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Trail of the Raven, Haiti by Chip Davis Reviewed

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Trail of the Raven, Haiti by Chip Davis Reviewed

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Jack’s life consisted of new schools, in new towns, with the same old problems. The pattern continued until he saw Ana deep in the woods. Through Ana, Jack developed a keen interest in learning who he was and where he came from, his ancestors. “The best way to learn about your ancestors is to put yourself in the same environment they were in. It isn’t enough to know what they did. If you really want to know them, you need to learn about what shaped them into who they were.” Those were Ana’s words. Her death left Jack with the realization that he knew little of this amazing woman who was his adopted mother. The first step of Jack’s quest takes him to the last place she visited before his adoption, the island of Haiti. New friends, unexpected events, and the island itself give Jack a greater understanding of Ana and ultimately himself. Come with Jack as he begins his Journey.

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my thoughts

The first thing that this book had me curious was the cover. It looks so much like my distant childhood including all the colors that it bring literally and figuratively. At first I thought Raven pertains to the bird and that this is some YA fantasy. Of course, I realized how badly I was mistaken immediately after reading the blurb.

Trail of the Raven is a book of a wonderful adventure of a guy named Jack. And this is not only a book for young adults but for adults and young at heart alike. The book was very soulful. It’s like witnessing Jack first hand go through all the adventures and imagine with him how Ana went through one. The words were smoothly weaved together that everything comes alive at every line I read as I go through the pages. It’s been ages since I’ve read an adventure book and even longer since I enjoyed one. Jack and his story was very different and original from all others that I’ve read before. There’s beauty in the way he (and Ana) showed life through the adventure he went through. Seeing life through Jack and Ana reminded of Huck and Jim from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Both of them are kind of book that you’ll enjoy reading in your younger years and will definitely see it in another light when you read it once you are older and feel the adventure as you read along.

Aside from the fact that this book doesn’t have a boring moment, the characters are pretty well described and alive too. Aside from Ana Raven and Jack, my favorite character would be little Ana, the physician’s daughter. She’s so full of life and innocence that only girls her age could bring. I’ve always had this notion that if you truly want to see the beauty of life, you should look at it trough the eyes of a child. And looking at it through Ana’s eyes and how bubbly she was, feels so endearing I can’t help smiling every time her name was mentioned.

I also like the growth of Jack’s character not only physically but more importantly intellectually and socially throughout the book. And there’s the bonus that there is a possible romance that might bloom between him and Annie. It was mentioned like the author only had a slip about it but it’s also undeniable that the connection was there. And I think that was what made it more exciting.

Lastly, I have to mentioned a few things that had me concerned. The book as a whole was great and I truly enjoyed every bit of it. Moreover, it was nothing like I expected (and I mean just witty and funny), more than the fun and the humor, the story was also very inspiring. Jack and Ana’s effort to help other people was very moving.

But alas, I’m still curious about the Aunt, the Mom, the money and the pirates. The Aunt and the mom sound pretty greedy I don’t think they’ll stop just like that after the reading of the will. What happened to them? I feel like the aunt was someone who’ll cause a huge ruckus and scandal for the sake of the money. The Uncle too, he sounded more soft-hearted than the aunt, didn’t he voiced any concern, well wishes or something alike after learning something good happened to Jack? The money. I know it was mentioned where the money came from but what I’d really like to know how she (Ana) got it. A treasure is not something you can just walk away with without some legalities and a few troubles. And I assume there’s a Finacial Analyst/Manager of some sort that keeps track and handles money, where should it be put so it keeps growing. Definitely that’s not Chad since he was the lawyer.

Aside from these things, I can honestly say that Trail of the Raven, Haiti was such a wonderful and awesome read and I advice that you grab it too. Whether you are a young adult, an adult or someone young at heart, I’m sure you will enjoy reading it. I look forward to where the Raven’s Trail will bring Jack next.

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Chip discovered a passion for travel as a boy when his family moved from Arkansas to Kenya for two years as missionaries. He continued moving regularly as an adult, working construction jobs across several states, until having two school-aged sons dictated that he settle down. Fast forward through 15 years of structural design, the boys are grown and it is time to travel once again.

Chip’s dream is to become like Jack, the main character in his books. He will be traveling, learning new cultures and places, and looking for ways to help people along the way. This, in turn, will fuel the books to come.

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Lone Star Burn 2: Tycoon Takedown by Ruth Cardello

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Release: March 10, 2015

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Ruth Cardello’s second steamy and sensual book in the Lone Star Burn series may leave you blushing.

Melanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame that he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and sizzling detour.

Charles Dery is at the top of his game, but all he can think about is bedding the woman he was asked to protect. When she’s almost killed, he takes what he’d been denying himself and discovers he’ll do anything to keep her—even break his own rules.

When it comes to love, two wrongs may just finally make a right.

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my thoughts

This second installment to the Lone Star Burn book is definitely one hell of a hot great read. I love every moment I had in the book. And if I may say so, I think Ruth Cardello outdid herself once again.

Charles gives me a picture of a cowboy in suit by the end of the book. It’s a picture I just can’t get off my head after reading everything he was and after everything that he did for Melanie. Love may not heal all wounds but love definitely can help you move forward, open new doors and look at everything in a new perspective. And having that can help you heal. I love that this book didn’t show a perfect Charlie, but showed how flawed he is and how he worked on getting himself better or at least working to find the old him. The one that Sarah keep saying to be a really big softie inside. I almost didn’t believe her. But Charlie showed me that he was.

Melanie on the other hand has her own baggage and a past that she needed to deal with. What I love about her was the spunk and beautiful heart that she have inside hidden underneath all that tough exterior. I love how she love her son so much she would not compromise anything for his happiness. Even if it was her happiness at risk. Her protectiveness for her son was such a beautiful thing it gives me a window to look at how beautiful and hard and challenging it must have been to be a mom. I like how she saw her faults and made her way to make up for them even having a clean slate with her parents. The deal with Jace father was somehow heartbreaking almost made me cry.

Jace on the other hand was full of innocence of his age it was endearing and hilarious at the same time. I think I love him most out of all the characters. And it will definitely not be the same if you take his character out of the picture.

Mason, David and Dean together made me curious. How did they get along when put together given their differences? Add Tony to the loop and it’s hot alpha male-senator-cowboys-playboys in a minx you don’t often see.

I almost forgot how Sarah’s character was and in here, I saw how beautiful her positivity was. And like what Melanie said, I just wish that she won’t let anything change her. She and Melanie together made a balance that makes a perfect tandem not only in reigning hot cowboys but men in general.

The novel was full of drama, sexiness and humor that once you start reading, there is no stopping until you reach the end. The romance,, love and challenges contained within its pages was so heart warming I couldn’t ask for more. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one in the series. So if you haven’t started reading it yet, I strongly suggest you do.

Masks Series #4: Poker Face by Melissa Pearl Release Blitz

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POKER FACE BY MELISSA PEARL

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When Caitlyn Davis agreed to work with the FBI, she never imagined it would lead to her own kidnapping. But her special ability to read people’s emotions and decipher the truth has attracted the unwanted attention of Santiago Gomez, a rich casino owner who intends to use Caity’s talent to further his own business.

Eric Shore knew Caity didn’t want to break up with him; her scribbled note left on his bed gave him a snippet of the truth she’d been hiding. Still reeling from his brush with death and the loss of his beloved grandfather, Eric throws himself into searching for his girl.

With help from his reemerged father and a rogue FBI agent, Eric follows a tenuous lead to Las Vegas, not caring that his rescue attempt could bring him face-to-face with the same man who killed his grandfather and wants him dead as well.

While Caity fights to survive the horrors of her slavery, Eric is thrust into a dangerous world that could cost him his life, along with Caity’s.

The Masks Series is now complete. All books are available.
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Poker Face

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my thoughts

For someone who’s not really into New Adult Romance, Melissa Pearl has shown me a new faced of this genre with her fabulous writing. This series, especially this last book in the series will take you to a new world not only with Caity’s Power but it lets you see how this world is not all bed and roses and will make you thing what might be happening behind the scenes.

Melissa Pearl did a wonderful job in writing a page turner, breath catching, heart pounding suspense with this book. It’s been a while since I was able to hold a book that will make me awake from 12am until three in the morning because I can’t stop turning the page until I finally know what will happened. She will take you to a journey with her characters that will make you see how beautiful your life is despite the ups and down that you might be going through.

The best part of this novel and for me it is also what sets it apart to other novel of this genre was the way the author wrote the ending for the characters. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you but for me, there is no better way to end it than the way she did. It’s more realistic, more believable, more easy to relate to. It truth, I spent a couple of minutes thinking whether I liked how it ended but after flashing back to everything that happened it the series, I just have to commend Melissa Pearl for writing and ending it, the way it did.

The romance, the suspense, that gut wrenching thrill of this adventure with Eric and Caity, there’s just no word to describe it… you have to read the book yourself and experience the ride to feel how it felt. I was so immerse into the story that it didn’t not feel like I was reading it, it felt like was there, being an spectator as each page unfolds it all.

This book had me totally, and definitely in love with the craft that is the writings of Melissa Pearl!

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Romantic Suspense to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming out in 2015.


“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart Reviewed

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If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton’s house, you can be sure of two things: she’ll feed you until you’re ready to bust and she’ll love you before you even realize you’re worthy of it. She’s spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.

But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960’s is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her mistakes, her fears, and her impossibly difficult heart break, Betty strives to teach them all what it means to truly love.

my thoughts

“I know it’s hard to believe, but I spent more years being Willow like. I just woke up one day and decided it was exhausting being mad all the time. It’s easier to send love out into the world, because most of the time that’s what comes back to you.”

The words above were words spoken by Betty to Willow (Settling Score). It was then, that I said to myself, I know there’s more to Betty’s life that’s needed to be unearthed. Before I read Betty’s story, apologized in advance for the tears that I might shed. The thing is, I am not someone who cries easily. But then, it’ll probably take someone with a heart of stone not to shed a single tear once you dive in her life story.

The truth is, as a person living in another country, another continent, I only have known about the black and white racial issues through history class, movies and books. But as a person living in a third world country, I have come across racial discrimination a few times. Not as much and as hard as Betty did, but this book have made me see and feel how hard life must have been back in the sixties.

Reading Flowers in the Snow have made me appreciate Betty’s character all the more. Understanding what she went through and what made her turn to be the woman she is today takes a lot of loving, patience and hard work. But knowing what happened back in her day made me understand that her character was not someone impossible. You just need to be someone who chose to be in control of your actions, reactions, emotions and view of life and people around you. She actually remind me of my grandmother. They don’t share the same past but they share this overwhelming trust to the good of mankind and open her heart to everybody and accept them for what they are.

I could almost imagine myself being among the people sitting at her porch listening as she told her story. Her bravery and courage have inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and work on achieving them. The way she moved through her life and get to where she is made me took a pause and look at life in another perspective. Where I felt anger, she gave forgiveness. When I thought she should just give up, that was where she stood stronger.

It was such an emotional journey that it was like riding a roller coaster. Just when you thought you got the hang of it, it would go to another loop and descend with such a speed you just have to close your eyes and hold your breath until the moment it felt safe to open them again and breath properly. There’s really no way to describe the story, and no way to tell how great it was. What you need is to read it yourself and share the journey.

Once again, Danielle Stewart topped herself with this novel. Where other authors felt that sewing together a bunch of sex scenes makes a novel and call it a story, she made a difference by writing something of her own. Something inspiring, something beautiful that a reader like me is lost for words and  takes a moment after reading it to bask in the beauty of real literature. I think that’s exactly the reason I kept coming back for more and couldn’t wait until I read the next one.

Flowers in the Snow is a sure winner. It not only tells a story of love, but also of forgiveness, of moving on, of standing up for what you believe in and fighting for the people you care about. Every piece of Danielle Stewart is not only about reading a great book, but also about learning something or realizing some things we usually just take for granted.

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I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and four year old son. I work hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry.

Other Books by the Author

Piper Anderson Series:
Book 1: Chasing Justice (FREE)
Book 2: Cutting Ties
Book 3: Changing Fate
Book 4: Finding Freedom
Book 5: Settling Scores
Book 6: Battling Destiny

Piper Anderson Extras:
Choosing Christmas – Holiday Novella – Chris & Sydney’s Story
Saving Love – Follow up of Chris & Sydney
Betty’s Journal – Bonus Material (suggested to be read after Book 4 to avoid spoilers)

The Edenville Series:
Book 1: Flowers in the Snow (Betty’s Book)

The Clover Series:
(Book 1 & 2) Half My Heart & Change My Heart (FREE)
(Book 3) All My Heart
(Book 4) Facing Home

The Andrades #3: Maximum Risk by Ruth Cardello Reviewed

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MAXIMUM RISK by RUTH CARDELLO

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Max Andrade: Rich, bold, unapologetic. He is a man who doesn’t hear the word no until he meets Tara. In his obsession to have her, he’ll offer her anything except his heart.
Tara Holmes: Outspoken, hardworking, levelheaded. She makes her living by exposing unfaithful spouses. She doesn’t believe in love, especially not with a man who sees her as nothing more than a challenge.
When Madison D’Argenson hires Tara to uncover the truth about Aunt Patrice, Tara is pulled into Max’s world.
How far would you go to help a man who doesn’t want to be helped?
And how long would you give yourself over to the pleasure of his touch if you knew it would end as soon as he discovered your lie?
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In Come Away with Me, that journey to Isola Santos where all four of the brothers made a truce made me see Max as a ray of sunshine between the four of them. Maybe it was because he always tried so hard to break the tension with his carefree attitude. In home to me, I’ve seen him as someone who seems to be running away from something. Like when things gets tense his immediate reaction was to check where the exits are and which one of them would be his easiest escape. In the start of this book, I felt lonely on how he had become, he was detached, cold and he seemed to have lost all his faith in humanity. It was both heartbreaking and annoying. Heart breaking because it was such a sad way to live a life. Annoyed because I believed he was better than that and the way he was thinking had me disappointed… So disappointed that if I could, I would get inside the book and slap him awake.

Then came Tara… and things started to change.

Tara was almost just like him, she have lost her faith in men. The difference though was that she can still see love exist when it is shown in front of her and believe that not everyone is the same. I like Tara’s character, the way she tried to stick to her beliefs and said no to Maddie in continuing what she asked her to do – which is we all know, denying Maddie what she wants ain’t easy, the way she braved walking away from Max when there was nothing else she could do.

As I read along, I love how Max slowly turned back to the man I believe him to be. Which was a great relief because his stubbornness is something that is hard to contend with. I like how each of the brothers have slowly learned to reach out. I guess that made it true that love can heal wounds. The tension building up as I go reading through the story made me anxious. Family feud is really a messy business and no doubt that Maddie take to be her responsibility to make it messier. Most of the time, I wish something would happned that will show Maddie how wrong she had been about Patrice, but it felt wrong to see Maddie being wrong about her intuition and really, I don’t what to see her faith on her family shattered. Maddie had me torn and confused and guessing too about what might everyone be hiding and why all the tension. As it is, the answer is still out there waiting to be uncoverd and knowing that Alethea had a part in uncovering that made me all the more look forward to what’s in store on the next book.

Aside from all the Andrade tension, the building romance between Max and Tara had me in a roller coaster. I loved the part where Tara saw Max in better light on that drunken night… how Max made Tara find herself once again, how they both pick up their selves and learn how to trust people again.

And of course, I can’t forget about the minor characters. I think how the minor characters play a great value of giving the story a whole new light is what Ruth’s books set it apart. This time around it was waffles. Waffles and pies always make everybody happy. I think that’s something I will never forget. It was simple, non-sense,  yet it made sense. And I know it was what made Max see sense too.

The Max in the end of this story is someone who made me feeling proud, happy and satisfied on how he turned out to be.

To an Andrade, family is everything. And I believe there’s a lot more about that everything that we are yet to uncover in the next book and of course from Maddie. Because Maddie will always be Maddie. She can be too much to handle at times, but in the end you can’t help loving her for the way that she is and the way the she loves her family. And hey, I still want to know and is looking forward to what happened to the matchmaking bets between the ladies.

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Fever (A Songbird Novel) by Melissa Pearl: Release Day Blitz + Review & Giveaway

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Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she’s often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.

Can one voice really have that much of an impact?

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicao, the only this he wants to do is finish school and get on with this life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate’s gorgeous girlfriend who’s just arrived from LA – Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.

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my thoughts

This has been another great read from Melissa Pearl. I’m not a fan of love triangles because for me, love triangle will never have a happy ending. How can it be a happy ending when there’s someone left in the end? As I dive into the book, my main thought was “how will Melissa Pearl get her charactersn out of this love triangle trap?’ Page after page, it’s like going into the edge waiting for the verdict. And I must say I was impress at how she did it. No making the other person in the love triangle (David)  a bad one by means of making him a cheater in the end. Instead, she gets into the phase of showing the reader how the two of them trap themselves in the relationship in the first place that doesn’t really have love but security. Then she went into the process of introducing the characters and making the readers get to know them in a way that you’ll see how they are not really the one for each other.

This book also shows the realistic fact that someone is always bound to get hurt in the end in this kind of relationship and that’s one of the things that I appreciated in this novel. The hardship that Cole went through in restraining himself as not to hurt his friend even if it cause him to be hurting was also another admirable phase of this story. I also like how there’s a couple of friends for Ella to show her what it’s like to face herself without judgement and only ultimate support.

It was an awesome experience to see another face of Melissa Pearl’s craft as a writer in this New Adult Contemporary Romance.

Four-half-stars

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Blackjack and Moonlight by Magdalen Braden : Reviewed + Giveaway

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Blackjack & Moonlight by Magdalen Braden
Series: The Blackjack Quartet, #3
Publication Date: May 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Sex v. Love—a battle in the courtroom and the bedroom!

Hotshot litigator Elise Carroll doesn’t have time for romance—she wants to make partner at her Philadelphia law firm. Despite her mother’s urging, Elise avoids settling down by keeping her relationships short and sexy. Her idea of a perfect date? Beer and pretzels at a Phillies game.

When Jack “Blackjack” McIntyre—Philly’s super-sexy new judge—falls for Elise in court, she’s horrified. He “claims” to be in love with her—but that can’t possibly be true. He doesn’t give up trying to wine and dine her, though, so she devises a new scheme. Like all men, surely he’ll leave after a short and sexy fling.

Only problem—Blackjack refuses to sleep with her! They compromise—she’ll go on his romantic dates if he’ll alternate them with her “just sex” dates. Their contract works surprisingly well—until Elise can no longer find the line between love and sex.

Can Elise get her life back where she wants it—in a partner’s office? Or will Jack McIntyre use his superpowers to win their contest of wits?

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“Hey, it’s my favorite client.” Elise Carroll grinned and dropped her briefcase so she could scoop DeeDee, her secretary’s four-year-old, into her arms.

Kim looked up from a file open on her desk, her cheeks striped by dried tears. “Can you play with her for a couple minutes?”

Uh-oh. More domestic drama—the last thing Kim needed. “Okay, but I cannot be late for that man.” Elise walked into her office. With the door open, Kim would be able to watch her daughter from across the hall.

“What man, Auntie Leese?” DeeDee asked, her corn-silk hair glinting under the office lights.

Elise pointed at the magazine on her desk. “Him.”

DeeDee reached for Philadelphia Magazine, the cover showing a handsome man in a black robe. The headline read, “Philadelphia’s Newest—and Sexiest—Judge” and beneath that, in smaller letters, “Blackjack McIntyre moves from the US Attorney’s office to his own district court.”

“Who’s dat?” DeeDee inspected the photo.

Elise laughed. “Just the latest guy to think a black robe makes him right all the time.” She set DeeDee down on the carpeted floor. “You want to color, sweetheart?”

“Sure!”

Elise pulled some paper out of the recycling bin, and after checking what was printed on it, spread it out on the floor, blank sides up. She found the crayons she kept in her desk for DeeDee’s visits.

She checked her watch. “Oh, lord, look at the time. If I don’t leave immediately I’ll be late for him.” She pointed at Blackjack McIntyre, scowling at her from the cover of the magazine.

Kim grinned. “I can’t wait to hear all about it. Details, I want all the details. Is he as good-looking as in his press conferences?”

“Not you too.” Elise threw the magazine onto Kim’s desk. Jack McIntyre’s blue-black hair and chiseled jaw mocked her from the cover. Superman in a judicial robe. “I don’t plan to be there long enough to look at him. Five minutes, tops. He grants my motion, and I’m out of there.”

“Oh, please. You know he’s seriously hunky. And the article says he’s not dating anyone at the moment.”

“Well, based on the women he’s been seen with, I’m not his type. Good thing because I have no interest in dating him or anyone else right now. I want to focus on making partner. And you’d better focus on getting your daughter to day care.”

Another check of the watch. Shit. There’d better be a cab downstairs or she’d be late.

On her way back into her office, Elise looked at the papers on the floor. DeeDee had drawn a figure in black. Either it was the Honorable Jack McIntyre or a vampire bat. Hard to tell.

 

my thoughts

 

Blackjack and Moonlight’s story was heart touching romantic read. Blackjack made me think of a gallant knight in a judge’s robe. The way the two of them met was hilarious and funny. I’m sure it’s met to be romantic too but as cynic as I am like Elise, I found it a little bothering that he fell in love with her at first sight. But then, there’s no proof that it’s not possible in real life so I don’t really know what to feel about it. For a hero though, Jack was bemusing. It’s as though he was born in the wrong era but that alone made him swoon worthy and lovable.

Elise on the other hand was a force to reckon with. Brilliant lawyer and love cynic, I actually found myself excited on what Jack will do to turn the tables around. Though I must say that the pace was a little bit slow for me. Or maybe I’m just dying to know how Jack will make Elise fall in love with him that I felt that the story was going a bit slow.

The plot itself however was really good. For once, it’s nice to see a man doing all the effort to actually have the woman fell for him. It’s almost always, ‘I’m into the sex not romance kind of guy’ heroes that heroine needed to tame and change their mind so now that the wheel is reversed, I must say I really enjoyed reading the book.  I don’t think that the courtroom will ever be the same again for me after reading Jack and Elise’ story.

four star

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MagdalenBraden

After pairing up lawyers romantically in her head for fifteen years, Magdalen Braden traded in her job as an attorney to set her inner matchmaker free. Today she draws on her past adventures in a Philadelphia law office to write her sexy contemporary romance series, The Blackjack Quartet.

Blackjack & Moonlight, the third installment in the series, was a finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest in 2012. All four books contain love, romance, and a solid dose of legal humor.

Magdalen connects with readers at her local satellite of the Lady Jane’s Salon® reading series, and with fellow writers at her Romance Writers of America® chapter.

When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her crossword-loving husband, their Rhody-mix dog, and two omnipresent cats in the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.

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Borrowing Trouble (#12, Texas Trouble) **NEW RELEASE ON 5/26/14**
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Carrie Collins has been trying to hold it together for three years, since her husband Sean was killed in the line of duty during an undercover drug operation gone bad. If that and the mountain of bills she was left with weren’t bad enough, her son becomes mixed up with the wrong crowd at school. Carrie feels like a failure as a mother, and does the only thing she can think of to fix things, she goes back to her parent’s ranch.
Her dead husband’s best friend, the man accused, but later exonerated of, Sean’s murder shows up at the ranch with his new wife and offers her a break from the kids and the craziness of her life. Carrie is reluctant to accept, but he won’t take no for an answer. She goes to the R & R Ranch, but doesn’t find relaxation there. What she finds is a tall, charismatic ex-rodeo cowboy who not only ties her emotions in more knots than his lasso, he wakes up her dormant libido.
Carrie fights the attraction, because the last thing she needs is a man like Dylan Thomas in her life, a tumbleweed kind of guy who tells her in no uncertain terms he isn’t looking for a relationship. She knows her kids deserve better and so does she. Her kids aren’t there though, and the temporary fantasy he represents becomes too much to resist.
Dylan Thomas wants nothing more than to return to competitive bull riding after an almost career-ending injury landed him at the R & R Ranch teaching rich greenhorns to ride bulls. A year and a half of catering to those wealthy snobs has him bored and restless, until a curvy brunette convinces him it might not be so bad to hang around for a little while longer.
Carrie Collins takes hard to get to an olympic-class level though, and it takes everything in Dylan’s bag of tricks to get close to her. When things finally heat up between them, he finds out there are a couple of things she hasn’t told him about. Like the two kids she has who show up at the ranch, and the job she has accepted there.
His temporary fling with the cute ranch guest suddenly gets a lot more complicated and permanent. Especially when former associates of her son turn up at the ranch demanding money she doesn’t have. Dylan knows then he’s borrowed a helluva lot of trouble he didn’t need in his life by getting involved with her, but when the opportunity to leave presents itself, how can he leave her in danger?
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The loud, throaty rumble of an engine reached Carrie Collins inside the barn and her eyebrows knotted. She laid the saddle blanket back on the shelf, and dusted her hands on her jeans as she walked to the door. Shielding her eyes, she looked at the road to see who was paying them a visit. Maybe it was one of her mother’s friends from church, she thought, but then a slick, black motorcycle emerged from the trees onto the gravel drive leading up to the house and she realized she was very wrong. Neither rider wore a helmet, both wore bandanas instead. One rider was in black leather and the other in white.
 
Concern shot through her, and Carrie considered going back inside to get the shotgun her daddy kept in the office, just in case, but the kids and her daddy were in the house. He could see her from there and she knew he must hear the loud engine too. She walked out of the barn to stand under the tree and wait for them to make it to the barn.
 
The bike stopped, and the driver put down the kick stand. He leaned down to fiddle with something at the side of the bike and she noticed the pattern on his bandana said Groom of Doom interspersed with hearts over crossed bones. Cute, but definitely not bad ass, she thought, feeling a little better about her mysterious visitors. A man wouldn’t wear a bandana like that if he was a bad guy, would he?
 
From the curves the white leather suit hugged, it was obvious his passenger was a woman. She swung her long leg over the back of the bike and stood. Carrie squinted and made out that the wording on her white bandana that said Bitchin’ Bride. The man on the front of the bike looked back up, and his sunglasses were gone. Recognition hit her between the eyes and Carrie gasped. “Trace…”
 
His jaw tightened, accentuating the scar on his left cheek, which he had to have gotten in prison. Trace Rooks was still handsome as sin, but he looked rougher, tougher and much harder than he had when she saw him last in court. When they convicted him of killing her husband, Sean. Heat shot up her throat and gathered as pressure behind her eyes. Trace hadn’t killed Sean, she reminded herself, shoving the old bitterness she’d lived with for three years away. Sean’s other best friend, Seth Copeland, had not only killed Sean, he had set Trace up for the crime.
 
Seth was in jail now, and Trace was free. But it was obvious from the look in his haunted eyes that Trace wasn’t free at all. Not any freer than she was.
 
The woman with him glanced at Trace, before quickly walking over to Carrie to extend her hand. “I’m Ronnie Win—“ she started, then a fleeting smile curved her red lips. She glanced back at Trace again, then corrected, “Ronnie Rooks.”
 
“That’ll take some getting used to,” Trace said with a laugh as he got off the bike and walked over to drape an arm around Ronnie’s shoulders. “Ronnie and I got married in Vegas.”
 
Married? Trace Rooks? The man her husband said was a world-class player who would probably never get married was married to none other than the Shark Lady. The woman who had represented him during his trial, and recommended a plea deal that sent him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. At the time, Carrie thought the slick attorney was brilliant, that she would get him off scot free. To Carrie, even the three year sentence the judge handed down was pretty damned close to getting him off scot free. But Trace evidently thought otherwise, because on his way out of the courtroom he had threatened to strangle this woman. And now they were married. Unbelievable.
Her eyes locked with the woman beside Trace and Ronnie Rooks full red lips curved to spotlight her perfect white teeth. Carrie ran her hand over her own hair, which she’d done nothing to except pull back in a haphazard ponytail that morning. She hadn’t worn makeup since Sean died three years ago, so she knew she must look a mess in comparison to the striking woman. “Wow,” was all Carrie could push past her frozen vocal chords.
 
Trace hugged Ronnie to his side. “The honeymoon is over and Ronnie has an election to win,” Trace informed with a surprising smile for the beautiful redhead. “But I wanted to stop by to check on you and the kids. I’ve uh, been meaning to do that for a while.”
 
What Carrie wanted was to get Trace out of there. His stopping by, or worrying about her at all was astonishing to her. She was embarrassed at the nasty things she’d said to him at the courthouse as they led him off to jail. Those words should have assured she would never see him again. But here he was. Typical Trace. He never knew when to leave well enough alone. Even though he’d been a player, he was a good man. It was the reason he had been Sean’s best friend. When someone needed help, Trace was always there. He was the one who should be wearing the white leather suit.
 
Well, Carrie didn’t want his chivalry or his concern. She’d been doing just fine on her own for three years now. Seeing him just reminded her of Sean, dredged up old memories she had been trying to bury since her husband died. The kids would feel the same. Chris and Izzy had enough problems right now, and so did she.
 
Carrie sucked in a breath and forced a smile. “Oh, that’s sweet, Trace, but I’m fine—”
 
His eyes narrowed. “It’s obvious that you’re not fine, Carrie,” he grated. “Seth might be an asshole, but he didn’t lie about what was going on with you. You moved out here because the kids were out of control, and you lost your house. I want to help you, if you’ll let me.” Trace’s eyes fell to her left hand, and Carrie hid it behind her back. “It’s been three years since Sean died, and you’re still wearing your wedding ring?” he asked incredulously.
 
Because in her mind she was still married to him. The man she had dated in high school then married when she was eighteen had been the love of her life. Yeah, they’d had their problems, but Carrie knew Sean would always be there for her. Unless he was working, which he did most of their married life. Or he did something stupid. Like get himself killed.
 
Anger and grief warred inside of her and Carrie spun the ring around her finger with her thumb. Trace Rooks of all people knew how much she loved Sean, how much he had meant to her. He had been Sean’s best friend and the best man at their wedding. Him questioning her about still wearing her ring, like she didn’t have a right to do that, pissed her off. She didn’t owe him or anyone else any explanations about how she handled her grief. “I don’t want any help,” Carrie said firmly.
 
His arm fell from around Ronnie’s shoulder, and his hands clenched into fists at his side. “Well that’s too damned bad, you’re getting it,” he said taking a step toward her. It’s the summer, so the kids are out of school right?”
 
Carrie’s neck rocked back on her shoulders to meet his eyes. What the hell did that matter? “Yeah, they’re out of school. Why?”
 
“You ever hear of the R & R Ranch?” Trace asked.
 
Ranch? That place was a spa for rich people who were looking for adventure. Not somewhere she would ever visit in this lifetime. “Yeah, I’ve heard of it.”
 
“The owner is a friend of Ronnie’s and we’ve made arrangements for you to go there for a week. You need a damned break. Ronnie and I will keep Chris and Izzy for the week,” he said. The woman beside him gasped, and Trace glared down at her, before looking back at Carrie. “I want to see them anyway.”
 
Before Sean’s death, Trace had been a fixture in her kid’s life. She had tried to shield them from the ugliness of the murder trial, because they considered him an uncle, but Chris knew. She couldn’t keep him away from the television when the trial was going on. The more he watched behind her back, the angrier and more withdrawn he became. Carrie hadn’t had a chance to talk to her son since Trace had been cleared. “Um, that’s probably not a good idea.”
 
“Why the hell not? I want to talk to him.”
 
Carrie didn’t miss the hurt in Trace’s tone. He loved her kids as much as Sean had, but they didn’t feel the same now. Because Carrie hadn’t had time to talk to them. “Chris doesn’t know you’ve been cleared,” she admitted looking away.
 
“Why haven’t you told him?” he demanded.
 
Carrie heard the unmistakable sound of a pump shotgun being racked and spun toward the barn door. Her tall, lanky thirteen-year-old son stood there with her father’s shotgun to his shoulder, eyeing down the sight at Trace.
 
“Get out of here murderer,” he growled trying to sound fierce, but his voice trembled.
Fear shot to her throat. Carrie swallowed it down and tried to force calm into her tone, “Chris, put the shotgun down.”
 
It was true. Chris was out of control, but she had no idea how to help him. Counselors hadn’t worked, suspension from school for smoking pot hadn’t worked, grounding for the summer hadn’t worked. Moving away from the nasty group of friends he’d been hanging out with at the old house hadn’t worked. Carrie was afraid he was going to end up dead or in jail if she didn’t do something. She just didn’t know what to do. He needed a man in his life, a good man other than her father who was just too old to deal with teenagers any more.
 
Trace stepped forward and spread his arms. “Shoot me,” he invited and Ronnie and Carrie gasped at the same time. “If it will make you feel better and you think it will bring your daddy back, just do it, kid. I loved him too, and I love you.”
 
Carrie thought Trace must’ve lost his mind. The gun shook in Chris’s hand, and she thought he might do accidentally shoot him. Trace was even bolder though, he showed no fear as he took a step around her, then another toward Chris. Carrie saw Chris’s eyes fill, but his grip on the gun got tighter. His finger moved into the well of the trigger.
 
“I love you, Chris. I want to help you,” Trace said taking another step toward him. “I didn’t kill your daddy.”
 
“They sent you to jail. You killed him!” Chris said in a higher voice.
 
“Seth Copeland killed him,” Trace countered taking another step toward him. “Ask your mother,” he said gruffly shooting a glare over his shoulder at Carrie.
 
“It’s true, honey,” Carrie said with a waver in her voice. “He’s in jail, and Uncle Trace has been cleared. It was all a mistake.”
 
Chris swung his eyes toward her, then back to Trace. The barrel of the gun lowered a few inches, and his shoulders relaxed a little. Carrie’s did too, but Izzy picked that moment to run around the side of the barn yelling her brother’s name. Chris tensed again and swung the gun in Izzy’s direction. Carrie screamed, Ronnie gasped, and as if in slow motion Trace shot forward to tackle him around the waist.
 
The gun exploded and Carrie squeezed her eyes shut, because she just couldn’t look. Her ears rang as the sound reverberated through the trees, and she prayed that she hadn’t just lost her daughter too.
 
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Ready or not, Dylan didn’t leave or back off. His heat surrounded her, as his body crowded her from behind. His fingers brushed her skin as he pushed her hair aside to lean over her shoulder. He stuck his nose into the crook of her neck and inhaled deeply, then hovered here a moment with his hot breath tickling the shell of her ear. The richer, deeper timber of his voice vibrated through her, as he finally asked, “You like to bake. Is that why you smell like sugar cookies?” Electricity zipped down her spine when his lips touched down briefly on a spot right behind her ear. Carrie shivered and he laughed.
 
“Or do you just wear the dough behind your ear to tease me, because you know I have a weakness for sugar cookies?” After a final flick of his hot, wet tongue, he moved away. Cool air hit the wet imprint left by his mouth, and Carrie shivered. Her nails curled into her palms, and she sucked in a breath when they scraped her burn. The spatula clattered to the stove, and she sucked the fleshy pad at the side of her palm into her mouth.
 
Dylan grabbed her hand to inspect it. “Did you burn yourself?” he asked with concern. “We need to take you to the med shack and get Terri to bandage it. I was headed out there when I heard the smoke alarm, but I didn’t see her out there.”
 
“It’s fine,” Carrie said tugging her hand away. He didn’t let it go. Instead, he brought it to his mouth and kissed it slowly as he held her gaze. Carrie licked her lips, tasting the sugar cookies she had to taste test before she put them in the oven. “Um, I, ah…” she stammered, at a loss for words as she stared at the blatant desire in his eyes.
 
“Do you ride?” he asked suddenly.
 
Her dazed mind spun trying to process the words. “Since I could walk,” Carrie replied once she wrapped her mind around what he’d asked.
 
“I have a few days off for my arm to heal. Will you go riding with me this afternoon?
 
You need to relax a little,” he said with a little smile.
 
Carrie didn’t know how spending time with this cowboy would lend itself to relaxation. Every time she got within three feet of him, she was wound tighter than she had been in years. Being alone with him, wouldn’t help her put distance between them. But her mouth opened, and “Yes,” fell out, before she could stop it.
 
She only had two days left here, and she couldn’t resist the opportunity to feel like a desirable woman once more. That’s how he made her feel. Something she hadn’t felt in three years, and wasn’t likely to feel again for a long time after she left this ranch. Dylan made her forget her grief, forget her problems. Carrie knew agreeing to spend time with him was just avoidance. Her problems would still be there when she went back to her parents’ ranch. Right now though, he would help her forget for an afternoon.
 
“Come out to the barn around two, and I’ll have the horses saddled.”
 
“I can help,” she offered, and her gaze fell to his shoulder. “You’re hurt. You shouldn’t be saddling anything. Are you sure you’re okay to ride?”
 
He laughed and his smile broadened. “I could ride with one arm tied behind my back.”
 
“I’ll ride with you, if you let me saddle the horses then,” she propositioned.
 
“Deal,” he replied and his deep voice vibrated along her nerve endings. When he leaned toward her, Carrie held her breath. His lips touched hers, lingered for a second, then with a playful little nip to her lower lip, he stood back up and smiled. “You taste like sugar cookies.”
 
“That’s what the lumps of coal in the trash were,” she replied with an embarrassed laugh.
“Give me some of those beautiful biscuits, and a few of those cupcakes to take back to the bunkhouse with me.” Dylan eyed them over her shoulder. “I’ll make some gravy to go with the biscuits for breakfast.” His tongue made a circuit around his lips, and her eyes were dragged around with it. Heat settled between her legs, and her lips sizzled.
She would give him the whole damned pan if he kissed her again. But he didn’t. He just stood there staring. Waiting. For her to do something. Oh, yeah, ice the cupcakes and wrap up biscuits for him. Heat shot up to her cheeks, and Carrie walked to the refrigerator to get the bowl of icing. She iced the cupcakes, while he leaned against the counter watching her. Moving around him, she brought the bowl to the sink, then opened the cabinet beside it to look for a container. The one she wanted was on the upper shelf, and she couldn’t reach it even on her tip toes. Huffing a frustrated breath, she balanced on her arms, then climbed up on the counter. Sometimes it sucked being short, she thought, as she stood to drag it down from the top shelf. When she turned around to get down Dylan was right there behind her.
 
He smiled up at her and put his hand at her knee. “I couldn’t help you get it down, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t fall,” he informed with a shrug.
 
Carrie eased down to sit on the counter, and he grabbed the container from her to sit it on the counter, before he nudged her knees apart to make a space for his hips. He slid his hands up her thighs to grip her hips, and Carrie’s heart did a leap in her chest. “And I wanted a real kiss. You’re at the perfect height now for that to happen.”
 
His eyes dropped to her mouth, and he licked his lips again. “Kiss me, Carrie,” he invited, not making a move to kiss her. He just waited, while staring at her mouth, which felt like it was on fire. Carrie licked her own lips, then hesitantly leaned toward him, stopping when her mouth was within millimeters of his to catch her breath, to get her out of control heart to slow down.
 
“Kiss me, Carrie,” he whispered again.
 
She put her palms on his bare chest and his heated skin felt like smooth silk under her touch. His warm, musky morning scent enflamed her senses, as she closed the space between them to take a tentative pass over his mouth with hers, then another. That evidently wasn’t enough for him, because his left hand moved up from her hip. He shoved his hand into her hair, cradling her skull to pull her closer, as his mouth devoured hers. He feasted on her lips like they were the best thing he’d ever tasted.
 
His were the best she had tasted in a helluva long time, that was for sure. Minty toothpaste, and the sweetness of the man kissing her flooded her senses. Carrie couldn’t get enough of him. Her hands moved to circle his neck and pull him closer still. He was right, this counter was at the perfect height for kissing and so much more.
 
The inside of her knee brushed the warm skin at his hip, where his pajama pants rode low. Fire shot up the inside of her thigh to her center and she throbbed there in time with her heart. Without conscious thought, Carrie wrapped her legs around his waist to pull him closer to where she needed him. Dylan moaned into her mouth, and his tongue courted hers in time with his hips, as he ground himself into her.
 
His erection hit her in just the perfect spot, and her breath came in short pants as her pleasure inched up with each stroke. When she couldn’t breathe, she dragged her mouth from his and threw her head back. His lips latched onto the side of her neck and he sucked her there. Carrie moaned loudly, thrusting her hips against him, reaching for the release that was just out of her reach. “Oh, God, Dylan…yes, make me come,” she whispered hotly.
 
His fingers dug into her right hip, as he continued to suck her neck. “Lord, woman…I want to fuck you right here on Penny’s counter,” he growled into her ear, increasing the pace of his thrusts.
 
That was the hottest damned thing Carrie had ever heard. The only place she’d ever made love was in the bedroom. Behind closed doors. Most of the time with the kids rattling the doorknob, or yelling for her. Just the naughty image of doing it right here that flickered through her mind, sent her tumbling over the edge.
my thoughts
This book is another good one from Becky McGraw. You can feel the character’s emotions from the onset of the story till the last page. She wrote the characters in a very lively way that it’s like watching a movie play before you. I like the differences in the characters playing in the novel from the main characters to the cameo of the characters from the previous ones. I also like how Carrie’s kids played a role into the story.
The plot was a bit common with regards to cowboy hotmen but then, Becky made it unique with her own writing style of sexy and comical banters between the hero and heroine. It gets a little bit dragging around the middle for me, but otherwise, the story as a whole was written beautifully. It was filled with not only romance, hotness. sexiness but also hilarious, dramatic and thrilling scenes which made it almost complete. I guess I was just hoping for a scene between Dylan and the kids in the end. I know they love Dylan but I was waiting to see how they would react to the news of having him for a Dad. That would have been sweet and touching specially after how he bonded with Chris and Izzy. I would have also  love to see how Izzy held the Judge in her little finger and what caused the laughters instead of being just  told about it. Anyway, I still liked how the story was concluded and I do think that Becky did a great job with “Borrowing Trouble”.
four star
author
 
Becky
McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl
by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with
her husband and dog Abby.
 
A
jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a
beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation
management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a
real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and
writer. She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her
dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a
graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own
cover art, along with writing the novels.
 
Becky
has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and
has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to
the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.
 
She
has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as
technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the
Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the
first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart
Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general
member of FTHRW.
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More Than I Asked For by TJ Tims : Reviewed + Giveaway

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Book One in the More Than DC series by T.J. Tims

Genevieve Westley lives inside of her head. Her only connection to life; her two best friends, her grandparents, and her heart wrenching emotionally driven artwork.

Finally stepping out of her comfort zone, a night out with her friends has her stepping into the arms of Lucas Alexander.

Lucas has been labeled many things; rock star, CEO, devastatingly handsome panty dropper.

When these two collide their electric chemistry has them racing towards their happily ever after, but is that enough?

Secret after secret bombards them, turning Gen’s peaceful existence to chaos and confusion. With more questions than answers will she give it all up or fight, even if it’s more than she asked for?

 

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More Than I asked for is a romantic, funny and sexy romance that you’ll enjoy digging in. I love how TJ Tims incorporated all of the three to arrive at this novel. Both Lucas and Genevieve are easy to feel and relate to even if their families are poles apart.

Aside from the hero and heroine, the brothers and friends of each party are a joy to read about specially Tara and Aryan. This book is like reading about warm friendship and warm family ties that it’s hard to not get touch by it. I also like how the sexual tension was built between Luc and Genevieve. And the way Lucas cares for her was totally endearing.

This first book in the series is really something you couldn’t have anything more to ask for.

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Meet the Author

author picRaised in New Jersey on the shore, TJ began reading romance novels at the age of fourteen when she picked up Elda Minger’s The Dare. From that day forward she hasn’t stopped reading romance novels of all subgenres. While focusing on her career working in a corporate office and reading at night TJ somehow found herself married and pregnant when she paused to breathe between novels. After being laid off and giving birth to her son, she threw herself into being a stay at home mom.

One month her husband was very upset at her for spending forty dollars on books when she became “one click” happy, later that evening when doing the math she realized she spent FOUR HUNDRED dollars on books, silly husband somehow dropped a zero. Destroying the evidence since she was already placed on book probation, TJ decided to think of ways to curb her purchasing. The only way that would satisfy her active mind seemed to be exercising it by writing her own stories. A story turned into a novel, and a novel into a series. During the day TJ focuses on her household that is overrun with testosterone; one beefcake husband, one son that takes after beefcake husband, and two male dogs. In evening she taps away at her keyboard letting her mind play. Be sure to follow TJ on Facebook for any updates. http://www.facebook.com/authortjtims

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Set Me FreeLucy Tate has spent the last 5 years on the run. That is, until she met Zach, the one guy she couldn’t bear to leave even though it could cost both of them their lives.

Hunted by a crooked FBI agent who killed her parents, Lucy has taken on one disguise after the next. But Zach knows exactly who she is and in spite of mounting evidence indicating her guilt in her parents’ death, he knows she’s innocent.

Convinced that it’s time to put her years on the run behind her, Zach and Lucy vow to fight back, clear her name, and take down the real killer.

With support from Zach’s loyal friends and his uncle, an investigative reporter, they set out on a dangerous mission hoping that the truth…will set them free.

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Wow! This conclusion to Lucy’s story had me on the edge. It was full of pulse stopping scenes that I was both scared and excited about how it will all end for Lucy. At every turn of the page, the tension grew more and more that I didn’t even notice I was holding my breath. I immensely enjoyed the book from start to finish.

I must say though that there was something I was looking for when it ended or during that part when Lucy and Tenner met again. During book one, I never really questioned why Tenner was on the hunt for Lucy. I just thought that she’s just a loose end to the whole thing that’s why he wanted her dead. Melissa was smooth that way. But then in this second book as the characters raised that question, I was like, ‘yes why indeed. Maybe there’s another reason for it’. Like Lucy was probably the key to something that will really end it for Tenner. But that confrontation didn’t even came. The scene was fast that it was over before I could even react. I don’t know if I’ll be disappointed or be happy that it finally ended well for Lucy.

 

Other than that, every bit of the book was spectacular. As this is a New Adult which is not usually my genre, I’d say I enjoyed it pretty well. I love that Melissa put that year apart with Zach and  Lucy letting them grow in their own feet. Plus that meant that they went a year older before the book concluded. As always, I find it awkward to read about teenagers or barely adult talking about love in that serious sense. I mean, it always make think ‘if I were seventeen what will I do’. So the added year in the story was totally a plus for me. I also love that this didn’t happen in a short span of time. The time from when Lucy met Zach till it end was long, enough to give me a sense that they really do know that what they feel for each other is real and permanent even if they’re young.

Two thumbs up to Melissa Pearl for this novel. She’s now on my list of author to watch for from this day on.

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MelissapearlMelissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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