Infinity by Jo-Anne Joseph

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I love this book! It is wonderfully written and absolutely beautiful! Full of literary fiction, it brings a new twist to the world of romance that this book boasts! It is a must read, about hope and redemption!

You have Leah who has loved her brother’s best friend since before she understood those feelings. Then there is Leo, the best friend who practically lived with Leah and her family.

Fast forward many years, after a large misunderstanding and Leah is now married to her high school boyfriend. They are complacent in their life together but she also feels she is not his priority. When a car accident leads to Leah and Leo being reunited, that is when old feelings begin to surface again. When a deep secret rocks Leah’s marriage, she is devastated and turns to Leo. This is when she realizes her feelings for him never truly went away. When her marriage is truly over, Leo is there to help her back on track. Leo too is keeping a secret from Leah, one that might just undo her!

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What I liked:
1. This is literary fiction that meets romance head on! I love deep rich characters and Ms. Joseph delivers. The family dynamics of Infinity was one of thw many reasons I loved it. Leah’s parents made a large impact on how this book turned out.

2. I love the best friend’s sibling trope too much. I was a goner when I read that Leo practically grew up with Leah.

3. The fact that the book takes place in another country, always gives me reasons to pick it up! South Africa seems like an amazing place and her descriptions are wonderful!

This book is a five star in my opinion! Wonderful Debut for Jo-Anne Joseph!

Watch out for her new release this week, Siren. I have read it and wow-just wow!

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Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley

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Kelsey Kingsley’s debut novel is brilliant! Holly Freakin Hughes is freakin wonderful!

At the beginning of the book, the reader instantly wants to root for Holly and the idea of her losing her job and guy at the same makes Holly a person anyone can identify with. Sure, not everyone has had a week quite like Holly, but life has given us all crap hands as it does with Holly!

Holly is described as beautiful and fun but in her own skin, she is very awkward. Losing her guy and job makes her feel even more uncomfortable. When she meets Brandon, she sees him immediately as out of her league but the chemistry between the two is instant. The course of this book makes us wonder how it will all work out for Ms. Hughes.

Things I loved about this book:
1. I loved the relationship she has with her niece. Bring a child into a book and give it to the main character, people love this. See, everyone has someone that is important to them. Her tenderness with her niece, brings reality to this book.
2. It takes awhile but I love a character that can forgive a horrific act by another person. The way that Holly decides to forgive the man that she loved shows she is a woman of compassion.
3. The characters were real and complex.
4. The main male character was just swoon worthy and for a romance book, that is a must!

I look forward to all of Ms. Kingsley books. She is going to be an auhor of substance! Don’t miss this wonderful read!

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This Time is Different by Mae Wood

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I love a good second chance love book and I love one that shows that love past forty can be sexy. Thomas is a silver fox and I have to say the cover pulled me in. This man on the cover is f@#$##* hot. Oh, I want a silver fox like that!

The book is about a divorcee who is not really looking for love when a man in his early fifties happens to get hit in the face with a baseball bat and under the drugs and care of the divorcee dentist; he is a goner. He doesn’t remember this of course but when he goes back to be seen, he realizes he was right. This woman is who he wants.

Between her son and his children and the fact that Thomas is a widow-makes for an interesting story. Amy, who became an orthodontist to follow in her father’s footsteps, left a loveless marriage and is gun shy about starting another one.

Thomas is a successful hospital administer who hasn’t dated much. His life has not been the same since losing his wife. Finding Amy gives him purpose. However, she makes is clear from the beginning she doesn’t need a man plus her son is not really happy with her choice.

Things I loved:

The cover pulls you in and adds to the wonderful writing of Mae Wood. The saying, “you can judge a book by its cover” does not apply in romance books. I mean, this cover is what made me pick up the book!

Amy is a mom first and foremost but she doesn’t allow her son’s little tantrums to stop her happiness.

Thomas follows his heart and though he gives his children space and time to come to grips with the idea of him seeing someone new, he too, like Amy gives into his own desires.

All in all, I would give this book 4.5 starts and tell those that love a second chance romance, not to miss out on this gem!

 

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Doll Face

By Sadie Grubor

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What can I say about this book-probably not enough! First, let me say this book was provided for me for an honest review and I honestly fell in love with both this book and author from the beginning sentence. Although the book was excellent, I have to say the cover pulled me in to seek out the author for an arc in the first place.

Mei-the main character is wow-just wow! First off, let me say it was a mafia/dark romance. Saint, the male lead of this story, is so many things. He is mysterious, deep, handsome, controlling and f***ing scary! He sees Mei and feels a connection with her right away. Saint is one of the darkest characters I have ever read. (Normally dark men are ***holes) I mean, don’t get me wrong, Saint has his issue but it works for this story and his one goal in life is protect Mei.

The story takes the most twists and turns and if it were anyone else, I may be lost but Ms. Grubor does a wonderful job to keep the readers engaged throughout it all! Anyway, Sadie Grubor has won my heart as one of her avid fans! I can’t wait to read more!

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Prelude by Auden Dar

Auden Dar Prelude Full Wrap Cover-2Every once in a while you are given a book that makes you want to step onto the pages and take over the lead character’s life and Lina is that character for me! Sure, she has had her share of crap dealt to her but the author hits on human life because everyone deals with hurt and loss.

So, you are asking what this story is about-well- let me tell you! This is a wonderful story of a woman who whose mind knows what is good for her but her heart wants something else. The idea of her dreaming about another man as she sleeps next to her fiance’ is one of pure torture for Lina.

The author is great at bringing this book to a slow burn as the reader wonders if Julian will ever be part of Lina’s life. But it is apparent to the readers that Julian does care deeply for Lina.

There are reasons I gave this five stars. First, it was written well and I loved the way Ms. Dar paints the canvas of the book so vividly you feel you are in California and New York. I love books that have two settings and this book delivered. I have been to New York once and Southern LA never and I feel I can almost taste the air.

The characters have depth to them as do the minor characters that support them. Patty and Roger are Lina’s best friends and they bring humor to the pages; plus the way they protect Lina is absolutely beautiful!

I also like that the author made Lina believable. How many people do we know (ourselves included) that  get in the cycle of everyday life and may feel stuck at one time or two in our lives! That is the premise of Lina-wanting what she can’t have.

This book will captivate you until the very end and then you will be asking for her January release to come sooner than Santa Claus. Do yourself a favor and get this copy today!

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The Last Breath

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This is my third book called The Last Breath about a woman really has gotten beat up metaphorically in life. I wrote this book with raw emotion as I watched my husband fight against the beast we know as cancer and he won!

I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I had names, an idea and a computer. It took me six months to pen down Julia’s entire story. At the time, it was going to be only from the main character’s point of view but as the characters became more real in my mind, I knew I had to share their journey, too.

Honestly, it was watching my parents along with my husband’s parents and friends that grieved for us that made me realize that cancer and the beast of the disease it is, had a place in all our lives in the moment we were living.

I wanted to catch a raw and real look at what a family goes through when they live with the thought that the disease may not go away. We were lucky, my husband has been in remission for two years. It’s funny, in his case, when we would tell people he had Melanoma, the response was, “Oh, they can just cut it out.” I quickly became ensconced into the world of cancer.

 

 

When asked why I wrote such a sad story, I think about life in general and how vicious it truly is. Hurt is all around us, but it was my hope to showcase a family that could rise above all the crap and work for the common good. Julia brought many people together and healed many relationships, just by being herself and so in that way, her life mattered and it mattered to those around her.

On a personal note, six months after my husband finished chemo, my mother succumbed to a quick and brutal battle with cancer and was gone in six weeks. For that reason, I will always dedicate any book I write to my mother, Robbie.

It was then I started editing the book. I never thought it was written well enough to be published. In all honesty, it wasn’t written well at all considering it was the first book I wrote. However, I’ve been through this book so many times, making changes, trying to make it smoother. I felt it was important to get the message out for everyone who has lost a loved one due to cancer. Even though it sucks and is hard, sometimes the journey is the best part of the destination. Below is a synopsis of the book. I hope you enjoy it!

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The Last Breath:

Loss is not foreign to Julia Barnett. To the outside world she is the epitome of the perfect mom. That is, until the doors of her impeccable life are closed and reality hits her square in the face. Once the leading lady in her own epic love story, she can only look back at what used to be. With an absent husband, an intrusive father, a troubled child, and an ex-fiancé that is still tied to her life, it’s no wonder Julia is grasping for air in her chaotic world.

The bruises that Julia lives with are invisible to those closest to her. She lost so much early in life, more than most could survive. Now, she grapples with resentment towards her husband because of all the empty promises he’s made. In the midst of this turmoil, test results reveal an illness she is not sure she will survive.

For Julia, it is not her life that may be cut short that consumes her, but how her family will endure without her there. As everyone rallies around Julia while she fights like hell to live, she learns that family, along with love, comes in many shapes and sizes. It is her family that gives her the strength to fight the biggest battle of her life; one she doesn’t want to lose.

 

 

 

Unfiltered

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Will be live on September 15th.
Synopsis:

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I never will get my happy ending. With my past threatening to ruin the possibility of love in my future, I keep every man at arm’s length. Nick appears out of thin air, becoming a part of my life instantly, leaving me breathless and wanting more. The pain that haunts me is still present, but Nick is worth the risk. When he promises me forever; can I trust him?

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Justine makes me see that a forever is in reach with her. She keeps telling me she is hard to love; yet I find it quite easy. Once I break down her walls, she finally lets me in. But, I have a secret of my own which can expose her to the demons that destroyed me in the past. However, with Justine, I will do anything and everything to make her mine.

 

Story is intended for mature audiences due to language and sexual content.  Warning: Certain passages in this novel contain depictions of sexual abuse.

Meet Nick:

Justine is my future and I can’t imagine a life without her as my future. She is nervous about the next step yet I won’t let her go that easy. “Are you really that uncertain of us?”

“No, it’s not that. I’m not uncertain of us, I am uncertain of me, of me ruining this by being well, me!”

Leaning forward, with an affliction of righteous anger fueling me, I snap, “I fucking hate when you put yourself down like that Justine,” Her eyes instantly shift in dilation over my brashness, which has never been shown to her.

“Whoa, buddy,” she says as a warning. “Don’t you see? I am scared that I will be the one to screw this up, that is all.” She asks, her hands shaking. I grab them to bring calm to her.

“I am doing all I can to show you I am not like those that abandoned you in the past. Don’t you see that?” I look away, trying to not attach myself to the hurt in her eyes, placed by others, but I am not the one who placed all that crap there. “I haven’t had a lot of long-lasting relationships. You once told me that you suspected Rafe stepped out on you well before you left him.”

She looks down, as if she was silently telling me she hates the direction of this conversation. “Yes, that is true.”

“I think this is affecting you more than you’re willing to admit. And sure, this relationship of ours is moving fast, but I think when you are our age, you just don’t care about the petty shit you do when you are twenty. We have something special, Justine.”

“Yes, I agree.”

“But you’re still scared,” I press for an answer.

“Hell yes, I am scared. You came out of nowhere right when I wrote off being able to love again.”

“You are too damn proud of a woman. You don’t have to act all macho with me.”

“But I have had to do just that for so long. Rafe was a shitty husband and a really shitty dad until Hildy came around. And how do you think that made me feel. He wouldn’t change for the kids and myself but with her, he did. Which I guess is good, she wouldn’t put up with the half-assed dad stuff. But he wouldn’t change for me. So yes, I have been on my own, even during our marriage, on my own.”

“And that has made you the mom and woman you are today. But more so, honey, that has affected how you let someone love you. I am not Rafe and you are not alone anymore.”

“So, what does that mean?” she asks skeptically.

“I’m not leaving you. I’m here and we are going to make this work because I love you. I can’t see growing old with anyone else but you. So please let your guard down when it comes to me.”

Justine is not one to cry but she has let her exterior hardness down and tears were openly flowing. “I never thought I needed to hear those words before, but it is such a relief to hear them from you,” she says.

I kneel in front of her and bring her to the floor with me. “Let me take on that burden. Can you believe me when I say I won’t leave you? No matter how much you push me away; you are stuck with me.”

“Yes,” she says as I embrace her. In that moment, I feel every worry receding from her body because she has found her person and I have found mine.

 

 

Justine will capture your heart with her sass but lovable attitude. Nick only wants to love her. Follow their life together in Unfiltered. Available 9/15 on Amazon!

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