Nov 28, 2013

Only For You



When Scarlet realized Penelope was dumping Sean, her best friend, she was devastated. Penelope was the love of his life, the woman of his dreams. Scarlet knew how far her best friend was going to fall and she had to catch him. Scarlet became Sean’s rock and helped him through a very painful breakup, but her own hidden desires bubbled to the surface in the process. When they finally gave in and slept together, she thought it was the start of their new relationship. Unfortunately, Sean didn’t feel the same.

Humiliated and heartbroken, Scarlet moved across the country and found what she least expected. She rekindled her damaged relationship with her brother, who she hadn’t spoken to in a year, and her brother’s best friend was attractive and interesting. Their relationship was natural and unforced, and she was immediately drawn to him. Would she be able to get over Sean, forget about him, by sleeping with Cortland, or would that just be another repeated mistake?





I received a copy of this book from the Author.


Sean and Scarlet are best friends. They've been strictly platonic since the beginning of their friendship. We begin the book with Scarlet and Penelope. Penelope is Sean's girlfriend, but she is going to break up with Sean and wanted Scarlet to be there for him after the fallout.

Scarlet refuses to let Sean fall apart. She becomes his rock and gives him all she has. One night their relationship changes. In the bar scene that proceeds this, I came to completely dislike Sean. Normally I love new book boyfriends, but he NEVER grew on me. He treated Scarlet like shit. I would have preferred him to show Scarlet the respect she deserves since she was his best friend. Yes, yes, I know you're saying if he wasn't a dick then there would have not been a story, but..... I just... I'm at a loss. I called him a douche in my notes. Especially what he did on her bed. I literally said out loud, "Are you f*coming kiddin' me?! Did he really just do that?!?" Yes Megan, he really did... *shaking my head*

Cortland... He was loveable. Now I rooted for him. I love books about younger sisters and big brother's best friend, but that's not this story. Some twists with it, but not the focus.

People always ask...Why not 5 stars and for me, it is always hard to pin down. I just didn't love Sean. I wanted Ryan to not talk to Sean. I wanted Sean to not be so awful with his actions. I had a hard time with Sean's love for both girls. So it was a combination of stuff. It was enjoyable. Part 2 will need to get me back on team Sean. I think from the description, I'm going to be fired up. Penelope... That cheatin' hoochie! Go add this to your tbr! Good job E.L. Todd!

Bound



College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart. 
Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.
When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.





4.5 pucking stars!!!

“The two of us were bound together by the thread of grief, but it wasn’t just our mutual loss that united us. We’d survived them, found each other and discovered that sometimes, from darkness come light.”

I really loved this one. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. The characters were struggling with their losses and found each other in a unique way. From the beginning chapters, the author tugs on your heartstrings. The loss of a child or spouse would hurt me a great deal and I connected with both characters.

Kate is a 22 year old recent college graduate suffering from a devastating loss.

Ryke is a 25 year old NHL player who is not a stranger to death.

Ryke becomes Kate’s support and rock after he meets her at a grief support meeting. He sees she is down on her luck and offers her a job. Although sexual tension looms for most of the book, I found I was really good with how their relationship built and how it all worked out. What I liked most was the sides of grief that were shown and reasoning for feelings felt. One of my favorite things that Ryke touched on was how people thought he should have felt a depression from losing the love of his life, but why did Maggie have to be considered the love of his life? And why did he allow people to let him feel that guilt because she wasn’t? People assume so much when it comes to death….

Kate did fight the attraction to Ryke and wanted him at a distance. Her fears were valid with why. Heroines can really annoy me when they get on the whine about my life train, but even at times when I thought she was close to jumping on, I couldn’t get upset with her. I did hate however that she didn’t feel she was worth Ryke.

Ryke was amazing. He was a really strong supporter of her and I loved how he seemed to know what Kate needed. I liked the way the dialogue flowed between them.

“Can’t you just trust me? Let me hold you up when you hurt. Whatever I am, I want to share it with you.”

I don’t think the ending was as exciting as I had hoped for. It’s why I didn’t rate it as a 5 star, but it was a peaceful ending. I think the book should have a sequel to truly explore what their main issues were and how they overcome them – marriage and a baby.


Nov 16, 2013

Wind and Shadows


Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.
Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?
Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen ("Mist and Midnight", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…
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Facing the past can be a nightmare. It's worse when a vampire is stalking you.






I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

When natural witch Rayvin Woods hiked her way out of Talbot a decade ago with nothing but the belongings crammed in her backpack, she never envisioned returning to the town with her tail between her legs. Bad luck has followed Rayvin her whole life and the town that was all too happy to see her go may be her only chance at starting over.

“She wanted to share her life with someone, but she was beginning to realize more and more that she’d have to face the rest of her life as she already lived most of it. Alone.” 

Like the majority of Talbot’s residents, law enforcement officer Grant Michaels blames Rayvin for a mysterious accident their senior year of high school that left his best friend Jason paraplegic. When Grant pulls the fiery red-head over for a traffic stop on her way into town, he vows to do whatever it takes to get Rayvin to hightail it out of Talbot permanently.

“Whatever damage she had done in the past, whatever she was running from now, she would not do more on his watch.” 

Vampire Malcolm de Sade was thwarted in his quest to make beautiful witch Charlotte Fanning his bride. Now that he’s been freed from the underground cage that Charlotte and her man Pike Mahonen placed him in, Malcolm is out for revenge. He crafts a plan that hinges on the acquisition of a powerful witch. If de Sade can’t have Charlotte, he’ll settle for the next best thing – Rayvin.

“It is really astounding that it hasn’t been tried in the past – for one of the undead to mate with a natural witch. But there is a time for every great idea.” 

The distrust and dislike simmering between Grant and Rayvin quickly morphs into unexpected heat as the two are forced to work together to stop de Sade and save Talbot. Can the two come together long enough to stop de Sade or is tragedy unavoidable?

Paranormal romance is a weakness of mine so I went into Wind and Shadow wanting to love it. There was just something about the story that kept me from fully embracing it. Ridgewood originally introduced the town of Talbot and its world of witchcraft and vampires in a prequel novella Mist and Midnight (part of the Midnight Thirst anthology). I did not read the novella before hoping into this series and I think that may have impacted the overall story for me. There were several scenes and character interactions that I felt lacked depth and I’m not sure if the novella would have provided the background I felt was missing. Every time the story jumped from focusing on Rayvin and Grant to small interactions between Charlotte and Pike, I became distracted. I have no history with Charlotte and Pike (the couple focused on in the novella) and it was hard for me to tie their brief scenes into the main plot. I assume both characters will be making a stronger appearance in the second book of this trilogy.

I also had issue with the overall timetable of Wind and Shadow. Rayvin returns to Talbot on October 28th. In a span of three to four days, two people who loathe each other become willing to die for each other, a logical man quickly embraces that the paranormal exits, there’s an epic battle, and a potential pregnancy. That is A LOT of story crammed into a teeny tiny timeframe. Wind and Shadow ends with a cliff-hanger, leaving more than a few questions unanswered.

For paranormal romance fans I would say give Wind and Shadow a try but read the prequel novella Mist and Midnight first. I will make sure that I read it before jumping into Blood and Fire: Book Two of The Talbot Trilogy. 

Happy reading.


Nov 14, 2013

Wicked Wind


Born with the ability to command the wind, Nicole Bonham spends her life hiding her gift. Deciding to take control of her power, she dispenses her own brand of vigilante justice in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. Stealth and surprise are always on her side. 

UNTIL A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A WARRIOR DEMON

Lash demon Gunnar prowls Earth and several supernatural realms to help maintain peace among the immortal species. His chance encounter with Nicole creates a hurricane of sparks between them, and he can’t let her out of his sight until he discovers her true identity. In his two hundred years, he has never seen a creature like her.

PLUNGES THEM BOTH INTO A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE

Nicole and Gunnar race to discover who - or what - is stabbing the city's most destitute residents and stealing their blood. The fire that forged their bond explodes into white-hot passion, weaving their souls together on an unexpected level. Haunted by the past, Gunnar's fiercely protective instincts battle with her need to defeat the creatures she was born to fight. As they track the mastermind behind the attacks, will Nicole’s unique talent unwittingly send her straight into his lair?






Wicked Wind (A Solsti Prophecy Novel) by Sharon Kay


I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Kick ass heroines deserve kiss ass heroes and author Sharon Kay serves up a worthy pair in “Wicked Wind,” an exciting and scorching hot new paranormal romance.

Born with the ability to control the wind, 28 year-old Nicole Bonham has always known she was different. For years protecting the secret of her powers and the unique powers held by her younger sisters has been priority but Nicole is feeling compelled to do and be more. She and her sisters start training to use their powers for good and fight crime in their hometown of Chicago.

During a nighttime crime fighting excursion Nicole is spotted by powerful Lash demon Gunnar. Gunnar’s job is to patrol Earth and various other realms to maintain peace and the balance of power between other supernatural beings. When he feels Nicole’s power he is drawn to her and makes it his new mission to find out who and what she is.

When Nicole and Gunnar connect “Wicked Wind” rockets into full gear with fierce warrior demons, ancient witches, overly affectionate nymphs, a scary big bad, and a rare prophecy about four powerful beings called Solsti. Rumored to be myth the Solsti are actually four beings that only come to exist when the world is in dire need. The Solsti’s immense power over the elements of earth, wind, fire, and water will lead to either humanities salvation or destruction.

 “Wicked Wind” grabbed my attention quickly and I couldn’t stop reading until I consumed the whole story. This book has all the elements of a fun read – a solid couple with intense sparks evident in early chapters, cool action sequences, interesting but easy to follow mythology, and bedroom scenes so hot I had to occasionally fan myself.

 “He had to hear the pounding of her heart as it crashed wildly in her chest. She had invited a demon to her bed, and every cell in her body was on edge with curiosity and aching need.”

I’m a sucker for well-done multiple POV’s and Kay gives Gunnar his own distinct voice. Hearing both Nicole and Gunnar’s thoughts gave the heat between the two characters extra intensity.

“The need to claim her grew to a crescendo. Claim not just her body but her very soul. He didn’t want any other man to touch her, to caress her silky skin, ever again. She was his.”

“Wicked Wind” was a super fun and worthy read. I recommend checking it out. For those new to the paranormal genre “Wicked Wind” would be a great jumping in story. Give it a try.

 “Wicked Wind” will be followed by “Wicked Waves” which will focus on Nicole’s sister Brooke and Gunnar’s fellow Lash demon Kai. Both Brooke and Kai give off an edgier vibe in “Wicked Wind” so I’m really looking forward to their story and I can’t wait to see how author Sharon Kay continues to develop the universe she’s created.
Happy reading.

Becoming More

At first it was all freedom, fun, and games for Lilly Fairfield. Being a freshman in college was supposed to create some of the best memories of her life, especially with her best friend, Lauren, and longtime boyfriend, Sander, by her side. 
But the excitement begins to slip away when the people closest to her start to change. They begin moving in a direction Lilly doesn’t want to go, forcing Lilly to be faced with a decision. Should she fight for her relationships with both Sander and Lauren or move on to something different? Something unknown. Someone like…
Colton Davenport. Colton isn’t Lilly’s typical type. He's shockingly sexy with his colorful tattoos, shiny silver lip ring, and ear gauges. His smile alone leaves her breathless. Then again, she hasn’t had a specific type other than Sander. When she meets Colton she feels an automatic attraction that stuns her into utter stillness. She can’t look away, doesn’t want to look away. 
Lilly must decide between a life with Sander, a life she always thought she wanted, and an unknown path with Colton. 
Will Lilly make the right choices for her future, Becoming More?
**This book is a New Adult Romance - intended for a mature audience.**






I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Lillian ‘Lilly’ Fairfield is a good girl through and through. When she starts Stone Oak University with her high school sweetheart Sander and her best friend Lauren, she believes the next four years will only make the ties between the three of them stronger. After graduation she and Sander will get married and Lauren will always be by their side. That’s the dream and Lilly holds fast to it.

Little does Lilly know that new environments tend to reveal what people are really made of and the Sander and Lauren of Stone Oak are made up of some pretty ugly stuff. As reality tarnishes her dream, Lilly struggles to hold on to the two people she thought would be with her forever.
Enter Colton, Stone Oak’s notorious ladies’ man.

“Every little movement he makes has a sensual look to it. The spark that lights his eyes whenever I say something that surprises him, the warm sound of his voice and laugh, especially when he lower his voice – it’s all too surreal. I need to know more.”

Colton and Lilly quickly form a deep connection. He challenges her naivety while still appreciating her innocence. As their relationship grows, Colton forces Lilly to look at her life and make a decision about what her real future should hold.

“But now, every decision I make is exactly that – my decision to make, my consequence to endure.”
To say this book frustrated me would be an understatement. At one point I slammed my Kindle case closed and tossed it to the opposite side of the couch I was on just to get away from the story (I’ve since apologized to my Kindle and believe I’ve been forgiven).

Sander is perhaps one of the most reprehensible characters I’ve ever read, PERIOD. He starts flying his slime ball flag in the early chapters and then the hits start coming literally and figuratively. After ditching Lilly at a party he calls her a slut for going off without him, he forces her to have sex without a condom while she begs him not to, chokes her then denies doing it, cheats on her and passes it off as rumors. Through all of this craziness Lilly goes back to him, over and over and over again. She clings to her childhood relationship instead of taking a chance on an adult, real romance with Colton.

“Sometimes what we think is right, isn’t.”

When Lilly finally takes charge of her life, Bayli Lane does something a little different that somewhat makes up for the immense amount of frustration created earlier in the book. Lane gives the reader scenes of Lilly’s life one month, six months, and a few years out. Each snapshot of the future gives the feeling that Lilly really learned from the mistakes she made at 18 and makes her truly value the life she creates as an adult.
Overall, “Becoming more” is worth a read. You will scream and you will pull your hair, but the ending has a pretty solid message that bad decisions you make when you’re young don’t have to define you. You can grow beyond it and become something more.

Happy reading.

Nov 13, 2013

Disconnected

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts. Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does theater acting and it's there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and flown to L.A.
Once he's in L.A his marriage takes the backseat to rubbing elbows with Hollywood's biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women. When Katy says she's going to leave, Liam doesn't believe her until he comes home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he's tried to move on but never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It's in a little town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for.






Katy and Liam Warren were a young couple with a bright future in front of them. Childhood sweethearts, they married young. Liam quickly found work as a promising theatre actor and backed by Katy’s tireless support, Hollywood took notice of his talent. Unfortunately the brighter Liam’s start began to burn the quicker he lost sight of what was most important… Katy.

When Liam throws a lavish Hollywood party full of scantily clad women in an effort to bolster his popularity, he pushes Katy too far. Liam flatly ignores Katy’s pleas to focus on her and their marriage and she packs her bags, taking off for a new life alone. Katy told her side of things in the story “Reconnected” and now it’s time for Liam’s version of events in the companion story “Disconnected.”

“Disconnected” finds Liam in a panic at a loss of Katy. He vows to find her and win her back but as the time passes he loses hope. A random fling with a starlet only leaves him feeling bleaker but he carries on with the fa├žade of movie star golden boy. Fate intercedes when Liam does film promotion on a college campus on the other side of the country and he notices a very striking and very familiar brunette. Only this girl goes by a different name, has an adoring boyfriend, and she’s less than thrilled to see Liam.

"How many ‘girlfriends’ or hell just one night stands have you had in the last four years? I’m not Katy Warren anymore, I’m just normal Kate Parker again. And I’ve moved on and just want to forget that I was ever married to someone like you.”

Liam vows to get Katy/Kate back but doesn’t count on mounting roadblocks like crazy co-stars, security threats, paparazzi attention, and pressure from his management company. Through all of the obstacles he remains solid in his belief that he and Katy belong together and that he’ll do whatever it takes to rebuild their relationship.

“I love her, I always have, and I’m going to be by her side through this. In sickness or in health was in our vows, and It’s about time I started living up to those.”

Daniel packs a lot into “Disconnected” and at times the sweet story goes from being fast-paced to racing at whiplash speed. The overall premise of the story has a lot of potential. There’s a second chance romance, a Hollywood hunk who never forgot the girl who got away, and a smart heroine who tries to rebuild her life by going back to school. Something is just missing in Liam and Katy’s relationship and it makes the story feel “off.”

There’s no spark to explain how quickly the two address their past issues and move forward with their relationship. The speed of the reunion between the two characters is rushed and feels unrealistic for a couple who spent the last four years leading completely separate lives. Also, while Liam admits his guilt in the breakdown of the marriage, the reader never feels any real sorrow or remorse for his actions.

There is a secondary romance story between Liam’s BFF Scott and Katy’s BFF Krista. The focus on their courtship and its mirroring Liam and Katy’s reunion detracts from the importance of the main couple.
While you don’t have to read Katy’s take on the relationship in “Reconnected,” I felt reading it helped give the overall story more weight and helped me feel more invested in the characters.

All in all, “Disconnected” was a pleasant read and is worth a try. Again, I would recommend reading “Reconnected” to round out the overall story.

Happy Reading.


Tracks


When Harvard Law student, Dylan Ackhart, moves to Boston with her best friend- the last thing she expects to find is Jeremy Mason. Jeremy is sexy, smart, and passionate- and currently the most famous rock star in the world.

From the first moment Dylan meets Jeremy, she's attracted to him. But she soon finds the fame and press can wear on you. Plus, Jeremy seems to be hiding things from her- including his relationship with the mysterious blue-haired girl.

Tracks takes you on a ride through the not so glamorous side of dating a rock star- sex, drugs, rock and roll.







I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

In her debut novel “Tracks,” author Sarah Biermann has crafted an engaging and fast-paced tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll. “Tracks” tells the story of Harvard law student Dylan Ackhart and her whirlwind romance with music prodigy turned rock and roll bad boy, Jeremy Mason.

All work and no play have definitely made Dylan a dull girl but the years of sacrifice have paid off as she prepares to enter Harvard Law School. An unexpected gift of concert tickets puts Dylan directly in Jeremy’s path and even though the two are separated by hordes of adoring fans they have an instant connection.
‘His beautiful blue eyes are intense as he stares at me, piercing me through my soul. His face relaxes as he makes eye contact with me, seeming almost surprised himself.”

With a gorgeous face, epic talent, and endless charm, Jeremy sweeps Dylan off of her feet and drops her directly into his chaotic world.

 “His hand comes up above his head and he arches his back. He is a liquid sex rock star. I decide, in a 12-year-old girl kind of way, that he can acknowledge me whenever he wants…”

Dylan slowly begins to realize Jeremy’s bravado is a mask for serious issues, issues that she may not be able to handle. Infidelity and addiction become hot button topics and Dylan has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to keep Jeremy.

“My whole life for the past ten years has been about making myself happy and doing what I want, and I don’t have the energy to change now. I will fucking lose it. So what do you want?! Do you want me to lose it?!”

Though a good read, “Tracks” occasionally gets bogged down with secondary, third, and sometimes fourth tier characters. First there’s the roommate who pushes Dylan towards Jeremy only to disappear as Jeremy’s issues mount. Then there’s the mysterious blue-haired girl who is constantly hovering around Jeremy. That’s not touching on the bodyguard, the violent/lustful groupies, and Dylan’s disapproving father.
Readers are also introduced to Scott, a super-hot super-wealthy law student and potential rival for Dylan’s affections. At times the connection between Dylan and Scott seemed more real and much stronger to me than the one between Dylan and Jeremy. I made a note as I read - “rock star = jerk, law student = awesome.”

 “Tracks” doesn’t end with a cliff-hanger or a HEA but does provide a satisfying end point. I’m eager to see what Biermann has in store for the characters in the planned follow-up “Trials.”
Check out “Tracks” and show this promising new author some support.

Happy reading. 

Inevitable

After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.
When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.
It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.
Cassandra knows it's wrong and that she's heading for another heartbreak. 
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.






* I purchased this book, but was recently requested to give an honest review*

I did it to myself... Yes, I take full responsibility. I started reading this book knowing full well that I was heading toward a cliff and even then when I got to it I still screamed. "Angela Graham, you evil, no good woman, how could you do this to me?! A cliffhanger?" Okay, so yea that was a bit dramatic and I think I may have used expletives actually when I turned the page of the book and it said, 'LOOK FOR BOOK TWO: THE CONCLUSION OF LOGAN AND CASSANDRA'S STORY FALL 2013'!!!!! BUT umm no! I want it now!!!



Cassie:


Sweet and sexy Cassandra is a 22 year old Kindergarten teacher. We begin our journey with her standing outside of her apartment building with best friend Hilary staring at the skank in town's white jeep. Cassie does what any naive heroine hoping for a misunderstanding would do except with a twist...She races upstairs and catches her boyfriend Mark's stupid "it's not what you think and I can explain" ass in bed with the hooch and knocks his ass out! That is when I fell in love with her...Okay, I crushed on her a bit. I would have been more impressed if another punch had been smashed into the tramp's face, but I'll settle for the chuckle I got out of picturing it.

One year post-breakup we find Cassie living outside of town in a home left to her by her grandparents. She loves the peace and quiet and is thrilled with her life. In jogs Cassie's new neighbor - Logan. And what does this new neighbor look like? Well.... he has dark wavy hair and blue eyes, but that is about as much info as I can give you. Oh, and he has an excellent body. Yummy *wink*

Logan:



If this man jogged behind me each morning... I might take up jogging. Hell, that's laughable but, I'd take up walking. Logan was hot and cold for me. I really liked him as a dad. I thought he was overprotective at times, but I understand the need to protect one's child especially when the mom is awful. Other times... I don't know. I just didn't find him to be the best man-whore I've ever read about and when it seemed at times his whoring ways were being rubbed in Cassie's face, I was rubbed the wrong way. We don't learn a lot about Logan directly but rather through conversations that arise from the blooming of Logan and Cassie's friendship. We do know that he has three siblings and he does a lot for his sister Julia. He dibbles here and there so he is wealthy and is a wonderful artist. He surprised me at times too. Christmas made my day. My heart melted and that is when the scales tipped for me. I swooned for that man. Hmm, betcha wanna know what he got her huh? BUT then he had to go and be the jackass... *I wish I could kick his ass!* My favorite part about Logan though is that I believed his character as a father and I think he knew that the best thing in his life was Oliver.


Oliver:


Gosh, I'm in love with this kid. I really find him so endearing and I'd like to snatch him up. I teach preschool... Did I mention that? He reads too which is a rarity at 4. He's a smart little cookie already way ahead of his peers. I'd like to see him be a little bit ornerier as he gets older and maybe lose the mom on a pedestal thing, but hey, his personality is pretty spot on for the kids his age.


Since being a one night stand for Logan was off the table, Cassie and Logan's friendship was a beautiful growth. I really liked them spending time together like at the pumpkin patch or flying a kite with Oliver. Julia's shocking revelation and the way Logan took a stand for Cassie scored him points for me. Ha! *Displays inappropriate finger*

Cassie gets a few on top moments, but Logan dominates the relationship. Best Cassie moment was definitely the pool.

My favorite scene is Cassie being sexy and fierce to Logan:

"A hotel? Really!" I hissed. "I'm a woman, not some piece of meat. I have no interest in going to some hotel, for some one-night stand with a man that cannot even talk about his own son without cringing. You can go around with your fancy cars and expensive suits but you have nothing I'm interested in!" With a sudden turn, I headed straight to my table, and collected my bag. As I walked past him to leave, I leaned in and whispered, "And by the way, I enjoyed your pool very much. It's a shame you'll never get me that wet!"

I best liked Cassie and Oliver's relationship and thought their relationship had good depth. The connections they made through dinners and nights in the tree house made me excited as a mom.

The ending is where I got a little jolted. I knew something was going to happen even though I didn't know what. I didn't have any spoilers to point me in any particular direction, but I wish that the book would have had two more chapters before the "event" happened because it was too fast for me. I wanted Logan to be more verbal with his feelings prior to that night and Christmas was a good start. With the author knowing that this wasn't going to be a nicely wrapped up novel with a bow, I would have wanted just a bit more squeezed in there so that I could actually feel the full effect from Logan's pov when we got it or if his pov had been intermixed a bit more maybe that would have been better. I don't know. I'm not an author just a reader, but that is where it lost me a bit. I just couldn't connect as fast with his feelings at the end because they were so bold too soon.

I'm hearing that I have to wait until October to read more! Ahh... hmmm, can I beg for sooner? Here is what I hope... I want more spice. The pool scene was freakin' hot so I know that the author has it in her and I know Logan is a kinky one... hello threesome... so I want that to come out and definitely more Oliver! I love him! Cassie's strong, lovable, and independent and I hope she stays that way. I don't want a whiny heroine!

Good job on a great novel!

*Images are not mine and are used for entertainment purposes only*

Nov 8, 2013

When You're Ready *Cover Reveal*

When You're Ready Book Blurb:

 Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he’s ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he’s unworthy of love…until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love?  Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all.

About the Author

J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

J.L. Berg
Contemporary Romance Author
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