Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Return of the Bad Girl by Codi Gary Review + Giveaway

Bad girls don't forgive.
Bad girls don't forget.
Bad girls don't fall in love.

Caroline Willis may be known for causing trouble, but she is NOT about to become homeless. So when she learns that her perfect apartment has been double-booked—to a dangerously hot bad boy—Caroline's bad-girl reputation comes out in full force. He may be sexy as sin, but she's not afraid of him … or his panty-melting smile.

Rock Canyon's got room for only one bad attitude—and Gabe Moriarty was here first. Still, starting over means playing it smart, so while sharing his new apartment is less than ideal, it's worth getting his dream business off the ground. Not to mention that it means shacking up with a sexy wild child. Caroline may be giving him the cold shoulder, but Gabe always was good at starting fires …

Caroline vows to keep things professional with Gabe, but as close quarters begin to ignite the sizzling chemistry between them, she's left wondering: Bad boy plus bad girl equals nothing but trouble … right?

    Music has always been a huge part of my writing process, and can inspire a scene or an action from one of my characters. For The Trouble with Sexy, Gloriana’s Kiss You Goodnight was a HUGE inspiration. Whitney Duncan was a serious factor in Things Good Girls Don’t Do and Lady Antebellum helped create the back story for Travis and Gemma of Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars. Jacob’s Ladder by Mark Wills was the centric theme for Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines, so it was really no surprise that as I wrote Return of the Bad Girl, I was pulling songs from the radio to make up my playlist.
Take You Home by Thomas Rhett
Wake Up Lovin’ You by Craig Morgan
Everything Changes by Staind
People Know You by Your First Name by Dean Brody
When the Right One Comes Along from the Nashville Soundtrack
Sunshine and Whiskey by Frankie Ballard
Love by Jana Kramer
Speakers by Sam Hunt
Girl in a Country Song by Maddie and Tae
Break Up in a Small Town
Gonna Wanna Tonight by Chase Rice
Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Show You Off by Dana and Shay
Something Bad by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves
Mean to Me by Brett Eldredge
Enough is Enough by Eli Young Band.

So, several of the songs on this playlist (I.E. 4 and 10) set up the back ground and gossip running rampant about Gabe and Caroline, in part thanks to Miss Know It All. Sometimes the attitudes and antics of the towns people surprise even me, but they are oh, so fun! Especially the dreaded Mrs. Andrews. (Shudder). Then there are the angsty ones like 2, 3, 5, and 17. These songs help me through Caroline and Gabe fighting their feelings and the inevitable screw up by both of them, because true love never did run smooth, right? The fun/funny songs like 6, 9, and 14, helped me during character development and those funny interactions between friends and the h/h that make me smile and sometimes even laugh out loud. (Caroline is the anti-girl in a country song and if you’ve never seen the video, you have to check it out!) Show You Off #13 inspired one of my favorite lines in the book, but I won’t give away what it was.
But my favorite song on this playlist is Jana Kramer’s Love (#7). Caroline is a cynic who has never been in love and Gabe believes he doesn’t deserve it. This song gave me the inspiration for their Happily Ever After (because they have to end up together right?)
I hope you enjoy my Return of the Bad Girl Spodify Playlist!

Fallers, I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started Return of the Bad Girl. I'd picked it randomly out of a list of books, and it's part of a longer series (the Rock Canyon series, for those who are interested). Luckily, this book is totally stand-alone (I honestly wouldn't have known it was part of a series if I hadn't looked it up), and it was completely awesome! I'm giving Return of the Bad Girl four and a half leaves!

Caroline and Gabe are basically a match made in heaven. She's the town's former bad-girl, eventually leaving home before graduating high school to strike out on her own. Gabe's recently out of a jail due to a horrible accident in his past.... and both are now stuck together in the same apartment. Necessity brings people together, and I could tell the minute they met that Caroline and Gabe were in for a bumpy (but incredibly fun and really hot) ride. One of the things that struck me about this book was the absolutely incredibly, admirable growth both characters went through. They've both had really rough pasts, but both are working incredibly hard to put it behind them, start fresh, and try to improve themselves. 

And they do. You can see it in their actions, the way they interact with one another and with other people. They're not always successful, but they both realize when they make mistakes, and both do their best to remedy them. That's the focus of this book for me--two people who are trying to better themselves for themselves, and also realizing that just because they had a bad past doesn't mean they don't deserve each other--deserve love--in their future. 

I loved Gabe and Caroline. Both were witty, smart, and completely devoted to one another. The ride was a little choppy, but definitely check this one out, Fallers!

From the time I could put a Disney Book cassette into my little stereo,and read along, books have held a fantastic distraction. When I was eleven, I decided I wanted to be one of those magical people that brought stories to life. Devouring a book a day sometimes, my first romance novel stuck with me. I've always been a sucker for a happy ending (and the great romantic gesture)and that's what I try to put into my stories. I am so honored to be a part of Avon, and am so excited to have my own dreams coming true.

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Dash Vol 2 by Shantel Tessier Review + Giveaway

I should have walked away that day at the race track. I should have turned my back on Dash and all the feelings I started to have for him. He lied to me. He was keeping secrets from not only my father but me as well. But I couldn’t. There were too many unanswered questions that I needed to know and he promised to tell me. But promises are made to be broken, right? 

I lied. Not because I needed to but because I could. Tabatha was smart, though. She is gonna figure out sooner or later that who I am and who she thinks I am are two very different people. She deserves the truth. But how do I know what the truth is anymore?

My heart pounds in my chest and my body trembles. I gasp, trying to catch my breath.
“You sure know how to stroke a man’s ego,” Dash’s voice whispers into my ear as his hand slides between our bodies and his fingers find my clit. I gasp as he starts to massage it. He chuckles as he buries his face deeper into my neck.
I arch my back, allowing him better access as I suck in another breath. “You’re the one doing all the work,” I pant as his body lies on top of mine.
I feel him smile against my neck. I let out a shriek as he rolls over and pulls me on top of him. He looks up to me with a smirk on his face. A few strands of dark hair stick to his slick forehead. “You can have all the control you want, darling.” I’m momentarily paralyzed as his light gray eyes stare up into mine. The morning light coming in through the window makes them sparkle. The smirk grows across his face as he places his hands behind his head. Arrogant bastard. He knows what he does to me when he looks at me like that. Like I’m the only woman in the world. Like neither one of us have a past. Like we’re not hiding from the present. I don’t know what our future holds, but at the moment, it goes on forever.
I run my hands up his smooth and hard chest, the sweat from our bodies making it slippery. I want to taste him in every way. To the point that it may make me sound somewhat insane. Leaning down, I place my lips on his chest and give him a soft kiss. I continue giving him soft kisses as I slide my body down his.
He lifts his hips and he lets out a deep growl as I wrap my fingers around the base of his dick. I wet my lips and lower my mouth over him as his hands find their way into my hair. So much for being in charge. I don’t mind it, though. He can have all the control over me that he wants.
He lets out a moan as I pull him to the back of my throat. I let out a noise of my own when I taste myself on him. As I go to pull up, his hands in my hair grip me tighter and he lifts his hips, pushing deeper into my mouth. I try to fight the urge to pull back, to fight his control. He’s not Rodger, I tell myself.
“Fuck…Oh…” I run my eyes up his body lying on the white sheets. His stomach muscles clench and his chest rises and falls quickly. His head is thrown back, his jaw tight, as he sucks in breaths through clenched teeth. It’s a sight to see—me allowing him to take pleasure from me the way that he wants. I relax, allowing him to have his way with my mouth as I just allowed him to have my body.
I take him as deep and as fast as he wants to go. And he wants it fast. He doesn’t let up. My jaw is sore and my cheeks hurt but it’s worth it. Anything is worth hearing that man come with my name on his lips.
Once he’s finished, he releases my hair and I pull away from him with a satisfied smile on my face. He grabs me by the shoulders and throws me down beside him. “You’re amazing,” he breathes as he pushes some hair off of my face.
I take in a deep breath. “Not so bad yourself,” I tease.
His smile widens. “So much for stroking my ego,” he mumbles.
I arch an eyebrow. “I think I’ve stroked enough,” I respond, making him fill his bedroom with laughter.
I open my eyes and look at myself in the mirror. I have streaks running down my face from the tears I’ve cried in the last hour. It’s crazy how that memory was from just this morning. We were lying in his bed laughing as we were getting ready for round two. Now I’m standing in the restroom at the hospital waiting to see if he’s gonna be okay.
Dash crashed! It happened so fast that it didn’t register at first. He was riding along on the track after our talk. I had almost left him. I was so pissed at the fact that he was keeping some serious secrets from me. Hell, I thought that Valerie was telling the truth and that she was indeed his girlfriend. My father even believed her. Acted like he knew her. But after talking to him, I believed him. Then he jumped back on his bike and went to finish his practice run.


 Let me start of saying that my addiction to this series is worse than my addiction to shopping!! This is the second book in the Dash series and it takes us right back to the yearning lust-filled world of Dash and Tabatha. I am so involved with Dash and Tabatha that I am already aching for the next book!! I  In this book, you will see that someone is trying to harm Dash and destroy Tabatha. That there are people out there that do not want the two to be together and they will do whatever it takes to sabotage their relationship. There is fun, a little mystery, and hot sexy time between Tabitha and Dash. For me this book showed me more about all of the characters and still left me with so many questions! A few major questions that will leave you frustrated is, Dash and Tabatha going to make it? Will they put everything they have and make the relationship work, and have it go public? So many questions that I really can't wait to find out!! I am looking forward to the next book!!

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their three year old little princess. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

She is currently working on book two in the Undescribable series. She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughter, along with their cat and dog.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Necessary Sin (The Sin Trilogy #1) by Georgia Cates Review + Giveaway


Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, an organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s son Sinclair—until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger—she never imagined her heart would be as well.


 Bleu MacAllister’s POV:
“Damn, you don’t give much away.”
He’s right. I have to make myself more vulnerable. “Most men don’t appreciate hearing the word no when it comes to sex, so I thought you were skipping out on me.” I shrug. “I must confess it was a huge letdown to not see you for two days. I wondered if my demands might have been too much for you to handle or maybe I was a turnoff.”
“It’s the opposite for me. I’ve never been more turned on.”
“I’m calling bullshit.” As much as I hate to admit it, that damn Geneen was stunning—until I broke her nose. “I’ve seen the women at the bar. Some are gorgeous and have bodies to die for. There’s no way I’m the biggest turn-on you’ve ever had.”
“Bleu. Those women are beautiful until you know them and understand their motives for being at Duncan’s. Every last one of them wants to be claimed, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”
Claimed. I remember reading about this in one of the files. The Fellowship has this bizarre practice of laying claim on women they aren’t married to. “I don’t understand what you mean by claimed.”
“You don’t understand because you aren’t like them. And I like that very much.”
“I want you to tell me what it means. Is it a Scottish thing?”
“Another time, Bonny Bleu.”


I rated A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates FIVE LEAVES!!!! 
This is the first book in the The Sin Trilogy. This is a romance, love, and suspense story with a touch of mystery. Georgia Cates has delivered an amazing book which is soon to become a series to keep you engrossed. I could not put it down! Not only does this book have a strong heroine but has a really sexy main guy!  
Bleu MacAllister has been traumatized by an event that happened to her when she was a young girl.  Bleu has been plotting a revenge against the person that took her mother away since the event occurred.  Bleu has grown into a force to be reckoned with. She has been on a crusade of the vengeance for herself and her mother. Bleu has spent year training with her step-father and keeping track of Thane Breckenridge. 

All the planing could not prepare her for meeting and falling in love with Thane Breckenridge's son, Sinclar. The book is based in Scotland with Sin's family being a brotherhood that is know as The Fellowship. The Fellowship are known as killers and thieves.  Bleu can not fight the attraction that she feels for Sin, despite believing that his father is the one who changed her life forever.  The story put me on emotional overload.  I really loved Sin! At first, I thought he was kind of a douchebag and then at one point I started to fall hard for him.  The book does not provide an closure for the reader but it really makes you think what is going to happen in the next book!!

Georgia Cates’s writing is unflawed and the story is told being unfolding before your eyes much like a movie. The author did a great job going back and forth from the main characters POV's timelessly.  Please note that the book ends in a major cliffhanger and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book!!

 Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sinful Rewards 6 by Cynthia Sax Review + Giveaway

Sinful Rewards # 6
A Billionaires & Bikers Novella # 6
By: Cynthia Sax
Releasing December 16th, 2014
Avon Red Impulse

Bee Carter has spent a lifetime creating her good-girl persona. Three harsh words uttered in anger shred this carefully crafted fa├žade, testing her relationships.

Nicolas, her handsome billionaire, is hiding a decades-old secret. Bee's scandal will draw unwanted attention to his dark past, placing the real estate empire he's built and the employees he manages in peril. Hawke, her tattooed bad-boy biker, protects the rich and famous. His high-profile clients won't want their bodyguard to be linked to Chicago's wild woman.

Both men desire her, craving her touch with a white-hot passion, but who will risk everything to stand by her side—her biker or her billionaire?


The doorbell rings mere seconds later. “Aargh.” I stalk across the main room, unable to handle more deliveries. “Make it stop.” I swing the door open, aggravated.

“I’ll make it stop, sweetheart.” Hawke stands before me, clad in his ugly black T-shirt, his faded blue jeans, and big army boots, his tanned skin covered with a sheen of moisture as though he ran the entire way. He’s big and broad, a mountain of a man, and there’s no one I trust more with righting my world.

“Hawke.” I throw myself at him, my heart pounding.

He catches my smaller body, cups my ass, and lifts me upward, pressing me against his solid form, the barbed wire tattoo encircling his right bicep rippling.

“I’m here.” Hawke walks into the condo, carrying me easily, and I link my fingers behind his neck, never wanting to let him go. “Everything will be okay,” he assures me as he kicks the door shut behind him.

“I don’t know how anything will ever be okay again,” I mumble into his neck, inhaling his unique scent, a combination of engine grease, leather, and man. “I’ve put my best friend in danger.” I gaze up at his rugged countenance, the silver scar on his chin a reminder of his difficult life. “I—”

Hawke covers my lips with his, the force of his kiss driving my head back, evaporating my thoughts and tightening my nipples. I open to him, welcoming my badass biker into my mouth, our tongues dueling, dancing, drawing us together, meshing us into one being.

My fingers spread over his skull, his hair short and soft under my palms. Hawke’s chest flattens my breasts. His defined abs undulate against my fabric-covered pussy, the pressure exciting me. He strokes into me, the stubble on his chin blazing a trail across my skin, and I respond with no inhibitions, sucking on his tongue as I wish to suck on his cock, tasting him, savoring him.

There’s no fear of Hawke judging me, rejecting me. He embraces my wild nature, encourages my perversions. With him, I’m safe, accepted, worthy.

He falls backward, his ass smacks against the leather couch cushion, and I bounce on top of him, the contact driving my arousal upward. His massive hands slide up my back, the friction delightful. I arch, rubbing my taut nipples against him, frustrated by the layers of clothing between us.

He breaks our kiss and rests his forehead against mine, the tips of our noses touching, both of us breathing heavily. “Who are you thinking about, love?”

“What?” I blink at him, my brain fuzzy with passion.

Hawke smiles his lopsided smile, his white teeth flashing in his tanned face. “Exactly.” He nips my bottom lip. “When we kiss, you don’t think about anyone else.”
I rated Sinful Rewards 6 by Cynthia Sax FIVE LEAVES!!!

I don't know what I am going to do when this series ends!!  I am glad to know I have 5 more books in this series.  I feel like this book was so much more than Bee herself.  I felt her emotions and my heart ached for her.  The gossip is out about Bee, and people believe she is an escort.  Bee feels like her life is going to be changing and not the way she wants it to.  She believes that if she gives up Nicolas it will be what is best for him.  She does not want him to be caught up in her misery.  Even though she should be with Nicolas I think deep down she is in love with Hawke. I mean, that's who I am in love with in this series!! There is just something about Hawke that makes you feel safe.  I don't think this is a spoiler and this is my opinion since it is not known to us who 'Friendly' is, but without a doubt is Hawke!! I mean it is just obvious and it makes me love Hawke so much because he truly cares and loves Bee. I am very eager to see what happens in the next book, with Nicolas. I was surprised by the end of the book how he wants to help Bee and wants to make it right for her! Maybe, I am going to be Team Nicolas now!! The struggle is real, y'all how does she just pick one?

Cynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Lost" by Sarah Ann Walker Review + Giveaway

 Title: Lost
Author: Sarah Ann Walker
Genre: Adult, Dark Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Cover Designer: James Freeburg
My name is Sophie Morley, and this is my story of loss. 

I used to be mature, professional, and stable. I used to have friends and colleagues who respected me. I used to be someone I respected. I knew the life I wanted, and I lived within my forever plans. I was everything I thought I should be. 
Then I met the man of my dreams, and everything changed in me. Everything I was and everything I was to become changed with his love. And I've never regretted one single moment of the life we shared. 

My name is Sophie Morley, 
and I am lost.

"I have to go. I'm sorry. I love you, Sophie," he said as he kissed my head and quickly walked away from me.
"What? Why?!" I croaked through the sudden tightness in my throat.
"The way I feel about you ties me in knots and makes me afraid of everything. I'm afraid you'll leave me, and I'm afraid you'll be taken away. I know you love me and I feel the same, but I have to go now. I know something bad is going to happen to you if you stay."
When he took his coat from the closet and walked to the front door, he paused for only a second. One second in which I had had the perfect words. I wished I could have said something to make him stay. I wished I could have said something. But I was stuck in a spinning, shaking, shocked world of total disbelief.
And I had no words.


 Created by: Michelle Ryan


I rated Lost by Sarah Ann Walker FIVE LEAVES!! 
This was my first book by Sarah Ann Walker. I can guarantee you I am now her biggest fan! Lost is one of the most intense and gut-wrenching stories I have ever read! Lost is extraordinary brilliant!! A captivating, mysterious, and intriguing love story with a twist.  This story was so additive, gripping, and incredibly well-written. I am going to try to keep this review very vague in an effort to keep the story exciting and mysterious for y'all.  It would be so easy for someone to ruin this story, but no one can put this story into words do it justice. There are hidden secrets that creep throughout this book, throughout Sophie's story and Peter's journey. This is a standalone read with a heart-warming ending with the way the story unfolds, you realize just how deep Sophie's love is (Disclaimer: have some tissues close by!!)

We meet Sophie. She is independent, smart, and beautiful. Growing up she was had goals and she knew that she was going to have her "forever" career and her "forever" love.  She had everything planned out for her just the way she wanted until Peter comes into her life. He will "forever" change her life.   Peter is the perfect man for Sophie and she knew from just a couple of times spending with him  he was going to be her "forever" love.  Peter made Sophie really love, live, and feel LOST. At first, I thought okay, Peter is just too good to be true. I kept bracing myself reading this book that I knew something would creep in about him that I wasn't going to like.  I felt like I was guarding my heart as was Sophie.  I cried so much in this book, I actually felt like I was Sophie. If you are lucky in life to experience full blown love, you will do anything and sacrifice to feel that kind of love. Love knows no boundaries, it makes you feel and hurts, do questionable things, love can be hard sometimes; but in the end those are the love stories that are most precious.  I felt every emotion Sophie was going through when she was with Peter and more.

Pick this book up and fall in love with characters.  I promise you won't regret this powerful story.

Sarah Ann Walker is a Scottish Canadian who was raised in Canada, where she attended McMaster University as an English major. In 2002 Sarah met and married her American husband and they chose to remain in Canada together where they raise their son.

In the summer of 2012, during a manic two week period Sarah was transformed into the main character of 'I am HER...' released November 2012. The sequel 'THIS is me...' followed in November 2013. In May 2014 Sarah released the dark 'My Dear Stranger', followed by LOST in November 2014.




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Chasing The Tide" Release Day Launch


 ***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.***

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future
Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating.  But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
 And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.


From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.


Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.




The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"The Charlotte Chronicles" by Jen Frederick Review + Giveaway

Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.
Until they weren't.
How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over?
How many times does a heart break?
When is enough…..enough?
How long is forever?

But when I close my eyes, I can see him—and me. I can see me pressed up against the mirror in the bathroom, my hands making starfish prints as I brace myself against his thrusts. I can hear his harsh breathing, his commands to come, come now, Charlotte. There was that passage of time that felt endless when he was between my legs, licking me softly and leisurely as if there wasn’t anything in this world that gave him more pleasure than helping me find my own. I touch myself, but it’s useless. My body wants one thing: Nathan Jackson.
I’m on fire and the ache of want is so acute it’s like a knife in my chest. I’ve had multiple surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation but that’s nothing compared to what I feel now.
Time and distance had dulled my pain and that my desire and love for Nathan had actually started to ease only to be stoked into high, hot flames by his reappearance in my life.
He is the poison and the antidote.


I rate The Charlotte Chronicles by Jen Frederick FIVE GIVE-ME-A-NAVY-MAN Leaves!

Before I tell you how amazing this book is, I need to tell you that this is my first book to read by Jen Frederick. Right before I started reading The Charlotte Chronicles, I did as I always do and looked it up on Goodreads. That is when I realized that I was missing a huge piece to this fantastic puzzle. I had not read ANY of the books in the Woodlands series, and, now because of this novel, I am desperate to go back in time and read the stories of their parents' love.

In order to keep you from making the same mistake I did, make sure you click HERE and get started in the right direction. In the event you don't click that link and you make the same mistake as me, have no fear. You will be able to read and enjoy The Charlotte Chronicles just as I did.

So, what's this all about? Well, The Charlotte Chronicles is split into two parts. The first has a coming-of-age feel to it with young, teenage love and heartbreak, while the second part takes place nine years later. In the first part you are re-introduced to couples from the Woodlands series, only this story takes place several years later and from the view point of their children, Charlotte and Nathan. 


Teenagers, Charlotte, Nathan, and Nick (Nathan's brother), have been best friends their entire lives; but when Charlotte turned 15-years-old, Nathan began to notice her as more than a friend. He always only saw himself as her protector, but it was then that he realized she was made to be his. With Nathan being a few years older than Charlotte, he had planned on their relationship advancing years later; but when Charlotte begins treatment for a brain tumor, he decides he has to make her his immediately. Shortly after they expose their feelings for one another, Charlotte is sent to a treatment facility in Switzerland. The distance causes tension, and Nathan struggles with telling Charlotte that he has enlisted in the Navy. He knows if he tells her, she won't want him to leave, and he won't be able to leave her. At a house party, Nathan drinks too much and is set up in an incident that is filmed and sent to Charlotte. Even though Charlotte knows the truth behind the video, Nathan is too broken after and pushes her away. He leaves for the Navy without a word, and she writes him for the next six years, because he promised her forever. He only replies a few times and with brief responses, then stops completely and breaks Charlotte's heart. Her letters transition the reader from the past to the present (part two), which is three years after Charlotte's last letter to Nathan. Nathan is inspired by a captive he helps save in a mission and decides its time to fight and earn back Charlotte's love. Only Charlotte isn't the same girl who held on all those years ago. She's healthy and happy with her family, friends, and career. Of course, she did say she would always love him, but his reappearance has old wounds exposed again.

I loved this book for so many reasons. Too many to list here, but here are a few... I loved how the story was broken into two parts, and how the author used the letters to transition into part two. I loved reading not only the sweet and steamy scenes between Charlotte and Nathan, but the friendship they had and what they shared with Nick. I'm sure if I had read the Woodlands series prior to reading The Charlotte Chronicles, I would have loved seeing those characters reappear years later. We are used to seeing characters cameo in other novels or series', but rarely do we see them 15+ years later. Another reason I enjoyed this book so much was because it felt more real than so many of the books I read and review. Usually when characters reunite after a bad break, there is a lot of anger, a few angsty chapters, and the characters fall in love again. OR the guy comes back, and the girl just forgives him after a few pages. Not in this one! The two find themselves alone for the first time in almost a decade, and a super sexy and erotic scene breaks out. Most would be angry at Charlotte for giving in to temptation, but do I blame her? Hell no. Hottie Navy SEAL returns to capture my heart and wants to make up for the last nine years? Okay, but all is not forgiven and forgotten. That is exactly how Charlotte plays it, and it's exactly what I would have done. Give him a taste and then make him work for it!

The Charlotte Chronicles is a must-read... like... RIGHT NOW MUST-READ, because it's on sale for 99 pennies until December 18th! Get your one-click finger warmed up, because I know you will want to go back and read them all. I know I do! 


Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog.  She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at



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