Backhand (Gold Hockey 2) – Elise Faber

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Mike Stewart, is introduced to us in Blocked, Stefan and Brit’s story. When we first meet him, he is rude, disrespectful, sabotaging, and doesn’t seem to care about anything or anyone, even if it means ruining his own career as a a great NHL defenseman. By the end of Blocked we want to know his back story.  
In this second installment of the Gold Hockey series, we learn that Sara Jetty, former Olympic figure skater is his back story. They’ve let 10 years pass with no contact due to horribly unfortunate circumstances in both of their lives. As they re-enter each other’s lives, getting together as a couple happens pretty quickly. At first this was confusing because, well, they let 10 years go with no contact at all!!! As more and more of their story is revealed it makes sense and makes you root for them.

Elise Faber does a great job of writing the story to keep you reading because this is not a book where you can guess what happened in their past, or the drama that will come. You HAVE to keep reading to get it. She draws you in to both characters and makes you want to protect them. She has you rooting for them all the way. After all who doesn’t appreciate a reformed bad boy who is a true romantic at heart, or a true underdog who is so defeated it’s hard to bring them back out of hiding?

Can’t wait to see who’s story comes next… Will it be Blane – who has been in love with Brit most of his life and is still coming to terms with her love for Stefan. Who will help him get over her….?

Shalaia

Brightest Sunset (Darkest Sunrise Duet 2) Pre-Order info!!!


THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2) Coming July 27th
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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me. 

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!” 

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.” 

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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AUTHOR BIO: 

 

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

 

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

 

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

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New release from Aly Martinez – The Darkest Sunrise


THE DARKEST SUNRISE by Aly Martinez is LIVE and you can read it for FREE on KindleUnlimited!
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THE DARKEST SUNRISE (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1) 
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.” 

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.” 

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

The Darkest Sunrise – Aly Martinez


While performing a miracle for someone else, Charlotte experienced the worst tragedy of her life.

She’s spent the last 10 years walking around under a dark, dark cloud. For someone who hasn’t dated in years, she finds herself completely drawn to him. Can they be each other’s light?

Porter was supposed to find Dr. Mills and plead with her to take on his son’s medical care. From the minute he first saw her, he was so stunned by her he asked her out instead of asking for an appointment for his ailing son….

The Darkest Sunrise is the first for me by Aly Martinez. I was completely caught up in the story of Charlotte and Porter, they tugged at my heart strings and made me hopeful for them to bring each other out of the dark. I can’t wait for the next release in the series!!!!!!
Shalaia

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AUTHOR BIO: 

 

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

 

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

 

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

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Blocked – Elise Faber

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Blocked – Elise Faber

Brit Plantain is an NHL hopeful. She’s a talented goalie with the skills and work ethic to be a superstar if given the chance. Stefan is the San Francisco Gold’s team captain and all around hot, sweet, sensitive, good guy, and closet boy next door, despite his playboy reputation.

When Brit gets called up to the Gold the attraction between her and Stefan is instantaneous, some innocent pictures of them are leaked and management sees the opportunity to make the Gold the buzz of media outlets. They blackmail Brit, and while usually that plot bores me, Elise wrote the storyline in such a way that I was drawn in and felt bad for Brit being put in a hopeless situation. I could wait to see how the story played out while being nervous to see it happen at the same time.

As a new Elise Faber reader, Blocked is now one of my favorites. I absolutely adored Brit and Stefan. I can’t wait for the next of the Gold Hockey novels Backhand (Mike Stewart’s story).

Shalaia

When It’s Real – Erin Watt 


Synopsis:

Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 
There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary. 

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…
Vaughn Bennett is going to do whatever is in her power to do to help out her family. When her sister’s employer makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she does her best to take care of her siblings, as well her boyfriend and everyone in this crazy situation.

Giving full disclosure, I was prepared to not like this celeb rocker book because I just want the next Royals book so badly. I’m so very, very glad I gave it a chance. I adored When It’s Real and bought my daughter her own copy as well.

It moved pretty quickly from the hating each other to the hot for each other part, but as someone who works in a high school, I can vouch that it does really move that quickly. Putting that aside was a great story of a young man who rose to fame too quickly and had a family life he would like to forget, and a young woman who had to grow up too quickly when her parents were lost in an accident. They are determined to hate one another and just get the job done, but as they begin to see different sides to each other, they start to fall for one another.

As newer YA reader, I give When It’s Real 4 stars and eagerly await the next Erin Watt installment.

Shalaia Walters

Lost Love – Kelly Elliott

Lost Love

SYNOPSIS:

Moving back home to my parents’ cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I’d be doing.

But, here I stand … in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Hell. I’m still in love with her.

Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The last words she spoke to me were a vow to cut my dick off and shove it down my throat.

The fight between my heart, my head, and last, but certainly not least, my dick starts tonight. Because all I can think about is how I want to be buried so deep inside Paxton she won’t remember how I broke her heart, or how I left her when she needed me the most.

But who will win? My heart is too broken to listen to my head. And my dick, yeah it’s not listening to anything or anyone. Not until it gets what it wants and what it wants is Paxton Monroe.

Lost Love is book one in the Cowboys and Angels Series.

Paxton Monroe had to pick up the pieces after Steed Parker walked away from her years ago. He left her at the most crucial time of her life, when she needed him the most, and didn’t look back. Flash forward 10 years and Steed has returned, only things are very different.

Did he come back to torment her, or did he come back for her? Will she forgive him after all this time has passed, or will she be unable to forgive and move on? Will her anger take over or will the fact that she never stopped loving him?

As with every Kelly Elliott book I have ever read, Lost Love quickly became one of my favorites. Kelly knows how to pull on the reader’s heart strings and make me root for the couples. Now, did I feel that Steed was lacking in character when he walked away? I sure did, but I kept reading, and I  learned that Paxton was just as big a part of their demise as Steed was.

Lost love gets 4 out of 5 starts from me. 4 only because I feel like Steed walking away initially was exactly what I expected him to do, and not necessarily in line with what I wanted him to do.

Another great read from Kelly Elliott and I can’t wait for the rest of the Parker siblings’ stories.

 

Shalaia