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What I Read: August 2015


 I was so busy in August- rearranging the kids’ rooms, cleaning out the house, and getting ready for BTS time- but I still managed to read quite a few great books. I’ve continued to borrow a lot of books from the local library but I have accumulated a bunch from favorite authors on my Kindle that I plan to start reading now that the kids are back in school. Here are some great reads from August.

1. Country by Danielle Steel– Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore: A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world. As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel’s moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America’s most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.

I haven’t read a Danielle Steel book in awhile but for some reason this one caught my eye. I ended up really enjoying it. I thought the characters were really well developed and the romance wasn’t as formulaic as some of her other books. There was a fair amount of conflict and strife, and not just between the two main characters but also with the secondary characters. I liked that both main characters were older, in their 40’s, and mature. There were no silly arguments due to immature communication problems. 

2. An Obsession With Vengeance by Nancy Haviland– Maksim Kirov is a mobster who gets what he wants, both at his posh gentleman’s club in Hell’s Kitchen and in the bedroom. Sexy, dangerous, and obsessed with control, he’s risen through the ranks to become a highly respected leader in the tight-knit Tarasov crime syndicate. He rules with an iron fist…until he meets Sydney Martin. The Australian-born Sydney is determined to refuse Maks’s advances, despite their electrifying chemistry. The owner of a neighboring nightclub, Sydney rules her own domain. But when a deal with a Mexican drug cartel goes terribly wrong, she has no choice but to turn to Maksim and the Tarasov organization for protection. Could giving in to their intense attraction be what saves both Maks and Sydney? Or will their all-consuming passion—and her shocking secret—destroy their lives?

This is book 3 in the Wanted Men series and it was really good. I’m a sucker for mob romance storylines and this one was good. You don’t have to read the other 2 in the series to understand this one but all the characters overlap so I recommend reading the other 2 first. Plus, they are really good. 

3. Cries in the Night by Kathy Clark– Julie Lawrence is a Victim’s Advocate for the Denver PD. Her job is to respond to domestic violence incidents, fires, car accidents and other tragic events where people need help dealing with their darkest moments. She has had her own share of tragedies in the past which gives her empathy and a unique insight into victims and what they need to heal and move on with their lives. But she is better at giving advice than taking it and has closed herself off from sharing her life with anyone or anything except a stray tiger-striped gray cat. Rusty Wilson is a firefighter with a reputation for working hard and playing harder. He meets Julie while he is trying to save a burning house and she is protecting a battered wife and an unborn child. He is attracted to her, but not ready to settle down. To his surprise, she resists even his most platonic attempts at developing a relationship. One day a typical call turns into a hostage situation, and Julie rushes to the scene, partly in her role of Victim’s Advocate and partly because Rusty is involved. She finally accepts his offer of friendship, and as they get to know each other better, they realize they have a lot in common. When a stalker starts playing a cat-and-mouse game with Julie, she and Rusty work together, trying to figure out which of her past domestic violence cases has created a psycho who wants revenge. In her line of work, there are a lot of people who want her dead. Julie has no idea who is trying to kill her. The warnings had started out as just creepy, but gradually turn into genuine threats on her life. Rusty provides the emotional and moral support she hadn’t realized she needed until the danger increases. Their love affair starts in the heat of passion and ends when he finds out her secrets. Someone is watching . . . and waiting. Julie has dedicated herself to saving other people. Who’s going to save her? 

This is book 2 in the Denver Heroes series. I did not read book 1 yet and I had no issues reading this book. I really enjoyed this storyline and thought the characters were well developed and real. The story was fast paced and interesting. I’m definitely going to read book 1. 

4. Nemesis by Catherine Coulter– When Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport, she thinks her job is done and turns the reins over to the New York FBI. But stopping the grenade-carrying crazy was only the beginning. Another plot unfolds nearly simultaneously with a bomb at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrorist at JFK refuses to speak to anyone but Sherlock. She heads back with counterterrorist Special Agent Cal McLain to try to get him to talk. Meanwhile, Savich—with the help of Agent Griffin Hammersmith—has his hands full trying to track an elusive murderer who looks like a Hollywood Dracula. When Dracula’s attempts to kill Savich collide with Sherlock’s terrorist case, very strange things happen. Who is really behind the bombing attack at St. Patrick’s? How does Savich’s mysterious killer fit into Sherlock’s terrorism investigation? Savich and Sherlock race against the clock, as more lives are in danger with every passing minute.

This is book 19 in the FBI Thriller series featuring Sherlock and Savich. I adore this series. I’ve read every single book and I’ve re-read a lot of them multiple times. This book had a great mystery and lots of action. You don’t have to read all the books to understand this one, but you should totally read them anyway because they are so good!

5. Undetected by Dee HendersonWhen asked what he does for a living, Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: “I’m in the navy.” But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping its crew trained and focused during 90-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and carries it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating in the Pacific Rim, the navy is glad to have him. Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, pretty, and very smart. She’s a civilian, but she understands life in the navy. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him. Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. But a breakup she didn’t see coming has her focusing all her attention on what she does best–ocean science research. She’s on the cusp of a breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop’s perspective and help. Because what she’s told the navy she’s figured out is only the beginning. If she’s right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter. 

I’m a huge fan of Dee Henderson. I read all of her books. This one was really good. It was a long book with lots of details and an intricate plot so it took me about a week to finish it but that was a nice change from some of the more “fluffy” books I also enjoy. I liked both the main characters a lot and thought they were really well developed and well matched. 

6. Code Triage by Candace Calvert– Dr. Leigh Stathos likes her ER shifts fast, furious, and adrenaline-infused—“Treat ’em and street ’em”—with no emotional complications. Life’s taught her a soul-rending lesson: nothing lasts forever, including marriage. And the clock is ticking toward the end of hers. Then an unwelcome confrontation with “the other woman” begins a whole new set of lessons. San Francisco police officer Nick Stathos never gives up, whether protecting his patrol neighborhood, holding fast to faith—or trying to save his marriage. Seven days is all he has to reach Leigh’s heart. But when a desperate act of violence slams Golden Gate Mercy Hospital into lockdown, it starts a chain of events that will change lives forever.

I liked this book a lot. I’ve read the other books in the Mercy Hospital series and this one is probably my favorite. I liked the premise of the marriage on the rocks but I was a little blindsided that infidelity was a core subject in this book. I somehow missed that in the blurb. I completely understood and empathized with the wife’s character and her decisions made perfect sense to me. I totally hated the “other woman” and she made a great antagonist for the story. 

7. Loving Cara by Kristen Proby– Josh King is an expert at running his family’s multi-million dollar ranch in Montana. (And all that outside manual labor has done wonders for sculpting his six-foot-three body, too.) But as sure footed as he is when it comes to the ranch, Josh doesn’t know anything about how to deal with an adolescent boy—so when his twelve-year-old nephew, Seth, is dropped off on his doorstep, looking scared and acting surly as hell, Josh knows he needs help in straightening him out. Cara Donovan loves her quiet life as a teacher in her sleepy hometown, so she jumps at the chance to make a little money over the summer as a tutor. But when she learns she’ll be teaching Josh King’s nephew, Cara’s sweet summer job gets a little bit hotter. Cara tries to focus all her attention on tutoring Seth, but Josh proves to be a delicious distraction, while Josh’s memories of the shy girl he once teased in high school are nothing like the beautiful woman he’s facing now. Can he persuade her that there’s more between them than a summer fling? 

I’m a huge fan of Kristen Proby. She’s fabulous and she writes the best characters. This is the first book in her Love Under the Big Sky series and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to read the other books, I have them on hold at the library. I loved the setting of the book and I found the main characters to be easy to like and very real. 

8. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs– Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water.

I started the Mercy Thompson series this month and read books 1-6 in about 10 days. I’m reading book 7 right now and I just downloaded book 8 from the library. This series is SO GOOD! I love paranormal books and this one gives you wolves, vampires, fae, witches, and skin walkers. It’s fantastic and the story lines are full of action and tension and fighting. There’s also romance and a brief love triangle. I can’t recommend this series enough!


What I Read: July 2015



I read some great books in July. I didn’t read as many books as I usually would but it was a busy month for us. We spent a lot of time at the pool and in the hot tub plus I started some time intensive home projects. I’ve been borrowing some books from our local library on my Kindle to save a few dollars so I’ve continued to branch out into some genres other than just romance. It’s been nice to have a change! But I still love me some smutty romance books. Here are my favorite reads from July.

Stay by Victor Gischler– David Sparrow is an awesome stay-at-home dad. He gets his kids ready for school while his wife, Amy, commutes to New York City, where she is an Assistant District Attorney. She just inherited a major case: prosecuting crime lord Dante Payne. Meanwhile, David is content chatting with the moms at school drop-off, and doing housework. One night, David is awoken by a sound downstairs, and discovers a man in Amy’s office, going through her work documents. Instinctively, David confronts the man and a fight begins. But not a fight between a stay-at-home dad and a common burglar. No, this is a fight out of a Bourne movie and it is intense. David wins, but barely. He tries to explain to the cops that this guy was no ordinary burglar but they mostly ignore him, especially when they find out what he does for a “living.” We now discover that David is a former Solo Ops officer, a soldier who was routinely dropped in war zones with a specific mission. If he was caught, the US government would disavow all knowledge of him. David was honorably discharged after too many missions and was excited for a quiet, normal life. However, with Dante Payne now targeting Amy and her family, David decides to reactivate himself and take the fight to the vicious criminal lord. And Dante Payne has no idea who he’s just crossed.

I borrowed this one from the library and it was fantastic! It was full of suspense and misconceptions and the main character, David, is very Jason Bourne-ish. This book kept me enthralled from the beginning to the end. It was mainly a suspense story but it also touched on the undertones in a marriage and the combination was great. 

2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty– Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.   So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

This is another book I borrowed from the library. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I was only about a quarter of the way through when I went ahead and put holds on all her other books at the library. The whole premise of this book was interesting to me. I enjoyed seeing how Alice unraveled her life and discovered what went wrong. I was worried about the ending but it was very satisfying and I really enjoyed it. 

3. Under The Lights by Shannon Stacey– They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again…Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter…Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin.

Yet another book I borrowed this month. I love football and anytime the sport is wound into a storyline I’m going to be happy! I loved the small town feel of this book. The characters were really easy to like and felt very developed. The story was one that sucked me in and made me happy. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

4. The Edge Of Normal by Carla Norton– In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty-two year old girl. She’s finally landed her own apartment, she waitresses to pay the bills, and she wishes she wasn’t so nervous around new people. She thinks of herself as agile, not skittish. As serious, not grim. But Reeve is anything but normal. Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she’s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim—she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.

This was a great suspenseful book that I borrowed from the library. I really enjoyed the build up in the story- it sucked me in and kept my interest the whole time. The characters were really well developed and the story was tight. I will definitely read the rest of the books in the series. 

5. Protecting Summer by Susan Stoker– At age fifteen, Sam “Mozart” Reed’s life changed the day his little sister was found abused and murdered. Since her death, he’s spent his life hunting for the serial killer who took his sister from him and ruined his family. Using his connections, and SEAL training, Mozart believes he’s finally tracked the killer to the town of Big Bear, California. Summer Pack is working in a crappy motel up at Big Bear Lake until she can find something better, more meaningful, more real. While living in an unhealthy situation, she meets a man who is everything she’s ever dreamed about and who helps her see that there are some people in the world who will actually do what they say they will and keep their word. But somewhere in Big Bear is a killer waiting to strike again. Waiting and watching for the perfect victim.

I love this series. This is book 4 and it was just as awesome as the first 3 books. All the same characters are in each book even though each story is a standalone. This author definitely has a formula for her stories but they work and I love them. 

6. Protecting Cheyenne by Susan Stoker– Living in Southern California, Cheyenne was used to seeing hot military men as she went about her daily business. An anonymous encounter at the grocery store cemented her crush on one such man. He was big, built, and incredibly easy on the eyes, but it wasn’t as if he would ever really notice her. Always in control of any situation, Faulkner “Dude” Cooper knows explosives. As a bomb expert, he’s lived through many high pressure situations. Disfigured by a bomb while on a mission, he’s used to being looked at with pity. When he’s called to a local supermarket to assist the local PD, the last thing he expects to find is a generous act of kindness performed by a beautiful, amazing woman. Enchanted by her selflessness in the face of danger and intrigued by her actions to save civilians she didn’t know, Dude’s hooked. Dude was able to save Cheyenne from the group of thugs trying to take her life, but when the past comes back to haunt them both, sometimes having the knowledge and the desire isn’t enough to beat the countdown of the clock. 

This is book 5 in the series from above. It was just as good as the others but it was definitely a little steamier and had elements of light BDSM so if that’s not something you’re comfortable reading then you might want to skip this one. It’s nothing hardcore but if dominant/submissive relationships bother you then this book will bother you. The story is fabulous and I enjoyed it.

7. Protecting Jessyka by Susan Stoker– Kason “Benny” Sawyer was the last single man on his Navy SEAL team. He loved his teammates like brothers and respected each and every one of their women. They’d all been through hell and they deserved their current happiness. But seeing the love between his friends and their women made it tough to be the odd man out all the time. Jessyka Allen had a good life, until it wasn’t anymore. Finding herself in an impossible situation, with no noticeable way out, her job was an escape. Working at the small Bar and Grill put her in contact with some wonderful people, who Jess figured couldn’t ever understand what she was going through. Being a SEAL, Benny thought he knew the true meaning of teamwork and friendship. But Jess would show him that everything he thought he knew about sacrifice, trust, and love, paled in comparison to what she brought into his world. 

And this is book 6 in the same series. It’s just as good. I can’t say enough about this author. I just really enjoy her stories and I love the characters. This one varied from her usual formula a bit but it was still really really good. I can’t wait for the next one to come out in September!

8. Burn by Suzanne Wright– Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe. As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

Y’all. I don’t even know what to say about this book other than- READ IT. Immediately. This was hands down my favorite read of July. I could not put it down. I’m a fan of paranormal stories but they have to be done right. And the demon stories are not usually my favorites. But this one- this one is one of my all time favorite books. The lead, Harper, is one bad ass chick and I adored her. I cannot wait for the next one in the series!

9. Earth Bound by Christine Feehan– After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true. Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?

This is book 4 in the Sister of the Heart series and I really enjoyed it. I love just about anything that Christine Feehan writes. Her Dark Carpathian series is one of my all time favorites closely followed by her SeaHaven series. I like how she builds a whole world in her series and each book revolves around the same characters, focusing on one character in each book. I love the elements of magic in her books. If you haven’t read anything by her then you’re missing out.

10. Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales by Ali Wentworth– Moved by a particularly inspirational tweet one day, Ali Wentworth resolves to live by the pithy maxims she discovers in her feeds. What begins as a sort of self-help project quickly turns into something far grander—and increasingly funnier—as the tweets she once viewed with irony become filled with increasing metaphysical importance. And thus begins her “Unhappiness Project.” It’s not long before Ali expands her self-improvement quest to include parenting, relationship, fitness (or lack thereof), and dieting advice. The results are painfully (at times literally) clear: when it comes to self-help, sometimes you should leave it to the professionals.

I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book. A few times were in the middle of the night when I was battling insomnia and I woke Matt up because I was laughing so hard. Ali Wentworth is hysterically funny and I enjoyed every bit of this book. I borrowed it from the library and almost didn’t because I hadn’t read the first one, Ali in Wonderland, but it really didn’t matter. If you love to laugh then you need to read this book.

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What I Read: June 2015



Continuing on the theme of “not enough hours in my day” for the month of June, I didn’t read very many books. But the ones I did read were fantastic. Between the kids out of school and wanting to go to the pool every day, to the 2 new puppies that have taken over my life, to the World Cup games on almost every day….well, reading took a backseat this month. I also branched out and read some different genres this month- mystery and humor/non-fiction. I just needed a change! So instead of breaking down the books into 5 & 4 star ratings I’m just going to share the books I read and what I thought about them.

1. Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner– Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family.  A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets.  Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices.  Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family?  And how far would such a person be willing to go?

I loved this book. I’ve always been a fan of Lisa Gardner and this book lived up to my expectations. I did not see the ending coming until I was almost there so that’s a huge plus for me! I enjoyed figuring out all the pieces and seeing the different characters interact. I highly recommend this one! 

2. Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner– My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero. I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist. Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says. My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t. Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead. This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

This is another Lisa Gardner book from the same Tessa Leoni series as the first book on my list this month. I enjoyed this one too, although I did figure out the ending quicker in this one. I enjoyed seeing the same characters and watching their relationship progress. I will definitely continue reading this series. 

3. One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James– A hope-filled soon-to-be bride makes a discovery about her fiance that rocks her world and provokes a maelstrom of decisions and self-discovery. Tara Faulkner has dreamed of her wedding and the life she and her fiance Seth will share in their hometown of Savannah . . . and by all accounts, it should be a charmed one. But when she discovers three weeks before the wedding that Seth is seriously addicted to pornography, Tara’s dreams are shattered. She must decide whether she will stand by Seth, but she also must let go of the dream she shaped for herself and discover a real vision for her life–and where it will come from. With all else falling apart, Tara encounters an unexpected–and unlikely–group of women mentors. They help her peel back the layers of shaming secrets and begin to clearly see the real issues of her generation. In the end, she’s able to make a decision based on God’s vision–not her own.

I wasn’t sure about this book at first. The first few chapters I felt like the main character, Tara, was overreacting to the big “discovery”. But as the book went on I began to see her side and understand why she reacted the way she did. And as the story progressed it turned out that she was right. I enjoyed the story line and how the author resolved the conflict. This was more literary fiction than romance and it was a nice change. 

4. The Consequences of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken– After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no. Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling? 

This book was hysterical. I absolutely adored the first book in the series and this book was just as good and just as funny. It had all the same characters from the first book and a lot of the story and humor won’t make sense if you don’t read the first book so definitely read them in order. I laughed out loud so many times that Matt kindly asked me to stop reading it in bed because I was keeping him awake. 

5. Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle– “There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.” This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood. Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it. 

If you aren’t reading her blog, Big Mama, then you are totally missing out. Melanie Shankle is hysterical and down to earth and so much fun to read. She draws you in like you are her personal friend and she keeps you entertained. I love her. And I loved this book. This was another one that I couldn’t read in bed because my laughter was shaking the whole bed when Matt was sleeping. I snorted out loud with laughter more than once. I highly recommend this book and her blog!

6. Holding Strong by Lori Foster– Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him.

I loved this book so much. I’m a sucker for MMA books and this one was fantastic. I loved the main characters and I really loved the secondary characters. This is book 2 in the series which I didn’t realize until after I started reading it. I bought book 1 and can’t wait to read it. Book 3 comes out in August. All the books are standalone stories but revolve around the same cast of secondary characters. 

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What I Read: May 2015



I had a super busy month during May and I didn’t get to read as much as I normally do but the books I did get to read were great! I’d rather read 10 fantastic 4 and 5 star books all month than 30 just okay books. As a reminder, I’m sharing my 5 Star and 4 Star Favorites every month this year. 

5 Stars = I loved it and it has an honored spot on my all-time favorite, will read again, list

4 Stars = I really really liked it but I won’t read it again

May 5 Star Reads:

1.Bound by Hatred by Cora Reilly– When Gianna watched her sister Aria getting married to a man she barely knew, she promised herself she wouldn’t let the same thing happen to her. Matteo – The Blade – Vitiello set his eyes on Gianna the moment he saw her on his brother Luca’s wedding, and Rocco Scuderi is more than willing to give his daughter to him, but Gianna has no intention of marrying for any other reason than love. A few months before the wedding, Gianna escapes her bodyguards and runs away. She has enough money to flee to Europe and begin a new life. But staying undetected when the mob is searching for her is a challenge that takes everything, especially as one of their best hunters and assassins is after her: Matteo Vitiello. After six months on the run, Gianna finally settles into a tentative routine in Munich, but then Matteo and a couple of her father’s soldiers find her with another man. Despite her pleads they kill her boyfriend, and Gianna is forced to marry Matteo. Her emotions alternating between guilt over having dragged an innocent into her world and hatred toward Matteo, Gianna is determined to make life hell for her husband. But Matteo is a master at mind games and their struggle for power soon turns into hate-fueled nights of passion. 

I loved this book. It’s book 3 in a trilogy and while each story is a standalone you will enjoy the stories so much more if you read them in order as they all connect. I love mafia books. I don’t know why but I just really enjoy them. Highly recommend this series!

2. Carter Reed 2 by Tijan– Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone. While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover more about her family while tension between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made. He didn’t start this war, but he will end it. He will do anything to protect Emma. 

Continuing with my love of mafia books, here is another one. You do need to read the first book, Carter Reed, prior to reading this one or it won’t make alot of sense. This book was so good- maybe not as fantastic as the first one but pretty dang close. Definitely a series I highly recommend. 

3. Broken by Cynthia Eden– Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he’s rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer. When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe. As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten her.

Next to the mafia books my other favorites are military heroes, probably because I have so many military men in my family. That makes me sound like I have daddy issues, which I assure you is not the case. Ha! This book was a romantic suspense with some good mystery in it. I’m gravitating a lot towards the mystery stories lately instead of straight romance so I enjoyed this one a lot. The second in the series is out now and on my TBR list and the third book is due to be released in October. 

4. Hour Of Need by Melinda Leigh– While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders. Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to deployment. But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.

Another romantic suspense/mystery book that was great. I enjoyed the mystery in this one even though I did figure out the bad guy before the end. It was still a great read with solid characters and a great supporting cast. It is a standalone but there will be other books revolving around other characters from this story. 

5. When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines– I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different? 

I love the Rosemary Beach series and this one was a great addition. You don’t have to read the other books to enjoy this one but you will love the story so much more if you know all the characters first. Beware- this is a slight cliffhanger ending but it does end happily for now so it’s not too bad. 

May 4 Star Reads:

1. The Liar by Nora Roberts– Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed. Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning.

I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in quite awhile but this one peaked my interest. It was a good story. I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened in the book- it was pretty predictable but the characters made the book for me. I liked them. 

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins– Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Everyone kept recommending this book to me so I reserved it from the library. It was another mystery/suspense but without the romance. The main character was highly unlikeable to me for most of the book- I just didn’t like her. She was a drunk and a whiner. But in the end I felt sorry for her more than I disliked her. I will say that my dislike of her actually enhanced my enjoyment of the story so not sure what that says about me. Ha! I did guess correctly about how it would end about half way through the story but it was still a good book. 

Did you read anything good this month? I’m joining in with Carpool Book Club!



What I Read: April 2015


 I read a lot of great books this month. I made a serious dent in my TBR List and discovered a few new favorites! As a reminder, I’m sharing my 5 Star and 4 Star Favorites every month this year. 

5 Stars = I loved it and it has an honored spot on my all-time favorite, will read again, list

4 Stars = I really really liked it but I won’t read it again


April 5 Star Reads:

1. Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane– Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever. Her significant. Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him. The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.

I adore this series. It’s one my favorites. It mixes the paranormal with the soul mate theory and I love it. This book was fantastic and so worth the wait for it to be published. I highly recommend this whole series and you really do need to read it in order to understand the whole story. 

2. Silent Love by Casey Clipper– Former Navy SEAL Sean Millen has been perfectly fine with his bachelorhood until recently, when he realizes he’s unhappy with his single status. Unfortunately, his playboy reputation doesn’t offer him the type of woman that could fulfill his days and nights as well as settle into the specific life he envisions. Four years ago, Beth Connors’ world was entirely altered. Beth spends her days trying to remain invisible in order to avoid unwanted attention. Each night she sheds grief-filled tears over the former life she once led but will never be able to regain. When Beth literally runs into him. Doctor Sean Millen. A force of nature. A rock. A reputable heartbreaker, who takes an immediate interest in her, there’s no place for her to hide. But Beth’s natural instinct to push Sean away to save herself and him from the difficult task of adjusting their lives to her shortcomings is always front and center. Yet, Beth secretly longs for love. Is she strong enough to tear down the walls of her self-imposed prison? Sean finds himself falling for a woman who is determined to reject his every advance and deny their surprisingly deep connection. Can Sean push past Beth’s concrete walls that she refuses to destroy? Or will Beth’s shocking revelation of her past prevent them from finding the love they both deserve? Or will a tragic accident pull Sean and Beth apart permanently?

This book was fantastic. I loved it. The main characters were awesome and the supporting characters were equally great. This series is a spin off of a previous series but I don’t think you need to read that one in order to enjoy this one. 

3. Unexpected Love by Casey Clipper– Ryan Millen. Notorious playboy. Forever a bachelor. Never one to settle. Loves his one-night-stands. Ryan has loved his single status without any desire to settle down into a permanent relationship. Why would he? To be in a relationship requires work and sacrifice. Why go through all that trouble to make himself miserable just to make a woman happy? Lynn is struggling to get by day-to-day. Thirty-two years old, she can’t find a job in a saturated market. She can no longer afford to pay the bills with her minimum wage job after her ex dumped her while she’d been in middle of nursing school. He walked out on her to “find himself.” Now she finds herself on her brother’s doorstep, begging for a place to stay so maybe she can find a way to crawl out of the hole she’s been swallowed by. Embarrassed by her situation, she vows never to become dependant on a man again. Ryan’s world is turned upside down when one of his one-nighters throws a wrench into his perfect single life. He loses himself not knowing how to handle a situation he never wanted. His life spins out of control, about to lose his job and his mind. An opportunity crosses Lynn’s path that she’d never considered. An opportunity to possibly gain financial independence. An opportunity her brother warns her not to take. An opportunity she can’t refuse. Will Ryan’s new world destroy him or can he accept it and move forward with a chance for a life he’d never planned, but if he embraces could open up his heart for an unexpected surprise. Can Lynn save Ryan from himself? Can Lynn allow herself to open up to Ryan and trust again? What happens when they push against the natural draw they have towards one another? And what happens when Ryan’s one-nighter reappears, set out for revenge?

This is book 2 in the series from the book above this one. I just love this series. I did find myself wanting to smack the heck out of Ryan quite a bit but he redeemed himself in the end. I loved Lynn, she was fabulous and didn’t take any of Ryan’s crap! I highly recommend this series.

4. Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright– It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg. No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.

This is another one of my favorite series. This author is an automatic buy for me. I love wolf shifter books and this series is amazing. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this addition to the series. Roni is a real ass-kicker, which is a trait that I love in a female lead. And Marcus is strong enough to let her be strong too. Love that! You need to read this series!

5. Try With Me by Elyssa Patrick– There is nothing happily ever after about my life. I work four jobs just to keep us going. What I don’t need to deal with? Jamie McAlister. Yeah. Him. Blond, tall, gorgeous. I had a crush on him throughout high school, but he never knew I existed. I don’t even think he knows my name. I was too shy to say a word to him. It seems that everywhere I go, he’s there. And now? He’s kissed me—a lot. And those hot kisses have led to even hotter nights. I’m falling for him, head over heels. But I don’t know how to fit Jamie into my life. I only know I need him. Which means I have to try for something I never thought was possible. I have to fight for him and a forever kind of love.

This is book 3 in a series and it’s great. This book had me sniffling at some of the hard scenes and swooning at some of the emotional ones. I don’t think you have to read the first two books in the series to read this one but you will probably enjoy this one more if you read the other two first. 

6. Firewall by DiAnn Mills– After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naivete just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

This book was a page turner for me. I felt the emotions of the main character, Taryn, as she uncovered just how crazy her life had become. The male lead character was strong and committed and perfect for Taryn. I enjoyed uncovering the mystery in the book and didn’t see the twist coming, which always make for a great read!

7. The Consequences of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken– My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make. I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine. I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through). What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man. They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison. Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to.  Damn cookie.

This is hands down my favorite book of April. It was pee in my pants, laugh so hard I snort, wake up my husband in the middle of the night with my laughing, funny. Seriously. I’m not exaggerating. It was hilarious from the first scene to the last scene. This book has found a home on my Top 20 Favorites of all time list. Read it!

April 4 Star Reads:

1. The Affair by Colette Freedman– After eighteen years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines—ferrying her two teenagers between soccer practice and piano lessons, running a film production business with her husband, Robert, and taking care of the beautiful Boston home they share. Then one day, Kathy discovers a suspicious number on her husband’s phone. Six years before, Kathy accused Robert of infidelity—a charge he vehemently denied—and almost destroyed their marriage in the process.
Now Kathy must decide whether to follow her suspicions at the risk of losing everything, or trust the man with whom she’s entwined her past, present, and future. As she grapples with that choice, she is confronted with surprising truths not just about her relationship, but about her friends, family, and her own motivations.

I almost didn’t read this book because I’m not a fan of infidelity in romance books. But I took a chance on this one and I’m glad I did. It was really a great story that is told from the viewpoint of the wife, the cheating husband, and the mistress. It gave a real inside look at an affair and how it all comes to a head. 

2. The Consequences by Colette Freedman– The end of an affair may be only the beginning. . .Over the course of one tumultuous Christmas Eve, Kathy Walker confirmed her suspicions about her husband’s affair, confronted his mistress, Stephanie, and saved her marriage. She and Robert have eighteen years, two teenagers, and a film production business between them–plus a bond that Kathy has no intention of giving up on. Yet though Robert is contrite, Kathy can’t quite silence her doubts. While Robert reels from his wife’s ultimatum and his mistress’s rejection, Stephanie makes a discovery: she’s pregnant. Her resolve to stay away from Robert wavers now that they could make a real family together. And in the days that follow, Stephanie, Robert, and Kathy must each reckon with the intricate realities of desire, the repercussions of betrayal, and the secrets that, once revealed, ripple through lives and relationships in thoroughly unexpected ways.

This is the sequel to The Affair and it was even better than the first one. Again, it’s told from all three viewpoints and with the added pressure of an unexpected pregnancy. I have to say- the ending made this whole book for me. I loved it. 

3. The Good Sister by Leanne Davis– Lindsey Bains Johanson has spent her entire life practicing the art of denial. She was always the obedient, perfect daughter of General Travis Bains, until she learned of the atrocities he committed against her own sister. Now, free of her father, she has become the perfect wife. A lifetime of training has enabled her to keep quiet about anything and everything, including the monster her husband becomes behind closed doors. Circumstances allow her to take an unprecedented vacation, which she uses to visit her sister in Washington State, clear across the country from her home in Arlington, Virginia. Free of her husband’s presence, she starts to step out of the confines he keeps her shackled in. With the help of veterinarian, Noah Clark, she learns that she doesn’t have to be so good or obedient. But she also knows that the woman she is becoming is someone her husband will never allow her to be. When her husband eventually comes for her, she goes home, without telling anyone the secret she has kept at the expense of her mind and body. But this time… things go too far; and only then does Noah discover what she has hidden for years. But Lindsey knows that nothing will stop her husband from destroying her, no matter how long it takes.

Book one in this series was a hard but great read for me. This one was no different. It made me feel all the feelings. There are graphic scenes of both rape and domestic violence in this story so if those are triggers for you then you might want to skip this read. 

4. You Were Mine by Abbi Glines– In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever.

I have read every book in this series and I have been waiting for this one. I knew there was more to the story of Tripp and Bethy and I’m so happy to read their full story finally. 

5. Fighting Envy by Jennifer Miller– Some people get a tattoo – a piece of art that enhances or reveals something about them that they like. Other people, like me, are branded by something – actions or words. “No one will ever love you, Rowan, you’re not worthy.” Those are the words that created my blemish, my scar, my mark upon my soul. They were words whispered by the woman who should have loved me most. But in the darkest moment of my life, one where I stood abandoned and alone, one man proved to me that she was wrong. When I desperately needed someone, MMA fighter Jackson Stone crashed into my life. He wasn’t the one who should have been there, but he was exactly the person I needed He believed that only fools live in the past. He showed me that a real relationship is full of dreams, faith, trust and passion. He taught me that love is worth fighting for – even when it’s unexpected and more of a collision of hearts and souls. He proved that the wrong man at the right moment can heal everything.

I loved this book. My heart just broke for Rowan and she made me feel all the awful things that happened to her. I love Jackson, he was perfect for her. I love MMA books and this one was fantastic. 

I had a great month with great books. The whole family was sick so there was a lot of time spent lying around reading while trying to get better. I know May is going to be another amazing month because so many of my favorite authors released books in the last 2 weeks with more to come!