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Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s tour stop for the Loving Lucas blog tour, hosted by Tasty Book Tours. I am here to present an excerpt from this book. Enjoy 🙂

23602247Title: Loving Lucas (Lies & Leather #1)

Author: Violetta Rand

Will Be Published by: Loveswept on October 20th, 2015

Length: 201 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Source: Publisher via NetGalley and Tasty Book Tours

 

book blurb

Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy, Violetta Rand’s explosive new Lies & Leather series kicks off with a red-hot motorcycle racer who rides hard and plays for keeps.

Twenty-one-year-old Karlie Augustine is a survivor. She’s smart and tough, but she’s in too deep with a bad boyfriend who isn’t above breaking her spirit—or her body. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding hunk on the right side of the law. Lucas Lafontaine is pure muscle, a Corpus Christi cop who ignites something primal deep within Karlie. And when he offers her room and board in exchange for housekeeping, she finally starts to feel safe again.

As their arrangement turns deliciously decadent, Lucas gets hooked on Karlie’s killer body and fighting spirit. He wants to heal the pain he sees behind her eyes, but to protect her he needs to keep her close, especially now that her psycho ex won’t take a hint. Even as Lucas fights his own battle for custody of his young son, he knows that what he’s found with Karlie is real—and that he’d do anything to protect the woman he wants to take to the finish line.

excerpt

I’m a prisoner. My cage is a luxurious thirty-two-foot Thor motor coach and Connor is stretched out on the leather couch by the only exit. If I try to sneak out, he’ll wake up. And I don’t want to suffer the humiliation of another one of his explosive tantrums. I’m standing between the bedroom door and living area, arms crossed over my chest, music and laughter filtering through the open windows. It’s ten o’clock; the races are officially over, but the partying just started.

I peek out the closest window, catching sight of the bonfire. It lights up the nighttime sky like fireworks. My friends are drinking and having fun, and I’m stuck inside with my homicidal boyfriend who loses it when I smile at another guy. I carefully weigh my options, considering the consequences. With Connor, everything comes with a price.

I sniff the air, smelling cigar smoke and barbeque. A tradition I hate missing. Michael Samos travels to Cuba every year and smuggles the finest cigars back, saving a box for the last weekend of the races. I can taste the citrusy twang already. However, what I crave most is the camaraderie, the feeling like I belong somewhere. Sitting in utter silence while Connor sleeps off his postrace buzz sucks. And I’ve already exhausted the DVD collection in the bedroom. If I watch Fast & Furious one more time I’ll puke.

I edge closer to the door. Connor flips onto his right side. There’s a night-light on in the kitchen. I gaze at his angelic face. That’s what initially attracted me, along with his sense of humor, of which I don’t see that much anymore. But after sixteen months, I know what lurks beneath his tranquil features.

And that’s why I don’t like him anymore.

I take another silent step and then stop. So far, so good. Another few steps and I’m at the door . . . I touch the latch, turn it, and the lock pops.

“Karlie?”

I cringe, not facing him. “Yes?” My voice wavers.

“Where the fuck are you going?”

I hear him sit up. “Outside.”

“Get over here.”

The fine hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. And my fight-or-flight instincts insist I obey. But I don’t want to. Instead, I push the door open.

Everything happens so fast. He clamps onto my hips, snapping me backward. I let out a little cry as he lifts me off my feet, slamming me onto the couch. My back hits the padding so hard it knocks the breath out of me. But I still try to roll onto the floor—maybe I can crawl between his legs, making it outside.

“Settle down,” he hisses, gripping my right ankle. “Now.” His nails dig into my flesh.

Tears sting my eyes, more out of fear than pain. “Please,” I beg. “Let me go.”

He laughs, wrapping his fingers around my throat. He applies just enough pressure to let me know he’s in control. “Where, Karlie?”

I raise my chin, my last attempt at defiance. “Wherever I want.”

He squeezes harder, depriving me of enough oxygen to make me feel dizzy. I kick my feet so hard my sandals fly off. I dig my fingernails into the sides of his face.

“Bitch . . .” He lets go accidentally and I take full advantage, launching off the couch.

I land on my knees near the steps and fall forward, hanging on to the edge of the first one, ready to scramble out the half-open door. He grips both of my ankles and flips me over, and the back of my head smacks the tiled floor with a sickening thud. It hurts more than brain freeze. I grit my teeth, praying the pain away, only to have it replaced by something far worse. He bends my big toe forward, and fire shoots up my foot. Oh. My. God. I bite my bottom lip so hard I taste blood.

I kick frantically as he twists my toe again. “Stop or I’ll break it.”

He means it; I’ve been to the hospital twice in the last year with a broken wrist and a concussion. When the doctors asked what happened, Connor turned on the local-boy charm and told them I crashed at practice. He’s a local celebrity, so no one challenges him; no one suspects him of abuse. Except my friend Marie, but she’s outside with her boyfriend.

“Wh-what do you want?” I ask.

“Where’s the goddamn phone number that prick from Colorado gave you?”

“In-in the trash,” I stutter as fear takes over.

“Not in your pocket?”

I threw it away the minute we got back to the RV tonight. “No.”

“I don’t believe you.” He lets go of my foot, kneeling beside me.

His angry face gets closer and closer. Survival instinct takes over. I fist my hand and punch him in the nose with all the strength I have. He growls, falling back. Somehow I scramble to my feet and tumble down the steps, landing on the hard ground outside. Cool air fills my lungs and I shake my head. That pain at the base of my skull quickly reminds me where I am. I get up and run for the fire to join the others. Halfway there, I hear Connor’s heavy footsteps somewhere behind me. Oh God. This is it. I’m going to die tonight.

Breathless and exhausted, I fall to my knees hearing voices and see dozens of feet standing around me. The heat from the flames feels so good against my chilled skin. That’s the effect my boyfriend has on me; it’s 60 degrees outside and I’m as cold as a corpse.

“Karlie,” Connor calls, his boots coming into view in my periphery. “Don’t make this into something it doesn’t need to be. Get up—we’ll talk this out. In private.”

I don’t move. I can’t speak. I’m too busy worshipping the goddamned ground I’m kneeling on, thrilled to be free. Yet I fear that freedom will be short-lived. We’re a tight-knit group, but certain things are taboo in the racing community, interfering with relationship stuff being one of the biggest. And Connor Seville is a hero, a three-time American Motorcycle Association champion; the fact that he graces these unsanctioned races with his presence is reason enough for everyone to overlook his temper. He only participates for the extra money and to keep his local fans happy. His real passion is the national circuit, where television cameras and sports journalists chase him down for interviews.

He slides around me, resting his hand on my shoulder. I look up, meeting his blue gaze, the firelight making him look ominous. “No,” I say confidently. “We’ll never discuss anything again.”

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about the author

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An environmental scientist by day, Violetta Rand has been in love with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. Rand enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading, and losing herself in the world she brings to life in the pages of her stories. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband.

 

author links

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Cover Reveal: No Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow

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I am excited to be part of this cover reveal for one of my favorite up-and-coming authors, M.L. Sparrow. I have read two of her books, which were both awesome, and I cannot wait to read this one! So, without further ado, here is the amazing cover for No Rest for the Wicked!

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book blurb

When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.

Available for Pre-Order now at Amazon!

Audiobook Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll

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Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland AND Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll

Performed by: Christopher Plummer

Original Publication: 1865

Length: 5 hours, 9 minutes (audiobook)

Genre: Classic, Children’s, Fantasy

Source: Library

My Rating: ❤❤❤

 

book blurb

(from the library and Goodreads)

‘Down,
down,
down.
Would the fall never come to an end!’

Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has delighted the world with a wildly imaginative and unforgettable journey, inspiring children of all ages to suspend disbelief and follow Alice into her fantasy worlds. This new gift edition presents Carroll’s tale fully unabridged with a unique visual interpretation by renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia.

Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

my review

(Normally, I would split this review into two reviews because it’s two books in one, but I have the same thoughts for both, so…)

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I have never read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and I’ve always wanted to. An author requested that I read his retelling of the story, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to read the classic. I found this audiobook at my library’s website, and I saw that Christopher Plummer was the narrator. I got super excited because he is a great actor, and I knew he would be awesome. However, I was also a little worried because this is my very first audiobook. I have never wanted to listen to a book, but now that I’m stuck in traffic for 3 hours a day, I might as well start. And I thought this would be the perfect one to start with.

WHAT I LIKED

Christopher Plummer! There is a reason it says, “Performed by” instead of “Narrated by.” He was AMAZING! Doing all those different voices and making each character its own person is absolutely incredible. He has ruined all future audiobooks for me. I want Christopher Plummer to read all of my books to me 🙂

The author’s imagination. Wow. I have avoided all things Alice for as long as I can remember because I wanted to read the book first, so these characters were very new to me. Lewis Carroll had quite the imagination, and it was weirdly awesome. Who else could think of the things he did? I think we should all feel lucky that he put all his crazy thoughts to paper.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Lack of plot. Don’t hate me, all you Alice fans! I just didn’t see the point of it all. It just seemed like a lot of nonsense thrown together. Maybe that was the point. But, I like more of a plot, more of a story where I care about the characters. I didn’t get that at all here. Of course the characters were entertaining as hell, but that can only hold my attention for so long. I am sitting in traffic with literally nothing else to concentrate on, and I found myself bored and spacing out because the story just wasn’t interesting to me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

If I had to give a rating for Christopher Plummer’s performance, I would give it 6 out of 5 hearts. Unbelievable. But, since I am judging the book as a whole, I had to give it only 3. I completely lost interest halfway through the first story. But, I have to give credit where credit is due. Lewis Carroll’s imagination and storytelling skills are pretty awesome. If I read this as a kid, I may have enjoyed it more.

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3 out of 5 Hearts!

That’s What HE Said Thursday #7 – Finding Gabriel

 

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Hosted by: Chapter Break

That’s What HE Said Thursday is about posting a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is NOT a physical description of a male protag or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies (whom we so wish we were!!!!!!)

This week’s quote comes from Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter. Okay, this guy tries to commit suicide and shoots himself in the face but somehow lives and is then rescued by the lovely Ariah. Clearly, he is damaged. So, it was nice to see him open up to her in this quote.


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“‘I won’t pretend that I deserve you. I am faithless. I have done unforgivable things. And I am broken.’ He gestured to his face and body with trembling hands. ‘I know you see past these things when you look at me…but I hope I can be enough for you.'”

– Gabriel to Ariah


This guy. I just felt for him all throughout this book. Both he and Ariah have been through A LOT, so I loved seeing them find each other and try to move on from their horrible pasts. Great book!

What do you guys think of Gabriel? And feel free to share your link so I can visit your blog 🙂

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #7 – Loving Lucas

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.


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This week’s quote comes from Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand. Karlie is in a relationship with an abusive ass, and the very hot motorcycle-riding cop, Lucas, comes to her rescue. He gives her a way out, and she takes it.

I just started this book yesterday, so I don’t know too much about it, but it had this quote that made me hungry, so I had to share it. In this scene, Karlie’s friend kind of reveals an embarrassing secret in front of the new hot guy, Lucas, so she gets a little frazzled when he invites her to sit next to him.


My Hungry Hearts Quote

“It takes me a minute or two to collect myself enough to accept his invitation. After I do, I avoid his eyes, grab a paper plate, and make a fuss over my burger, adding lettuce, pickles, ketchup, cucumber, mustard, and mayonnaise. Maybe I should eat a bunch of onions so Lucas will stay away from me. I take a generous bite, my body still tingling with embarrassment.”


It may be 9 in the morning as I write this, but now I’m craving a burger…minus the onions. I may have to plan a barbecue soon. My husband makes some awesome burgers!

Feel free to share a link to yours below so I can visit your blog 🙂

Blog Tour: Review – Heat by Aubrey Irons

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Heat blog tour stop! This book’s title says it all, and I’m so happy to be part of this tour. Read on for my review!

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Title: Heat: A Soldiers of Fortune Romance

Author: Aubrey Irons

Published: August 11th, 2015

Length: 184 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Author via Bewitching Book Tours(for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

Five years ago, that cocky, egotistical a**hole played me like a fool and broke my heart.

Hudson Banks; the dominant, tattooed, womanizing, ex-Marine-turned-billionaire who runs God-knows-what at my late father’s company.

Oh, and he’s sexy as all f**k, and he damn well knows it.

He’s like a gasoline fire; a scorchingly hot disaster, and if I’m not careful, I’m going to get burned.

I’m on track to be the youngest New York State Senator ever elected; the bright, gutsy, good-girl media darling. Except my campaign funding just went dry, and it looks like the only solution is coming from the last person on Earth I’d ever want to take anything from. Oh, and it turns out bad-boy, tough-guy Hudson will be shadowing me 24/7 after he makes it clear that he’s in charge of “protecting the investment”.

Yeah, just perfect; a reckless, irresistible d*ck like Hudson Banks is the last person I need being “in charge” of anything to do with me.

Especially when I still can’t forget the taste of his lips or the feeling of that massive hardness I know he’s packing between his legs. It’s not fair that he’s even hotter now than he was back then. It’s not fair that those smoldering, arrogant eyes and that cocky, panty-melting grin still make me warm in places they shouldn’t. And it’s definitely not fair that five years later, I still can’t get him out of my head.

So it looks like I’ve got two races on my hands: the one for election, and the one against the burning heat threatening to tear us both apart. But on the sprint to the finish line, what happens when the man who has everything comes up against the one thing he can’t have?

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Do I even need to mention the cover? Look at it. Sorry, let me rephrase that. Look at him. Hot. Hot. HOT. And yes, I can admit it. This delicious tattoo-covered, bad boy-looking man made me want to read the book instantly. Plus, the blurb sounded interesting, which also helped.

WHAT I LIKED

IT WAS HOT! OMG, this was just steaming hot. At first, I questioned the title of this book, but I totally get it now. If you don’t like reading about sex, then this is not the book for you. However, if you’re like me and you don’t mind seeing your main characters get hot and heavy (keyword being HOT), then you won’t be disappointed. There are so many books out there that are borderline porn because it’s just all about sex, and that is a huge pet peeve of mine. BUT, I didn’t get that feeling at all here. Yes, there was a good amount of sex, but that wasn’t all it was. There was clearly an emotional connection as well.

Reagan and Hudson’s relationship. I loved the witty, humorous banter between them. They constantly made me smile. And I enjoyed the build-up. They tried to stay away from each other, but they were so drawn to one another that it was almost impossible. So it was fun seeing them gradually get closer. I was also surprised with the pace. The eBook version is only 184 pages. Usually, anything within 200 pages just seems rushed and not as in-depth as it could be, but the pacing was perfect. I loved it. It was such a pleasant surprise because I really wasn’t expecting that.

Hudson Banks. He’s cocky, arrogant, and such an alpha male. I LOVE IT. This is the type of guy I love reading about, and no, it doesn’t get old. I could’ve read hundreds of more pages about this guy. Sexy as hell. I’m sad the book is over because I want more of him.

The flashbacks. Okay, I am not usually a fan of flashbacks because they confuse me and the story doesn’t really flow well. HOWEVER, the flashbacks really worked in this book. Reading about their past made me understand their present so much more than I could have without the flashbacks. So, kudos to the author for making a flashback-hater a fan 🙂

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

Okay, there were just certain parts of the plot that bugged me. From the get-go, Hudson pretty much moves in with Reagan to keep an eye on her and to “protect his investment.” This didn’t seem very realistic. And Reagan’s campaign manager was such a dick. Not really realistic either. Reagan is running for state senator. Shouldn’t she have more of a backbone and tell Hudson that she doesn’t need someone watching her 24/7 or tell her campaign manager to go to hell and fire him?

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Despite the parts of the plot that annoyed me, I really enjoyed this book. I honestly didn’t want it to end. I loved Reagan and Hudson, and I just didn’t want to let them go yet. This book was hot, exciting, and romantic. A definite must-read. Aubrey Irons has gained a new fan. I seriously cannot wait to read more from her!

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4 out of 5 Hearts!

Available at Amazon!


about the author

 

Aubrey Irons enjoys writing about bold, sassy, and intelligent women and the hot, cocky, and quite typically forbidden alpha males who love and lust for them; gripping stories, happy endings, and enough heat to keep things extra steamy!

In the real world, Aubrey is kept plenty entertained by her own tattooed Marine husband, their precocious and adorable three year old, and one very ill-behaved puppy.

author links

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Review: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter

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Author: Rachel L. Demeter

Published by: Momentum (Pan Macmillan)

Length: 362 pages (eBook)

Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

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(from Goodreads)

Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken WingFinding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The author contacted me and requested that I read and review this book. Sometimes, I look at a book, I just don’t feel it, and I feel bad declining a review request, but for this one, I took one look at Finding Gabriel and I knew I had to read it. The cover screamed historical romance, which is one of my favorite genres. And the blurb made me want to read it even more. I like the whole two-damaged-people-finding-love thing. And this one kind of took it a step further. He tries to commit suicide, and she finds and saves him? Yes, please! So, my initial thoughts were 100% positive.

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. Rachel L. Demeter is a new author for me, so I didn’t know what to expect. But, I was SO impressed. Pretty much from the first couple pages, I knew she was a fantastic writer. To be honest, a lot of the books I read entertain me, but I feel like I could’ve written them. That definitely wasn’t the case here. The writing style, the descriptive language, everything just seemed so professional yet understandable and relatable at the same time. I never would’ve guessed that she only has a couple published books. It really felt like I was reading a 10-15 year veteran’s book. So, that was an awesome surprise.

The romance. Gabriel and Ariah have both been through the unimaginable. They have each suffered very different tragedies in life, and I think that is one thing that brought them together. They recognize sadness in each other, which draws them to one another. Plus, their relationship gradually grew. There may have been instant attraction, but it wasn’t insta-love, which was great! I really liked that it was hard for both of them, for their own unique reasons, to move on with life and allow themselves to be happy again. It just made the journey and the ending that much more enjoyable.

The plot. I absolutely LOVED THE PLOT! The guy shoots himself in the head, somehow lives, and is rescued by his female knight in shining armor. Doesn’t that sound must-readable?! Plus, I really enjoyed gradually learning their secrets and haunted pasts. It was suspenseful, heartbreaking, and romantic. Loved it, loved it, loved it 🙂

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER

Not enough dialogue. While the book was so well-written, I think it was more focused on the content and descriptions that it lacked dialogue. For me, I LOVE dialogue. It just makes the connection between the characters so apparent. It makes me feel all the feels and really care about the relationships. In my opinion, there just wasn’t enough here. I wanted to hear more conversations between Gabriel and Ariah. I wanted to hear him profess his undying devotion to her again and again and again. Okay, that is a little extreme, but you know what I mean 🙂

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, I wanted more dialogue, but that was really my only complaint. Everything else about it was flawless. I’m so happy I got the chance to read it, and I have to give a big shout out and thank you to Rachel L. Demeter for giving me the opportunity to read and review it!

my favorite quotes

“…we are limited only by ourselves. Reality is what we make of it – and faith fuels our hope. Nothing more. It is not intended to be a crutch. Neither is it a magical way to wash away our past mistakes and sins. True faith takes time, determination, and courage – and ends with hope.”

“The only journey worth traveling starts from within.”

“Sometimes we must give people the chance to surprise us.”

“We all must chase our destiny. It drives us, fuels our blood, and inevitably defines our character. One’s true measure emerges only from the lengths we will journey to achieve it.”

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


Links

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Amazon

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about the author

(from Goodreads)

I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of eleven years. I enjoy writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been my passion for longer than I can remember. Before learning how to read or write, I would dictate stories while my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure every character is given a soul.

I endeavor to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes my stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

Don’t be a stranger! I absolutely love to connect and interact:

author links

Email: Rachel@RachelDemeter.net

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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015

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Personal life: August was bad. September was a lot better. It actually went by too fast. I wish it would’ve lasted longer! I started my student teaching in a kindergarten class. I have the most amazing master teacher and supervisor. They are awesome, encouraging, and just extremely helpful. I feel so lucky to have been placed in that school. I taught a couple lessons and was told that I’m a pro. Being in front of a classroom is my comfort zone, I have realized. So, things are looking up in life! Very happy 🙂

Blog life: I caught up with my blog tours! Yay! For awhile, I was posting everything late because I just booked too much for myself. BUT, October may get bad again. I booked too many blog tours. I can’t help it! I see a book I just HAVE to read, and logic leaves my brain. Wish me luck on reading all these books on time! I’m determined, so no worries 🙂

 books I read

(Click on the titles below for my review)

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Gamma Rift by Kalli Lanford ❤❤❤❤❤

The Reaper’s Kiss by Abigail Baker ❤❤❤❤

Bleed by Dax Varley ❤❤❤❤

Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow ❤❤❤❤❤

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin ❤❤

Diverted Heart by Beth Ann Stifflemire ❤❤❤

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Book of the Month:

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Sorry, I couldn’t pick only one this month! I tried really hard, but I honestly loved these two books equally. And the funny thing is that both books involve the heroine being held captive. I guess I have a type. But, these books are so, so good. Check them out if you haven’t already.

Favorite Cover:

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Awesome, awesome cover! It has this dark, edgy look but it’s also beautiful and definitely made me want to read this book.

Favorite Book Boyfriend:

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Sin from Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow. Tough, rebel leader with a sexy name who captures a girl but slowly begins to fall for her. Need I say more? 🙂

Favorite Female:

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Sunny Beaumont from Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow. I loved this girl. She’s independent and fights for what she believes in, no matter who stands in her way.

Favorite Plot:

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Gamma Rift by Kalli Lanford. I loved this plot! Alien falls for human being held prisoner by father. Awesome.

Favorite Author:


  M.L. Sparrow, author of Ghetto! Second book of hers that I have read, and she exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to read more by her. Thank you M.L. Sparrow for the chance to read your wonderful books!

I have to say, September was great! How was yours?