Monday, October 20, 2014

Unexpected Cover Reveal

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The incident…
Randy McKenzie has a dark and violent past, one that nearly cost him his life and left him with the scar to prove it.

The Arrangement…
Karly Eriksson has lost everything but her self-respect. Is she desperate enough to sell her dignity to get it back?

The Kiss…
When Karly runs into Randy, the head of security at the underground Felony Bar, sparks fly and tempers flare. Everything about Randy screams bad boy from his tattoos to the wicked scar on his neck, and that’s the last thing she needs in her life. She wants a man with money and a bright future to rescue her from the hell of poverty, someone like former flame Jerome. But one chance meeting with Randy has her body making promises that her mind can’t keep. Randy is deep, dark, and intense with a body made for sin. When he promises to drive her home after a night of revelry at Felony, she has no intention of sleeping with him. One fateful kiss later and she’s willing to forget her problems for a night of passion and lust that can never be repeated. 

~Release Date Nov. 4th~


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely Review + Giveaway


WARNING: The hero in this book is not an asshole. He is hot, charming, smart, funny, ripped, gorgeous, respectful and completely panty-melting. Please proceed.

A sexy and swoony new adult romance...

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He's the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing - to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he's scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn't have ulterior motives...

But there's no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don't need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you'll likely enjoy those books!**



I rate Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely FOUR lighthearted LEAVES!

I've read several romance novels about actors and musicians, but I've never read a novel from the POV of someone on the other side of the camera - a paparazzo. 

I'm a fan of Lauren Blakely's Caught Up In Love series, so of course I was excited to read the first in the spin-off series, Wrapped Up In Love. Her stories are so sweet, flirty, and steamy - a great combination. She is flawless when it comes to weaving in cameos, or even small hints, from leading characters from other novels in the series.

Jess Leighton. Aspiring Doctor. 
Talented Paparazzo.
Jess snaps photos of celebs to pay for med school. She has a plan, and she isn't going to allow her issues with food or relationships stop her from reaching her dream. That is until she meets one Hot British Guy, and he wins her over with his accent and swooniness (That's a word, right?).

William Harrigan. Who doesn't love a Hot British Guy who drives a motorcycle?
William has two months to find a job to sponsor him for a work visa, so after he graduates college he isn't booted back to the motherland. He is hired for temporary work with a distant relative, but his assignment leads him to Jess. Aside from her being an American, William falls for her smarts and sass.

I rated this story Four Leaves, because I felt Jess and William needed a little more time and a little more depth to reach the "I love you" stage. They are so cute together with all of their playful jokes back and forth, and I kind of just wanted them to keep having fun.

As far as the depth goes, only one scene comes to mind and that is when Jess tells William about her past eating disorder. The scene didn't quite feel like a moment where the two finally connected on a deeper level. It felt more like friends, and I think had they reached that depth, the "I love you" scene would have meant more.

That being said...Stars In Their Eyes is an entertaining and fast-paced read. You will really enjoy the details about the celebrities and their lives and careers, as well as Jess' strategies of tracking them down and catching them in their most private moments. 

You don't have to read the Caught Up In Love series before starting the spin-off series, but I think you will get the most out of the stories and how the characters connect if you do. 

If you have alerts on your phone for the rich and famous or love reading tabloids and celebrity gossip websites, you will enjoy 
Stars In Their Eyes.


Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.





Friday, October 17, 2014

Taming Ryder by Nicola Haken Review + Giveaway

Taming Ryder by Nicola Haken
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: September 29th, 2014
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You met Ryder Richardson in Being Sawyer Knight. Now, this is his story.

I’ve done it. I’ve stuck a whopping two fingers up at my parents, I’ve made a name for myself as one of the world’s biggest porn stars and I’ve finally found a family I belong in.

Life is amazing. I get paid to do all my favourite things. Fuck. Party. Travel the world. What’s not to love?

And then he comes along. Mason George – Back Door Studio’s newest exclusive model and the guy who has the potential to either fuck it all up, or take me on the best ride of my life.

~ Ryder

I’m desperate. I’ve got nothing and nobody left. Entering the daunting world of adult entertainment is less of a dream and more of a necessity. Signing as Back Door Studio’s latest model has the ability to either ruin or make me, but I made a vow at my first audition never to let myself regret it.

I continue to question myself each day, but no amount of whats, whys or what ifs will change where I am or where I’m heading. Am I strong enough to do this? To embrace it? To enjoy it? I have no idea.

The only thing I’m certain of, is that if anyone can teach me who I’m supposed to be, it’s Ryder Richardson.

~ Mason

“Because the most exciting things in life always happen via the back door”

(M/M erotic romance. Not suitable for under 18's due to language and explicit sexual situations. *Trigger warning* This book contains scenes of self harm which may act as a trigger for people experiencing similar issues.)


“Say you’ll go on a date with me?”
“A date? Me?” An involuntary smile crept onto my face at the ridiculous notion. “That’s never going to happen, Mase. I don’t date. Ever.”
“Why? Why won’t you let anyone in?”
“Oh come on, that’s taking things a bit far.”
“How so? I’m interested to know why you won’t date, why you won’t let anyone get close to you.”
“I never said I wouldn’t let anyone get close to me. You’re making this out to be far more serious than it is.”
“Then go on a date with me.”
“Because I don’t want to be tied down. I like the life I have and I’m not going to fuck it up by having to justify myself to someone else.”
“Justify what? I’m not a stranger. I know who you are and what you do. Your life would still be the same.”
“It wouldn’t. Relationships are so…serious. Complicated. People expect trust, and monogamy, and for you to share shit. I haven’t got time for that.”
“Stop referring to me as ‘people’. I’m not ‘people’, I’m me. Of course I want you to share shit, how else am I supposed to get to know you? As for monogamy, I assume you’re referring to porn. In which case, I’m a porn model too, Ry. I might not have chosen it for the same reasons as you but I still get it. It’s a job. A job I’d never ask or expect you to quit. What you do on camera isn’t what you shared with me that night here, and I know you know that as well as I do. And trust? That needs to be earned. I’m asking for a date, Ryder. Not marriage.”
I let out a long breath in the form of a deep, confused sigh. Much to my surprise, I was almost considering the idea, until his hand that was still on my leg squeezed my knee gently and my heart leapt into my throat. I couldn’t control it. I couldn’t control the way my pulse raced or my dick swelled when he touched me and I hated that. I swore no one would ever have control over me and so I wasn’t about to give it to Mason.
“I said no,” I snapped firmly. “And I also think it’s time you looked for your own place.”
Mason’s back abruptly stiffened. His face paled and his jaw dropped slightly open.
“If that’s what you want, I’ll look into it tomorrow.”
“It is what I want. This was only supposed to be temporary, remember?”
“Sure,” he nodded, his voice wavering. “I’m sorry I’ve upset you,” he added, standing from the chair. My lips parted to say something, but when I realised I didn’t have a fucking clue what I should say, they closed again. Mason gave me one last glance, his eyebrows narrowing as if he were in pain. Then he nodded once and turned for his room, leaving me alone with tears stinging the back of my eyes and my fist itching to punch myself in my worthless fucking face.



I really enjoyed Nicola’s Being Sawyer Knight book and was super excited to see that Ryder was going to get his book. We only see a bubbly, wild, party like Ryder who Elle worries about. In this book you actually see more to that side but also a dark side to Ryder that he hides behind his porn start persona Kyle King. Kyle King loves to party and have sex and live it up, but the Ryder that sometimes peaks his head up is caring and fun loving but dark. Mason is new to the industry and has nothing so landing the job with Back Door Industries was a stroke of luck. Rooming with Ryder was also something of luck but neither one of the boys knew it. Ryder feels something with Mason he can’t figure out until one night when Mason admits to Ryder he’s never bottomed Ryder finally knows what he’s been feeling between them: a connection. The only connection Ryder has ever felt was between him and Elle and because of that he pushes Mace out.  My heart pulled for both of these boys and I rooted for them all the way. Will Mason finally be able to tame the wild Ryder or will Ryder leave Mason in the dust? I recommend this book for anyone who loves M/M books.


Author of the New Adult/Contemporary novels Missing Pieces, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series, and m/m erotic romance Being Sawyer Knight.

I live in Rochdale, England with my wonderful family and when I'm not playing with my imaginary friends I can usually be found looking after my four adorable (sometimes!) children (six if you include the dogs, seven if you include the hubby!) or studying towards my English Literature degree.

All in all I'm just an ordinary mum with an addiction to reading about hot book guys, writing about hot book guys and Pepsi Max! Oh, and if my kids ever ask... I moonlight as the Pink Power Ranger ;-)


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sacrifice (Fate #3) Cover Reveal

Coming: November 16, 2014

For years my life was in a state of Adjournment… 
Fate had constructed a plan to push me away… to save me…
There was a danger I never knew existed, one I had never sensed. 
My family positioned themselves around me. 
Like Hanging Pawns, they shielded me from it and I lived blissfully unaware… until now.
Now, I know there are rules to this game...
Sacrifices to be made in order to get to End Game.
What would I Sacrifice for one more moment... one last look? Touch? Kiss? 
The answer is simple… 

I go to speak when I hear a voice that turns my blood to ice cold then boiling hot.
“My, my… if it isn’t the littlest Chandler.” She gives a low cackle.
Mea’s once casual demeanor is suddenly gone. She sits up straight, her shoulders set back and her eyes fixed on mine, like a doll or something. I know this woman casts a chill over people who know her but I never saw it effect someone else. Then again, I’ve never seen her around anyone but her own kind. Lady doesn’t fraternize with the “average folks”. It’s frowned upon for people of her stature to even be seen with them. Unless it’s a good photo op.
I place my fork gently down and look up to see the woman standing next to me.
Her, I would go to jail for. There’s something about her smug, stupid face that I would gladly spend a night in jail for punching. I’m ninety percent sure her nose would just crumble. There is no way it’s real. I’ve seen her pug-nosed daughters. 
“Oh, look… it’s the oldest Carmichael.” I sing out to Mea, her eyes widening slightly.
For the record, I tried to think of something nice to say. She caught me off guard and nothing came to mind. I was taught it’s rude to not acknowledge someone.
“You’re absolutely adorable, it’s no wonder your mother keeps such a tight leash on you. That mouth could get you into trouble.” She bends slightly, pinching my cheek hard as she tries to make me break.
She’ll have to tear it off before I’ll give her the satisfaction of knowing it hurts.
 “It’s funny,” she lets go and pats the spot, “me running into you here. Where is your mother?” She looks around the space.
I know she knows my mother isn’t here. This is all her trying to intimidate me.
“She isn’t here; and why is this funny?” I start to wish my mother would walk in like a superhero and throw her out the window.
“It’s just… I was putting together the charity event for next year and I mentioned to my son-in-law we should invite the Chandler girls, he disagreed but… men.” She waves him off.
Smart guy… although he can’t be too intelligent if he married into their family… however, we all know how the Carmichaels marriages are arranged… to the biggest bank account.
“You’re all together again and as you know we hold an auction, for our charity, of course.” She waves her long acrylic nails around as she speaks. “I would love if you and your sisters would join us.” She gives a laugh that feels more sinister than amused.
Taking out one of her business cards, she holds it out to me.
Before I can answer, Mea jumps in.
“You’re busy… then,” she tries to help.
She’s so cute, trying to come to my rescue.
“I’m sorry? I didn’t see the little mouse over here.” Lady turns towards Mea and my stomach knots.
Whoa, you leave my little mouse alone! I mean, my not friend!
Pick on someone who doesn’t have feelings to hurt.
“I’m guessing you’re the friend… Lexi. How, unique.” Lady’s tone drops to show she’s annoyed that Mea thought it was ok to speak up. “You should know, it’s rude to speak when you are not addressed.” She reaches out to pat Mea on the head like an animal.
I grab the card from Lady, in a desperate move to pull her attention back to me and off the squirming girl under Lady’s gaze.
“No, this is my assistant, Natalia.” I cast Mea off like she’s nothing so Lady will turn back to me. “Now you’ve been introduced but that does not give you permission to speak to her. As you know, it’s rude to butt in on a conversation, it’s even ruder to do so on a business meeting. Especially when it’s to accomplish one’s own means.” I slowly stand to assert myself. “I will speak to Morgan about attending.” 
I would never drag Morgan into this so she’s going to have to deal with only one of us.
It works and Lady looks back at me, her smile growing wider. “You know, we’ve always wanted to get you girls involved in more social activities. I’m so glad you’re interested. We also have a Gala after Christmas. I expect to see you there as well.” She smiles, even though her tone is challenging.
“Of course,” I cheer, my face permanently fixed in this fake pleasant face I didn’t know I had in me.  
Lady gives a single clap then pats my cheek again. “So adorable.” She begins to walk away and for some reason unknown to myself I feel like I need the last word.
“Lady,” I turn and watch her spin back to me. Victory written all over her face. 
“I’ll be sure to send some brownies as a thank you for the invite.” I toss a laugh at her and wave her on her way to show she’s dismissed.
Her mouth opens slightly then she looks around, fixes her jacket and turns to leave. Defeated.
Dropping in my seat, I grab my water to take a drink.
Me and my big, stupid, Chandler mouth. Two events that I have zero desire to go to and now I’m verbally contracted to both.
I think I just signed my soul to the devil herself.
Putting my glass back on the table, I crumble the card in my hand and I drop it in my purse before pushing my plate away.
“That woman should be in weight loss commercials,” I mutter, raising my hand for a waiter.
When he spots me, he walks over and smiles, “Is everything alright?” he looks from my dish to me.
“Everything is wonderful. I’m wondering if you could please get me a Baileys on the rocks.” I look at Mea. “Actually, make that two,” I smile back at the man.
He laughs an almost understanding laugh and walks away.
"I’m sorry about her, usually I have a shield.” A thought crosses my mind. “Today I guess I was yours, though.” I pinch the bridge of my nose. “She’s, as Grams would say, a twat.” I rub the space between my eyes, trying to relieve some tension.
“You seemed very confident.” Mea fixes her silverware. “You reminded me a lot of your mother,” she adds.
That’s probably what Lady means by ‘I’m adorable’. She means I remind her of my mother. There’s a clear distinction between my mother and me.
She cares what people think and I don’t.
“I’ve had years of training,” I smile at her, trying to brush off the weird mood that’s seemed to settle between us. 
“What was brownies code for?” She looks up at me, her index fingers drawing circles around her watch.
Oh that.
“No code. It stood for brownies. When we were in high school she accused me of giving her daughters brownies that were laced with stool softener.” I shrug.
Her expression chances from wary to intrigue.
“Did you?” she questions me.
“They always have this look of constipation on their faces,” I admit, without admitting.
She bursts into laughter. “You are my favorite person,” she says between breaths.
It’s weird that this conversation is what made her decide that. I was disliked for a long time after that and for some reason no one wanted to eat the brownies my mom made for holidays.
When our drinks arrive, we take them and raise them in a toast.
Mea speaks up before I can think of something to say. “To a non-friendship and twats, may the non-friendship stay warm even after the fire has gone out and the twats burn in hell from the embers.” Her voice is back to its regular perkiness.
Umm… well, how can I not toast to that?
Clearing my throat, I raise my glass and clink it off hers. Taking back the smooth liquid we both drain our glasses and place them back on the table.
“I don’t have a lot of women friends,” I smile at her.
“Yeah, me either. Women are assholes sometimes and I thought we weren’t friends?” She smirks and I raise my hand for the waiter again.
He comes over, his eyes sparkling with delight at us.
“Could we have another round?” I ask and look at Mea. “We’re celebrating our friendship tonight.” We exchange a sly grin.
“To Crazy and Baggage… a match made in absolute hell,” she winks at me and I agree.
Well… I hung out as long as I could.
She’s just so damn likeable.





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Emersyn Vallis is a first time author with Adjournment being the first book in the Fated Series. Currently residing on the east coast with her husband and three children she is typically mistaken for being quiet and reserved her friends often describe her as a spastic spider monkey and always the first to be there with her quick wit to pull you back up when you’re feeling down. After reading as a hobby for most of her life it wasn’t until she had discovered R. L. Mathewson’s ‘Neighbor from Hell Series’ and Tara Sivec’s ‘Playing with Fire Series’ that she came up with the idea to fuse comedy and suspense together and her passion for writing was born.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland Review + Giveaway

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?


Which authors inspire you?
So many. I love an author who can take me to another place and let me lose myself for a while in their world.  I have books I read over and again because I love them so hard. I adore it when a line can repeat in my head, making me seek out that book and reread it. Lawrence Sanders, Louisa May Alcott, The Bronte sisters, Lucy Maude Montgomery— so many. I like a lot of the older classics.

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
I would tell myself not to sweat the small things so much— life is too short.  And I would say to not be so hard on myself all the time—there are many other people who do that enough!

What is your all-time favorite book or series?
Now don’t laugh. Anne of Green Gables. I adore that series and have read it countless times. It takes me to a time and place where life was simpler and easy. And being from Canada, and the fact it is set in my favorite province – PEI makes it that much more perfect.

What are you currently reading and do you recommend it to your readers?
See below!

Here is your chance to pimp out your author friends and their books. Give us the author name and the book(s) you would suggest for your readers.
Carrie Elks – Coming Down—just read it and it wonderful. I am currently reading All Falls Down by Ayden Morgan— another favorite. Love it. I would recommend either of these authors to my readers.   I finished the Rosie Project by Graeme  Simsion not long ago –and so loved that book—the humor made me laugh.  I have a bunch of books waiting to for me to get to—I have, ah, been a little busy lately.

What did you do before you became an author?
I was, and still am, the ticket coordinator for a local university. I handle all their ticketing needs for their sporting teams. I write in the early morning and late hours of the evening. Often in the middle of the night. I don’t sleep very much at times.

Since becoming an author, what has surprised you the most about the industry? 
I have found some great support and new friends with other authors. Their generosity has been a very pleasant surprise.

What inspired you to write Beneath The Scars?
So much emphasis is placed on how people look now. There are such unachievable images we hold ourselves up to. I was looking at a picture of some gorgeous Hollywood star and said to my husband—I wonder what it’s like to be that beautiful?  He sorta shrugged and said I can’t imagine the worry about that fading and wondering what to do when it does…and it got me thinking. What if your entire life was built around your face— what if you thought that was your only worth in life and to everyone around you? And then…it was gone? Everything you knew, how you were judged, was just gone.  By the next day, Zachary was born.

How long did it take you to write Beneath The Scars? Did you ever have writer's block, and if so, how did you combat that?
It took over a year. There was a point where nothing happened for almost three months. I would read and reread, tweak and fix, then erase. Nothing came to me. I was beginning to think the story had fizzled and I woke up one morning with a line in my head playing over and over— “Which only fueled the rage even more.” The more I heard the line, the more the scene developed. I sat down and typed it out fast— even though the chapter was way ahead in the story and it suddenly started to fall into place again. I knew how to get to that point.

Zachary and Megan were both very artsy characters, and their passions for painting and writing were their outlets from life. What do you consider your outlet to be?
LOL. I write.  I also cook and bake, I love to craft things and decorate—I like to do stuff with my hands. Except gardening.  I HATE gardening, even though every year I swear I will do something great, it fails. Dirt and I just aren’t friends. Weeds piss me off.  

Who is your favorite character and/or who do you relate to most in Beneath The Scars and why?
Zachary is my favorite. So many layers.  But I relate to Megan a great deal.  She is just so…human and flawed.  She does things without thinking—as we all do—like handing over her book never even considering the consequences or downloading pictures of Zachary and keeping them on her computer. She feels emotions deeply—never once questioning her feelings for Zachary. Yet for all her silly quirks, she is strong and her fierceness and love for Zachary—her capacity for forgiveness—is powerful and deep. Things are very black and while for Megan. No long drawn out angst or levels of forgiveness. For her it is all or nothing.  I guess in many ways that is like me as well.

Are either of the main characters based off of real people? If so, who?
No, neither are.

Which actor and actress would you like to see playing Zachary and Megan?
Henry Cavill as Zachary.  I like Alexis Bledel as Megan. They both fit the images in my head, although Matt Bomer was certainly a close second for Zachary.

Was there a scene/chapter that was difficult for you to write? Which one and why?

The scene where Megan realizes Zachary isn’t coming back was hard to write. The words “hope just died” were very powerful to me. We all have experienced some sort of loss where we are desperate for it not to have happened. Where we so hope what is in front of us isn’t the new reality. And when we come to grips with the fact it is… yeah.  Sometimes the emotion almost knocks you off your feet.  

In reference to the steamy scenes: You wrote just enough to make the reader hot and bothered, but managed to not get too raunchy with the language. How do you find the happy medium? Was that a stylistic choice or based on the characters and the storyline?

In my first book I was more descriptive and heavy,  I think. This one was softer, more about feelings and the intimacy for them. It was something he had never experienced before and I wanted to have the readers feel it as well. The entire process of a relationship was so foreign to Zachary—the feelings Megan stirred in him were ones he’d never known, the act itself so different. So I made the steamy ones more reflective of that.

Do you have any deleted scenes you wish would have made the final draft, and if so, will you share one with us? 

I made a bunch of changes as I went along, but I have no deleted scenes. Surprisingly, everything in my outline ended up in the book. I even added a few things long after the book was done. The scene with the banana bread wasn’t in the first or second draft.

Do you have any new projects lined up? If so, will you give us a sneak peek or maybe just a hint?

I am writing one right now – a different premise. Much slower paced – friends before lovers sort of thing. I also have the outline for the book after that in my head. It is still in baby stages—and it is far more angsty.


When I was about five years old, I fell in love with one of the greatest Disney movies of all time. I was obsessed to say the least. I remember making my family rent it on VHS every time we went to pick out movies at the rental store. My brother and sister had memorized the soundtrack from having it replayed over and over throughout the house. I even had a themed birthday party and received the movie, a sleeping bag, and a bath towel all designed around this special princess.

Beauty and the Beast is a story of a beautiful, young woman who is held captive by a beast who lives in a secluded castle, troubled by his appearance and feared by the townspeople. Belle's love opens the beast's heart to feel happiness again and unlocks the secrets he keeps buried inside.

I wondered what it would feel like to watch that sweet story play out on the screen just like it was the first time. Lucky for me, that feeling came back so much stronger while reading Beneath The Scars by Melanie Moreland.

Five Leaves reviews, in my opinion, are given to stories that pull you in from the very first page, disrupt your life, and leave you in withdrawal when it's all said and done. It has been two days since I swiped the last page of Beneath The Scars, and I can still feel the emotions of the story weighing on me. As if I was Megan, I can still feel the cold ocean water at my feet, hear Dixie running circles in the sand with Elliot, and see Zachary walking down the steps from his house on the bluff, wearing his long coat and beanie. That is how real this story feels, which can only be translated by the delicate work of the talented, Melanie Moreland.

Megan Green's best friend offers her an escape to a beach house after she is scorned by her ex-boyfriend, who stole her manuscript. Megan plans to use her time away from the city to clear her head and find her words again. What she doesn't factor in to her plan is the very private and reclusive Zachary Adams.

Zachary has lived on the bluff for years and spends most of his days either taking a walk in the woods behind his home with his dog, Elliot, or pouring his soul into his breathtaking paintings from his studio. The secrets behind the scars that cover parts of his face and body have caused him so much grief; he has become the master of control and seclusion. He hides himself from the world and never lets anyone get too close, except for Megan.

Zachary uses ugly words and a hateful demeanor to turn Megan away, but she's too curious about the man behind the scars. He does everything in his power to try to deter her from breaking down his walls, but she is much too strong and her love is truly unconditional. 

Once he lets her in, the love between the two flows abundantly. As a hopeless romantic, it was such a pleasure to read as these two characters quickly fell in love. The cute scenes between Zachary and Megan flow right into their tender lovemaking, which is so refreshing. Those steamy scenes are much appreciated, because they were written with heart and not just with the purpose to stir up some naughtiness. Although, there was some of that too ;-) 

To Melanie Moreland... Your story has changed me. It gives me hope that one day someone special will see through my physical appearance and my flawed past and want to love me still. Because of your words and the beautiful message behind such a sweet romance, I will never be the same again, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

To the FALLowers... If you are like me, you read several romance books a month and hundreds a year. You walk the lives of so many characters, and they tend to blend together. Maybe a select few stand out, and of those few, maybe one or two make the favorites list. That's honestly why we pour ourselves over so many stories, right? So we can find our next favorite?

Well, guess what? Here it is.


Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and fur children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.


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Into The Storm

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