it, when you include a romance novel on your 8th grade summer reading list just to see if the teacher would notice (she didn’t!), she was bound to give writing one of her own a go. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, snowboarding, and cooking.

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reviewreputation4Are you an author looking for some alpha a-holes to write? Trying to find the balance between jerk and bully? Are you a reader looking for your next butt head to fall in love with? Tired of the guy that isn’t really an a-hole but is just bullying the heroine? Are you a blogger, looking for a romance that is new, and doesn’t fit into any category you’ve read before? Look no further, because Reputation is here.

This is a second chance, forbidden, rock star romance, but not in the usual ways. Blake Tyler has ALWAYS been in love with Zach Parker, and when he turned her down and ripped her heart out as a kid, she took that pain and wrote a song, sky rocketing her to fame. Over the years, she’s tried to find true love in a world of glitter and glamour, and failed every time, leaving her with a broken reputation and a label she didn’t earn.

Zach Parker, best friend to Blake’s older brother, has yearned for Baby Blake since he realized she was a woman. The thought of losing his best friend has always stopped him from crossing that line. Instead, he’s pushed Blake away, crushing both their hearts. But Blake’s broken reputation means he has to step in and play hero; a role he’s always wanted but could never take.

If you know me, you know I hate angst and women who can’t take no for an answer. It was kind of a shock to me that I loved this book as much as I did, because I also DON’T like the person this book may or may not resemble, though is not based off of. But every word captured me, and every page left me wanting more. My heart broke for Blake, and it was absolutely crushed by Zach. Even when he tried to do the right thing, he couldn’t seem to win.

But it’s romance, so of course he wins eventually. Every tear Blake’s ever cried for Zach was wiped clean. Every word Zach said to ever push Blake away was forgiven and forgotten. For every bit you hated them separately, you loved them together. I was left completely and utterly amazing novel, filled with heartbreak and love. Rebecca not only put her characters back together again, she taped my heart back together again too. (Though I’m sure she’ll do it to me all over again in her next book).

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5star

Too Bad So Sad by Lani Lynn Vale Review

arcblurbtoobadsosadTyler Cree has never been good at the whole look and don’t touch thing.

From the moment he was old enough to walk on his own two feet, he’s been looking for trouble.

Trouble comes in many forms…quite a few of those forms being the female persuasion.

Tyler knows what girls want—a bad boy. And he has the bad boy image down pat.

Ex-military—check.

Hot cop—double check.

A bike between his legs and a devil may care attitude—oh, yeah.

All the girls want him, yet none of them will have him—at least not all of him, anyway. A certain appendage they can have all they want. His heart, however, is not up for grabs. The useless organ inside his chest was broken and battered, mutilated by the one woman he thought would keep it safe.

Spoiler alert: she ripped it to shreds and set fire to the pieces.

To protect himself, Tyler keeps everyone at arm’s length, and never lets anyone get too close.

Then Reagan Rose Alvarez barrels into his life, and trespasses on not only his property, but straight into his abused heart. One glance is all it takes, and he’s suddenly thinking about things he hasn’t thought for quite some time—thoughts that a man like him should never have about a woman like her.

One moment of weakness is all it takes, and suddenly he has no other choice but to go on the offensive.

Keeping her is the only other option now.

Turns out, his heart isn’t as broken as he thought it was.

The only problem is, now the little she-devil holds it in the palm of her hands, and she has no clue just how much power she holds.

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aboutheauthorlanilynnvaleLani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenae in the form of food and drink.

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“Everybody wants sunshine, no one wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.” 

Since I first heard the above quote when I was in high school, I’ve tried to live by it. I’ve worked hard, some days more than others, to not let my rain get in the way of seeing a rainbow. Tyler Cree and Reagan Alvarez have let their rain cloud and hide their rainbows and sunshine, so they couldn’t see what was right in front of them… love.

Obviously. I basically only read romance LOL.

Anyways, out of all the Lani books I’ve read, this might have been my favorite. Alpha male, strong heroine not willing to let him run all over her, with action, love and pure devotion, with some growly possessiveness on top of it.

Tyler had his heart stomped all over by his ex best friend and ex girlfriend. Since then, he’s ruled his life by keeping everyone, including women, at a distance. Very few people have ever made him want to change that about himself. He’s perfectly fine where he is, thank you very much…

Until Rose Alvarez trespasses on the Chief of Police’s(ehem, Tyler’s) property for some moss she is trying to study. Rose has sheltered herself from the world, choosing to immerse herself in the dirt and mud instead of living life. Her ex boyfriend not only ruined her potential career, but also mentally and emotionally abused her, leaving behind a scarred, unconfident (is that even a word? or am I making things up again…) woman.

She’s not without self-confidence completely. She’s not afraid to stick up for what she believes in. She’s not afraid to push Tyler’s buttons when he needs to get his head out of his butt. She’s just more reserved, more standoffish. Her relationships tend to stay on the surface level, and she’s ok with that… until Tyler Cree pushes her buttons right back, forcing the fiesty woman to come to the fore front.

One of the things I love about romance novels, is that there’s usually (in the really good ones anyway) discovery and growth within the couple and the individual. I’ve often found myself reading about a fantasy world and situations, some more fantasy and sci-fi than others, or reading about murder and mayhem or regency era, and have taken away some life lesson from the novel. Maybe it’s a quote I want to ink into my skin (I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THAT) or it’s a person I’ve wanted to carry around in my back pocket when I needed a pick me up. Sometimes it’s making sure I look to these fake relationships to see what I want (and don’t want) in my real life relationship.

Sometimes I read a book and want to scream and throw a tantrum when the girl acts stupid, or kick a guy in the butt when he’s being a butt. But in this book, I wanted to do neither. There was just enough push and pull, with a whole ton of self-discovery, that made this book burrow deep within my heart, and it’s never coming out. The act of forgiveness, of talking your feelings through with someone and not jumping to conclusions, everything about the relationships in this book, both Reagan’s and Tyler’s and other friendships, made me want to evaluate mine again. It made me want to look back and make sure I was doing everything I could to let my friends know I cared.

This book is that good.

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Mick by Jennifer Vester Review!

arcblurbmickIn a city without justice, sometimes doing the wrong thing may be the right thing to do. Welcome to Kingston, a city of corruption, crime and greed.

Mick, now a fallen man, returns home after a tragic incident that haunts him. With the events of his past plaguing him he’s a broken man. Troubled by his memories, he knows that life will never be the same.

Alisa had her own agonizing journey in life. Her family rules the city through any means. When she moves home, her future seems decided, but she’s always known what it meant to be a King.

He’s a lonely haunted man. She’s the light to his darkness. A chance meeting and it all begins…

In this suspenseful, passionate story, two people will have to fight for their future, in a city that will test the truth of their convictions. Love has a cost, and only sacrifice will show the way.

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aboutheauthor29512396_1200506436747627_5896820014052574436_nJennifer Vester is a romance author whose ambition is to entertain readers with off-beat female characters and theover-the-top alpha men that love them.

Her books revolve around romantic suspense with a little something for every reader. Always an HEA….(but look out for those twists!) It’s romance suspense after all.

The Lakefield series deals with some very serious subjects at times.

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Every time I read one of Jennifer’s books, I’m blown away. Truly. Reading the Lakefield series in succession, I saw Jennifer’s way with words go from great to amazing. In Mick I was left broken, with my pieces stitched back together, left hanging by a thread. I connected with Mick on a level I hadn’t with anyone in her other books. Although Brock will always be mine (hah S Van Horne had to give up her boys so I’m claiming him), Mick broke my heart.

We all got snippets of Mick in the last of the Lakefield series, though you don’t have to read those books before this one I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT, but that was before he was broken. We got little bits of the cold man, but that was before his soul was left withered and dried up. There was nothing he could do, nothing anyone could do, to breathe life into his life. There was no light to his darkness, no saint to his sinner.

…Until Alisa stumbles into his lap. From the first, they have a pull towards each other. As much as Mick wants to stay away, he can’t. And he doesn’t want to. Besides the fact, Alisa wouldn’t let him. She may have been sweet, choosing to see the good in everyone, but she got what she wanted too. And what she wanted was Mick.

This was darker, grittier, bloodier than I had been expecting (I’m lying, I totally stalk Jennifer’s updates so I was expecting the darkness), but it was so amazingly well written, you end up rooting for the bad guys. Because this isn’t like Lakefield, where the guys toe the line and sometimes blur it to their advantage. Mick is a bad guy. Alisa sees it, accepts it, loves him despite the demons that hold him back.

Everything about this book felt natural. The progression, the emotion, the bonds that were created. It was the definition of “page-turner”. If you’ve read my other reviews of Jennifer’s books, you know I dubbed her the Queen of Plot Twists… she doesn’t disappoint here either. Every time you think you’ve got something figured out, she twists it up on you, leaving you like one of Pavlov’s dogs, drooling at the sight of a new release.

And if you’re looking for a dark book that can make your glasses fog… look no further. Alisa and Mick burn the sheets in ways that had me reaching for a little paper fan in the middle of the night.

This book has it ALL.

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Kocke Chronicles by some Badass Authors Review!

kockechroniclesarcblurbkockechroniclesFour authors. Four stories. One name… Kocke.

Confident. Alpha. Cocky. This collection of short stories drops you into the fast-paced, attitude-packed world of the Kocke men.

Lawyer. Professor. Policeman. CEO. They rule over the worlds that they work in, but they are about to find out that dominating their professional life is easy compared to controlling their hearts.

Stories included in this anthology:

Kocke Professor, where grades aren’t the only thing on the line. (Danica Dawn)
Kocke Lawyer, where falling for the boss has its appeal. (BJ Bentley)
Kocke Cop, where catching your dream girl involves catching a bullet. (Paula-Michelle Trotter)
Kocke CEO, where one man’s online dating profile swipes him for a whole lot more than he bargained for. (Dr. Rebecca Sharp)

*These stories are light-hearted, light reading and were written in tribute to the events of #cockygate in an attempt to fight with light.

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First of all… check out that author collection!! That’s crazy! BJ Bentley and Rebecca Sharp are just two of my go-to authors when I need a good book. I know they will always deliver. Danica Dawn is a new author, but I’m so looking forward to her work (especially after reading Kocke Professor!). Paula-Michelle Trotter is a new-to-me author… but after reading Kocke Cop, I’m gonna need more. Just sayin’.

So this collection (that really is badass) came together to write an anthology to fight back against #cockygate (and did I hear right? The TM has been dropped?!). Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Cait, another anthology? Is it worth it?” GIRL/GUY/WHATEVER you need this.

Kocke Professor isn’t the usual taboo romance either. It’s steamy, with an alpha male (I mean-they’re all alpha but I’m down with it) that’s been obsessing over his student. His student, Demetria, has been secretly crushing on the professor that bogs her down with homework. However… there’s a twist that made my heart break and made me go “OMG”. It was unexpected, in all the best ways.

Kocke Lawyer was a BJ classic. Funny, sexy, with a little angst to keep that page on your kindle flipping until you’re drooling for more! Kevin and Dani are two forces to be reckoned with, in and out of the bedroom. Together, they make a powerhouse couple that makes you want a full length novel. AND AND AND she adds in some cocky drama ;).

Kocke Cop had a weird beginning, and made you kind of want to punch Kaden in the face. His arrogance beat out even Killian’s. His friends-with-benefits, Candy, is his perfect girl… except he doesn’t do relationships. He’s fine with his single life, and with annoying Candy with her nick name… until something happens that causes both to say their true feelings. Add in some crazy into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a BANGING novella.

Now… Kocke CEO is the last of the bunch… and Rebecca DE-LIV-ERS on her alpha-hole (she really does them oh-so-well). But in true Kocke/badass collection/Rebecca form, the twists in this novella are all over the place. And GUUUUUUURRLLLL when they finally fall into bed together, it’s totally worth it. (Finally– it’s a freaking novella Cait!)

My absolute favorite thing in this novella is that each one of these heroines is smart, capable, and not falling over their feet to impress the guy. They’re not belittling themselves, or weak in any way. They are strong, independent women, falling for men that are cocky and sure of themselves. Even in the short pages of the novella, you can tell these women bring their men to their knees, making them better men.

BASICALLY I LOVED IT AND YOU SHOULD GET IT BYE.

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Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley Review!

arcblurbforbiddenmiles“Either I was seeing things, or Cooper was stalking down the aisle toward us. In his underwear. Nope, I wasn’t seeing things. It was my nightmare come true.”

Moving back to my family’s winery seemed like a good idea. I can save money, be closer to my family… But I forgot that when you’re the baby of the family—and your three older brothers are basically insane—life can get complicated.

Dating? Forget about it. I’m the forbidden one. There isn’t a bad boy in this town who’s bad enough to go after Brynn Miles. Not with my brothers acting like human chastity belts.

Finding love isn’t my focus anyway. Except… there’s this guy. And he’s kind of amazing. I didn’t see him coming, and it figures I’d fall for the one guy in the world I shouldn’t. He’s T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Untouchable. And just as forbidden as I am.

Am I ready to put my whole family on the line for a fiery case of lust? But what if it isn’t? What if it’s love?

**Each book in the Miles Family series ends with a romantic HEA, but there is an ongoing subplot that spans the entire series. Contains explicit language and content.**

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aboutheauthorclairekingsletClaire Kingsley writes smart, sexy romances. Her books feature sassy and often quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and ALL the big feels.

She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids.

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Claire Kinglsey checked every single one of my boxes for a five star review. Alpha male? Check! Safe? No cheating? Check! Instant connection? Check! (Well… sorta…) Drama outside the relationship? Check! Crazy family? SUPER CHECK!

I’ve read one of Claire’s books before, and it made me want to devour every one she’s ever written. Her writing style is amazing. The flow is amazing. She blew me away with Book Boyfriend, but she absolutely AMAZED me with Forbidden Miles.

Brynn is the baby of the Miles family. She’s back home after living at college for the last few years. She’s happy to be back, happy to be near her family again, even if they drive her nuts. She’s funny, mature, and smart enough to have given up her long time crush on her older brother’s best friend.

Well… until Chase sees Brynn for the first time. And not as the forbidden Miles he’s helped the brothers protect and defend. Not as his best friend’s little sister. No, as a woman. And at first he’s all “HELL no I can’t go there” but when he decides she’s worth it? That he needs her in his life? PFFFFT she never stood a chance. Hell, I didn’t stand a chance.

When I say this book had it all, I mean had it all. Chase is a sweet heart, looking for the family he never had. He listens to Brynn and talks to her. He doesn’t treat her like a little kid, he doesn’t ignore her wants and dreams just because of her age. He takes her education as seriously as she does, and he risks his bromance with his best friend to get what he’s always wanted: love.

Brynn is so strong, willing to give up what could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her so Chase doesn’t lose Cooper. Her family is the greatest, but it comes with it’s own issues. But Chase doesn’t downplay her problems because her family is amazing. Each and every interaction they have with each other makes their love grow until nothing could ever get in between them.

Chase and Claire have a bond that couldn’t be destroyed, despite the outside influences that tried to rip them apart. Claire Kingsley brings you a love so sweet, so powerful you want to re read the story over and over again, infusing it with humor and an edge of mystery. Trust me when I say you’re going to want Chase and Brynn in your life. And if you don’t believe me, you’re going to want to read it just to read the epic Chase and Cooper bromance.

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Grasping for Air by KL Donn Review

arcblurb5034b-kl2bdonn2bgfa2b1Buried bodies.
Broken dreams.
Desperate measures.
A devastating loss.
A hard choice.
She ran…
How long will her lies have them…
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**WARNING**
The Adair Empire is a dark and graphic romance that will push your buttons, and maybe your boundaries. Each book contains a new couple but ends with a plot cliff-hanger.  This is the final book in the Adair Empire

Series must be read in order of release.
The series reading order is:
King: 13 Little Lies
Luther: 2 Truths and a Lie
Castiel: With Lies
Atticus: Secret Lies
Carver: Past Lies
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Krystal is a proud Canadian girl, hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has a strong dislike for the winter, and a love spring. Married to her husband Steve, for 13 years, they have 4 beautiful red headed spawns ranging in ages 5-12. She has a strong love of coffee, sarcasm, and wine. (Not necessarily in that order either.)
Krystal loves to write about instalove between couples looking for love. She has a passion for contemporary romance and springs into menage as often as she can. Currently, she is working on 2 new series, the Adair Empire a darker, dirtier, and grittier series than what her readers are used to, but boy has she had a ton of fun writing them. The What Happens When series will begin with Anonymous Bride series will begin with Anonymous Bride and continue with untraditional love stories. Bringing you all the good feels, a ton of love, and maybe – if you’re lucky 😉 a surprise baby or two!
With the exception of Anonymous Bride, and Until Arsen you’ll be able to find all her books on all platforms!

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First of all, can I just say how hard it is to write reviews for cliffhanger books? Cause ugh, this is realllyyyy hard. But also reaalllyyyyy worth it.

If you didn’t think this was going to be 5 stars, you obviously don’t know how obsessed I am with this series, this author, or Luther. Cause seriously, I’m obsessed with them all. I have the cover for Luther as my background on my phone (which can get kinda awkward at my new job but YOLO).

From the moment I read Luther (cause yeah, totes didn’t get the Adair memo at first) I’ve been obsessed. Each book gets a little darker, a little more twisted, a little sexier, and also makes you question your own mental instabilities, let alone KL’s. She brings in so many different aspects to this series, I could probably write a thesis on it (wait- I feel like I’ve said this before…). Anyways, this series is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not into dark and twisted alpha psychos that are obsessed with their women- you won’t like this series. And it’s cool… I won’t hold it against you (for too long). But if you like organized crime families that will go to bat for each other, literally kill for each other, than I welcome you to contact me every time KL makes you go WTF?!?!

Grasping for Air was the stunning, breath taking, HOT conclusion to the Adair series (I’M NOT CRYING YOU ARE). If you’re sitting here, reading this review hoping to get spoilers MOVE ALONG because I’m not giving them. But if you’re looking for a taste of what’s to come, let me tease you as much as I can. There’s a whole bunch of OMG, a lot of fanning your face because Jesus woman you need to go to Church, you’ll be clutching your pearls and a whole bunch of tears. AND THERE’S TWO EPILOGUES. Ugh. That second one though, had me seriously crying.

KL Donn makes me cry a lot.

If you read Carver, you’re probably yelling at me to tell you who this book is about. But I’m not gonna. It broke my heart all over again, and you need to get that too. Each sentence, each page, is another moment you’re going to want to experience for yourself. So get the series, love it, obsess over it, TALK TO ME ABOUT IT PLEASE. You won’t regret it.

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BOOK TOUR for Broken Love Story by Natasha Madison

Title: Broken Love Story
Series: Love Series #3
Author: Natasha Madison
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2018
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Samantha: 
 
I had the perfect life; a husband who loved me, and two kids who were my world. 
 
Until someone else answered his phone and my perfect life shattered. 
 
When he died, I was left with answers he couldn’t give me and a box full of lies. 
 
He left me broken. 
 
 
Blake: 
 
I fell in love when I was fifteen, knowing she was the one. 
 
For five years, she was my everything—my every breath, every heartbeat, every thought. 
 
She made me promise to move on, promise to find love again, but I broke those promises because I can’t move on. 
 
Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and heartbreak. 
Can a broken love story be fixed?
Samantha

Standing in front of the full-length mirror in my room, I smooth down my black skirt. My blond hair is tied up in a ponytail, my cheeks are sunken in more than normal, and the blackness around my eyes indicates I haven’t slept well since this whole thing happened. Since I found out that not only did my husband die, but that he also married someone else. 

I sit on the made bed and look down at my wedding band. My thumb of my right hand touches it, and the lone tear that falls out of my eye lands straight on it. “Mommy.” I look back at Lizzie, who is standing in the doorway wearing a black one-piece dress similar to mine with ballerina flats. 
My mother-in-law went shopping yesterday and bought us all new outfits for today. “We need to put our best foot forward,” she said as I watched her walk in with the six bags. “We can’t let people talk.”

I turned around and walked out of the room, going upstairs. Shutting myself in my bathroom with my back against the door, I cried quietly, trying to hide my sobs. “We can’t let people talk,” I whispered to myself. The hatred I had begun feeling when I remembered my husband.

Lizzie walks to the side of my bed and sits next to me. “I hate this dress,” she says when I put my hand around her shoulder and bring her to me, kissing her head.
“I know, baby,” I whisper, “but after today, it’s going to be all over.”

“That’s what Grandpa A said.” She mentions the name she calls my father-in-law. Grandpa A because you can’t get better than an A. 

“Is everyone ready?” I hear Ethan yell from downstairs. “The limo is picking us up in twenty.”

“Let’s go, baby,” I tell her, getting up and holding her hand while we walk downstairs. My in-laws are both sitting in the kitchen. My mother-in-law in a black skirt and top while my father-in-law has on a black suit. “Where is Daisy?” I ask them.

“Elliot is upstairs changing her. She spilled milk on her dress,” Judy tells me, looking at Lizzie. “You look like such a big girl.” She blinks her tears away.

Elliot comes down the stairs with Daisy on his hip, smiling at me when he walks in. “Okay, you girls go sit in the living room while us grown-ups talk,” my father-in-law says, and the girls both know to leave the room. When he knows they are both out of earshot, he starts. “Today is going to be tough, tough for us all, but we have to stand together. We have to be the family that we are.” I lean against the counter while he talks. “The situation with the other one has been taken care of, and she has been served papers.” I look at him and then at Elliot and Ethan, both of them looking down when our eyes meet. It’s almost as if they feel guilty for meeting this woman. My father-in-law continues, “After all this is done today, we are meeting with the lawyers in person, so we can go over the will, start the paperwork for the insurance, and make sure she doesn’t touch a thing that belongs to him.” I stop listening at this point, turning to look out the window at the backyard.

The swing set that he built in one day to make sure the kids could use it when he left the next day. The patio set he had delivered to us, so I could have somewhere to sit while I watched the girls while he was living with another woman. I shake my head, walking out of the room. I sit on the couch, and the girls come to sit next to me, one on each side. “Today is going to be really hard,” I whisper to them, “but we have to be strong for Daddy.” They both look at me, their eyes exactly like their father’s. “But, if at any time, you need to leave or you need me… I don’t care who is talking to me or who is around; you come and get me.”
“Grandpa A said we had to sit and wait,” Daisy whispers just as Elliot comes into the room and kneels in front of us.

“What is this meeting about?” he asks, smiling at us. The circles around his eyes are just as black as ours. He hasn’t left our house since this happened. 

“Mommy said if we need her that we can go to her,” Daisy says, looking at him and then me, “even if Grandpa A said no.”

He leans in, whispering, “You can come to me too, and I’ll make sure that you get Mommy.” 

“Okay,” Lizzie and Daisy both whisper at the same time, and then the doorbell rings.
We get up, put our jackets on, and one by one file into the black limo that has come to take us to the funeral home. We arrive before everyone else. “We get an hour with him, and then they will open the door,” Adrian says as Judy grabs her tissue and dabs her eyes. 

I look around the funeral home. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, not sure where he is. I haven’t seen him since he kissed me goodbye four days earlier. His last words to me were, “Call you when I can.” That phone call never came.

I follow my in-laws to the big brown door that is closed. “I want to go in before the girls.” Everyone turns to look at me.

“We can keep them in the lobby,” says the lady who greeted us at the door. She told me her name, but I just didn’t listen. 

I nod at her as she turns to ask the girls if they want hot chocolate. Daisy’s eyes get big as Lizzie turns to look at me. I nod my head, giving her permission, so she can go with the woman.
The doors open, and I don’t even know what to expect. I’ve never been to a funeral. Never known anyone well enough to pay my last respects. Judy and Adrian walk in first, followed by Ethan, and Elliot waits with me. I step foot into the room, and it’s so cold that I shiver. The smell of flowers hits me right away, making me turn my head. The number of flowers and wreaths shocks me; the whole room is almost full. Some wreaths blocking others. Rows and rows of brown chairs line the room, all facing toward the front of the room. My eyes land on the brown wooden casket at the front of the room. The open half showing you the white satin inside. I walk down the aisle toward him, and then my eyes land on him. Eric. I can’t take another step forward because my knees give out, and I fall. Elliot isn’t fast enough to hold me up, and my knee lands with a thud. But the pain doesn’t matter because nothing could take the place of the pain in my heart. The sound of wailing fills the room as I look up at my dead husband. 

I feel arms around me; I feel myself lifted; I feel myself almost floating. He isn’t the Eric who kissed me goodbye; he isn’t the Eric who I made promises to; he isn’t the Eric who made all my dreams come true. This isn’t him.

The man with makeup caked on his face isn’t my Eric. My sobs overtake my body as I look at him, expecting him to open his eyes. Expecting something, anything but this. “I want the casket closed,” I say, my voice soft. “I want it closed.”

“Samantha,” my father-in-law starts, “it’s—”

I shake my head. “I don’t want the kids to see him like that,” I say softly. I know that for me they wouldn’t even consider it, but for the girls, they would move heaven and earth. “They need to remember him alive and smiling, not like that,” I say, pointing at the casket.

“Dad,” Ethan says after me, “I agree.” 

“Me too,” Elliot says from beside me. “Close it.”

He just nods at us, then walks to the man standing in the corner. The man looks at him as they have a hushed conversation and then just nods his head. “Do you need some water?” Ethan says to me, and I nod. I don’t bother listening to what else he says; instead, I get up and go to the casket. Standing before the brown box, I look at him, really look at him. You see some bruising under the makeup, and his nose is a little swollen. His hands are folded over his stomach, resting on his black suit. The suit he wore when we got married. Why? I ask him in my own head. Why did you do it? I ask him, hoping I can hear him whisper something to me, whisper anything back. To answer my questions, to give me something; anything to make me understand why he did what he did. Why he left me with so many fucking questions and not one answer. 

The man comes over to close the casket. Eric’s face disappears slowly, the shadow filling his face till the casket finally shuts. “I’m sorry for your loss,” the man says, nodding at me. “If at any time you want it open, we can open it back up.” I turn around now, looking at the chairs that will fill up as soon as the people start coming in. Ethan consoles my mother-in-law, and Elliot stands where we were just sitting, his hands in his pockets. 

“I’m getting the girls,” I tell them and then walk out with my head held high but my shoulders slumped. Defeated is a word that you use so many times not really understanding what can actually defeat you. I know now, my husband dying, him cheating on me, my kids without a father, my dreams of growing old with him gone. Beaten straight down to my core, straight down to my bones. 

I walk over to them as they look up. “Let’s go, girls,” I tell them as they both get up and walk to me. Lizzie takes one hand, Daisy takes the other, and we walk back into the room that holds a piece of our hearts. The room where their father lies, with no answers and no tomorrow.

We stand in that room for four hours while people come up to me and give me their condolences. I nod my head and play the part of the grieving wife. I am the grieving wife, but I’m also the wife whose husband didn’t love her enough to just be with her. The wife who knew her husband was slipping away but couldn’t catch it in time. The wife he said he would love and protect. The wife who stands here between his girls wishing that for one second he suffered horribly. The wife who has to pick up the fucking pieces and lie to her girls about what a great guy he was. The wife who, at the end of the day, just wasn’t good enough. 

We listen as people tell us how amazing he was, how much he loved his family, and how much he loved his girls. The whole time, I’m yelling on the inside, ready to stand in the middle of the room, throw my head back, and yell at the top of my lungs. But I don’t do what I want. I don’t tell them what a fraud my husband was. I don’t tell them that it was almost all lies. I don’t tell them that the day he died, they called his other wife and not me. I don’t tell them that I wasn’t the one with him when he died.

I stand here thinking about this other person—his other wife—and wonder how she would handle this. How she would be with my in-laws. Would she just let them control her and do everything for her? Would she want it to be open and weep for him beside the casket instead of standing next to it? 

I look around the room at all the people who came to pay their respects, and my eyes find someone I’ve never met before. Someone I’ve never seen before, and our eyes connect. His green eyes stare into mine as I watch him nod to me and turn to walk out. As he walks out of the crowded room, I strain my neck to watch his back. I don’t have long to think because Elliot comes up and whispers, “It’s time.”
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
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Broken Love Story by Natasha Madison Review!

arcblurb956c1-35239470_1064540333711769_7107813220068360192_nSamantha: 

I had the perfect life; a husband who loved me, and two kids who were my world.
Until someone else answered his phone and my perfect life shattered.
When he died, I was left with answers he couldn’t give me and a box full of lies.
He left me broken.

Blake: 
I fell in love when I was fifteen, knowing she was the one.
For five years, she was my everything—my every breath, every heartbeat, every thought.
She made me promise to move on, promise to find love again, but I broke those promises because I can’t move on.

Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and heartbreak.
Can a broken love story be fixed?

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Holy crap I wasn’t ready. After reading Perfect Love Story and Unexpected Love Story, I hoped and prayed Broken was about Samantha and Blake. AND HELLO IT WAS. After all my finger crossing and rain dancing in hopes it was this story, I thought I was prepared for their love story.

I.
WAS.
NOT.
READY.

In her way, Natasha Madison seamlessly blended three love stories happening in concert, while simultaneously creating three unique and individual romances that will leave you wanting more. Each piece of the story you read adds a new layer to the lies that one man told effectively ripping apart the lives around him.

If you hated Eric in Perfect, trust me, it gets worse. One minute, Samantha was taking care of her kids while wondering where her husband was, and the next she got a call that her husband was dead. Not only that, he had another wife. Her life as she knew it was over but just when Samantha’s perfect life crashes down around her, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place: Blake. Her dead husband’s second wife’s older brother. Yeah, say that three times fast.

Blake is a compassionate man, who suffered his own loss when he was young. Because of that, he’s broken in his own way. He’s picked up the pieces as best as possible, but it’s not really until he meets Samantha that he realizes what he’s missing. What starts out as extending a helping hand to someone struggling, becomes more. So much more.

To sum it up: ALL THE FEELS. This book had everything! Healing, love, romance, friendship, and (my personal fave) a single mom. Blake steps up in ways that Eric never did. He shows not only Samantha, but also her girls, what love is like. He shows them what a family is supposed to be. This is probably my favorite of the series (though Gabe is still mine!) because of all the stuff we didn’t see in the previous books. Samantha went from a girl I disliked immensely, to a girl I felt bad for, to a woman I want to be when I grow up. Her strength in living life after a tragedy, in trying to mend her broken pieces, in everything was so amazing I admire her.

Basically, you NEED this book. And this series.

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Love on the Run by Gemini Jensen Review!

arcblurbloveontherunI’ve spent most of my life on the run from a dangerous man, who also happens to be my father. Jumping town to town and changing my name more times than I can even count.
Friendships and relationships are alien to me…
My closest companion being my mother, who has given up everything to keep us safe.

A new town, per usual.
New identities, also per usual.
Only this time, my mother throws me a curveball. Apparently, she plans on staying here long enough for me to settle in and complete my Senior year of High School. She wants me to see what it’s like being “normal.”

That’s how I meet Gray, and there is nothing expected about him at all. Even though the attraction is instant, we both try our best to ignore it. A high-school girl and an older man will cause a small-town scandal, which I need to avoid for my mother’s sake.
The difference in our age isn’t even the half of it. Not to mention my view on love and relationships: Purely chemical and ever-changing.
But how do I fight this when he is everything I don’t believe in, and I’m exactly what he doesn’t need?

*NOTE: This is a sweet, yet steamy, New Adult Contemporary Romance.
RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.*

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aboutheauthorgeminijensenGemini has a passion for all things romance-related.
Particularly… angst-charged, forbidden, slow-burn romance.
Bad boys are her thing!!! Along with tattoos, motorcycles, sexy southern hard-working gentlemen… who are mixed with some hidden vulnerability and alpha-hotness, of course.
She has a desire for her heroines to be uniquely themselves. Her favorite part about writing romance, is creating the journey her characters endure while falling in love.

She’s a southern gal through and through. Born and raised in Western North Carolina, not far from a little university known as WCU. She is the mom of two perfectly imperfect children, and wife to a husband who sometimes counts as a third child.

She has been reading romance for much longer than she should be able to admit, stealing books from her Mom’s book collection at an early age, and returning them unnoticed. While romance is her favorite genre to write, she also dabbles in some poetry for her own form of therapy and self-expression. When she was in 3rd grade, she entered a poetry contest between all the kids 3rd – 8th grade in 4 different schools, and won! She was named Queen of the parade in her small-town.

When she isn’t reading, writing, or editing, she can be found enjoying time with family which typically includes whipping up something delicious to eat.

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Holy crap, woman. This is a debut? Seriously? This is absolutely AMAZING. From the first page I was absolutely captivated, and when it ended my scream of “WHAT THE HECK” could probably have been heard from Canada. (I’m not kidding). The only spoiler I’ll give: IT ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER. GURL.

Sloane, er- Valley, and her mom are on the run and have been for the last eleven years. She’s bounced across the United States, running from her past and the man that haunts both of their dreams. When she lands in a small town, her mom tells her to make some friends since they will be there for as long as they can. So she gets a new friend… and meets her new friends older brother.

Gray sees Valley and feels an immediate attraction, even though she’s got jail bait written all over her. He’s rude, but it doesn’t deter her from remaining friends with his sister. Gray’s family has had a lot of hardships, so despite his growing attraction he tries to stay away so his sister and Valley can remain friends. And then her 18th birthday hits and BAM there’s no going back.

This book has it all. Angst, drama, taboo relationships, mystery and humor. It also has an alpha male (yay!). There flow of the novel was so good, I almost wished she described every day of the six months because I wanted to know more. I loved that even though it was a young adult/new adult, the characters were mostly mature. I loved that Gray and Valley had to overcome more issues than Vogue to get to where they are.

AND IT’S NOT DONE YET.

But most of all- they had to mature as separate entities in order to love they way they wanted to. So I cannot wait until Love on the Rise comes out because from what I read in book one… it’s gonna be EPIC!!!

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