Thursday, July 24, 2014

Redeemed Love
M.S. Brannon


“Who am I? For all intents and purposes, I am the nice guy; the loyal brother and decent citizen. I am quiet and non-confrontational. I am the brother nobody worries about and can always depend upon. To my family, I am the good one. However, that’s only what they see on the outside.” ~ Jeremy Evans
Outwardly, Jeremy Evans is a typical guy, the calmest of the Evans brothers. He’s obsessed with cars, enjoys the company of beautiful women, and is devoted to his family. Inwardly, however, Jeremy is a ticking time bomb. Torn between what’s right versus what’s wrong. When the attempted rape on Darcie occurs, Jeremy finally loses the battle within himself. The pure hatred for Sulfur Heights consumes him and escape is all he thinks about.
One year later, he is secretly engrossed by the drug-infested underworld. Jeremy’s double life leads him on dark and sinister paths of drugs, violence, and rage. The Evans family is destroyed after Presley’s murder and consequently, Jeremy’s arrest. He’s sent to prison where he’s forced to survive with the mistakes he’s made on his conscience. However, only one thought lingers. It consumes the years he spends locked in a cell. Retribution.
Cami Ryker used to have a picture perfect life. She was loved by her family and happy with her life until her brother’s sudden death tore her family apart. Cami is forced to care for her ailing mother and assume the responsibilities of a normal adult. However, when the bills are paid and her mother is tucked away for the night, Cami likes to cloud her mind in order to escape her daily struggles. Late one night, a stranger trolling the streets rescues her in a dark alley. The mysterious stranger will become one of the most important people in her life until the day he’s sent to prison.
Four years later, Jeremy is released and seeking redemption for his mistakes, but the betrayal is still thriving amongst the Evans family. Will Jeremy finally find the solace within to gain the forgiveness from his family that he desperately craves? And is it possible for Jeremy to save those he loves and exonerate himself in the process?
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content**
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“Really?” Jake screams and steps closer. “You’re not sorry for getting Presley killed? All of that had to do with you. You know that, right?”
“I was trying to protect her!” My belly is touching Jake’s and we are going to blow up on one another. I can sense it.
“How were you protecting her? She’s fucking dead, Jeremy! Take some goddamn responsibility for what you’ve done!” Jake pushes on my chest, but I don’t waver.
I stand my ground and wait for him to hit me. Once he hits me, then my switch will be fully turned over. The beast is pacing like a rabid animal inside of me. He’s screaming and clawing, trying to get out of me, but I can’t allow that to happen. Jake will be dead if it does. The red is seeping into my line of sight, and soon, it will consume me. Soon, there will be no stopping it. I need to assess what’s really happening right now. I am on the verge of killing my brother, my twin. I will never be able to live with myself if I allow that.
I take a step back and expel deep gasps of air. I turn my back and thread my fingers behind my head. I need to walk. I have to get as far as I can away from this situation before it moves from bad to worse. I slowly walk away from Jake, hoping he doesn’t pursue. Yet the more I move away, the more my inner beast beckons me to attack. I am fighting to keep him inside, but it’s impossible when I’ve been that horrible person for so long.
My skin is lit on fire, and I feel like I’m boiling from the inside. Sweat is generating and makes my skin slick. I grab ahold of the back of my shirt and rip it over my head. My bleeding arm is aching, but I ignore it. I toss my shirt to the ground and walk to the garage. I stalk back and forth, trying to keep myself from losing it when suddenly the anger is too much to bear. I pull my fist back and slam it into the wall. My knuckles crack loudly. Instant pain shoots through my hand and up my arm.
I want to feel the pain, though. I need to feel the pain. I deserve to feel pain. I torture myself some more and start laying blow after blow into the wood. I smash my fist into the unforgiving building until I cannot stand another second of it. Then, I release a loud, guttural scream. It’s a scream in anger and agony.
When I turn to face my brother, I’m looking at two of them. Reggie is standing beside Jake, arms crossed and indifferent. Jake, on the other hand, is staring at me in disbelief. He is studying me and trying to see if I’m the brother he used to know. However, the look in his eyes is telling me I’m a stranger. They’ve never seen this side of me before, and it’s the part of me I’ve been living for years. I’m familiar with and comfortable in this mind’s state.
My breathing is labored and the pain in my arm is growing to great heights. I can no longer stand the intensity as it burns my entire arm. I fall to my knees and hold my wounded hand against my sweaty chest.
As Reggie looks to me, his indifference finally fading, he sees me for the brother he once loved and falls to my side. I hold my head up and connect my eyes to his. They are filled with worry and concern. I’ve done an amazing job destroying my family, but the little part of me that’s left hopes my family can see I really do want to be with them. It will just take me time to shed my past.
“What happened to the brother I used to know?” Reggie’s voice is quiet and scared. Not since Darcie’s situation with Robert have I ever seen Reggie this frightened.
I glance down at the ground and try to think of what happened to his brother. I rack my brain, digging in the depths of my memory to find out what the hell happened to him—to me. Nothing comes to mind other than my execution. The Jeremy Evans they knew and once loved is dead.
I look back to Reggie and answer as honestly as I can. “He died a long time ago.”
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M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams

The Outsider Chronicles, #1

New Adult/Adult Contemporary

Releasing August 12, 2014

Cover designed by Okay Creations

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

About the Author

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

The author is offering (1) print copy of HARD KNOX! Visit her Facebook page to enter!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

By Colleen Hoover
Published by: Atria Books
August 5, 2014
Kindle Edition
336 pages
New Adult

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight.  They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends.  The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set up.  He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex.  Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.

Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all. 

Hearts get infiltrated.

Promises get broken.

Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


A few years ago, this addiction to reading began for me.  My friend's daughter was reading The Hunger Games and she said "You have to read these, they are so good!"  So I did, then a different friend suggested I read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I read them in a the search began to find something to new to read. (I know, weird jump from Hunger Games to Fifty Shades). I read a few books but nothing caught my attention, then I ran into my son's kindergarten teacher in the summer at the library and she suggested I read this new book by Colleen Hoover, Slammed.  I read it in 2 days, then I read Point of Retreat...then I waited for the next book to be release by Colleen.  Back then I was borrowing my sister's Nook, but on Christmas Day 2012 my family bought me a first book purchased on my new Kindle was Colleen Hoover's Hopeless.  That book is my #1 all time favorite book. BUT...Ugly Love may have finally unseated Hopeless in the #1 spot.

Upon receiving the ARC, after a few minutes of crying, jumping up and down and screaming "OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD", I began to read! I didn't stop but to sleep for a few hours and that darn pesky job of mine made me put my book down, but once I returned home, my family was well aware as to what Mom would be doing.

You begin the book and are met with a scene like no other.  Tate is staying with her brother Corbin and when she gets to his apartment there is a very, drunk man in front of the door.  We learn that this man is none other than Corbin's good friend, coworker and neighbor, Miles Archer. Tate helps Miles into the apartment and is met with a rather uncomfortable situation.  A really drunk and crying Miles. In the morning, Tate is woken by a not so nice Miles.  Not a good start for these two.

As the story continues, Tate isn't too fond of Miles but the attraction between Tate and Miles is tangible. How can it be tangible when I am just reading a book?  Well, somehow, Colleen Hoover is a mad genius and you can actually, literally feel the pull between these two people, not characters, but real, live people.

I remember when I met my husband, 20+ years ago, he would come to pick me up and I would get flutters in my stomach, when Miles would see Tate or talk to Tate, I felt those flutters, for her.  Miles has made no promises to Tate and she tries to keep the relationship on the casual side, but I fell in love with him just reading the book, she was actually with could she not?

Miles's inability to admit what he was feeling for Tate throughout the book made me continue to read on. Why won't he allow himself to love? What in his past could have made someone so afraid  love?

Miles -  "If I were capable of loving would be you."..."But I am not capable. So if it's too hard-"

Tate - "It's not," I interrupt, doing whatever I can to stop him from ending this. I somehow find it in me to look him in the eyes and tell the best lie I've ever told in my entire life. "I like things exactly how they are."
While reading this book, I cried, I smiled and I even blushed a few time.  Colleen has written a book that made me remember, the girl who read all three Fifty Shades of Grey in a week.  I like a little smut now and then, but this book is not smut! This book is an amazing story with some steamy hotness between Mile and Tate that will get you fanning yourself to cool down.

I finished this book with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.  Colleen Hoover has once again amazed me with her brilliant writing, her ability to make me fall in love with her characters and to make me laugh and cry while reading book.

So I guess the wait begins for it's only 7 months and 2 days til the next Colleen Hoover book is released, but who's counting?

Rating: 5/5