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Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should’ve known to walk away.

 

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* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

 

~~ 4 Stars ~~

 

No Apologies was an interesting story about two broken souls, just trying to make it the best they could.  I will say that I was attracted to this book because it was about a Rocker!!!  Who doesn’t love a good rock star book?!?!?  This book was really so much more then that, just Graham was in a band, but his life didn’t just revolve around just the music.  I really enjoyed this book, even though it frustrated me several times and I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall.  I thought the flow of the book was superb and the storyline was well written and developed.  This book kept my attention all the ay through, I actually had a hard time putting it down.  What I really loved about this book was that it was from Graham’s POV ( I LOVE the male POV )  It really was interesting living inside his head for this book.

 

Graham and Carly were truly broken souls.  Both had tragic events happen to them in the past, but the way they confronted their demons was completely different.  Graham turned to sex and alcohol to forget about his past and Carly just kind of closed herself off and had a hard time trusting people.  Although Graham gave her every reason imaginable not to trust him throughout this story.  Carly was a strong character and she was very likable.  I did think that she was too nice at times, God knows I would’ve kicked Graham’s ass to the curb a long time ago….LOL 🙂  Graham on the other hand was an infuriating character.  I hated him most of the time, but I also couldn’t help loving him.  I truly believed that under that hard exterior he was truly a gentle and loving soul.  He did eventually prove that as the story went on.  What I really liked about these two was that once they finally communicated, they both realized that it wasn’t all about fixing each other but loving each other for who they were…scars and all.

 

We do meet some interesting secondary characters, but Myles and Sam probably stood out the most to me.  Myles was Graham’s band mate and best friend and Sam was Myles’s girlfriend.  I loved that Myles had NO problem putting Graham in his place, but Myles really needed to concentrate on his own personal life when it came to Sam.  She was a saint too, to put up with some of the crap Myles shoved her way.  I also loved how she put Graham in his place as well.  Sam had an interesting relationship with Graham…it’s hard to explain, but you’ll understand once you read this book.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the rock star story.  This one will definitely have your emotions running all over the place.  The storyline is interesting and even has a few shockers thrown in there to keep you turning the pages.  Don’t forget to add this gem of a story to your TBR list 🙂

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Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling. Her true literary love is the New Adult genre but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful, makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she’s not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer who stole her heart.

 

 

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In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation 
 
Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.
 
In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.
 
As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…
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I stared harder at the picture, uncomfortable with the odd sense of familiarity I felt. Looking at the woman’s graceful yet agonized form, I felt as though I should recognize her.
Bothered by my increasing disquiet, I stood up and walked closer. This was not your typical campus painting of daffodils and laughing students. I had seen this particular kind of art several times before. I leaned in to try to see the details in the poor lighting. And there it was- the tiny patterns on the woman’s dress composed of dozens of Xs.
I didn’t notice any numbers or words in this picture, though, so I didn’t understand what its intent was. It was my understanding that X’s paintings held the clues to the location of the club, Compulsion. But this picture seemed to have nothing to do with that.
This was a painting created for some other purpose.
“So what do you think?”
I looked over my shoulder to find Maxx standing behind me. I turned back to the picture, not bothering to answer him. The truth was, my outburst in the group had left me feeling raw and vulnerable, and seeing him so soon after making a gigantic ass of myself was embarrassing.
As he came up beside me, the sleeves of our jackets brushed against each other. Maxx inclined his head toward the painting and asked me again, “Well, what do you think of it?”
I shrugged, not really in the mood for small talk. My pounding head couldn’t handle a go-around with the group Romeo. I started to walk away from him when he grabbed hold of my arm.
“Wait, Aubrey. Please.” It was that word that did it. Please. It was uttered softly and sincerely. And it held me as fast and surely as if he had put his arms around me.
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

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

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

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

 

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This Award Winning/Best Selling series features southern cousins as they discover the meaning of love, loss, and family.

Each book is dual POV, told from a different character and their love interest.

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Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She’s best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.

She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.

 

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I’m needy.

I’m broken.

Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.

Depression, self-harm, bullying….that’s my reality.

Sex and guys….that’s my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me– the two men that I love try to save me.

This is my story of friendship, heartache, and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found…

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* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

 

~~ 4.5-5 “Heart-wrenching” Stars ~~

 

This book has left me completely speechless.  I really don’t know how to explain how and why this book was such a phenomenal book, I just know that this book will forever live and stay with me.  I felt so many different emotions with this book.  This review is going to be just as hard to write as it was to read this book.  I will warn you now that this review will be on the shorter side and pretty vague, because I don’t want to give too much away.  I will also let you know that this book focuses on some really serious subjects, that might be hard for some people to read or could be a trigger for some people.  So if you have trouble reading about bullying, depression, or suicide, then I would say this book isn’t for you.  The reason I gave this book a mixed rating is because as much as I LOVED this book and story, there was a part in the second half of the book that I really didn’t like and had a hard time getting past.  I can’t explain what it was because it would spoil things.

 

“The words on the pages within this book are solely dedicated to victims of bullying, those that ever have or still do suffer from depression, mental illness, and the struggles that accompany it.

You are Brave

You are Strong

You are Smart

You are Beautiful

You are Worth it!!!”

…From the Dedication in the book…Kathryn Perez

 

Kathryn Perez is an amazing writer.  She created a story that pulled at every heart string I have as a woman and as a mother.  Her writing style is flawless and eloquent.  She made you feel everything her characters were feeling.  This story will suck you in and not let go until the very end and even then it will be hard to forget about this story.  I think the reason this book hits your heart so much, is because it is about a topic that is very pronounced in our society today and the ramifications of bullying are truly real.  I thought she gave us a very accurate account of what it is like to be a teenage bully victim and what that child goes through day in and day out.  Not just with the bullies, but the struggles that person faces from within.  I LOVED that she started every chapter with a quote, whether it was from a famous person, another author, Kathryn herself, or unknown.  I wanted to highlight every one of them and put them into this review, but there were so many!!!  You really need to read this book to get the effect of this authors writing.

 

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”…Albert Einstein

 

I really can’t explain how wonderful the characters are that Kathryn has created in this story .  Jessica, Jace, and Kingsley….  These three are truly the focus of this book.    Each of these characters had a significant role to play in this book and each were broken in their own way and for different reasons.  Now I know you are probably thinking, great a love triangle, and yes you would be somewhat correct in that assumption, but just know I am NOT a fan of love triangles AT ALL, and this one didn’t bother me.  I don’t think I would even really characterize it as a typical triangle, as in she wasn’t really with both guys at the same time.  Now usually with a triangle there is always a favorite guy that the reader roots for, but in this book, I have to say I loved both guys, but for different reasons.  I will say that I was happy but also unhappy with the way their stories all played out.  You will have to read the book to know why I say that.

 

I would 100% recommend this book, but just remember that it could be a serious trigger for a reader if you are sensitive to, bullying, suicide or depression.  Those are the main focus of this story.  But if you are able to read topics like that, then this is the book for you.  It is such an emotional journey for all the characters in this book!!!!

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Kathryn lives in her small East Texas hometown with her family. She ‘s a music infused writer and self-proclaimed book junkie. When she isn’t listening to music, writing or reading you’ll probably find her watching her favorite sport, UFC.

Kathryn is also an anti-bullying advocate and avid supporter of mental-illness and suicide awareness.

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I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.

The only girl I could ever love.

She is light.

I am darkness.

She is innocent.

I’ve done too much.

She is good.

I am bad.

She is my every dream.

I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…

Not.

Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

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“Reverie, wait,” I say, shooting Heather a dirty look over my shoulder before I take off after Reverie.

Second time in twenty four hours that I’m literally chasing this girl. She’s fast I’ll give her that but I catch up with her quick.

“Reverie.” I grab hold of her arm and turn her around so she’s facing me. She looks upset, her eyes narrowed into slits as she yanks out of my hold and crosses her arms in front of her chest. The move only makes her boobs look bigger and my gaze drops. Lingers.

“What do you want Nick?” She sounds irritated. Sweet but irritated.

I jerk my gaze back up to hers. “Why did you leave just now?”

“I didn’t want to disturb you.” She practically spits the last two words out.

“What are you talking about?” I think I know exactly what she’s talking about.

“Are you with Heather?”

“What? No way.” I shake my head, shocked she would come out and ask me point blank. “Michael’s hot for her, not me.”

Her expression softens though she still sounds skeptical. “Well, she seemed very interested in you.”

“It was nothing, I swear. We were talking while Michael was lighting the fireworks. He let me set a few off but after a while, he wanted to take over completely. So I let him.” I shrug. “He was just showing off for Heather. Trying to impress her.”

“She acted like she was trying to impress you.” She sounds jealous. And sick ass that I am, I like it.

“Not even,” I scoff because yeah. I doubt she’s interested in me. Maybe she was trying to rile Michael up?

Heather had acted pretty weird when Reverie appeared. But she’s a girl. They always act weird. And I rarely understand them and their motives. Look at Krista. Though really she’s a terrible example because that girl is flat out crazy.

“Are you sure? Gosh, I feel stupid for asking. And insecure. You must think I’m overreacting, which I probably am.” Reverie’s voice softens even more until she’s practically whispering. “I just…after last night…I don’t know.” She shakes her head. “I thought…”

“You thought what?” I encourage when she stops talking. I’m dying to know what she was going to say.

“I thought you…” She presses her lips together and shakes her head again. Closes her eyes for the briefest moment before she pops them open. She’s struggling with something and I wish I knew what. “Never mind.”

I step close. Closer. And she doesn’t back up. I’m invading her space, I can smell her, feel the heat radiate off her body and mine reacts. My skin tightens and I break out in a sweat. I take her hand and entwine my fingers with hers, notice that they’re trembling. She doesn’t pull away, doesn’t even seem to be breathing and I realize I’m holding my breath too.

Letting out a ragged exhale, I wonder what the hell is happening between us. The air is charged, heavy with unspoken declarations. I shouldn’t push her. She’s innocent. Sweet and virginal and sheltered. But I want to know what she’s thinking, what she’s feeling. I can only hope it’s about me. “Say it,” I murmur, needing to hear her confession.

It won’t mean anything though, what she’s going to say. It can’t. Not really. We’re the last two people who should be interested in each other.

“I like you. And I thought you liked me.” The words come out in a rush and she closes her eyes again, her expression pained. “Stupid right?”

My heart speeds up as relief floods me. She likes me. “Not stupid,” I murmur, dipping my head, my lips so close to hers that I…

Go for it.

And I kiss her.

It’s light. A kiss but not a kiss at all because I barely felt her lips. But I know from that one singular moment when my lips touched hers that they are soft. And warm.

And perfect.

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* A review copy was provided by the author via Netgalley for the Blog Tour *

 

~~ 4 Stars ~~

 

This was the first book by Monica Murphy that I have read, so I didn’t know what to expect from this book.  I have always been one to enjoy a really good YA or Mature YA book now and again, and I have to say that I am glad I took a chance on this one.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  This was a book about so much more then a high school aged love story.  It was truly about learning to love some one unconditionally.  About learning to accept a person for who they are now matter what.

 

I thought the storyline was interesting enough, that it kept my attention throughout the whole book.  What I really liked was how this book was written.  It is mostly in Nicholas’s POV, but Monica also gave us Reverie’s POV in the form of journal enteries, I really thought that was an interesting way of presenting Dual POV.  The flow and pace of the book was also really good, I think this is a book that can be read in less then a day.  Now Monica did add some suspense to the story right at the end, so of course this book does end with a CLIFFHANGER!!!  I don’t think it was the worst I’ve ever read but it definitely makes me want the next book NOW!!  I want to know how it is all going to turn out.  I have found that lately a cliffhanger is almost inevitable, so I am glad I didn’t put this book off, although I did take a star away because we aren’t warned or given any indication that this book was part of a series.  I truly think that the reader deserves to know, so that if they aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, then they can wait for the next book to come out.

 

As for the characters in this book, I really liked them.  Reverie and Nicholas were complete opposites.  Reverie was the good girl, daughter of a reverend, and living a really sheltered life.  Nicholas was the bad boy, who got caught up in some trouble that wasn’t even his fault.  Nicholas was put in jail for a lie his best friend told, and when he finally gets out, he finds out that his mother is terminally ill.  Nicholas is only 17 in this book and has gone through a lot of bad stuff.  The Reverend takes pity on him and offers him a job at his summer home, this is where he meets Reverie.  Talk about a girl who is sheltered.  She was 16 going on 17 in this story and she isn’t allowed to do anything.  All she wants to do is break out of her shell and be able to act like a normal teenager does.  When she meets Nicholas she is immediately attracted to him and he is to her as well.  Over the course of the book their friendship and attraction grows, even though both of them know that it is probably wrong to pursue anything.  Making their relationship kind of forbidden.  What I loved the most about these two characters is that they were both able to see past each others weaknesses and learn to care for each other no matter what.  It wasn’t an easy road, and they do have their ups and downs (mostly because each of them have severe insecurities and they don’t believe they deserve each other) but I was glad to see them work things out along the way.  I will say that I did have to continue to remind myself of Reverie’s age, because while reading her journal enteries, they come off kind of immature or that she is younger then 17.  But I also realize that most of that comes from the fact that she is sheltered and inexperienced that I am guessing that is truly how a girl would sound in reality.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of YA books or if you are looking for a book about unconditional love and seeing past a persons differences.  If you have read Monica Murphy’s Girlfriend series, I am told this book is completely different and since I haven’t read that series yet, all I can say is that I’m guessing it is based off the genre of this book.

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abouttheauthorNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

 

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Found in Us by Layla Hagen 
(Lost #2) 
Publication date: July 24th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker’s story.**

All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy.

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I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
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Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.

Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

 

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Within these walls he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world full of color.

Within these walls, I gave myself to a man who said he would always fight for me.

Love me until the end of time.

But sometimes, not even love is enough when life gets in the way.

When your heart is already damaged beyond repair, what is there left to break?

Within these walls, I gave my less than perfect heart to the man I loved.

And then…he walked away.

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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

About Lead (Stage Drive #3):

lead As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

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“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”

“Nope.”

“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.

“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”

Can’t find it anywhere…”

“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”

“Sure you haven’t seen it?”

“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.

I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.

He frowned. “No.”

“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like
some creepy perv?”

“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.

“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.

“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”

Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”

“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”

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Title: Beautifully Forgotten
Series: Beautifully Damaged #2
Author: L.A. Fiore
 Release Date: July 29, 2014
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Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him…and then abandoned him.Darcy MacBride still remembers Lucien’s delicate touch when they were both wildly in love teenagers. His gorgeous eyes had soothed her hurt after she’d been dumped off at the orphanage where Lucien lived. Darcy felt his jagged edges fit perfectly into her own, and she’d planned to spend the rest of her life with him—until a mysterious man warned her away. Now, fourteen years later, she’s ready to endure the torture of Lucien’s indifference and having him as her boss…just to be near him. But when it seems that they might finally take up where they left off, a devastating secret buried in their past threatens to tear them apart again.

 

L.A. Fiore’s story of smoldering love recaptures the tormented romance of Beautifully Damaged.

 

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* A review copy was provided by author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

 

~~ 5+++ “Caterpillar” Stars ~~

 

If you are looking for a book with intrigue, suspense, mystery, romance, sexy scenes and a whole lot of love….then this is the book for you!!!!

 

This book blew my mind!!!  Beautifully Forgotten is the second book following Beautifully Damaged by L. A. Fiore.  I absolutely LOVED Beautifully Damaged and was extremely excited to find out that there was going to be another book to this series.  Let me tell you she didn’t not disappoint….this book was beyond AMAZING (In my opinion)  I thought the writing was fantastic and flawless.  The author made me feel what all the characters were feeling, it was like I was sucked right into their world.  I laughed with them, cried with them, blushed with them, and felt the unending love that they felt for each other.  This book has many different POV’s to it, and I have to say I loved that.  It was great getting into everyones head and know what they were all thinking.  I didn’t find it to be confusing at all.  She also told the story switching between past and present time. (This was in the first half of the book).  I thought the transitions between the past and present were smooth and flowed well.  The pace of the book was great…I had such a hard time putting this book down and I couldn’t seem to read it fast enough.  This book is definitely a page-turner!!!!  This book is stocked full of mystery and suspense.  Just when you think you have this book figured out, the author throws another loop into the mix.  She kept me guessing all the way until the last page.

 

Even though this book is about another couple and some would say it was a stand alone…I really don’t think it is.  I would definitely recommend that you read Beautifully Damaged first because there is so much that is interconnected between the two books and the characters.  The only thing I wish I would’ve done differently was, I wish I would’ve read the newer version of Book 1 because it would’ve refreshed my memory and also I would’ve seen the revision she had made to the story and some of the characters.  It isn’t required to read the newly revised version of book 1, it’s just something I wished I would’ve done.  You definitely won’t get lost without the reread, the author fills in the blanks pretty well.

 

I don’t plan on talking about the plot or storyline at all in this review, because anything I say would be a spoiler for either book 1 or this book.  You really just need to read these books and meet all the characters.  We do see all the characters from book 1 in this book.  This book truly is a continuation of the story in book 1 but the focus was on Lucien and Darcy.  We do see where Trace and Ember end up and how their story is wrapped up.  But we also get to see Lucien and Darcy reconnect and watch their love continue to grow.

 

So if you are a fan of a great second chance love story, that has steam, suspense and mystery, that will keep you turning the page…..then you NEED to read this book!!!!

 

This book is 100% Book B!tch Approved!!!!! 🙂

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Lucien watched as Darcy struggled to get the printer working. Even from his distance he could hear the cursing, which made him smile. It had been a week since their relationship had taken a very pleasant turn. She was still just as feisty as he remembered and it wasn’t hard for him to recall why he had fallen for her in the first place. Their sparring was verbal foreplay and he fucking craved it. His eyes moved over her. Her body was nothing like the one he had known, with curves that his hands itched to touch. Her hair was up, though he preferred it down, and tendrils were falling out of the twist. He remembered vividly the sight of it spread out over his pillow.

He had to admit that she was still just as interesting to him as she had been at fourteen. Despite everything, she was still his Darcy—sweet, witty, and guileless, except at the moment. She looked about ready to torch the printer, so he moved to help her. As he approached, she was actually staring into the paper tray, yelling at the creatures that lived inside it.

He chuckled, which must have taken her by surprise, because she leaped backward and landed on his foot.

“Fuck!” he cursed.

“Sorry.”

He looked down at her strappy sandals with heels high enough to stake a vampire and had a vision of those legs draped over his shoulders. Instantly, he was hard.

“I was going to offer to help you. The printer can be temperamental, but now I’m bleeding out from a stab wound.”

She didn’t miss a beat. “It probably didn’t even break the skin. What is it you guys say? Rub some dirt into it.”

He eyed her shoes. “Those things should be listed as lethal weapons.”

“Hardly. There are far cheaper ways to kill someone.” She bent to stare into the printer again and Lucien took the opportunity to check out the curve of her ass in the little black skirt she wore.

“Stop checking out my ass and help me.”

Not at all repentant for getting caught staring, he replied easily, “It’s a paper jam.”

He thought he was being helpful and when she straightened slowly, he entertained the notion that she was struggling with the need to throw herself into his arms in gratitude.

One look at her face, though, and he knew he wasn’t going to be copping a feel.

“Your powers of deduction are astounding. Seriously, you should give a seminar on mastering the obvious.”

He tried not to laugh, but he lost that battle. And she responded by flaying a layer of skin off him with her sharp tongue.

“I know it’s a paper jam, Sherlock, I just can’t find it.”

“It’s usually in the back,” Lucien said as he reached for the back of the printer, his arm brushing up against her on purpose. Darcy’s inhaled breath in response had his balls tightening. He dislodged the paper and pulled it free.

He turned to her with a smug smile, which she returned with uncanny accuracy before she said, “Thanks. I almost lost my cool.”

“Almost?”

A slight smile touched her lips. “I should go restart my print job.”

“Probably, unless you can get the little men in the printer to do it.”

Brownies.”

“What?”

She laughed. “Not the baked goods, the little mischievous mystical creatures.”

“They live in my printer?”

“Maybe.” She started away, but stopped and turned to him.“Thanks.”

“Have dinner with me tonight.”

She eyed him through her lashes before she said, “You’re on.”

And then she turned and disappeared into her office.

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L.A. Fiore lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, their dog, two kittens and Willow: their three-legged hamster. Her twin sister lives right down the street and being a seasoned zombie hunter, there is comfort knowing when the zombie apocalypse comes they’ll be ready. L.A. loves hearing from readers and can be reached through Facebook at the link below.
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I refused to work my way up the company ladder by sexually favoring my sleazy boss. I was beginning to lose hope.

Until one day, he surprised me with an assignment that would literally rock my world.

I never imagined my first assignment being my last. But Brent Nichols worked his way inside every way possible, unlocking something within me.

Becoming a porn star was never part of the plan. Neither was changing my name.

Everyone else knows me as Lucy Rogers, but you can call me Lotus Raine

 

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* A review copy was provided by author in exchange for an honest review *

 

~~ 5++ Stars ~~

 

Have you ever decided to read a book expecting one thing but once you dive in and read the book you get something complete different?

 

Well that is what happened to me with this book.  I will admit that the title of the book is what initially drew me to this book.  I went in expecting it to be a book that was all a bunch of sex scenes and maybe a small storyline plot to keep the reader interested.  What I got was so much more!!!!

 

This book was a fun, sexy read that had me chomping at the bit for more.  I didn’t want to put this book down and I couldn’t read fast enough.  I thought the storyline was well developed and written extremely well.  This book had me smiling, chuckling, and of course blushing 😉  If you are looking for a book that is different from other books out there on the market, then this is the one for you!!!  This book was so original and different.  This is definitely one of my FAVORITE reads of 2014 🙂  I loved how this book was presented to us the reader…it was so different from all the books out there.  I can’t say much, but you are going to want to read this book!!!

 

“I’m not a prude.  I’ve tried to be for the last ten years because I was afraid of what I would become if I didn’t control it.” … Lucy (aka Lotus Raine)

 

Lucy and Brent were great characters.  I thought they were both relatable and very likable.  I loved the chemistry that they had between them, but I also loved the friendship and companionship that they built throughout this story.  Both Lucy and Brent came from a messed up parent.  But they didn’t let them bring them down.  Both of these characters knew they would do whatever they had to, to not turn out like the bad parent they had.

 

Lucy had a mother who put stripping and men before her.  She learned some things at a young age that she shouldn’t have learned until much older thanks to her whoring mother.  Lucy was determined to not be like her mom, so she sheltered herself off and turn anything that had to do with sex away.  That is until she meets a stranger in a bar and decides to let loose.  Little did she know that meeting Brent would change her life in the best way possible.  I loved how strong Lucy was, yes she took some crap but she also knew how to give it right back.

 

Brent…..what can I say….He was AMAZING!!!! He was sweet and caring, but also knew how to melt a girls panties with his dirty mouth, among other things 😉  I loved that we got to see more of the person Brent really was and that him being a porn star didn’t define who he is.  He always looked at it as a job, but he was so much more then that.   I also loved how he did whatever he had to, to help bring Lucy out of her shell.  These two just really worked well together.

 

I would 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique, fun, sweet and sexy read!!!  This will definitely bring a person out of a book funk and show you something different.  I know some of you might be worried about if there is cheating in this story…don’t worry there is NO CHEATING what so ever!!!  This is a MUST READ!!!!

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