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Aurora Alexander is everything headlines are made of.
Newly divorced single mother Aurora Alexander is trying to move on with her life.
After a string of unsuccessful blind dates, she turns to internet dating.
Everyone does it, so it has to be safe. Right?
What the hell? Dawn Robertson, you got me good with this one. I was about to praise this book up and down and back and forth, not only for touching on the real possibilities of things that could go wrong with the world of online dating, but for making such remarkable characters to tie the story all together. Yeah, yeah, yeah… I read your note to the reader at the end… but I am not as nice as Aurora. I am not as forgiving.
Aurora has had her heart broken. Her first love destroyed her happily ever after. Now it seems that it is just her and her little man taking on the world. But she knows it is time to get back out there, to see if there really is life after divorce. So feeling a bit uneasy and taking the chance, she decides to leap into the world of online dating. There will always be risk involved in putting yourself out there, but it is worth a shot right?
Aurora finds the first guy she is ready to meet and go out on a date with and though the two of them are compatible, there just is no spark. The second guy… well, that was a magic fling in the potty, but there is no room to grow. But then there is the one she wants to risk it all for. He is smart, charming, caring and kind. He always seems to put Aurora’s needs ahead of his own. He is Jackson and he is amazing.
Though she has become really good friends with Bachelor #1, it is Jackson that has shown her everything she wants in a guy. He adores her and has a bit of a protective edge to him. You just can’t help but fall in love with him.
Oh, but let’s not get too excited about anything here. First of all, Aurora’s primary concern is her little boy. He is amazing and the center of her world. Then there’s the fact that someone has broken into her home and there’s the strange noises the random characters that just keep popping up. This book has a really soft romantic tale to it and given everything that Aurora has been through, you can’t help but cheer our girl on to find the man of her dreams.
Right… I know you are thinking this is a perfect read. She survives the world of online dating and she finds her perfect match and there is a happily ever after and all that jazz… sounds cozy. This book is not cozy, it is not sweet and romantic. It has a romance edge to it, but there is so much more going on in this story. There is chaos, murder, mayhem and a whole lot of psycho. It is suspenseful and nerve-wrecking. You just know that something else is going to happen. And that’s when you reach the end. By then you will be so excited that Aurora has finally found the one that you feel like you and breath easier.
So basically what I am saying is that this book is an amazing read and really you don’t want to put it down until the very end and when the end hits you upside the head, like it did me, you will think of 500 alternate endings that could have been used instead. And a little voice in your head will remind you that this is exactly why this book is going to stand out, do a twirl and take a bow. Because of the 501 endings that could have been used, Dawn Robertson took the one that worked best for the book and left the lasting impression and the need for more.
Dawn can normally be found swearing like a sailor, making late night drive-thru appearances, arguing with her kids (or being run over by their power wheels), reading a steamy romance while hiding in her bathroom, writing her little heart out on her laptop (or dragging her Macbook to the Genius bar praying they can save her latest work in progress), shopping for My Little Pony goodies, being the life of the party at a book signing, or sipping on a smoothie. She loves to hear from her fans, readers, and authors alike. Feel free to drop her a message.
Dawn rarely takes life seriously, so be sure to expect heavy sarcasm from her. She is also the life of the party, so be sure to meet up with her at one of the many author events she will be attending in the next couple months. Buy her a shot of whiskey, and she will love you for life.
Title: Summer in Sweetwater County
Author: Ciara Knight
Publication: July 31, 2014
Rose clutched the small teddy bear Marcus won for her last year at the Sweetwater County Fair to her chest. Footsteps pounded toward her bedroom door and she sighed.
Bam. Bam. Bam.
Rose hid the teddy bear behind her pillow and sat straight. “Come in before you break the door down, Father.”
The white, intricate door with the handle-style knob flew open and slammed against the wall. She imagined the hole it left behind was only a small example of his hatred for Marcus.
“What do you think you’re doing? Your mother and I told you to stay away from that boy. He’s bad news.” The vein on her father’s reddened forehead pulsed, his hazel eyes lost in a blaze of anger.
Rose shot up from her bed and shoved her fists to her hips. “You only think that because he’s not rich.”
“Not rich? He’s poor in both money and choices. He’s some druggie from the wrong side of town and you’re just going through an I’m-going-to-stick-it-to-my-parents phase. Not going to happen. I will not let you throw your life away over some choice you made because you’re mad at your mother and me. You’re too young to make life decisions—”
“Too young? I’m old enough to graduate high school and leave home.”
He threw his large arms up in the air and paced around her bed. “Not that again.”
She eyed the lavender coverlet with white lace trim fluttering as he passed a second time, yet another item that screamed of her parents’ delusion that she remain a child forever. “Yes. You and Mom might not be ready to let me grow up, but news flash. It’s too late. I grew up, but you just haven’t noticed. Marcus tells me to be thankful for what I have, but it’s tough when you’re smothering me.”
Her father’s hand rubbed his forehead as if to calm the vein roaring with fury, threatening to explode. “Don’t you see he’s manipulating you? If he seduces you into—”
“Seriously? That’s what you’re worried about? I’m not knocked up and I’m not dumb enough to let that happen. And according to you that’s not what he’s after. You think all he cares about is getting to my money. Well, even if that was true, I couldn’t care less, because I don’t want it.”
“You say that now, but when you’re starving somewhere and alone, unable to even pay for your medicine…your illness will take your life.”
Rose gripped the back of her desk chair, trying to keep her temper. “The only illness I suffer from is overprotective parent syndrome.” Heat surged through her body. She wanted to stomp her foot and scream at him, but that would only prove his delusion that she hadn’t grown up at all. “This conversation is pointless. I’ll be old enough to leave by the end of summer.”
“You’ll only be seventeen. I have you for one more year and I hope you’ll grow up in that time.”
She let go of the back of the chair and closed the distance between them. With the most determined glare, she stepped in front of him to cease his pacing and said, “No, you don’t. I’ve spoken with an attorney. It turns out I may not even have to file to emancipate myself. Once I graduate high school, I’ll be able to make my own decisions.”
“Attorney? What attorney?”
Rose stepped back and sat on the edge of the bed. “Why? You want a name so you can go strong arm him into not helping me? Threaten him with client loss or closing his business down? No way. Besides, it doesn’t matter. He advised me against filing.”
“At least someone has some sense in this town.”
Rose smiled. “I don’t have to file, because I’ve already applied to several universities. I’m leaving in the fall.”
“Are you trying to kill your mother?” He stared at her a moment. “No, I won’t do it. I won’t support such a reckless decision. I’ll cut you off financially.”
Rose narrowed her gaze. “Good. I don’t want your money anyway. It’s time for me to stand on my own.”
His mouth fell open then a look she’d never seen before appeared on his face like a demon’s shadow. “I’ll make sure that boy rots in jail before I’ll let you runaway with him.”
ABOUT CIARA KNIGHT
Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with speculative fiction books. Her Amazon #1 bestselling series, The Neumarian Chronicles has received acclaimed reviews and awards. Escapement, book I, is a Rone award nominee and Pendulum, book II, scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine, received a Night Owl Top Pick and is a Rone award finalist. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild, is a Night Owl’s Top Pick and won Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
Ciara is extremely sociable and can be found at Facebook @ciaraknightwrites, Twitter @ciaratknight, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her website ciaraknight.com.
About AFTER THE RAIN
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.
Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.
Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.
Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.
Everyone has secrets. No one has secrets like Watts.
Catherine Kolb has found the perfect diversion from her life of nearly complete seclusion: a virtually anonymous correspondence with a man she knows only as “Watts.” Intelligent, intriguing, and with an insatiable appetite for sex, his words begin to draw her out of her closely guarded world.
Watts insists on privacy. He has no choice. In the wrong hands, his secrets could get people killed.
But curiosity and lust prove stronger than reason and safety. A planned one-time encounter sets into motion a series of events that bring Catherine and Watts to the edge of ecstasy and the brink of peril.
Two very private people. One risky night. A shot at love and redemption.
Due to mature themes, this book is recommended for readers 18+.
As Watts and Catherine become more entangled in a relationship marked by searing sex and imminent danger, he reveals the horrific events of his past that led to his current, dark life. Now Catherine must decide: with all that she’s been through in her life, can she risk suffering the heartache she could be forced to endure if she stays with Watts?
I’ve had to do some unspeakable things in my life. Some might even consider me a bad guy.
My secrets can get people hurt, even killed. For that reason, I’ve never let anyone get close to me.
Her life of isolation so closely mirrors mine that I feel inextricably bound to her.
She’s my one shot at redemption, and I just may be hers. If the risk is too much for her, she’ll leave. If she stays, my life’s mission changes forever…
Due to mature themes, this book is recommended for readers 18+.
The hottest and most intense installment…this is the thrilling conclusion to the SHATTERPROOF series.
“You’re going to have to make a choice, and it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m not the man you think I am.” – Watts
Catherine made her choice. Now Watts faces an unexpected ultimatum from a nemesis that could threaten to tear them apart, just as he’s dealing with his riskiest and most important assignment yet, one that brings him closer than ever to getting caught.
His decision will force them to face one of life’s ugliest truths: You can lose your one true love as quickly and unexpectedly as you find it.
When Watts discovers that the threat runs deeper and much closer to home, his passion for Catherine becomes all the more worth the fight. Their future, and his redemption, depend on it.
Due to mature themes, this book is recommended for readers 18+.
“Remarkably well written, these characters come alive on the page to involve the reader in the mystery that surrounds them. Right from the start the aura of mystery, secrets, and erotic emails will hook you into a story like no other. The emails between Catherine and Watts are incredible.” (As You Wish Reviews)
“5 HOT stars! An excellent debut story that entertained me with a great mix of mystery, emotion, and hot sex. Put it at the top of your to read list.” (Book Bitches Blog)
“A very exciting read. Was drawn in by Catherine and Watts. The story kept me guessing and the twists were interesting. A romance with suspense, danger and so many surprises.” (Sassy Girl Books)
“This series IS HOT HOT HOT! Watts BRINGS it unlike no other and there is suspense, mystery and a whole lot of angst. You will not want to miss out.” (Sammie’s Book Blog)
“Privacy Code had me intrigued from the very first page.” (My Secret Book Spot)
“Holy hotness in this book! Watts and Catherine have some serious sexual tension. This is a MUST READ!” (Eye Candy Bookstore)
From Privacy Code (Shatterproof #1)
“What made you change your mind about meeting me?”
She hesitated for a second before saying, “I was curious.”
I grinned. “Perfect reason. You should always give in to your curiosities, especially the forbidden ones.”
I stepped closer to her, placing my hands on the wall just over her shoulders, caging her in, pressing her up against the wall. I dipped my head and barely touched my lips to hers, waiting to see what she would do. As I expected, her tongue parted her lips ever so slightly as though trying to wet them for a kiss.
I let my tongue graze along Catherine’s, then pressed my lips firmly to hers. My tongue dove into her mouth. She opened wider, willingly taking it. She tasted like wine and mint.
A short gasp escaped from her mouth as my hand pulled her dress up, my fingers pressing into the soft, smooth flesh of her thigh.
My cock twitched in my pants. I heard my heartbeat in my ears. Felt my face getting warmer by the second.
I moved down to her neck, tasting her skin and feeling her head drop to my shoulder.
I was finding myself lost in the sensory blur that was Catherine. Her scent, how her flesh felt when I applied pressure with my hands, how she tasted, how I could feel her pulse rapidly pounding against my lips when I kissed her neck.
I slipped one finger under the front of her strapless dress, slowly pulling it down to expose her. I looked down and watched as the fabric slid over the slope of the top of her breast.
With one finger, I traced the outer edge of her bra, teasing her flesh.
“When I said you were going to get the fucking of a lifetime, did you think those were just words?”
She looked up from what my finger was doing and blinked. “I want to believe you.”
She had some doubt. Excellent. “Are you challenging me, Catherine?”
She bit her lower lip. “Maybe.”
I tilted my head and grinned. “Not a good idea.”
Jordan Burke is a full-time writer who lives near a beach, filling free time with reading, seeing nearly every movie that hits the theaters (and some that don’t), pretending to be a chef, and watching college football and basketball. Jordan believes the most fascinating subject in the world is relationships (especially those that triumph over extreme obstacles) and loves to write about them. Jordan Burke is the author of the suspenseful erotic romance series, SHATTERPROOF.
Title: Mine to Steal
Series: Mine to Love #2
Author: T.K. Rapp
Release Date: June 12, 2014
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The Boyfriend Bookmark: ★★★★
In life and business, Trey Miller has always been the good guy. Nothing wrong with that, since it’s gotten him everywhere he has needed to be. His startup company is a success and growing so much that he is gaining the attention of larger corporations.
By all accounts, Trey has it all, but the one place he fails is love.
He thought he might have had something with Emogen Kane, but she was taken before he even had a chance. Now, he hides behind work, unwilling to take any risks in the love department.
When Trey finds himself vying for a huge account against Faith Young, he knows he’s going to have to play it tough to win. Faith is smart, attractive and rumor has it, she lands every account she goes after.
When Faith is thrown into his path at every turn, Trey starts to feel that it is more than a coincidence. Knowing that Faith has a boyfriend douses the flame that he was starting to feel, until he realizes that the guy might not at all be what he seems.
Trey let go once, but he’s determined to win it all this time. Does he have it in him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty? And if he does, will he finally end up with the girl?
Half of this book I felt bad for Trey. Half of it I felt bad for Faith. I couldn’t decide who deserved the great love more. Trey is very career driven and he knows what he wants. His only issue is his attraction to unavailable women. He just can’t seem to get that right.
He lost Em, who he never really had, but he walked away from her without a fight. Maybe he wasn’t ready, maybe she wasn’t really the one. Maybe he just didn’t have the fight in him. He never really had a chance in that one, but this time around, he wants to play to win.
Only problem with playing to win is that Faith is holding on to some old scars. She has wounds from her youth that she has never let heal. And because Trey is where those scars started, she hasn’t been able to get beyond that. But now it’s more than that. They are competitors for the same business. She works for the enemy but she doesn’t even know the half of it.
But there is something about her. Trey may not know who she is or have any memories of her, there is something about her that just caught his attention and he doesn’t want to let go of this one. But it’s one thing to have the passion and the determination, it’s another to have TWO willing participants. But Trey knows one thing, the man she calls her boyfriend is anything but.
There is no way a man like him could respect her, she is doing better in the business world than he did. He will do anything to get ahead. Even if it means cheating her out of everything that she has worked so hard for and making her believe his lies.
Faith is going to have to give a little of herself to find the true rewards of what love is. She is going to have to take a chance and a risk on the enemy in the business world. But when Trey and Faith are forced to work together, things shift, things change. Suddenly it feels like a lot more than friendship. But Trey is not going to make that mistake again.
He would rather walk away than fight for her. She already has a boyfriend despite the pseudo title of “open relationship” that Faith and her boyfriend have. He is not going to love another unavailable woman again. With everything stacked against these two and their incredible attraction, something is going to have to give. But what will it be?
I loved Trey. Like I said at the beginning, I thought for half the book that he deserved his happily ever after. He fell for Em, but she ways already taken. But there was no way he was going to let that happen again. But something about Faith was just so much more. He knew. But he was also aware of her circumstances and her boyfriend. When push comes to shove, he has the choice to walk away from her or fight for what he wants.
I liked Faith’s character a lot, but I felt she had a lot of misguided faith in the wrong man, so as much as I wanted her to have her HEA as well, I struggled because she just couldn’t seem to get past something that Trey’s brother did when she was 11 that just destroyed her. She is an adult now, but the scars from the past still seem to haunt her.
I loved their story. I loved the push and pull they felt for each other. They pushed buttons and made sparks fly. The heart knows what it wants though so no matter how crazy they may drive one another, there is something there and you just cannot wait for it finally to explode into the great passion that his hidden beneath the surface.
This book is a great read and all of the characters just had a fun banter between themselves. I loved the tension and the competition. I loved the camping and the cuddling. T.K. Rapp has written a fabulous story here and I will be reading it again when I have a chance!
We make visual contact with each other and neither of us says a word.
I’ve never played paintball before, but these few short minutes are the most fun I’ve had in a while. I watch Faith as she, with pinpoint precision, peeks from behind the tree and hits a target that is running past. Poor bastard never saw her. I give her a thumbs up and peek out from behind my spot and shoot two rounds, hitting a guy who was about to shoot one of my teammates.
I nod to Faith and mouth, “How many?”
She shrugs and lifts her head up, I assume she’s doing a mental tally and when she shows me a count of eight, I smile. Sixteen of us came in, and we’ve shot two of our opponents. She starts laughing and points, waving me over. I peek around the wall and when I see the coast is clear, I sling my gun over my shoulder and make run for it. She shoots three times, and I hear another guy groan somewhere behind me, but I don’t bother to check where the noise came from.
I dive at the last moment and trip over a branch that sticks out of the ground and tumble toward Faith. Before I land, possibly hurting her, I try to push away throwing myself onto my back to avoid a collision. Somehow she ends up on top of me and covers my mouth with her hand. She raises a finger up to silence me and points somewhere past me.
I’m not sure what her plan is, but I’ll let her stay where she is for as long as she wants. Faith turns to check both sides and whispers, “Make that five more left.”
“What now?” I ask before she drops her face to my neck.
She muffles a whisper, “Someone’s behind us. Be. Still.”
AMAZING QUOTES FROM MINE TO STEAL
She takes a sip of her drink and smiles. “Does she love you or hate you?”
“I think it probably depends on the day.”
“The idea of you always made me excited, but the reality of you in my life and in my heart is better than anything I could imagine.”
“I see a future, and I want it with her.”
“You deserve more than an open relationship, Faith. You deserve someone who’s going to treat you like a queen. Someone who wants to spend as much time with you as possible and has no desire to be with anyone else, no matter how far apart you are.”
“Faith Young, you drive me insane. You push every button, pick fights, make me laugh, and impress me with your talent. Somewhere along the way, I fell for you.”
“Women have to be the most confusing beings on the planet.”
“Hell no, I saw it in her eyes. She wants a ride on the Jett.”
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Mine to Lose (Mine to Love #1) – Released Jan 2014
What happens when the fairy tale ends before it even begins?
Three years, two graduations, an engagement and a move to another, Emogen and Ryan are more in love than ever. He’s the one man she never expected to have and the only man she’s determined to keep. He’s her forever, and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him.
Almost, that is .
Ryan announces that he’s accepted a job offer that requires yet another move. Angry he didn’t discuss his decision with her first, Emogen refuses to pack up and follow. She has a career, too, and she’s not ready to give it up.
Although determined to make the long distance thing work, their lives and careers begin to take a toll on the relationship, leaving them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing.
Sometimes love isn’t enough.
When you lose the one thing you are certain of, will you fight to get it back? Or will you let it go?
Being There – Released July 2013
When Cass Howard was young, she never dreamed she would have the perfect job, living in New York, with an amazing man by her side.
That’s a good thing…because none of that ever happened.
Drew Alexander was the one person who knew Cass better than almost anyone, and the friendship that developed in high school carried them to college. Despite the distance, their bond grew stronger, revealing to each of them what they meant to each other. A series of fleeting moments and a string of failed relationships helped them realize that what they really wanted, what they needed, was each other.
But that was five years ago, and sometimes things just don’t work out.
Now twenty-five, Cass finds herself living in Houston, working at a small publishing house as an editor. By most accounts, she appears happy, however she has managed to avoid a true relationship, opting to channel all of her energy on work, despite protests from her best friend.
The only thing that can drag her away is the annual girls’ weekend, which comes at the best possible time, because Cass has just learned life-altering news. With the most recent blow to her life looming overhead, will the getaway with her closest friends change her outlook on life? Or will her inability to put the past behind her stifle any chance she has of moving on? Will she ever be able to open up and let those who love her be there for her?
An Interview with T.K. Rapp
What inspired you to begin writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I was a reader as a kid, but by the time I got to high school, I hated it – because I had to do it all the time. I started reading again a few years ago and fell in love with Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Something about that story just got me. So that’s what got me inspired.
I was always journaling and my mind was always working. Funny you ask this, because I was just telling my mom that I remember daydreaming fantastical romances, how they played out, the makeup and breakup of it all. I never wrote them down. It wasn’t until about 9 years ago, I started writing short stories and poems, but nothing came of them. In fact, I still have the file, but since it was password protected, I can’t access them. LOL! I guess that’s a sign they were no good. :-p
Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written, and why?
OH DAMN!! Okay, let me think!
The obvious answer for me is Cass, because she is my first. So much of her personality and inner struggles with who she is, I’ve been there.
Then there’s Jett – okay, clearly I’m not a dude, but I can be obnoxious and annoying like that. When I was growing up, I loved to make others uncomfortable by talking about sex and saying inappropriate things. I LOVE writing Jett, because he’s fun! People want Jett’s story, and I want to write it. I KNOW it. But I’m so worried about not doing him justice.
If you HAD to choose between your male characters, which would you choose?
I love all of them! (Except Brad!) But if I HAD to pick, I’m going to say Drew. He’s strong, says what he wants and wears his heart on his sleeve. There was something about him that was imperfectly perfect. He just makes me smile.
What’s on the horizon for T.K. Rapp?
LOTS!! LoL! I have 4 other stories in my head, but I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. So for now, I’m working on an untitled YA story inspired by my girls. They want so badly to read my books, so this one is for the older – high school – versions of them. I’m really excited about this one! I also have 3 signings coming up this year, so maybe I’ll get to meet some people!
Rapid questions –
Favorite musician? The Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons.
Favorite movie? SHIT! Um! Off the top of my head “Dazed & Confused.”
Favorite book? Toss up! “Slammed” or “In the Band”
Favorite quote? “Laugh at what you did today, it’s all been done before.” Tripping Daisy! (I love them!!)
Favorite color? Teal
About T.K. Rapp
T.K. Rapp is a Texas girl born and raised. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M and it was there that she met the love of her life. He had a contract with the U.S. Navy that would take them across both coasts, and ultimately land them back home in Texas.
Upon finally settling in Texas, T.K. worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the family business that her mom started years earlier. She was able to infuse her creativity and passion, into something she enjoyed, but something was still missing. There was a voice in the back of her head that told her to write, so write, she did. And, somewhere on an external hard drive, are several stories she started and never finished.
Now at home, raising her two daughters, T.K. has more time to do the things she loves, which includes photography and writing. When she’s not doing one of those, she can be found with her family, which keeps her busy. She enjoys watching her kids in their various sporting activities (i.e. doing the soccer mom thing), having Sunday breakfast at her parent’s house, singing out loud and out of key or dancing like a fool. She loves raunchy humor, gossip blogs and a good book.
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We’re so excited to reveal the cover for WITHIN THESE WALLS by J.L. Berg, which releases August 18th!
About WITHIN THESE WALLS:
Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?
Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.
Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.
I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.
But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?
My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.
Within these walls he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world full of color.
Within these walls, I gave myself to a man who said he would always fight for me.
Love me until the end of time.
But sometimes, not even love is enough when life gets in the way.
When your heart is already damaged beyond repair, what is there left to break?
Within these walls, I gave my less than perfect heart to the man I loved.
And then…he walked away.
About J.L. Berg
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.