Review: I Won't Break - Book #2 My Lea - E. MellyBerry - February 2016 This is the sequel to My Lea and takes place five years after the first book finished and readers , if you have not read the first book - you must do so, before attempting I Won't Break as you will be a bit confused as this is a series that is quite full-on and not just because of the angst but also the storyline and characters are very intense in themselves. To give readers a bit of background, in My Lea - Lea met Andrew and he was a manipulative cold bastard that had perfected his life with having no feelings in order for himself not to get hurt and Lea was your sensitive and naive new adult type girl who had just moved to San Franscisco and fell for Andrew who was her brother's best friend. Now Five years later, Andrew is running his father's business as his Dad has just passed away , he met a new girl Emily and they are engaged - life seems to finally be looking up for him. That is until a blast from his past in the form of Lea comes rolling back into his life and the book is then split into different POV's of both past and present moments. Has life given this pair a second chance or actually in this case ,it's more like a third or fourth ? Can the pair who held so much angst ever actually live HEA or are they just dreaming ? Told in both past and present events, I Won’t Break tests the limit of love when faced with grief and heartbreak, discovers the true power of forgiveness, and explores the meaning of second chances and for those who are triggered by emotional disturbances, then this is a book that will drive you insane with all the angst-filled pages. Think Tessa/Hardin's angst from Anna Todd's After Series and a little bit more as they are older - then you have the Angst level in the My Lea series.
More pain and dramatic events take place in this book. Can
relationships be repaired? At what cost? After all of this, is "happily
ever after" even possible with all of the sadness? Find out all the answers to these questions in I Won't Break by E. Mellyberry - a book that will really show readers how strong love can be even when you are tested to the brink of never coming back from the edge.
Review: Rising Ridge - Alexa Jacobs - October 2015
Growing up in a small community , Olivia spent most of her time with her best friend Elle and her older brother Connor and his friend Dean. The four of them were inseparable until feelings and emotions got stuck between them and three of them stayed at Rising Ridge and Olivia left the town in her midst behind her and headed to New York to gain the adventure and freedom she needed to become herself and be the person she wanted to be instead of following in her parent's footsteps. Olivia is living her life in New York and working at a bank as a cashier when she gets a phone call from her brother Connor that will set her life in a new path and rock her world as her parents have been killed in a car accident. Soon Olivia is face to face again with Dean and old memories start to resurface and with forgotten memories comes high emotions including possibilities of love but can the past two years of unspokeness between Olivia and Dean perish overnight . Will Olivia head back to New York and go back to the way things were and turn her back once again on Rising Ridge and the people who live there or will Dean man up and this time not let Olivia walk out that door once again ?
Find out in this YA/NA crossover from Tragedy comes Love story by Alexa Jacobs.
Having hope was her weakness. If Sadie Mullins hadn’t started to believe in love again, hadn’t let herself fall for him, she wouldn’t be feeling this way. Wouldn’t have her heart breaking. Wouldn’t regret meeting West Montgomery. The cocky bastard should have left her alone, let her forget about him. Let her move on with her life. Of course, he didn’t. That could have been the end of it. Of course, it wasn’t. Damn hope.
*This is Book 2 in the Water’s Edge Series and is a continuation of Sadie and West’s story that began in Wet. This is not a standalone.*
I’m a Southern girl who firmly believes mornings should be outlawed. My perfect day would include lounging on a hammock with a good book, carbohydrates, and the people around me randomly breaking into choreographed song and dance routines. It would not include bacon, cleaning, or anything requiring patience.
Laurel Young needs a plan, and fast. After her reality TV boss has a major meltdown, not-so-funemployment seems inevitable--unless she can pitch the idea of a lifetime. When she sees Flint McKay's audition tape - flannelled, handsome as hell, and building a house with his own two hands - she knows she's found her secret weapon. The women of America are going to love him, especially if she can convince him to try building without the flannel shirt.
Only problem is, Flint didn’t make that tape - and he has zero interest in trading the wilds of Western Massachusetts for the bright lights of Hollywood. But Laurel isn’t the kind of girl to take no for an answer. Soon, she's knee-deep in rustic charm, and getting plenty of hands-on experience. And it turns out, this city girl and country guy may have a few things in common after all, like crazy hot chemistry, a wild side, and a weakness for good whiskey...
But can their behind-the-scenes connection last once the world falls in love with Flint? And will this be the big break both of them need- or leave them in the dirt?
Find out in Lila Monroe’s fun, sexy new novel!
*This is a stand-alone novel with HEA. No cliff-hangers!*
Amazon bestselling author, queen of the short-reads, and expert at playdough, Lila Monroe loves to read and write tales of sexy Billionaires. Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote her first serial, The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
Scott Lucas swore he would never fall in love, especially not with the woman he was currently holding for ransom. But in all honesty, he was halfway there and she made up the difference.Riley Ledger has more spirit than a Ouija Board and more stubbornness than an ox. She can hold her own in a fight and can drink anyone under the table. Her mother's dead, her sister loves her but is ashamed of her, and her father - the sheriff - wants to marry her off to any man that will take her.Enter Reese Hemingway: attractive, rich, and everything Riley hates in the male species.When she's saved from a slap by wanted criminal Scott Lucas, she's more than a little intrigued. He's dirty, dangerous, and mean - unlike any other man she's met before. That's only emphasized by the point he decides to take her hostage. She vows to hate him more than she's hated anything or anyone before. It's a good thing she's not a betting woman.
Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I'm a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says 'like' more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I'm a 26 year old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I'm a writer. Like, for real.
I recently signed with Anchor Group Publishing, which will see two of my series being published this year. I've self-published over 15 books, with more on the way, so I'm familiar with both a hybrid-traditional publishing method as well as self-publishing.
I don't speak in third person (normally) nor do I wear glasses (except when I'm feeling particularly mischievous). I'm lucky to have found my soul mate at the ripe old age of 22, even though he frustrates me on purpose to get a reaction out of me. We live near Disneyland, have two rambunctious female puppies, and have a beautiful baby girl. He has two amazing boys, and has gotten me hooked on Smallville, watching soccer (okay, okay FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona, baby!), and Cancun Juice.
Synopsis: Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.
But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.
Synopsis: You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he's too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?
When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining's corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn't include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.
ABOUT JACKIE KESWICK
Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes and tight cyclist’s butts and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.
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Black Women Finding & Falling in Love -Historically
Speaking by Lena Hart
It’s not a great marvel that black women have always managed
to find and fall in love, despite a moment in history that would prove
otherwise—or the statistics today that would have us believe only a handful of
us ever will.
I started my career writing contemporary romance. In fact,
my first completed romance story was BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME, a modern romance set
in Chicago about broken promises and second chances. But as a romance reader, I
first fell in love with the genre through historical romances—though it wasn’t
until late into my reader-life that I discovered the best-selling,
award-winning pioneer of African American historical romance, Ms. Beverly
Growing up, I knew it was no secret that black men and women
fell in love all the time. I had seen it in enough contemporary romances and
movies to know this. But there was something unique about seeing that kind of
love written in a historical setting. For black women, our history was usually
whittled down to pain, violence, and heartache. But finally, I was exposed to a
history where we were so much more than the pains of our past.
So, full of inspiration and an innate love for history, I
set out to write my first historical romance. In June 2014, I released A SWEET
SURRENDER, in the anthology For Love
& Liberty, about an Afro-Native American healer who falls in love with
a wounded British soldier during the Revolutionary War. The anthology also
featured BE NOT AFRAID by Alyssa Cole about an African woman who joins the
British army in order to gain her freedom from slavery, yet finds both love and
freedom along the way.
In June 2015, I again collaborated with Alyssa and two other
very talented authors to celebrate 150 years of emancipation and freedom. In The Brightest Day, we commemorate
Juneteenth—a time that celebrates the emancipation of all slaves in America—and the wonderful Ms. Beverly Jenkins
provides a foreword explaining the inception and importance of the 150-year-old
For the anthology, we each wrote a story over four different
eras of American history (post-slavery) that featured a strong black woman. In
my novella, Amazing Grace, my heroine
Gracie is torn between fulfilling her promise or following her heart; in Drifting to You by Kianna Alexander,
Rosie finds love and healing in the arms of her sexy suitor; in A Sweet Way to Freedom by Piper Huguley,
Missy teaches her former lover—and the father of her unborn child—just what it
means to love and be loved; and in Let It
Shine by Alyssa Cole, Sofie sets out to make a difference and find love and
redemption along the way.
In each story, we wanted to celebrate the fact that despite
the pain and suffering of our past, black women have a history rich with love,
light, and hope. Long before slavery—and even after it—black women were finding
and falling in love wherever and whenever it came. That is something that
should be shared, experienced, and celebrated always. As a writer, I’m so
honored I get to do that alongside so many talented authors.♥
Lena Hart is a multi-published
author of sensual to steamy contemporary and historical romances. Her stories
are known to include incredible love and unforgettable passion with a flare of
suspense and mystery. When Lena is not busy writing, she’s reading, researching,
or conferring with her muse. To learn more about her work, visit