Blog Tour + Review – Thrive by Aly Martinez

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THRIVE by Aly Martinez
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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell. 

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make. 

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars
This was a great read!  I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.  Now that I’ve read this one and enjoyed it, I’ll definitely be going back and reading Singe.
Jeremy and Mira were both great characters.  I love how much they still loved each other even after all that time being apart.  Second chance romances just grab at my heart and this book wasn’t any different.  I’m a sucker for second chances and was pulling for the two of them from the start of the book.



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

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

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




Review – Thief by Tarryn Fisher


Note to Self

Love is patient; love is kind.
Love doesn’t boast or brag.
There’s no arrogance in love;
it’s never rude, crude, or indecent-it’s not self absorbed.
Love isn’t easily upset.
Love doesn’t tally wrongs.
Love trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
I’ll fight for her.


Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I have been pulled in so many different directions and experienced so many emotions while reading a book in my life. This series has effectively destroyed me.

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I’ve literally been sitting here staring at my keyboard and trying to think of what to say to properly express my thoughts about this book.  I just can’t do it.  I was ripped apart and then put back together.

Caleb and Olivia had one hell of a story.  Two people shouldn’t have to go through so much heartbreak, drama, and flat out bullshit just to be together.  I appreciated the continued use of the present and past views in this book.  It was able to fill in some things that I had questions about from the last book.  It also continued to add an amazing sense of suspense and intrigue to the story.  There was a point when I was nearing the end of the book that my heart was pounding.  You could practically picture the climax of the story approaching, the pacing of the book picked up, and then all hell broke loose.

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That tiny amount of sympathy that I had for Leah in Dirty Red?  Yeah, that went straight out the window in this book.  I can see now why everyone hates her.  You can add me to that list now.  I got a great deal of satisfaction with one certain interaction between Leah and Olivia.

In the end, I was happy with the way the story turned out and how everything came together.  I just feel bad that the journey was so long and painful for Caleb and Olivia.  Tarryn is an absolute genius with words and I am looking forward to reading through the rest of her books.

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Blog Tour – Love Between Enemies by Molly E Lee

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Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2)
by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date:  January 8, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled: Crush

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

I was so excited when I found out that Zoey was going to get her own story. I really enjoyed her character from the previous book. It’s even better that this is an enemies to lovers story. There is just something about two people who go from not being able to stand each other to falling for each other that gets me every single time! You can’t help but to root for the couple and that applied here to Zoey and Gordon.

I absolutely loved Gordon! He was such a sweet guy.

I also liked that this story takes place in a 24 hour period. It makes for a fast read but there is enough meat in the story that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything.

*Thanks to the publisher and the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Love in the Friend Zone
Molly E. Lee

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
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Review – Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher


Dear Opportunist, 

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever. 

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

What in the world did I just read?! This is definitely what you would call a mind f***. This book sucked me in, put me through a whirlwind of emotions that left me spinning, and then blew my mind.

I read this book in less than 24 hours. I can’t even remember the last time I did that. Leah is so wonderfully, wickedly twisted that I just had to know what was going to happen next. It’s been a long time since I read The Opportunist, and I had trouble remembering what all happened in that book, so I really appreciated the flashbacks that were in this book to events that happened in TO. I really enjoyed the buildup of what happened in the past that led up to what was happening in the present.

Leah. I just had to shake my head at her during most of the book. There were times where I really felt sorry for her. She didn’t deserve the way her parents treated her at all. She was in love with a man that just couldn’t love her the way she loved him. That’s pretty sad. But on the other hand, she drove me absolutely crazy with some of the things she did and decisions she made. As a mother myself, I just couldn’t believe how indifferent she was about her daughter. It just blew my mind the way she would pass her off. Was she really suffering from postpartum depression? Was she just that indifferent about her child? I guess we’ll never know for sure. Leah was a whackadoodle, but she sure was interesting.

I enjoyed Sam’s character. He was funny and offered a little bit of a balance to Leah. For all the snark she threw his way, he gave it right back to her. I also love that he wasn’t afraid to call her out on her crap.

I’m really looking forward to reading Thief so I can see Caleb’s point of view through everything that happened. I’m sure to be in for another wild ride!

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Review: Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich


In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.

Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.

As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

My Review:
3 out of 5 stars

The ending of the last book showed so much promise for the future. I’m really sad to say that I am deeply disappointed in this book and in Stephanie. Just when I thought she was finally starting to mature and make some progress, she ends up right back where she was. I had such high hopes for Stephanie, but now I’m just fed up with it. I already had the next book checked out from the library but I’m not even sure if I will read it now. I am so frustrated and disgusted.

The only thing that kept me from DNF’ing this book is the mystery behind the killings in the ice cream factory. There were several different suspects and I wasn’t able to guess who the killer was so the reveal took me by surprise. Everything all made sense when it came together though.

I also enjoyed that there was the usual humor throughout the book that we’ve come to expect with this series. There were a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Lula is still a favorite character of mine. I love reading about her crazy ideas and adventures.

Unfortunately those things didn’t make up for this mess with Stephanie. I really hope she makes a choice one way or the other soon.

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Review – Begin Again Anthology

Begin Again

A collection of short stories about Hope, Healing, and Love, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI.

Release Date: January 11, 2018



There are times when the Earth stops moving and the weight of its gravity pulls you down, deeper than you ever thought possible. You tumble farther than you ever imagined falling…
And when the sun goes black and your heart feels empty, starting over seems like an impossible feat…
You’re not alone.
Twenty-Two Authors have joined together in this collection of short stories about fresh starts and second chances to help illustrate that even when life takes away everything, and when hope is a horizon you think you’ll never catch, it is possible to Begin Again.
*All Proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI*
Featuring short stories by:
A.M. Johnson
Stephanie Rose
J.A. DeRouen
Ginger Scott
Anne Jolin
Ariadne Wayne
Emery Jacobs
M. Andrews
K.P. Haigh
K. Renee
Maria MacDonald
Faith Andrews
K.K. Allen
Mara White
Autumn Grey
Josephine Brierley
Amanda Richardson
Stephie Walls
Jaci Wheeler
Stephanie Alba
L.A. Taylor
Foreword by Rebecca Yarros


My Review:

Falling by Stephanie Rose
5 out of 5 stars
I love that Jack Jr. got his own story! That made my heart so happy when I found out. But then my heart shattered for him after finding out what he had to go through. I could feel his pain and frustration. We always seem to take it out on the ones we love, don’t we? I am glad that his father was able to talk a little bit of sense into him though. 😉 I loved Danielle’s character. It was so cute how she got a little awkward and nervous around Jack.

Waiting for Autumn by JA DeRouen
5 out of 5 stars
Oh my goodness, how this story ripped my heart open. When fun between friends takes a tragic turn – where do you go from there? I felt so badly for everyone involved, especially Sebastian. I can’t imagine having to live with that kind of guilt. However, he took the hand that life dealt him and did something with it. I’m so proud that he made something of himself and tried to make amends, even if certain people didn’t want to heart it. Autumn and Sebastian were everything I didn’t even know I needed! I loved them so much. I hope we get to see more from them in the future because I need to know how things turn out between them!

Eden’s Goodbye by Faith Andrews
5 out of 5 stars
Oh my word, I knew this story was going to be painful to read since I read Garden of Goodbyes last year. You could really feel the pain that Eden was going through and my heart broke for her so much. I just wanted to reach through my kindle and give her a massive hug. Joy is absolutely everything! She knew Eden needed someone even though she tried to come across like she didn’t and wouldn’t take no for an answer. We all need that kind of friend. We all need a Joy in our life. I’m so happy that Eden had Mason and Joy to get her through her difficult time and to move on with her life so she could start living for herself.

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Review – These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips


Before: Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. Dara is the fearless one, Aubrey the prodigy, yet despite their differences they support each other unconditionally. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After: It’s been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn’t racked with guilt over her role in her best friend’s death. Now, after spending a year away from home in order to escape the constant reminders of what happened, Dara is back at her old high school to start her senior year. Dara thought the worst thing about coming home would be confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it’s not half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey’s brother, every day. Not just because he’s a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she’s betraying her best friend one final time.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Wow. This was a wonderfully written story. The blurb caught my attention (how could it not? I mean, how do you accidentally kill your best friend?) and I was drawn into the story immediately.

What I liked most about this story is that the characters are all so realistic and relatable. It was clear that Dara struggled with guilt over what happened to the point where she was pretty much punishing herself from having any happiness. It was incredibly brave of her to go back home and face what happened, knowing how people would react to her being back. The people at her school weren’t kind to her, but she took it without complaint. Noelle was a great addition to the story and I was so happy that Dara was able to find a group of people who accepted her.

I was really curious about how Ethan would react to Dara being back. His love for her really showed. I liked the fact that things between Dara and Ethan weren’t rushed. That made it all the more realistic.

I like that the chapters switched back and forth between the present and flashbacks to the past that led up to the accident. I feel like that really amped up the mystery aspect of the story for me. I flew through this book in a day because I just had to know what exactly happened that led up to the accident. With all of the rumors that circulated the school about Dara, the reader is also left to wonder if it really was an accident or if Dara did it on purpose.

I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for this story. It was beautiful and a perfect way to close out Dara’s journey of trying to forgive herself, moving past what happened, and healing.  This was my first book by this author and I am looking forward to reading more books from her in the future!

*Thank you to Eric Smith and Rebecca Phillips for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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