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Book Review – Relationship Resuscitation (Juniper Court Book 5) By Jennifer Theriot

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: January 21, 2018

Pages: 146

Synopsis

Meet Phillip & Jayne Miller, original homeowners on Juniper Court. He’s a successful attorney; she’s a flourishing blogger. Head over heels in love and approaching 50, their relationship needs a little jump start. With the Miller’s twin girls married and moved away from Sunview, Phillip and Jayne decide it’s time to focus on resuscitating their relationship, complete with spicing up their neglected sex life. When competition between the two sets in, it becomes a full out game to see who can one-up the other trying new things. Ah, yes. Life on Juniper Court gets interesting… and sometimes embarrassing. Be careful what you wish for and where you stick your nose. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses–or in this case, the Sullivans can have consequences.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm. She felt something was missing and discovered her passion for writing–mostly at night and on weekends. Jennifer took a chance that there could be an interest in romance with middle aged couples who are finding themselves at a crossroads and wrote her debut novel Out of the Box Awakening, a family saga contemporary romance, featuring an older female heroine which centers on the hope of finding happiness and passion through unexpected heartache. She characterizes her seasoned romance books as ‘Grownup Romance from the Other Side of 30’ In her limited spare time Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. Jennifer has three grown children and is also ‘MiMi’ to five beautiful grandkids – all of whom she adores.

Well, Book 5 of the sensational multi-author series, Juniper Court, is done and dusted! I was so excited to read the story of Phillip and Jayne Miller, the original Juniper Court residents, and I was not disappointed!

I first met Phillip and Jayne in Project Paradise, Book 1 of the series, and have been looking forward to reading their story ever since.

The Millers have been married for 27 years, which in today’s society is a rarity. Approaching their fifties, having raised their children, and now empty-nesters, realize that the little something-something that they had in their early years has gone by the wayside.

Determined to find their passion, Jayne throws down a challenge to bring their spark back, and they both go to work, determined to be the winner.

Jennifer Theriot’s character development is fantastic! She brings the Millers to life and I found myself laughing along with them, wishing they were my neighbors! As with all of the books, I so enjoyed the cameo appearances of all of the other neighbors. The friendship that Jayne and Nina share is amazing! I could see myself and my bestie in their relationship.

This was a light and easy read, with yummy romance and sex! I am looking forward to reading more of Jennifer’s books! This is definitely a must-read!

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Book Review – Available Now! Tell Me Now (A Show and Tell Duet #1) by S. Moose

Title: Tell Me Now
Series: A Show and Tell Duet #1
Author: S. Moose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Bryce Hunter is rich, confident, powerful, and dominant. Men like him take what they want from any woman they want. Without thinking twice, they use you, break you, and then leave the pieces behind.

Past experience tells me to keep my distance, but there’s only one problem—the attraction between us is undeniable. I’m failing to control the desire he ignites in me, yet I know what’ll happen if I give in. I’ll be the broken pieces left behind.

With no boundaries, it’s not long before his cocky attitude and persistence wear me down. The attention and adoration he showers me with make me see him in a different light, and all too soon, I’m falling for his charms. Falling in love.

Love isn’t kind.

Love isn’t worth it.

Secrets come to light, and I find out I should always trust my instincts.

I’m the pawn in his game.

And I lose.

Tell Me Now is the first book by S. Moose that I have read. If you are a fan of strong alpha males, you will enjoy this book.

Bryce is filthy rich, dominating and controlling. He has worked hard to make his business what it is, and is used to people doing as he demands. He also has a sweet, gentle side, although it is apparent that he is keeping secrets.

Madison, recovering from a terrible breakup is smart, driven, and makes it her mission to be good at whatever she does. She wants to be single and free, and is terrified of opening herself up to another heart break.

The storyline moves along at a nice clip, and the chemistry between Bryce and Madison is pretty steamy. There are several other characters in the book that bring a lot to the story, and I would have liked to see them developed a bit further; however, you can only cover so much in one book.

The one negative(?) thing I can say is that the dialogue between Bryce and Madison was not realistic. It felt stilted and at times, forced, to me. The dialogues between the rest of the characters felt genuine and easy; however, I felt myself having to skim over some of the conversations between Madison and Bryce, because it just didn’t work for me.

Dialogue aside, this was a relatively quick and easy read and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

S. Moose is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of new adult romance. She writes emotional and romantic stories that will make you swoon, cry, yell, laugh, and love.
She is living her own happily ever after with a man who loves her with his whole heart. She is a proud mother to their beautiful son, and adorable puppy.
When she is not writing you can find her hanging out with her family, and friends, getting lost in romantic books, and indulging on Starbuck lattes.
To keep up with the latest from S. Moose be sure to visit her social media sites:
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Book Review – Available Now! When Sinners Kneel (Blackest Gold World) by R. Scarlett

Title: When Sinners Kneel
Series: The Blackest Gold World
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: NA PNR
Release Date: March 8, 2018

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.
Lex Harvey came to The Pit to find her missing friend. Someone who fights there must have the answers she’s seeking. Instead, she found him. The damage inside her matches the darkness inside him. She’s only eighteen, but the feelings she has for him are as old as time.

Beau Knight should have ruled New York. Falling in love was the beginning of his end. He watched her die and he lost his heart. Now, The Pit is his heaven and his hell. The only place he can be himself.

They’re both beyond fixing. Addicts, with desires humans couldn’t understand.

A soulless man and a souleating girl.

How do you find redemption from your demons when you are one?
When Sinners Kneel is the first work of R. Scarlett that I have read. I honestly had no expectations going into reading this book, other than hoping that it would hold my interest.
I found the story a bit slow to get into; however, as it progressed, I found the characters to be beautifully developed, if a bit dark, but then, I think that was the point.
Beau Knight, son of a Dux, fights in The Pit, for both money, and I guess as a way to cope with the darkness in him. Lex, a soul eater, finds her way to The Pit, looking for a friend that disappeared from there. Tensley, Beau’s brother and Lex’s oldest friend, is the Dux of Scorpios. The chemistry between Beau and Lex is sizzling from the start… gritty, angsty and passionate.
The plot is full of tension and suspense, and at times, kept me on the edge of the seat.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, even though it was much darker than my normal reading choices.


“Gahh!! I FLOVED this book.” – Bookgasm Book Blog

“The romance in this book was phenomenal!” – Liz’s Book Bucket List

“I adored these characters and I definitely can’t wait to read more by this author because this book for me was amazing!!” – Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

 



R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance. 

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. 

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

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Book Review – Available Now! Farewell to Beantown (Boston Belles Series) by P. Mariei

Title: Farewell to Beantown
Series: Boston Belles #3
Author: P. Marie
Genre: YA/NA Romance
 Release Date: March 7, 2018
Blurb
The truth will set your free.
While Lexi Cole’s physical wounds have faded
her emotional scars still linger.
Determined to be stronger than the fragile
little girl she once was, she rises up to take on her past. For the first time
in her short life, she’s able to taste the independence she’s always longed
for, ready for the future with Frankie. However, when tragedy strikes, will
their new found love be enough to keep them together? Or will she be forced to
face the harsh truth. That not all love stories even those with your best
friends promise a happy ending?
Laughter, tears, unforgettable moments, and
family await you in this emotional farewell.

I am so incredibly sad to see this series end! I cannot say enough good things about it!

Farewell to Beantown picks up where the series left off with Back to Beantown. Gia, born and raised in Boston, Lexi, the Southern Belle, and Shelby, the cowgirl, all come from extremely different backgrounds, but met in their college dorm and formed a friendship that would last through the ages.

Gia is a sassy, smart-mouthed Italian who is afraid of her feelings for Colin. Lexi didn’t know what a loving family was until she met Gia’s family. Shelby, from a large, loving family, has struggled with being apart from her family. She is no stranger to loss, but is not ready to open herself up to sharing that part.

I’m not going to lie… I cried A LOT while reading this, but I laughed even more! This book gave me all the feels! From grief, to suspense, to anger, to cracking up at the banter between friends and partners.

I love P. Marie’s writing style. She has the perfect blend of comedy, mixed with tragedy and romance. She weaves a beautiful tale of love, loyalty and courage. I really hope that this isn’t a Farewell to Beantown, as I would love to read more of these larger than life characters!

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Author Bio
P. Marie lives in a small town outside of Boston where she
was born and raised. She resides in the house she grew up in with her husband
of 34 years and her two fur babies, Tek and Tessie. She is the proud mother of
two adult children. While she is a corporate girl during the day, she has
become both a writer and blogger by night. P. Marie says she owes her success
to her mother who taught her that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve
anything.
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Book Review – Until Harmony (Until Series #4) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Harmony is the first Aurora Rose Reynolds book I have read. I had not read any of the series’ previous books; however, that was not an issue. There may have been backstory that I was not clued into, but I found it relatively easy to follow along.

Harlen is a broody, sexy alpha male, who has experienced his share of loss in life. Harmony is a reserved, hard-working young woman, who is not known for taking unnecessary risks. The chemistry between the two is spot on!

While this was a relatively light, feel good read, Ms. Reynolds tackles sexual harassment in the workplace which can be a hot topic!

If you’re looking for an easy, entertaining book to spend an afternoon with, this is an excellent choice.

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Book Review – Fat Girl (Romance In Rehoboth Book 1) by K. L. Montgomery

Publisher: Mountains Wanted Publishing

Publication Date: April 15, 2015

Pages: 374

Synopsis

#20 on the 2014/15 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading List

A 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Finalist

What happens when you’re forced to swallow your pride and move back home during your divorce? When you’re about to turn 40 and you’re stumbling through a series of terrible first dates? When you’ve landed your dream job but you feel too fat to celebrate?

You laugh, sip wine with your gay best friend, and promise to start your diet on Monday, that’s what.

Join Claire Sterling on her journey to reclaim the word “fat.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and in the end you’ll realize that there’s a little bit of Claire in all of us.

Fat Girl is Book 1 of the Romance in Rehoboth Series, where the ladies are strong and independent and the men are actually nice guys. These delightful romantic comedies are set against the backdrop of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware’s top vacation destination. Make sure to check out the second book in the series, The Flip, available now. Book 3, Plot Twist, is coming in 2018!

K. L. Montgomery is well known for her body-positive, sex-positive writing. Fat Girl, a story about a woman, newly separated from her husband of 15 years, approaching 40, and learning to navigate being the single parent of a teenage boy.

Finding herself living back home with her parents, embarking on a huge new adventure with her writing, and venturing into the online dating world, she decides she needs to reinvent herself before she turns 40.

Claire Sterling is larger than life, and that is not a reference to the fact that she is overweight. She has a snarky wit that I was drawn to immediately. She publishes a blog that has a large following and is no stranger to the cruelty of people. Subjected to fat shaming from an early age at the hand of the one person who should love you unconditionally, it is no wonder that she has body image issues.

I loved Claire’s self deprecating sense of humor, although, it also made me a bit sad, as anyone that has experienced body image issues knows that that sort of humor is seated in some sort of discontent.

Her character was so easy for me to identify with on so many levels, and experiencing her “reinvention” along with her, I had many laugh out loud moments, cringed at the responses she received on the dating site, and felt real anger and sadness towards her family at times.

While this book explores many difficult issues that women (and men) face, it is done in such a way that allows readers to reflect on their own lives and issues and possibly learn how to love themselves in the process!

I HIGHLY recommend this read, along with all of K. L. Montgomery’s books, as they all carry the same body-positive, sex-positive messages that so often get lost in a culture of slut-shaming and fat- shaming.

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Book Review – Waterfall Effect by K. K. Allen

Synopsis

From RT Book Reviews New Adult Award Winner, comes a gripping and intensely suspenseful small town mountain romance.

Lost in the shadows of a tragedy that stripped Aurora of everything she once loved, she’s back in the small town of Balsam Grove, ready to face all she’s kept locked away for seven years. Or so she thinks.

As one of the victims of a string of mysterious disappearances in the small, picturesque Appalachian Mountain town, darkness has become her home–her safe blanket when the world reveals its true colors. But as the walls of darkness start to move in on her, she knows the only way to free herself from her past is to face it, head-on. She just needs to figure out how.

Upon arrival, Aurora isn’t expecting her first collision to be with the boy she left all those years ago. The boy who betrayed her trust with no regrets. The boy who is no longer a boy, but a man with the same stormy eyes that swept her into his current before she ever learned to swim.

She’d thought he was safe. He’d thought their path was mapped out. Turns out neither of them was ready for the crash at the bottom of the cascade.

Waterfall Effect is the first K. K. Allen book that I have read, and I am so pleased to have found her! From the first page, I was hooked!

This story was so beautifully written. It is a perfect blend of romance and suspense with rich characters that you can really sink your teeth into.

The descriptive language this author uses paints a canvas and leaves you feeling like you have been pulled right into the landscape.

It is an amazing story of strength, perseverance and second chances that will keep you wanting more! I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Book Review – The Game of Life Series (One Fear, Two Footsteps, Three Breaths and Four Hearts) by Belle Brooks

He didn’t offer his name when he fulfilled his need to include me as a player in his game.

I’m number thirteen. Just a number given to the bitches who wronged him.

I was blindsided. Stolen from my life. In his devilled eyes, I have a debt to pay…he wants my final breath to see us even.

“I know who you are Morgan Banks, the question is, who am I? Five games will set you free when you can tell me who I’d be.”- The Wolf.

Am I strong enough to take on the Wolf?

“My life is in the Wolf’s hands.”

He is the Wolf. I am his Red. The game has begun and he wants me dead.

But who is the Wolf?

And why has he chosen me?

He whistles a tune that’s haunting. He glares at me through eyes that are vacant. I feel his heart beating, yet I know he has no soul. He moves like the wind…I can’t hear his footsteps.

I want this to end. He’s playing with my mind. He branded me with ink. He wants to destroy me.

“I, Reid, take thee, Morgan, to be my wife. To have and to hold, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part…”

I have a reason to keep running.

There’s no time to blink.

Don’t look back. Don’t make a sound.

I know he’s behind me.

“The Wolf has played me for a fool.”

I’ve no clue who is hunting me, but he demands I complete his tests. I fear if I can’t figure out his identity, he’ll kill me just like he said.

His eyes were blue the last time I looked into them, but now when he glares at me they’re green. Is the Wolf playing dress up? Or are there two monsters who have stolen me?

“Did you think I’d make this easy for you, Red? Are you ready to play again?” – The Wolf

I want out of this nightmare, and the only way to do that is to win.

I need to win.

“My life is in the Wolf’s hands.”

He is the Wolf. I am his Red. The game has begun and he wants me dead.

But who is the Wolf?

And why has he chosen me?

He whistles a tune that’s haunting. He glares at me through eyes that are vacant. I feel his heart beating, yet I know he has no soul. He moves like the wind…I can’t hear his footsteps.

I want this to end. He’s playing with my mind. He branded me with ink. He wants to destroy me.

“I, Reid, take thee, Morgan, to be my wife. To have and to hold, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part…”

I have a reason to keep running.

There’s no time to blink.

Don’t look back. Don’t make a sound.

I know he’s behind me.

The Game of Life is the first series that I have read by Belle Brooks and I have to be honest… I had a difficult time getting into it. I am not a fan of novella series, because more often than not, they end with a cliffhanger, and I am not a patient person, having to wait for the next book to find out what happens next. That being said, I am so glad that I held on for the ride!

One Fear is beautifully written, with well-developed characters, and a plot full of twists, turns, and so much suspense that you will be holding your breath.

Morgan is a fierce survivor, who refuses to give up, even when fear cripples her. Reid, her husband, is full of regrets and is left to wonder what has happened to his wife. The Wolf is a sick, twisted psychopath who gets his kicks torturing and then killing women, all in the name of his “Game of Life.”

You will be left on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.

I read Two Footsteps, Three Breaths and Four Hearts all in rapid succession and each book builds on the last. The author allows you to get to know the characters progressively as you move through the storyline, and provides glimpses of The Wolf that make you think you might know who it is, but you can’t be sure.

I am waiting anxiously for the 5th book in the series, Five Fights to be released on March 13th!

From the Author

The Game of Life Series …

One Fear

Two Footsteps

Three Breaths

Four Hearts

Five Fights

…began as a standalone novel seventeen years ago called: The Rain After The Storm. It was the first full-length novel I ever wrote. I was seventeen years old when I knew I had to tell this story and I began writing it. However, I had many years of experience to gain before making this available for purchase. I needed to show you this story perfectly and to do that I needed to get a lot of practice under my belt.

I like to call this my mini-series. Just like the one-hour episodes that show each week on television. You can pack a lot of punch into a novella if you know what you’re doing.

Writing The Game of Life Series has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. One I’ll always cherish forever and one I’ve gained so much knowledge from doing. The need for patience and taking my time was necessary with these books. I’m so glad I waited.

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Shadow Wings (The Darkest Drae Book 2) by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare

Publication Date: February 8, 2018

Pages: 383

Synopsis:

I will never be controlled again.

A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist.

With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow.

As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me.

When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be.

Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you?

Should I listen with my head – or my heart?

I might not get a choice.

If you love dark fantasy, you’ll be riveted by The Darkest Drae Series because of the pulse-pounding action and slow-burn romance. Scoll up and one-click now!

Due to thematic elements this series is recommended for mature YA+

The second book in The Darkest Drae series did not disappoint! I had been waiting (not patiently) for the release of this book, after reading the first and finding myself completely immersed in the realms of fantasy!

Book 2 jumped right in where the first left off and I found myself, once again, carried away by the wonderful characters!

As Ryn, Tyrric, and Dyter set off in an attempt to unite the realms against Emperor Draedyn, Ryn hopes to learn more about her Phaetyn abilities, adjust to being Drae, while mourning the loss of her mother.

Once again, the relationships between the characters are stellar! There is just the right amount of tension between Ryn and Tyrric. The relationship between Ryn and Dyter is beautiful, as Dyter is the loving, supportive father that Ryn never had.

There are plenty of moments that I found myself holding my breath to see what would happen next, and moments where I shed a tear or two.

I am so looking forward to the release of Book 3!

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Hogwarts House Recommendations: Gryffindor

So, I stumbled on this great blog – Auroralibrialis – and found this little treasure! I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and have always identified with Gryffindor… well, and that is where the Sorting Hat quizzes tell me I belong! Anyhow, I love this assortment of books for Gryffindors! Thanks for sharing @auroralibrialis!

Aurora Librialis

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Bravery – Nerve – Chivalry – Courage – Daring

Hi guys! This is my third Hogwarts House Recommendations post and this time the house is Gryffindor. (I’ve also done Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) This might be the easiest house to pick out books for, since Gryffindors are honestly born protagonists in many ways. After all, the Harry Potter books would’ve been a lot shorter if Harry was a cunning and self-preserving Slytherin, don’t you think?

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

If you’ve been here before you already know this dark and atmospheric Russian fairytale is my absolute favorite. It tells the tale of Vasya, a wild, witchy girl who can see the creatures of Russian folklore and her struggle to protect her village from evil and forge a path for herself that doesn’t end in marriage or the convent. It does break my heart a little…

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