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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Lost For You

Lost For You Lost For You by Jayne Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Soul Bound. Hope Drowned. Redemption Found.

If that's my next tattoo, will Ms. Frost find it flattering or offensive? I will be hoping for the former.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but what I got was so much better. In the past, I've been hesitant to try new authors. That's something I started to change last year and hope to continue that trend in 2018.
So far, this is the second new-to-me author I've read of 2018 and I could not be happier about the choice I made. Jayne Frost blew me away with this book. I haven't read the previous three books, but it wasn't needed. The characters are all beautifully flawed, tragically lost, and hopelessly hopeful.

This isn't a book that will leave my mind any time soon. Chase and Taryn's story isn't a typical love story. It's filled with pain and loss and heartbreak. It's filled with love and passion.

Chase is an addict. He's been sober for eleven years. That's impressive, as far as I'm concerned. To see the path that he takes in his life--at this moment--is one that I could have never predicted.

Taryn is trying to find her footing in a world where she has been attached to a rockstar. She's trying to show she is on her own--has been for some time--yet the rockstar keeps trying to pull her back down. First loves are hard to overcome and it's even harder when you're still best friends.

But a chance meeting at the local Starbucks proves that sometimes you can outshine your past. Sometimes you can be enough. You just have to find that person. The person who makes you burn and sets your soul on fire. The one you can live without, but don't want to.

Things can't be easy. With an ex in the way and an addiction that's rearing its ugly head, Chase and Taryn are going against the odds. They are going to have to fight for this life. They are going to have to find themselves.

If you like musicians, then Chase is going to sweep you right off your feet. If you like angst, Jayne Frost has provided that for you. If you like secondary characters who are all strong and faithful to our main characters, the Lost For You is the book you need to grab next.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Review: Mercy

Mercy Mercy by Debra Anastasia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Don't mind me, I'll be over here rocking in a corner waiting for my brain to process everything that just happened. I saw the hype, I read the reviews, I glanced at the blurb.

But nothing--NOTHING--could have prepared me for the total roller coaster I was getting on. Picture it, you stand in line, you wait for hours, you can see some of the track, but not everything. You've read the stats, you have them memorized, you know what's coming. You know the first drop is inverted, you know the speeds are high, you know the number of flips and turns and twists you're about to enjoy.

But you know nothing, Jon Snow. Nothing.

Because that ride you have researched and looked at and memorized? The anticipation and the nervousness and the restlessness you have right before you take your seat?

Yeah, that's nothing to what you're about to experience.

Because what those stats and reviews don't tell you is how emotionally invested you're going to be, how the twists and turns and hills are going to hit you back-to-back-to-back and they aren't going to go easy on you. They don't tell you that you're going to hurt while on this ride. They don't tell you that you'll love it, all while your heart sits in your throat and you wait for that big drop, the big surprise, the flip on the other end of the tunnel that NO ONE mentions in the reviews.

That's what you don't see coming.

And Nix? Well, you won't see him coming either. Not until it's too late. You'll already be in love, you'll be invested, you'll want the best for him no matter how far gone he is. You'll want to change your life for him, even when he leaves.

Your friends will be there to support you. You'll carve a new way of life from the ashes that have been left behind. You'll pick yourself up, put yourself together in a new light, and you will not move on.
Because you know he is it for you. He is your forever. And you will wait for him.

Sit back, please buckle the lap belt and pull the lap bar securely over your lap. Keep your hands and feet in the car at all times. And enjoy the ride.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Almost Easy: Plantain Series Novella 5.5

Almost Easy: Plantain Series Novella 5.5 Almost Easy: Plantain Series Novella 5.5 by Amelia Oliver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My MM kick isn't over and this little novella was just what I needed to feel the power of two men. Two men who fought their fight or flight response to become absolutely fantastic together.

I have not read the other Plantain series books. I'm sure I would have appreciated the appearances of the other characters. However, the other characters are fantastic and drive this story just as much as our main characters, Nolan and Rupert.

And Nolan and Rupert's history is one of confusion and questions and heartache. But the journey is half the battle for these two. Forces working against them will have them questioning what they really want and expect from life, but you will not be left hanging--or disappointed.

Go meet Rupert and Nolan. Love them because they are worthy of your love.

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Review: True

True True by Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's here. The end of one of the best MM series I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Logan and Tate have been through it all. They've overcome it all. Now they just want to find their happily ever after, as so many in their lives seem to have found.

But what does that look like for commitment-phobe Logan and the once-straight Tate?

It looks beautiful. It looks like love. And it looks like forever.

You have to read this book to fully appreciate the depth of the love these two have. You have to read it to hurt with them and to love with them and to grow with them. You won't be sorry. You want this story. And you want to read this as soon as you finish book 5, Tate. You want it, you know you do.

And this is also where I say, bravo Ella Frank, bravo. You hooked me with Try. You sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. And yet, as much as I loved and enjoyed every single part of this journey, you didn't have my jaw on the floor until this book. This book, that one scene. You know the one, the elevator when Priest walks out with his....well, you know who. So, courtesy of that little scene and the following interactions with Priest and Logan, well, I'm in for the next story. Just tell me where to sign up because I need it yesterday.

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Review: Tate

Tate Tate by Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should have reviewed this when I finished it, but I just couldn't stop reading the amazing love story of Tate and Logan to be bothered with small things like review writing.

That being said, this is one of those series that just gets better and better with each book. I don't want it to end. The fact that this is book 5 out of 6 has me a bit sad and a lot depressed. However, I am also so incredibly happy and in love with this couple. Ella Frank has me wanting to read everything she's ever written, so I'd say she's done her job as a writer.

I'm invested. I am so invested in this couple that when the proposal finally happens, I am totally blindsided. But I'm not. I'm happy and overjoyed and full of tears. I am also full of confusion and I'm upset that I can't keep all of my emotions inside of myself.

If you've made it this far, you know something big happens. You know these guys aren't finished with their story. And if you were unfortunate enough to read these as they were published, you were left with one hell of an ending with this one. I do not envy you. In this case, I am extremely pleased that I waited for freaking ever to read this series because it's complete. I didn't have to wait it out.

I got the HEA I so longingly deserved. OR maybe it's the HEA everyone deserves.

So, read this, but have True, book 6, lined up and ready to go. You won't be able to sleep without knowing what happens.

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