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~ REVIEW: Miles from Kara by Melissa West ~

81fLrXurUEL._SL1500_SynopsisKara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices–especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do–even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

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christie review 5 star aI absolutely loved this book! I have been on a roll lately with reading some fantastic books in the past month, and Miles From Kara was no exception. It is a fantastic, new adult book that deals with serious life issues but still has lots of steamy romance as well. Kara is a college student at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Readers meet her in the first book of the series, Pieces of Olivia. However, in this book, we learn she isn’t the carefree girl she seems to be. Something that happened in her past continues to hold her in an emotional limbo. She wants to be able to find that girl she was before her life hit a major roadblock. She is in a relationship with her boyfriend, Ethan, that is seriously lacking passion and feeling. The only time she feels anything is when Ethan’s hot roommate, Colt, is around. Will she continue her dead end relationship with Ethan or give Colt a chance? ***Before you think that cheating is involved, breathe easy, there isn’t.***

There was so many great things about this book that made it a 5 star read for me. First, it was incredibly well-written. The characters were well-developed. The way in which they were written drew you to them; I felt incredibly connected to them, even the secondary characters. They were a tight group of friends that sort of formed their own family. They accepted each other despite all their flaws. Kara was an incredibly strong young woman. Yes, she had her flaws, and at times, you really wanted to knock some sense into her and ask her, “What the heck are you doing?” But, she had to make some bad decisions in order for her to heal and be able to live again. And, OMG…Colt is one of the hottest guys ever!!!! He has an awesome body, tattoos, a good heart, and to top it off, an Australian accent. Could there be a more perfect guy???? He and Kara seem to share the same soul…they are just beautiful together even when things are bumpy for them. May I add…I just love Rose, the psychologist!!!!This woman is hilarious. I hope she will get her own book!!!!!

One of the other big reasons this gets a 5 star rating is the serious issues that are in the book. I don’t want to really discuss what they are because I don’t want to ruin anything for those who haven’t read this series yet. All I will say is Melissa handles it beautifully. She highlights every side about it and does it without being judgmental. My hope that someone who has gone through something similar will find hope and love in this book….because that is what the crux of the book is for me….hope, love, and new beginnings.

I initially was attracted to Melissa West’s books because they are set in the lovely town of Charleston, SC, which is also the town I grew up in. But, they are much more. There is steamy romance with hot chemistry between the characters, but it is much deeper than that! In both books, she tackles some tough subjects. I love stories that bring out emotions and make me look at my own convictions about issues. If you want to read a story that makes you feel and connect you with the characters, give this series a try. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!

***Pieces of Olivia is Book 1 in the series.***

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Abou the authorMelissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance,
all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

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Title: SEIZE (Delirious Volume 2)

Author: Clarissa Wild

Release Date: December 30, 2014

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True darkness has only just begun …

She thought she could run, but there´s nowhere to hide. My bad side is coming out to claim what belongs to me. This hunter has found his prey, and he’s hungry for more. She’s mine now, and I’ll do everything in my power to keep her to myself.
You think I’m the monster?
Think again.
When the choices you make decide your fate, the line between good and evil blurs. In order to live, I do what must be done. Freedom is the price she pays for her safety.
She wants the truth? I’ll give her the truth.
In order to play this game, sacrifices must be made.
I will start with her.

This is Volume 2 in the Delirious Series, which contains 3 volumes and a prequel. This book is a full-length novel. These books should be read in order.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, drugs and alcohol, dubious consent, and graphic violence.

 

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When illusions come to life, how do you tell what’s real?

My life ended when I came back from vacation. Death was at my doorstep. Everything ceased to exist. To protect myself, I pushed the memories away.
All I remember is him: Sebastian Brand, my savior.
I trust only him.
I am obsessed with him.
But all I know about him is his name.
Stuck in this mental institution, I try not to think about the terrible memories that lurk deep inside me. Sebastian is the only one who can help me forget. I don’t care that they say he doesn’t exist, I need Sebastian and I will find him, no matter the cost.

 

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SNARE (Delirious, #1)

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His secrets will destroy her.

Taken.
Humiliated.
Used.
With his smart mouth, dirty talking, and possessive behavior, Sebastian Brand has me hooked in the most shameless way. I’m obsessed with him. However, now that I’ve escaped the mental hospital, he seeks to control my every move.
The overwhelming aloofness in his attitude and the darkness in his mind tells me there is more to this man than sheer dominance. Depravity is his playground and pain is a necessary evil.
Keeping me away was his first instinct.
Capturing me was his second.
Claimed by a man with the exterior of an angel and the mind of a brute, I will do anything to unveil his secrets and face my own demons.
A body in exchange for freedom. A heart in exchange for truth.
Life is never a given. Only a certain death.

 

 

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Clarissa

Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she’s best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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~ REVIEWS: Scarred by C.R. Gress ~

81HNVgV6OXL._SL1500_Synopsis**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language,sexual content and explicit drug references.

Hi. My name is Jordan. I never had the perfect life as a child but I wasn’t abused. More like confused. I grew up in one crazy family, but they only made me the person I am today. Well, let’s just say that they built the mold until I was sixteen.

Life has a way of smacking you around sometimes.

My life, after sixteen; well let’s just say that I was sucker-punched. How many rounds do you think I can take or will I just cut and run the minute the whistle sounds?

I am scarred, alone, and vulnerable; fighting everyone, including myself in self preservation.

Will I find redemption, my own peace of mind?

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christie review 3 starsScarred is a story about a troubled young girl who suffers almost unbearable loss beginning at a young age. She loses someone very important to her and finds herself numbing the pain through meaningless sex and drug abuse. The story begins in 1991 and ends in 2012. It chronicles her life through its highs and lows, and she does have her share of lows, but she always manages to pick herself up and go on. When she is just getting out of high school, she meets a young cop, Gavin. The two begin a hot affair, but Jordan isn’t ready for commitment yet, so she runs. However, Gavin isn’t about to give up on Jordan. Will they ever find their HEA?

Scarred had so much potential to be a 5 star read. It addresses some very important issues, such as loss and drug abuse. It is done in a very raw, realistic way, but I felt like parts of the story were rushed. I do realize that it is a book that takes place over a long period of time. However, I think it would have been better if there was more detail during the important parts of her life. There was a good bit of time described when she is undergoing treatment for her addiction. In my opinion, more time should have been taken in detailing her relationship with Gavin since he plays such a big role in the book. With all that said, Jordan was a character readers will not soon forget. There are times I didn’t really like her because of the choices she made, but other times, I loved her. She has a tenacity and determination not many people have especially when life knocked her down as many times as it did.

I will be reading the next book because it is from Gavin’s point of view. So, I am curious to see their relationship from his perspective. He really does love her, and I hope they finally get their HEA.

daniell review 3 starsJordan has had a rough childhood and just when things are looking up, at age 16, a tragic event sends her on a downward spiral. She is on a path of self-destruction with drugs and sex and doesn’t care enough to change until she’s given no alternative. About a year later, on a night out with friends, Jordan meets the one who will change her life yet again, Gavin.

Gavin is a local police officer and even though there is a 5 year age difference, he and Jordan are drawn to each other. They start dating and grow closer together and neither have ever been happier. But Jordan gets into a bit of trouble and rather than put Gavin’s job in jeopardy, she decides to leave town.

5 1/2 years later, Jordan is back in town and when she and Gavin cross paths, even though they are with other partners, they are unable to deny their feelings for each other. But circumstances prevent them from truly being together. Will Jordan and Gavin ever get their chance to be together or is it too late for them?

This book spans about 20 years and at times it is difficult to figure out what is going on. The time span moves too quickly in places before the reader can get a clear picture of what is happening. I did like both main characters and hope that at some point they find their happiness together.  This book is the 1st in the series, so even though there is not a huge cliffhanger, the story is to be continued.

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Abou the authorAfter stressing myself out for most of my life and obtaining three engineering degrees, I decided it was in my best interest, for my health, that I uproot the family and move to the east coast of Florida. Then add to that the fact that I refuse to work in the engineering field rather I wait tables at a local restaurant and write books in my spare time.

I am married with two teenagers and a very spoiled pit bull but we love living at the beach year round. The family enjoys boating, swimming, fishing and more while I enjoy being around lots of different people at work as well as stay in shape with all the running.

I love Rock-n-Roll music and spend a lot of time at concerts around the region. I also love riding Harley motorcycles and can be thought of as the redneck type.

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Erased
by Elle Christensen, K Webster
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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Joss Parker’s life is a fairy tale come true. She’s a concert pianist in New York who lives with her longtime boyfriend and is close with her fiercely protective father—until one fateful night when she is taken in the middle of the night.

In a desperate attempt to access a program that could be a threat to national security, her ability to play the piano is threatened. Her world comes crashing down when her father puts his need to protect a program over his own daughter.

At the last minute, Joss finds herself whisked away by an unlikely ally.

She later lands in the protective custody of none other than small-town bad boy and bar owner Derek Slade. Slade is entrusted to look after Joss and see to it that she hides behind her new persona, Jill, so that bad people don’t find her ever again.

Joss has been erased. Joss is now Jill.

As Joss trades her blond locks for Jill’s mahogany ones, she also takes on the strength of her new persona. Jill is someone who doesn’t put up with crap. Jill doesn’t trust easily. Jill must protect the broken heart of Joss.

Joss and Slade battle an intense attraction, but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Behind Slade’s silver eyes are mysteries he’s unwilling to share. Slade knows better than to get involved with Joss, yet he finds it nearly impossible to push her away.

What happens when Slade crosses the line of protector? Can he protect her when the evils of both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

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Elle Christensen is a debut author. Her first novel, a collaboration with author, K. Webster is due to release in December of 2014.

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I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Wild Girls Rule
by Rosalie Lario
Everly Brothers #1
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Wild girls get what they want…

After moving to New York City, Hailey Thompson lands a job as the assistant to her older brother’s best friend – and her childhood crush – Andrew Everly. Seeing Andrew again both thrills and terrifies her. The lighthearted boy she remembers has grown into an impossibly handsome man, but he’s also become a cold and ruthless businessman.

When Andrew agrees to hire Hailey as a favor to his childhood friend, he still thinks of her as the fresh-faced girl that he knew growing up. On the contrary, she’s all woman. Temptation in a short skirt. As alluring as she is though, the little beauty is far too flighty for a man like him…not to mention that he’s her boss.

As Andrew secretly struggles with his self-control, Hailey does everything in her power to crack his rigid façade. After being forced to spend a weekend away together on business, Andrew’s rigorously sculpted mask of discipline begins to slip, and Hailey gladly takes advantage of the opportunity to educate him in the ways of seduction. He can claim all he wants that he likes his women elegant and controlled, but Hailey knows a dirty little secret…when it comes to matters of the heart, wild girls rule.

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Rosalie Lario

Rosalie Lario is the author of the contemporary romance series, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, as well as the paranormal romance series, DEMONS OF INFERNUM and THE FALLEN WARRIORS. Rosalie double majored in Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate student, and briefly considered becoming an archaeologist before realizing they don’t actually live the life of Indiana Jones. So what was a classical geek armed with a lot of useless knowledge to do? Become a lawyer, of course!

After attending law school in Florida, she practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. When not writing, you can find her on a boat somewhere along South Florida’s waterways, chasing down a rainbow or pretending to be a pirate.

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~ Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

We, along with Casey Peeler, are excited to share with you the COVER REVEAL, BOOK TRAILER, EXCERPT and PRE-ORDER links to Southern Perfection! Southern Perfection is being re-released on January 13th. The new version will have changes and added scenes. Make sure to watch the TRAILER and enter the GIVEAWAY below for a $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

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Life is full of choices: good, bad, and ones you can’t control.
Raegan strives to be perfect in every way. Varsity cheerleader, honor student, and proud granddaughter of Dover Lowery. By day, Raegan is an over-achieving high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins.
What happens when appearances are not what they seem? Will Raegan be able to hold on to her life as she knows it, or will she be left all alone?
All of these questions are answered with one night, one song, one story, and one boy.

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When Emmett whispers in my ear that it’s time to go, goose bumps rise on my skin. I bite my lip and nod in agreement as we make our way outside. Our ride to the farm is filled with laughter and a desire to constantly touch each other. I hear Dustin Lynch begin to play through the radio, and before I know what’s going on, Emmett has pulled the truck off the side of the highway with the engine running. I stifle a laugh as he runs to open my door and squeal as he takes my hand and pulls me to the ground and into his perfectly rock solid body. We sing to each other while moving to the beat as random cars continue down the two-lane highway past us.
On the final beat of the music, Emmett takes my cheek in his hand, my mind races as he pulls my lips to his, and he kisses me like his life depends on it. This has to be the best kiss of my life. If I thought I saw stars at the field party, I just got caught in an entire constellation. When I’m brought back to reality, I know that in this moment, this boy is going to change my life.
 
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Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.
Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!
 
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~ Untamed by Brenda K Davies Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Untamed
by Brenda K. Davies
The Vampire Awakenings Series #3
Publication Date: December 27, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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His entire life Ethan has been keeping his more violent urges a secret from his family. They all think he is just antisocial, what they don’t know is that every day he struggles not to give into his growing desire to kill. Looking to escape for just a little bit and hoping that a change of scenery will help him, he agrees to join Isabelle and Stefan in Bermuda.

What he doesn’t expect is for Emma to walk into his life and change it in ways that he had never anticipated. Just when he finally begins to find some peace in his life, a dangerous threat from Emma’s past arrives. Ethan is willing to do anything to keep Emma safe, even if it means giving into the brutality that he’s spent his entire life fighting against. Giving in a little though, may mean giving in for forever, if he is unable to bring himself back from the darkness that has always enticed him.

***Due to mature content and language this book is recommended for readers 18+***

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Brenda K. Davies

Brenda loves to write adult paranormal and historical romantic fiction. When not with family, or out with friends, she’s happy at home in Mass. with her husband, and energetic puppy Loki. She is currently working on the third Vampire Awakenings book and has a historical romance coming out later this summer.

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