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    BOOK REVIEW: Leo (Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan

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    Second chance love stories are probably one of my favourite. This one in particular.

    Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system. 

    When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again. 

    Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

    I have re-read this book twice now, because it was that beautiful. The best thing about this book is that there are a few big ‘OMG’ moments that just make this book what it is.  It’s really great!

    It’s not a very long book, which I loved, but it all all the elements that make a great book in my eyes; it made my heart race, my eyes water, my mind crazy and my soul shake.

    Throughout the book, we get great flashbacks of Evie and Leo when they were little. Most the time, I don’t like too many flashbacks, but they really did make the story in the end.

    The description of their first kiss was beautiful. Set in one of the flashback scenes when they were quite young, Mia Sheridan was able to write this and make it beautiful.

    “I’m going to kiss you now, Evie, and when I do, it’s going to mean that you’re mine. I don’t care how far away we are from each other. You. Are. Mine. I’ll wait for you. And I want you to wait for me. Promise me.”

    This book was very well written. The story flowed so nicely and I pretty much read it in one sitting. Throughout the story, my head was searching possible outcomes, trying to figure out how the book was going to end, but Mia Sheridan had me for the entire book!

    This book has a twist i didn’t coming. At all. 

    There is no cliffhanger to this story, even though there is another book.

    I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves those second chance novels.

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    BOOK REVIEW: Love Thy Neighbour (Friend-Zoned #2) by Belle Aurora

    LTNLove Thy Neighbour (Friend-Zoned #2) by Belle Aurora

    Synopsis

    Asher ‘Ghost’ Collins and Natalie Kovac shared a passionate night together. One neither of them can forget.

    Why is it so hard for them to be around each other?

    With no hope of the two getting along they decide to go their separate ways. And somehow end up closer than they’ve ever been.

    Will friendship ever be enough for the pair?

    I just want to begin my review by saying a few words about Author Belle Aurura. What a gem. I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE her as an author. Every single word she puts to paper is genius. She is so incredibly talented, she’s funny, witty, cares so much for her readers and bloggers and she is just all round totally awesome.

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    My Review

    5star

     SQUEEE!!! This series is fast becoming one of my all time favs! Belle Aurora, you are AMAZING! Your words, your characters, your storytelling. Guys, this book has all the feels!! LOVED IT! 

    We meet Natalie and Asher ‘Ghost’ in book 1 ‘Friend-Zoned’, where a one night ridiculously hot, sexual encounter started one of the funniest story lines I have read in a book for a long time. According to Nat, it was a ‘moment’ shared between the two

    “Ghost, whose real name is Asher, and I had a ‘moment’ last year. If a ‘moment’ includes being dragged down the hall of a club, having your panties ripped off, then being fucked on a conference table while you beg and scream for more, then, yes, we shared a moment.”

    Agreeing to stay away from one another after that one night, the tension between Nat and Ghost is so obvious. Then Nat moves in next door to Ghost and things escalate. The constant banter between these two strong willed characters makes for a great read. They are always trying to out do one another and the sexual tension between them since that one night a year ago is so strong this neighbourly ‘friendship’ between them becomes hilarious to watch unfold.

    The story is so incredibly well written. I absolutely love the way Belle Aurora has the characters talking to themselves throughout the book. It not only helps us understand the story, it’s also so funny to hear what goes on inside their heads when they’re not talking to each other.

    “The man is insufferable. A total dickhead. No manners what-so-ever. None. So why can’t you stop thinking about his winkie? God. I suck.”

     One of the best things about this series is the friendship circle. Poker nights, VIP’s at the boys’ night club. It really makes me a little depressed that I can’t hunt them down and join in their circle. This book series would make for a perfect movie – Hollywood take note – I would seriously watch it everyday just to ‘hang with my friends’, cause that’s what it felt like I was doing the entire time.

    Belle Aurora has a way with words. Yes this book is incredibly funny and totally sexy, but its also deep and emotional. Nat and Asher’s relationship changes them both. It teaches them things about their relationship, as well as themselves, both have no idea how to love, and together, that kinda makes them perfect.

    I absolutely love this book. Its beautiful, its deeply emotional yet hilarious in all the right places. Asher and Nat’s story is one of my favourites. Definitely a must read!

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    BOOK REVIEW: Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey

    Present PerfectAmanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

    Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.

    Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?

    Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.

    5star

    “I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.”

    Amanda Kelly has spent her entire life living in the shadow of her ‘perfect’ older sister. Her parent’s compare them almost every day, and Amanda has had enough. She battles everyday to be able to see herself as ‘perfect’, yet her best friend Noah, has told her so, every day.

    Noah and Amanda have been best friends since the day they were born and there is one thing she is certain of, and that is her love for Noah.

    Now, where on earth do I begin? – Well… this book was incredible. Present perfect was one of the most well written books I have read in a very long time. Alison Bailey’s use of words got me in all the right places. I felt pain, I felt love, I felt every single emotion that I could ever imagine reading a book.

    I have to be completely honest with you though, for a lot of the book, I felt anger. I felt so incredibly angry I almost didn’t finish it. Sometimes all I wanted to do was throw my iPad up against the wall. But if I didn’t feel angry, I wouldn’t have felt the story the way Alison Bailey intended me to feel.

    Amanda’s character frustrated me a lot of the time, but at the same time, I knew exactly why she made the decisions she did. It’s the honesty that I love about this book. It’s that honest to god – this is how its going down, type of book. There are no cliché romances here. Noah and Amanda’s relationship is beautiful. Noah adores her, more than she realises. But that fine line between friendship and love is there and Amanda doesn’t want to cross it. She doesn’t want to ruin the only good thing in her life.

    “There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t loved you. I just wish you would let me love you.”

    Amanda struggles through the entire book with her self-esteem. I really felt a lot of heart ache for her and how she saw herself, especially because Noah didn’t see her that way. Noah wants more, he loves Amanda, but she just wont do it. This was a big thing for me in the book. All I wanted was for Amanda to see for herself, just let herself feel and then maybe she will see what we all see.

    “You’ve always been my girl and always will be. No one will ever take me away from you, Tweet. You’re my heart and soul and that’s never going to change, no matter what you say.”

    This story stole my entire heart. It ripped it out and broke it into a million pieces. This wasn’t your typical love story about childhood sweet hearts. It’s gut wrenching, soul shattering, heart breaking and totally and utterly beautiful.

    Keep a BOX of tissues handy. I needed them. This book will consume you, and it will stay with you, forever.

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    BOOK REVIEW: Misbehaving by Abbi Glines

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    Misbehaving by Abbi Glines

     4.5 STRIPPING STARS

    Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world

    I really really enjoyed this book. Like, a whole lot. It was just the right amount of drama, plenty of swooning moments and just fun. It’s not a very long book, I guess the only thing I would have said I didn’t like was that it wasn’t long enough! I want know what happens after Sea Breeze! (hint hint Abbi!! coughs book two coughs ) .. It was the breath of fresh air I needed right now, I’ve read so many emotionally draining books, I needed something light and enjoyable and this was absolutely perfect!

    This is Jess’ story. Jess and Jason’s story, and I loved it. Jess is my type of ‘badass’. She’s a though cookie, she hasn’t been dealt a great life, but she doesn’t complain. She lives with her mum and is trying to get rid of her of her always cheating ex, whom she can’t seem to let go, she doesn’t feel like she deserves any better, and that, breaks my heart.

    “I should have known better. But I was an idiot. All it had ever taken from Hank was one pitiful bat of his eyelashes and a pout, and I came running.”

     Until one night, she was running from the law, and into the Porsche of her rescuer. This is when the ‘bad girl’ Jess meets ‘rockers brother’ Jason. She doesn’t know who he is at first, and Jason likes this. He can just be himself with her. Their friendship is sweet, but Jess’ self worth issues begin to bother Jason. He doesn’t want to care so much but he can’t help feeling like Jess is selling herself short. She deserves more.

    Jason’s character is sweet. He’s fun and out going. He falls for Jess quickly, but doesn’t realise it. He is protective of her in a good way, and that changes things for Jess, takes her into unknown territory.

    Parts of this book made my heart ache. I really really felt for Jess. She deserves so much more than what she is willing to allow herself to have, and she couldn’t see that. Jason was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t going to be the one to give it to her, so Jess convinced herself that she was just a distraction for Jason. Nothing more.

     “I’m the bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks meant to drive the ex-girlfriend mad with jealousy.”

    The way she thought of herself really upset me at times. I felt like jumping into the pages and telling her myself. Telling her that she did deserve a happy ending. She didn’t have to just ‘settle’.

    Abbi Glines is so great with words. I felt for every single character in this book. From the psycho ex boyfriend, to the way her mother shows her unconditional love. Abbi Glines makes you feel. By the end of the book I had a really big smile on my face. It was so nice. I just wanted to hug everyone and read it all over again. 

    This really was a great read. They’re journey is a great one. I will definitely be reading it again.

    My Characters
    Jess & Jason

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    BOOK REVIEW: Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

    Fighting RedemptionRyan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

    At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.

    Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.

    This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

    6star

    Ryan Kendall knows violence. Experiencing it first hand throughout his entire childhood, he understands what real pain is. From a small child he has felt helpless, unworthy and it has broken him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting Fin. She is the girl he grew up with, she is his best friend’s sister. He has loved her since the beginning, he has always protected her, and he will continue to do so, even from himself.

    Jake (Fin’s brother) and Ryan join the Australian Army and become SAS soldiers who are then deployed to Afghanistan. Ryan has dedicated himself protecting those who cannot protect themselves, but no matter how hard he tries to forget her or no matter how far away he may be, Fin is always on his mind.

    Finlay Tanner – I love her character. Fin has been protected her whole life by her brother and Ryan. She has become successful in her career and is doing what she loves. Though, her love for Ryan has always been there in the back of her mind. She is a loyal, caring and absolutely stunning character. I kinda wish we were friends. 

    Ryan Kendall  is so completely broken. Not only is he freakin’ gorgeous, his goal in life is to protect those who are unable to do so themselves, he joins the army. He’s a spunk in uniform. That’ll do me. But he can’t seem to see that he deserves to be happy. I felt for Ryan with every single feeling in my bones. I cried for him, I worried for him and I fell in love with this broken soul.

    It takes an incredibly talented author to write a story like this, and I search every. single. day. to find them. When I came across Fighting Redemption, I was even more excited when I noticed it was by Australian author Kate McCarthy, and being Australian myself, I had to read it. We have such incredible talent in this country and us Aussie’s need to stick together.

    This is a story about war. It’s a story about love, loss, sacrifice and redemption and took my breath away.

     “You’re the strongest person I’ve ever known, but someone smart and brave once told me that it’s always the strongest that fall the hardest. You can trust me, Ryan. Let go. I’ll be here to catch you. I’ll always be here.”

    It’s heartbreaking, gut wrenching, incredibly deep with emotion and so well written. The whole story flowed so perfectly. I felt this story more than I ever thought I would. I really wasn’t prepared. Honestly, I hadn’t read any reviews. The cover sold it to me and the epilogue does enough to you to not want to put it down until you finish it, and that is exactly what I did.

    “You’re all I see. Nothing holds more beauty in my eyes than you do. No one will ever love you the way I do.”

    This book will always have an incredible hold over me. The emotions it brought out of me were so powerful, it took me a few days to really have the story copletely settle with me, and to this day, I still think about the incredible love, that is Fin and Ryan.

     “I’ll love you longer than the stars that live in the sky.”

    – Ryan

    I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone old enough to read it. In fact if you haven’t yet read it, and it is sitting there on your TRB list, bump it to the top. You do not want to miss out on this incredible journey. You will not be disappointed.

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    BOOK REVIEW: Bound by Brenda Rothert

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    BOUND by Brenda Rothert

    College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart. 

    Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

    When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart

    Firstly, I just want to thank Brenda Rothert for writing such a beautiful story. It really was a breath of fresh air.

    This beautifully written story about Kate and Ryke really took me by surprise.

    Kate Camden has been dealing with grief for a very long time. She has learnt to just ‘be’ in her world. Her mum convinces her to to group therapy, where she meets NHL player Jason ‘Ryke’ Ryker.

    Their journey starts off with Ryke employing Kate has his assistant, and their friendship blossoms from there.

    We get to hear the story from both Kate and Ryker’s POV which is so great. I always love knowing what each character is thinking and feeling at a particular moment. Ryker’s POV always had me swooning. He is so gorgeous!

    “Let me spend tonight with your heart instead of your head.”
    – Ryke

    Kate and Ryke make such a beautiful couple. Even though it took a while, the chemistry was always there. Kate is going through a lot and Ryke was always by her side, never pushing her and always the gentleman.

    For me, this story was beautiful. It had me swooning, crying and holding on for dear life. I finished it in one sitting it was that good. I would definitely recommend this to those who love a great love story. And I myself, love those sexy athletes. So this was right up my alley ☺

    BOOK REVIEW: RAW by Belle Aurora

    NOTE: This one one of my very first reviews and my style has changed… a lot
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     5 Stars!!

    What’s the story about?

    First of all, I need to start off by saying that this book is NOT a romantic love story. It is what it says it is… Raw. Lexi had a rough childhood. She ran away from home and was later sent to live at a foster home. She is now very well educated and has a great job she is incredibly good at.

    For a while now, Lexi has felt his eyes on her. She sees him watching her and something deep down inside her loves it. This story needs to be read. Hold on… you’re in for a hellova ride.

    Main Characters

    Lexi – Well there isn’t much more I can say about her that wasn’t said just before. But, I love her. She’s a great character, good solid head on her shoulders. She’s a ‘knows what she wants’ kinda gal. She falls for Twitch very quickly, she knows it’s a bad idea but can’t seem to stay away from him.

    “I don’t want a knight in shining armor.
    I don’t want a knight in scuffed armor.
    I want his helmet to have dents. I want my knight to be real, and dark and savage. I want my knight to be a survivor. Someone who’s been tested and got through his trails. Not some pussy in gleaming metal.”

     Twitch – Oh Twich, where on earth do I start with you boy. – OK, let’s start here… Twitch is the perfect example of fifty shades of fucked up. Yeh, he even gives Mr Fifty Shades himself a huge run for his money. Twitch is so heartbreakingly damaged, I just want to cuddle him – all day – Every. Single. Day… Christian Grey had a tie, yeh? .. well, scrap that idea.. I want the belt. Twitch’s belt baby, and attitude.. and mouth – that dirty. dirty mouth…

    “you’re so fucking hot when you get worked up that I would really like for you to suck my cock. And when I say I would really like that, I mean suck my cock, Lexi. Now.”

     OK sorry, I’m getting quite side tracked.. I apologise..

    What did I think?

    What did I think?? Well.. I think this was one of the most difficult books I’ve read in a long time. By difficult, I mean it’s totally hard core… totally sexy… totally brutal and totally damaging to the soul. But it’s a work of genius.

    I cannot express how much a ADORE Ms Belle Aurora. Every single thing she writes takes me to my happy place, even if I’m bawling my eyes out, It’s still my happy place.

     This book – its – I can’t even put it into words. It’s just one of those books you need to read for yourself. Keep an open mind and just enjoy the ride.

    Recommendation

    READ IT! 😉

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