Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Deep Down by Elle Aycart

Deep Down (The OGs, #1)Series: The OGs #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: 2/11/14
Format: ebook
Pages: 293
Source: Purchase
Rating: 2 stars

Mike Haddican is a proud small-town gym owner, a renowned karate instructor, and all-around good guy. He’s never needed much to be happy: his family, his friends, his girl. Especially his girl. But when Kyra left him seven years ago to chase her dreams, she all but destroyed him.

Contemporary dancer Kyra Brims made it big, but it cost her dearly. With her life and career in shambles, she doesn’t need a do-over, she needs a friggin’ miracle. Injured, broke, and out of options after going through hell, she’s come back to Alden, the town she swore she’d never return to and home of Mike Haddican, the man who ripped her soul to pieces, to lick her wounds and recover.

Forgetting and letting go proved impossible when they were worlds apart; now that they’re stuck together they don’t stand a chance, especially with Mike’s grandma and her partners in crime plotting, meddling and refusing to give up on them.

As the passion that never died burns out of control, so do old hurts and unresolved issues. Both have reasons to be angry and feel betrayed, but now that they’re older, are they wise enough to make things work?

I wasn't a fan of Deep Down, a fact that both surprises and makes me sad. I'm a big fan of Aycart's Bowen series, and have really talked it up to other readers. I almost didn't write this review for that reason, and also after being so annoyed, I was ready to move on. But I did take the time to read the entire story, so here I am throwing in my two cents. For what it's worth.

Deep Down didn't work for me because I did not like Mike at all. I don't remember a lot about him from the Bowen books, probably because I was blinded by the dirty deliciousness of James and Cole Bowen. And that's what confuses me. The Bowen brothers were dirty talkers who backed that mouth up with a lot of action. They were bossy and gruff and it work for me. So what happened here? Mike is also bossy and gruff, but guys, I found him to be a huge jerk. Actually, I could have overlooked the alphahole personality, if it hadn't been for the sex.

Here's the thing: Kyra and Mike broke up over seven years prior. Kyra got married and Mike got to underground fighting-of course- and laying pipe all over town because the best way to get over someone is to get under (or behind) someone else. It's okay though, he never let any of these women give him a BJ because that's the only meaning of true intimacy. Oh, and he never went down south on any of the sluts, I mean ladies, he went out with because they weren't Kyra. Of course, Kyra never truly wanted anyone but Mike, and besides her husband he's the only guy she's ever been with. Good thing too, or she would've been a whore, right? But her ass though, that is all Mike's. Even better are Mike's very exacting standards for sex. One, he will never, ever use a condom on Kyra. Even when she asks him to stop and put one on. Silly Kyra, you can't ask a man who's been sexing up other ladies for seven years to wear a condom. What are you, a prude? And two, there is no cleaning up after sex. Nope, you do not get the obligatory after-sex wash cloth because King Kong here wants to drift away to dreamland with his semi still planted in you and his hand cover your "sex" so he can feel your combined fluids drip out onto your thighs and the sheets. Nothing says romance like waking up to crusty junk.

Okay, so I'm going on a semi-rant here and it's exhausting. Bottom line, I didn't find the wicked goodness with heart that I've come to expect from Aycart. I got a dirty second chance romance that I just couldn't get behind.

Because I don't want to leave this on a completely negative note, I will point out a couple things I liked. Despite being epically irritated, I did get turned on by the sexy, especially when Mike kept his mouth shut. And the grandmas. Between their scheming and autocorrect fails, they did make me laugh.

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After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014



We're very excited to share the cover of Chasing Love's Wings by Author Zoey Derrick!


Title: Chasing Love's Wings (Love's Wings 2)
Author: Zoey Derrick
Age group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Parajunkie
Scheduled to release: May 27, 2014

Everything in Cameron Enders' life feels like a dream since she took a trip to a remote island where she met Tristan Michaels, Hollywood's hottest man. Tristan never imagined that his get-away vacation would change his life and his heart. 

But everything isn’t perfect in paradise once Cameron and Tristan return to Phoenix. When Cami discovers a dark secret, her dream becomes a living nightmare. She slips back into old habits, turning to alcohol to hide her pain. As the woman he loves becomes more a stranger by the day, Tristan’s world is rocked again. He’s a helpless witness to Cami’s self-destructive cycle - until she pushes too far, testing the limits of his love. Their love is far from perfect, but he will stop at nothing, chasing it all until she has everything she deserves.

Cami’s withdrawal could strengthen or destroy everything she hopes to have with Tristan. Can Cami trust him enough to give him everything or will she cling to her secrets and their pain, tearing them apart forever?



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Teaser (choose ONE)
*subject to final edits

1 -
“I love it when you’re jealous.” 

I playfully smack his chest. “I am not jealous.” 

He laughs. “Yes you are.” He kisses my forehead and I there is that shiver of goosebumps that fly across my skin and that is something I know I never want to get used to when it comes to him. “Cami, every single minute of the future I see is filled with images of you and me, and maybe even little ones running around. I’d propose to you right now if I knew you’d say yes, but I am also enjoying us just the way we are. We start talking about marriage and then other things factor in.” 

I pull my hand up to rest on his chest and I place my chin on top. “Other things like what?” 

He takes a deep breath. “Things like you starting your career at Bold, me getting my post Love Is Burning career moving forward. Hell Cams, I don’t even have a place to live. When I’m not with you, I’m in hotels. I feel so unstable and I’ve felt that way for a long time. When I’m with you, I’m finally starting to feel some sense of normalcy and stability, but I not quite there yet.” He pauses momentarily. “Sure I have loads of money because I don’t spend it.” 

I can’t help the chuckle that escapes my lips. “Don’t spend it? My ass, do you not remember your Tarah bill?”

He laughs a little at that. “Oh I remember it, it’s hard to forget over two-hundred thousand dollars.”
“I told you that I’d pay for half of that.” 

“Shh, we’re done talking about that. I told you no before, and I am saying it again. No.” I roll my eyes at him and he smirks at me. “Seriously, though, my career could be over tomorrow, I could get cut from Catalyst or whatever the hell the next one in New York is, the minute they find someone better, or decide to give up. I could not find another script I like, then I end up settling just so I can do movies. Cams, my career is a nightmare and there are no guarantees.” 

“There was one point you were ready to give it all up.” 

He adjusts himself underneath of me and puts his head back into the pillow. “I’m still not sure that might not happen.”

“Is that what you want?” 

He sighs. “I don’t know. It’s not as fun as it was before.”

“That’s my fault.” 

His head comes off of his pillow and he looks at me. “Explain please?” 

“Well look at the last six weeks. Things were great, you go to L.A., then you come home to find me in the mess I was in, then we come to Montana, and I’ve been miserable and a bitch. Look at everything around you Tristan, don’t you think that factors into why you’re not enjoying yourself.” As soon as the words leave my lips, I’m not sure that’s really how I wanted to say that, but I do my best to brace myself for whatever he has to say back. 

“These last six weeks have down right sucked. I won’t lie Cami. I was so afraid to leave you, scared shitless about what I was going to come home too. I thought maybe if we got away and came up here, out of your condo, that things would be better, but they only got worse because he’s thirty minutes away and after today, I don’t know what to expect from you anymore, and it scares me.”

2 -
Cami is standing in the bathroom, at the mirror, she’s just finished with her hair, which of course looks beautiful, pulled over one shoulder and held back by a flower, similar to the one she wore in Tarah for one of our dates. Her beauty is something I can’t get over. It doesn’t matter if she has raccoon eyes, or if she is wearing no make-up at all, which doesn’t happen often. But tonight, I am more interested in the fact that all she has on right now is a black lace bra, matching panties, and lace top thigh-highs that are being held up by a matching garter belt. 

Her panties leave very little to the imagination and I can’t help but stare hard at this beautiful girl. I sneak up behind her and wrap my arms around her waist, my hands gliding along her stomach and she melts into me. 

“Hey beautiful.” I whisper in her exposed ear. 

“Hey beautiful yourself.” She smiles at me in the mirror and our eyes meet. I love our little greeting ritual and it never seizes to warm my heart. 

My hands continue to roam along her body, starting down at her thighs where her thigh-highs stop. Her skin is so soft and I can’t resist touching it. 

“Behave yourself.” 

I snort a laugh. “Never.” And I kiss her on her neck, just below her ear, the spot that always turns her to putty in my hands. 

“We have twenty minutes before we have to get out of here.”

“I can be quick.” I blurt out, my erection straining against my jeans. 

“Not that quick.” She says and she turns to kiss me. But it is soft and quick. She knows better than to work me up, but sometimes I wonder if it works her up just as much. I can’t seem to stop my hand from roaming between her legs. 

“See you’re already hot and wet for me.”
“I’m always hot and wet for you, but we don’t have time.” She kisses my cheek. “Now go, before we will be really late and I don’t want the nasty look from Beau, because she will know exactly why we’re late.” 

I huff. “Fine, but you owe me.” 

She turns so quick in my arms that it hardly registers until we are face to face. “Behave yourself and I will more than make it worth your while.” She promises and kisses me, then playfully pushes me away. 

I like her promises of making it worth my while, it usually means that she will do something extra special for me when we get home, so I back away and let her finish getting ready. I head down to the kitchen and pour us both a small glass of chiraz and wait, impatiently for her to join me. I haven’t seen what else she plans on wearing tonight and I don’t really care. I am already starting to feel the ache in my balls and it is going to be a long, horny night.




TitleFinding Love's Wings (Love's Wings 1)
Author: Zoey Derrick
Age group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Parajunkie
Release: May 6, 2013
ISBN13: 9780615814077
CAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami catches the boyfriend in the act with another woman, it triggers all the anguish from years of neglect by her parents, and she realizes she never learned how to love or be loved. Cami flees to the remote tropical island of Tarah, but she can't avoid facing her problems any longer when she meets the man of her fantasies...

TRISTAN MICHAELS, one of Hollywood's hottest new stars, has come to Tarah to ride out a storm. His girlfriend of five years has been caught on camera cheating, and she's determined to make Tristan stop the story from breaking.

But Tristan's done cleaning up her messes. He needs to escape all things Hollywood for a while--and especially the firm that represents him--until the whole thing blows over. What he doesn't count on is meeting an irresistibly beautiful woman, a woman who just so happens to be the CEO of the firm he's trying to avoid.

Can Tristan and Cami help each other learn to trust and love again, or will their histories of betrayal tear them apart?

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Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason - The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true. Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...
Carolina Blues (Dare Island, #4)Series: Dare Island #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 10/7/14
Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department.  He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad.  She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.

But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
Why I'm Waiting...  I am ridiculously in love with Virginia Kantra's Dare Island series. The stories have a great family, great love stories, and great heart.

Monday, April 21, 2014


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Thanks for stopping by the Teaching Willow: Session 2 Promo Event. I have an excerpt and teasers to share with you. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Teaching Willow: Session Two

Series: Teaching Willow: Session 2
Author: Paige James
Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Infatuated. That’s how it began.

Desperate. That’s when it escalated.

Addicted. That’s what I’ve become.

Just when I think that I’ve discovered the one thing I wouldn’t do for Ebon, the one extreme to which I would not go, I find myself exceeding it. Looking back with regret, looking forward with dread, and living the now like it’s all I’ve got.

Because it is.

It’s pure bliss. It’s unimaginable hell. It’s all I know, all I want to know. A runaway train that I can’t stop, one that I don’t really want to.

But disaster is coming. It will turn sweet into bitter, deception into devastation. Perfection into wreckage.

Ruin. That’s what’s coming.



 Rather than answering me right away, Ebon slides his hand up from my ribs to touch my cheek.  He peers deeply into my eyes, so much so that cold chills break out across my chest.  This is the kind of look that, as Willow, I would’ve given anything to see on his face.  “Please don’t regret letting me in. You can tell me anything, Sage.  I won’t ever judge you and it won’t change the way I feel about you.  You know that, right?”

In this moment, with his body heat enveloping me, his fingers resting against my face and his eyes pouring into mine like warm liquid, I do know that. I believe him.

“I know,” I whisper, trying to smile.

Ebon leans close enough to brush my lips with his.  “Good, because I want to know you.  Inside and out. I want to know what makes you tick as much as I want to know every place on your body that brings you pleasure.”  His words are quiet and sincere.  “I want to know what’s going through your head when I touch you and kiss you, but also when you watch a sad movie or hear a baby laugh.”

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My name is Paige James. I'm a fairly shy bookworm and lover of all things romantic and steamy. I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a drinker of wine, an animal advocate (even the ones that look like rodents) and a spinner of tales. Thank you for taking a chance on my work. You're making this working girl's dream come true.

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 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

·Grab your current read
·Open to a random page
·Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
·Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others.

Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles.
Nash (Marked Men, #4)Series: Marked Men #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 4/29/14
Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
My Teaser ~

  Nash Donovan was a beautiful, wicked, and hot flame that burned me when I got too close. He was just the first stop in a journey dotted by disappointment, but somewhere along the way I found my footing. My purpose. I just didn't know that as soon as I did, Nash would manage to turn my world upside down all over again, and only a fool gets burned twice by the same fire.


Sunday, April 20, 2014


Three novellas have been on my to-read list for months: Snow-Kissed, The Story Guy, and The Bridge. Two of the authors were already at the top of my must-read list, the other just earned a spot. These were all very intense, very unique and beautiful stories. I really have no hope of doing any of them true justice, but I had to share my love.

Snow-KissedSeries: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 9/1/13
Format: Kindle
Pages: 130
Source: Purchase
Rating: 5 stars

Florand takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness—and hope. After the utter destruction of her marriage and her happiness, Kai knew it was better to shut herself away from the world than to hurt and be hurt. Holed up in her mountain cabin, she planned to spend her Christmas alone. Until her not-quite-ex-husband shows up as the first flakes start to fall. Now should she send him back out into the cold? Or can she be brave enough to let this winter snow bind them back together?
If anyone should ask me why Laura Florand is one of my very, very favorite authors, I won't need to say a word. I will let Snow-Kissed speak for me.  It is undoubtedly one of the very best, most moving stories I've had the privilege to read.
Snow-Kissed is a marriage-in crisis story, except... this is a marriage not so much in crisis ans it is shattered. Kai and Kurt were so, so happy, before they experienced the profound loss of a dream. The aftermath of the losses is unbearable for Kai and in a turmoil of grief, rage and shame, she leaves her husband. More than a year later, Kai is beginning to thaw. She still tolerates her grief moment-by-moment, but is slowly learning to breathe through the pain. She is also beginning to realize she virtually destroyed the love she and Kurt shared. Kai knows they must both move on alone. The future they can move to separately cannot possibly be worse than what they'd face if they look back...can it? And besides, how could Kurt possibly forgive her for the angry words, the leaving? 
Snow-Kissed is a very delicate story, covering past joy and grief of a happy marriage, the pain and hesitation of facing all that's been lost, and the fragile moments of fear and the tentative hope of a future. Through Florand's narrative, giving us both Kai and Kurt's heartbreaking points-of-view, this story gripped my heart. Many passages made had my heart aching. In the moments in which Kai and Kurt shared memories of happy times, I smiled. Believe it or not (given everything I've said) Snow-Kissed had passionate moments that left me a bit breathless. I was so completely in every moment.  
With its premise, Snow-Kissed is a very difficult story to read. and in many cases that would serve for a difficult read. With Florand's prose, though, it is easy...because it is so beautiful. This is one hundred, twenty pages of story that is packed with more emotion than many novels three times its length. Snow-Kissed intrigued me, broke me wide-open, and in the end, left me with a smile and the memory of a difficult yet gorgeous journey. 
Favorite Quotes
  Their eyes held. His were so gorgeous, their beauty all for her... and yet she had always known, right from the first moment he stood looking down at her in his mother's gardens and she looked back up into those hazel eyes, and her heart caught.
  Her heart had been so smart. Suicidal in its bright optimism, clueless as to what would come, but still--so smart, to so immediately respond to him.

  "You're the most beautiful thing that ever happened in my life," Kai whispered suddenly, clutching at him as if he might melt out of her arms. His arm tightened under her bottom, driving himself deep, deep. "I don't know what I did to deserve you."

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The Story GuySeries: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 7/8/14
Format: Kindle
Pages: 120
Source: Purchase
Rating: 5 stars

I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only. Carrie West is happy with her life... isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined.

Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life... that he won't share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One... even though she has no idea how their love story will end?

"Story guys are like life highlighters. Your life is all these big blocks of gray text, and them a story guy comes in with a big ol' paragraph of neon pink so that when you flip back through your life, you can stop and remember all the important and interesting places."

Of all the synopses I've come across, The Story Guy's hold a place as the most intriguing. I knew I had to read this story, to find out why this man wants a small window of time consisting only of kisses, and what exactly is a "story guy".

I'm so happy to have finally read The Story Guy. I already knew that Mary Ann River's writing is the very specific type that makes me heart immeasurably happy. Her novel Live blew me away, and everything I loved about it is what I love about this novella.  The story is quietly profound, Rivers has a beautiful way of capturing the beauty and rawness of even the most simple of moments.

So besides the writing, what I loved about The Story Guy is that I had no idea what I was getting into. I had faith, though, that I would get a beautiful, thoughtful story. That is exactly what Rivers delivers. Part of the pull of The Story Guy is the not knowing, so I won't say too much. Brian and Carrie's was everything that I look for in a love story. And when I learned Brian's story... my heart broke, along with Carrie's. To be a witness to Carrie's unwavering love and support was a gift.

If you are a fan of Cara McKenna or Laura Florand, Mary Ann Rivers is a must-read author.

Favorite Quote

  “That first Wednesday, in the park, I saw you before I noticed you were holding the umbrella, and I had one thought, just one.” 
   My heart stutters. “What was that?” 

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The BridgeSeries: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Promised Land Books
Publication Date: 9/16/13
Format: Kindle
Pages: 79
Source: Purchase
Rating: 5 stars

Henry meets Christa on the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, just as they’re both about to jump off and kill themselves. Despite his paralyzing depression—and her panic over a second bout of cancer—they can’t go through with their plans knowing that the other is going to die. So they make a pact—they’ll stay alive for 24 hours, and try to convince each other to live.

From the Staten Island Ferry to Chinatown to the Museum of Modern Art—Henry and Christa embark on a New York City odyssey that exposes the darkest moments of their lives. Is it too late for them? Or will love give them the courage to face the terrifying possibility of hope?

If someone tried to convince me that this story of two people who intend to commit suicide-a story that not only discusses suicide but also examines the debilitating effect of severe depression-was not only not depressing, but was actually...uplifting? I would not have believed. The Bridge is a unique and thoughtful look at a day-the last day-for Christa and Henry, both intent on ending their lives at the Brooklyn Bridge. Henry has a long history of severe depression and suicidal thoughts, even has a failed attempt in his past. Christa is facing the recurrence of breast cancer. He can't face another day bearing the pain of the cruelty he sees in the world. She doesn't want to again face treatments, the debilitating illness that comes with them, alone. Why put off the inevitable when the cancer will only kill her in the end?

But Christa and Henry both believe the other has a reason to live. In Henry, Christa sees a man who has opportunities, a family who will mourn him despite what he believes. Henry sees Christa and doesn't see a terminal diagnosis, but another challenge she can endure if she has the courage. Despite their best efforts, in an effort to save the other, Christa and Henry actually have the opportunity to save each other. The two take an entire day to convince the other to make a different choice. They experience quiet, beautiful moments in a garden, witnessing kindness on a city bus, eating ice cream, looking at art. Along the way, the two become invested in each other's outcome. Can they find the will to face a future? Could they possibly do it together?

The Bridge is a story that I could see myself running away from. Depression has had a second-hand effect on my life. To see someone struggle when you can't fully understand the despair, when you want to shout "Snap out of it!" is a truly powerless feeling. And cancer, the cruelest word I know. So many people I've cared for has been lost to it, and very recently I've had to face it with my dad, again. But despite my fears, The Bridge didn't actually crush me. It is a story about finding the beautiful moments, finding the will to keep moving forward. That is life affirming.

The Bridge is an intense story, very thought-provoking, and surprisingly romantic. I'm sure it is a story that will stay in my mind and in my heart.

Favorite Quotes
   And Henry. Lying beside me with his eyes closed, breathing. Would it be bad if I climbed into the crook of his arm to sleep?
  I try it, and he doesn't push me away. Instead he turns his face toward me, and presses his mouth against my hair. I feel the intake of his breath, the soft exhalation. His arm around me is warm and sure, and his heart beats strong, strong. I don't want to feel the stirring in my body in the places his body touches mine. I don't want to feel the heat of him beside me, or to crave that heat. To want to burrow inside it and look for sustenance there. 
  I try not to think about tomorrow. About where he'll be. Where I'll be.
  I was so certain this morning. So completely sure. And now?
  I don't know. I don't know.  
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About the authors

LLaura Florandaura Florand is the international bestselling author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, etc.), where sexy French chocolatiers woo the women they love with what they love best--romance you can taste. Her books have been translated into seven languages, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and been recommended by USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She was born in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early. After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman, a story told in her first book Blame It on Paris. Now a lecturer at Duke University, she is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate. For some behind the scenes glimpses of that research, please visit her at

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Mary Ann RiversMary Ann Rivers has been wearing a groove in her library card since she was old enough for story time. She’s been writing almost as long—her first publication credit was in Highlights magazine. She started writing and reading romance in the fifth grade once she stumbled on the rainbow of romance novel book spines in the library’s fiction stacks.

She was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals, and leading creative writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a Nurse Practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients.

Mary Ann lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son. She writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line.
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Rebecca Rogers MaherRebecca Rogers Maher writes bold contemporary romance novels with strong, flawed heroines. She’s a Vassar graduate, a former community organizer and Brooklyn public school teacher, and a mother to two insanely sweet boys. She believes messed-up ladies deserve happy endings too, as well as lots of hot sex with genuinely kind men. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her hot, kind husband and their children.

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Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #6)Series: Legal Affairs #6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Publication Date: 3/21/14
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Rating: 5 stars

Things are off, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Some things, however, are the same. For example, the sex with Matt is just as nuclear and consistent as it always has been.

Still… I feel like I’m holding onto Matt with my fingertips, like he’s on the verge of slipping away and I don’t know what to do.

When I started these Legal Affairs, I had no way of knowing the depth of feeling that would become involved. I had no way of knowing this man could shatter my existence.

I don’t want to be hurt, so I’m grasping hard and I can only hope that he wants me enough to hang on just as tight.

So. The Legal Affairs series has reached its conclusion with Affirmation and went out on a hot, blazing, infuriating and sweet note.

I'm not sure if I've ever been so infuriated, yet so in love with a story as I was with Affirmation. Generally, when I'm as frustrated with a main character as I was Matt Connover, I just don't rate a book so highly. It may not be fair, but how can I love a book when a character infuriates me so much? I can't quite pinpoint the difference this time, other than noting that Sawyer Bennett is a manipulative genius with a knack for pushing me straight to the edge, then pulling me back with a change of heart (on Matt's part) or an epic smack down (from Mac).

Of course the big question of Affirmation is: Will Matt and Mac get their happy ending? I'm sure most will assume the answer, but I promise you, the story we get is a rough, emotional throat-punch, with a strong dose of sexy thrown throughout. It was a great, great ending, one that kept me on my toes until the very end.

The Legal Affairs series is a damn good use of the serial novella format. With it's humor, snark, sexiness, and angst, I highly recommend this series.

Favorite Quote

  "You are like the perfect fucking woman," he says reverently, but also with good cheer, because he's getting ready to feel really, really good too.
  "No, I'm not," I remind him, because otherwise, this wouldn't be our last time together. "But I'm damn close, so get your ass on this bed and get into position."

  "I need you, Mac," he says with a shaky voice. "I need your smile, your touch, and your wit. I need your tenderness, your brilliance, and your common sense. I need you to be my champion, and I need you to want to come home to me every night. I need all of those things...desperately. I think I might die without them."

Legal Affairs Series

Objection (Legal Affairs, #1)  Stipulation (Legal Affairs, #2)  Violation (Legal Affairs, #3)  Mitigation (Legal Affairs, #4)  Reparation (Legal Affairs, #5)  Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #6)
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About the author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.


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