Nancy’s Review of Stakeout

Stakeout
By: Karen Raines and Brittany Crowley
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best friends are not supposed to cross that line to sleep with each other right?
When Bri and Colby do, Bri sees stars until Colby calls out another woman’s name. Not cool.  She decides to take a month long case to get away from Colby.  But then he shows up on the case.  How unlucky can a girl get?

Colby realizes the mistake he made the night with Bri.  But she won’t talk to him so he can get at least their friendship back.  When the chance for a joint case comes up he jumps at it because no way is he letting his best friend go without him watching her back.

What happens when both their lives are put on the line?

My take on this book:

I loved this book.  Not only was the tension thick.  But the danger was palpable.  The twists that these writers added had my mind spinning.  This was a awesome book that I did not want to put it down. I would love to see more from these two.  The guys from Colbys firm and ladies from Bris firm will make for some serious hotness.

Till the next book ~ Nancy

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Review by Nancy— Justice

Justice
By: Cin Medley
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Justice is tired of living a double life.  He is trying to get out of the Black Mombos but knows the only way out is death.  One night he stops 2 of his guys from harming someone.  Once he sees who he loses his mind on them.

Samantha has been brutalized for 2 years.  When she wakes up she can’t remember anything.  Why is this man being so nice to her?

How can Sam and J.J. work when there is so much between them that is unknown.  J.J. promises that he will give Sam back her life.  But can he let her go when the time comes?  Can he keep her safe?

My take on this book:

I could not put this book down.  The twists and turns will keep you guessing.  The surprise ending was awesome.  I recommend this book.  It kept me very interested.  

Till the next book ~ Nancy 

Leigh’s review on God’s and Monsters

Gods and Monsters
By Saffron A. Kent
Since reading the Unrequited, I have longed for the words of Saffron Kent again. I loved Gods and Monsters in a real and raw way. Evie loved Abel for so long but her mother and the rest of the town thought of him as a monster but he was not—not in the least. This is a great example that bigotry doesn’t always follow race and the town has it in for Abel, because of his geneology. Evie falls for him though her mother, one of the real monsters in this story, makes it difficult for the two to be together.
 
The story follows Evie and Able from their early teens through their early adult years. The character development that Saffron creates within this story is unique and incredible. Early within the story, we see Evie as the kid she is but as the story progresses, so does Evie. This is just another one of Ms. Kent’s wonder in her story telling ability.
 
Evie is two years younger than Abel when she meets him. The whole town hates his existance. But as I mentioned earlier, they are the ones that are truly the monsters that create a wedge between Evie following her heart. Abel wants nothing more than Evie (Pixie) in his life. As they sneak behind everyone’s backs, their love for one another only strengthens. When it comes to a head—Evie has a choice to make.
 
Saffron has a way of painting a story so vividly, you are staring at it on a canvas. This book will leave you breathless; cheering this couple through their life; begging that they get their happy ever after and wanting to kick some of the side characters a** at the same time! This is a must read!

Nancy’s Review of Art of Loyalty

Art of Loyalty
By: M. Orgeron
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vincent knows that loyalty is a huge thing in the life that he lives. He is loyal to Catherine Stern and she has always taken care of him. As he sees each of his brothers fall and find the women they are meant to be with he wonders what life has in store.

Brittany is happy with her choices in life. She takes care of those she loves. She does everything her way. What more could a girl want?

What happens when Brittany and Vin collide? Fireworks that is What.

My take on this book:

If you haven’t read the Stern family Saga you really need to. This book is so well written that you will not want to put it down. Vin is the quiet Alpha male that most women dream of and Brittany is a bull headed woman that takes no crap. You will feel like part of the Stern family.

Till the next book ~ Nancy

Leigh’s Review of Living With Marcus

Living With Marcus

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Florence Osmund

I am taking a small detour from straight romance to bring you a review on this book. It certainly includes romance but this book has so many elements associated with it. That is the brilliance of Florence Osmund. I will read anything and everything by this author She is by far one of my favorites, especially as an indie author.

The idea of this book centers around Markus, a man with a sense of family and he puts up with a lot of crap from them. When his sister shows up on his doorstep with her two kids, he lets her live with him. This eventually begins the demise of Markus’s relationship with his girlfriend. The addition of three more people in his house, causes a ripple in every part of his life.

Throughout the book, he takes on more and more responsibility to his family, showing that family is of most importance. I think he goes out of the realm of what most people would deal with. In the end , he inherits a sick dad and another child because Markus simply will not turn his back on family. The book is a sweet look at family dynamics along with the way Ms. Osmund paints each character so vividly. If you have not read a Florence Osmund book, you are missing out!

Review by Nancy- Voyeur

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Voyeur
By: Fiona Cole
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oaklyn is trying to get through college. She has found scholarships but something happens and the money disappears. She has tried everything. She gets a job at the club Voyeur. As well as extra shifts in the science dept of her college.

Callum has issues and his heaven is Voyeur. He can be in the shadows. But once he sees her he starts longing for more but doesn’t know how to get there.

And when Oaklyn becomes Callums teachers assistant then everythinf may fall down around them.

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My take on this book:

I loved the way this story was written. Fiona has a way to draw you into this story and feel a lot through out it. This is a highly recommend. Do not miss this one.

Till the next book ~ Nancy

 

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Review by Nancy- The Playground

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The Playground
By: Phoebe Alexander
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Journey has been a wife and mother and teacher for so long that she is starting to lose herself. Her boys are off to college and the empty nest is affecting her and her husband.
When transferred to a new school she starts making new friends that like to have fun.
As Journey is discovering herself in the swinging lifestyle she faces obstacles that she isn’t sure how to handle.

My take on this book:

This was my first book by Phoebe but it will not be the last. There were times that I felt in my own life. She is able to write the characters so real that you can relate to them. I can not wait to read more. Do not miss the Playground.

Till the next book ~ Nancy

Leigh’s Review of Sworn by Maria Luis

Sworn

By Maria Luis

How do I review this book? Well, Maria hit it out of the ball park with this one. Avery is a girl with secrets and just as they say opposited attract—in this case it is two people with similar backgrounds that attract. Lincoln is a mystery to most everyone. Is he good? Is he bad? Does it even matter because the sparks that fly from Avery and Lincoln are going to set your heart on fire for them to make it.

Secrets are the back drop of this book and the layers in which she adds them brings her story telling to a masterpiece level. Avery is a girl with a plan—one that will find vengence for the man that took away her mother. Lincoln is a dark but delicious male specimen that finds something in Avery he can’t let go of. 

Through there time together, it strengthens. They try to fight it but when two people are on a path of collision, it’s not always bad. And I tell you—you want these two to collide. When they finally do, I don’t want to give too much away—but it’s epic!

Maria takes her knowledge of New Orleans and paints the city as if the reader has lived there his or her whole life. I love the history that’s added and it layers the story beautifully! I can’t wait until I get my hands on the next part of the fabulous book! Good job Ms. Luis! This was brilliant.

Review by Nancy-Complicated Parts Book 1

Complicated Parts Book 1
By: Ashley Jade
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Preston Holden does what he wants when he wants. He has no one in this world that he cares about more than himself. Until the one person he can not have gets under his skin.

Kit Bishop is just looking for someone to love her. She wants nothing to do with men but for some odd reason she trusts Preston. How much more Complicated can things get.

My take on this book:

I love how unconventional Ashley is in writing this story. She will take you to the edge of everything you think you know and twist it. But she also brings you back your heart. I love where this story is going and can not wait for more. Highly recommend. Do not miss.
Till the next book ~ Nancy

Review by Nancy- Devros

We are making up for lost time! So sorry we have been off the grid! 

Review by Nancy!
Devros
By: Echo Hart

 


Laney is in her last semester of college and lets her best friend Trish talk her into going to a party. Where she ends up having the time of her life. Never expecting to see either of them again.
Then she happens to run into one of the guys since he has now become her professor.
When Luther sees Laney he wants her and will not take no for a answer.

Then circumstances happen and Laney leaves after graduation. At their 10 year reunion Laney and Luther run into each other again. How will Gino take it?

My take on this book:

This book is the first one in a duet and has me wanting the rest now. It does end on a cliffhanger that will make you crave more. But it is so well written that you will feel everything. I wanted to jump through the kindle and smack a couple of people. Trish is a laugh a minute. I can not wait for more. Highly recommend.

Till the next book ~Nancy

Leigh’s Review— Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

By Anne Malcom

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I am sitting here after a week of finishing Anne’s book—still trying to piece back together my heart. This book is my first Anne Malcom novel and I’m not quite sure how I’ve lived in the world of indie romance this long without her stories in my life.

“He collected beautiful things…” that is what you start off with in the blurb. I read the blurb but I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. Some of my favorite books are those I start blindly and normally I am so happily surprised. No exception with Birds of Paradise.

Elizabeth is broken. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a more tortured or broken soul as she is written. My heart hurts for her right away but there is just enough information given to make you sprint to the next page—soaking everything in.

The man in the book (the non-hero) as he sees himself comes across Elizabeth one night. He is meant to end her suffering but in his own dark, cold and very broken and wounded heart; he can’t. The question I asked myself throughout the entire book is—was it that he couldn’t or that he wouldn’t.

Books that show the messy side of love are some of my favorites and Ms. Malcom doesn’t disappoint in this part of the story. But there is so much more—survival, humanity, forgiveness (or the lack of it), understanding—and at the end you are left a beautiful tale that will have your heart both wounded and healed at the same time.

32169365_765533440317517_1932564764408414208_oI didn’t do this book justice with this review because I can’t without giving too much away. At the heart of the matter is love is dark, dirty, evil and can be convoluted with secrets. These two go through all of the above mentioned and because of their unique backgrounds, there love is foraged in a way that only Anne Malcom can spin in this story that will remain in my heart for a long time from now. This is beyond a 5 star story!

~Leigh

The Motherless Children at Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day upon us—I want to share this with you. I am not posting this for any other reason than to let those know who are in the same club as I am in, there are others out there that miss the woman that raised them.

The Club I Never Wanted to Join

Losing someone you love dearly is one of the greatest tragedies we all eventually face. In my case, this loss represents a gaping hole in my life that simply will never be filled again.

A couple months ago, I was unfortunate enough to lose my mother. This loss has put me through a gambit of emotions. I doubt there are even names for each of the emotions I have found myself wading through. Even though I was fortunate enough to have my mom for forty-one years of my life, I simply feel too young to be motherless.

This is the one true piece of reality I keep traveling back to. Being a mother myself, I feel robbed of my inability to share the magical moments with her that she shared with me. I find it a hard pill to swallow honestly. Existing in a world where the eternal and unconditional love of my mom is no longer a part of my daily life seems slightly hollower than it once did. I can recognize that I was able to have my mother be a part of my life far longer than other friends and I can look back now with gratitude at all the time I was able to share with her.

Coupled with this understanding is the fact that I still have my dad in my life. Many of my friends, both younger and older, have lost both set of parents by this stage in their life. To add to that blessing, that father of mine is as wonderful as they come and I adore him beyond measure. I know I must be grateful for what I have, but it doesn’t lessen my desire to have my mother’s love back in my life once more.

This is what I have learned so far on my short journey through grief. This road will continue to become a longer and longer one to navigate as the first year without my mom will soon turn into two, and then five and ten and so on.

  1. Regardless of the type of relationship, losing your mom is hard.

I had a great relationship with my mother. It was not always perfect because at times I could be a real pain the ass, but our bond transformed into one of friendship. As I got older and a little more mature, I realized the importance of being less self-absorbed. It was then that our relationship turned into a connection from which I have very few regrets. In talking to friends who have lost their parents, I have come to realize something very important. Regardless of the relationship you share with your mother and whether you spoke to her daily (like me) or once a year, the loss you feel over her death is not invalidated. It is a real entity and you are entitled to grieve.

  1. Milestones are hard, especially that first year.

The first milestones without her have felt as if I am missing a major part of my body. I have already been through the first Mother’s Day without her. I dreaded this day and was full of sadness as I watched it grow closer on the calendar, though I knew I couldn’t just wallow in my own feelings of loss and remorse. Just like her, I am a mother as well and I knew that I had children who were counting on their mother that day. So what did I do? I got my rear in gear and looked after their wellbeing. That is what being a mom is all about. You put your kids before yourself. Always.

What I didn’t expect to affect me so awful was the first of my children’s birthday without her. It was something I always shared with my mom. She was there with me for each one of them and without thinking, we would always drift back and reminisces about each of my children’s births. After all, my children along with my sister’s children were her pride and joy.

  1. Other people miss her too.

I am not the only one missing her. I have children that miss her immensely every day. Even though geography was against us, my kids saw their grandmother quite often considering the distance between us. My children also knew that whenever they wanted to talk to Grandma, she was just a phone call away. My sister misses her too. So do her kids. My dad misses her most of all. I can’t even begin to explain how he feels. The list doesn’t just stop there either. There are countless others whose lives she touched and who miss her as well. I mean, for crying out loud, it was standing room only at her funeral! Many people loved her! I need to remember that I am not the only one grieving.

  1. Grief is different for everyone.

The process of grief is as diverse as each individual who experiences it. I remember the day of the funeral and my sister and dad being so overcome with emotions of loss and sadness. I barely shed a tear, which is odd considering I am someone who is extremely emotional in my own right. But we all process grief differently. I thought something was wrong with me, as if I didn’t miss her as much as my sister did. I’ve learned as time has gone by that it has become far harder for me than it was when I was in the midst the funeral. Regardless of the how you grieve, grief is grief and it sucks rotten eggs.

  1. You will forget she is gone at times.

It doesn’t matter if your mom has been gone one day or ten years, you will inadvertently pick up the phone to call her or say something along the lines of, “Oh, mom would get a kick out of this.” I remember as we were preparing for her funeral, my sister was after a specific picture of the three of us together at the beach. It was my mom’s favorite place on this earth. My sister was down stairs looking for it, and in her mind she immediately thought, Oh, I will just go up and ask mom, she will know where it is. She shared that with me later on and I confessed that I too had similar moments that overwhelmed me without warning. I was always one to pick up the phone when my kids did something outlandish. My mom and I would laugh over even the littlest things concerning her grandkids. I miss that, more than I thought I would. There are going to be triggers and moments that bring back painful memories. I keep telling myself to be prepared for them, but unless you have gone through this yourself, you simply can’t fathom the emotional distress that will fill you when they occur.

  1. Watching interactions with mothers and their adult children will fill you with sadness.

You can’t help but feel a degree of despair when you see other adult children and mothers out spending time with one another. It fills me with both jealousy and thankfulness. Obviously, the jealousy part is self-explanatory. I want my mom here with me doing the things those other people are. The thankfulness part is two fold. First, it made thankful and blessed to have had my mom as long as I had. But on top of that, I am glad for those friends that still have their moms because I know how much I miss mine. For my friends that still have their moms on this earth, I am glad they haven’t had to feel the pain of loss I have.

  1. It is all right to ask for help from those who have traveled this same road previously

The last thing I can share concerns those that still have their moms with them in this world along with anyone who has recently lost their mother. I was thankful my friends reached out to me, cried with me, and sat vigil with me as I spent her final days on Earth by her bedside. As much as my friends who sill have their moms hurt for me, they don’t fully understand the extent of my mourning because they simply have not traveled this same road. I was fortunate enough to have some friends who were able to pick me up emotionally and helped carry me through the process of loss. They themselves had already experienced the heartache I was so new to. One day, I will be that steady hand for a friend who has recently lost their mom. I know it will be in this moment that I will understand that all this pain was not in vain and I can help comfort those that are totally lost in their grief.

Maybe not all these ideas pertain to you. If you indeed have joined the same club I never wanted to belong in, you will find a tall list of absolutes that come with a loss so deep. In closing, I will leave you with one memory I have of my mom pertaining to her death. As a child, we attended a funeral where a mom was saying good-bye to her child for the very last time. It is an image I will never forget and it made a lasting impact on my mother as well. Shortly after, she sat my sister and I down and told us that no mother should ever have to bury a child. Being a mother now, I agree whole-heartedly with that statement. She continued to explain to the two of us that there was a natural progression to life and, although I hate this natural progression, I know this is what she would have wanted. She would have wanted her children to out live her. She would want us to carry on and keep her memory alive. I know she would have been proud to know that we are still trying like hell to make that happen.

 

 

 

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