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 ~ Punishment by Scott J. Holliday

Book: Punishment (Detective Barnes #1)

Author: Scott J. Holliday

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller, Mystery

Release: Thomas & Mercer | July 31, 2018

Do you want to know what it’s like to die, to kill, to really fear for your life? Then get hooked…

Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of the living, the dying, and the recently dead. But extracting victims’ experiences firsthand and personally reliving everything up to the final, brutal moments of their lives—the sights, the sounds, the scents, the pain—is also the punishment reserved for the criminals themselves.

Barnes has had enough. Enough of the memories that aren’t his. Enough of the horror. Enough of the voices inside his head that were never meant to take root…until a masked serial killer known as Calavera strikes a little too close to home.

Now, with Calavera on the loose, Barnes is ready to reconnect, risking his life—and his sanity. Because in the mind of this serial killer, there is one secret even Barnes has yet to see…

PUNISHMENT by Scott J. Holliday was a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. While the cover was what got my attention in the first place, it was the plot that sealed the deal for me. A futuristic story where a machine is invented to extract people’s memories? Yes please. Kinda like what they did in Harry Potter-which I always found so cool, what with them extracting their memories to store and live through again later- but more sci-fi, and with the receiver actually living as the owner of the memory rather than witnessing it like they did in Harry Potter.

Interesting so far? There’s more.

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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 Lie For A Lie by Helena Hunting ~ Guess Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book: A Lie For A Lie (All In #1)

Author: Helena Hunting

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Montlake | October 15, 2019

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a month long sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

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