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Review: Becoming Noah Baxter

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Becoming Noah Baxter
Becoming Noah Baxter by J.M. Sevilla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Like I said on my review of book one, these are a 99-cent treasure and those are hard to find!

The story picks up right after the plethora of events at the end of book one. Jay stays in San Francisco in order to fulfill his long-time awaited vengeance and, Lily goes back home. They miss each other and you know their love is strong; therefore, the hope for them to overcome anything that’s thrown their way is obviously there.

The book is written in dual POV’s and I loved being inside Jay’s head. You can see how he struggles to find the balance between the positive emotions Lily has arisen in him: the hope, longing, love, self-worth, peace… and the dark emotions that brewed deep inside him for so many years: need for revenge, aggression, sadness, guilt and the killer instinct. Everything he’s ever known is changed abruptly by the power of love (yes, it sounds cheesy and clichéd but I don’t care). Jay is trying to fulfill his lifetime goal, so he can be with Lily peaceful.

Lily is back home, trying to live a normal life and she’s doing a fair job at it. Her friends, Naomi and Stevie have issues of their own and are suffering due to buried feelings. Jay calls, Lily beams with excitement until one day Naomi messes up and Jay stops calling her. Something else happens, Lily just goes berserk, hops on a plane, and off to SF she goes!

From there the story unravels, you get to see Lily and Jay build a relationship and push the steam up a notch, which was OH so rewarding!!! I loved dirty/sweet little Jay!!! He was tender and sexy and he didn’t hide his emotions from Lily. He needed her, he craved her, he loved her and Lily just gave herself freely and helped him heal throughout the book.

“I’m going to kiss you now, and then I’m going to fuck you because that’s all I’m capable of right now.”

“Be that man, Jay. Be the man who fights for us and will never let anything destroy what we have. Don’t doubt the love we share. Know that if there’s one thing true and real in your life it’s us, it’s our love. Please don’t let me go again. Fight for me, Jay. I need to know nothing can take you from me, that you would never allow it.”

I absolutely loved the epilogue, it was beautiful and now I want books for everyone…. I’m intrigued. Also… Vault.. OMG this man needs to have an HEA he’s interesting and sexy and mysterious… oh and the shy assistant and the beautiful A!…

I totally recommend this book if you like a romantic story with a touch of dark, crazy assassins, strong females and intriguing characters.

Well done Ms. Sevilla…. The only thing I want to say even if I understand the reason behind that is.. The typos I’ve highlighted a lot of them and I will be sharing those so they are corrected! Long live the amazon’s book updates!

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Review: The Missing Link

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The Missing Link
The Missing Link by J.M. Sevilla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Holly Mother!!!! I F***N LOVED IT!

My normal and his normal are in completely different realms. Is it possible for them to merge? Or will we forever be trying to force our two worlds to coexist?

99-cent books are sometimes like freebies: you don’t have a guarantee that the book will be good, or if it will just be something light to pass time (or waste it). This book was one mother of a huge surprise!

Lilly goes back to her parents home, she is trying to get over an abusive relationship so she’s taking it day by day. She meets the next door neighbor Jay, an intimidating scarred loner. She is weirdly drawn to him and one day circumstances make a friendship blossom. They end up falling hard for each other, but Lilly doesn’t know that loving Jay puts her life at risk.

Jay knows only one thing: Revenge. It is his life moto, he has trained and lived for it but, now he questions what is really important; his love for Lilly will change him forever… Will it be enough?

I loved the build-up between these two. I loved how they didn’t jump to the relationship right away, but instead formed a unique bond. They cared for each other in a very deep and unconventional way. Maybe I am biased, but I am sucker for these kind of stories.

“Damn baby, I don’t know whether to fuck you or spank you,” he mutters, staring down at our lips that are faintly touching.

“Yes to the first,” I pant out, breathing, getting heavy from wanting this man, “and you spank, I spank.”

It had absolutely everything I was looking for! Drama, Romance, Steam, some Clichés, Badass hero, Guns, assassins, crazy killers, scary motherf***rs, scared/sad/funny turned badass heroine (chick with a gun!!! Love that) and a to be continued… sniff, sniff (no HEA yet but no relationship cliffy).

If you are looking for something different and you don’t mind a few editing mistakes here and there, go for it. Give this indie author a chance, you won’t regret it.

 

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Review: When We Collide

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When We Collide
When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG Why didn’t I read A.L. Jackson’s books sooner…. Her stories are full of emotion and are written so perfectly that you feel every single word. The book ripped my heart out and made me ache for the characters as if I’d known them my whole life. William and Maggie; this is their story. A love that grew over one summer and then everything shattered in one day. Will goes away for six years and the love he felt for her haunts him still…

I loved this book, it was a page turner. I wanted to devour each page in seconds just to know what laid ahead; I couldn’t put it down. An emotionally charged book, that deals with the horrors of abuse and domestic violence; of how love can heal wounds and the power of embracing a second chance.

The story is told from alternating POV’s and going back and forth to present and past. I loved how the author joined their past story with the present; you were able to see the whole picture, the perspective and all the feelings from both characters then and now!

I loved her. Oh God…I loved her. She was everything, ripped me apart and made me whole.

“Make me remember what it feels like to be loved.”

A true recommendation if you want a powerful love story, even if getting there was really hard!!!

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FORBIDDEN, by Lori Adams

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Received copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 🙂 and I am not waiting to post it… it’s a must have!!I love books with angels!! This book was no exception, minus a few hindrances.

The story begins with a 17-year-old girl: Sophie. She is moving (again) to a small town in Connecticut with her father who is a Pastor. Sophie lost her Mom and she has a feeling that her death was all wrong, that something else happened, therefore she’s immersed in a world of doubt. She is also experiencing weird feelings, visions, senses, etc. She cannot seem to get a grip and doesn’t understand what is happening around her. Hence the crazy feelings she perceives when she sees Michael for the first time. Michael is a Guardian and he is not supposed to feel drawn to a human, ever!

This book had so many layers, and so much explaining to do in order to build the world surrounding the story, that it felt slow during the first half. We had to go through different POV’s and first/third person narrative. All characters are well built and I really liked how they all acted their ages and spoke as teens. Sometimes YA books tend to have unrealistic dialogue, but Lori nailed it! The scenes between friends were funny, witty and I loved the banter between everyone.

Sophie was a strong character, I really liked her inner thoughts the good, the bad, the confusing and the hilarious remarks. Michael, well… what can I say, he was just adorable; he had this sultry broody self and this sweet soft side, which we eventually get to see. He struggles with the feelings since they are so wrong for him and his family.

Dante… I will not talk about Dante because I was also rooting for him in some parts, He was bad, but also dominated by obsession… and oh so sexy! I can’t say more because it will spoil the story.

There is one thing I have to say, and it will sound harsh, but maybe since the book is YA I totally get it, but either way I have to express it: There were many, many, clichés. I couldn’t stop scowling every time I found a heavy similarity to other books out there… you know those with bad boy angels and sparkly vamps. Let us say the… brothers that don’t date anyone, mysterious. The partnering in class to justify characters spending time together. The “stay away from me”, “your eyes are changing color” and after that the male lead storms off. Brothers telling he stay away from her, she’s bad for you, etc. I could go on… I know there has to be a way to set these things aside and find something a little more original and less clichéd.

Another thing I found both remarkable and over the top were descriptions. The writing style is superb, don’t get me wrong but, I felt there were too many descriptive comparisons throughout the book. Every time Sophie or the others were feeling something or describing things some comparison or metaphor is inserted and I don’t believe there are necessary all the time…. Just saying it all goes down to writing style. But first person POV’s are supposed to be a dive-in the characters head and the mind isn’t that lyrical.

Anyway.. Events unfold, some questions are answered with a creative twist; some things are still not revealed nonetheless, at least we don’t have a nerve racking I-want-to-stalk-the-author cliffhanger!
I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a well-developed paranormal/romance YA read!– Can’t wait for the next one!

STINGER, by Mia sheridan

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A beautiful story of how love conquers time and distance and bridges completely different worlds and perspectives.

Carter Stinger is a fly by the seat of his pants, have no plan, live in the moment, straight male performer (porn star for those of us too innocent to get it at first) who believed he only had his body to offer and it was all he ever gave.

Grace Hamilton was a straight laced law student with every minute of her life planed, no deviations were even considered, until she got stuck with her complete opposite and was required to interact with him. This chance opportunity made them realize that despite their differences, they could learn and help each other grow and be better and happier people.

But circumstances weren’t on their side the first time around, can they make it when fate brings them back together?

I was totally hooked from the start even when at first glance I might have thought this was just a romantic comedy kind of story. Especially since their back and forth was great. It started from the first words they exchanged and it didn’t relent. I LOVED it when it was snippy, when it was sexy, but especially when it was both.

“I’m the kind of girl who wants to get married in a big, white dress…I want to wait a year and then I want to start trying for the two kids that we’ll eventually have, a girl and a boy…”
“How did we make those two kids?”
“Uh, you might want to re-thing your career choice if you don’t know-“
“What I mean is, what positions did we make our two kids in? Doggy Style? Backwards Cowgirl…?”
“You’re disgusting.”
“You’re the one who had my baby. Twice.”

It was also incredibly hot, steamy and sexy and I’m sure it was because their connection morphed from just physical to very emotional. I’m sure the communication between them was factor in their fast developed relationship as well as their honesty with themselves and each other.

“I really like how you make me feel – like if you looked at me every day, the way you’re looking at me right now, I could do anything, be anything, be more— Carson to Grace
“I like how you make me feel, how you make me laugh and have fun, and feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before.”— Grace to Carson

And in dropping his I have no care in the world mask, Carson showed Grace his very sweet side from the very start.

“Why do you call me buttercup?”
“Maybe it’s because you’re as pretty as a flower.”

I’m afraid to keep reading through my notes and highlights because there was so much that I liked. And what I’ve covered so far is just the beginning, because life got in their way and it was as heartbreaking experience. But they were so affected by this one weekend encounter that as I mentioned before, it also gave them a second chance.

Needless to say Carson goes straight to my top book boyfriend list and Stinger by Mia Sheridan goes to my favorite collection.

It should also be mentioned that even though this is the third book in the A Sign of Love series, it is a standalone.

(Review by LDM)

Making Faces, by Amy Harmon

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If could give this book 10 stars I would do it without hesitation. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Touching, riveting, adorable, endearing, captivating. A book you can’t put down and draws you in from the start. A true statement to the meaning of love, affection, friendship and true beauty.

I started reading this book when I saw the good ratings it had, and the recommendations from bloggers I follow. I was not disappointed and frankly, I agree with all the high ratings and continuous praises.

I finished the book, and decided it needed a review that would do justice to the feelings that arose in me. So here is my best attempt to do just that.

Fern is just an ordinary girl, a cute, funny and awkward red head living in Hanna Lake, Pennsylvania. Daughter of a Pastor, born late in their marriage, a miracle and a blessing to her parents. She feels ugly, she loves romance novels, she has a big heart, she loves her cousin Bailey, and she’s been in love with Ambrose Young since she was 10 years old.

“If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”.

Ambrose Young has everything: good looks, great body, great friends; he is an extraordinary wrestler and a future full of promises awaits him at the end of his senior year, he is Hercules. He knows Fern but never gave a second glimpse at her, he just sees her as the little red head who’s always hanging around the gym with Coach Sheen’s son, Bailey, who is in a wheel chair and happens to be her cousin. Until the day he got to know her inner thoughts and therefore the kind of girl she is, he keeps her on his mind for a very long time.

“Everybody who is somebody becomes nobody the moment they fail”.

Life decisions are made, tragedy arrives and lots of changes unravel a story of redemption, love and finding the true meaning and the true blessings in life.

I thought this book was brilliant, and beautifully written. I have to say that we don’t have two main characters, nope, we have three because this story wouldn’t be the same, without beautiful Bailey in it. A true statement when I say: Bailey Sheen will forever be in my heart and He will always have a place on my top ten fictional characters list.

I really liked how Amy Harmon mixed, present and past, how the memories and pivotal events in our characters’ lives took place, and the true meaning behind each and every experience they went through. My heart ached for Ambrose, my heart ached for the families that suffered such losses; my heart ached for Fern, for the love and selflessness she always showed to everyone around her. And my heart ached, melted and got overthrown with joy every time I read about Bailey.

Yes, the book made me cry countless times, yes I was crying like a baby near the end, so much that the lines blurred and I stained my e-reader. And yes I was happy with the ending, yes we got our HEA, bittersweet and lovable.

I have to warn you, if you are looking for heat between the sheets, if you expect to read a steamy scene, you’ll be waiting forever. And truth be told I didn’t even notice, I didn’t need it because when you are reading something like this, all is implicit, all is there, and the feelings are what counts…. Don’t get me wrong, I totally would have cheered for sexier scenes between Fern and Ambrose, but… you can’t always get what you want!

I have so much to say about this book but, honestly I can’t do it without giving away the story. Well done Amy and thank you for sharing your thoughts, your knowledge and the joy you seem to carry on in life
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“There isn’t heartache if there hasn’t been joy. I wouldn’t feel loss if there hadn’t been love. “.

“It always amazes me how people are placed in our lives at exactly the right times. That’s how God works, that’s how he takes care of his children.”

“There is a lot I don’t understand… but not understanding is better than not believing.”

“True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that makes the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooth the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would otherwise never exists.”