HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! The END is here! Triumph (The Bellator Saga #6) by Cecilia London

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triumph-ebook-smaller“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.

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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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SURPRISE SALE!!! Dissident by Cecilia London is only $.99! Audiobook NEWS!!!!

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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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REVIEW: It Ends With Us by, Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. when Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart – wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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This book went up for pre-order and I bought it without even a synopsis, or a cover. Because that’s what Colleen Hoover is for me. She’s a one-click – doesn’t matter to me what the story is about, I’ll find out when I crack it open. I never read early reviews because I don’t want the ideas of other people to influence my read. Picking up this book I knew a few things. It was making people cry. It was being praised as Colleen Hoover’s best novel  yet – and it would break me.

Now, that’s saying a lot, considering Hopeless, Losing Hope and Maybe Someday are three of my Top Favorite Books of all time. These books matter to me – and not in the way most people think of a book, “Oh yeah I really enjoyed that.” Or “Sure, it was good.” These.Books.Matter. They’re living breathing things to me –

I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. I stopped myself from reading anything and everything that was out there – I wanted to dive in head first and experience it all first hand – but I wasn’t prepared for the affect it would have on me. Or the fact that I literally couldn’t concentrate on anything but this story while I read it – work, husband, anniversary…. All went out the window while I lived this story. I met Lily and Ryle – on a rooftop in Boston; where their personalities leaped off the page, like only two strangers meeting for the first time can. Both of them suffering in their own way from the events of their day, ultimately bringing them to this very spot. This rooftop. This time. This conversation that will cement in their minds possibilities neither one of them really wants to admit to themselves. It was just one night. It was just one conversation. But …. it was full of naked truths.

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

I can’t properly describe the emotions I felt reading this novel. I can’t properly describe the emotions I have at this moment writing this review. I had to step away – I had to take a few days to get my mind wrapped around this book. The words – the stages of experiences these characters have, evoked something inside me in a way I was not prepared for. I’ve been emotionally invested in Colleen’s characters in the past, but when I read It Ends With Us?  I have never experienced that level of emotional involvement – In.My.Life.

“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”

We get to experience Lily & Ryle’s relationship from the beginning – we also get a glimpse into her past and the relationship she and Atlas cultivate at an age when everything is so new and intense. Everything you experience at fifteen feels like the beginning of the best thing in your world – or the most devastating thing you ever thought could happen. There is no balance at fifteen. But Lily & Atlas’s lives aren’t necessarily ordinary – their relationship built on the misery of their day to day lives. These two share a bond you can tell, still very much affects Lily – even now in the present.

“Sometimes – not very often at all, actually – a voice will penetrate past my ears and reverberate straight down through my body.” 

It Ends With Us is told through a multitude of layers – from the very beginning. This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever written in the three years I’ve been blogging, because I don’t want to give away anything. This isn’t a second chance romance – this isn’t just a romance book – this isn’t a love triangle. This is a book that will blow your perspective away – leaving you questioning a lot of your own ideals. I felt this book on a whole other level because of my own experiences and once you read the book, you’ll understand that even more. It made me see things from a whole different perspective and I allowed myself to quit second guessing – and to quit making excuses not only for other people, but for myself.

I can’t tell you the amount of people I’ve told to read this – bought this for – talked about this story with. Colleen’s not just given us a novel – she’s given us a part of herself.

It was beautiful – it was ugly – it was funny – and it was real.

“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

REVIEW: Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2) by, Alice Clayton

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance int eh brand-new Hudson Valley Series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is… cheese. 

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can. 

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…. love? 

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I have been in the worlds WORST book funk for months – blame it on the 55hr work weeks, blame it on whatever…. I’ve completely cheated on my Kindle with Netflix, movies and painting my damn nails. But there is nothing and I mean NOTHING like a new Alice Clayton book to break you out of that funk!

Her humor – and snarky heroine’s are some of my absolute favorite things. The innuendo, the HUMOR! And of course, the little tidbits of 90’s pop culture she throws in there to make a girl my age totally fucking swoon. Like in Nuts – when Roxy is all about the blonde hunky farmer Leo ala Almanzo Wilder – Little House on the Prairie. Or Caroline in Wallbanger trying to get her “O” back by diving into her spank bank and bring out a little Jordan Catalano action in the boiler room. This is why I love this woman.

Cream of the Crop is no different – but hit home a lot harder for a lot of different reasons. Natalie, one of Roxy’s best friends we were introduced to in Nuts – is crushing on her own Bailey Falls Farmer – The creator of the most amazing cheese this side of the Hudson River… Oscar Mendoza, who by shear coincidence is selling his amazing cheese at her favorite farmer’s market in the city every Saturday – to which of course, Natalie is there to have a two syllable conversation and ogle the hell out of his brie – taking her cheese and scurrying away like a little mouse. Where is the loud – no-fucks-given – hip swaying girl we caught a glimpse of in Nuts? Well apparently when Oscar is around – Natalie turns into all of us at 14 – a nervous ball of pent up energy.

There are many things I loved about Natalie – she is for sure your classic Clayton heroine – but there’s something else. She’s a size 18 and unapologetic about it – which I adore. She’s brazen – she’s loud – and she knows that her hips, thighs and chest are larger in proportion but also in charge. But as we dive deeper into the story we find out this confidence wasn’t always there and I may have shed a tear or two of her back story – of the pain she felt, the humiliation – the sheer hatred of your own body is something most women experience at some point in their life. It’s  just time – growth and realization that makes us finally comfortable in our own skin. Hell i’m 38 and still struggle with this, so reading this book…. it cut me more than once.

Natalie and Oscar … good god, Clayton has basically given us Jason Momoa & Christina Hendricks, down to her hip swaying curves and his sexy-as-hell scar thru his eyebrow. Oscar is a block of man – doesn’t talk much and holds that quiet mysterious thing we all kind of love…. Natalie is hilarious trying to work out how to be around him with out acting like a fool – running away – scarring his cows and finally just taking what she wants; as she would in any other situation with a man.  But as the relationship between these two evolve, there is the ever present back story – with both of them and as things come together – things start to fall apart and we have to wonder, can the Dairy Farmer give this City girl everything she needs? Or is Natalie a little too high maintenance for Oscar’s life on the farm? Are their lives just too different to mesh together?

I love all things Alice Clayton – if you haven’t read any of her books, stop whatever you’re doing and grab one – any one – and you will fall in love with the snark – the humor – and yes,  definitely the smut.

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About the Author, Alice Clayton

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Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening bt not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

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REVIEW: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death… 

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. 

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. 

Then the team starting losing. 

Women started dying. 

And everything in my world broke apart. 

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Wow – this book. Moonshot hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. The first being the author – because Alessandra Torre has this insane talent when it comes to characters. They’re three dimensional, complex emotions that hook into you. Ty & Chase were no different. Ty, only seventeen when she meets Chase for the first time, you get that first love feeling, the tingles… the fantastic feeling of the firsts. Those conversations you have at the beginning of every relationship, opening up and falling in love….

Add the fact that Ty’s father is a New York Yankee and Chase is the new trade…. one that her father is warning her about from the get go? Oh the ANGST!!

I was raised a ballrat from the moment I could walk. Every season was spent at the baseball field watching my older brother’s play ball. Eventually, I took over as bat girl…. so reading through Ty’s chapters was very reminiscent of my childhood – sitting around the boys, being completely enthralled in the game…. and that fantasy I had every summer sitting in that dug out …. with whatever summer crush I’d have…. Chase was the epitome of that.

But then we’re thrown a curve – a massive curve that will leave you wondering WTF?!?! And reading as fast as you can to find out what happens next. Somethings I saw coming…. and then BAM! I was hit so hard for a loop – I threw my kindle, cursed Torre’s name and nearly had a fit.

You can tell how good a book is going to be by the amount of cussing you do at intimate objects… i.e. throwing your kindle. But this is why her books are fantastic – she doesn’t ever play by the rules.

And then…. there are the dead girls.

This book is so much more than your average romance – it’s a first time love story, it’s a second chance love story, it’s a suspenseful murder mystery that leave so many questions unanswered until the very end…. one that will leave you gasping!

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About the Author, Alessandra Torre

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at http://www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

BLOG TOUR & 5+++++REVIEW: Phoenix (The Bellator Saga #4) by Cecilia London

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One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words. 

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart. 

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that shes more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late? 

Phoenix is the fourth installment in the Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series. 

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I don’t even know how to start this review. Phoenix had me in such emotional turmoil….. the angst…. the suspense… and Jack? *Sigh*

Phoenix, being the fourth book in the series I was prepared. Or so I thought…

I try to go into each of these books with some knowledge that Ms. London is going to eviscerate me in some way shape or form, because I’m attached to these characters in a way I rarely feel. They’ve become a tangible thing at this point in my mind. I’m invested, and after everything they went through in Sojourn? I knew Cecilia London wasn’t finished – she would take us through even more and she did not disappoint.

It’s impossible to pick a favorite in this series – all four books thus far are equally emotional and addictive. Typically in a series I’ll find there’s a lull somewhere in the story, but not with the Bellator Saga.

Not.At. All.

Phoenix is different – Caroline is struggling to face everything she’s been working so hard to forget and Jack? Jack is trying…. god is he trying his hardest to be by her side throughout – if she’d only let him. Everything I originally fell in love with throughout this series is in Phoenix – even if the story is a bit different, everything that made me fall in love with Jack & Caroline is here… and this ever evolving series is far from over. 

Phoenix left me with so many hard-core emotions I really didn’t know what to do with myself. I read this book basically in one sitting. I cried with Caroline, I felt the desperate hopelessness of both Jack and Caroline…. I felt every single word in this book. Cecilia London is the master of suspenseful emotions… leaving you on the verge of a nervous breakdown one second and giving you snippets of hope you will cling onto for dear life. 

Phoenix is an open wound – unapologetic and raw. I felt many things throughout this series, but Phoenix? This book hit me in the feels so hard it definitely left a mark. 

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About the Author, Cecilia London

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Cecilia 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 her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!! Phoenix (The Bellator Saga #4) by Cecilia London

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PHOENIX EBOOKOne epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?

Phoenix is the fourth installment in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series.

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Cecilia 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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