“STUPID BOY” by Cindy Miles @cindymilesbooks @gcreading #giveaway

Title: Stupid Boy

Author: Cindy Miles

Series: Stupid in Love #2

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY. 

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze–more than ever before.

Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas–she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and–unbeknownst their “mark”–secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.

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By the time I’d finished a very poor attempt at
studying for an Art test and exited the library, the tell-tale signs of pending
dusk had crept onto Winston’s manicured campus. The early November air felt
crisp against my cheeks as it whisked through, rustling the leaves and sending
several pirouetting to the ground to land in scattered colors on the grass like
some strange abstract stained glass. Knowing darkness would soon swallow
everything, I hurried to the campus coffee house and café that stayed open
until midnight. Inside, students sat at tables studying, their laptops open,
the light illuminating their faces and coffee cups by their sides. As I took my
place in line I selected my usual pre-packaged turkey sandwich and a bottle of
lemonade and stood, waiting to pay.
    “That’s all you’re eating?”
    I jumped at the voice behind me and turned to find Kane
there. Instantly, my insides froze. He gazed down at me, his hands shoved into
his pockets, those broad shoulders sort of hunching toward me, almost…cornering
me; his eyes as worn and soft as the leather jacket he wore.
    “Um, yes,” I answered. I gave a hesitant smile. “Not very
hungry, I guess.” What was he doing here? Suddenly I felt closed in—a feeling I
avoided at all costs.
    “So what’s good here?” he asked. His Boston accent was heavy
and void of the letter r, just like
Brax’s, only…softer. Quiet. The kind of voice that you had to pay close
attention to or else you’d miss what they were saying completely.
    I couldn’t believe he was talking to me. I shrugged,
pretended he didn’t bother me, and held up my sandwich. “Turkey?”
    He said nothing as he lifted three turkey sandwiches from
the cooler; his smoky gaze remained riveted to mine. Then, he bent his head
close. “Kane McCarthy.”
    I looked at him then, taken back by how his voice washed
over me and made my skin tingle. I forced myself to breathe; I wasn’t used to
being in this kind of situation. Guys just didn’t go out of their way to talk
to me. I made sure of it. But I didn’t balk. I mean, after all—Kane was my
potential reformation Dare. Right? Murphy’s words rushed back to me. Reform the barmy beast! I breathed.
Smiled. Pretended. “Harper Belle.”
    Again, his eyes softened, and as we stepped up to the
cashier he gave her a nod and inclined his head toward me. Before I could say a
word, the cashier had rung our orders up together, and Kane handed her a
twenty.
    I looked at him, embarrassed. “Oh no, really, that’s okay,
you don’t have to—”
    Kane’s eyes moved over me. “Yeah,” he said quietly. “I do.”
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About Cindy

 

National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.
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Or check out her website: http://www.cindy-miles.com/

 

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Release Day Blitz “CONTRACTUAL” by Alice Tribue

 

 

 

Title: Contractual
Author: Alice Tribue
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. 
 Release Date: January 26, 2015

 

Synopsis

They
told me I’d be an escort; they made it sound so easy.

 

Really I’m just a high priced call girl.

 

Desperation brought me to this and it led me to him, my one and only client.

 

Hating him is easy, he reminds me of my shame.

 

Wanting him is wrong it fills me with guilt.

 

Loving him is a losing battle yet it’s become everything.

 

A gift and a curse, he consumes my every thought and I’d rather play my part in
his bed than to spend one day without him.


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WHAT DID I THINK: 4 OUT OF 5 sTARS

 

I usually stay away from books where the heroine is the escort in the story.  However, this one was more. The heroine is not a whore.

Sage followed her boyfriend and his daughter to New York City from Indiana.  Shortly after arriving to NYC, Sage finds her boyfriend having sex on their bed with a neighbor.  Sage has no job, no money and is being threatened with an eviction.  She sees an ad in the paper for a masseuse.  She thinks she can do it since she took some classes years before.  However, when she goes to the interview, she finds out the position is for more than a masseuse.  It is to be an escort.  However, this is a high-end escort service.  The girl sees only one client at a time.  Sage feels that she has run out of all options and decides to take the job.  Mr. Jackson Stone does not want a commitment.  He is a billionaire and he feels that even when he tells the women he brings home that he wants no commitment; they just ignore him and think they can change his mind.  He decides that he is better to pay a girl to relieve his stress.   He calls his friend from college who runs a high-end escort service and is paired with Sage or “Meadow”.

Jackson Stone is not a nice man.  He told the his friend that he wanted an experienced girl, but instead ends up with Sage who  has Jackson on her first night and is not all that experienced.  Jackson says some hurtful words.  He knows he is not a nice man, but he does not seem to care.  However, as time passes, he keeps calling Sage back.

It took me a few pages to get into this story.  I was afraid at first that it was going to be too wordy.  It is not until 14% or so that the heroine and the hero meet. However, looking back now I understand that the author needed to set everything up.  I needed to really understand the desperation in order to not think badly of Sage.  After that point, I could not stop reading.  It was amazing the way the story developed.  Five stars until we got to 75%.  What do I love in stories???  When the hero grovels.  I love angst in my story, but more than anything I love when the main characters realizes they have made a mistake and grovel.  There was little to no groveling in this one and that is why the story lost a whole star, from 5 stars to 4 stars.  It is not enough to say “I am sorry” and the other character to “okay”.  Not only that but I felt that the hero was making other irrational comments and the heroine just accepting.  I need to know to what depths the hero will go to win the heroine’s heart and in this book after the word “sorry” with a quick acceptance was not enough.

Saying all that though, I liked the story.  I liked Sage a lot. I liked the way the story developed.  I will definitely read more by this author.

 

Author Bio

 

Alice Tribue lives
with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree
in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She
spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather
permits lounging out on a beach.
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Book Blast “DEVON’S CHOICE” by Catherine Bennett @author_cbennett #giveaway

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Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

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Excerpt:

Brandon looked over at her neutral expression. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Michael Turner didn’t seem to be making her happy. At that moment, all he wanted to do was to make her forget all about the jerk.

As if sensing him watching her, Devon turned her head enough to make eye contact with him. The faint, milky glow from the streetlight showed enough of her features for him to see a soft blush warm her cheeks. Under her dark lashes, he watched her sea green eyes glint invitingly as her soft lips turned up at the corners. In that moment, his resolve to keep the date on a friendly level came crashing down.

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Catherine BennettAuthor Catherine Bennett

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!

Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.

I’m grateful to God for always keeping a story in my heart and hope you are blessed and entertained by my book.

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Review “RECKLESS” (Forever Series) by Priscilla West

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By: Priscilla West

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SYNOPSIS: Everything about him warned me to stay away.

I’d seen bad boys before, but he had it all and more. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper . . .

He was exactly the type of guy that would get me in trouble, but when he jumped off the stage, inked skin glistening with sweat and breathed his seductive words into my ear, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

It was supposed to be the best one-night stand of my life, but fate didn’t let it play out that way. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless.

After that disaster, I thought it was the last I’d see of him. But what I didn’t know was that I’d started something.

Something that could shatter the very thing I had worked so hard to protect.

I should have known back then that the most seductive things in life are also the most dangerous.

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Reckless – Book One of Two

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Riley goes to a bar that has a band play.  The minute the band starts, Riley is drawn to the singer’s voice and can’t help but fight her way to the front of the stage.  After the song, the lead singer asks her to meet him backstage.  Riley does exactly that being the adventurous party girl she is.  However, things do not go as she planned. The next day, Riley gets an assignment to follow a band on tour to control their spending and comes to find out it is with the lead singer that she met last night.

Jax is a hot rocker.  Riley and he are very good at playing games.  Even though the heat is immediate, they develop a friendship.  They get to know each other before anything heavy happens.

I love books with the rock star vibe and I love how these two met, but I did not feel the chemistry. The story was there, the characters were there, but something was missing for me.

These two get to know each other first. There are some nice moments, but there was nothing about them that made my heart ache or feel really drawn to them.  The last 15% is intense and we find out about Jax.  The problem for me was that I did not trust Jax’s feeling about Riley.

The ending had a small cliffy.

 

 

 

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Review “YOU” by Caroline Kepnes @carolinekepnes #audioreview #review

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By: Caroline Kepnes

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Narrator:  Santino Fantana

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SYNOPSIS: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

WHAT DID I THINK: 5 out of 5 Stars

I saw some reviews for this book and was not sure if I wanted to spend the money to get the audio. The reviews were mixed and I am so glad not one of the review gave away any spoilers. The ending in my opinion was perfect.
I listened to the sample and thought Santino Fontana voice was okay, but after about 15 minutes, I went from thinking okay to perfect. I became addicted to his voice and the story. I listened to the book while I cleaned and did other mundane things around the house. However, all the housework that usually feels like forever to finish, felt like no time at all. I was so enthralled in the story. I found myself finishing projects that I thought I never get done simply because I had the book to listen to keep me occupied.

Joe meets Beck at a bookstore he works at.  After meeting her, he becomes obsessed.  He looks her up and finds out everything about her.  He stands outside her apartment building watching her, he gets access to her phone, he follows her and Beck has no idea.  Joe’s life is all about Beck.  It is all in Joe’s POV and the story is told in a way that sounds like he is talking to Beck and in his words it is all about YOU.

The story is crazy. Joe has some serious issues.  Nothing is sweet, but it is told so well. I really loved it and I am so excited that there will be a sequel in the fall of 2015! I hope Santino Fantana does the narration again.

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Review “WORTH THE RISK” (The McKinney Brothers #2) by Claudia Conner

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By: Claudia Connor

Release: January 20, 2015

A copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: When a McKinney brother falls in love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.

Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.

Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I think I am going to be in the minority with this one.  I wanted to like this book so much, I love the beginning, I love how the hero and heroine first meet, but then they lost me.

I loved the heroine and only wanted the best for her and here is where I think I am in the minority.  I don’t think Stephen was the best choice for Hannah.  First he had some thing or someone to get over.  Honestly, I hated that issue more than anything in the story, but I was willing, but then Stephen goes and says something hurtful without much remorse.  Hannah being the kind and caring Hannah forgives too easily.  Stephen coming by and saying “sorry” (while another woman is in the car waiting for him) is not groveling to me.  What made it worse is I don’t think Stephen really felt that bad about his hurtful words.  He said he felt bad, but I did not buy it.  Anyway this happens very early in the story and then there are other things that happen that cause tension and “stuff” to the story, but I think in back of my mind I was yelling at Hannah to  “let him go” with the “he does not deserve you” and  close with the “he needs to get over it”.

There was nothing wrong with the writing.  This did not work for me because of the connection, but it may work for you.  When I read these types of books, I want to feel the strong attraction following with the strong intense moments.  I do not want insta-love, insta-sex, but I want the strong connection.  Unfortunately, I did not feel that with Hannah and Stephen.

 

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Book Highlight “FINAL LIFE” by Rose Garcia @gcreading #giveaway

 

Final Life by Rose Garcia

Book #1 in the Transhuman Chronicles

Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn’t think things can get any worse until she’s invited to a quirky neighbor’s party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique’s world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence–a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.

Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who’s moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she’s to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can’t stop thinking about because if she doesn’t, she’ll be dead. For real.

 

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EXCERPT

 

            The image
of blue sky, white sand, and calm waters popped into my mind, edging out the
fear and panic that had taken over me.
            My body
slipped to the ground. My knees sank into the cool, pebbly sand. A soft breeze
flowed through my hair. Farrell stood beside me at the water’s edge, staring
out at the still water. He extended his arm and helped me to my feet. I brushed
myself off, recalling the terror and pain I had just left behind in the red
desert. I patted my chest.
            “Am I
really here?”
            “No,”
Farrell said sadly. “Only your mind is here.”
            “Farrell,
am I—?” I paused, not wanting to say the words, as if keeping them to myself
would change my fate. “Am I dying?”
            “Yes.” He
took my hand. “There’s nothing I can do.” His calmness filtered into me. And
for a minute there, death didn’t seem so bad.
            My
attention turned to a bird in the distance that soared through the cloudless
sky. For eight lifetimes now I had died, and this was my last time. The world
would never be the same, and it was my fault.
            Farrell
squeezed my hand. “Remember what I said? The last time we were here?”
            Of course I
remembered. “You told me the end is not yet written, and to trust myself.”
            The bird, a
white Egret, flew closer and glided right over us, wings outstretched. A lone,
feather escaped its plumage. The delicate quill drifted back and forth in the
sky. Just like the feather from my dreams and the feather Ms. Ryken had given
me that I had later seen at Jan’s. And then it dawned on me that it was the
same color as Farrell’s aura. I extended my hand, reaching out for it. When it
touched my palm, it disappeared.
            Like
flipping a switch, I was back in the desert. Heat exploded inside me. The air
in my lungs had almost emptied. Warm, thick blood dripped from my fingers.
Farrell and Trent were on the other side of Tavion’s dark energy force, and I
was still inside, barely alive. Tavion continued to lift me at my throat,
squeezing the life out of me.
            “Dominique!
Fight!” Trent yelled.

 

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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles–a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.
Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com

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“THE LINE BETWEEN” by Tamsyn Bester #release

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By: Tamsyn Bester

Release: January 19, 2014

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SYNOPSIS: There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late.

I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame.

Dane Winters.

The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood.

 

It was no secret that I hated her, but only I knew why.

She was off-limits.

And then our separate worlds collided with one tragedy.

It wasn’t her fault, I knew that, but I wanted her to hurt the way I did, and I needed someone to blame. She was an easy target.

Kennedy Monroe.

The girl I’d picked on all our lives.

And the woman I barely tolerated.

Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible…

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Kennedy and Dane have known each other since they were kids.  Generations before them, their relatives got into a disagreement  which neither family can recall what it was about, but Dane’s family has been very adamant about the hate that they have for Kennedy’s family.

Since Kennedy could remember, Dane has been making her life hell; either by bullying people not to associate with her or embarrassing her in every way.  Something tragic happens with one year of not seeing each other and these two enemies end up going to the same college.  Dane’s old habits of making Kennedy’s life hell do not stop, but it is as if he is the only one that is allowed to make her miserable.

I love books that involve love-hate relationship.  Where the hero “bully’s” the heroine most of his life, but turns out that he has secretly cared for and had a strong feelings for her his entire life.  This was that kind of story.  Perfect, I thought.  I was in such a mood for that type of romance.  I requested peace and quiet while I was reading this. This book started out so good (5 stars), but just when I thought all the attitude was going to stop, it didn’t.  This relationship was like watching a tennis match with all the back and forth.  It took something tragic for one of the characters to realize feelings for the other person or at least that is what it felt like.  I have a pet peeve about all the answers in the plot not coming out until close to the end.  I understand that certain “mysteries” cannot be revealed until the end so the reader is still drawn to the book, but that does not mean that the reader has to wait for everything.

Even though, I enjoyed parts of the book, I just needed a little more.

 

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Review “COME AWAY WITH ME” by Ruth Cardello @ruthcardello #audioreview #audiobook #narration

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By: Ruth Cardello

At the time of this post 01/18/15, the Amazon Kindle eBook edition is FREE!

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SYNOPSIS:

Gio Andrade:
Rich, powerful, sexy. A man who thinks he has everything . . . until he meets Julia.

Julia Bennett:
Sweet, spontaneous, and desperate to sell her jewelry line in New York City. She takes a job as a night security guard to pay the rent.

Sparks fly when she mistakes her boss for an intruder.

He can’t get her out of his head. She can’t find the strength to deny him.

Will lies bring them together or tear them apart forever?

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 4 out of 5 Stars

Billionaire who has never been in love falls for the regular girl with a heart of gold. Love it!
This is my first book by Ruth Cardello and I will definitely try another book by her. This story was a break from the heavy angst and dark books I had been reading.

However, I don’t think I will listen to another book read by Kim Thompson, the narrator.
The narration sounded like it was done in the reader’s basement. There was humming in the background. First I thought it was my iPhone then I thought there was issues with my car stereo. There were no problems with any of my devices. There were all issues that involved the narration. Kim Thompson did a nice job with the female voices, but Geo’s voice always sounded angry. Even when he tried to sound loving, the tone was no different than when he was talking to his brothers. Also, Geo’s voice barely even sounded masculine. The narrator put in little to no effort.
In the dialogue, there was barely a pause between the switch in POVs. It felt like an upgrade from Suri (iPhone narrator) reading the book to me. There was a break in between chapters, but there was barely a break between the switch in POVs. So when there was a switch I had to think if it was the heroine’s thoughts or the hero’s thoughts. The narration was very disappointing since the sound quality was awful and the narration itself was not professional and I think when I pay for it on audible, I expect more. Also the narrator sounded rushed. There were parts in the book that felt like she had to get through it as if she had to get dinner ready or pick up her kids from school.

I loved the initial meeting between Julia and Geo. Also I love the way Julie handled the rich lady in the clothing boutique. Julia was just a great heroine. I love heroines like her and I hope when I read more of Ruth Cardello’s books her other heroines have as big of hearts as Julia’s.

I do think that Come Away with Me needs a sequel. I feel that Geo and Julia’s story just ended. There are so many unresolved issues like Geo’s mother and how she feels about Julia. Plus, I want to know about Julia’s business and her parents. I want to see Geo meet her parents and maybe see their love since he never saw that with his parents. Plus, I want to know how Geo handled his mother when he came back to the States. And I want angst with some awesome groveling on Geo’s part.

Sidenote: I feel like I missed a chapter because it was never explained in the story how Geo found out how his mother propositioned Julia. Plus who is the new investor of the furniture store???

My only disappointment with the story itself was that I feel that the angst in the story ended too quickly. Julia was too easy to say “okay, Geo.” I do not want to give away anything, but I wanted Geo begging. Julia should have made him sweat. I feel like Geo did not realize his own mistake in the situation until it was pointed out to him I love a man who grovels and there was not enough groveling for me.

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“HE SAVED ME” (He Found Me #2) by Whitney Barbetti

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By: Whitney Barbetti

 

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SYNOPSIS:

Julian

I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.

But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.

But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?

 

Andra

I’m used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I’ve been or where I’ve gone.

But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That’s what Julian did for me.

Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can’t live like that. It’s not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.

And I’m going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.

WHAT DID I THINK: 5 out of 5 Stars

You need to read HE FOUND ME before you read HE SAVED ME. This is a series that must be read in order.

I loved HE FOUND ME and was anxious to read the sequel.  Whitney Barbetti did not disappoint.

Andra has had a very difficult life with running and then trying to keep all her secrets close.   Since Andra’s mother passed away and she was left with an abuser which put her in a place of darkness and constant danger.   In HE SAVED ME, Julian and Andra reunite, but Andra is terrified that she putting Julian in danger.  She knows she has one choice and that is to face the evil.  Some of her actions could have been seen as stupid or courageous.  What would you do to protect the one you love?

How romantic and sexy if Julian???I liked the characters and Andra’s story in HE FOUND ME, but fell in love with them in HE SAVED ME.  Andra is the perfect heroine.  Kind, but strong at the same time.  There is heat between these characters, but more than physical, it is emotional.  There is a twist, suspense and romance in this gem.

We get a glimpse at the secondary characters, Mira and Six.  Mira is a strong, but she is angry.  Clearly having had suffered through some type of abuse, she is still very protective. You have to admire her and Six. Mira and Six will have their own story in Whitney’s next book SIX FEET UNDER.

 

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