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~ REVIEW: Broken Course by Aly Martinez

9168rLyYSeL._SL1500_SynopsisSeven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn’t even mine to harbor.

Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn’t hurt to breathe. Don’t get me wrong. Leo isn’t perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.

Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy.

Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?

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“I’m thankful for the broken course that led me here. All the wrongs somehow feel right. And if Leo James is all I ever get, I can honestly still say that this life would be an absolute win.”

To me, this quote is a perfect synopsis of Broken Course and the story of Leo and Sarah. So, I will not go into a lengthy synopsis. You have to read this wonderful book yourself!!! I just want express the reasons why you not only have to read this book but this whole series.

Leo and Sarah were some of the most memorable characters I have ever come across in a book. They are flawed and imperfect. In fact, at first glance, they aren’t two people who you would really even like much less feel sympathy for. However, in Aly’s talented hands, they soon found themselves deeply rooted in my heart. She does a phenomenal job of slowly peeling back the dark layers that make up Sarah and Leo. They each have survived an incredibly dark past and have tried to make a new life. Individually, there is still something missing, but together, they are complete. Not only do they bring out the best in each other (most of the time), but they make each other confront the past and become stronger.

I was sucked into the story from the very first page. It was so emotional and vivid! I was there with Sarah and could feel her gut-wrenching pain, and she didn’t let go of my heart throughout the book. The chemistry between Leo and Sarah was intense and hot. Yes, they fell into sex pretty easily, but the deeper relationship develops more slowly. They each have a lot of baggage that they bring to the table, and the trust and security between the two takes a bit longer…which is very realistic and normal. So, it’s not always a perfect love story wrapped up with a pretty bow; it’s better!!!! However, that was one of the things that drew me into their story. In addition, all the characters from previous books are in Broken Course which ties the series up very nicely. As an added bonus, there is an epilogue which allows readers to see how everyone is doing.

I am a fairly new reader of Aly Martinez’s books, but I am so thankful I found her. She is incredibly talented. She spices her books up with hot, steamy sex yet sweetens it with the lasting relationships that develop between the characters. Broken Course is one of the most poignant, beautiful love stories I have ever read! It’s a lesson in forgiving others, forgiving yourself, and new beginnings. I truly can’t wait to see what she will give her readers next.

Abou the authorI’m a stay at home mom to four wild kids under the age of five. My life is pretty much crazy at all times.
I’m a Proud wino. Reader. Blogger. Ice cream hater. Olive lover. Southern girl stuck living in Chicago. Did I mention wino already?

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~ LOVE ADDICTION: a holiday anthology Cover Reveal ~

LOVE ADDICTION: a holiday anthology
8 moving stories of love and lust to melt away your winter blues.
 
Coming December 15th!

The books included:

#1: CRAVE by Violet Vaughn
Casey Cassidy gets what she wants.

Determined to get over Jason and find a man that wants a family, she moves to Breckenridge, Colorado.

Landing a job skiing every day, Casey finds Blaine Johnson – a wish come true. A hunky surfer turned ski instructor, he checks off every requirement on her list.

Except for the one she forgot to add.

Blaine has a secret. A secret so big it keeps intimacy smoldering, when Casey needs fire. No matter how hard she tries, the embers won’t ignite. Can she live without passion to get the family she craves?

When Jason comes to town, Casey questions everything she wished for. Their consuming love threatens to explode and ruin her dream. Will she have to choose between a family and the love of her life?

#2: ANOTHER NEW LIFE by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
“I wanted him, but more than that, I didn’t want to disappear again. That scared me the most.”

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.

When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone she’s known all her life.

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

#3: JARDINE by Leesa Bow (Book #1)
‘Nothing is worth losing you,’ he whispered.
‘You wouldn’t lose me. I’d be there to support you and help you reach your dreams.’ I smiled and ran my hand down his beautiful face.

At eighteen, Ava is sure she has found her soul mate in Jardine. Convincing their friends and family that what they have is more than just a crush, however, is an entirely different story. Jardine’s parents have his life mapped out with plans that don’t include Ava.

Their plans to get into med school and start their future together crumble when cricket sensation Jardine is selected to play for the Australian team, and expected to spend most of the year touring internationally. Ava knows since they agreed to follow their dreams, no matter the cost, she has to let Jardine go.

Ava also discovers a new inspiration to move on with her life. But can she keep it a secret from Jardine? If he discovers the truth, everything between them could be destroyed.

 

 

#4: KILL DEVIL HILLS by Sarah Darlington
“Sweet as hell. Unexpected. Reassuring. It was as if he wanted me to know, in his own particular Noah way, that he hadn’t forgotten about me.”

He’s twenty-four. She’s eighteen.
His life is exactly the way he’s always wanted it to be…stable.
She’s quite possibly the very definition of unstable.

Noah saved her.
Georgina never wanted to be saved.

Growing up, Noah Clark was passed from one relative to the next until he finally ended up living with his abusive, alcoholic uncle in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks in part to the unwavering love and support of his best friend, Ellie Turner, Noah survived those years, escaped his uncle, and grew into the man he is today. Now he runs his own business and lives a pretty normal, no-nonsense life—one where he maintains a high level of control.

Georgina is Ellie’s younger sister. Four months ago, Noah saved Georgie’s life, but he thought that was where his involvement with his friend’s sister would end. Now Georgie has returned home from the recovery facility her parents sent her away to and Noah, still haunted by the night that connects them, can’t stop himself from continuously trying to protect this girl he barely knows. But is he willing to give up all of the control he’s worked so hard to build in his life and risk everything for her? Even more importantly, would she do the same for him?

#5: CANDI FOR CHRISTMAS by Lilly Christine
McGreers Special Christmas Edition, McGreers #7
“He hadn’t taken his eyes from hers.
They were the blue-grey of the sky now. Sunlight sparked against them.His lips were close, then they met hers.
When she kissed him back, it felt like she was melting inside, melting into Shane McGreer.”

Fresh-faced intern Candi Bamberger flies to Beaver Creek, Colorado to scope out the action, but not the kind smokin’ snowboard star Shane McGreer has in mind! Shane shows her amazing moves, and not just in the half-pipe. He’s fallen hard, but Candi’s in deep freeze. Will he warm her up in time for a McGreer Ranch Christmas Eve?

#6: DOWN TO YOU by Addison Kline
“Here it is. Here is all I have to give. Everything in my life comes down to you.” ~Brant Edgemont

Holly Edgemont used to love celebrating Christmas, that is, until her whole world was turned upside down by an unexpected divorce from her college sweetheart Brant. This year, not only is she divorced, but the kids are going out of state with her ex Brant, leaving her utterly alone. Holly’s party-girl friend Sloane tries to break her out of her frump by dragging her along to holiday parties where Holly meets cute and available Chris. But when Holly realizes that she still has feelings for Brant, she has a decision to make: Learn to trust her long time love who broke her heart, or move on for good.

Brant Edgemont is a divorced father of three, and hopelessly in love with his ex-wife, Holly. He made the biggest mistake of his life walking out two years ago. Despite his pleas to reconnect, Holly still resists him. Is it too late to rekindle their love? Or will Holly move on for good, leaving Brant himself heartbroken and alone? Down To You is not just a romantic love story. It is a story of familial love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, and the magic that can happen at Christmas time when friends and family join together.

#7: ADAM’S LIST by Jennifer Ann
“We’ve entered dangerous territory. You can’t kiss someone with so much emotion if you’re preparing to walk away.”

She’s ready to give up on life, hiding her depression with sarcasm and booze. He’s got a secret and quit college, with few friends to lean on. When they discover each other, the sexual attraction is undeniable. So why does it seem impossible for them to be together?

Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she’s in college, going through the motions, but not really living.

Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he’s exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he’s guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam.

After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?

#8: SNOWED UNDER by Jen Greyson
Passionate Hippie + Hot Lumberjack = Enough heat to melt the fiercest Alaskan snow storm.

Cassidy catches a plane to Alaska to meet celebrity and friend, Jeremy Wren, to tackle her biggest environmental protest to date. But when she gets there, Jeremy’s flaked again and now she has to take on the Goliath, Whetman Logging, by herself.

But lumberjack, Teague Whetman isn’t who she expected. He’s sexy and nerdy and nothing like his old man–the Whetman behind the monster that she’s come to destroy. Determined to see her protest through, she handcuffs herself to his saw and shuts down the operation…right as a late-Spring storm rolls in.

Hammered by the snow, the little town of Bear Ridge shuts down, including the airport and Cassidy’s way out. Left with no other option, and with the storm turning deadly, Teague takes her to his place…

Will Teague and Cassidy be able to keep each other at arm’s length, or will the softly falling snow, candlelight, and their intense attraction be too much to resist?

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~ TANGO by Angelica Chase Release Blitz ~

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SEXUAL AWAKENINGS VOLUME II The Tango by Angelica Chase

SynopsisWeeks passed without hearing from Rhys; then I received a text that shook me to my core.

The Barracks. One hour. RED

I lied, he’s angry, and I’m about to pay for my lie with a pound of flesh.

RED.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for him. He blurred the lines and I stepped right over. Now I was facing his wrath, and my undeniable feelings for him. I had to
find a way to make things right.

RED.

Rhys felt threatened by my secret, but little did I know, he was hiding one of his own.

FILTHY EROTIC ROMANCE.

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Sexual Awakening, The Waltz Volume 1 by Angelica Chase

 

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Synopsis

You know what they say… One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

After sacrificing years of my life on a cheating husband, I’d had enough. I set out to quench a thirst I had ignored for years. I gave myself one year to
explore my sexuality—to delve into my deepest, darkest desires. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I would have my sexual revolution. I would
have my … awakening.

Unsure of where to start, I took a risk to make myself seen. Little did I know, the man who saw me would give me everything I ever wanted, one sweet orgasm
at a time.

Diving into the world of both pleasure and pain, I was sure with Rhys I had found what I’d been missing … until he took it away.

Filthy Erotic Romance. For Mature Audiences only. Extremely Explicit Sex. Strong Language.

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Angelica Chase has added her 3rd and 4th book to her serial on Goodreads!

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The Last Dance (Sexual Awakenings #3)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23443270-the-last-dance

Curtains (Sexual Awakenings #4)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23529862-curtains