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#WOTR20 – #Review – Because the Night (The Night Songs Collection, #1) by Kristen Strassel

Because the Night (Night Songs Book 1)

Meet the vampire hellbent on destruction and the girl who will do anything to save him, set to a hard rock soundtrack in the hot Las Vegas night…
Sex, blood, and rock n’ roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest show in Vegas and Tristan Trevosier is their biggest star. But to me, he’s the guy who broke my heart and then showed up on stage claiming to be a vampire.

Tristan says I won’t understand his new life. He won’t let me in. That’s how I met Blade, a human with a mysterious connection to Immortal Dilemma. Blade is willing to give me everything Tristan won’t.
But I can’t let him go.

The true darkness of Tristan’s world terrifies me, and I fear for his life. Now Blade’s gone missing and I have to choose—save my mortal friend or abandon my immortal love.

This book is full of twists and turns you won’t see coming, and characters you won’t soon forget.–Tam, Amazon reviewer
As I read the last page GASPING shaking the book thinking to myself if I shake it more words would magically appear but note to self NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK.–Karina, Amazon reviewer
Leave yourself some time when you begin this story. It will draw you in, and you must find out how it ends before you can put it down again.–KSon, Amazon reviewer


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Vampire rock scene, in VEGAS! Callie goes to Vegas with her cousin to see her ex-boyfriend who has become famous from a reality tv show and is also the star of the band, Immortal Dilemma. She thinks she needs to save him as he is spiraling out of control with addictions. What she doesn’t realize is that he is a vampire and there are other circumstances that keep him from leaving. In the midst of this she meets Blade. He is into music too and seems to be a pretty great guy. She spontaneously decides to stay in Vegas instead of going home. This is the first part of where I start to lose Callie. She is 18 and decides to stay in Vegas. But ok, she gets a job and things are going ok. The story keeps going and she is falling in love with Blade but can’t stay away from Tristan, her ex and vampire star. I got back into the story with the push and pull that she had to deal with between Tristan and Blade. At this point since she is spending more time with Tristan we start to understand his situation better. Things go from weird to crazy and to just plain terrible for Callie. As Callie tries to fight for her life, and the others she cares about, she gets into some super bad situations. I listened to this in an audiobook. The narrator was ok, I wanted to like her but sometimes I think that the narrator made Callie sound even more whiny and undecided with what she wanted to do. The story is good but sometimes it seemed like it took a long time to get to where it needed to be. I plan to continue the series because there was a huge twist at the end of the book and I have to find out what happens! 

Kristen Strassel

Kristen Strassel writes heroes you want to spend the night with. Spend the night reading…what did you think she meant? She started reading paranormal and romance when her mom realized the spookier and spicier the book, the more likely she was to devour it. Now she creates the characters and worlds she always wanted to read about.

#WOTR20 #CoverReveal #WOTR #WritersOnTheRiver #PeoriaIL #ThistleFarms #SecondChance #Romance #Anthology #Authors #AuthorsRock #Giveaway – Writers on the River Anthology called Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories

Healing With Words, host of Writers on the River, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading.

Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment.

Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.

Event tickets available at WritersontheRiver.com

A huge thank you to Eric McKinney, Jon Salvador, and JM Walker!

The image was donated by Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography .

Cover Model is Jon Salvador.

Cover created by JM Walker with Just write. Creation and Services.

Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories

Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories is an anthology of from the authors of Writers on the River. Love and life get another chance in these tales that will warm your heart and make you fall in love again.

The proceeds of this anthology will go to Thistle Farms, a non-profit organization located in Nashville, Tennessee that helps women survivors of violence, sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.

Some stories guaranteed are by the following authors with many more authors joining mission:

JM Walker

Dania Voss

Miranda Shanklin

Tricia Andersen

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#WOTR20 #KU #review – The Best Ever (Second Chance Neighbors #2) by Josie Kerr

The Best Ever (Second Chance Neighbors Book 2) by [Kerr, Josie]

What happens when two control freaks meet their match?

Rory Doyle likes to be in control: in control of his career, in control of his home, and in control of his relationships. The one thing he can’t control is his reaction to real estate agent Ashley Richards, a feisty ex-pageant queen.
Ashley Richards is a woman with a plan; always has been, always will be. She’s got her sights set on conquering the Atlanta commercial real estate market, and the last thing she needs is Rory Doyle disrupting her carefully planned life.

After their best friends get their happily ever after, Rory wants to take his relationship with Ashley to the next level, but Ashley has other things to worry about, including planning the perfect wedding for her best friend. Add a bonus complication of the biggest challenge of her professional career and she definitely does not need the distraction of Rory’s sexy Irish brogue and his hot dancer’s body.

Can Rory convince Ashley to listen to her heart or will she decide that he doesn’t fit in with her plans?


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I purchased this book.

GAH!!!  When I finished Em and Mick’s book I was obsessed to see the secret relationship of Rory and Audrey.  I mean those two are busting with sexual tension in the first book so actually seeing their side of the story was AWESOME!!

I am going to say Lust is the best word to describe the two of them when they first meet.  But a they hook up and spend time with one another Smitten becomes the word of choice.  They both are smitten with the other, but they are afraid to say anything.

Rory has a reputation, but he is more aware of wanting more with Audrey then she will admit to herself.  Audrey is a woman who is out to prove herself.  She lives and works in a man’s world.  She wants to be taken seriously and respected.  So her fear of being less then in the eyes of others drives her to not open her eyes to all that Rory had to offer her.

These two were such a fun book to read.  They weren’t as intense as Em and Mick but they definitely had me laughing at the shenanigans their fear of facing the fact they are in hardcore love with the other.

Josie Kerr is a transplanted West Texan living on the edge of semi-profoundly rural Georgia, a.k.a. the southernmost edge of the northernmost county in Metro Atlanta.

She has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, but discovered that she hated high school more the second time than she did the first, so she decided to meld her love of technology with her education background and became an Instructional Designer. When not writing articles about how to fire someone without getting sued or why you should really not apply for jobs using your SexxyStud99@aol.com email address, she writes steamy romance novels that feature grown-up Heroes and Heroines.

#WOTR20 #2ndChance #Over40Romance #Review #KU – A Bad Bit Nice, Second Chance Neighbor #1 by Josie Kerr

A Bad Bit Nice (Second Chance Neighbors Book 1) by [Kerr, Josie]

Em Davidson is a curvy, never-married, 43-year-old Internet security analyst who has been working at the wrong job, living in the wrong house, and involved with the wrong man for about 10 years too long. All she wants is a challenging career, her very own home, and an age-appropriate Mister Ideal who will make her toes curl when he kisses her.

Mick Brennan is a bearded, tattooed widower of 20-plus years who thinks, maybe, just maybe, he might be ready to dip his foot back in the dating pool. He might not know exactly what he’s looking for in a relationship, but he knows he doesn’t want a girl half his age.

When Em moves into her dream home, she had no idea that her downstairs neighbor could be her Mister Ideal. When Mick meets his talkative upstairs neighbor, he’s more intrigued by her than he has been in any other woman in two decades.

Can these two lonely people overcome the wounds of their pasts to discover love again?


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I purchased this book.

I saw this cover and was like “HEEEY now” and then read the blurb…don’t judge me!!  Have you seen the cover…YUMMMY!!!  But what stuck out right away for me was the love over 40 and 2nd chance.  I am a total sucker for 2nd chance romances.  I mean doesn’t everyone deserve a 2nd chance in their life????

I enjoyed the story and felt like Em and Mick were really the match the other person.  They complimented the other well and helped them overcome a lot.  Granted, I think Mick sinking into himself after his trauma in his 20’s was way more difficult for him to overcome but Em’s sass and fire was what he needed.  I loved her giving him a kick in the pants which is finally what made him open his heart to what he could have again if he didn’t screw it up.  Mick was the perfect aggressive Alpha that Em needed in her life.  After having a loser for the past 10 years, she needed someone who would fight for her and not fight against her annnd Mick is a fighter!!!

The side plots revolving around Rory and Audrey were hilarious!!  Those two are going to be a fun read that’s for sure.  They won’t admit anything, but both want everything the other has to offer.

My old issue with the book was there were times I felt like I was being “Told” the story vs being “shown” the story.  AS the book got deeper into the story, I found it was better and less telling.  Another issue I had were sometimes the book in the beginning felt a bit choppy. But again, once the book got going it seemed to flow better.

Josie Kerr is a transplanted West Texan living on the edge of semi-profoundly rural Georgia, a.k.a. the southernmost edge of the northernmost county in Metro Atlanta.

She has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, but discovered that she hated high school more the second time than she did the first, so she decided to meld her love of technology with her education background and became an Instructional Designer. When not writing articles about how to fire someone without getting sued or why you should really not apply for jobs using your SexxyStud99@aol.com email address, she writes steamy romance novels that feature grown-up Heroes and Heroines.