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#WOTR – #Review Greyson by JM Walker


Title: Greyson

Author: JM Walker

Model: Ryan Stacks

Photographer: Michael Anthony Downs

Cover Designer: Just Write Creations

Genre: MC Romance

Release Date: July 19

Confusion. Lust. Fear. Passion.
It started the moment she passed out in my arms.
Seduction. Vile. Depraved. Desire.
She couldn’t remember her past but looked to me like I was her future.
My walls were built. My heart was cold. My emotions vacant.
After being alone for five years with only my motorcycle club at my side, she was who I had been searching for. The one I had needed all along to light up the darkness surrounding my life. Just when I thought I had her, just when I thought I could finally allow myself that happiness I didn’t think I deserved. She was ripped from my hands…

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Greyson, Greyson, Greyson…this man intrigued me from the first moment we saw him and not in a great way.  Yes I was a little… ok a lot aggravated at him. You see he wanted Brogan and well she wants and NEEDS Coby. Therefore, there is no room for Greyson.

Eve has no idea who she is or why she is running but all she knows is whatever she is running from is bad. She finds herself running right into Greyson.  She feels protected and safe when he is around. I like Eve she may not know who she is or how she got where she is but she is determined to make it even if she never finds the truth.

Greyson has a heart of ice. You see he was in love with a girl who was never his and could not have in the end. When Eve came through the compound that night his heart began to thaw for this woman.

JM has a way of taking a guy you think you will not like and turn him into someone you love.  Is he an asshole? Oh yes but in the best way. Is he demanding and controlling? Yes he is but ask Eve it is the best kind of demanding and controlling. JM has the best twists and turns that I didn’t even see them until they smacked me in the face. Watching these two open up and trust one another was amazing but when Eve’s past catches up to Greyson and Eve can they overcome and survive all that is coming their way?

A few of my favorite quotes

“I’m here to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. I don’t need that shit on my hands.” It wasn’t the truth, but she didn’t need to know that. I was there because I wanted to be. I was there because not even knowing me for twenty-four hours and she was already chipping away at the ice blocking my heart.

I know I’m difficult to get along with. I know I’m an asshole, but I love hard and I won’t hurt you.

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

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#WOTR18 #NewRelease #Review – Pieces of Forever by H. D’Agostino


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Does having everything you desire make your life perfect? Does having a perfect life mean you’re happy?

I had a perfect life once upon a time. It was the life I deemed myself deserving of. I had a wife, a child, a successful business. I was happy, but I was also blind.

I didn’t see my faults until it was too late. One moment changed it all. It changed me and cost me everything. Everything I thought I needed to find happiness disappeared, and nothing else mattered.

All that I need is to get a few of the pieces back. Pieces of my perfect forever are the only thing that can make me whole again.

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I received this book from the authors for an honest review.

This is the story of two broken people who are trying to find their way through life.  Jackson is lost without his wife and daughter.  When life takes them from him, he has had several years of misery until Tessa walks in his bar.

Tessa has a life of questions.  She is looking for answers to her life when she lands a job at the bar Jackson owns.  She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame but knows he doesn’t see her this way.  She has her trusty friend Jules there to help push her out of her box and into Jackson’s bed.  Tessa’s fun loving spirit was fun to read, and I loved how she made Jackson get all super alpha. He made my heart squishy.

When Jackson gets drunk and peruses Tessa, they are both in for a up and down roller coaster of a love story.  One that neither expected. Tessa has to confront her past while Jackson is licking his wounds about his wife and daughter.  The two must confront the demons that haunt them all while trying to stay true to the person they have fallen head over heels in love with.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

How does one deal with having their world taken from them within minutes or overnight? Jackson and Tessa are both dealing with this in different ways.

Jackson owns a bar in town and has been trying to deal with losing his wife and daughter in an accident years ago. He is trying to move on and submerge himself in work. Until the day Tessa walks in the bar looking for a job.

Tessa cannot remember anything of her past.  She is trying to figure out who she is. When she starts working for Jackson she is drawn to him but there is no way she can cross the line with her boss. Even if she did want to pursue him she knows he is not interested in her.

Jackson and Tessa are both overcoming issues and find they can help one another move on. Their stories hurt my heart and then gave me the feel goods.  My favorite scenes were the sandcastle scenes they tugged at my heart. I did enjoy watching these two getting to know each other and falling in love. Sometime life does not go the way you plan it but in the end life takes you were you need to be.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.

She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.

 

#AudioReview – The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 2) by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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This was a good duet. I was hanging on at the end of The Darkest Sunrise thinking how is this all gonna play out. How are Porter and Charlotte going to survive all that was thrown at them?

Charlotte lost her son 10 years ago when someone stole him from his stroller in plain daylight. Porter lost his wife and nearly lost his son in an accident. Both were fighting the dark but were able to find some light with each other. But can their love endure what is planned for them next.  What happens when one son is found and one son is taken away? Will they be able to find the light again?

Charlotte and Porter will have to learn how to live in their new life all while trying to deal with family. We see the struggles of both families and how the kids deal with what is going on in their lives. My heart hurt so much for everyone as things unfolded…ok maybe not everyone some could have not been such an ass.

I enjoyed this family not just Charlotte and Porter but the secondary characters also. There were times in this book I just didn’t see how Porter would be able to see the light again as he slipped back in to the darkness. I have to say Porter stole my heart with his distraction games…where are we going to be in 6 minutes, 6 hours, 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months.

Once again both the narrators were great. I could feel each emotion the characters were going through. It was difficult to put this one down.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

#AudioReview The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 1) by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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This gutted me I was reading my worst nightmare. No one wants to have their children taken from them. Watching all that Charlotte when through was heartbreaking. Really what does one do when your whole world is snatched from you?

Charlotte was helping a child at the park when she left her son unattended and someone took him from his stroller. Filled with regret Charlotte was in a dark place where every child she saw she thought could that be my Lucas? Charlotte became the best pulmonologists but she refused to treat children.

Porter Reese lived his own type of hell. He fell in love not only with his wife but her son, Travis, which he adopted. After a tragic accident Porter was left to raise his children. He only wanted the best for his son when finding out he needed a heart transplant. Porter found Charlotte and he knew he had to get her to see Travis some way somehow. Only thing was she would not treat children. With some help Porter was able to meet Charlotte but after meeting her he saw darkness filled her the way it did him. He realized the more he was around her the more light he saw.

But what happens when a few words changes your life? Can what Porter and Charlotte worked so hard withstand what was going to happen to all of them.

This book had me so torn up. I love Porter from his confessions in the dark to helping Charlotte turn on the lights. He seemed to have a way of pulling Charlotte back from the dark. I was not expecting the ending and as soon as the last words were read I had to download The Brightest Sunset. I have to know what is going to happen to this relationship and all involved.

Then narrators in the book were great. They brought the book alive and I had a hard time pushing pause.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

Twinsie Melinda Top 5 2018 from January to June

I have been reading series this year. So my top 5 this half will be series. If you join me at Writers on the River on July 21, 2018 you can meet Brandy L. Rivers and Mary Martel and pick up these series.

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Branches of Emrys by Brandy L Rivers my favorites from this series is a duet Finding Hawk (book#3) and Chasing Dove (book #4).

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Brothers of the Flame Love Potion Blood Magic

Arial Kimber by Mary Martel I cannot pick a favorite I’m so intrigued by all the guys and Arial.

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Elite Elect Entice Elicit Ember Elude Empire

eagle elite series By Rachel VanDyken but I do have a favorite and that is Ember (book #5 of the series) why because she turned a man I absolutely hated into one of my favorite guys.

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PowerHouse Power Player: Anti-Hero Game

Power Chain by Chelsea Cameron I am so aggravated at these guys in the beginning but something changes part way through and I end up changing my mind of them.

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House of Enchanted: The Revelations of Oriceran The Dark Forest: The Revelations of Oriceran Mountain of Truth: The Revelations of Oriceran Land Of Terran: The Revelations of Oriceran New Egypt: The Revelations of Oriceran Lancothy: The Revelations of Oriceran Virgo: The Revelations of Oriceran

Soul Stone Mage by Sarah Noffke I have only read up to book #3 in this series but it has been great I so want to be able to jump in and read the rest of the series.

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#Review – Enrapture (Eagle Elite Series) part of Hurt a collection by Rachel Van Dyken, Kristin Vayden & Elise Faber

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Enrapture by Rachel Van Dyken

Trace is everything.
My freaking world.
And I would do anything to keep her safe.
But, I can’t protect her from every kind of evil..and I can no longer keep the past a secret…
We were left folders.
Each one filled with the sins of our pasts.
And Traces grandfather just asked us to read his.
There was no preparation.
And now I’m wondering if I should have let the love of my life read it at all, because some things can’t be unsaid, some words stay with us forever.
I know, from this day forward, nothing will ever be the same.

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I so enjoyed this story because we get the back story on Joyce, Luca and Frank. I also enjoyed seeing all the family again.

What happens when Trace gets a hold of THE black folder? Nixon gets a tad wound up ok maybe more than a tad and well the others are bringing in chips and dip for the show. I was a bit upset at how Frank just left things out and ran leaving Trace to deal with what she was learning about without him around. I did like hearing Frank and Joyce’s story. The love that Joyce had for both Luca and Frank was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. I can now understand how someone can hold your heart and another consume your sole.

These diary entries had me in tears. Oh land what Frank does for Joyce and his brother. Truly shows the love he had for Joyce. Luca seemed to be a cold and heartless man but now I see why. Man Luca can love and he does it with his whole being. This just shows his heart was not cold as stone there is warmth in there.

This was a great addition to the Eagle Elite series it filled in some gaps and answered questions. Those letters really got me I had tears at times. I cannot wait for more of this series I’m telling you I cannot get enough of these families.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#AudioReview – Elude (Eagle Elite #6) by Rachel Van Dyken

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This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It’s an interconnected stand alone novel with no cliffhanger.

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married–I offered to shoot her.
Ten hours before our wedding–I made a mockery of her dying wish.
Five hours before we were going to say our vows–I promised I’d never love her.
One hour before I said I do–I vowed I’d never shed a tear over her death.
But the minute we were pronounced man and wife–I knew.

I’d only use my gun to protect her.
I’d give my life for hers.
I’d cry.
And I would, most definitely, lose myself, to a dying girl—a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place.

I always believed the mafia would be my end game–poisoning my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption.

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us.

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This is the 6th book in the Eagle Elite series and it is all about Sergio and Andi.  First of all if you are going to read this made sure you have some tissues ready because yeah I did the UGLY cry. Seriously there was blubbering snot sobbing sleeve wiping snot was happening here. There were happy tears and some tears shed in laughter too. I had to wait a bit before I wrote this review to let it all really sink in. Ember was my favorite of the series but Elude is right up there with Ember.

I love Andi she is so full of life and has a great since of humor for all she is going through. She is one tough cookie and loved that she could land Sergio on his ass. Oh and holds her own with the guys too. Andi and Sergio’s banter to the end is hilarious and heartwarming.  I so loved her ‘Italy’ and his ‘Russia’. Andi was cracking me up with the pot and bat…awesome going Andi.

Sergio the mysterious he doesn’t let anyone in or truly see him. He never saw Andi coming nor did he expect her to be the one to make him feel something, feel alive. Sergio stole my heart with Andi’s 2 to 3 twirl dresses and with Andi’s Honeymoon list…I was swooning and there were tears.

I’m telling you this gutted me. This is a story of family, love, best friends, life and death. Absolutely love this love story and even though I thought I was prepared for the ending NOPE not at all. Andi’s letter to Sergio seriously I have no words she is amazing I could see her love for him and even her funny side coming out in it.

Raising my glass of Vodka…Cheers to Andi and Sergio’s love until their end and longer.

“I love you, Italy,”
“I love you, Russia.”
“For as long as we both live…”

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#AudioReview – Ember (Eagle Elite #5) by Rachel Van Dyken

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I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.

She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.

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What the heck. If you asked me when I listed to the past books what I thought of Phoenix I would have said I hate him with every bone in my body there is no hope of him the best thing was him dying. Well Rachel Van Dyken made a liar out of me. This is the best redemption of a character I have ever read. YES, EVER!

Where do I start Phoenix is a cold hearted killer but who isn’t in the Mafia but he is a rapist and has the darkest sole I have seen. Phoenix is assigned to watch over Tex sister, Bee, at Eagle Elite. Yes that is right Phoenix is headed back to one of the places he hates. Let me tell you Bee is giving phoenix a run for his money she truly keeps him on his toes.

My heart Brakes for Bee and for Phoenix when I hear their back stories. Neither was loved by family but was shut out by them. Two lost souls pushed together.

This was my favorite book of the series. If I could give it more than 5 starts I would. Plus I enjoyed listening to the audio I loved that there was more than one narrator. All of them did an excellent job. I am jumping right into Elude. It’s Sergio’s turn and oh boy I feel a huge heart break with tears lots and lots of tears coming to my future.

 

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#ReleaseDayBlitz – Born Wild (Wolf Hollow Shifters Series, #3) by Nikki Jefford

 
The wait is OVER!!! 
Born Wild
(Wolf Hollow Shifters Series, #3)
By Nikki Jefford
 
Blurb
FOR THREE YEARS HUMANS FORCED THE PUREBLOODED WOLF SHIFTER TO FIGHT HIS OWN KIND
After escaping his human captors, Wolfrik returns to Wolf Hollow covered in scars and hostility. He wants nothing to do with pack politics and refuses to play nice.
AN INJURY ISOLATED THE SHE-WOLF AND LEFT HER VULNERABLE
Ever since Kallie’s foot was permanently maimed in a vulhena attack, she’s been relocated to the den where Palmer—the pack’s elder and council member—is after her to become his third mate.
A heated encounter with Wolfrik gives Kallie an idea. If she can convince the wild wolf to be her bedmate, Palmer will finally leave her alone.
But when an unexpected bond forms between the pair, Kallie may have bitten off more than she can chew. Is the aggressive pureblood too damaged to settle down with a mate?
REDEMPTION MAY COME TOO LATE
Forced to face his inner demons, or lose the woman he loves, Wolfrik must confront the past he’s tried so hard to forget. But the past is about to catch up to him and old enemies could doom the entire hollow…
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Bk #1
Wolf Hollow
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Mating Games
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About The Author
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her French husband and their Westie, Cosmo. She is the author of the Wolf Hollow Shifters series, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series, and Spellbound Trilogy. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys nature, hiking, and motorcycle riding.

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#AudioReview – Enforce (Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyken

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There’s two sides to every story…
And ours? Isn’t pretty…
Then again, what’s pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I’ll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We’re cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn’t attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer..

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Ever heard there is two sides to every story? Well this is the other side of the story…. they guys side of the story. In book 1 it is Trace POV now is time for For the guys POV. I figured it would be Nixon made Chases POV but no,it was all the guys. I loved that we got a glimpse into all their heads.

I would get so pissed at the guys when they were nice one second and so cruel the next to Trace. This was a great addition that filled in the why the hell did they do that moments.

If I would have known what was going threw the guys head from the start I may not have been so aggravated at them. I am going to,end here because I don’t want to,give anything away. I will say brilliant move Rachel Van Dyken brilliant.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.