Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

4 Stars

My mom and grandmother love Chevy Stevens, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I thought I would give it a shot. When I was a kid, I read everything under the sun and loved it all, but as an adult I’m pretty genre specific. Now I know why.

I’m the type of person that escapes into a book. I live the book while I’m reading it. Chevy Stevens is an incredible writer. She has a way of building suspense and mistrust into every corner of her book. I would have to take breaks while reading because this book made me stress so much that I was physically uncomfortable. I’m sure regular readers of this genre don’t have this problem, so hopefully, it is something that will get better as I read more like this. It is a true testament to the strength of this book, that I couldn’t put it down at the end. I was literally sneaking pages at an informal family get-together.

I couldn’t read books like this all the time, but it was a nice change of pace from the romance and fantasy I usually enjoy.

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Beautiful Dark by J.L. White (Beautiful Rivers #3)

5 Stars

I finished Beautiful Fall last night, and immediately dove into Beautiful Dark. I absolutely needed to know who Mason Reeves was before I went to bed, and lucky for me you find out pretty early on what his mystery is. Cliffhanger resolved, I was able to get some sleep.

This was my favorite installment of the series thus far. Once I opened it back up today, I binge-read the rest of the book in one sitting. IT. WAS. GOOD. I’ve always had a soft spot for Corrine and this book just solidified why I love her. Her battle with cancer seems to be over, but it still has a  terrible hold on her mental health. Mason is big, masculine, and protective. He’s just what Corrine needs and watching their relationship evolve kept the biggest grin on my face.

Now just starts the wait for Rayce’s book.

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If you haven’t started this series yet, here are the links to the first two books.

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Beautiful Fall by J.L. White (Beautiful Rivers #2)

5 Stars

J.L. White’s writing is like comfort food for me. Whenever I pick up one of her books I know I’m going to get a good romance with lots of steam. Beautiful Fall was no exception.

This is the second book in the Beautiful Rivers series and I have a feeling I’m going to love this series just as much as I loved her original Firework Girls books. The more I’m drawn into the Rivers family, the more I want to hear about them. I love the relationship they have, and it makes my heart happy to read about them. Brett and Lizzy are perfect together. Their relationship feels like it’s coming from a genuine place. You don’t wonder why they are together, you KNOW why they are together. And can we swoon for a minute over how sweet Brett is with his son. Dads that are great with their kids make me happy.

This book does end with a perfect happily ever after. I was all smiles and happy tears at the end. Nothing better. While the romance does have a happy ending, there is a subplot that is left as a cliffhanger. No worries though, because the next book comes out tomorrow. I’ll definitely be reading it.

You don’t have to read Beautiful Mine to read this book, but I would definitely recommend it. Each book helps build on the dynamics between the characters, and some subplots would be better understood because of this. You can read my original review of Beautiful Mine here.

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If you want to start the series from the beginning, here is the link to Beautiful Mine.

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I received an advance review copy of Beautiful Mine that I chose to review, but I purchased Beautiful Fall on my own dime 🙂

 

We Said Forever by Marie James

4 Stars

We Said Forever is only the 2nd book I’ve read from Marie James, but she is earning her spot as an author I can trust to give me a beautiful but difficult love story.

More Than a Memory was one of the top books I read last year so when I saw this new book coming from Marie James… I grabbed it without so much as a glance at the blurb. It turns out that this author seems to enjoy tackling tough subjects. I’m too empathetic, so I generally avoid books with lots of violence, cruelty and heartbreak/sadness. Drug addiction falls into this category of books. It’s very hard for me to deal with the downward spiral that comes with addiction, and she writes it well. The despair was real.

When you read this, be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions (and you may need a few tissues) but you should find it well worth the read at the end.

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Title: We Said Forever
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Blurb

Rock bottom.

They say the only way to go from there is up, but what is “up” when you’re born into someone else’s rock bottom?

At ten, football became my first love. It’s what got me out of the house away from my self-destructive family. My love for football landed me at Las Vegas University with a full ride scholarship, and the orange on my jersey was my favorite color…until my eyes landed on the red dress Fallyn wore the night we met.

At twenty-one, I jumped off the cliff into the unknown the second Fallyn McIntyre danced in my arms at a party. I had the greatest girl in the world and the opportunity to play college ball every Saturday. My rock bottom was looking up, thanks to my two first loves.

Parties, sex, and football—life was perfect. But one drink too many, and my world came crashing down. When I chose pills over my second love, my head told me it was the best decision I ever made. The pills keep me warm and protect me from the distance Fallyn created. Percs don’t judge me. They make me feel alive. 

Threes.


They say the best things come in threes, but one leads to a stable future, one is my salvation, and the other drags me to hell—a hell I’d willingly burn in for eternity…if it weren’t for my second love.

 

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Turning to face the guy who is either too stupid or too drunk to take a hint, my eyes land on the handsome face of a tall blond with the lightest blue eyes I’ve ever seen.The smirk on his face clearly indicates he believes I should be impressed. And I am. There’s no doubt about it. I’m completely fascinated by the ego this douchebag emits with one simple look. Without a word, I let my eyes trail from the top of his purposely mussed hair that probably took longer to fix than mine to the orange chucks adorning his big feet.

He allows the perusal, awaiting my approval. Cocking an eyebrow at his blatant, pompous attitude, I push his hands off my hips.

“Not a chance, buddy,” I say before turning back toward the kitchen.

My legs tremble, wobbling on my already unsteady heels. I release a long, slow breath, hoping he disappeared into the crowd. The last thing I need is for him to notice the way my eyes lingered on his stubbled jaw and the muscles of his chest even his clothes can’t hide. I’m almost certain he could sense my quick, unmasked arousal. One look was all it took for this man to creep his way under my skin and throb in my core. He’s got self-entitled, bad boy, asshole written all over him—character traits I would have dropped anything for a few years ago. Not today, though. Those are flaws I left in Utah when I graduated high school.

The same firm grip reaches for me again, wrapping all the way around my body and pulling my back against an incredibly strong chest.

I close my eyes for a moment, allowing only a second of contact before turning around and readying my hand to slap him across the face for taking such liberties without my permission—just another alpha asshole attribute that used to make me swoon.

“You need to get your—”

His finger covers my lips, preventing me from getting my words out. My attempt at what I’m sure was going to be a very eloquent threat against his manhood falters as he pulls me closer to his body. His leg somehow finds its way between mine as he squats a couple inches to decrease the differences in our height.

The strong hand that has reached for me twice tonight is around my back, fingers splayed against the thin red fabric. The finger that halted my words trails down the column of my damp neck before gripping around at my nape. Gooseflesh follows the trail, racing over my fevered skin. He holds me against him, guiding me to the rhythm I hated until this very second. Like the traitorous slut she is, my body molds against him, every soft inch against his hardness.

“I don’t,” I begin again, only to have his hand leave my neck to push another finger against my parted lips.

I watch, enthralled and utterly stupid, as his bottom lip rolls between his teeth at the same time his thumb sweeps over mine.

I cave, wholeheartedly capitulating to the moment. Ignoring the warning bells going off in my head, screaming at me to bolt through the front door and not look back, I grip the silky athletic fabric of his jersey and pull him closer. A knowing grin lights his face and sparkles in the crystal blue of his eyes.

One song blends into another as our bodies close every millimeter of distance. No words are spoken as the countdown begins. No promises are made when the clock strikes midnight. No way I’ll survive this man when his breath becomes mine. No chance I’ll see him again when swaying all night turns into dancing tongues. No possibility of keeping my promise of no bad boys when one hand grips my nape and the other squeezes my ass.

Alcohol has never really been my thing. The memory of the first time I drank heavy liquor in high school is enough to make my stomach sour, but the bourbon on this guy’s lips is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. It’s, hands down, the most satisfying thing I’ve tasted since the ice cream I had after getting my tonsils removed when I was seven. I savor every fraction of a second, every slow glide of his tongue against mine, each time his lips pull back a fraction and turn up to smile against mine.

Without so much as one spoken word, this man has managed to master my body, persuading it to beg for more, coaxing whimpers from my mouth when he pulls away, only to ensure it pants a seductive moan when those skilled lips find my neck.

 

Author Bio
Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time, and diet coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has lived most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her busy.
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Follow Me by Tiffany Snow (Corrupted Hearts #1)

5 Stars

Follow Me is the first book in Tiffany Snow’s new Corrupted Hearts series. I listened to it on Audible and was hooked from the very beginning. I honestly didn’t have very high expectations for this book going in. It was just a random pick because I needed something new to listen to…. and I didn’t have time to research ahead of time. I’m so happy I stumbled across this one.
China Mack is quirky and brilliant (my absolute favorite combination). Jackson Cooper is definitely smart, definitely rich, and definitely hot (another favorite combination). And then there’s Clark. Clark threw a wrench in my perfect couple and made this a love triangle.

I like audiobooks because they allow me to enjoy a book while doing a task during which I normally wouldn’t be able to read. It takes longer to get through them, but it’s a good use of time that would otherwise be “wasted”. This is one of the few times that I wished I had an actual copy of the book, I NEEDED to know what happened next and I NEEDED to know NOW. It was almost torturous to have to listen to the narrator when I knew I could read it so much faster.

In short, I loved this book and will definitely be checking out more of Tiffany Snow’s work.

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Renegade by Laramie Briscoe (Moonshine Task Force #1)

3.5 Stars

Renegade is the first book in Laramie Briscoe’s new Moonshine Task Force series. I thought this was a good start to the series. It set the groundwork for why the task force was necessary and there are obviously going to be more problems with the Strather family in the future. Is there a love interest there?? Leighton seems like a sweet girl caught up in her families problems.

I enjoy the accidental pregnancy trope and this was a sweet romance as well. My only complaint was that there wasn’t enough tension for me. I loved Ryan’s relationship with Whitney’s family. It was perfect and one of my favorite parts of the book. The relationship between Trevor and Blaze is teased throughout and I cannot wait.

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Title: Renegade
Series: Moonshine Task Force #1
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2017
Blurb

When you fall in love with the most unexpected person, at the most unexpected time……Ryan “Renegade” Kepler

I’m the type of man who knows what I want. I make up my mind and stay in my lane, never veering off the course I set for myself.

Going into the military? Did it. Youngest member of the Moonshine Task Force?

That’s me. Get my best friend’s older sister in bed? It was my pleasure.

Age means nothing to me. I’ve seen and done things men twice my age never will. What I want more than anything is someone to share my life with and that person is my best friend’s older sister, Whitney.

Whitney Trumbolt

Ryan is ten years my junior, but damn, being a cougar never felt as good as it did the night we spent together. Now I’m struggling with wanting things to either go back to the way they were or spend every night in his arms.

Make my wedding planning company the best in the south? Did it. Ignore the way my body trembles when I see Ryan? Epic fail. Freak out when I see a positive pregnancy test staring back at me? Complete with mascara running down my face and clutching my pearls.

Looks like things won’t go back to the way they were. There’s a man in my life that doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s the one who makes my blood run hot, cheeks turn red, and heart beat wildly within my chest. His name is Renegade.

 

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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.

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Stealing Mr. Right (Penelope Blue #1)

4 Stars

This was a seriously fun, lighthearted romp. It made me smile throughout and I didn’t want it to end. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a “romantic comedy” and it made me want to go find more books like this. This is a perfect summer beach read and I’ll be looking out for more Tamara Morgan, that is for sure.

The only problem I think some people may have with this book is that it’s told in alternating timelines. The chapters alternate between present day and the beginning of their relationship. I didn’t find it confusing because it tells you what time period you are in at the beginning of each chapter. I think it was a great way to keep the action spread throughout the book and also allowed you to see what led to where they are now. I kinda loved it.

Also, I would be first in line if they made this into a movie. Just throwing that out there.

If anybody has any similar book recommendations, I’m all ears. Until then, I’ve already added Saving Mr. Perfect and Seeking Mr. Wrong (Books 2 & 3) to my TBR list. I’m definitely going to want to go along for the ride.

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