Sunday, June 25, 2017

{Book Review} Where We Belong by J. Daniels


Where We Belong by J. Daniels
Published: August 18th, 2015
Series: Alabama Summer #4
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.

Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.

Parenthood.

With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.

Who said anything about keeping things legal?

Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.

{Review}
J. Daniels’s books always put a huge grin on my face, especially when I am reading an Alabama Summer book!  I thought this was a short, cute addition to the romance between Ben and Mia.  It was a fast read that immediately drew me in and made me swoon, laugh and say “Ahhh…” about a million times! 

The writing was amazing!  I love that Daniels is able to create the perfect mix of emotional drama, hilarious dialogue and heart-felt romance all in one book.  As a parent, I really related to the struggle that Ben and Mia have with finding adequate alone time.  It put a fun twist on the dilemma that made me laughing until me cheeks hurt. 

Mia and Ben are one of my all-time favorite literary couples.  The extreme love and devotion that Ben feels for Mia would make any girl swoon.  I LOVED seeing how their relationship progressed and the problems that they had to overcome together. 

It was also wonderful catching up with the other couples of this series.  I felt like the plot of Tess and Luke was expanded on perfectly and I am really hoping that they will get another book.  Reed and Beth’s story was not expanded on much, but I am looking forward to seeing them in the next book!

This was the perfect setup for the next installment in this series.  I can’t wait to read about CJ and Riley next!  Both characters have been in previous books, but not enough to really know them well.  I am really looking forward to falling in love with them and getting even more expansion on the other couples!

{Rating}


“My mind loves Ben.  My heart loves Ben.  My body loves Ben.  He’s the warmth in my blood.  The roar in my pulse.
            Give me a hundred years with Benjamin Kelly, and I’d still beg for more.”

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

{Book Review} Just an Illusion-EP by D. Kelly



Just an Illusion-EP by D. Kelly
Published: June 21st, 2017
Series: The Illusion #3
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt.

When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

{Review}
This book review was SO hard to write for a multitude of reasons.  If you have read the first two books, you already know that they both ended on HUGE cliffhangers, especially The B Side!  These books must be read in order, so if you have not read the previous books, just know that this series is AMAZING and I highly recommend it!  I can’t believe that these book don't not have more hype surrounding them because they totally deserve it!  I rated EP 5 stars, but if I could, I would rate it a million that is how much I loved it.

D. Kelly’s writing has always blown me away starting from Just an Illusion-A Side and continues throughout this entire series.  I highlighted entire passages within these pages because it was so poetic and beautiful.  This book was full of heart-break and love.  It amazed me how well D. Kelly was able to make those emotions flow from the pages.  I cried the most sad and happy tears I have EVER cried while reading this book.  In fact, I sobbed throughout the entire thing!

The characters in these books are some of my absolute favorite.  This series has one of the most dynamic casts of characters I have ever read.  Each one is well-developed and serves a purpose.  Even when the book is not focusing on the side-characters, it still feels like they are still living outside of the story, continuing life and building their own separate stories.  This book really showcased the amazing family relationships and friendships that were in the previous books.  The support and unconditional love was beautiful and one of my favorite aspects of this story.

I have never in my life read a book that has been as emotionally draining.  I LOVED this book and thought it was a wonderful conclusion to The Illusion series, but I can’t see myself re-reading it again anytime soon.  This is one of my all-time favorite series and it will always hold a special place in my heart.  I want to re-read the entire thing again to re-experience all the emotions, but not until I have had enough time to process all the beauty that these pages hold.

So if you are about to start EP or Side A, make sure you have a glass of wine and a box of tissues.  Be prepared to become very attached to these characters and have emotions pulled from you that you didn’t even know were possible.  This series is amazing and I will absolutely continue to read anything that D. Kelly writes!

{Rating}

“I want that more than anything, which is why I’m trying to claw my way through the last of the darkness so I can live in the light with you.”



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{Now Live} Just an Illusion-EP by D. Kelly



Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Maeidesign and Photography
Release Date: June 21, 2017

Synopsis


Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt.

When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series
 





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About the Author

D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.


A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

{Book Review} Edge of Regret by Molly E. Lee



Edge of Regret by Molly E. Lee
Published: June 20th, 2017
Series: Love on the Edge #7
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Action Contemporary Romance
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Leading man on the new E.D.G.E. series reality show? Check.

Stunt-double for the star in the latest, multi-million-dollar funded military movie? Check.

Work with a sexy female military expert? Holy hell, check.

When I signed on to do stunts for Hollywood’s eagerly awaited war-thriller, I thought it would be like every other gig—go in, try not to get killed, and leave with a fat check and an adrenaline rush. This time? Not so much.

Mackenzie Patterson is the on-set expert. She knows topographical layouts, government lingo, speaks four languages, and is one of the best explosive disposal leaders the Air Force has ever seen, so she’s more than qualified.

She’s also the woman who turned my teenage heart to ash.

I can’t ignore the darkness that has appeared in her eyes, or the urge I have to take it away.

Quitting isn’t an option, but the more I see her, the more I want to make her mine. And that can never happen because our past is twisted with heartbreak, hate, and regret.

Every second I spend with her is a battle between holding on to the anger in my heart—and giving in to the love that never left.

{Review}
I can’t rave enough about this series!  It is full of action and adventure, swoon-worthy men and friendships that are more like family.  I have LOVED each and every book in the Love on the Edge series, but this one BLEW. ME. AWAY.  These books are so unique and original, each one focusing on a new and dangerous career that takes the characters on epic journeys of self discovery and love.

Molly E. Lee’s writing is just as phenomenal as in the previous books!  Each page was dripping with passion and emotion, pulling me in from page one and never letting go.  This book definitely dealt with a difficult subject, pulling at my heart strings and making me have all the FEELS!  Reading about the experiences that the military has to endure and the repercussions they must face after they are home was heart-breaking.  The portrayal of PTSD was so realistic, making me feel like I was experiencing the fear and hopelessness right along with the characters.

 I never read the synopsis when I went into this book, but I was super surprised when I learned that the leading lady, Mackenzie, was in the military defusing bombs overseas.  Her character was dynamic, broken, independent and completely bad a**.  I liked that she went after what she wanted and was extremely smart.  She might even be my new favorite female protagonist from this series!  And of course Wade was perfection!  Readers were introduced to the funny, charismatic, full-of-life character that we all came to know and love as Wade in Edge of Brotherhood.  I LOVED that in this book, Wade's softer, sweeter side was on full display.  I didn't think it was possible, but he made me love his character even more!

I LOVED the romance in this book!  I am usually not one for second chance romances, but this one was amazing.  For once in a book, I was glad that it was not the women trying to save the man, but the other way around.  I loved that Wade became Mackenzie's safe place, comforting and protecting her.  And their chemistry was AMAZING!  I am really keeping my fingers crossed that their story is continued in future books.

If you like contemporary romance, but are getting tired of the boring stereotypical story lines, I would HIGHLY recommend picking up the books in this series.  Most of the books can be read as standalones, but I recommend starting from the beginning and reading them in order to truly fall in love with each couple.  But be prepared to not get much sleep because each one is addicting and full of action!

{Rating}

“She inched her lips toward me agonizingly slowly before she brushed them over mine.  I closed my eyes and breathed her in, sucked her back into my soul like the first real breath I’d taken in years.  I gripped her neck, swiping my tongue between her lips, claiming her mouth in the wild way my body demanded of me.  I had years to make up for.  Years worth of worshiping her body until I’d somehow physically and mentally stitched her back together.  If she’d let me, I would do it.  If she’d let me, I’d give her everything.”



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