Dark and mysterious, Jaxon Reed is Lyla Scott’s living breathing sexual fantasy.
There’s one problem, though. She’s with Kyle, the love of her life. She shouldn’t feel this way about anyone else, right?
But when disaster strikes with Kyle, she can’t help but wonder about Jax.
Lyla doesn’t usually do this, but could a steamy tryst be the answer to her heartbreak?
I cannot believe this book just ended like that!!!! I am sitting here ready to slam my kindle against the wall because there are so many things I need to know and I am at the end!!!!!
“I just wanted you to believe in yourself for once.” “ I believe in myself,” I grumbled. “You don’t. But you should.”
This book hooked me from the get go and I finished this book in one sitting. The writing draws you in and I honestly could not put it down. I only wish that the book was longer. If felt like a novella to me and that is why I am only giving it 3.5 stars.
I loved all the characters in this book and could really connect with them. I felt bad for Lyla and Jaxon Reed was pure sex on a stick. All the secondary characters added the perfect layer to make this story line very believable. My only gripe with this book is it was way to short but very well written. I look forward to reading the next one because I need to know what is going to happen. Will Lyla get her HEA or is she in for more heartache.
Marie York is an American writer who works the corporate circuit by day but come nightfall transforms into a steamy writer. She loves the city life and a good cocktail.
Series: Pier 70 #1
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Coming: October 27, 2015
|He’s a walking contradiction…
Cam Strickland, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has earned the nickname his friends gave him years ago. Reckless. Sure. By definition. When it comes to fun, Cam hasn’t yet met a challenge he wouldn’t accept. In other areas, he’s likely far too cautious for his own good.
He’s his complete opposite…
Gannon Burgess, CEO of Burgess Entertainment, one of the top video game producers in the world, finds himself smack in the middle of the last place he would ever expect to be. But Gannon only thinks he is out of his element standing in the small marina office. Then… he meets Cam.
Rumor is opposites attract.
Sparks fly when this sexy, tattooed bad boy comes face to face with this buttoned-up gamer in glasses.
Can Cam and Gannon push one another out of their comfort zones? Or — thanks to the events that have shaped their lives — will the time they spend together prove to be just another reckless adventure? This one involving their hearts.
|New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.
Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.
Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.
When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.
Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.
Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.
I grin up at him. “You know, before this, I’d have taken you for a hard rock, or maybe even a bluegrass fan.”
“It’s the beard, isn’t it,” he asks.
“And the man-bun.”
He laughs, a short rumble of sound. “Want me to let it down?”
“Not necessary. Man-buns are hot. I blame Jason Momoa. There was only so much watching him bang Khaleesi the female population could take before they wanted their own Khal Drogo.”
Shit. I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Because it sounds a lot like flirting to me. Instinct tells me flirting with Ethan Dexter isn’t something to do lightly. And there’s the fact that I don’t go for athletes. At all. I don’t care how fit they are. Or how confident. I don’t like sports. Football bores me. Oh, I know tons about the sport—kind of impossible not to in my family—but I don’t want to pretend that I care when I’d rather talk about other things.
Dex’s eyes crinkle again, and he turns toward me, leaning an elbow on the table. “Doesn’t Momoa have a beard?”
I wave my hand. “Who has time to look at his beard when his muscles are on display?”
I most certainly do not look at Dex’s phenomenal arms.
“So your stance on beards is?” His gaze so strong I feel it in my toes.
My breathing picks up. “Don’t particularly like them.”
It’s the truth. And yet I can’t help but look at his. It’s dark, framing his mouth, which should be a turnoff for me. Only it draws all my attention there. To the shape of his mouth—the upper lip a gentle curve, the lower lip fuller, almost a pout. There’s something slightly illicit about the whole effect.
I clear my throat, glance up, and find him watching me through lowered lids. He doesn’t seem particularly put out by my frankness.
“What don’t you like about them?”
Is he serious?
He stares at me.
I guess he is.
Taking a quick sip of my drink, I search for an answer. “They’re just so…fuzzy. Prickly.”
He moves in, not crowding me, but putting himself at arms’ reach. He smells faintly of cloves and oranges. It must be his aftershave or cologne, but it works for me.
I’m distracted by it and almost jump when he speaks again. “Do you know this based on experience, or are you making an assumption?”
My gaze narrows. “Aren’t you the philosopher.”
“You didn’t answer the question.”
His lips quirk. “You should find out if your assumption is true before you condemn the beard.”
“Is this some sort of creepy way to get me to touch your beard?”
A challenge flashes in his eyes. “There are a few guys at the bar sporting beards. You could go ask them. But I figure since we know each other…”
“Not that well.”
“You’d rather ask a stranger?”
“You’re assuming I care enough to ask, Slick.”
His teeth shine white in the shadows of the club. “I know you’re curious. You’re fairly twitching with wanting to know.”
I flatten my hands against the table and glare. Is it just me, or is he closer? Close enough that I can see his eyes are hazel, lighter around his cornea with a starburst pattern. I wish I could see the colors, but he’s painted in shades of blue and gray right now.
And he’s watching me. Patient. Calculating. Tempting.
“It’s always the quiet ones,” I mutter before taking a breath. “Okay, I’ll pet your fuzzy face.”
“Hold up.” Without hesitation, he reaches for my drink and takes a sip. “Liquid courage.”
A strangled laugh leaves me. “Because I’m sooo scary.”
“You have no idea, Cherry.”
I think I growl at him. I definitely want to give his precious beard a good, hard tug. But he simply lifts his brows at me. “Get on with it, then.”
This cheeky bastard is totally playing me. And here I am falling into his trap. Because I cannot look away from his beard now. More specifically, his lips, which are parted just slightly. An invitation. A dare.
Shit. I’ve never been very good at ignoring a dare.
I hate that my hand trembles as I reach up to touch him. He stays perfectly still, his arm casually slung on the edge of the booth behind me, his body turned toward mine. But I don’t miss the way his breathing has kicked up just slightly.
I hesitate, shy almost. Hells bells, I’m only going to touch a bit of facial hair. Why does it feel like we’re two kids tucked in a dark corner, playing a game of “I’ll show you mine”?
Annoyed with myself, I close the distance between us.
*This book is #2 in the ‘Bama Boys series. While it can be read as a standalone, it is a continuation of book #1 and is meant to be read after Forever Red.*
Putting others needs before his own was all Mike Carson had ever done.
First, it was the friends he loved more than family. Then it was his country. By nineteen, he was a father, a husband and fighting in a war not many people believed in. After an accident ended his career and his life fell apart, he filled his days keeping screaming fans from reaching the most famous country rock star in the world. And, pining after a woman who would never love him.
Then, everything changed.
He thought he could handle anything that was thrown his way. He thought running my security detail would be the easiest job he’d ever had. He thought he’d be able to keep me safe without getting attached.
He was wrong.
They call me reckless, selfish, and slutty. In reality, I’ve just stopped caring what everyone else thinks. I’m determined to have some fun, to live life my way, and to make Mike realize that being a little selfish isn’t the worst thing in the world.
I think we both have our work cut out for us.
**Book contains graphic language and adult content.**
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She was out of it, ready to be tucked into bed and spoiled. Our night was far from over, though. Straightening my legs, I pulled a condom from my pocket and pushed it into her hands as her hooded eyes lifted to mine. “Put it on.”
With shaking hands, she reached for my belt. Fumbling at first, she managed to unbuckle it and open my jeans enough to shove them and my boxers down my legs. When my cock sprang free, her fingers closed around me, moving up and down slowly, taunting me. When they traced over the tip teasingly, I bit back a groan.
She slid her body down my legs further, holding my eyes as she dropped her head and pulled me into her warm mouth. My hips jerked involuntarily, making her take more of me, shoving my tip down her throat. She didn’t pull back, surprising me, and swallowed instead. I almost lost it.
I pulled her away from my dick, yanking her mouth to mine. Her taste, still on my lips, mingled with my taste on hers, driving me even crazier. I deepened the kiss, getting lost in her until she sat back. She opened the foil packet, rolling the latex down my shaft almost expertly, causing a stab of jealousy to rock through me.
Before I could concentrate on the unwanted feeling, she winked and positioned her body above mine. As she sank down onto me, we both gasped. She didn’t move for a second, instead settling onto me and squeezing me from the inside.
“Christ.” It was all I could say because it was the only thought in my mind.
“Off!” she demanded as she pushed my shirt up my stomach. “I need to see you.”
I sat up, intending only to grant her wish, but the movement forced me deeper, making us both groan in pleasure.
Her nails moved along my bare shoulders, scraping me gently, and she finally started to move. My eyes rolled back into my head as she rode faster and faster, her mouth finding mine. I tried to let her set the pace, but I needed more. Moving my hips, I met her thrust for thrust, our pace quickening until we were both crying out in pleasure.
Fighting the instinct to roll her onto her back and pound into her so hard she’d feel it a week from now, I fell back on the bed and gave her the illusion of control. When I sucked a nipple into my mouth and played with the bar through it, she clenched tight around my cock.
“Come, baby,” I groaned into her ear. “Come. Soak my dick.”
“Oh my God. Mikey!” She repeated my name, the way one would a prayer. She started to come apart, never slowing her pace. Instead, her fists braced against my shoulders and she rode me harder than she had, determined to have me join her. This woman was born to fuck me stupid.
My fingers curled into her hips again, hard enough to leave nail imprints, and I took control. Her muscles tightened against me, milking me, and my body couldn’t hold out any longer. “Fuck, Mols!” I exploded inside her, making my entire body tingle in a way it never had.
She collapsed, falling onto my chest, our bodies both soaked with sweat. I closed my arms around her, needing to hold on to our connection for as long as I could. Once our heartbeats had returned to normal, I rolled us to our side, wincing as I slid out of her.
I cleaned up as fast as I could, covering us with a quilt and pulling her back into my arms as soon as I was back in bed. I wasn’t the guy who cuddled after sex. Hell, Julie and I had used two different blankets, barely touching unless we were fucking. I needed this, though. I needed to hold her.
Kissing her shoulder, I buried my head in the nape of her neck. Her breathing had evened out and she was relaxed against me, so I assumed she’d fallen asleep when she asked, “Is it always like that with you, Mike?”
“What do mean, babe?”
“That intense? That…” She trailed off, but I knew what she’d meant. That perfect. That amazing. That addicting.
“No.” I cleared my throat, almost not wanting to be honest and scare her away. “Never.”
“Me either. I don’t know what that was.” She didn’t tense, but moved one hand over my body and grabbed my thigh as if to hold on to me. I didn’t know, either. But it scared the shit out of me.
Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story.
Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish – a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the man who ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons who always keep her on her toes.
Carina received her MBA in May, but would much rather play with her imaginary friends (the voices in her head) than work her 8 to 5. When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle, laughing with friends, or living life vicariously as her Derby Girl persona, Writers Block.
Carina is the author the of Bastards MC series and best selling Forever Red. She is currently writing Out of The Blue, the follow up to Forever Red. She loves to hear feedback from her readers, no matter what type. You can email her at:email@example.com
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WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003. Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam.WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career. From suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter trilogy and Defending Her, and now contemporary romance with Worth Saving. As a reader, WS usually prefers the drama of suspense, but as a writer, he’s branched out and is doing his best to reach a wide audience and a plethora of readers.WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you. You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Stay tuned, there’s more great stories coming from WS Greer!
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First, he saved me.
I lived because he was a hero.
And then he was gone.
Uprooted by the fire that destroyed our home, my family moved away and I never saw David Andrews again.
Then, he found me.
Eighteen years later, he rescued me again – in much simpler terms, of course. By loving me, by giving me the fairy tale I’d always hoped for, he provided me with the perfect life.
Now, he needs to be saved.
It’s my turn to be strong, to be brave, to be valiant.
When flames threaten to turn us to ashes, it’s up to me to pull us From the Wreckage.
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Wow, this book is one of those that will have you stopping in your tracks and really taking a second to really appreciate all that we are fortunate for. Life is hard and there is a lot of good and bad out there. It is unfair at times and when you least expect it everything can change in the blink of an eye. What had me stopping and taking pause was the lessons that this book really gives us. Life is short, we aren’t promised tomorrow or even yesterdays. What matters is today and holding the people we love close no matter how hard it can be. Every life is precious and no one should be forgotten.
I can’t even tell you how touching this story is. It will certainly renew your faith in true love because if you take anything away from this story it will be that. David and Grace were made for each other. Time, events or life did nothing to severe the kind of connection these characters had. The energy and pull between them was palpable and there wasn’t a single time you didn’t feel like they belonged together. They had so much passion and love between them that even when faced with something really devastating you never lose sight on the power of their love.
This story is real and genuine. The fact that Melissa is able to bring you back to a horrible time when the world changed and really have you thinking about how important it is to always remember those who lost their lives was done in such a graceful, heartfelt and compassionate way. David and Grace’s journey really had me reflecting. I can’t even begin to describe how much respect I have for the both of them. David and Grace have faced some difficult things and their road wasn’t always easy but it is definitely a journey you won’t want to miss out on.
Melissa’s dedication to her uncle was truly beautiful and I felt his memory within these pages. There is real rawness and honesty throughout each page and it certainly has me appreciating my loved ones a lot more. Even though there are some emotional scenes within the storyline rest assured it’s not all sad. This book really is a feel good, sweet story with some pretty remarkable characters. You will swoon and fall in love with these characters and their journey.
I implore everyone to give this book a chance. This book is just so beautifully written that you won’t be able to walk away not thinking about what truly matters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.
Sawyer Morgan has a secret. Revealing his true feelings to his family could bring devastation and destruction, so he keeps the burden firmly on his own shoulders. When he moves back to Torey Hope to help with the family business, Sawyer’s hidden truth becomes too much to bear.
Luke Hamilton has a past overflowing with emotional and physical scars. A promise to his dying mother prevents him from seeking the love and acceptance he longs for. Taking a job in Torey Hope brings Luke face-to-face with taboo desires he thought long extinguished.
Secrets, lies, hatred, and fear threaten to destroy their lives. But, love has the power to overcome and lay claim to victory.
Will Sawyer succeed in proving to Luke some connections are worth fighting for?
A poignant tale of two hearts valiantly fighting to stay true and find love.
**This is a male/male romance. It has adult themes, language, and situations. Readers sensitive to homosexual relationships, abuse, hate crimes, and derogatory terms should take note. This story is meant only for readers age 18+.**
His brother, Decker, had taken the news fairly well. He’d needed a solo walk through the woods to gather his thoughts; Sawyer suspected his always-in-control, serious, black and white brother also needed to come to grips with the fact that he’d never suspected his brother’s sexual preference was different than his own. How ironic that the one person Sawyer was the closest to in the whole world was the one person who was the most clueless.
Sawyer had held his breath practically the whole time Decker had been walking through the woods. A deluge of rain poured down as the dark sky broke open, yet Sawyer still sat alone at the campfire. His head had started playing tricks on him. You disgust him…he can’t stand the thought of having a gay brother…you’ve lost him…he’s not coming back. But Sawyer held out hope that Decker was just doing his usual thinking things through.
He had breathed a sigh of relief when Decker emerged, soaking wet, from the woods. Walking towards him with purpose, his twin had stopped in front of him and spoke the most heartwarming, sincere words Sawyer had ever heard from him.
“You’re my brother, always have been, always will be. I wish you could have told me sooner, but nothing has changed between us. I’ll be there in any and every way that I can.” Decker grabbed Sawyer and pulled him into a deep embrace, communicating his love and acceptance through his touch.
Telling his cousins, Zach and Kendrick, had been less emotional, and a lot more entertaining. Sawyer had to laugh at the questions his admission had stirred up.
Two words that held such power. Would they laugh? Would they walk away in disgust? Would they be angry?
Zach smiled and nodded. “I think I’ve known that for a long time, man, but thanks for telling me.”
“Wait, you knew? Why didn’t you ever say something? Why did you joke with me about girls?”
“I don’t know, I guess I figured you’d tell me when you were ready. I didn’t want to bring it up if I was wrong and it offended you. I think I joked about girls thinking it would give you the opportunity to bring it up if you wanted to.” Zach stood and walked to his cousin, reaching a hand down, he pulled the other man up into a hug. “Nothing changes, I’ve got your back, man.”
Kendrick sat with his hand rubbing his chin. Would he be the one who couldn’t accept it?
Eyes twinkling and a shit-eatin’ grin on his face, he finally spoke. “What’s it like to suck cock?”
The other three burst out laughing.
I knew going into this book that it was part of a series or a spin off to one, and I’m sure that reading all the ones before would have provided me with more insight into a lot of the secondary characters. I don’t feel like I missed out on any crucial details that would have made a difference. This definitely can be read as a standalone. When I saw the synopsis I was curious about this book and it sounded like it was something I’d definitely would enjoy. When I read “Secrets, lies, hatred, and fear threaten to destroy their lives. But, love has the power to overcome and lay claim to victory.” that screams read me. It completely has the making for a really great story right?
Unfortunately I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. The characters and storyline had everything that would normally call to me but there was just something that I couldn’t completely put my finger on that just didn’t fully grab me. Their desire, conflict and determination to overcome all the issues they faced were there. Their journey to healing and self-discovery and moving on from all that has kept them down was there. Their internal battles these men worked through as well as the external ones were all there. I just never really fully connected with Sawyer and Luke. I was interested enough that I needed to keep going to see how everything would play out, but it felt a little too sweet, too easy, too quickly resolved in a pretty bow. I think the timeline was a little fast paced for me and just a little bit too much telling verses showing. When the struggle was real I really wanted to be in their heads feeling every emotion they were feeling.
Don’t get me wrong this story is definitely enjoyable to read. There are some pretty hot scenes between them. Luke’s story was devastating to hear and I really felt for both these men. There is a point in the story that Sawyer really finds himself in some troubling waters and I was pretty angry while it was going on. It just got wrapped up too perfectly. I really wish we could have gotten just a bit more from him because no matter what, living through something like that would definitely leave you feeling vulnerable. Same thing went for Luke when he finally gave himself completely over to Sawyer. I just wished I could have been in his head while it was happening.
I’m definitely not going to go into anything with the storyline. It’s one you’ll want to read for yourself. It’s one that has some conflict, a bit of angst but the overall sense of the book is love wins out. And isn’t that what we are all looking for in a story?
A.D. Ellis is the author of two contemporary romance series, A Torey Hope Novel Series and Torey Hope: The Later Years. Her 2014 debut novel, For Nicky, was voted #3 of the Top 50 Indie Books of 2014 by ReadFree.ly readers/voters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Indiana Romance Writers of America.
A.D. was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends and family were not such book enthusiasts, so she got used to dealing with snickers and joking comments about her constant reading habits.
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 16 years; most of her years of experience have been in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.
A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don’t always share in that enthusiasm.
Ms. Ellis met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, two school-aged children, and a hyperactive Yorkie named Snickers. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and sweating at the gym.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013; she is grateful for the friends and support she’s found along the way.
Love Unspoken by Lisa De Jong is FINALLY here!
Blake, Lila and Pierce’s story continues in the newest addition to the Flawed Love Series!
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I lent my heart to the bad boy, and he did exactly what I expected he would. He broke it.
And the guy I should have been with—he’s still here. He tries to take my mind off everything I’ve lost while showing me what I could have. I’m ready for a new start, to fall in love again … to do what I should have done in the first place.
Everything seems perfect.
Then the past comes walking back in. I thought I was over him, but one look and I know that’s not true. We went through too much together for those feelings to completely fade away.
When my past and present collide, how am I supposed to choose? They both love me, and I love them.
A heart will be broken … and it could be mine.
“If I had come home sooner, would I have had a chance?” he asks, sinking down in the bed until we’re eye to eye. He knows he’s making it impossible for me to skirt around the truth.
Eyes don’t easily lie to eyes.
“Yes,” I whisper. “I waited for you. Until New York, it would have been you.”
His fingers come up, gently brushing a piece of hair from my forehead. “I really fucked up with you, didn’t I?”
“Neither of us was in the right place. It wasn’t our time.”
He moves closer, brushing his thumb against my cheek. My conscience whispers but the tequila screams. “When will it be our time?”
I think about Pierce. This weekend. Everything. “It may never come, or maybe, it’s already passed.”
“I’m going to fight for you,” he declares, propping himself up on his elbow to look down at me. “I thought I could let you go if I knew it would make you happy, but after sitting alone in this apartment all weekend while you were with him, I don’t think I can do that.”
I swallow hard. “And, if you don’t win?”
“I’ve already lost, so what do I have left to lose?”
And, he’s right. He’s already lost so much that the risk is minimal.
“Pierce trusts me,” I blurt, my palms sweating against the sheets.
He leans in, kissing my cheek. “He shouldn’t trust me, not when he has the one thing I want.”
He slips out of my bed without looking back, carefully closing the bedroom door behind him. He wanted the last word, and he got it.
Do not read this review or this book if you have not read Lies Unspoken first or it will ruin the ending of it for you.
“Somewhere along the way, the little game we liked to play turned into something more. Something a lot like love-a better love than I’ve ever felt before. And now it’s gone.”
Blake stole my heart in Lies Unspoken and at the end of it my heart was broken into little pieces. Blake had walked out and Lisa left me to pick them all up. I needed to get my hands on this book fast and hope for the best.
“You’re going to be the death of me. “
“And, you’re going to be the life of me…”
Love Unspoken picks up 6 months after Blake left. Lila is heartbroken and just wants him to come home. However, Pierce has stood by her through it all and can be quite charming so of course she starts to fall for him. But just as Lila decides to give Pierce a real chance, her past comes crashing back in. This is where I saw a side of Pierce I really didn’t like. (Ok I didn’t like him because he wasn’t Blake but that’s besides the point!) I just felt like his insecurities got the best of him and some of the things he said or ways he acted pissed me off. I would’ve dumped his ass!
“Time heals all wounds, or that’s what they say. Time might make them better-might ease the pain-but it can’t protect you from new cuts or hide old scars.”
Lila knows she’s not over Blake but she also knows she’s fallen for Pierce. At first you think Blake is going to do the “right” (not my right…just saying!) and let Lila be happy with Pierce but soon realize he can’t just let her go without a fight.
“I can’ t trust you.”
“I can’t live without you.”
“I’m not yours.”
That’s the funny thing about love triangles they can get rather sticky and in the end only one man can win.
“That line between right and wrong faded a few minutes ago. I thought I knew what I wanted; confusion is a nagging little bitch.”
There were parts I LOVED about this book and parts I HATED! And by hate I meant I felt like puking because Lila was with the wrong guy! Sooo I could say “I HATE THIS FUCKEN BOOK” and you would know Pierce had won. OR I could say “BEST ENDING EVER” and you would know Blake had won! BUT where’s the fun in that?! And since I can’t do either of those things…I guess you’re just going to have read and suffer like I did! One thing I will say though is no matter who wins Lisa truly does have a way with words and I can’t wait to read what she puts out next!
“Life is a journey for which we leave little pieces of ourselves behind. We write words in every chapter then leave them to continue to the next. Its our legacy, and if were lucky enough, we’ll met someone special to take the ride with.”
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About the Author
Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.
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The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.
Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.
When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?
Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful
So, nuts huh. Safe to say a book called Nuts, guy holding a handful of nuts on the cover, I knew I’d experience something- nutty…….pun intended….COME ON!! I had too!
“I’ll see you around, I’m sure.”
“It’s a small town. Maybe you’ll show up at my back door with your nuts again.”
This was an overall cute, take me away kind of read. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to love it because I compare all my Alice reads to Wallbanger. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever compare to Simon. It’s really hard for me to find love after Simon. So when I say I liked Nuts, it’s a good thing. I judge this book in two part. One part was good, okay…boring details. But, part two!!!!!!!!!!!!! I fell hard!!!!!!
“What did you bring?”
He buried his head once again into my neck.
“A really big zucchini.”
I threw my head back and laughed. He continued on his nuzzle path, now sweeping kisses back up toward my ear.
“I’m taking my beets and going home,”
“No, no, you went to all that trouble to bring me that zucchini. At least let me see it.”
I loved Leo and Roxi and I truly loved their comical nutty, veggie banter. What I didn’t care for was all the extras. Fillers. The lengthy past history talk, family talk, it really bored me. I’m all for setting the scene, beautiful rolling hills but a complete detail of every piece is too much for me. Especially, when I see I’m a ¼ into the book and nothing really has happened with our main couple.
“Listen, I totally understand the appeal of a small town; it’s just not for me.”
“Bright lights, big city?”
“Something like that. Sometimes it’s nice to be just a face in a crowd.”
“Not possible. Just a face? Not possible.”
The very traditional plot with the added comical one liners and jokes made it easy to enjoy. There were quite a few chuckles. It’s also very guy funny. All the right puns and sexual notations. For myself, I already think that way so I was happily giggling along! Roxi, the over worked LA private chef is needed back home while Leo the native country farmer likes his life as is, meet and clearly think the other is an equal hotty. There were no big instant fireworks to really connect them (fine by me), they were just simple attracted to each other.
Also, neither wanting something real. Tried and true storyline, for Leo and Roxi they knew this would be just for the summer. I would have loved a little more sexual tension before they jumped in. They were flirty- YES. Cute kind of flirty, sweet flirty. I wanted that tiger kind of tension flirt from them.
“What’s up, Leo?”
“You’re only here for the summer, right?”
“Then I should probably get going on this.”
I was reading along, all the while thinking this is a good 3 star book and then I hit the last third of the book. I began to rethink my rating. This last third of the book is when this really turned around to greatness. The over descriptive and past talk seemed to be out of the way and Roxi and Leo found themselves involved in a newly developed little twist. And it brought more smiles to my face. It was pure and sweet and downright hysterical. When this ‘thing’ is done correctly it really pulls the couple together. It’s one of my favorites to read about- when done right! While the gears were moving in Roxie’s brain I started to see her cemented steps.
“Bees make honey, you know. You sure you aren’t scared?”
“Can it Pork Chop.”
Now finished, I am so happy. Even, with a rocky start and not completely full of my favorites Leo and Roxie won the round for me. The ending was sweet and I think perfectly matched for the story. I was satisfied and closed my kindle with an ear to ear grin. This wrapped up nicely!
“Have you ever gotten so totally thrown by someone, you have no idea how it could have happened?”
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.
Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…