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Playing the Pauses by Michelle Hazen

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Playing the Pauses is book 2 in this series. It’s Danny’s book. This series is about an aspiring band and the three band mates. Book 1 is Jera’s book, and if you didn’t read it…please, stop what you are doing and do so now. Jera is the drummer and song writer and starter of the band. Danny is her life long best friend. Danny is extremely, complicated. He doesn’t know what he wants other than his friendship with Jera and his band, and his tattoo drawings. Then comes their new tour manager, Kate, and they just, fit. Can they have a lasting relationship with him in a band and her traveling managing tour’s?

This book had heat and loyalty and passion. Danny is so vulnerable and sweet. So many times in this book I just wanted to hug him because he just touched my heart with how raw he was. As for Kate, she is a woman who, while trying to help others, discovers herself. This really is a great read! I can’t wait until the next book! I recommend it whole heartily.

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Hold on Tight by J. Kenner

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Hold on Tight is a second chance romance. Young love gets torn apart by outside forces, but years later, fate steps in to bring them back together. Normally I don’t love this genre because there’s always angst involved. Either some one cheated, or someone had to move for their career…yada, yada, yada. In this case, our heroine does something wrong for the right reasons. (Don’t want to ruin.) Hold

On a Tight started out rough for me, but as the story progressed, I really came to love Spencer and Brooke. I recommend this book:)

Hostage by Annika Martin and Skye Warren

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Hostage is about a girl that is kidnapped for witnessing a crime. The kidnapper becomes obsessed with his hostage. And so it begins.

I was hooked for this book from the first page. I love when an author writes in shades of gray and not all black and white. For example, it’s starts at her sweet sixteen party. Her mother pinches her because she is not standing with correct posture. They wouldn’t let her eat because she had to fit into the dress. However, there is a moment where you see real concern coming from mother to daughter and our hero acknowledges that her mother loves her deeply even though she does and says things that she should not.

Another thought that stuck me… my daughter and I were watching Megamind. In my humble opinion, one of the best kid movies ever made. Megamind captures Roxanne Richie, then, before he reveals himself to her, he begins to groom himself. He developed feeling for the girl he continually kidnaps. That reminded me of this book, and the obsession the kidnapper has with the hostage. Brook can really see Stone from the beginning. There is a lack of fear and an understanding that’s beautiful.

Brook and Stone have an immediate connection with eachother, that as the reader, you feel. You feel the accelerated breathing, you feel your heart start to race right along side of them.

This story is compelling, I could not put this book down. The back story of Stone, it breaks your heart. I don’t want to give anything away.

This is a must read. I can not wait for the next book.

I recommend this book whole heartedly.

Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Ryan’s Bed Tijan

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I love reviewing all books. Having said that…I am a huge Tijan fan, so when I found out I got an ARC, it was like I won the lottery!!!! Soooo, I am about to start reading, and I know that I’m in for something good!!! Here we

go!!!

Here’s a quote that for me, just captures the real ness of Tijan’s characters…

“COUNSELING SESSION ONE “Hello, Mackenzie. My name is Naomi. Your parents thought it was a good idea if you had someone to talk to during this time, but I want to help you in any way you need. So, why don’t you tell me where you’d like to start?” “I want to leave.” And I did.”

I love how gritty and real Tijan’s characters always are.

This book addresses a heart breaking issue. Suicide is a subject that is very close to my heart and has affected me in my immediate family and in the family of someone very close to me. Ryan’s bed starts when Mackenzie discovers that her twin sister has taken her life. The book then follows this family through the agony of navigating the crushing grief of losing a twin, a big sister, and a daughter. I cried so much. Tijan wrote Mackenzie, a beautiful, strong, caring individual. And Ryan, whom she accidentally ended up sleeping in his bed, their relationship is just amazing. Having dealt with his own losses, he understands Mackenzie, and ultimately falls for her. The last chapter of this book had my heart pounding, and the last page had me in tears. This is an important book. Tijan, thank you for this heart felt work. Thank you for Willow and Mackenzie and Ryan.

This is a must read.

Thirty Days of Pain Thirty Days of Shame Thirty Days of Hate by Ginger Talbot

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As I started to read this book, well all three books, I knew I was in for a journey. It’s a story of life being born into a mob family. The curtains are pulled back on the horrors and atrocities that take place, especially to women and children. There were moments that I had to sit back and hope and pray that this only lives within the mind of the author, but sadly, I don’t think that is true.

The love that blooms between Sergei and Willow is conflicting at best, especially for me in my suburban life. However, as I separate myself and my sensibilities, and peek at a possible other life, I can see how their story is heartbreakingly beautiful.

One of the things I love about these books is the internal struggle that Willow has over her feelings for Sergei. It’s evident that the author knows, this is not norm, nor should it be. The character knows it is inappropriate and weird for lack of a better word. I love that the author doesn’t try to sell out Willow, to make is seem that it’s ok to be in a relationship with a man like Sergei and as long as a man shows some redeeming quality, us weak women have to forgive and forget. I despise when I read books like that. Books where subtly or not so subtlety, the woman is some how blamed for infidelity or abuse of some kind. It’s not that it doesn’t exist. I understand that, but I love that in these books, it’s pondered and not blamed or excused.

Here is a quote from the book that I felt was compelling.

“I’m built from different materials then I was led to believe. It’s like I was told I was fashioned from gold, but it was really lead. Everything that I thought was true about myself is a lie. I feel different from the inside out. I’ll start to forget, I’ll start to feel a little better, and then it comes rushing back to me and I feel disgusting all over again.”

This is a difficult book to read, but extremely compelling. I am giving it 5 stars out of 5 because this author is amazing. These characters are beautiful.

This love story is epic.

I will say, I read all of these books all in a row, I think that made it enjoyable to me. I would hate to be on a cliff hanger with these charachters.

Not What You Seem by Lena Maye

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This book! This book was AMAZING!

I have to be honest, it took me a while to connect. This author took her time building the story . About a third of the way into the book, everything started coming together for me, and I realized the build up was critical to the story. I started to care about Ella and Dean. Their story is complex and beautifully interwoven. I don’t want to give anything away, but this is about a girl with secrets. She lives with shame and guilt from a childhood she had no control over. Then, Dean sails in. He see’s her troubled soul, and just wants to sooth her, care for her, he can’t get enough of her. Their chemistry is so completely organic. There are so many twists and the turns that I never saw coming…I can’t! This author is a brilliant story teller! Sorry for all of the exclamation points, but that’s how good this book was!!!

If I could give 6 stars instead of 5, I would!

The Naughty One by Michelle Love

The Naughty One by Michelle Love

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No disrespect to the author, but I was about to put off reading this book based on the title. I wasn’t in the mood for something superficial. I am so glad I decided to read it anyway. Honestly, it was because I’ve read books by Michelle Love and I’m never disappointed. By chapter three I realized this is a complex story. Romy has a compelling history and a beautiful fighting spirit. Blue, is kind and unaffected dispute his obvious medical genius. The family dynamic between Romy and her sisters and mother are sweet and so much fun to read. The same is true of Blue and his father. Not so much with his half brother. This love story becomes a psychological thriller at points. The story has so many twists and turns. I could not put it down! Great read!!!