Book Review ~ Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole

Book: Elliott Redeemed (Preload #2)

Author: Scarlett Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Swerve | August 29, 2017

A single mom and tortured musician find common ground in Scarlett Cole’s Elliott Redeemed, the second standalone romance about the band Preload.

Elliott “Pyro” Dawson burns up the lead guitar like a legend. But the nickname Pyro isn’t just a clever play on words. It’s much darker. A past he’s fought like hell to overcome.

Grocery store cashier Kendalee Walker is at her wits end and homeless. She’s watched her fourteen-year-old son, Daniel, go so far off the rails, he can no longer see the tracks.

When the two are brought together, attraction flares, but the life of a badass rockstar couldn’t be more different than that of a struggling mom. Can Elliott find the family he never had with the sexy woman and her son, or will he fall back on dangerous habits?

I forgot how much I missed the members of the music band Preload. The second book brings us Elliott, the one who plays with fire. Literally. Now, please don’t take it like I’m taking this matter lightly, because I’m not. In fact, one of the main reasons why I love this series so much is that it takes these real life problems so seriously. And then Scarlett Cole not only helps her characters heal, but also shows us that there can always be happiness, hope and healing at the end of such a dark tunnel.

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Book Review ~ Jordan Reclaimed by Scarlett Cole

Book: Jordan Reclaimed (Preload #1)

Author: Scarlett Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Swerve | February 28, 2017

He’s a rockstar, she’s a ballerina, they’re worlds apart yet just what the other needs.

Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.

Now he’s made a career out of playing the music he loves, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.

She craves Jordan.

Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his hard rock edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?

I don’t know if you’re familiar with Scarlett Cole’s writing, but if you’re not, I suggest you start making that happen. I met with her characters first in her Second Circle Series, and then it was one big case of inseparable love. It was about a group of people who had a tattoo parlor. JORDAN RECLAIMED is the first book of the spin-off series that I’ve anxiously been waiting for because I wished for it. Badly. Preload series is about the members of a metal band, guys who come from foster care, and ever since I met them, I’ve been wishing for books of their own.

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Book Review ~ Cut and Run by Mary Burton

Book: Cut and Run

Author: Mary Burton

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release: Montlake Romance | October 9, 2018

Twin sisters separated by the past are reunited by unspeakable crimes in New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton’s throat-clutching novel of suspense…

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.

Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she’s finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking discovery on an isolated country ranch—a burial ground for three women who disappeared thirty years before.

They weren’t the only victims in a killer’s twisted plot. And they won’t be the last.

As the missing pieces of Faith’s and Macy’s dark lives snap into place, Faith is becoming more terrified by what she sees—and by what she must do to save her sister and herself from the past.

I’m fairly new to the romantic suspense genre, a fact that still amazes me because it has the two things that I love reading about, romance and a thrilling case to solve. And Mary Burton’s CUT AND RUN ticks all my favorites boxes that I just mentioned. A sexy romance that slowly but surely builds? Check. A murder case that interests and begs you to dig it deeper? Check. So you see, I easily read through this one.

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Book Review ~ Up In Flames by Jennifer Blackwood

Book: Up in Flames (Flirting with Fire #2)

Author: Jennifer Blackwood

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Montlake Romance | October 9, 2018

It takes one little spark for enemies to ignite into lovers in a searing-hot novel by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood.

Sloane Garcia has butted heads with Reece Jenkins ever since he was a colossal jerk of epic proportions on a night she’d rather forget. So what if he’s overconfident, ultramasculine, and hard muscled? When she finds out he’s on the auction block at the annual firefighter’s charity event, she decides to give this cocky firefighter a dose of his own medicine. Now that she’s won the hunk, he’s on call—to do whatever Sloane wants.

Sure, Reece and Sloane had a rocky start, but he had his reasons. None of that matters now that he’s the bachelor at her beck and call, tasked with granting her four wishes in four weeks. He runs into burning buildings for a living, but nothing will be as tough as dousing the flames Sloane ignites in him. What started out as just a game might end up with Reece losing the one thing he swore he’d never give up: his heart.

Jennifer Blackwood’s second book in her Flirting With Fire series was surely a pleasant read for me. Just like the first book of the series, BURNING UP, UP IN FLAMES was most fun at the misfortune of the two protagonists. Well, mostly the hero, Reece, because he had to volunteer in a firefighter for charity, and his long time friend/recent arch enemy-for reasons relayed to us at the beginning- buys his time for a good amount of money. You know, for charity. Not at all to torture him for the duration of one month that’s supposed to take for him to complete four chores in total for whoever pays the highest.

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Blog Tour ~ A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham ~ Review & Excerpt

Book: A Highlander Walks Into a Bar (Highland, Georgia #1)

Author: Laura Trentham

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: St. Martin’s Press | July 30, 2019

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

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