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Book Review: Thorn’s Redemption (Fated Lives Series Book 3), by Kelly Moore

Thorn’s Redemption (Fated Lives Series Book 3), by Kelly Moore

Publication: November 14, 2019

thornAbout the book:

Book 9
Thorn Beckham—one of the newest members of the Gunner Team.
Book 10
Nina Pax—the woman that nearly destroyed Derrick Rebel.

Book 11
Thorn’s Redemption

Thorn failed his mission in keeping Fallon safe. Time is running out. He wants redemption and the chance to take Nina down. He gets more than he bargained for when his past catches up with him. Will his anger over a past long forgotten get in the way of his mission? He’ll have to stay focused or the only two women he’s ever loved will die at Nina’s hands.

Just when Rebel thought his team and Fallon were safe, Nina kidnaps several of them, including his brother, Sean. Now, the hunt is on. Nina is playing a dangerous game and has the Gunner Team on the run trying to save them before it’s too late.

Nina Pax wants one thing—Derrick. She’ll stop at nothing to get him back into her bed, even if it means disposing of the only family she has left.

Will the Gunner Team remain intact, or will the mission tear them apart?

**My Review**

I am so excited to bring you my review of Kelly Moore’s newest installment in her Fated Lives series, Thorn’s Redemption! What a wild, crazy ride from beginning to end! Thorn’s Redemption is the third novel in Kelly Moore’s series about the Gunner team see reviews of Rebel’s Retribution and Theo’s Retaliation and is just as amazing and action-packed as the previous novels in the series. But make sure you read those first or you will definitely be confused! Not only does this book provide a ton of background about Thorn Beckham, but the reader gets a very good look into the mind of the main villain of this series, Nina Pax. Both Thorn and Rebel want to take Nina down while also protecting their team and their loved ones. If only it were that easy…

There is a lot more to Thorn than meets the eye, including very different plans for his future when he was a young man, along with times of heartbreak. Thorn is focused on tracking Nina every second of this book but is also wrestling with ghosts from his past, unresolved feelings, and just about every other emotion you can imagine. Thorn has plenty of badass moments throughout this book, but also some very sexy moments  (thank you) that will leave you completely swooning over him. 

Nina is most certainly the bad person in this series. She has done unspeakable things and continues to do so. However, she is humanized in such a way that it made me pause a time or two because I actually felt bad for this woman. As usual, that wouldn’t last long because she would quickly do something else awful, but learning her heartbreaking story explained a lot while also making it difficult to hate her. 

Something about the way Kelly Moore writes these books just leaves me in awe. So much happens and so much information is given about the characters’ pasts, yet it never feels overwhelming. It’s just fascinating that she imagines these characters and brings them to life in such unique and in-depth stories. How many challenges can these characters overcome? And do they ever get to eat or sleep?? I didn’t think about so much while reading but reflecting on the novel afterward, all I can think is these characters have to be exhausted!

My favorite thing about Thorn’s Redemption, however, is the masterful combination of non-stop action and the external and internal conflict going on within each and every character. Whether regret, hope, anger, sadness, lust, or love – every one of the characters are fighting for or against something both within themselves and in their relationships. What emerges is a novel that is engaging, addictive, and thought-provoking and it is absolutely one that you will not be able to put down.

Thorn’s Redemption comes with my highest praise and recommendation for action/military lovers that want that extra romantic and emotional element.  

*Many thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinions.

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Release Blitz and Review: Say You Love Me, by Sabre Rose


Title: Say You Love Me
Author: Sabre Rose
Genre: Psychological Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 7, 2019


One night and everything changed.
We became strangers.
Now, he doesn’t look at me, doesn’t touch me.
He blames me.
But I need him. I want him.
And I will do anything to win back his affection.
Even if it is to let another into our marriage.
He is my husband.
And I will love him. 

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for Say You Love Me, the latest novel from author Sabre Rose. This was my first time reading anything by this author and it was a page-turner for me. This one is tricky to review because the blurb is so vague that I don’t want to give anything away, so bear with me.

This is about a husband and wife, Finity and Hudson, and all the reader is allowed to know for a great deal of the book is that she did something to completely break him. I had several ideas of what she did, but all of my thoughts ended up proven wrong.  Hudson and Finity are obviously very much in love, despite his behaviors, but it’s also apparent that something has gone terribly wrong at some point. The novel starts with him picking her up from an inpatient facility, then the story is told from their dual points of view flip-flopping between past and present. What the reader gets to see is a very angry and broken man taking out all of that anger on the wife that he loves. And what’s even more disturbing is that she welcomes it. Anything to get his attention, even if it’s bad, uncomfortable, and so on – she doesn’t care – she just wants him to display some sort of feeling and emotion related to her. And he does some stuff that I would like to say would earn any man an ass-kicking, but I haven’t been in that situation.

Part of me finds this novel to be an extraordinary love story. Part of me wanted to grab these characters by the throat and call Dr. Phil for an emergency session. Nevertheless, I couldn’t put this one down. There is some crazy shit in this novel which made me feel as if I had the most vanilla, normal marriage on earth. But at the end of the day, this one is about two people doing the best they can to cope with the hands that they have been dealt in life. I can’t say if I liked or hated either Hudson or Finity, but the author obviously poured her heart and soul into her character development, so bravo for that!

The third significant character within the story is a young man named Riley whom Finity met at the wellness center. Poor Riley is just innocent and I’m sorry, horny. He gets pulled into their completely dysfunctional life and becomes a pawn. Although we never get Riley’s POV, the author’s writing paints the picture perfectly so the reader is aware that Riley will do absolutely anything to get the object of his affection. 

Not everyone will enjoy Say You Love Me, this I can guarantee. However, readers that want something a bit darker and edgier regarding romance/women’s fiction – this one is a must-read. It will not leave you with warm and fuzzy feelings, but you will know that you read a damned good book. Hats off to Sabre Rose for writing something beautiful, dark, emotional, romantic, sexy, and totally out of the box. 

*Thanks to GMB and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Author Bio
Sabre Rose is an author of contemporary, dark and suspense
romance. She writes about love and lust. Flawed people in messy relationships.
Happiness and heartbreak. Loyalty and betrayal.

With stories as unpredictable as they are steamy and
intense, Sabre draws you into the lives of her characters and their complicated
Living in the deep south of New Zealand, she enjoys reading,
binge-watching TV shows, coffee and diet coke and, of course, writing. 
Occasionally she does other things such as housework. Unless
she can avoid it.


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Release blitz, review, & giveaway: Libby Lane, by C.E. Johnson



Title: Libby Lane
Author: C.E. Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Small Town Romance/Friends to Lovers

Release Date: November 5, 2019


Jasper Creek is home. I’ve lived here my entire life. So I
couldn’t have been more excited when we bought the fixer upper on Libby Lane.
That was until “we” became “I”. After I cried out every ounce of my heartbreak
with a hammer in my hand, I learned how to be happy alone. Now, all I need is a
porch swing, the warm country breeze and a glass of sweet tea. But when I run
into Wyatt, the new cop that just moved into town, my time in solitude begins
to fade. I just hope trusting him won’t be one of the biggest mistakes I make.

This is not the type of place I would have pictured myself living. Jasper Creek
is a far cry from the city streets I grew up on. But this town does have one
advantage. Cora. Every minute I spend with her on that porch swing, breaks down
a little piece of the wall I built inside of me. So when someone targets her
and my instincts point to things getting dangerous, you may as well have taken
a sledgehammer to that wall. Now my fear of leaving someone behind is replaced
by an even greater fear. Losing her.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for C.E. Johnson’s Libby Lane! This first in her Jasper Creek series is about Cora, who has spent her life in the small town of Jasper Creek, and it’s newest resident and police officer, Wyatt. Cora has been content on her own, working in her mother’s flower shop, spending time with her best friend Blake, and getting over heartbreak from years earlier. But when she meets the new cop in town and he starts stopping by to swing on her porch, sometimes talking and sometimes just being content, she starts to feel things that she hasn’t in a long time. But when strange things start happening and Cora and Wyatt realize that she may be in danger, they each realize how strong their feelings for one another have become. 

Libby Lane is a sweet romance that’s mixed with some hot and steamy moments, as well as, suspense. To be honest, I figured out who the bad guy was fairly early on in the novel, but it still kept me guessing from time to time with some unexpected twists. I felt the balance between romance and suspense was perfect, making this a well-rounded read despite your preferred genre.

Both Cora and Wyatt were well-developed characters that I immediately liked. It didn’t take long for me to root for them and hope they could find their HEA. However, something about Cora wasn’t completely believable to me. I’m not exactly sure how to describe it, but it’s almost as if she was too innocent and too naive for someone her age. I didn’t feel this way the entire time I was reading, but for the majority of the novel, I felt like we were talking about a high school girl rather than someone in their twenties. 

I recommend this one to anyone that enjoys contemporary romance with some suspenseful twists. Especially lovers of small-town life, diners, and all things sweet tea! This was my first time reading this author but I look forward to reading more from her in the future. 

*Thanks to GMB and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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I’m not staying here. I’m not a damn dog he can order
around. I’ve limped halfway down his driveway before I suddenly feel myself
lifted off the ground again. He brings me back to the steps, sets me down, then
puts a bag of frozen peas on my ankle.
“You need ice and to stay off of it. But from what I’ve
seen, you don’t really listen to instructions well.”
“I don’t respond to commands. Especially not from strange
men who just moved here and apparently don’t know the proper way to treat a
He takes a deep breath and blows it out forcefully while
rubbing his face. “Well, we wouldn’t be strangers had you told me your name
now, would we?”
Maybe I missed the exhaustion in his face when we were in
the woods. Or maybe he’s just now letting it show. But the black circles under
his eyes don’t lie. Shoulders that were strong and broad in the woods are now
angled toward the ground, his muscles relaxed. We may have gotten off to a
rough start, but the man did just carry me for about a half mile.
“Cora,” I say quietly.
“My name is Cora,” I yell out of spite. He rolls his eyes
but can’t hide the smirk. “Well, it’s CoraLynn, but nobody calls me that other
than my mama and Mae.”
“Can I ask you somethin’, Wyatt?” He nods, tucking his
thumbs into the top of his duty belt. “How come you’ve been here for a few
weeks but nobody’s even met you yet?”
“Started on night shift and slept during the day. Today’s my
second day working day shift. It sucks and I’m tired.”
I giggle. “That’s far from rumors that have been swirling
around town.”
“Good stuff, huh?”
“There is.” Not wanting to elaborate further on that, I look
to the west and see the sun has set. It’s getting dark. “Then again, from our
experience today, I’d guess half of it is probably right.” Rising from the
step, I stand and brush off the dirt that’s still stuck to my ass from falling.
He pushes off the front porch pillar that he was leaning
against and digs in his pocket, coming out with his keys again.
“I’ll drive you home.”
“That’s really unnecessary. I just live…”
An annoyed grin appears on his face, and he leans down close
to me. “Are we really going to continue this game?”
He thinks I’m playing a game? Fine. “Okay then. Drive me
home, Officer.” I smile sarcastically, and he looks intrigued but doesn’t
Wyatt’s arm wraps around my waist, and his fingers hold
strong to my hip. God he smells good. He gives me more help than I
probably need to walk around the car and into the passenger seat of his black
Dodge Charger. I hold it together as I watch him jog back to the driver’s side.
I stifle my giggle as the engine purrs to life. I don’t laugh as he backs out,
puts it in drive, and presses on the gas.
“Right there.” My voice cracks as I try to hold in my
“My house is right there. The second driveway on the right.”
As he pulls into my driveway two houses down from his, I no
longer hold it together. My laughter fills the car. “For a cop, you really suck
at observation.” I open the passenger door as he reaches for his handle. “I
promise you, I don’t need any more help today. But thank you.”
“Have you always been this stubborn?” he asks.
Memories of years ago flood into the forefront of my brain.
Memories from back when I knew nothing of the turmoil life could bring. I can
feel the smile disappear from my face, and I look to a flower that’s hanging
upside down from his rearview mirror.
“No,” I say quietly. Movement from the driver’s seat snaps
me out of my daze, and I flash him a quick half smile, then hop out of his car.
Author Bio
C.E. Johnson is an author of contemporary and suspense
romance novels.
When not writing until all hours of the night (with lots of late night coffee
runs), she loves to read books that feature a strong male with a soft spot for
his feisty heroine. She prefers stories that rip your heart out completely,
then kindly place it back into your chest with a HEA.

She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, two kids, and some spoiled
rotten animals.

Other novels by C.E. Johnson

Just One
Buried Hearts
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Blog Tour, Book Reviews

Release Tour & Review: Keyed Up, by Ellie Rice

Release Tour for KEYED UP by Ellie Rice
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Welcome back to Ellie Rice’s Key West, kick up your feet with her latest, KEYED UP, the second installment in her popular romance series. Micah’s got no time for women until he meets infuriating and sexy Ang, while on vacation. Fans of the Manhattan series by V.Theia, Heritage Bay series by MA Foster and vacation romance will devour this insta-lust, hot read.

About Keyed Up:


I’m a smart-ass with a foul mouth and I don’t take any sh–stuff from anyone. I’ve been through some

things that not even my BFF knows about. So, I have only one thing I want from a man, and it isn’t his

bank account. Hell, it’s not even his personality. Appendages are all I need. That’s why I hate Micah. He

had to go being all NICE. But our time is short. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. It’s for the best. It’s what we both want. 

Or is it?


I’ve got no time for women. They require too much attention and if I’m going to build one of the premier

bike shops in Manhattan, I can’t afford to waste time with dating. I have goals. That’s why I hate Ang.

She’s infuriating, sexy, and complicated. All the things I cannot deal with right now. While we’re in Key

West, I’ll indulge. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. That’s what I want. 



**My Review**

*trigger warning: This book contains themes related to domestic violence*


Welcome to my stop on the release tour for Ellie Rice’s Keyed Up! This follow up to Key to Her Heart picks up with Val’s best friend, Ang and Stone’s friend Micah who are in Key West for Val and Stone’s wedding! I loved Ang in Key to Her Heart, but that didn’t even scratch the surface as far the depth of her character in this one.

Ang is absolutely hilarious and inappropriate making her someone I would love to be friends with. What no one knows is, there is a reason she goes from guy to guy and won’t settle down with anyone. Micah isn’t fundamentally against settling down with one woman, but he’s insanely busy opening a second custom bike shop and has an extremely crazy and successful career. The problem is, the more these two spend time together while in Key West, the more they find themselves attracted to one another – and not just in the bedroom. They each try to muffle their feelings and play it cool with the other, but how long can that last?

Similar to her previous book with Val and Stone, Ellie Rice has created two characters who are perfect for one another, yet too stubborn to do anything about it. This was frustrating to read, but all of the angst made it worth it in the end. She beautifully crafted these two characters in a way that will make the reader believe without a doubt that they are soul mates and meant to be together. But of course, there is emotional baggage, self-doubt, denial, and so on.

The best part of this book, however, is Ang’s sense of humor. Her words, sayings, expressions, etc. had me laughing out loud with tears streaming down my face! And the way she could make big, bad, sexy Micah crack up in an instant was perfection. As I stated earlier, Ang is very inappropriate so if you are easily offended by terms or expressions related to body parts, sexual acts, bodily functions, etc. – you may not love this one as much as I did. But it was insanely funny while also serving the purpose of showing who Ang really was. 

The most difficult part of the novel was both Ang and Micah’s pasts. Both of them had been through hell, but to see the people they had become despite their past secrets, made them all the more lovable. Even better was the way they eventually faced up to everything and worked on things together.

I cannot put into words what a page-turner this book was for me. It’s romantic, seriously sexy, crazy funny, and just left me feeling all happy inside when I had finished reading. Be warned, however, you will completely fall in love with Micah and will find yourself daydreaming about him while sitting in traffic for days to come! I highly recommend this one to anyone who wants a sweet and sexy romance mixed with real-life sorrows, but a ton of laughs!

*Thanks to Forever Write PR for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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“Damn, Ang. This isn’t high school. I’m not asking you to be my girlfriend. I think that maybe we could have dinner together
sometimes. Maybe see a movie or something?”
She looks at me skeptically. “So, you’re not saying you want to go paddling up coochie creek?”
I nearly choke on my rice. “Do what, now?”
Ang huffs. “You know. Parting the pink sea, oscillating unmentionables, having a pants-off dance-off, playing pelvic
pinochle, putting ranch dressing in the hidden valley.”
That’s when I burst out laughing. “Oh, you mean releasing the Kraken, having a good rogering, rubbing the fun bits,
shrimpin’ the barbie, putting the two ball in the middle pocket, dunking the dingus. Is that what you mean?”
She’s trying hard to contain her amusement but failing miserably. Her smile escapes. “Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying.”
Leaning back, I study her for a moment then shrug. “I’m not saying we have to rule out assault with a friendly weapon or
aggressive cuddling, but rather enhancing crashing the custard truck with extracurricular activities.”
Ang nods. “So, dinner first, then parking the beef bus in tuna town? I might agree to that. Just don’t get all needy and
clingy. You’re not Ross, you know. You’re not my lobster.”
“You’re no Rachel yourself, firecracker. And we are definitely on a break.”
A strange look flits across her face. One I’ve not seen before. “So, we’re free to have gland-to-gland combat with other
“If you choose.  Know this, raincoats are required.”
“Of course,” she concedes.
Throwing a few bills on the table, I stand and offer her my hand. “Come on. I’ll take you home.”
She hesitates for a brief second before taking my hand. When we reach the door, I help her with her coat and take her
home. I’m pretty sure she was expecting me to put the moves on her after our dinner conversation, but I’m determined to
prove to her that I don’t only want to fuck her. I simply give her a light kiss on the top of her head and say goodbye.
The look of shock on her face is totally worth the severe case of blue balls that follows. Lying in my bed, all I can think of is
her face. Her green eyes that shine like emeralds. The light smattering of freckles that covers the bridge of her nose and
apples of her cheeks. Her auburn curls running wild even when she tries to tame them. 
Why did I tell her that we could fuck around? Who does that shit? I should physically kick my own ass for that stupid
comment if I could. I haven’t had sex with any one person in over six months, let alone multiple people. And I sure as shit
don’t want her screwing anyone else, but I didn’t want her to think I was being possessive or scare her away with thoughts
of relationships. 
I’m a complete dumb-ass.

Author Ellie Rice:
Ellie is a wife and mother of three boys. She has a voracious appetite for reading; it’s about as large

as her love of music. Ellie is fluent in sarcasm, song lyrics, and movie quotes. Chances are, anything

you say will remind her of a song or movie and she will quote it to you. Her debut romance novel

released May 2018, after years of hard work. Look for more titles coming soon.

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Book tour, review, & giveaway: Taming My Whiskey, by Melissa Foster

Buckle up for a wild ride as Dixie Whiskey finds forever love in TAMING MY WHISKEY, a funny, sexy, and emotionally riveting standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. The perfect love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, strong family bonds, bikers, babies, and more!


Being the princess of the Dark Knights motorcycle club doesn’t come with a white knight or a fairy-tale castle, and that’s okay, because Dixie Whiskey has never needed a man to slay her dragons or make her whole. Even so, after watching each of her brothers fall in love, she’d sure like a shot at her own happily ever after. But with the Dark Knights watching over her and the only man she’s ever wanted out of reach, she’s not holding her breath.

As the launch of Silver-Stone Cycles’ biggest line approaches, Jace Stone is left needing a favor from the one woman who holds the power to take him to his knees. He knows when it comes to sinfully gorgeous and sharp-tongued Dixie Whiskey, he must stay on his toes and keep his walls firmly in place. But Jace needs her for his business—and Jace Stone always gets what he wants.

When the tall, gruff, and darkly handsome biker presents an opportunity that any other woman might see as the chance of a lifetime, Dixie turns him down flat. But Jace is determined, and he pulls out all the stops—sending Dixie’s overprotective brothers up in arms. Rebellious Dixie takes a stand—going after the freedom, and the man, she’s always wanted. One scorching kiss leads to an undeniable connection, but Jace isn’t looking to be tied down, and Dixie refuses to play second fiddle. Can two untamable hearts find forever love in each other’s arms?

The Whiskeys are perfect beach reads with depth of story, strong family ties, and a wealth of emotions. Small town love stories with happily ever afters guaranteed.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Melissa Foster’s Taming My Whiskey! This latest installment in her Whiskey series is about the one and only Whiskey daughter, Dixie, and the sexy quiet Jace Stone. Jace is in a bind with a business situation and Dixie is busy prepping for her charity bachelor auction when Jace shows up with a proposition that Dixie refuses. But the always stubborn Jace doesn’t give up too easily and luckily for him, Dixie sees an opportunity to stand up to her overprotective brothers and live her own life. Little does the other know that they may have always had a little crush on each other, but unfortunately, they don’t have the same dreams when it comes to romance and relationships.

I was so happy when I saw that Dixie was finally getting her own story and I absolutely adored this book! Dixie has always been beautiful and kind but also badass and a bit rough around the edges. However, Melissa Foster has painted a completely different picture of Dixie in Taming My Whiskey which made me love her character even more than I already did. 

I have no idea where Jace came from, but oh how glad I am to have met his character. I’ve wracked my brain trying to remember him from earlier books and just can’t place him. However, all that matters now is that I have fallen head over heels for this character. Tall, hot, sexy, tatted biker – check. Sweet, caring, family-oriented guy – check. A successful, creative, and very wealthy business owner (although you would never know it) – check. He’s almost too perfect, but don’t worry, some flaws rear their ugly heads. How about calling or texting a girl Jace???

Jace wasn’t the only one with flaws, of course, but each of their issues and fears made their story that much more romantic and it was filled with the suspense of what would happen next with this incredible duo. There was sexual tension, heart-break tension, and at times, tension related to the question of, “will Jace end up being beaten to death by Dixie’s brothers before this is all said and done?” But there were also endless happy moments and a ton of humor that contributed to this being such an engaging and romantic book that I could not put down.

I can’t decide which of Melissa Foster’s series that I love the best, which is a good thing since so many of the characters cross into other novels, but I have always had a soft spot for the Whiskey family. Technically, this could be read as a stand-alone but I highly suggest starting at the beginning of this series so you’ll have a crystal clear understanding of Dixie’s life growing up with brothers and an entire motorcycle club scaring away any potential guys before she ever got a chance to get to know them. I highly recommend this to any contemporary romance fans, but especially those that are into dreamy, romantic, yummy biker guys! This was an amazing story that I know I will go back and read again.

*Thanks to Beck Valley Books and Melissa Foster for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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And don’t miss RIVER OF LOVE, the first story in which the Whiskeys were introduced!

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” – New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” – NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“Melissa Foster writes worlds that draw you in, with strong heroes and brave heroines surrounded by a community that makes you want to crawl right on through the page and live there.” – New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

Tru Blue (Sexy standalone romance) by [Foster, Melissa]In TRU BLU…

There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family–Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.

Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggressive, and fiercely loyal Bear pushes all her sexual buttons, relentless in his pursuit to make her his.

The more Bear pushes, the hotter their passion burns, unearthing memories for Crystal that are best kept buried. But there’s no stopping the collision of her past and present, catapulting the two lovers down an emotionally charged road that has them questioning all they thought they knew about themselves.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Driving Whiskey Wild (A Sexy Standalone Romance): Bullet Whiskey by [Foster, Melissa]In DRIVING WHISKEY WILD…

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Wicked Whiskey Love: Sexy Standalone Romance by [Foster, Melissa]In WICKED WHISKEY LOVE…

After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she’s finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn’t seen in more than a decade. She’s still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle–and to her like a hungry man.

Trust doesn’t come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want–and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah’s worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Wicked Whiskey Love: Sexy Standalone Romance by [Foster, Melissa]In MAD ABOUT MOON…

Can true love strike twice in one lifetime?

Josie Beckley refuses to believe there is a limit on happiness. A decade after she escaped her abusive parents and lost touch with her siblings, the death of her husband leaves her and her son homeless. But Josie has never been one to wallow in sadness, and when she takes a chance on reconnecting with her siblings, a sinfully handsome bright light from her past shows up and offers to help her find a way out of the darkness.

Most people wouldn’t see Jed Moon as someone to look up to. He’s been in and out of jail and has lived a less-than-stellar lifestyle. But years ago one woman saw through his bullshit, and he’s never forgotten her. Now she’s back in his life, and as a prospect for the Dark Knights motorcycle club, Jed promises to keep an eye on the sassy, sexy single mother who has never stopped lighting his fantasies on fire.

Jed and Josie’s combustible connection is stronger than ever. Having Josie and her son in his life brings out all of Jed’s protective instincts-and visions of a future he never imagined having. But when a shocking revelation knocks the insatiable lovers to their knees, it forces them to make choices that could change their lives forever.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

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Book Review: On the Corner of Love and Hate, by Nina Bocci

On the Corner of Love and Hate,

by Nina Bocci

Publication: Gallery Books; August 20, 2019

corner of love and hateAbout the book: What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.

Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.

**My Review**

Due to real-life, work, etc., this is the first book I’ve had time to read and review in a while. Typically, I can finish a book in a few hours. If work is crazy-busy it may take me a day or two because I’ll just grab it whenever I have time and cram in as much as I can. This took me eight days to read. Eight days! First of all, it is a long book. I believe it’s about 330 pages or so. Secondly, it dragged for me. I fell asleep reading this one the other night which I’m about 99% certain has never happened. 

However, the last 10% or so of the book was amazing

I loved the premise of Cooper and Emma who had been friends forever potentially turning into a romance. Cooper has been a man-whore for years, they’re trying to clean up his image for the mayoral campaign and election, and over-worked Emma starts to come to terms for her true feelings for him. I enjoyed the small-town setting, the friendly vibe, and so forth. And I especially loved Nina Bocci’s smart and witty dialogue, full with several laugh-out-loud embarrassing moments involving Emma.

So what’s the problem? I am no editor, but I have a strong feeling that about 60% of this book could have been chopped. There were just too many pages of unnecessary memories, current events, things that people were wearing, eating, and so on. I love detail and vivid characterization as the next person, but there were times where I would swipe my Kindle page 1, 2, and 3 times still being told about Cooper ignoring Emma by playing on his phone while she was talking. There were so many details that I found my ADD self skimming and skipping pages before I had reached the 12% mark.

And I thought the book would never, ever end

Nevertheless, I pressed on because I continued to see sparks of potential. Again, I liked the overall premise of the book and at times I found myself truly impressed with Bocci’s intelligence, smart humor, and original plot. And I’m glad that I did. 

This novel does have a happy ending, but I never once felt that things were going to end as I suspected or hoped. There were numerous obstacles which at first were slow to build but later started piling on. Did someone beta-reading this suggest piling on some conflict and speeding things up?? Anyway, I had to continue on to see what would happen with the election, Cooper, Emma, and with the evil ex-roommate, Whitney. 

Stealing one of Cooper’s lines, “well, that was anti-climatic,” the ending that I had wondered about came along gently, rather than some huge, exciting moment. However, it was the ending I wanted and had held out for from the first page. 

My overall thoughts are that if you are someone that doesn’t mind treading slowly through a story, you will like this one. If you need a lot of ups and downs, steamy excitement, and so on – skip this one. Again, I feel like this story could have been whittled down a lot, making it more exciting by cutting out unneeded information, but the ending made me happy and made me feel better about the time that I committed to reading it. The next in this series, Meet Me on Love Lane, is already on my TBR shelf and I hope that its pace is a bit better. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.


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Title: Broken

Series: South Side Boys #2

Author: Alexis Winter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 19, 2019
“He wanted what
wasn’t his.”
He stops moving
but doesn’t let go of me.
He has a look in
his eye…Intense. Predatory. Claiming.
“But I’m not
yours either.”
“Tonight, you
will be.”
The moment she
made that stupid bet with me I should have walked away.
Pretend to be
her boyfriend at her high school reunion.
Instead, I lean in and whisper: “Girl, I’ll show you things you didn’t
even know existed and make other guys you’ve been with seem like boys.”
I knew I couldn’t resist her perfectly plump lips, the curve of her
delicious hips.
What I didn’t expect?
To fall for her. To crave her. To need her.
She thinks I’m just a reformed criminal with a history of bad mistakes
and prison time
But the truth is, the demons from my past are knocking down my door.
Tori Brennan may act like a tough talking ball buster
But I know better.
She wants everything I can’t give her.
Happiness, love, safety.
There’s only one thing I can give her…
A broken heart.
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He stops
moving but doesn’t let go of me. He has that same look in his eyes that he just
had talking about Billy.
Predatory. Claiming.
“He wanted
what wasn’t his.”
I give him
a look, knowing this may well be the only chance I’ll have to try and take what
I want. And what I think he wants as well.
“But I’m
not yours either.”
Before I
know it, his lips come crashing down on mine, silencing anything else I could
say. And then he abruptly ends it, leaving me panting.
I want to
ask what that was, but I can’t, because he suddenly says the words I never
thought I’d hear.
you will be.”
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Book tour, review, & giveaway: And Then There Was Us, by Addison Cole


Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling. Addison Cole is the sweet-romance pen name of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole novels are the sweet editions of Melissa’s steamy romance Love in Bloom series, and are written to stand alone, or to be enjoyed as part of the larger Sweet with Heat series.

Brianna Heart has a six-year old daughter and a twelve-year plan to keep her life as simple as possible until Layla turns eighteen. That means swearing off relationships and the drama that goes along with them, working two jobs, and being the best mother she can be.

The last thing Capital Series Grand Prix racer Hugh Braden wants after dating media-hungry leggy models and money-hungry fan girls is a blind date. But how could he turn down a favor to one of his best friends? Hugh expected the date to go poorly, but he didn’t expect to be intensely attracted to the beautiful brown-eyed bartender who completely blows him off—and steals his every thought thereafter.

When Brianna’s perfectly orchestrated life turns upside down, Hugh is there to help, softening the turmoil, and maybe even rescuing her heart from the lonely place where it has been hiding. Can a man who doesn’t believe in fate and a woman who doesn’t believe in true love find happiness in each other’s arms forever?

And Then There Was Us is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy Love in Bloom edition, Hearts at Play, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Addison Cole’s latest Sweet with Heat novel, And Then There was us. I always love reading about The Braden’s and Hugh’s story was certainly no exception. Hugh has always seemed a bit quiet and mysterious compared to the other Braden’s, but he turned out to be a complete charmer. In town visiting family while on a break from his racing career, he ends up in a bar on a terrible blind date. However, while he’s there, he spots the bartender Brianna and finds himself instantly mesmerized by her. Brianna eventually starts being nice and friendly with Hugh but also keeps him at a distance because of being a single mother and not wanting to risk hurting her daughter Layla by dating men. It doesn’t take long though until Brianna can’t resist Hugh’s charms anymore and also can’t deny what I sweet and giving man he is, not only with her by with her daughter. 

Once again, Addison Cole has made my heart about burst with romance and love! Hugh and Brianna’s story was just one big romantic whirlwind from beginning to end filled with some challenges and some humor. But overall, this book was about absolute, huge, insane amounts of love and emotion! I’m always left feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading about the Bradens, but this one prompted tears of joy more times than I would like to admit. 

If you are a fan of sweet, genuine, sexy men that treat a woman’s child as well as he treats her – then you will love this one. 

My only issue with And Then There Was Us, and it’s a small one, was Brianna herself. I get that she was afraid of getting involved with anyone because she wanted to raise and protect her daughter, but sometimes her back and forth made me crazy! Hugh went above and beyond to prove himself to Brianna and Layla, several times, but she would continue getting weirded out and sending him mixed signals. Luckily, and as predicted, this one had a wonderful HEA and everything worked out. 

Although this is a family series, any reader who loves contemporary romance should grab And Then There is Us. The way that Addison Cole has crafter these novels, you can absolutely enjoy this or any of the other installments without having read them all. But I forewarn you that once you get started you will be addicted! Cole’s characters, unique plot lines, and amazing amounts of romance will leave you feeling as if you know this family personally and as if you were there in real-life watching these relationships happen and develop. I highly recommend this one and dare you to try and resist Hugh Braden’s charms!

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Addison Cole’s stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won’t be able to stop reading.” – New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne

Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms.” – New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

Addison Cole has created characters you’ll fall in love with and a seaside world you’ll never want to leave.” – USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston

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A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 1)

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.

A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.

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Our Sweet Destiny (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 2)

After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head.

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

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Unraveling the Truth About Love (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 3)

Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break–working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and–just maybe–explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.

Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.

When Josh and Riley’s friendship heats up, every steamy kiss, and every passionate caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley’s mentor accuses her of stealing the design.

Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry–and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.

Unraveling the Truth About Love is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Friendship on Fire, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

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The Art of Loving Lacy (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 4)

Lacy Snow wasn’t looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living—and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.

As founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden travels from port to port, educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores—and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.

More than a year—and hundreds of flirty texts, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats—later, they reunite and take passion to a whole new level. But as Lacy’s phobia meets Dane’s past love life, their steamy romance is upended, and when tragedy strikes, Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on as they try to navigate their own sea of love.

The Art of Loving Lacy is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy Love in Bloom edition, Sea of Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

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Promise of a New Beginning (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 5)

After having her heart broken by a country music star, Savannah Braden has sworn off men. She takes a break from her fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle for a weekend at a survivor camp to rebuild her confidence and readjust her priorities. But when she meets the handsome guide, Jack Remington, she’s drawn to everything about him–from his powerful physique to his brooding stare–despite the big chip on his shoulder. Powerless to ignore the heated glances and mounting attraction, Savannah begins to reassess her hasty decision.

After losing his wife in a tragic accident, Jack Remington found solace in the Colorado Mountains. This solitary existence allows him to wallow in his guilt and punish himself for having made a decision that he believes cost his wife her life. He never expected to want to return to the life he once knew–but then again, he never expected to meet gorgeous, stubborn, and competitive Savannah Braden.

One passionate kiss is all it takes to crack the walls the two have built to protect themselves, and allow love to slip in. While Jack fights his way through his guilt, and struggles to get back into the lives of those he left behind, Savannah is there to help him heal, and together they nurture hope that they’ve finally found their forever loves.

Promise of a New Beginning is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy Love in Bloom edition, Bursting with Love, written by Melissa Foster.

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at ~ open 24/7 just for you.

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Blog Tour & Review: One Day in Winter, by Shari Low

One Day in Winter, by Shari Low

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About the book

On a cold December’s morning…

Caro sets off to find the truth: has her relationship with her father been based on a lifetime of lies?

Cammy can’t wait to surprise the woman he loves with a proposal. All he needs is the perfect ring.

Lila can no longer hide her secret. She has to tell her lover’s wife about their affair.

After thirty years, Bernadette knows it’s time. She’s ready to leave her controlling husband… and never look back.

Over the course of twenty-four hours, four lives are about to change forever…

**My Review**

As always with Shari Low, as soon as I started One Day in Winter, I was unable to put it down. Told from multiple points of view from the main characters: Caro, Cammy, Lila, and Bernadette, this is about one whirlwind day when everything changes for the main characters and goes nothing as expected. Some changes are wonderful, some are heartbreaking, and some are fate stepping in saying “don’t do this.” But this was an addictive read from beginning to end. 

My favorite character by far was Bernadette and I was cheering for her the entire time. I wasn’t sure about both Caro and Cammy for a great deal of the book. They were likable but seemed to be missing a little something. Maybe it was courage, backbone, faith? I’m not sure exactly but as the novel neared its end, I felt that each of them had grown so much.  I loved them and loved their stories, it just took me a while to really invest in them. Then there’s Lila… Obviously, she isn’t written to be likable, yet there were times I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her because her priorities were just so skewed. She was beautiful, somewhat intelligent, supposedly successful. However, she let her greed and obsessions take over her life. But at least to her standards, it all worked out o.k. in the end, lol. 

I truly enjoyed and highly recommend One Day in Winter, as I do with almost all of Shari Low’s novels. It’s packed full of such colorful characters, twists, surprises, and a lot of laughs. I love how everything sort of intertwines and intermingles together, yet each character is enough on their own. This is a fun and addictive read that makes you feel as if you’re watching it play out in real life or a movie, rather than curled up with a book. 

*Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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Shari LowShari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You, Another Day In Winter and her latest release, This Is Me

And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. 
Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift. 

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Book Review: The Last Post, by Renée Carlino

The Last Post,

by Renée Carlino

Publication: Atria Books; August 20, 2019


the last postAbout the book:

“See you on the other side.”

Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.

Opposites attract, right?

But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.

Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.

When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion for watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.

But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.

**My Review**

I spotted The Last Post on NetGalley a while back and although I have never read Renée Carlino, I found the description interesting and decided to check it out. Having now read it, I’ve never had such conflicted feelings over a novel! Having never experienced the death of a spouse, I truly have no idea how I would react if in Laya’s situation. She loses her husband Cameron suddenly in an unexpected accident and basically just shuts down. The only exception is that she busies herself with writing Facebook posts to Cameron, as well as, calling and leaving him voicemail messages. The issue with her Facebook posts is that the people in her life are worried sick because she writes them as is Cameron is still alive.

Micah works for Laya’s father and is sort of odd and depressed himself. Unlike Laya who just decided to give up on becoming a surgeon, Micah works (for the most part), but also becomes immediately smitten, fascinated, and basically obsessed with Laya as soon as he meets her. Thus begins a very bizarre, drawn-out, back-and-forth, and sometimes romantic relationship between Micah and Laya. 

What did I love about this novel? I truly enjoyed Carlino’s writing style and especially her character development. I felt as if I knew Micah and Laya intimately down to their appearance, emotions, and at times – odor. Also, I couldn’t help but feel all emotional and mushy-gushy at times when it came to Micah’s feelings and commitment to Laya. Did I think he was crazy for putting up with her issues? At times, yes. But I also couldn’t help but see the beauty and romance as Micah patiently waited and hoped for Laya to move on from her long-term pouting. And yes, I said pouting because she was not exactly a nice person for about 90% of the novel as if she was the only person on earth to lose a loved one. But anyway, another thing I liked was the banter between Micah and his twin sister which was absolutely hilarious, raw, real, and fantastic. His sister turned for awhile which truly upset me and made me wonder, “why can’t there be one character in this book that is likable for the majority of the time??” Luckily, it was short-lived and she returned to being her normal, witty self. 

Something else I absolutely adored – the cover!

So, my main issue with The Last Post was Laya. Out of probably 200 books I’ve read this year, I don’t recall disliking a character so much. Yes, I applauded the author’s character development earlier but that is because I am hoping that she meant to make her that unlikeable. If that wasn’t the intention, I feel that may have been a bit harsh, however, I couldn’t get past how self-absorbed and immature that she was. No one was worthy of her time or being in her presence, she used Micah over and over again, she pushed him away when she was done with him, and was a complete spoiled and insensitive brat with her father. 

Why did I finish this one? Because I loved the idea of it. I loved the idea of Micah getting a happily ever after. And I also was hoping and praying that Laya would come to realize that she wasn’t the only human on earth. By the end, I can say Micah seemed to find a HEA, but Laya’s progress was minimal. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.