Oct 31, 2014

*Cover Reveal* Zel (Deviants & Saints 1) by Shantaye Brown

 
***Comprehensible Jamaican dialect is used throughout the story because the heroine 'Zel' is half Jamaican***
 
Asher stalked her because there was something about her that was undeniable, she's a mystery and he's drawn to her like nothing else, but nothing could prepare him for what he found.
 
Zel makes people's problems go away. She's cynical, aggressive and has no regard for human life, but when Asher crosses her path he becomes a problem she couldn't possibly 'make go away' as easy as the others.
 
Asher finds himself in way too deep when the lives of everyone he loves is threatened and he has to play the willing captive to keep them safe.
 
Zel has her own problems, someone wants her dead and they're not shy about it. They both won't be safe until she gets to them first.
 
Secrets unfold, lies are told and sacrifices are made. Consequences be damned.
 
Warning: Violence, graphic sex, filthy Jamaican language and an overly aggressive and possessive heroine 18+  
 
Preorder Links
Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OXA3OBU

GIVEAWAY over at the author's page: https://www.facebook.com/shantaye.sbrown


Oct 28, 2014

*Blog Tour & Review* Tattoos and TaTas by Tara Sivec

 
During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from Tattoos and Tatas will be donated to breast cancer awareness.
 
Claire and Liz have always had a friendship that defied the test of time, but when one of them is diagnosed with a disease that every woman fears, their bond is put through the wringer. How do you cope knowing your soul mate could be taken from you?
 
Filled with memories of their life long friendship, inappropriate behavior, bad tattoos and shaving cats, the two friends will realize that laughter really is the best medicine.
 
Tattoos and TaTas is not your typical love story; it's a story of friendship and learning how to let go when something is beyond your control.
 
 
 
 
 
Hysterical and touching, Tattoos and TaTas is a must read. I'm not sure that I can adequately describe the sheer awesomeness of a book that made me ugly cry and laugh so hard I snorted, but I will do my best.
 
If you are unfamiliar with the lovely ladies of the Chocolate Lovers Series (go correct that immediately, these books are hysterical), Claire and Liz are each others person. A lifelong friendship has seen them through ups and downs but when Claire announces she has breast cancer it's Liz who's devastated. How is she supposed to support her best friend's battle when she's the one who may lose her soul mate? In standard fashion the ladies deal using a huge amount of foul mouthed hilarity and above all else - love.
 
My Aunt Bev, Aunt Karin, and cousin Kathy are all breast cancer survivors. My cousin Kathy is the lady who lent me my boobs for my wedding. SERIOUSLY. I was rocking an A cup the day I got married and my cousin Kathy rolled into my bedroom the day of the wedding with this fancy wooden box containing some chicken cutlet looking weirdness. She insisted I needed them (and she wasn't wrong) and I'll never forget her smile when I relented. When each of them fought their fight against breast cancer I remember feeling helpless and at a loss of what to do.
 
Tara Sivec does something with Tattoos and TaTas that I truly appreciated. She uses humor to make being scared and unsure ok. She makes it ok to embrace what your feeling as long as you then move on, have a good laugh and get ready to fight like hell.
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"What do you expect me to do, Liz? Scream and cry about the unfairness of it all? What good will that do me? Do you think the cancer will be like 'Well, shit. If she thinks it's unfair than we obviously need to skedaddle.'"
 
"How do you prepare yourself for a life without your soul mate, while at the same time holding onto hope that they will be okay? You have to walk a fine line between hope and reality, and every single day that line gets thinner and thinner."
 
"Fuck Cancer. Save second base. Fight like a girl. Do it all and do it with a few laughs because you are amazing, you are strong and you are a fighter, just like my best friend."
 

A phenomenal read that is completely original and benefits a great cause - how could I possibly give Tattoos and TaTas less than five stars? Do yourself a favor and pick this up ASAP.

Happy reading.
 
 
 

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-
order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and
two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and
move out.
 
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up
a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of
the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series , the Chocoholics series, the
Fool Me Once series, Burned and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks
won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for
Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance
Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2014.
 
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps
she'll take when she ever gets spare time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Oct 26, 2014

*Author Spotlight & Giveaway* Melissa L. Delgado & The Journey Series

 
This week The Reading Room Blog is happy to spotlight author Melissa L. Delgado. I was fortunate enough to meet Melissa at the Indies Invade Philly author event earlier this year. Give Melissa a warm welcome and check out her Journey Series.
 
 
A childhood crush who moved away. An adult love that shattered her world. Twenty-seven year old Mackenzie Tillson hasn’t been living for quite some time, rather, just existing. Life is passing her by and even with the love of her friends and family she can’t quite seem to snap out of the disconnected bubble she has created around her. Moving day by day as a shell of a person who once knew what it meant to live.
 
Until one day, the boy who first had her heart comes back. With a vengeance...Drew Dean has been apart from the girl he loved all of those years ago for far too long and now that fate has provided them with a second chance, he will make it clear to her that she is, and always has been the one for him. But what Drew discovers in the process, is Mackenzie may just end up being completely unreachable.
 
Is it possible to get through to someone who has no intentions of ever letting anyone in again? Can a person find their way through the darkness and emptiness they've created? For Mackenzie, trudging along in life alone is where she feels she deserves to be. But will she find it in her to fight and break the barrier of the internal distorted view she has of herself? Or will she let everyone and everything slip away?

As Mackenzie tries to piece together the remnants of her shattered existence, she inadvertently discovers life, love and loss are one in the same. A hopeful journey to be taken with an ending to fill the emptiness she's carried for too long.
 
*This book contains adult situations and some explicit language.*
 
 
 
 
 
RELEASE DATE: TBA
 
A present life worth moving on for. A past best left to memories tucked away.
Jaxon Dean has reached a point in his life where everything is as it should be. He has the personality, the looks, and the charm, to basically get whoever he desires—except Cassandra Tyce. She's immune to his playboy ways, quick wit, and over indulgence of himself. There is only one time he can recall having to work as hard to snag the one he had his sights set on…
 
At a much simpler time in life, all he had to worry about was passing classes, hitching a ride to places, and collecting phone numbers. Although on his first day of high school, Jaxon found not every girl was susceptible to his charms. Could one person truly change his overzealous ways?
An unexpected turn of events can leave even the toughest ones lost without hope... Hope of ever recovering, of ever wanting to see tomorrow, of ever feeling true happiness again.

With the help of Cassandra Tyce, Jaxon will learn that sometimes, lying to oneself can be the sole reason a person stays torn.
 
*This book contains adult situations and some explicit language.*
 
 

“Good morning class.” My attention moves to the front of the class. “My name is Mr. Woodbury. Welcome to Freshmen English.” He adjusts his glasses. He doesn't look much older than us, actually. I thought he was a student when I saw him earlier. “This is the start of yet another year, I know we have a few students new to the area, so I would like to ask for each of you to come up and tell us a little bit about yourself.”
 
Seriously? No other teacher today has pulled this bullshit.
 
Mr. Woodbury peers down at the roster sheet and calls out my name and two others, “Would Jaxon Dean, Holland Peters, and Blair Olivieri, please come to the front.”
 
Grumbling my total want of rejection to this, I make my way to the front of the class. Standing next to me are two pretty hot chicks. The reddish blonde one looks bored and the one with the short dark hair looks kind of nervous. So me being me, I clear my throat and go first, “Sup, name’s Jax Dean, I just moved here from Florida,” I scan the class, glance at the two girls standing in front with me, then my teacher, and smirk, “I’m also currently available. Any ladies ready for a good time, see me after class. You won’t be disappointed—”

“Thank you Mr. Dean, that’s quite enough.”
 



I love anything and everything pertaining to make up or beauty. I am an author and a poet. I love to write and shop. I love going to the movies and spending time with my friends and family. I love to dance. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. I’m inspired by dance, music, poetry, and photography. I feel there is beauty in everything. I believe to get respect you have to give respect and to treat others how you want to be treated. I love everything and anything vintage. I love Jesus and believe in having faith in the unseen and unheard. I love to have fun and make new memories. But mostly, I love life. Enjoying the road I’m on and making the most of it...But wait! This must be the part where I say I live with my husband, two point five children, and our family dog in a modest home with a white picket fence. Except, for nope, none of that. Did I get ya? No? Yes? Well, rest assured, the dog part is true.
 
 
 

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Oct 25, 2014

*Blog Tour & Review* Kissed By A Demon Spy

 
This novella is a companion piece to the Solsti series and can be read as a stand-alone.
 
Kidnapped as a teen and forced into a life of sexual slavery, Garnet vowed long ago to do whatever she could to spare others her fate. When karma comes full circle with an offer of freedom for her and her young son, she jumps at the chance.
 
Masquerading as a village innkeeper, Aden keeps his espionage work secret from the gentle pixies he lives among. Using his skills to prevent a group of vicious demons from attacking the innocent, his world is draped in mist, shadow, and danger.
 
Steeped in shame, Garnet is loath to share her past with Aden. But Aden senses a sweet, loyal strength in her that no amount of horror can erase. His dangerous work is the opposite of the stability Garnet craves. Yet Aden’s patience and strength make him the hero she never had. When the enemy targets them, Garnet and Aden realize that honesty is the truest form of courage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
 
In need of a read that packs a phenomenal blend of exciting paranormal suspense, heartfelt romance, and pulse-pounding action? Look no further than Kissed By A Demon Spy. A novella in the Solsti Prophecy Series, this little gem of a story can be read as a standalone.
 
A violent uprising has left former sex-slave Garnet with one thing she could never have imagined for herself or her son Dash - freedom. When handsome innkeeper Aden provides not only lodging but a chance for a real job Garnet can't believe her fortune. But the two live in tumultuous times and Aden may be keeping secrets that would put Garnet and Dash back in harms way. As sparks fly between the pair they must decide what they're willing to expose for a chance at lasting happiness.
 
Author Sharon Kay has always blown my mind with her ability to not only craft solid, addictive leads but also how she surrounds them with multi-dimensional second and third tier characters that I desperately want to know more about. In the few brief scenes Garnet had in Wicked Waves: Solsti Prophecy #2, I felt for her and hoped to see her again. I was thrilled when I heard she would be getting her own story and Kay did not disappoint. Garnet is a brilliant heroine, one I won't forget any time soon.
 
While Kissed By A Demon Spy deals with some weighty topics like sex trafficking and war (both with a paranormal twist), this book bleeds hope. You feel hope radiating from every page and every interaction between Garnet and Aden. I cheered at the HEA and it totally reenergized me for the next book in the Solsti Prophecy Series.
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"The dark pools of her eyes had held a fierce, proud love when she looked at her son. And that love told him volumes about her spirit. It told him that no matter what she'd gone through, there was a spark in her that hadn't died, that still held onto hope. And that spark pulled him to her like a magnet."
 
"Options and generosity hadn't existed for her before. Now, each nice gesture, each decision she made simply because she could, shone like bright stars in the night velvet of the sky."
 
"I know we just met. But I already know that I will shift the goddamn stars in the sky if that's what it takes to see you happy."
 
If you haven't checked out the Solsti Prophecy Series yet, Kissed By A Demon Spy is a great way to dip your toe in. Once you do, I'm pretty sure you'll be hooked just like me. If you're already a Solsti Prophecy Series fan, this is a great addition to the series.
 
Happy reading.  
 


Oct 20, 2014

*Blog Tour* Everly After by Rebecca Paula




All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.
 
Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waitressing at a Parisian café. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.
 
There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.
 
Twenty-five-year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly neglected.
 
 Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that he must fight for himself first.
 
*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*
 

“You want to get out of here?” I’m not sure why I bother. She doesn’t trust me enough to even share her name. Her shoulders shake in a small shiver, and her feet stop swinging. She breaks our staring match to gaze back out over the city. Around us, life continues. Things move forward. But the two of us are suspended, waiting. “I wonder what it would be like to fly,” she whispers.
 
She doesn’t say any more, doesn’t answer me. She just throws out a question like that and lets it sink into the darkness between us. Her hands grip the ledge, and she bends forward as if she might push off and test her question, like she believes for a minute she has wings.</ span> She nods toward the street below.
 
“What would your last thought be if you fell?” Her face is a mask of peacefulness, but I know the truth. I’ve spent too many years reading people. Too many years deflecting other’s opinions of me and my circumstances— the boy with the sad story.
 
“There wouldn’t be time,” I say. “It’d be over before it even began.” She faces me, the corner of her mouth tipped up in a smug smile. “It wouldn’t have just begun. There’s always more.” Her fingers run through her hair, tussling it until I smell her perfume—pears and vanilla.
 
“Sure, I’ll go for a walk.” I don’t want to leave with her anymore, but I don’t think I should leave her alone, either. Her question still rings in my mind, and the damnedest thing is I can’t think of an answer.
I pull out my phone to text Ollie that I’m bailing, but she grabs it away. “What are you doing?” My hand flexes as I push down my temper. “Texting a friend.” As I soon as I explain, she shakes her head, a dry laugh pushing over her lips. “Of course.” She waves me off, then hands it back to me.
 
“Sorry.” Obviously she’s a bit skittish. And untrusting. I should head out without her, but when she looks at me again, I can’t. There’s too much about her I don’t know. She spins around, crouching on her haunches, nothing behind her except a yawning distance between this building and the next. And the street far below. I wait, stuffing my hands into my pockets, fighting back the urge to hand her down from the ledge. She’s not the type to want help. I’m not the type to offer. Usually.
 
When she swings her legs out to step down, her knees graze the brick. The knobby curve of one beads with blood, her skin scraped raw. She’s quiet, staring at her knee as if she can will it from bleeding. I’m not sure why I do it or why I care, but I step forward and lift up the edge of my T-shirt and press it against her knee, soaking up the blood. She keeps her head tucked down and her hands at her side as I inch closer. My free hand settles by her hip, her hair brushes against my arm.
 
“What’s your name, pet?” My words are barely a whisper.
 
Her fingers hover above my hands on her knee. I keep my eyes anchored there as she slowly entwines them with mine. That spark people talk about when two people touch— apparently it’s not a heap of shite because it happens right at that moment and I don’t know what to do.
 
I don’t know anything. Why I’m here with her. Why we’re not kissing. My name.
 
“Everly.”



 
 
It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness. I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances. I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction. When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.
 

 
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Oct 19, 2014

*Review* Battle by KJ Bell

 
A battle is fought by soldiers on the ground in a time of war. Or at least that’s what I used to think.
I’ve never had to fight for anything in my perfectly planned life, and I certainly never thought I’d have to fight for love.
 
I was wrong.
 
One wild, carefree night, and one stupid dare made me realize you can’t appreciate love until you’re forced to fight for it. I want the complex, sexy bull rider who stole my heart in the middle of a deserted wheat field. But Battle McCoy doesn’t believe in love.
 
What do you do when you aren’t prepared for battle? When someone you care for becomes your greatest enemy? And your surrender is imminent?
 
I’m going to fight.
 
There’s a chance he’ll destroy me, but my heart will go to war to make him mine.
 
 
 

 
 
Generally I'm not into cowboy themed romances so going into Battle by KJ Bell I wasn't sure what I was jumping into. But there was just something about that cover that I couldn't resist (I wonder what that is...). I'm happy to report I found an original romance with two fully developed leads that had great spark and connection.
 
Faye Callahan has had her whole life laid out for her. Get the degree from the right school, get the right job, marry the right guy. But when Mr. Right cheats on her for the umpteenth time, Faye decides her plan desperately needs a shake up. She never guessed her attempt at living it up would lead to a wild night with professional bull rider Battle McCoy.
 
Battle McCoy has seen the ugly side of love and has vowed to live without it. When a nervous Faye propositions him, he sees through her bravado and her innocence both repels and attracts him. His vow of one night proves hollow when Faye begins to consume his every thought.
 
Can these two opposites deviate from what they know for a chance of happiness?
 
What I Loved: Battle is unique in having it's leads Faye and Battle jump into a steamy one night stand only to back off from the physical to develop a real and lasting relationship. I could feel the sexual tension between the characters but the slow burn added something to their attempts to get to know each other. It helped me connect with Faye and Battle on a deeper level. I wanted them to get a happy ever after and cheered when they did.
 
What I Didn't Love: Several of the secondary characters in Battle at times made me want to scream. Faye's pushy father, her dismissive mother, her egotistical ex, her questioning girlfriends... there was no support system for the heroine and it was difficult to believe that such a smart character would put up with being pushed around or ignored for as long as Faye did.
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"God help me if I'm not one hundred percent smitten with the devil himself."
 
"He's larger than life, egotistical, an often vulgar, but he has an enormous heart."
 
"You taught me love can be a surprise. You've taught me life isn't planned. You've also taught me that a love like ours can't be ignored. You can push me away all you want, but my heart will always be yours."
 
Overall Battle is a fun and engaging romance that I can easily recommend. You don't need to be a cowboy fan to enjoy this great read (but you may just walk away one.). I will definitely be one the look out for more reads from KJ Bell.
 
Happy reading.

 

 

Oct 17, 2014

*Interview & New Release* Maya Banks & Keep Me Safe

 
 
Working on The Reading Room Blog has given me a lot of exciting opportunities but I have to confess that none have been as exciting for me as getting the opportunity to interview author Maya Banks. Maya is one of my favorite authors. From The Colter's Legacy series to the Breathless Trilogy to the Surrender Trilogy... Maya is my go-to for hot hot heat blended with gut-punching angst. Maya's latest release is Keep Me Safe: A Slow Burn Novel. Full of suspense, danger and above all else romance - it is a total 5 star read. I hope you enjoy the interview!
 



 
 

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*Cover Reveal* Laces & Lace by Toni Aleo

 
Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.
Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.
Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?
 
 
 


Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
 
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
 
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.
 

 










 



Oct 14, 2014

*Release Day Blitz* Battle by KJ Bell


A battle is fought by soldiers on the ground in a time of war. Or at least that’s what I used to think.

I’ve never had to fight for anything in my perfectly planned life, and I certainly never thought I’d have to fight for love.

I was wrong.

One wild, carefree night, and one stupid dare made me realize you can’t appreciate love until you’re forced to fight for it. I want the complex, sexy bull rider who stole my heart in the middle of a deserted wheat field. But Battle McCoy doesn’t believe in love.

What do you do when you aren’t prepared for battle? When someone you care for becomes your greatest enemy? And your surrender is imminent?

I’m going to fight.

There’s a chance he’ll destroy me, but my heart will go to war to make him mine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
K J Bell currently lives in California with her husband and three children. As a mother of three, when she’s not writing, she’s usually carting one of her children to their various activities.

She enjoys reading, and music, and is equally addicted to both.

Writing is a passion she simply can’t live without.

She loves hearing from her readers and can be found on various social media sites.
 
 

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*Blog Tour* Finding Her Way Back by Heather Van Fleet



Meet Callie, a chubby-sexy nineteen-year-old girl who fears high heels, commitments, and has a love/hate relationship with her running shoes. Nine months of college down the drain and all she has to show for it is her freshman thirty. 

But alas, life has other crap plans for her--one that includes a strict regiment of "do this and do that" from her she-devil sister, all while trying to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky: the ex-best friend-turned-sex god who lives across the street. 

Meet Ky; a nineteen-year-old wanna be country music singer and a boy-turned-man who still wears a proverbial skateboard around his neck from wasted high school days. When Callie returns home, he realizes that she's exactly the muse he's been missing all this time. 

Now, if only she can stop running long enough to find out where their love could lead. Finding Her Way Back is a new adult novel about finding love while learning how to love yourself. For all the chubby-sexy girls who tend to feel invisible, this one's for you!

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“Okay. It’s settled. One date.” Lifting his palm, he pressed it against my cheek, holding it there. My skin tingled on contact, burning me in all sorts of ways. “But I think we need to try something out beforehand just to make sure that we know what we’re getting ourselves into.”


“Um, what?” I stiffened, panicking at the possibilities of what he was saying. Sweat formed along the back of my neck, but I couldn’t move to wipe it away.


Fuck. This wasn’t good.


Without warning, he pressed his mouth against mine, taking my heart, body, entire soul by complete 

surprise. Ky captured me in all the ways a woman wanted to be captured by a man.

And oh, what a damn delicious capture it was.
I’d always wondered what it’d be like to kiss this boy. And it wasn’t because I saw him in that sort of light growing up either, just simple curiosity, to say the least. But whatever preconceived notions I had about awkwardness and painful teeth clashing went out the window the moment his tongue pressed against my lips.
Holy hell. Now this was a kiss.
His fingers, strong and sure, tangled in my hair, releasing my ponytail with the flick of his thumb. Damn, he was good. My hair fell over my shoulders, shadowing my cheeks, as well as his. I scooted forward, pressing my hands onto the bareness of his neck, tracing the lines of his muscled skin on his shoulders like I’d wanted to do since I first got him in the room with me. I moaned, embarrassingly loud because yeah, this was beyond any kiss I’d ever experienced in the past. Slow, agonizing, and perfect. Ky made the act of kissing as sensual as having sex in a steamy shower. Not that I’d ever actually experienced hot, steamy shower sex or anything. But um, yeah, it was definitely on my bucket list. 




Calla has hit a wall. Home for the summer from a disastrous first year of college, she would love to embrace her chubby girl curves but she knows they're hiding something much more than the freshman 15  (or 30 in her case). She's a young woman whose façade is failing and it becomes no more apparent than when she runs into her ex-BFF Kylan.

Kylan was heart broken when his best friend and secret crush Calla left for college and cut off all contact. The moment he sees her the connection is instant, intense and sparks his inspiration for several country music songs. Kylan loves Calla's new curves but he can't ignore the sadness in her eyes. He knows the reason for that sadness and will do what it takes to make her happy again if only he can get her to stop running... 

What I Loved: There is a sweet connection between Ky and Calla that translates well. Ky's music helps sell his devotion to Calla and how much she inspires him.

What I Didn't Love: The sheer volume of difficulties Calla and Ky face kept me from fully connecting to the characters. I felt I was focusing on the new bad thing that happened instead of how Calla and Ky's relationship was developing. I also had an extremely difficult time with Calla's sister Anna. Readers are eventually given an explanation for Anna's vicious words and behavior but by the end of the story I had no sympathy left for her.

Favorite Quotes:

"I was the girl who screamed loved and popular on the outside - with my gazillion friends and uber
busy social calendar. But on the inside, I was screaming for something I would never again obtain. A purpose."

"Break out the baby carriages - I'd have his biker-skater kidlets for being so damn awesome."

"Screw my muffin top. The more skin for his hands, the better."

If you're a fan of best friend romance and loads of angst, Finding Her Way Back may be the story for you.

Happy reading.


Midwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/ Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby—and high school sweet heart, Chris—as well as a mom to her three little girls Kelsey, Emma, and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they're water.


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