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Salvation by Ahren Sanders Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

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Her innocence is masked with vulnerability. Until her walls crumble…

Undeniable Desire

His world is full of despair. Until he finds her light…

Unyielding Chemistry

Falling in love seemed to heal them both. Until their haunting pasts threatens to destroy…

Unrelenting protection

Robbie Hayes’s life changed the day a horrific accident shook his foundation. He’s resolved to regain control. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional scars remain.

Will he ever be able to outrun the memories? Can she be his salvation?

Ember Walker’s life hasn’t been easy. Fleeing from a world filled with hatred gives her a fresh start, one she desperately craved. Now, she’s stronger, but guilt and insecurities still plague her.

Will she ever be able to outrun her memories? Can he be her salvation?

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EXCERPT

My eyes flutter as soft fingertips drag across my lower back. The faint sound of thumping pounds against my ear as I open my eyes, feeling disoriented. The first thing I see are the hard lines of Robbie’s stomach as his chest rises and falls.

My face buries into the warmth of his embrace and he starts chuckling.

“Is it possible to wake you?” he rumbles.

“Guess so, but I was having the most wonderful dreams.”

“So was I, but mine weren’t while sleeping. Mine are right here in the flesh, laid out on top of me.

When I lift my head to his, my heart melts. The look of devotion on his face is so strong it threatens to crush me.

“How long have I been asleep?”

“About an hour. When I came out of the bathroom, you were passed out.”

“Why aren’t you asleep?”

“Because I have an incredibly sexy, naked woman lying in my arms. It would be a shame to miss this.”

“I’ve slept with you naked before.” Blush creeps up my cheeks.

“Think we both know this is different.”

Emotions bubble inside of me, and I curl into him.

“You mean something special to me, Ember. More than special. I want you to know that.”

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REVIEW

So it’s no secret that I have loved each and every book written by Ahren Sanders. She is one of my go-to authors that I will read endlessly. But… this book… Far exceeded any possible expectations I could have ever had regarding her work. I have loved each book, I have loved each character. But Robbie and Ember… well… my heart was stolen by these two and I am not quite ready to let them go yet.

At one point in the book, I sent this author a message telling her that she made me ugly cry. But it wasn’t worth every tear and every emotion that this book brought to the surface. And I will be perfectly honest with you, anytime you have a man in the military my heart just beats a little bit louder and a whole lot faster. But then you make him one that would give anything to love and protect one woman at all costs and I was done for, well for a little while anyway…

Robbie Hayes, a Marine with a dark past. His time in the military clouded his world. Made things unbearable. He lost sleep when he returned and was haunted of memories of his final day in combat. Robbie Hayes, the strong, tormented and broken man… But there is one thing he sees that seems to take away some of that pain, to make it a bit more bearable. But he can’t go there. The scars on the inside are too much to burden for someone else.

Ember Walker is not perfect. But she is lovable, she just doesn’t realize it. She has been handed so much in her life that coping is just the only thing she knows how to do. But giving her heart away is not something that is going to be easy. She knows the pain that it can cause, she has lived it first hand. But there is something about Robbie Hayes that just fits. The heartache from her past is a lot to deal with. Learning to let someone in her heart again…that may take even more bravery than most will ever know.

Both have scars from their past that they are trying to get beyond. Can they find room to accept the past, move on from the past and find the happiness that they deserve? Love fearlessly by those they are surrounded by may be the one thing that will get them both beyond the hurt they have experienced.

I loved these characters tremendously. Robbie has pain from his time in the military and the war he now fights is within. Suffering from PTSD and finding a way to see through to the other side is his battle. Ember suffered years of abuse from her mother and sister and learning to trust another man in her life is asking a lot. No matter how perfect these two are for one another, finding the strength to move beyond the past is going to be their biggest obstacle.

Ahren Sanders told Robbie’s story and it broke me. Completely broke me… yes, I ugly cried for the third or forth time ever over characters in a book. There were really tough and tragic moments in this book, but the sum of all the pain and tears was the love waiting on the other side. This is a powerful book. Being the patriotic soul that I am, my heart just broke time and time again for Robbie. The constant stress from PTSD is a hard concept to grasp for many that don’t live through it. No matter what these two have to struggle to overcome, the battles within are the enemy.

I am always enamored and in awe of Ahren’s work, but there is something so moving for me about a war hero that melts me. My mind was flooded with admiration for this book and for Robbie. Salvation may not have been the story I was waiting for, but sometimes the best gifts are unexpected. Ahren Sanders knocked me off my feet with this one and it instantly moved to one of my top five reads of all time.

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The Boyfriend Bookmark will gift through Amazon, five copies of Salvation and winning is super easy… I am going patriotic with this one.

Comment on this post with your favorite Independence Day memory. If we share your memory on Saturday, July 4th, you will receive a copy of Salvation by Ahren Sanders.

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About Ahren Sanders

Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.

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Title: Small Town Summer Box Set
Authors: Various
 Release Date: July 15, 2015

 

From warm sunny days to long sultry nights, spend your summer falling in love in a small town!
These nine contemporary romances featuring sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and lots of heartwarming romance make the perfect beach read. Whether your pleasure is sweet small town romance or smolderingly sexy love stories, there’s something in the Small Town Summer box set for everyone!
Small Town Summer includes novellas from nine BESTSELLING, AWARD WINNING, and RISING STAR authors:
AWAKENING ANNA by Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Terri Osburn
ANYWHERE WITH YOU by Heatherly Bell
MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS by National Bestselling author Jamie Farrell
SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER by Liz Flaherty
SUMMER STOCK by Regina Kyle
SERENA’S SOLDIER by Amy Lamont 
A KISS IN KITE HARBOR by Stefanie London 
HER LAST SHOT by Megan Ryder
SWEET HOME ALASKA by Rebecca Thomas
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Awakening Anna by Terri Osburn
Librarian
Anna Robinson is fascinated by Max Marshall, the hot young writer occupying the
bestseller lists, and the apartment above hers. In one night, Max awakens Anna
to true sexual pleasure, but the new lovers quickly learn that one night is
never enough.
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Anywhere With You by Heatherly Bell
Welcome to Starlight Hill, California, where the wine flows
freely and so does the gossip.

Celebrity stylist Kailey Robbins wants a second chance with
ex-military pilot Joe Hannigan, but can she convince him that this time
she’ll settle down into small town life?

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Moonshine & Magnolias by Jamie Farrell
Shelby’s a
newly single mother learning how to be herself again. Zack’s the hot military
man next door who loves a good adventure. And a chance encounter at a steamy
summer softball game will challenge what they both thought they knew about
their hearts, their lives, and their forevers.
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Summer in Stringtown Proper by Liz Flaherty
Banker Molly Linden never expected to be alone and
unemployed at fifty. Buying hunky carpenter Joe Rahilly’s saloon takes care of
the employment situation, but she’s still alone. Or is she?
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Summer Stock by Regina Kyle
Jax Donovan
left his hometown—and high school sweetheart Georgi Petersen—for the bright
lights of Broadway. Now he’s back, but can he convince the lovely librarian
that their romance is worth rekindling, on stage and off?
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Serena’s Soldier by Amy Lamont
Young nurse
Serena Adessi can’t wait to be reunited with the soldier she’s loved for as
long as she can remember. But when Mace Palmer sustains a career-ending injury
while deployed, can she convince him he still has a future worth fighting for?
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A Kiss in Kite Harbor

by Stefanie London

When plus
size model, Shelby Jenkins, returns to her hometown she must face up to the
bullies from her past, but the only person who can help her is the one who
broke her heart. Small town advocate Nate Ritter is ready for redemption, but
will he lose the woman of his dreams to the big city again?
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Her Last Shot by Megan Ryder
Girl next
door Rachel Darling has been in love with local baseball hero, Bastien LeBeau,
for her whole life. Now that he’s back in town, can she convince him that she’s
the right woman for him or will he lose the best thing that might ever happen
to him?
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Sweet Home Alaska by Rebecca Thomas
When Lauren
Kinkade abandons her Hollywood dreams to run the family business back in
Alaska, she reaches out to a former schoolmate to help get things off the
ground. Trey Briggs has his reasons for turning her down, but can he really
resist the girl he’s always wanted?
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To Mate An Assassin by Ceri Grenelle Cover Blitz & Giveaway

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To Mate an Assassin
by Ceri Grenelle
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

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Synopsis: Love is her enemy…until his beast sets her free.

Cymbeline Kendall’s life is quiet, solitary—until a letter appears in her P.O. box. Then she becomes an Incendiary, a human chosen at birth to be trained to strike like lightning to take out the most dangerous of the Werekind, then fade back into the shadows.

She is a weapon only to be used by the leader of North American shifters. But when she learns the Alphar was unseated three years ago, she sets out to find who’s been pulling her trigger.

Kerrick Masterson has borne the burden of leadership for only a short time, yet he already feels the Alphar power tempting his soul toward the insanity that destroyed his predecessor. He has no time for the woman who breaks into his compound claiming to be his Incendiary, but his beast insists he make the time—for his mate.

In one searing, soul-consuming breath, everything Cymbeline was taught to believe is ripped away. Yet the mystery of who’s been sending her orders remains…and finding the answer could lead to all-out war.

Warning: Contains an assassin who doesn’t tolerate those who hurt the weak, and a shifter leader determined to unlock his new mate’s repressed emotions—even if that puts his balls at risk. Explicit sex, violence, and references to abuse that could be rough on sensitive readers.

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About Ceri Grenelle

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I’ve always had an active imagination. An imagination that usually took form in the way of zoning out in the middle of conversations. I eventually decided it was time to share my daydreaming with the world and began to put my musings on paper. It started with Harry Potter fanfiction and grew from there.

I am currently living it up in Northern California after a big move from New York City. And by living it up I mean staying home with my cats, obsessively watching episodes of my favorite TV shows, all of which are extremely geeky, and simultaneously reading the next book on my reading list. I do all this while trying not to pig out on unhealthy snacks. As you can tell, I lead a busy life.

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Gypsy Beach by Jillian Neal Review & Giveaway

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Gypsy BeachSingle father, Ryan McNamara, returns to the only place he’d ever been happy, Gypsy Beach. This time he’s divorced, broken, but determined to make something of his life. Sienna Cooper is determined to forget Ryan, the last decade, and all of the hurt he’d left her with. She’s got enough spunk and gypsy fire in her soul to make this work. She’s going to run her grandmother’s inn and make it a success. But when a chance encounter throws them back together, the passions ignite and the past doesn’t feel so far out of reach. Can they rekindle the love they’d once had? Can he convince her that he never intends to walk away again? Will a potent dose of unending lust, a lifetime of love, and enough hot-blooded Gypsy spirit be enough to save them both?

Review

From the moment I met Sienna Cooper, I adored her. She didn’t have the easiest life and she didn’t have the best luck in the world, but what she had was a home that she always loved. Now that her grandmother is gone, she knows this is exactly what she was meant to do and where she was meant to be. But the one thing that she always thought would complete her was no longer around. She knew she would be ok, even if the memories haunted her now and again. But fixing up the inn and making it work is going to be a lot of work. She has the determination and the will to do it but she is going to have to hire out some of the work as she knows she can’t do alone. But when the new contractor in town comes knocking, Sienna discovers things that happened long ago are not always what they seem.

Ryan is returning to the one place he loved with all his heart. He may have even left a big portion of it there, waiting. But ten years is a long time. She is probably long gone. Right now though, Ryan has bigger things to worry about. The love of his daughter is the most important thing in his life. He would do anything for his little one and nothing is more important than his daughter. This is his chance to start over and if the stars align, he will be able to do it here in Gypsy Beach with his daughter by his side. What he needs to do is find work. His life turned out nothing like he wanted and like everything his parents insisted on, but one bad choice after another and he would be digging out of this one dime at a time. But in order to do that he needs to find work.

When he is told the new inn’s owner is looking for a contractor, he will start there. If he can fix things at the inn, he will have bids coming in right and left. This he is 100-percent sure of. But when he goes knocking and looking for work, the one woman he has spent ten years dreaming of is standing before him.

I fell so in love with the characters in this story. They both knew what they wanted, the both knew who they belonged to and after ten years, they both knew that they were meant for one another. But one obstacle after another popped up in front of them, everything they wanted just seemed so far out of reach. But two determined people with their hearts and minds in the same place may not be able to make it all work out exactly the way they wanted.

Both returned to Gypsy Beach to live the rest of their lives, but what they found once they got there was every wish they ever had. It is a touching and moving story about fighting for what you want and fighting for those you love. Making the sacrifices to make sure the ones you love will be ok no matter what. It’s hard not to be touched by the love and strength Ryan and Sienna could find in one another and the things they are willing to do to give each other everything.

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The knowledge that this was all for Evie and for the life he wanted to build for her echoed in the choked whir of the engine of his truck. A new car could be purchased after he had his little girl safely with him and he’d turned his parents’ old beach house into their home.

To his parents’ fury, and mostly to annoy them, Ryan had refused to sell the beach house to help cover the cost of his father’s crimes. He’d paid off their mansion and managed to keep his dad out of jail, but the beach house was non-negotiable.

Unable to plan beyond the next demand or the next moment, he hadn’t known why it was so important then, but he was eternally thankful that he’d listened to his gut.

Alexa had thrown him out of their home in Buckhead the next week. He’d moved into his parent’s pool house after reminding his father that he’d effectively saved his ass, and began to formulate a plan to escape everything he’d ever really known.

The truck bumped and bounced over the massive tree roots that stuck out of the ground. Reminding himself that Sienna was long gone and that the Inn now had new owners was how he forced himself out of the truck. She’s probably off in California like she always wanted to be. She’s probably married to some lucky bastard without even half the problems you have. She deserves to be happy and fulfilled. Thoughts of Sienna lying in bed under some unnamed man, staring up at him with that hunger in her eyes, made him furious. He shook them away as he eased onto the porch. There was a large hole, the approximate shape of a boot, that had gone through the rotting wood. The decks and porches needed to come down first. He could do that today.

The door was open just a crack. It appeared too swollen to fully close. Ryan knocked, and it swung open further. He glanced around, not wanting to walk into someone else’s home. Not wanting to walk in at all.

The memories were far too potent. It even smelled like her grandmother’s cooking and that coffee she used to make them that tasted like heaven. The only thing sweeter was kissing it off of Sienna’s lips.

Suddenly, he heard a shrill scream from upstairs. Another echo of terror met him on the steps that he took three at a time. It sounded like someone was being attacked.

Working on instinct alone, he threw open one of the bedroom doors and raced towards the shrieking shouts of fear.

“Oh my God! This is horrible!” He heard her voice one half second before he flung open the bathroom door.

Another shriek ricocheted through his ears as Sienna grabbed an old hand towel and attempted to cover her absolutely spellbinding body. Shock rocketed through Ryan. He didn’t know what to think, but he was unable to do anything more than stare at her. She’d been beautiful when she was seventeen, but damn, she was a full-blown woman now, and he’d never seen anything more breathtaking.

Her beautiful, heart-shaped face was contorted in horrified shock. Her hair was soaking wet and did a decent job of covering her painfully hardened nipples. His eyes tracked downward without his permission. She’d covered the bottom half of her breasts, her slender waist, and her pussy with the towel, much to his chagrin. He saw half of a large tattoo that ran from her back over her luscious ass and down her right leg. Ryan ordered himself to turn around, but my God, she was exquisite. It was like being presented with a feast after a long, long famine.

“Sienna? I’m so sorry!” He finally managed to turn and tried not to look back.

“Ryan!” she finally gasped.

“Sienna, I had no idea you were here. I heard someone screaming. I’m so sorry!” He kept repeating the vow, but he couldn’t make sense of what had just happened himself.

“Go in there,” she ordered, and he assumed she pointed to the door. With a quick nod, he left the bathroom and closed the door behind him.

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Jillian Neal is a Romance writer with a passion for passion who pens strong, character driven novels, told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. They’re hot on the trail of a sinister criminal organization when they’re not burning up the bed sheets.  She’s a self-proclaimed ‘Southern girl with a sassy mouth.’ Her coffee addiction is barely legal, and she’s most often running around with her hair and her pen on fire! She’s full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that’s a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds.

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New Release & Review: Wicked White by Michelle Valentine

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After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

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Review

I love my rock star romances. This one has it’s own little twist. Ace hates being the front man of a band that he has no say in. It’s too much and the band members don’t even get along. But when tragedy hits Ace’s life, he needs to get away from it all. From his manager, his band mates and his life. He needs to clear his head and deal with life. But his one escape to a small town provides a bigger obstacle than he was prepared to deal with.

Oh, he is instantly attracted to Iris… but he cannot do anything about it. Concern about the media catching up to him and bring his life into her face and shoving all of that on her is more than too much. It will be easier to keep her at a distance. Keep her safe, no matter how much he wants her. He knows it isn’t fair to her and it isn’t why he is in this town. But is being an ass, the way to make this situation better?

There is just something about Iris that he wants to protect and care for. But how can he do that when he is in the position of hiding from his own reality? And what about Iris? She is only in town to settle her grandmother’s estate, but she wants to get back to her dream of being on Broadway.

I loved Ace, even when he was being a jerk, there was something so endearing about the reason behind his cranky foul attitude. Iris just keeps killing him with kindness and trying to figure him out. What is he hiding?

As with most of Michelle Valentine’s books, I love the secondary characters. They don’t take center stage, but you secretly always wish they are going to get their own books. The characters come to life and even if you can’t relate to the lifestyle that any of her characters lead, you can’t help but adore and admire them.

I love Michelle Valentine’s writing and it seems all of her rock starts have such a special place in my heart. Ace is no exception. Though I did find this book toned down in the steam department, I was so wrapped up in the story line that I didn’t really need it. Michelle Valentine continues to take my breath away with her writing and this story is no exception.

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Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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New Release & Review: Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery

Title: Scarred 

Author: Elizabeth Montgomery

Genre: YA Romance

Release Date: June 26, 2015

 

For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.

Harsh.

Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she? 

She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers. 

Flawed. Damaged. A freak.

Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities.

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This is a short book but it has a very valuable lesson within the pages. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, kindness always wins in the end. If you are stuck on the superficial, your life will be superficial, but even the biggest of bullies can be hiding more pain that you are willing to acknowledge. By throwing it another direction or at someone else, perhaps you might just be trying to deal with your own insecurities, though it doesn’t make it right, it can change everything just as easily as your life can change in an instant.
Avery has never been popular, but she has never been alone. She has that one friend she know she can count on no matter what. But her life hasn’t been easy either. She has been the target of another classmate since the beginning. She tries her hardest not to let it get to her and she tries to avoid the big confrontation with her bully, but some days it is just easier to deal with than others.
But when you find out someone who you thought was one of the bullies, was only doing what he could to protect you, it’s a hard reality to face and to accept. Is it all a front leading up to a big attack or could that person honestly be interested in you? Were they really trying to look out for you or are they playing a game with you?
Avery has so much she has to deal with in this book, but the way she handles everything right down to karma at the end, she handles in a much more adult way than you would imagine.
This book has a powerful message in it that sticks with you. No matter what side of the coin you are on. Avery is such a strong person despite all that life has thrown at her and it is her strong character that I really rallied behind.
This book has a great lesson in it and though I really wanted more of the story, the point was clear and was well told. It touches everyone of us that have had our share of “mean girls.” Sometimes, the outcome and the ending is the best thing that could happen.
My only wish is that there was more of it. That we were able to look into the characters a little deeper and see what they were each feeling a lot more than what we did. It is a good read, I don’t want to take away from that, I just wanted more from it.

 

 

The halls were crowded with kids trying to get to class, but one person stood out in the crowd as she always did. Harper Sloan. The bane of my existence. I learned early on in middle school that she came from the upper crust, but her love was bought by her alcoholic mother and absent father. She was beautiful, popular, and I’m pretty sure she could wipe her butt with hundred dollar bills if there was no toilet paper.

 

Walking into class, I saw the one person I wished would just move out of the state, Harper. She was draped over my desk. Our English teacher thought it was a good idea to assign seats in tenth grade. It had not been conducive to my fading-into-the-crowd plan since my desk was toward the front of the room.

 

“Can you remove your butt from my desk please?” I asked as sweetly as I could.

 

“Aww, what’s wrong, Scarface? Didn’t bring your guns?” she asked with a bogus frown and then doubled over laughing. She had called me Scarface ever since I could remember. One of the downfalls to growing up in a small town: everyone knows everyone. Forever.

 

“What are you talking about, Harper?” I asked, dropping my backpack to the ground beside the desk.

 

“Don’t you get it? Scarface…guns…Al Pacino.” Her head tilted to the side like a confused puppy. “Whatever,” she said as she rolled her eyes. “I heard you’re coming to Blake’s party?” she asked, crossing her legs across the desk.

 

“Who told you that?” I was starting to get annoyed, but I didn’t want to push her; she was ruthless and would tear me to shreds in a public humiliation scene. 

 

“Well, Blake himself, silly. I think he likes you.” She had a southern twang in her voice and a pageant smile plastered across her face.

 

“That’s nice. Can I have my desk back please? Class is about to start and you wouldn’t want a smudge on that perfect image you have, would you?” I winked at her as she wrinkled up her face at me before grabbing my backpack and dumping its contents on the floor. Flipping her hair over her shoulder, she walked away like nothing happened. 

 

Author Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and raised a hop, skip, and a jump away in Yorktown, Virginia. Paranormal inspiration was easily obtained during her childhood in these colorful towns. This helped to spur her love of Paranormal romance stories, but she also enjoys reading YA and NA.

 

She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading (of course), or writing (duh).

 

“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”

 

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Never Let You Go by Kate Regnery Review

Never Let You Go

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Katy Regnery

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Date of Publication: 6.12.15

ISBN: 978-0-9912045-8-8 ~ ASIN: Available on release day

Number of pages: 450 ~ Word Count: 141,298

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Book Description

Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah. 

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people—once profoundly broken—who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.

Excerpt from Never Let You Go

This girl. Everything about this girl made him want, made him long, made him yearn to change his life, start his life, finally live his life after a decade of going through the motions. He wanted to get a better job to take care of her. He wanted to stop fighting because she disapproved of it. He wanted enough money to have every tally mark lasered from his arm. He wanted some sort of guarantee that she’d never, ever leave him again. And he wanted all of it now. Yesterday. Ten years ago, and every day since.

Standing up slowly, he let his body settle into an upright position before taking his time crossing the hall to the bathroom and then heading out into the common room.

She stood at the stove with her back to him, her feet bare, her hair in a ponytail, the mouthwatering smell of fried chicken filling the entire cabin with goodness. Holden leaned against the wall, crossing his arms over his chest, a grin taking over his face as he watched her.

“It’s just the thought of you—the very thought of you, my love,” she sang, using a fork to transfer a golden leg to a paper towel–covered plate.

As she reached forward to turn off the stove, some of the leftover grease in the frying pan spat up at her and burned her wrist.

“Ow!” she yelped. “Damn it!”

With a sudden rush of adrenaline, Holden crossed the kitchen in two strides. He turned on the faucet and grabbed her arm to thrust her wrist under the cold stream. He held it there, wincing at the red blotch developing on her white skin. When he lifted his eyes to hers, she was staring at him with a surprised, curious expression.

“It’s just a little burn.”

He shrugged, still holding her arm, staring down at the burn.

“You were asleep,” she said.

“You were singing.”

“Too loud?”

“No.”

“You remember that song?”

“I remember.”

He slid his palm down her arm to cradle her wrist from below.

“The stove’s still on,” she said.

Without dropping her hand, he took a step closer to her, reached around her waist with his free hand, and flicked the burner off.

“I made fried chicken,” she said softly, her cheeks flushed.

“I can smell it.”

“You like fried chicken. I mean . . . you must have mentioned it to me a hundred times when we were—”

“It’s still my favorite.”

They were both silent for a few seconds, and Holden knew he should drop her hand and step away from her, but he couldn’t. She’d hurt herself doing something kind for him, and it just about shredded his heart.

Just another moment, he told himself. A few more seconds touching her and then I’ll move away.

“Sorry about the singing,” she whispered, unmoving, her breath kissing his throat.

He jerked his neck to face her, his thumb curling into her palm, his eyes searching hers for mercy.

“I loved it,” he murmured.

She stepped forward, closing the distance between them, her lips parting, her breasts grazing his chest through his T-shirt as she stared up at him.

“Holden, I . . .”

Every breath she took seemed to draw him closer to her, as if she was breathing him, not air. He leaned forward, into her, his free hand reaching for hers.

“Griselda . . .”

Her eyes, dark blue and churning, flicked to his lips, lingered there, then slid back up his face and seized his.

His self-control snapped.

After all, he was only human.

Review

I am just going to start by saying it took me a little bit to warm up to this book. The language was not what I was used to, of course, neither was the content. But I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised with this book. It seemed kind of weird to be a modern telling of a fairy tale, but this was so much more than just a grown-up version of Hansel & Gretel.

There is a lot of power and emotion in the writing of this story. It’s not a sweet tale. It is dark and sad and let’s face it, I found myself depressed while reading a good portion of it. However, when love is found at such a young age, it is hard to let it go. No matter what happens or how far apart or what you grew to believe, love is something that stays with you no matter what.

Griselda and Holden were in the foster care system when their lives, already broken, crumbled that much more. Taken from one foster home and shoved into the dark recesses of a cellar, these two had to fight for everything they had, including one another. But fate is a funny thing. Neither of them at their young age could have protected themselves more. Fighting against the world seemed to be their only hope and running was the biggest risk of all.

Years later, when the find one another again, so much has changed. Griselda knows she will never be more than she is but she always held out hope of finding Holden again. Holden thought Griselda was gone forever. But she was never far from his heart. She always had the faith and determination to find him no matter what it cost her in the end. She was willing to pay the price to be reunited with the man she desperately remembers as a child. Of course finding one another doesn’t align everything to the exact place it needs to be. They are no longer children comforting one another through their dark days. They have both changed so much, but one thing will never change. The darkness made them close and sealed them to one another.

This book is dark, tragic and depressing as all get out, but it is a beautiful story of finding love and holding on to it at all costs. I loved this book and it definitely left a mark on my heart. Tragedy and Love are both powerful things in this life, it’s how you deal with each one that make you the person you are.

I loved this book and it just really pulled every single emotion to the surface. I cried, I giggled, I loved. This is a remarkable story and nothing that I would have ever expected.

About the Authorkate

 

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

 

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date. Katy’s short story “The Long Way Home” appears in the first Romance Writers of America anthology, Premiere, and she has published two stand-alone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and the Amazon bestseller The Vixen and the Vet, which is book one in Katy’s a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e collection. The Vixen and the Vet was nominated for a RITA® Award in 2015.

 

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

 

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The Winslow Brothers (Books #1-4)

Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale

 

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