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~ REVIEW: Chasing Cassidy by D. Kelly ~

8106b-chasingcassidy_nook_koboSynopsisWhen Zachary Stafford first set eyes on Cassidy Pope she was being beaten by her father. After witnessing the traumatic event, he made it his mission to befriend her. As the years pass, their relationship evolves and Cassidy not only gives Zack her friendship but her love, as well.
Cassidy spent her childhood being verbally and physically abused. The best part of her life is her friendship with the Stafford twins, Zack and Rylee. Although she tries to put on a brave front, the years of abuse have turned Cassidy into a woman filled with insecurities who doesn’t believe she deserves love. Especially not the kind of love Zack has given her for the last twelve years.
On their wedding day, Cassidy’s insecurities get the best of her and she does the one thing she knows how to do well…she runs. Zack is devastated and when he discovers why Cassidy ran, his devastation becomes fury. Long ago, Zack made Cassidy a promise he fully intends to keep and sets off on a journey to bring her back into his arms where she belongs.
Will Zack and Cassidy get their happily ever after, or will Cassidy’s inner demons keep her from getting the only thing she ever wanted in this world? To be loved.
*Mature Content Warning* This book contains situations not intended for persons under the age of 18. Including, but not limited to – explicit sexual encounters, graphic language and alcohol use that some readers may find objectionable.*
**Trigger Warning** Chasing Cassidy deals with themes of mild to moderate child abuse. If this is something which may cause emotional discomfort for you please proceed with caution.

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christie review 5 star aI was so excited when I found out D. Kelly had a new book coming out. I read her Acceptance series and fell in love with her writing then. Her characters and her storyline may be different with Chasing Cassidy, but I loved reading this book as much as her other series.

 “There’s never been a girl whose hands fit in mine like a glove as if they are an extension of my own, until you. There’s never been a pair of eyes that see into my soul and set my world right again, until yours. There’s never been a set of lips that have locked onto mine like keys of a lost kingdom until yours touched mine. Every part of you completes every single part of me.”

 Zachary Stafford knew he was in love with Cassidy Pope when he was just a child. He was always her knight in shining armor trying to protect her from the evils in the world, mainly from her abusive father and neglectful mother.

“…and Zack has always been the one to save me. The one to heal me when no one else even knew I was broken.”

Over the years, Cassidy became a part of the Stafford family, her only refuge from her nightmare of a home. First, she was Zack and Zack’s twin sister, Rylee’s, best friend. Then she became Zack’s girlfriend and then his fiancée. However, she allows her insecurities to overwhelm her on her wedding day and flees. Zack has always chased Cassidy when she ran, and this time is no different. But, this time he has to convince her to trust him and stay. Will she finally be able to let go of her past and grab on to her future and get her HEA?

Even though the book deals with the serious issues of physical abuse and alcoholism, it’s a fairytale of sorts. Zack is the perfect Prince Charming…he’s loving, loyal, and forgiving. I love his plans to woo her and make her his forever. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Cassidy. I felt like she gave up on Zack and herself too easily. However, after getting to know her, especially through flashbacks, I came to love her. And, I discovered she was as loyal and even more forgiving than Zack. There was laughter, tears, and secrets revealed. It’s unbelievable how Kelly got me to love and respect a character, not Cassidy, that I literally HATED at the beginning! That takes talent my fellow readers, and Kelly is full of talent.

I can’t wait for the next book which is about Rylee, and boy is this girl hiding some explosive secrets. Kelly did an awesome job of getting us ready for her story through a side plot that only added to Chasing Cassidy. This was a sweet read, yet some really SEXY love scenes were sprinkled throughout the pages. If you like a romance that is emotional with a little bit of naughtiness, you will love this book!

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~ Unraveled (The Gatekeeper Chronicles #2) by Dina M Given Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

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Title: UNRAVELED (The Gatekeeper Chronicles, #2)

Author: Dina M. Given

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: August 31, 2015

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Emma Hayes, a mercenary turned monster hunter, finds herself the secret savior of Earth as she attempts to battle creatures, called Monere, and keep unsuspecting humans safe.

Emma already has blood on her hands, and the tide of Monere keep coming. She quickly learns that not all battles can be won with a gun and she must decide whether to take up Sharur, the magical battle axe, which may trigger a latent and terrifying magical ability within her.

Emma’s monster hunting skills also catch the attention of a government operative who enlists her help to discover the identity of another hunter. This investigation leads Emma deep into the heart of a supernatural organized crime Syndicate, and all of her notions about the evil nature of these creatures are called into question when she meets The Syndicate’s leader.

Can Emma unravel the true nature of the Monere and come to terms with her own magical ability before the next gateway opens, threatening the future of humankind?

 

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It’s not always easy to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, especially when your heroine is a trained killer and she may be falling in love with her evil hunter…

Emma Hayes, a former military Special Forces Operative turned mercenary-for-hire, finds her tightly controlled world turned upside down when she is attacked by horrible monsters.

Emma must use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive as she tries to solve the mystery of why she has been targeted. Her list of enemies keeps growing – from Zane Shayde, an evil Mage, to a secret branch of the US government – and she doesn’t know if there is anyone left she can trust.

To complicate matters further, Emma is inexplicably drawn to Zane in a way she doesn’t quite understand, even knowing her life is forfeit if captured. Who is he and why does he have this affect on her? How can she fight a being that calls to her, body and soul?

Emma is left haunted by questions, doubts and fears as to why she has been targeted, when they will come for her next, and how she will possibly be able to survive against an enemy she doesn’t understand.

 

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Dina Given lives in rural New Jersey – home of farms, horses and the largest hot air balloon festival in North America – with her husband, two crazy kids, and one rescue dog. She is an exercise enthusiast and avid lover of food and wine (hence the need to exercise). Dina also works full time for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. She attributes her ability to juggle family, work and writing to her obsessive, hyper-focused, Type A personality.

 

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~ A Life Without Fear (Life Series #2) by CS Jacobs Cover Reveal ~

A Life Without Fear

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Angelica tried very hard to overcome her emotions after her attacker confronted her at work. Only, the way she chose to deal with them nearly cost her life.
 
After realizing how close she was to losing it all, and how badly she’d hurt those she loves the most, she decided to change her outlook on life and tried to better herself starting from within.
 
Things began to look up for her in all aspects until a death pulls her back into the very hole she was so desperately trying to crawl out of. Is she strong enough to take the whirlwind of emotions that keep coming at her? Will the loss be too much to bare? Can the ones that love her help her through the crisis? Are they enough? 
 

 

Can Angelica finally live ‘A Life Without Fear’?
 
A Life Like This

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Angelica is a young woman living the good life in NYC. She has a great career, an amazing brownstone and the perfect gay best friend a girl could ask for. Nothing can slow her down, except for maybe a chance encounter with a very gorgeous man.


Blake is a well-known and sought after investor that happens to cross paths with Angelica in more ways than one. There’s something about the way Blake makes Angelica feel that’s different. Feelings that she’s never felt before come to the surface.


Will Angelica let Blake into her life and heart? Or will the nightmares of her past resurface and break them apart? Will Blake stay with Angelica through the hard times?


This book is intended for mature audiences 18+ It contains explicit language and sexual content.

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CS Jacobs lives in Southern California with her husband and three young children. She has a slight obsession with reading and Starbucks. She spends most of her time reading, writing or rescuing animals.
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~ Surviving Him (Shameless Series #1) by Dawn A Keane Blog Tour ~

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Book: Surviving Him
Series: Shameless Series #1
Author: Dawn A Keane
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
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Dark erotic romance contains subject matter some might find distressing, also violence and sexual scenes. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
An explosive love story of a mother and her struggle to be with the love of her life against all odds. Logan is strong, sexy, and the type of father that Dana’s daughters deserve in their lives. Dana’s life is rocked by tragedy, she is forced into running from her psychotic ex-husband, Ian, and it seems he’s determined to keep them apart.
Left with nowhere else to turn Dana and her girls seek shelter in a women’s refuge in Manchester, where Dana finds lifelong friendships in the other women who live there. Sisters brought together by despair that haunts them every single day, but the laughter they bring keeps out the darkness that is Dana’s past, she hopes she can find herself again. But a life away from Logan and his ability to ignite the flame deep inside her is almost unbearable.
Dana’s not the only one, Logan will fight anyone and anything to be back in Dana’s arms again. Can they carve out an existence for their fiery passion amid Ian’s rage?

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The Women’s Aid worker, Pam, seems like a kind lady with short, blonde hair, and concerned grey eyes as she sits opposite me behind her desk with a sympathetic look on her face. A pen and a notebook are situated in front of her and she is listening to my every word, while I tell her of the abuse I suffered at the hands of my ex-husband. All because of a bloody tap.

I turned the tap on as slowly as I could to fill up the kettle, and the water pipe made a loud screeching sound, a rumbling that shook through the whole house. It did that every time the tap was turned on. Ian was in bed and it woke him up. He was so angry with me, he jumped out of the bed, ran down the stairs towards me and started having a complete meltdown, going completely ballistic at me for waking him up. I shook with fear his as his eyes blazed with anger; a murderous violence poured from him as he glared down at me. He started shouting at me for turning the tap on the wrong way. He said that I was a stupid fool for not knowing how do it properly. I didn’t realize there was a right way to do it. I was so frightened because I knew what was coming next.

Ian lost it completely and flew at me so fast my head spun. He was shouting and swearing; he was beyond being in control of his temper. I was scared out of my mind. I trembled as my throat closed. I proceeded to beg him not to hurt me. I pleaded with him, but it didn’t do any good. He flew at me again and punched me so hard in the face that I fell on my knees on the floor. Ian didn’t want to hear anything I had to say. He got right in my face with his forehead firmly pressed up against mine, pushing me down and shaking me with the force. “You’re pathetic. You don’t even know how to do a simple thing. Not knowing how to turn on a tap quietly, you stupid bitch.” He punched me again and again. “Next time, yeah,” he shouted, “Do it fucking right.” He punched me on the right side of my jaw. I could no longer hold myself up.

I slowly agreed that I was pathetic for not knowing how to turn the damn tap on correctly, then my head smashed on the floor full force.

I could feel the blow to my eyes as he repeatedly hit me over and over and again. Black spots filled my vision then everything turned black. When I came to, I couldn’t believe what was happening to me, and Kayleigh. Was she ever going to be safe? What sort of mum am I to let this happen? How can I stop it? I believed that I must have deserved everything I went through. I must have one of those faces men want to injure. Ian left me alone and went to his sister’s house to calm down. I went to the bathroom and splashed my face with cold water, and it hurt so much I winced; the pain was excruciating. The water slowly soothed my face, stinging slightly with each splash. I couldn’t see very well as my eyelids had swelled and were changing colour, my tears stinging the open wounds. My head was in so much pain, I put my face back into the water in the sink to soothe it.

I looked up into the mirror; I was a complete mess. No amount of make-up was going to cover it up; it felt like my heart would pop through my chest, it was racing so hard.

All I wanted to do was go and see my mum and tell her what happened, ask her for help. But I knew she would be disappointed in me. I couldn’t call her and tell her, she would think I’m such a failure. I stared at my broken reflection in the mirror trying to figure out what I had done to deserve this and I couldn’t. I was so shocked, so scared out of my mind. Ian was back in no time at all with a box of chocolates, like that made it all ok again. He said he was a psychotic human being. He kept saying how sorry he was, so sorry for what he had done, so sorry for losing control and that he couldn’t believe he had hurt his woman. He promised me it would never happen again, but the damage was already done.

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Hi all I am just your normal average everyday mum nothing exciting, I was brought up in Manchester, and I am now living in the beautiful Scottish Borders with my three children.
I have enjoyed writing my story as I had a pretty hard upbringing and have suffered like everyone does over the years in different situations, but everyone has a story to tell.
I just hope my story can help someone out there who is or has been through the same sorts of situations to myself.

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~ The Molly Maddison Series by K.A. Young Blog Tour ~

The third installment of The Molly Maddison Series is available now.
 

This Side of The Crypt

 
Molly Maddison stands in the arms of Death, at the mercy of those who understand her world far better than she does. A creature of the night has her brother, but Molly will never allow her brother’s captor to take away the only family she has left even if that means damming the universe in the process.
 
For Molly nothing ever goes as planned. As the enigmatic Levi and the sensual guardian Damon vie for her body and soul, another secret of her past is revealed that just may shed some light on who and what Molly is along the part she is expected to play in this new world.
 
As the future unfolds, Molly comes face-to-face with soul shattering truth—about herself, her family, her best friend Jewels and Levi.
 
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Crypt Keeper


 
Molly Maddison grew up in a funeral home that unfortunately backed up to the largest Insane Asylum in the state. Very few understand what happens after death, Molly does. While other children were playing in the park with their living friends, Molly was in the cemetery playing with the dead. To say she is troubled is an understatement.

 

Now Molly has a new plan, to attempt to lead a normal life, and ban the contact with any of the dead. Realizing that she is madly in love with one of them was never part of that plan. However neither life or death ever go as planned and Molly is called upon to perform her role as the family Crypt Keeper…

 

Is she up for the task? Only time will tell.

 

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K.A. Young writes fantasy. Dark, edgy and sexy fantasy books with a strong female lead for adults and exciting adventurous fantasy books for teens. KA is a non-conformist with a coffee and dark chocolate addiction. She loves the ocean, the sun, traveling, reading and spending time with her kids and hubby.
 
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Thanks for reading, Kate
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Prophecy of The Female Warrior

 
Anna Wilkins is a prototypical housewife. She buys groceries, picks up the dry cleaning and host dinner parties.
 
Everything was picture perfect from the outside looking in until the life she was born to live collided with the life she was living. Her husband is murdered by a creature from another realm, a creature that is only visible to her. Through her pain, his death awakens a part of her she didn’t know existed. She is then thrust into a life of Vampires, Werewolves and Sexy Nephilim Warriors.
 
Drawn to her by a bond as old as their race, a Nephilim Warrior finds Anna at her darkest hour and seeks to arouse what lies dormant within her. The scorching sexual attraction she and the Warrior feel for one another may be beyond anything either of them can control…
 
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Coven

 
Elise Michaels’ motto has always been: no guts, no glory. She is a thrill seeker, continually craving excitement and adventure. The idea of being tied down to a place or man never interested her, even though a betrothal spell was cast linking her and the Head of Council’s son when they were mere infants.
 
Being a distant third in succession to assume the Head Mistress role, she felt confidant that her secret would remain in her past along with Coven life. Unfortunately, nothing in our fun loving heroine’s future is anything she or anyone from the supernatural realm is prepared for.
 
Now, she’s forced to return to the place and the Sorcerer she so desperately sought to forget.
 
Elise has no idea the power and gifts that await her. Can she let go of her own desires and embrace her new role? Or will she surrender to the faceless evil coming for them all?
 
Book one in the tantalizing Elise Michaels Series a spinoff of The Nephilim Warrior Series.
 
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Awakening

*14+ Young Adult* 

You know those times when you’ve just had a fight with your mom and behind closed doors you say horrible things like I hate you or I wish you were dead? Well, it really happened. Mom is dead, gone forever they all are; every single person in our entire town disappeared overnight, like some freaking nightmare. I’m Kylie Daniels and my brother and I are the only ones left and now we have to figure out how to survive… 

When sixteen-year-old Kylie Daniels wakes one morning to the sound of her kid brother hysterically screaming, she soon discovers that life as she knew it, had changed forever… 

Follow Kylie and her brother Mason as they discover that the veil that separated the human realm from that of the supernatural was compromised exposing them to shifters, slashers, demons and Valkyrie.
 
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~ The Filthy Series by Megan Martin Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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**The complete dark erotic Filthy Serial Novel with an epilogue and bonus material**

She runs from darkness

Into more of the same.

She runs to darkness,

She can never stay away.

Faye Turner is a nineteen-year-old homeless prostitute addicted to cocaine.

Her life is simple, bouncing from one high to the next, bent over greasy truck seats for faceless men. But everything changes when Rhett Hale comes back into her life. Her devilishly handsome step-brother brings life-changing news and a special kind of hate reserved only for Faye. But all the hate in the world can’t hide Rhett’s lust for her.

He wants something wild. Something filthy.

And Faye is tempted to give him just that.

But nothing is simple. Rhett isn’t the only part of her past that comes back.

Faye can’t run.

She can’t hide.

She becomes twined up in the razor sharp lies she fought so hard to get away from.

But lies only bloody the path to the truth.

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Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

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