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~ REVIEW: Community Service by Dakota Madison ~



As Maggie Mitchell enters her final semester of college, the last thing she wants is a guy in her life, let alone two of them.

Her new lab partner, Sawyer Reed, is still the overconfident and sexy jock that made fun of her in high school. The only thing that has changed is that he now uses a wheelchair, the result of a skiing accident.

Jude Marino is a hot actor who all the girls want and would do anything to get. He works at a local theater where Maggie has been assigned to complete community services hours after rear-ending a police car.

Both Sawyer and Jude want Maggie but only one of them will be able to capture her heart.

This new adult romance contains mature language and content indented for adult readers (18+).

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

 Community Service is one of those great books that leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling after you finish it. Maggie has just been appointed a coveted research internship in her college’s Paleolimnology lab. She is quite surprised when she discovers her lab partner is Sawyer Reed, the guy who was every girl’s dream in high school. A lot has changed since then. Sawyer was involved in a ski accident that left him paralyzed. But, the accident hasn’t changed Sawyer’s sex appeal at all…Maggie thinks he’s a sexy as he ever was. She doesn’t think he remembers her from high school when he called her “Freaky Four Eyes” on the bus all those years ago. She is in for a surprise; not only does he remember her, but he has always had feelings for her. They become closer as they spend more time together. At first, she isn’t sure about dating a guy in a wheelchair. Maggie is very honest with Sawyer about her misgivings, and he respects her for that and actually teaches her a great deal about people with spinal injuries. She soon finds herself wondering what it would be like to have his lips on her lips and his body next to her body. She soon forgets about the wheelchair. As they grow closer and begin to give their relationship a try, many things begin getting in the way to stop it before it even gets off the ground. Sawyer begins doubting himself especially when Maggie is assigned community service at a local community theater where she meets the incredibly yummy, sexy Jude. Jude and Sawyer share a long, complicated, and painful history.  Sawyer seems to be pushing Maggie towards Jude. It doesn’t help that Maggie has doubts about her appeal to Sawyer either. Will the two of them get rid of their doubts to give their relationship a chance, or will they allow their relationship to die before they even give it a fair shot?

I really had to think about was I was going to write in this review because Community Service is a very special book. While it is a great love story, it’s a book about changing people’s perceptions of stereotypes. The author completely changed the way I see a person who has suffered a spinal injury. I am going to be brutally honest…how many times have I seen a person in a wheelchair and thought how awful it must be do be confined in one. I thought most people who have suffered such an injury have no feeling below their spine and therefore can’t live a fulfilling life. Boy, was I wrong!!!! I learned that there are varying degrees of spinal injuries and just because someone is in a wheelchair they can live quite a fulfilling, whole life. Some even enjoy a great sex life like Sawyer! I liked that she included information at the end of the book to find out more about spinal injuries. I just love love a book that can change a person’s way of thinking through such a beautiful love story. Sawyer will stay with me long after finishing the last page.   

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~ Falling for Alexander by Claire Robyns Reviews ~


Book 2 in the Corkscrew Bay Series


Kate’s waited three years to meet the new owner of Darrock Castle. What she did not expect was her intense attraction to the sexy-as-sin recluse billionaire with dubious scruples that included—but was possibly not limited to—random threats, unreasonable firings, community snubbing and suspicious helicopter activity. But she’s falling, sinking to the bottom, and there she finds a vulnerability in the man she’d never have imagined.

When Alexander Gerardo decides to teach the local reporter a lesson, what he finds instead is a woman who fills spaces he’d never known were there. Who crashes over walls he would have sworn he’d never erected. His natural aversion to the media has deep roots, but when it comes to Kate, he’s never wanted anything or anyone else more. Even if it means he’s playing with fire and tempting disaster.

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 Falling For Alexander is the second book in the Corkscrew Bay series and is the story of Kate and Alexander. I think the following quote from the author sums up the book nicely. “It’s a firework extravaganza of deceit, threats, and betrayal.” Kate is the owner of her small town newspaper. Alexander is the reclusive owner of Darrock Castle which has a long history in the town. Kate has been curious about the owner for three years especially when he puts a stop to the castle being used for the town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. It is her crusade to see the annual event reinstated. Alexander has spent years keeping outsiders out, especially reporters. He detests them! When Kate and Alexander meet face to face, it’s a sizzling encounter filled with mistrust and lots of sexual attraction. When Kate discovers that the housekeeper has disappeared after talking to her about Alexander, she vows to uncover what happened to her. So, she lies to Alexander telling him that Mrs. Pinnings is her aunt. Alexander is no fool. He knows she is lying and is determined to teach her a lesson. However, neither one of them realize their lives are about to change as they spend more time together and begin falling in love.

There were several things I liked about the book. I loved both of the characters. I thought they complemented each other quite nicely. I enjoyed watching them fall in love. The love scenes were not very descriptive, but it worked. The author used her own writing skills to make the love scenes work without giving me every detail of what was happening between the sheets. For example, she writes, “This…this wasn’t sex. This wasn’t making love. This was a collision of body, mind and soul.” I thought that statement was more beautiful than any descriptive detail she could have used. I also liked her descriptive writing style. I like to feel like I am a part of the story, and I felt like I lived in Corkscrew Bay with all the other townspeople.

This wasn’t only a book about falling in love but about friendship and community. I loved that Kate loved her town and her fellow citizens and that she did so much to make her town better. Even though, the book is a part of a series, you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy this. The first book is Falling for the Guy Next Door which is the story about Kate’s friend, Megan. The third book will be about Kate’s friends, Izzy and Finn. It is a delightful series that allows you to escape from life even if just for a little while. 

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** 3 1/2 Stars **

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really sure how to rate this. This was a great story and I really liked the characters, but something seemed to be missing for me. I guess I would have liked a little more story on the relationship for Kate and Alexander, but hey, don’t get me wrong I still really enjoyed it.

First you meet Kate, she is a go get ’em type of person, and it’s hard for her to leave well enough alone (her own words). So when the owner of the castle in town shoots down the request to have the towns Easter egg hunt there AGAIN, she goes to try to change his mind. She gets in with telling a little lie, but she never expected what happens next.

Alexander is a very private person, with solid reasons for it. He also has a very poor outlook on reports. He’s got every reason for his hatred for them, they’ve spread out all the family’s struggles for the world to see and shammed them in the process. So when Kate comes barreling down his driveway he isn’t impressed. He starts to change his mind though after spending some time with her, he starts to realize she isn’t at all what he expected her to be.

These two play a very fragile game with their hearts, Kate is willing to give him everything, but he keeps holding back, he’s afraid to let her in all the way because of his past. I think this is the issue I had the most with the story, Kate was willing to let Alexander keep things from her, just so that they could stay together. She didn’t expect anything more from him. Granted they did have an instant connection and shared passion, I just wish he would give more. Even though Alexander claims he trusts Kate, as soon as she comes to tell him something, he assumes the worsts and throws her out before letting her explain.

Will Alexander be able to get his head out of his ass and realize how good he has it with Kate? Or will he keep letting his past rule how he is going to live his life in the present?

You could definitely feel the care and compassion that Kate shares with the town and the town feels the same towards Kate. I especially liked Finn (even though you don’t get to see him much) and the ending proves the next book should be interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens with the news Isobel left Kate with at the end.