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Thursday, December 1, 2016

REVIEW: Enigma by Ditter Kellen

 
Title: Enigma: What Lies Beneath
Author: Ditter Kellen
Series: Enigma, #1
Publication Date: February 23, 2016


Synopsis: 
Doctor Abbigail Sutherland is used to being alone. Between twelve hour shifts at the hospital and looking after her eccentric father, she has very little time for much else. Until an unexpected call one night, sends her racing to the lab where she discovers a secret that could change the world forever. 

Hauke awakens after an underwater explosion, strapped to a bed and on his way to a site known as Area 51. His only hope for survival lies in Abbie Sutherland, the beautiful doctor that saved his life. Amidst a deadly virus, seemingly impossible to stop, and a corrupt Government placing a price on their heads, Hauke and Abbie run for their lives, uncovering conspiracies, deceptions, and a love that won't be denied...

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About the Author: 

Ditter Kellen is the bestselling author of the Enigma Series. To say she's addicted to reading is an understatement. Her eBook reader is an extension of her and holds many of her fantasies and secrets. It's filled with dragons, shifters, vampires, ghosts and many more jaw-dropping characters who keep her entertained on a daily basis. 
Ditter's love of paranormal and outrageous imagination have conspired together to bring her where she is today...sitting in front of her computer allowing them free rein. Writing is her passion, what she was born to do. I hope you will enjoy reading her stories as much as she loves spinning them.
Ditter resides in Florida with her husband and many unique farm animals. She adores French fries and her phone is permanently attached to her ear. You can contact Ditter by email: ditterkellen@outlook.com

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Sonja's Review


If Laurann Dohner's New Species series and the Resident Evil movies got together, then this book would be their baby - and let me just tell you - It. Was. Awesome! Ms. Kellen is one author who I've been meaning to read for awhile, so that plus the paranormaly-sci-fi-y aspect practically had me jumping to read Enigma and the only thing I'm sorry for is how long it took me before I read it! It was an excellent read and I absolutely loved it.

Abbie is a great heroine - she's strong and brave and she put herself on the line to help Hauke. And if that wasn't enough, she has a heart of gold. She's sweet, kind, compassionate, and is so pleasant to be around. I loved being inside her head, I loved how she felt about Hauke - I just loved her and I'm sure you will too!

And Hauke is just as wonderful as Abbie is. He's sweet, thoughtful, protective, devoted, and he'd do anything for her. There wasn't anything that I didn't love about Hauke, he completely and totally stole my heart. He will have you swooning and your heart melting in no time, trust me!

While I mentioned the New Species series and Resident Evil movies, Enigma is definitely something Ms. Kellen made her own. It was fascinating and unique and Hauke and his people are unlike any thing I've ever read before. It was full of passion, a little heartache and danger, along with a whole lot of love and heart. It was a truly fantastic read, I positively loved it, and I cannot, cannot, cannot WAIT to read Naura's book next or the rest of the series!

Enigma is the first book in the series, it's told from several points of view, and Hauke and Abbie get their HEA.
~ 4.5 Stars

REVIEW: Icarus Rising by N.W. Moors

 
 Title: Icarus Rising
Author: N.W. Moors
Series: Second Chances, #1
Publisher: Sunday Morning Publishing
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Synopsis:
After his fall to Earth, Icarus has been in Hell, punished for his hubris. When he wins a chance at parole, he's thrilled - except for the set of wings attached to his body.

Eve Gregory runs a small bookstore in northern Connecticut. When she hires the handsome stranger to work for her, she doesn't know the secrets he's hiding. Or that becoming involved with him will embroil her with the Greek gods and goddesses.

Icarus and Eve must perform a quest set down for them by Zeus. If they are successful, will that be end of their relationship? Or will love teach them a new way to soar?



Sonja's Review


The cover and especially the title were the first things about Icarus Rising that grabbed me. I am big lover of Greek Mythology and anytime I find a book based on it, I jump at the chance to read it and Icarus Rising was no different! I was so excited not only because of that but also because Icarus was the hero and I'd never thought about him having his story before beyond what we know about him, that is. I'm so glad that Ms. Moors decided to write a story about him though because I really enjoyed getting to know him and his story in general!

Eve is my kind of girl! She loves to read and has her own bookstore - what more can a bookworm ask for in her heroine?! I would have loved her even if she hadn't had one though just because of who she is. Eve is kind and sweet, but don't fear because she has a little fiery side to her too. For the most part though, she has an open mind and she doesn't judge Icarus, you know, she just accepts him and loves him anyway. Eve really is lovely and I loved her.

Icarus is such a great hero - he's kind and genuine and calm. He's solid like a rock, you can count on him and you don't have to worry about him with your heart or anything. Icarus is a good man, he's safe and protective, and I loved him just as much as I loved Eve!

I've said it once, but I'll say it again - I really enjoyed reading Icarus Rising! I not only loved getting to see Icarus' story, but I loved the way Ms. Moors portrayed the other gods and goddesses. Usually, I end up hating some of them and while I certainly disliked a couple in the beginning, I truly liked them by the end, so that was a new experience for me and I'm happy it happened. And while I love my passion and steam, I liked how Icarus Rising was more about Icarus and Eve's relationship and their adventure and struggles together. It was an excellent read, I loved it, and I'm excited to read the next book in Ms. Moors' series!

Icarus Rising is the first book in the Second Chances series, it's told from Icarus and Eve's POV, and they do get their happily-ever-after.

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars


About the Author:
N.W. Moors lives in Portland, Maine, the land of lobster and pine trees. She grew up in Connecticut and retired north(it's nice along the coast in winter). She's a voracious reader and avid traveler - she loves to visit Great Britain and Ireland. Researching trips meant that she tries to learn as much about the area as possible and listen to great Celtic music. She's also a knitter and hiker/walker with two cats(the cats don't walk).

She truly appreciates you sharing this adventure with her. She will continue to write about magic, love, and the small town of Antrim, Maine. Please leave reviews and like her Facebook page or follow her blog or twitter feed for further updates.

She also writes Regency Romance under the name Jerusha Moors.

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REVIEW: Dark Fancy by Sabrina York

 
Title: Dark Fancy
Author: Sabrina York
Series: Noble Passions, #1
Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Synopsis: 
When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge in a humble gardener’s cottage. Cocooned and safe with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she was ever known, Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her.

Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days—she will, at least once, have known true passion.

But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer, and more. No matter the cost.

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Excerpt:
James stared at Eloise, brave, proud, innocent Eloise. He could relate to the passion in her plea. He had a sudden desire to be released from a betrothal himself. He fiddled with the corner of his napkin. “There is always the chance your betrothed won’t care if you’re ruined.” Some men did not.

Her lashes fluttered. When they rose again, there was a look in her eye that sent lust coursing down his spine. It settled in his cock. “If I’m to be married to a bilious flounder of a man for the rest of my life, I should like to know passion just once. Just once, James.”

“J-just once?” His voice cracked.

Her smile blossomed. “Perhaps more than once.”

He had to laugh, although this was clearly no laughing matter. “My dear. I would be happy to oblige.”

“Excellent!” She clapped her hands with glee.

Unfortunate, that, because it made her look, once again, like a little girl. But then she picked up her cup and ran her pink tongue around the rim, lapping at the wayward drops. He reached for the second bottle.

She held out her cup for a refill. “You will need to show me what to do.”

He almost forgot to stop pouring. Hell yes. He’d love to show her what to do. He’d love to instruct her—in elaborate detail—what, precisely, to do. Something snarled in his belly.  His palm itched.

He forced down that decadent desire. Chained the beast.

For God’s sake. She was an innocent, a virgin. If he opened with that card, not only would she truly be ruined, she would probably hie off to the nearest nunnery and spend the remainder of her life in seclusion.

Oh, he would bed her. He would despoil and beguile her, but only in the very gentlest of fashions.

But his fantasies, the darkling imagery of what he would truly like to do, simmered.

“Are you…” He cleared his throat. “Are you ready for your bath?”

“Heavens, yes.” Once again, she clapped her hands.

The childlike gesture was off-putting since, at the moment, he was thinking of sinking his cock into her body and swallowing her moans with his mouth. But he liked her enthusiasm. It also made him desire—very deeply—to tie those hands to the bedposts. So she couldn’t clap them.

Why that thought made him salivate, he didn’t know.

Ah hell. Of course he knew.

Despite the lust snarling through him, he managed a modicum of chivalry, although it was perfunctory at best. “I’ll fashion a curtain.”

Her next words nearly unmanned him. “You don’t need to.”

“I b-beg your pardon?”

“You don’t need to bother with a curtain.” For a shy and demure innocent, she had something of a brazen streak. “I mean, if we’re going to…you know…”

“Make love?”

“Yes. If we’re going to make love, you will see me naked anyway.” A frown crossed her brow. “Won’t you?”

He chuckled. “Most certainly.”

“I thought so. But people are not very forthcoming when one asks about such things.”

“Really?” That had not been his experience in the slightest. Then again, she was a girl. The world sought to save and protect innocence. Until it ravaged it.

He did not know why he trembled as he poured the heavy buckets into the tub. He was a man of the world. Jaded and used to much more decadent fare than initiating virgins to the delights of the flesh. He should hardly be nervous about the prospect of having her.

Then again, maybe it wasn’t nerves. Maybe it was just pure, seething desire.

He had planned to seduce her—expected it to take hours of sweet whispers and furtive caresses. Never in his wildest dreams could he have anticipated this—that she would gaze at him across the dinner table and politely ask him to ruin her.

She was, altogether, a different kind of woman. Unlike any lover or mistress or professional girl he’d ever been with. And the prospect delighted him.

He swished his fingers in the water and added another bucket of cold to balance the temperature. He didn’t want her delicate skin burned because he was in such an all-fired hurry to get her naked. “There. Perfect.”

“Thank you, James.” Her voice was low, melodious. It sent a ribbon of pleasure through him.

“Are you ready?”

“I cannot tell you how ready.”

He swallowed. Yes. He felt the same. His pulse thrummed in his temple. And elsewhere. “Milady, your bath awaits.” He gave a great flourish, his gaze firmly fixed on her.

She reached for her hem and then stilled. “Could you turn around?”

Disappointment raked him. “Of course.”

“I’ve just never disrobed before a man before.”

“I understand.” Damn. Damn, damn and damn. He turned his back. Every rustle of fabric grated on him. He wished—oh so fervently—that Babbage had a mirror. He so would have liked to watch.

A small splash.

He winced. His pulse pounded. God. She was in the water. Naked.

She sighed. Moaned.

His cock lurched.

“Is it good?” His words were, at best, a strangled rumble.

“Oh yes. Yes.”

He had to look. He couldn’t not.

The sight he beheld was exquisite. Eloise had leaned back in the water to wet her hair. Her breasts, delectable pink islands in the sea, thrust up. The nipples were fat and hard, distended.

He swallowed around the tight ball in his throat. His nails scored his palms.

Though he was rooted to the spot, determined to give her some modicum of privacy, his imagination ran rampant. What he wouldn’t like to do to those tempting tips.

“James?” Her soft call wrenched him from a delirious fantasy. Her expression was tentative, shy, but he could see the light of determination flickering there.

“Y-yes?”

“Do you suppose there’s any soap?”

He blinked. Soap? He had trouble interpreting the word. His mind was occupied elsewhere. “Ah. Soap.” He rummaged around in Babbage’s cupboard, cursing himself for not remembering soap. He found a thick chunk of lye soap and brought it to her. How he hated that it wasn’t something more delicate. Something lilac-scented.

“Thank you.” She didn’t take his offering. Rather she peered up at him with those beautiful emerald orbs and said, “Will you wash my hair?”

His breath stalled. Would he? He fell to his knees at her side—unmindful of the puddles on the plank floor—and looked at her. Her nipples pebbled even more at his perusal. His mouth watered.

“James?”

He dragged his attention back to her face. “Y-yes?”

“My hair?”

God. Yes. He made a lather and scrubbed it into her hair. It was glorious, golden, smooth and silky. He worked the soap through the strands and as he did, massaged her scalp. She closed her eyes and groaned.

Thusly freed from her inspection, he allowed his attention to wander. He nearly expired when it lit on that tempting triangle of fair curls at the crux of her thighs. He imagined her touching herself there. Then imagined him touching her there. Then imagined opening her and stroking. Licking—

“James?”

“Huh? What?”

“Are you finished? I’d like to rinse.”

“Of course.” Reluctantly, he drew away. And she submerged.

This time he could not resist.

About the Author:
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance.  Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/free-teaser-books/ Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up: http://eepurl.com/bj8tKb.

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Sonja's Review 


I can't believe it took me so long to pick up a Sabrina York book, but I can tell you that now that I have, I'm never going to stop! Dark Fancy was the perfect introduction and I enjoyed reading it immensely. It was utterly fantastic and I complete loved it! 

Helena is quite the character- she might be small in height, but she's big in personality. She's fierce and sassy, stubborn and strong, and she's adventurous and a little wild. Helena is confident, she knows what she wants, she's not afraid to ask for it or demand it, and she's eager to learn and explore. She is just awesome and I adored her! 

And I loved James too, even when he messed up a touch! He's sexy and dominating, but he's not intimidating and he'd never do anything Helena didn't want or was uncomfortable with. James has a sweet, thoughtful side to him and I loved that and how much he cared for her. He's an excellent hero and he got my heart, I'm sure he'll get yours too! 

I love my historicals - I love reading about the history, the strong, independent women from that time, and the heroes of course, but sometimes it seems hard to find a historical that is truly steamy, but I ran into no such problem with Dark Fancy! Oh no, it was sexy and steamy and so full of passion, you're going to have step outside to cool off. I loved, loved, loved getting that side, but James and Helena's love for each other was even better. It was heartwarming and wonderful and I can't wait to read the other books in the series, I'm especially excited to read Edward's story! 

Dark Fancy is the first book in the Noble Passions series, it's told from James and Helena's POV, and they do get their happy ending.
~ 4.5 Stars

REVIEW: Darkness by Karen Robards

Title: Darkness
Author: Karen Robards
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Synopsis: 
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for “fantastic storytelling” (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life—and that of a handsome stranger—before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever.

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

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Excerpt:
The guy was seriously big, and seriously buff. Ordinarily Gina might have found that attractive. Okay, she did find it—him—attractive. Under the circumstances, however, alarm was the more appropriate response.

Once more she wondered who he was. She didn’t even know his name. Which, now that she thought about it, was ridiculous.

She looked up from unbuttoning his cuff. “Think you could tell me your name now? Seeing as how I’m taking off your clothes?”

His eyes were dark and unreadable as they met hers. “I thought—no suggestive comments.”

Gina moved on to the other cuff. “That wasn’t a suggestive comment. It was an illustrative one, designed to make the point that, under the circumstances, I should probably have something to call you besides, hey, popsicle boy. So, name?”

“Popsicle boy?” His lips twitched. For just a moment a flare of amusement lit his eyes. But still he seemed to hesitate. Why? God, she didn’t want to know. Gina had just flicked another, frowning glance at him when he said, “Cal.”

“Cal?” He didn’t respond. “Cal—what?”

“Let’s just stick with Cal.”

About the Author:

Karen Robards is the author of 50 books and one novella. She is the mother of 3 boys and lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. A regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, she published her first novel at age 24. I read, I write, and I chauffeur children, she says with a laugh. That's my life.

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Website: http://www.karenrobards.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheKarenRobards
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Robards/e/B000AP70OE/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33408.Karen_Robards


Sonja's Review


If I see Karen Robards' name on a book, I want to read it - no questions asked, I don't need to read the synopsis - I just want to read it because she wrote it. She's one of my favorites, I've loved every book of hers that I've read and Darkness was certainly no exception! In fact, I wholeheartedly, positively loved it - it was simply amazing! 

Gina tugged on my heartstrings a little, but for a big chunk of the book, I got such a kick out of her! I loved how she handled Cal and how feisty and fierce she was with him. It was so entertaining to watch their banter and see what she thought of him. I also loved how strong and brave and just good Gina is. She's had a painful past, but she still wants to help Cal and save him and she really takes on her fears and conquers them. Gina is so wonderful and I completely loved her. 

And I loved Cal too! That is one sexy hero we've got on our hands here! He's a total alpha - he's big, strong, capable, commanding, confident, and protective. As if that wasn't enough, he's got the charm going too. Cal is serious but he's also funny and playful and he knows when and how to lighten the mood - I just totally adored him. He stole my heart and I have no doubts he'll steal yours. 

Going into Darkness, I had no idea what what it was about or what to expect, but I wasn't worried about it all. And I was right not to worry because   captured me from the very first page and held my attention all the way to the very last one. There was danger, heartache, sexual tension, and I loved all of it! I loved the wit, I loved the sarcasm, I loved the banter, and I loved the sweet moments too. Darkness warmed my heart, made it pound, and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading it - it was incredible! 

Darkness is a standalone, it's told from Gina and Cal's POV, and their happy ending had me grinning from ear to ear and gave me warm fuzzies inside!

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Thursdays by Harper Bentley

Title: Thursdays
Series: The Wait #1
Author: Harper Bentley
Release Date: Nov 22, 2016
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Thursdays

Birdie--
I fell in love when I was 16.
I married him.
I thought life was good.
Now he’s dying.

Beck—
I married an addict.
I didn’t know it at the time.
She hid it well.
Now she could die.

When Bernadette—Birdie—Chapman and Beck Griffin meet in grief counseling they have an instant connection. For Birdie, it’s a comfort to share her feelings with someone who knows what she’s going through. For Beck, it’s an outlet, someone who understands his anger.

But neither is prepared when they fall in love.

And the guilt is almost too much to bear.

Thursdays—a love story of two broken hearts that find each other…and try to become a whole…


    


Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 24 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.
After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.

   

Sonja's Review


Well, I just finished Thursdays and it's one of those books where I can't write a normal review. It's different and I can't do it the same way I do all the others. And I know what I want to say but then I don't, so I guess I should just start at the beginning. 

I was really nervous about Thursdays after reading that synopsis, but Harper Bentley is one of my favorites,  so I decided to go ahead and read it. And I can honestly say that I do not regret reading it although I kind of want some ice cream and to read something happy right now, but that's besides the point. The point is - yes, this book is hard to read, sometimes it's depressing, sometimes it's frustrating, it will make you cry and feel like your heart's been ripped out and stomped on and no, it doesn't end on a happy note for right now, but I didn't have a bad time reading Thursdays all the time. It even made laugh really hard a couple of times, so while it might be dark and there's no light at the end of the tunnel just yet, it's still worth the read because there are light moments, there are happy times and I really loved reading about them. 

If you want a book that will make you feel both the good and the bad, then you should pick Thursdays up. It's just real and there was so much that I loved, respected, and admired about the way that Ms. Bentley wrote this book. It truly is amazing and I will definitely read the next book, although I will admit that I'm glad that I have a little break before I read it.

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Monday, November 21, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas by Rebecca Rohman


Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas
A Follow-Up Novella to Love, Lies & The D.A.

Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Pages/Words: 257/47,000
Format: EBook & Paperback

Synopsis

When Bleu Resorts owner, Jada Kole decided it would be a good idea to keep a secret from her husband, it never once occurred to her that he might have an even more stunning secret than hers.

The last year of Jonathan Kole’s life has been marred by complications, pressure and is beyond stressful both at his law firm and at home. Jada being overseas for an extended period doesn’t make things any easier to deal with.

But secrets have a way of getting out. Add a sultry blonde and a child to the mix and Jada and Jonathan’s happily married life quickly turns into a very dark shade of bleu. As things fall apart, it turns from bad to worse when one of them ends up on the wrong side of the law and something ominous enters their lives.

With Jada and Jonathan battling problems inside their marriage and things disintegrating in every direction on the outside, will San Francisco’s biggest power couple be able to get their lives in order? Or will it bring about the demise of their world and their child’s?


Excerpt – Opening Scene (SPOILER ALERT)

“Vous avez un cancer du sein.”

Translation: “You have breast cancer.” Four words no woman wants to hear.

It was on the night of the grand opening of my Paris hotel one week ago and after a long day, while taking a shower, I felt a small lump in my right breast.

After several tests and a biopsy, Dr. Benneteau, the oncologist called…

Days later, I still can’t get over the shock.

As I stare at the gray clouds that cover the Eiffel Tower, my phone rings, snapping me out of my thoughts. My husband Jonathan’s face illuminates my screen.

“Hey, baby. How are my two favorite men in the world?”

“Overwhelmed. I just had a break and I wanted to be sure I checked in with you. Any idea when you’re going to be home?”

Not anytime soon.

“Apart from seeing your handsome face and my sweet son for a couple days, I really can’t rationalize flying across the Atlantic for two days. I have to head over to Austria to make sure everything is on schedule with the property there.”

“I miss my wife, and Jordan misses his mom.”

My chest aches at the sound of his words. “If you really want, I’ll come home but it would be so much less pressure on me if I just stayed.”

He sighs at the end of the line and mumbles a disgruntled, “Okay.”

“It’s not like you’d have time for me either if I came, is it? You couldn’t even make the grand opening of Paris Bleu. All you’ve been telling me is how crazy it has been trying to get everything in place at the various branches of the firm.”

“That’s true. I just miss you that’s all. Things just seem so much easier to handle when you’re here.”

His words warm my heart. “I miss you too. I’ll be home as soon as I am able, I promise. In the meanwhile we always have FaceTime. But don’t you ever forget how much I love you.”

“I love you too, babe. I have to go. I’ll be in touch soon.”

I end the call.

I may not have gotten over the shock of my diagnosis, but from the moment I found the lump, I’ve spent all my time researching it, and I have another appointment with the doctors this afternoon.

Jonathan’s been overwhelmed of late since his sister Megan moved to Switzerland and his right-hand man, Cooper, lost his wife after a battle with—breast cancer. I don’t want to worry him. Besides, it’s just stage two breast cancer…or at least that is what I continue to tell myself.

I have already made up my mind about what I’m going to do—handle it on my own. Have a double mastectomy so this never ever resurfaces again and tell my husband when I get home. That way, the problem will be handled; they’ll see that I’m healthy and we can all just move on with our lives. I’ll be saving them the agony of going through this anyway…

My Review

Okay, I wanted to Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas, but boy oh boy, was I nervous to start after that synopsis! I obsessed over it, worried about it, and had all these different scenarios playing in my head while I had to wait before I could read it - the anxiety was real, my friends, but you know what? It turned out that it was all for nothing and I truly could not have been happier for that! I just need to remember to trust Ms. Rohman and not freak out so much because this book was seriously excellent and I looooved it! 

I still loved Jonathan at the end of Love, Lies & The D.A., but it was more of that I-love-you-but-I-kind-of-want-to-kill-or-maim-you type love. I think that's part of what made so anxious for this book, because while I knew that he was a great guy and I didn't think he would do anything to hurt Jada on purpose, I guess I had some trust issues even though I knew they were unwarranted - what can I say - I'm a mess sometimes. Although I am happy to report that I just love love Jonathan now and there is no residual anger or irritation left over. Jonathan is is beyond wonderful here and if you were like me, then he'll make you proud and get you back on his side and if you loved loved him, then he's only going to make you fall even more for him! 

Man, I though Jada was kicka*s before, but she's just been upgraded to bada*s status! The woman is so strong and even though she has her doubts, weaknesses, and insecurities here, they just made her more real and extraordinary. Jada is a classy and elegant, but don't mess with her because she'll put you in her place and it's absolutely epic when she does. My love for Jada only grew and she's my favorite Rebecca Rohman character and honestly, I think she always will be! 

Well, Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas may not have been as angsty as I tortured myself thinking it was going to be, but make no mistake, it's still going to get you. It will punch you in the gut, stop your heart, and make you ache. It will definitely still give you a little anxiety and normally, I'm not one who loves when authors write another story about a couple's happily-ever-after after the fact, but this is one that you should really consider reading because it just made Jonathan and Jada such stronger, better people not only as a couple, but as themselves too. It was beautiful, meaningful, amazing, and I love it even more than the first book! 

Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas should be read after Love, Lies & The D.A., it's told from Jonathan and Jada's POV, and yes, they get their happy ending again only better!

~ Sonja, 5 Stars

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Love, Lies & The D.A. – Book #1 In The Series

Jada McLean is about to get married in nine days, when she walks in on her fiancĂ© in a little more than a compromising position. Days later, she’s on a trip that she intends to be relaxing and a prelude to her fresh start, when she runs into the rude, obnoxious, but gorgeous Jonathan Kole.

Jonathan Kole is San Francisco’s newest District Attorney. When he finds himself deeply attracted to a stunning beauty, he has no idea that she’s about to get into BIG trouble with the law—and he’ll be the one presiding over her trial. To make matters worse, his father is the lawyer representing her in the high-profile case.

When a series of events force them together over New Year’s weekend, Jonathan’s feelings and ethics will come into question, while Jada comes to terms with the fact that she is falling for the man that will be responsible for attempting to put her behind bars… Little do they know, they’re both about to fall into a whirlwind so deep, it will send both their lives spiraling out of control.

About Rebecca Rohman

Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the northeastern United States. She was a sales manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company and fine wine distributor.

About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel purely to entertain herself. In early 2012, she decided to complete and release it. Since then, she has released three additional novels and one novella. Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas, was released mid-November 2016.

 

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REVIEW: Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst

 
Title: Searching for Disaster
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For, #4.6
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: October 10, 2016

Synopsis:
The next highly anticipated novella in the Searching For series, a romantic spin-off of the Marriage to a Billionaire series from New York Times bestselling sensation Jennifer Probst.

When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy novella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.

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Jennifer Probst is a new author to me, but she is fast becoming one of my favorites! Everywhere and Every Way was her first book for me and so when I saw Searching for Disaster, I immediately wanted to read it. It took me a little while to get to it and after reading it, you can bet that I'm kicking myself that I waited as long as I did because it was utterly fantastic. I absolutely fell in love with the story and now I CANNOT wait to read the rest of the books in the Searching For series! 

Izzy is funny and sweet and she tries so hard to be good and strong that I couldn't help but love her. Sure, she has her weak moments and times where you want to nudge her so she'll wake up and see how special she is, but I couldn't be or stay mad at her for that. Izzy has a little baggage, she has her struggles, but she's real and I know that you'll love her!

And if I know you'll love Izzy, then I have no doubts whatsoever that you will love Liam just as much and probably more than her! Liam is kind and patient and understanding. He definitely has the whole alpha, dominant, possessive thing down, but he's not afraid to let Izzy lead when he knows she needs it and he gives her space to figure things out too. Liam is completely amazing and I positively loved him!

I had such a great time reading Searching for Disaster! It had me laughing pretty much all of the time, it was light and fun and I never wanted to stop reading it. It's not all rainbows and butterflies all the time though, it still made my heart squeeze and ache and made me worry about Izzy and Liam even though I knew they were going to get their happy ending. It was just a beautiful, steamy, sweet, and wonderful book and you can bet that I'll be getting the other books and reading them as soon as I can! 

Searching for Disaster can be read as a standalone, it's told from Liam and Izzy's POV, and they do get their happy ending.
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

About the Author:
Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, "A Life Worth Living" chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.

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Website and Blog: http://www.jenniferprobst.com