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Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard hasn’t had an easy year. After losing her husband, she is raising two small children alone while trying to navigate the tricky and sometimes shallow halls on Capitol Hill. A string of nasty speeches has her scrambling to apologize to any number of candidates, including newly elected Republican Jack McIntyre. Falling in love again is the last thing on her mind.

Jack McIntyre might have a reputation as a playboy, but he has his sights set solely on his new colleague. Can he break through Caroline’s grief and capture her heart?

Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate contemporary romance, and undying love.

For readers 18+. Ends in a cliffhanger. The first part in a six book saga.

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BUSINESS CARD FRONTCecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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ARC REVIEW: The Confessions by, Tiffany Reisz

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Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire… 

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Sterns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: ‘I met Eleanor.”

So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Sterns,” a moving coda to the RITA®  Award-Winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.

This collection also includes “The Confessions of Eleanor Scheriber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively for The Confessions.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.

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Be aware – if you haven’t read The Original Sinners series yet? (and why the hell haven’t you???) there may be spoilers ahead… 

I was more than a little excited when I received an ARC of The Confessions. I was walking into my yoga class, scrolling through my emails and literally squealed, embarrassing myself and scaring some older woman. I turned around – walked out – and sat in my car for nearly twenty minutes, diving in head first.

I’m fairly new to the Original Sinners, I just picked them up last year and I’m still recovering from The Queen. I’ve been so enthralled with this series the last couple of months, reading all eight books and then going through each little story in-between, now indulging yet again with The White Years on Audible.

So when Tiffany Reisz said she was actually releasing a novella – The Confessions….an updated version of the 40-page limited edition? I was a tad bit excited…. just a tad.

In this short novella we’re given Confessions from both Soren and Eleanore. And then, god bless her, we’re treated to an indulgent Q&A with the Queen herself, Ms. Tiffany Reisz.

Be warned, if you haven’t finished the complete eight book series? The Confessions does contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Marcus Sterns sits down with Father Stuart Ballard, probably one of the funnest priests I’ve ever read. A priest that would prefer listening to Guns & Roses than to his own congregations choir sing. The man has the best sense of humor – one that will help him with Marcus’s (Soren’s) confession. Because it takes a brave and understanding soul…. no less a priest to handle the amount of burden bestowed to them with Marcus. Father Ballard is aware of Soren’s predilections…. he’s aware of the time he’s spent with Kingsley… he knows Soren’s deepest and darkest secrets. And deep down, you can tell he cares greatly for him…. from the angry fearsome boy he met, to the man and faithful priest he is now… there is great affection between these two.

To witness Soren being so open was…. quite jarring. You know he has fierce emotions when it comes to Eleanor & Kingsley, but to witness his vulnerability with Father Ballard… well, it was something I wasn’t quite prepared for. It was quite something to see, witness even as his confession flows out of him… honestly… brutally and strangely sanguine.

I fell for Soren all over again…. and perhaps even more. If that was at all possible.

But just when you think this story can’t get any better? Eleanor takes lead … and my favorite smartass switch is at her best in this short. She’s vulnerable – only to Father Ballard, because Eleanor is stubborn, questioning her own feelings and finding every little flaw within them. But her feelings are real…. true and something I had wondered about for a very long time. Eleanor’s Confessions were beautifully satisfying…

And just wait until the Q&A with Tiffany Reisz – you will not be disappointed.

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About the Author, Tiffany Reisz

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Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. 

She lives in Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die. (via the author’s website)

5++++ REVIEW: The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy Boxset (Books 1-3) by Cecilia London

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Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.


“If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!” – Irene, The Literary Gossip

“I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don’t want to miss it.” – TeriLyn Reviews


“…One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don’t think I will ever get it back.” – Bianca, Biblio Belles

“This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London’s writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.” – Vivian, Beauté De Livres

“An unforgettable saga unlike anything I’ve ever read before…I can’t recommend this series enough!” -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance

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Dissident:

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

Conscience:

Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn:

Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

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This series is very different from what I typically read, and I was in a major reading funk when I picked it up but after reading the synopsis of Dissident my curiosity was definitely peeked. Dissidents prologue is action packed, full of suspense and cultivates questions left and right as the heroine, Caroline is on the run with Jack…. but from who? This is just one question you’ll have as you dive into The Bellator Saga, a series that grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go – as the story begins we’re sent back five years, the story developing through both past/present tense slowly unveiling secrets …. dark secrets that are lurking throughout every.single.chapter. Cecilia London warns us this is a six book series, ending with a cliffhanger ….and I’m not sure I’ve ever been as affected by a series before – to the point where I’m emailing the author pictures of my face covered in tears….. hating her – loving the characters and having real fear for what is going to happen next. Again though… Dissident is only the beginning. 
As the story continues in Conscience we pickup right where we left off in Dissident, Caroline is slowly recovering… only to wake up in a nightmare I’m not sure I could handle…. reading this book, Cecilia London broke me – and broke me hard. I’ve felt for characters in the past – I mean who hasn’t? But when you’re sobbing to the point you can’t even continue reading? Just one sentence…. and the image of a stuffed hippo. Even thinking about it breaks my heart – months later. Read.This.Series. You will understand. The Bellator Saga is a series I have told endless people about and one that’s soooooo hard to explain without spoiling the entire story for you. But trust me, you will fall in love with Caroline. She’s a quick witted smart mouthed politician who stands up for herself, and the people that mean most to her. The friendships she holds dear, you will find yourself feeling the same – you’ll want to be a part of their conversations, their inside jokes. Throw Jack McIntyer into the mix and you have some of  the hottest scenes I’ve read in a very long time. 
The Bellator Saga is very much a genre crossing series that will stick with you for a very long time. You will laugh with Caroline, you will fall hard for Jack, you will have hope in your heart that there is a light at the end of this tunnel …. you will feel every single piece of this series.
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When they reached the ballroom he locked the door behind him. Jack walked over to one of the decorative side tables and produced a box wrapped with red paper.

“Merry Christmas,” he said, handing it to her.

“Why didn’t you give this to me earlier?”

“I needed us to be in private when I gave it to you. Open it.”

It had to be jewelry. “I told you not to get me anything outlandish.”

“I don’t have to listen to you. Even if we are married.”

Caroline ripped the paper away. She opened the box and was greeted with an exquisite emerald necklace. Fringe design, with each individual green stone framed by tiny sparkling diamonds. The necklace was dripping with jewels from end to end. It looked like a prop from an eighties soap opera except it was stunningly, gorgeously real. She wouldn’t even want to speculate about the cost. “Jack-”

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She was convinced he only gave her presents just to gauge her reaction. To see how long she’d gawk at them before starting to gush. Caroline wasn’t refined when it came to her spontaneous responses to him. Did she like the necklace? A rather silly question since it was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen.

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

He took the box from her. “I didn’t recall seeing you with anything other than sapphires or diamonds. We’re going to have to do something about that.”

She could only imagine the media attention they’d get if she paraded around wearing a necklace that cost more than what the average household made in a year, several times over. Sometimes her husband forgot that he was running for governor, not auditioning for the cast of Falcon Crest. “It’s too much, Jack. It’s so…elaborate. I can’t wear that in public.”

He smiled. “Then don’t. Wear it just for me.”

“Just around the house? Like, when I’m watching baseball and stuff?”

He laughed. “‘And stuff’?”

Her language was less polished than usual. “I’ve had a ton to drink today. I can’t always be articulate.”

Jack pulled her to him, leaning toward her ear. “How about you wear the necklace and nothing else, and grant your husband a dance?”

Now she saw where he was going. “A nice Christmas waltz?” Caroline suggested. “Fully clothed, of course. We must always be proper.”

He tugged at her sweater. “Try again.”

His romantic and seductive gestures were sweet, but impractical. “It’s cold in here.”

“I’ll turn the heat up.”

“What about you?”

“We don’t need to worry about me.”

Caroline sighed. “I meant your clothes.”

He unbuttoned her pants. “They’re staying on.”

That seemed unfair. “I’m not sure I like this power differential.”

Jack ran a finger under the waistband of her panties. “I think you do,” he whispered.

She shivered when he pulled her pants and underwear down. “Will there be music? Or are you going to parade my naked self around the ballroom in silence?”

“I picked a special song for the two of us.” He grinned. “And you won’t be naked. You’ll be wearing the necklace.”

She ran her hands down the front of his shirt, imagining how it would feel for her bare chest to rub against it while they danced. “You will undress at some point, right?”

He kissed her again. “Upstairs. Let me do this,” he said softly, stripping off the rest of her clothes, even her bra and panties. He laughed when he reached her socks. “Are those dinosaurs?”

Caroline liked wearing fun socks. She didn’t care if they were juvenile. She’d get away with it for as long as she could. “They’re wearing little Santa hats.”

Though he’d started to yank them down, he hastily pulled them back up to below her knees. “These can stay on. But only because they make you look so damn adorable.”

She tried not to think of what she’d look like wearing nothing but whimsical dinosaur knee socks and an emerald necklace, but the expression on his face indicated that Jack didn’t particularly care. He kissed her deeply before retrieving the necklace. He took his time placing it around her neck, then stepped back to look at her. It took all her effort not to blush. She hadn’t anticipated the night ending this way.

Jack tipped her chin up. “You look fucking marvelous.”

Her face had to be as red as a cherry. “Even with the socks?”
He brushed a stray hair out of her face. “There are few things sexier than a woman wearing an emerald necklace and dinosaur socks…and nothing else.”
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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!: The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy Boxset (Books 1-3) by Cecilia London

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Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.


“If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!” – Irene, The Literary Gossip

“I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don’t want to miss it.” – TeriLyn Reviews


“…One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don’t think I will ever get it back.” – Bianca, Biblio Belles

“This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London’s writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.” – Vivian, Beauté De Livres

“An unforgettable saga unlike anything I’ve ever read before…I can’t recommend this series enough!” -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance

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Dissident:

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.


Conscience:

Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn:

Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

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When they reached the ballroom he locked the door behind him. Jack walked over to one of the decorative side tables and produced a box wrapped with red paper.

“Merry Christmas,” he said, handing it to her.

“Why didn’t you give this to me earlier?”

“I needed us to be in private when I gave it to you. Open it.”

It had to be jewelry. “I told you not to get me anything outlandish.”

“I don’t have to listen to you. Even if we are married.”

Caroline ripped the paper away. She opened the box and was greeted with an exquisite emerald necklace. Fringe design, with each individual green stone framed by tiny sparkling diamonds. The necklace was dripping with jewels from end to end. It looked like a prop from an eighties soap opera except it was stunningly, gorgeously real. She wouldn’t even want to speculate about the cost. “Jack-”

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She was convinced he only gave her presents just to gauge her reaction. To see how long she’d gawk at them before starting to gush. Caroline wasn’t refined when it came to her spontaneous responses to him. Did she like the necklace? A rather silly question since it was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen.

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

He took the box from her. “I didn’t recall seeing you with anything other than sapphires or diamonds. We’re going to have to do something about that.”

She could only imagine the media attention they’d get if she paraded around wearing a necklace that cost more than what the average household made in a year, several times over. Sometimes her husband forgot that he was running for governor, not auditioning for the cast of Falcon Crest. “It’s too much, Jack. It’s so…elaborate. I can’t wear that in public.”

He smiled. “Then don’t. Wear it just for me.”

“Just around the house? Like, when I’m watching baseball and stuff?”

He laughed. “‘And stuff’?”

Her language was less polished than usual. “I’ve had a ton to drink today. I can’t always be articulate.”

Jack pulled her to him, leaning toward her ear. “How about you wear the necklace and nothing else, and grant your husband a dance?”

Now she saw where he was going. “A nice Christmas waltz?” Caroline suggested. “Fully clothed, of course. We must always be proper.”

He tugged at her sweater. “Try again.”

His romantic and seductive gestures were sweet, but impractical. “It’s cold in here.”

“I’ll turn the heat up.”

“What about you?”

“We don’t need to worry about me.”

Caroline sighed. “I meant your clothes.”

He unbuttoned her pants. “They’re staying on.”

That seemed unfair. “I’m not sure I like this power differential.”

Jack ran a finger under the waistband of her panties. “I think you do,” he whispered.

She shivered when he pulled her pants and underwear down. “Will there be music? Or are you going to parade my naked self around the ballroom in silence?”

“I picked a special song for the two of us.” He grinned. “And you won’t be naked. You’ll be wearing the necklace.”

She ran her hands down the front of his shirt, imagining how it would feel for her bare chest to rub against it while they danced. “You will undress at some point, right?”

He kissed her again. “Upstairs. Let me do this,” he said softly, stripping off the rest of her clothes, even her bra and panties. He laughed when he reached her socks. “Are those dinosaurs?”

Caroline liked wearing fun socks. She didn’t care if they were juvenile. She’d get away with it for as long as she could. “They’re wearing little Santa hats.”

Though he’d started to yank them down, he hastily pulled them back up to below her knees. “These can stay on. But only because they make you look so damn adorable.”

She tried not to think of what she’d look like wearing nothing but whimsical dinosaur knee socks and an emerald necklace, but the expression on his face indicated that Jack didn’t particularly care. He kissed her deeply before retrieving the necklace. He took his time placing it around her neck, then stepped back to look at her. It took all her effort not to blush. She hadn’t anticipated the night ending this way.

Jack tipped her chin up. “You look fucking marvelous.”

Her face had to be as red as a cherry. “Even with the socks?”
He brushed a stray hair out of her face. “There are few things sexier than a woman wearing an emerald necklace and dinosaur socks…and nothing else.”
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TOP TEN FAVORITE READS of 2015!!

It is that time a year again – my 2015 favorite reads. 

A few of these may be older books – not released in 2015, but my favorite reads of the year non the less. AND yes, I added multiples from my favorite authors – because sometimes, you can’t pick just one!

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Undeniably Chosen (Significance #5) by Shelly Crane

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5++++ REVIEW…………. HERE

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Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever; her significant.

Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interests at heart, but he isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally – after a lifetime of waiting for her – meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.

The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgement or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing and they’ll have to light their own way int he dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything…. they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.

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It felt like I was waiting a VERY long time for this book – after everything that Maggie and Caleb went through in the Significance Series – to be able to see what they’re up to now was awesome, and to see their daughter Ava go through the chaos with Seth was very reminiscent of the first four books – I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Gus (Bright Side #2) by, Kim Holden

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The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

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Gus….. good God. This book gutted me. I started at a point this year where I was suffering from one of my worst reading slumps. I had to stop and pick it back up when I could appreciate it. And i’m so glad I did. Apparently I needed a vacation and while I was running around Wales this summer with my husband I picked Gus back up and couldn’t put it down until I was finished with it. It reminded me of how much I missed Kate, and how much I loved Bright Side. 

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Fangirl & Eleanor & Park by, Rainbow Rowell

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5+++ REVIEW of Fangirl ………. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age take of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow Fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.

But for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Reading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t leg go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…. And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

5++++ REVIEW of Eleanor & Park …….. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

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These two books blew me away this year and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve re-read them via Audible. Fangirl – Cather…. everything about this story was sweet and beautiful. Eleanor & Park, everything everyone says about it is true. It will remind you what it was like to connect with someone at an age where you don’t think anyone could possibly understand you. The music is pretty bad ass to boot!

Obviously both of these books weren’t published in 2015 – but they were new to me this year. 

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The Original Sinners Series , by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz - The Red Years

Tiffany Reisz - The White Years

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You can check out my reviews here: The Siren | The Angel | The Prince | The Mistress  (more reviews to come!)

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I have been living in a perpetual state of Tiffany Reisz for many months now – how I’ve not picked these books up until now is beyond me. I grabbed a few paperbacks sifting through thrift stores in Wales and the second I picked up The Siren – not even 1/4 through the book I was downloading book 2 and 4 onto my Kindle. The one thing I can be thankful for is that all books were released by the time I picked up the first. Because this woman LOVES  a cliffhanger – 

These books – these characters – these stories are so intertwined through each book, I was mesmerized by them. I still refer to them as real people when I try to explain the stories to friends. Because they were – and still are very real to me. I feel for them – I feel their pain, their love…. all of it. 

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Beautiful Bastard Series & The Wild Seasons Series, by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren

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You can read my reviews here  – Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) | Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) | Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3)

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There will never be a favorites list that doesn’t include Christina Lauren for me – they’re to of my absolute favorites. Their stories and characters are both sexy and hilarious. Their sense of humor is fantastic – the banter, the sex – everything. Beautiful Beloved we got to see a peek at Sara & Max and their family life now – and dredge deeper into Max’s brother’s life….. Niall Stella in Beautiful Secret. Move over Max, Niall just kicked you out of my favorite brit spot. Good god.

And as much as I loved the two new installments in their Beautiful Bastard series – I was sooooo excited for Lola & Oliver’s story and they did NOT disappoint!

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2015 Novels by Alessandra Torre

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You can check out my reviews here: Do Not Disturb (Deanna Madden #2) | Tight | Hollywood Dirt | If You Dare (Deanna Madden #3)

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2015 was a fantastic year for Alessandra Torre and an even better year for her readers as we got not one but FOUR books from her! This year she took a darker turn with the continuation of her Deanna Madden series, and then she brought us something different with Tight and Hollywood Dirt. Tight being something dark and sinister – and Hollywood Dirt a more contemporary story for her. All four books I loved equally for different reasons and there was no way I couldn’t add all of them. 

I make these lists this way, otherwise it would be nothing but Alessandra Torre and CD Reiss

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CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by, Jessica Park

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5 Star REVIEW………. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads to coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the lines between life and death blurs.

When and end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A triller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

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Clear is STILL one of the most original stories I’ve read in the last three or four years. It’s everything like the synopsis says – a thriller…. a paranormal and a passionate romance. But above all else, you get that biting narration of Jessica Park – an author that writes a story for you to live in. Not just read – but really live in while you’re experiencing it. And Clear did just that – I felt every single thing about it – the relationships between Stella, Sam and Costa? Do yourself a favor and pick this gem up – if you’re not into paranormal novels? You’re in luck – because this is not your average paranormal. It’s a story unlike anything you’ve read before and you will not be disappointed. 

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The ending of her Cocktail Series & The Beginning of her Hudson Valley Series – Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton

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5++++ Star REVIEWS:  Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) | Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)

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Anyone whose read my blog knows I’m a lover of all things Alice Clayton. Last Call – the ending to her Cocktail Series was bittersweet – bitter because it was the end, and sweet because it was the best possible ending of a series I’ve ever read. When I heard she was writing a new series called Hudson Valley? Of course I was on board – but I had no idea how fast and hard I’d fall for her new characters.

Roxie and Leo are not Caroline and Simon – they’re the best kind of humor all on their own – a totally different world and new characters I can’t WAIT to meet!

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The Bellator Saga by, Cecilia London

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5+++ REVIEWS: Dissident (Bellator Saga 1) | Conscience (Bellator Saga #2) | Sojourn (Bellator Saga 3)

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The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London has been one of my favorite series of 2915 and looks to be one of my favorites to continue on into 2016 with her upcoming release of Phoenix. This is a series is raw – thrilling and leaves you reading as fast as you can to see what’s going to happen next. A drama – a political thriller and yes, a romance. Caroline and Jack will suck you in and leave you desperate to find out what happens next. 

The characters are three dimensional, the humor – the depth – the feelings…. oh Jesus, the range of emotions Cecilia London has put me through in just the first three books? I’ve cursed her, I’ve laughed at the inside jokes and I’ve shed more tears than I thought possible. This is a six part series and I’m desperate to find out what happens next!

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2015 Novels by C.D. Reiss

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5+++ REVIEWS: Coda (Songs of Submission #9) | Shuttergirl | Rule (Songs of Corruption #3) | Forbidden (Songs of Perdition #3)

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 What an I say? CD Reiss blew me away this year in so many ways. She gave me an ending to three very different stories. Jonathan & Monica, Fiona and of course, Antonio and Theresa. But, she also gave us a new story – something very different from her Drazen family – Shuttergirl, a contemporary romance that hooked it’s fingers in and didn’t let go until the very end. There was no way in hell I could have made a decision on which of these books to pick as number one – although, Fiona has always been my favorite – and the last and final book in the series probably one of the most brutal yet beautiful stories I’ve read all year, there was no way for me to pick just one. I loved them all – all of these stories have stayed with me and will continue to. 

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Here’s to 2016 and the stories to be told!

5++++ REVIEW: Break (Songs of Perdition #3) by C.D. Reiss

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Book 3 in C.D. Reiss’s Songs of Perdition Series. 

You can purchase book three, Break on it’s own – exclusively at Amazon

And if you haven’t met Fiona Drazen yet?

You can get all three books: Kick, Use & Break together in Forbidden, also exclusively at Amazon.

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~ Synopsis ~

Everything about Fiona is forbidden. 

She’s a party girl with dark desires. 

She’s beautiful, irresponsible, irresistible. 

She’s my patient. 

I’m her therapist. 

I’m past wanting her. Past possessing her. Past bedding her or protecting her. 

I’m willing to be self-destructive, negligent, brave, audacious, and stronger than I ever believed possible. 

She’s blunt force trauma to the heart. 

And she calls another man Master. 

(Forbidden contains Kick, Use, and Break from the Perdition Series. It is the ENTIRE STORY with a complete beginning, middle and end. If you read Kick and Use, Break is easily found in the table of contents, and it’s a full length novel.)

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REVIEW

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this book for a very long time. (not rubbing it in Christine.) Fiona Drazen has been my absolutely FAVORITE Drazen since she popped on in CD Reiss’s Songs of Submission Series with her foul mouth and insane antics. She’s the sister who knows and proudly admits she’s the fuck up of the family – the junkie, the party girl, the whore. She is brutally – painfully honest about herself and the things she does, wearing them like a badge of honor. And this may scare away some, but for me? It’s the very reason I adore her.

In Break we pick up right where we left off in Use. Fiona is out of the hospital, back with Deacon and trying to cope with everything that happened while she was in the institution. Between Elliot and Warren Chilton – our girl is seriously scattered and if possible, a little more broken than she was when she went in – which is saying a lot.

Fucking Warren Chilton – the entire time I read his name, it made me think of Hannibal Lector’s nemesis when he was locked up in an institution. Hannibal ate him for dinner later on and I hoped for the same outcome of this Chilton too.

Then of course is Elliot and Master Deacon… Jesus. The things Fiona gets into. These two men couldn’t be more opposite from one another. Elliot, psychiatrist in residence at the institution Fiona just left – wanting to help her, wanting to get her through everything she’s suffering from; mostly herself…. and Deacon, wanting the same things, just in his own ways through control and dominance. Deacon knows deep down that Fiona isn’t a true submissive – but she submits for him, he controls her, he owns her. But now, after everything, Fiona isn’t sure she needs or wants it anymore.

This story was a kick to the gut – it hurt me, I broke more than once reading it. Fiona is an open wound, festering un-apologetically for everyone to see – and Elliot definitely sees.

“Isn’t there some kind of rule about not talking about your patients?”

“I break rules with you. I’d break more. I’d break them all.” 

And just when you think things can’t get anymore complicated for Fiona – BAM! You get kicked right in the feels all over again, adding a whole other chapter to this story. One, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about at first, but ended up being beautiful for so many different reasons.

This was the end for Fiona – her life a culmination of disastrous choices – a life definitely lived, but perhaps not always for the better? She finally stops to question that – only to discover that her life is worth living and maybe…. just maybe she’ll get her happily ever after…. ?

“You make people think of you for a living. You remind them you exist.”

There couldn’t be a more poetic way to describe Fiona – than in those very words.

I was both happy and sad when I finished this story – it’s bittersweet saying goodbye to one of your favorite characters, and I must have read the last chapter a dozen times afterwards. The perfection is indescribable.

I would have waited another year for this book –

Check out my other reviews in the Series!

Book 1: Kick

Book 2: Use

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About the Author, C.D. Reiss

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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in her bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or her might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

5+++ REVIEW: Breathe (Songs of Submission #10) by, C.D. Reiss

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~ Synopsis ~

Discover Jonathan and Monica

He was the dream I never knew I had until he claimed me. The kinky billionaire who wanted to give pain as much as I wanted to receive it. He’d marked me as his own and I accepted him. I trust him completely. I swear I do.

But now, things are getting complicated. I have a career, and he has his claim. How far is he going to go to mark me? And am I going to run or stay?

WARNING: This novella has some of Jonathan and Monica’s roughest encounters. That’s how they like it!

*This takes place after he reclaims her in the studio, and before the second wedding. If you already love them, they’re hotter than ever!

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REVIEW

Why the hell it’s taken me this long to review Breathe is BEYOND me! (bad blogger – BAD!)

I swear, the more I read? The lazier I get with this blog – I get sucked into the thick of these books and especially with CD Reiss’s novels – I suffer. I suffer some of the best book hangovers of my life and it’s hard to put into words what I felt while experiencing them. Because when you pick up one if her books? That’s what it is – an experience. Not just reading. But a full throttle experience. Typically one that will leave you up and down – happy – sad and above all else, turned-the-fuck-on.

Breathe was a promise, and god bless her she delivered and did not disappoint.

This book … the culmination of Jonathan & Monica – and what a ride their relationship has been. If you haven’t read any of her Songs of Submission Series? Breathe is a book that you could begin with if you want to get a taste of what their relationship is like? Or it is an added bonus (and some pretty hot ones to boot) to an already fantastic series.

The Drazen Family has given us some very interesting characters and Jonathan being the only boy of the siblings was our first. And what a first he was….

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This series has really just floored me time and time again. It was one of the first since starting my blog that I really truly fell in love with and begged for more. So when CD Reiss said she was going to give us a bonus of Jonathan and Monica? I might have squealed like a little girl and jumped up and down. But when I got Breathe – and devoured it one sitting (like I typically do with ALL her books) I was floored. Because she’s already given us so much – Jonathan & Monica have already gone through so much, what else could she do? What else could she give us?

Tons – fucking tons. That’s what.

It may be a short story, but it’s packed with heavy emotion and a whole lotta’ sexy smut. Jonathan is finding his footing after everything, and Monica? Well she’s trying to find her way both in her career, and existing in their relationship. Craving Jonathan’s dominance, his love…. his body…. finding her freedom within… Jesus. It’s beautiful – brutal and made me fall in love with them all over again.

After I get through the stack of books I’m reading at the moment I’m going to dive in and do a re-read of the entire series, all over again. I miss them – these two have probably been one of my favorite book-couples of all time; ever single story is unique and leaves you yearning for more.

Check out my other reviews of the Songs of Submission Series

Full Series Review……. HERE

Coda (Songs of Submission #9)….. HERE

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About the Author, C.D. Reiss

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Stalk Her: Facebook * Twitter * Website * Goodreads * Pinterest * Tumblr * Instagram

CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.