Monday, August 20, 2018

REVIEW: Embattled Hearts by J.M. Madden

Embattled Hearts (Lost and Found, #1)Embattled Hearts by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I get into these moods where I want to read certain genre's and I was looking for my Alpha Male retired military men and the strong women that catch their eye with a plot that keeps my attention, maybe some romance, some suspense, some banter.

Well, I got it and the characters also showed frustration, anger, fear, love, and friendship.

SPOILER ALERT --- maybe...

Lost ~n~ Found Investigations (LNF) is the company Duncan, John and Chad started after they all retired from the military (but how did they retire Tamm? Um - You gotta read to find out!). Shannon is hired to work as their receptionist. She's new to town, has some baggage and unbeknownst to her, it follows her. (How Tamm? Again, YOU gotta read to find out.)

Each of the guys are fond of her in their own way, but she stirs something in John and Chad and Duncan both see it. John and Shannon won't allow themselves to see it either, until something happens and Shannon needs help (Grrr TAMM, tell me more - um NO, I told ya - you gotta read for yourself).

During the story, other characters are introduced. Some are bit players, and one grabbed my heart and then pissed me off (dang you J.M., I hope there's more with him!). I love when a story does that to me.

So Tamm, what aren't you telling me?

I'm telling you my thoughts without spoiling it for YOU. GAH!

Anyway, why, truly did I give this book five stars?

J.M. Madden held my attention from the first word. Shannon, John, Duncan and Chad are engraved into my heart and I now have the rest of the series waiting to be read.

Now, you're all saying Tamm, you didn't tell me ANYTHING. Well, I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you must know... Everyone has demons, some are physical, some are mental. John has both and how he overcomes them warmed my heart to no end. The way Shannon did not "mother" him or the other guys, yet took care of them in her own way, also warmed my heart.

Want me to tell you more?

Well, I'm not going to.

If you want to read a story(ies) about disabled veterans and just how very ABLE they are, then get started with the prequel and this book. It's worth handing over your heart to J.M. for!



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REVIEW: The Embattled Road by J.M. Madden

The Embattled Road (Lost and Found, #0.5)The Embattled Road by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish more series started out like this when heading into a series of books!

One of my favorite types of stories to read involves a character or characters in or retired from the military and the work they do afterwards. However, none have started like this.

This is the prequel to a series. And I cannot believe I have NOT READ THIS SERIES SOONER. There, I said it. Right off the bat, just from reading the prequel.

We're introduced to three men, each battling wounds, inside and out and each, in their own way. This is a short novella - about 60 pages.

I won't spoil this for anyone, and no, I didn't read it before reading Embattled Hearts but, it give you background into the three men and why they are the way they are.

Do you have to read this first? No.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

REVIEW: Needing to Fall by Ryan Michele

Needing to FallNeeding to Fall by Ryan Michele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The author was kind enough to ask me to read this and I said I would give an honest review.

For the record, although Ryan had warned me that this wasn't like her other books (meaning NOT like the MC series I love and adore), I still thought it would be Alpha heavy. Boy was I wrong.

We are warned that this is a dark read due to the subject matter, but don't let that deter you from reading about Reign and Lynx. I loved how this story was told and how this story wasn't about an Alpha male and his woman, but more about a woman coming to terms with her past and allowing love in instead of holding it, and everyone at bay.

We see Reign hit rock bottom and fight her way out with the help of her best friend, her therapist, a nurse, and Lynx. I cried for both Reign and Lynx as they both fought their demons both apart and together. It made the story much more beautiful for me. There are twists and turns and a surprise or two and when the story ended, I was upset because I didn't want their story to end.

Make sure you've got tissues at the ready and prepare yourself, it's heavy on the heart and the tears and well worth it.

Thank you Ryan Michele for sharing this story and releasing a copy to me early.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

REVIEW: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

Perfectly ImperfectPerfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Body image issues. I have them, you have them, I'm pretty sure every woman I know has them. Doesn't matter your size, it's like it's embedded in your DNA only you don't think anyone else suffers from the same type of issues about their own body.

So when one of my favorite authors introduces me to a new story that demanded she write it because it hit so close to home for her personally, I didn't think, I just pre-ordered that puppy and said to myself "You WILL read this."

From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The hashtag #IAmWillow was evident from the first page. Willow was beaten down for so long that it was only a matter of time for her to snap. Kane's there to see it and doesn't get it. He sees the beauty that she is and is on a mission to get her to see that and claim her for himself.

This was a beautiful story which includes some Kane drama too that Willow handles beautifully.

But beneath it all, the strength and the beauty Willow finds in herself brings out the beauty that every single one of us women have.

This is a story that was very powerful for me and will be re-read many, many times. I encourage everyone I know to read this story and tell me you don't see a little of Willow in you.

#IAmWillow

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOOK TOUR & EXCERPT: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan



Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone by Harper Sloan!

NOW AVAILABLE on the following retailers:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QqBIuM
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1HPNwUw
Nook: http://bit.ly/1kZQ87U
iBooks: http://apple.co/1WW6mAw



Blurb

Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'

And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I'm completely imperfect.

And ... I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.



Excerpt


“Are you nervous right now?”
I nod.
“Tell me why.” His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow. I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane. Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. I’m all in.


About the Author



Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan



Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone by Harper Sloan!

NOW AVAILABLE on the following retailers:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QqBIuM
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1HPNwUw
Nook: http://bit.ly/1kZQ87U
iBooks: http://apple.co/1WW6mAw



Blurb

Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'

And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I'm completely imperfect.

And ... I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.



About the Author



Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

REVIEW: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished November 9 by Colleen Hoover last night. The woman effin tore out my heart several times, spread the pieces in places I still can't find, and mended most of it back together again. I loathe/love when she does it, but now I have another damn book hangover and yet another damn book boyfriend. I don't care what the frack you're doing right now. You need to read this book. I need you to read this book. I need you to share my awe, my laughter, my angst, my anger, my tears, all MY FEELS as well as your own. Why? Because both Ben's story and Fallon's needs to be breathed in, absorbed, and shared with everyone.

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