*~* Blitz *~* Daybreak by Cheree Alsop



Daybreak
Cheree Alsop
(Girl from the Stars #1)
Publication date: October 7th 2015
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Liora Day, half-human, half mess-with-her-and-you’ll-die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the choice to follow her Damaclan instincts, or trust Devren’s dark eyes and captivating smile that promise an adventure unlike any she has ever experienced.

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Liora twisted the bent end inward until she felt the teeth slide free. She slipped the bar from the handcuff and let it fall off her wrist. In two more seconds, the other cuff was on the floor.

The lock of her cage proved to be more difficult. Luckily, Liora had the two pieces of the tweezers to work with. She bent the second one to match the angle of the first. Following the same steps the apprentice had done so many times, Liora pushed the bent end of the first piece into the lock opposite the pins. She turned it slowly upward until it was in tension.

Inserting the second piece, Liora raked it slowly along the pins. The small metal on metal sound set Liora’s nerves on end. If Malivian found out what she was doing, she would be tortured again. The voice in the back of her mind whispered that perhaps she wouldn’t survive a second round.

A subtle, metallic click sounded. Liora’s heart jumped. She pushed at the bars. Her breath caught in her throat when the door swung outward. Liora stepped onto the cold floor and stumbled lightheadedly. She caught herself on the next cage, pushed upright, and ran down the hall.

The alarm sounded when she hit the button for the hatch to open. As soon as the gap was wide enough, Liora jumped out. Her feet, then her knees, hit the deck of Gaulded Zero Twenty-One. She shoved up to her feet once more and ran past the other starships.

Even at the late hour, the Gaulded’s landing deck was filled with activity. It appeared the Kratos and Kirkos weren’t the only ships who had been attacked. Blow torches, plasma cutters, and blazers filled the contained air inside the Gaulded’s hold with the acrid scent of metal. The sound of mallets and hand saws sounded from every corner.

Crew members of the ships Liora passed turned to watch her go. She felt conspicuous and alone as she darted between space crafts and around repair gear. A giant pallet of artillery swung over her head. Liora ducked and made her way along the stripped hull of a Copper Crow painted to look like an iridescent fish. The name Space Poseidon glowed near the hatch.

Liora ran around the corner and slammed into Devren.

“I was about to come looking for you—” he began.

Tariq cut him off. “Dev, her face.”

Devren gently pushed her back so he could see her better. Liora dropped her gaze at his gentle probing.

“Malivian did this to you?” he asked.

The anger in his voice made Liora look up. Devren appeared ready to kill someone.

“Calm down,” Tariq told him. “Let’s get her to the ship. It’s the only place we’ll have leverage.”

Devren put a protective arm around Liora. Tariq walked behind them like a bodyguard. Liora felt as though she had entered some different reality. Somehow, even with the thought of Malivian coming after her, she felt safe between the two humans who had entered her life by accident.

Author Bio:

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree is a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming. You can find Cheree’s other books at http://www.chereealsop.com

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Gabe (Alvarez Security #1) by Maryann Jordan

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Amazon Description: Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland.
Gabe Malloy, dedicated to his brothers, spent his weekends with cheap booze and easy women. When some of his friends finally settled down, he wondered if he would ever find the woman of his dreams. He just never expected to encounter her in an alley.
Jennifer Lambert worked as a social worker for the city and would often take food to the elderly residents in her building. One night, in an alley behind a restaurant, she was startled by a tall, handsome man wanting to assist. Giving him the cold shoulder, she left…but dreams of him followed her long into the night.
Gabe knew the independent Jennifer was a woman worthy of knowing, but convincing the beauty that she needed him was the challenge. Raising her young brother plus the responsibilities of the elder center, had kept her from looking for love…but she took a chance on Gabe.
Now that he found her, can he keep her safe when someone threatens her and those she loves? Calling upon his brothers, Alvarez Security races to save her before it is too late.


We first meet Gabe and some of the others while they’re on a rescue mission. Fast forward to when they’re out of the Special Forces and are in a security agency together. Each of the men that work there are alpha males but get along well with each other since most of them had served together. While providing security at an event, Gabe goes outside to get away from the starlet that had been driving him nuts. In the alley, inside the dumpster no less, he finds what he thinks is a young female but turns out she’s all woman. It’s almost instant love for him but Jennifer has different plans. She thinks of him as a giant and he thinks of her as a pixie. Which, imagining their size difference, I can see it. Lol

Jennifer is a selfless person, taking care of her younger brother and working as a social worker helping the elderly. She lives in a building which acts as a home for some of the elderly. She does what she can to help out there, take care of her brother, and handle her other cases at the DSS. Gabe begins stalking her in a way and she finally gives in and goes out with him. He knows he wants forever but is willing to take it a day at a time for her benefit.

Jennifer ends up being assaulted when it should have simply been a scare/threat to give up the building the center was in for the elderly . This along with other important parts of the book I shall not divulge leads up to interesting twists I didn’t really see coming. There were good guys I thought were bad guys and bad guys I thought were good guys!


This book has action, adventure and romance. And plot twists. Several plot twists. This was, hands down, one of the better books I have read in a while. Once I started reading, i read it all in one session. No breaks. Straight through. I couldn’t get enough of this book.

I love Jennifer. She is my kind of woman. Smart, sassy, don’t take no crap from anyone kind of woman. Gabe is a no-nonsense alpha male who finds himself accommodating himself to Jennifer’s pace and her life, including her brother who he comes to love just as much as Jennifer herself.

Some of the scenarios in this book, I can see happening in real life and I’m sure they do. Extortion, kidnapping, murder, assault. And not just the bad things either. There are the champions for the people that can’t take on their cause themselves out there.

The authors writing pulls you in from the beginning. There are a few editing errors but nothing that interrupts the flow of the story. I can see how Maryann Jordan is an award winning author and how this book. is a silver medal winner for Readers Favorites.

Definitely a book I would rate 5 stars and gladly do so.


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397 pages

Purchase Link: Gabe (Alvarez Security #1)

Purchased: 11-14-2016

Stared: 11-15-2016

Finished: 11-16-2016

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A Curse Upon the Saints by J. Rutger Madison

A Curse Upon the Saints

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Nurik is a commander in an army and had been fighting in a war that was religious based. His “king” wanted the mines in which Silverwic owned. Silverwic happens to be in the middle of the kingdom of Garmundland. The city isn’t all that protected and Nurik knows that his men can take out the wall and make it to the town.

All of a sudden, there are blasts from the center of the town that he knows his men didn’t cause. A hole is made in the wall that his men were going to take down. Townspeople start fleeing. Nurik runs closer for a better look. Inside the gates of the castle is pure pandemonium. Guards are fighting goat-men. The goat-men are waiting on Nurik and his battalion to enter the castle. When his troops are ready, one comes running up and says that someone is ready for a parlay.

Shaqar, one of the goat-men, requests to speak with Nurik. They end up making each other mad which isn’t a good idea. Shaqar wants to hold the town of Silverwic but also wants to continue on to the next town. Nurik is adamant that he has no orders beyond taking Silverwic, which Shaqar already did. Shaqar has spies everywhere and knows that Nurik is supposed to march on but Nurik does NOT want to be associated with Shaqar. If he could have sent someone else to the meeting, he would have.

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This book is a great book. All the action, adventure and different “creatures” make it a worthwhile and amazing read. All this works well together. This books flows nicely. I haven’t heard of the author before this book but guaranteed I keep an eye out!

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398 pages

$0.99 on Kindle

Chasers by H. W. Vivian

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I found this book while browsing on Amazon and the cover captured my attention. After reading the description, I knew I just had to read this book. And a great choice it was.

Shelby, the main female protagonist, is a bully of sorts. But only to one person, May. May has the attention of the one guy that Shelby wishes would notice her, Gary. All three of them are connected in one major way. They are called “conditionals”. Each of them was born with a stone at the base of their spines. May and Gary were each born with emeralds while Shelby was born with a ruby. There is only one ruby born each generation and they have the biggest burden to bear.

Each “conditional” must go through an obstacle. They never know what it is or when it will hit. But they must go through it. You see, these “conditionals” can not walk on the Earth with their bare feet. A curse was set upon all descendants of a few family lines. As long as they hadn’t repaid their debts to the Spirit Man, then they would not be able to touch the Earth without being swallowed up and dying. Shelby, Gary and May had no idea what this debt was or why they were even targeted.

Towards the end of the book, Shelby’s father ends up telling her the tale of generations past and of how the children were born with stones in their spines. Shelby realizes what her obstacle is. She finds Gary and May and they start it together since that is what fate planned. They are eventually split up in the course of each of their obstacles. Who lives and who dies? What is the legend that surrounds how “conditionals” were created? And in what way is each of their debts repaid to the Spirit Man?

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I enjoyed reading this book. I was entranced from the first page to the last. This is a unique story and I haven’t read anything similar to it before. There are many characters in this book and each of them plays a different role. My favorite would have to be Tyler who is only in bits and pieces of  the book for the males and the female would have to be May. Most, not all, of the characters in the book are likeable and you root for them through the entire book. I was saddened by a few of the deaths in the book but I see how it was necessary and added an extra element to the book.

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302 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

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The Lost Concerto by Helaine Mario

The Lost Concerto

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description:

A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France.  Generations of seafarers have named the place Ile de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist.

The child’s godmother, Maggie O’Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of her husband and best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist. But then a recording of unforgettable music and a grainy photograph surface, connecting her missing godson to a long-lost first love.
The photograph will draw Maggie inexorably into a collision course with criminal forces, decades-long secrets, stolen art and musical artifacts, and deadly terrorists. Her search will take her to the Festival de Musique, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she discovers answers to her husband’s death, an unexpected love—and a musical masterpiece lost for decades.

A compelling blend of suspense, mystery, political intrigue, and romance, The Lost Concerto explores universal themes of loss, vengeance, courage, and love.

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In the prologue, we meet Sofia and Thomas. They are on the run from Sofia’s husband who is Thomas’ father. Sofia stole a journal and manuscript from her husband and read them. This caused her to go into hiding with their son. Only, they weren’t really in hiding. By Sofia doing what she thought would disguise them, it actually made them stand out more everywhere they went. So the man found them easily.
He threatens the life of his own son by putting a knife to his throat. Sofia throws her flashlight at him and then perishes after the man stabs her, only for Thomas to run off and get lost in the mist but to be safe from his father. Sofia and her son had asked for sanctuary and to remain safe in a convent and her prayers were not answered.
Maggie, who is Thomas’ godmother, knows pain beyond compare. Her husband and best friend were murdered in particularly violent crimes. Her son has grown and is twenty years old or so and has a wife with a baby on the way. Maggie is alone in the apartment they once shared and doesn’t like how quiet it is. The quietness gets her to thinking and remembering and that’s just not feasible.
Maggie’s life is thrown upside down when a picture appears and she has no idea where it came from. But she knows that SOMEHOW and SOMEWAY it connects her godson to her first love. This picture, which seems insignificant in the grand scheme of things, sends Maggie into a tailspin of sorts. She now needs answers to more questions than she can fathom. Her life is thrown into danger as she crosses paths with some shady characters but she will not give up her life without knowing why things happened the way they did and what caused them to happen.
Maggie wants to learn why the father of her son faked his own death. She learns from the FBI of all people that he just might still be alive. But she can’t fathom why he would have wanted to leave her or their son. So now she is more determined to find him than ever, knowing there’s that chance that he’s alive. But at the same time, she learns that he could have been part of the reason her best friend was murdered all those years ago. More questions arise and she wants to go on to the journey and adventure to find them. What she expected and what she got are two very different things.
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This book is, without a doubt, amazing. I was captivated from the first page of the prologue until the last page of the book. This book has it’s ups and downs but is a great read. Maggie is a character that you are rooting for from the first time you meet her until the end. The loss of Sofia in the beginning sets a dark scene for the book but it does get better in spots. A great addition to my ever growing book collection and I WILL be reading it again. Give it a chance. If you don’t think the book is for you, I’m sure it’ll change your mind once you start reading!
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$9.99 on Kindle
$20.93 Hardback
430 pages
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Die Zombie Die (I Zombie #3) by Jack Wallen

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Die Zombie Die is the third book in hte I Zombie series by author Jack Wallen.

We know that Bethany, Jean and Michelle were all taken captive by the ZDC. They are all being held in separate rooms. They are all strapped down to gurneys to keep them in place. Bethany is the one that they want and the one they want to deliver her baby. They really don’t care about her, only the child growing inside of her.

This book is in the point of view of the head doctor at the ZDC, Danielle. She was working with Dr Lindsay Godwin from the first book on their cure-all pill when Lindsay was pulled away to the other project. She really had no part in the end of the world to her knowledge. She is working within ZDC walls to try and bring the ZDC down without them knowing. She has experiments locked up in some rooms and is trying to create a cure without the ZDC knowing. But they know it all. She just doesn’t know.

Michelle undergoes “surgery” to impregnate her with infected zombie sperm. She isn’t really impregnated with it but you don’t learn that until the end. The deception this woman puts forth is so maddening while reading this book! But she has her reasons and you learn to understand. Sam, one of the soldiers from the previous book, wants to break out Bethany, Michelle and Jean. So he goes in search of some of his former team members and finds them.

They eventually break into the ZDC and break out not only those three but rescue Danielle who Bethany wanted brought along and the man who orchestrated the end of the world. There is another cell operating in New York and they want the man who started the apocalypse. They plant a device on the back of Sam’s neck that is full of zombie virus and are all too willing to push the button to infect him if he doesn’t deliver John Burgess to them. He does and they release the device from his neck.

What comes next, in their words which are fitting, is a major shit storm!

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This book was awesome to read. Although it was maddening at times because of the depth of her deception and her conflicting feelings, it is a GREAT read. Jack Wallen hit the mark again with this book.

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Amazon Price: 3.99

I Paid: 2.99

Pages: 316

Link: Amazon

My Zombie My (I Zombie #2) by Jack Wallen

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My Zombie My is the second book in the I Zombie series by Jack Wallen.

We know from the first book that Jacob turned eventually because of his bite and that Bethany put him down. We also know that Susan was bitten by him and infected. Bethany, Sally, Susan and Gunther make it to Paris. They hole up in a hospital. Bethany is keeping Susan sedated because it helped hold off the transformation for Jacob, so it could help with Susan, right? It’s been a week that she’s been under and she’s found a doctor who lives close to the hospital that is willing to risk his life to get there to help out.

Afterall, Bethany does have the encrypted file that contains the cure for what they have dubbed the Mengele Virus.  Jean, the doctor, makes it there ans assesses Susan. He knows that keeping her sedated is very risky so he wants to put her in a come which he thinks will help. Bethany agrees. He puts Susan in a come and keeps monitoring her. Bethany sets the laptop up to start cracking the file. All her auto-crackers fail and she is able to eventually get into it.

Things get worse before they get better. There is someone else in the hospital with them. And Bethany doesn’t like it. Which is spot on since he’s spying on them. She eventually catches him and they tie him up. Zander eventually becomes part of their team, but only in appearances. Bethany knows there is something up with him but she doesn’t know what it is. Two more survivors are brought into their group and she eventually trusts them. Mika is eventually injured on a run and Gunther is shot twice by a sniper while trying to save Mika and Michelle. They make it back to the hospital for things to only get worse from there.

Bethany eventually pieces things together and learns Zander’s role in everything. He’s supposed to spy on her and the little group and report back to the ZDC. The ZDC does NOT want Bethany and her group coming up with a cure for the virus and will stop at nothing to prevent her from doing that. When she tumbles to him, he states that he hasn’t reported on them since he became part of their group because he sees the passion and knows there is a need for the cure.

They make it out of the hospital and to another safe spot, with Bethany not trusting Zander with the location of the new spot. They make it there and somehow word gets out about where they are. Susan eventually turns into one of the moaners but only stronger. She is ripped to pieces by another super-charged screamer. Bethany failed to protect her like she promised Jacob so this brings her down.

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There is so much more going on in this book than in the first one. Jack Wallen’s writing gets better with each book! I HIGHLY suggest reading this series!!

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Amazon Price: $3.99

I Paid: $2.99

472 Pages

Link: Amazon

I Zombie I (I Zombie #1) by Jack Wallen

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“I Zombie I” is the first book in the I Zombie series by Jack Wallen.  I first read this book back in 2013 when I first purchased it. I recently (within the last year lol) bought books 2-4. There are still 6 more books in the I Zombie series that I need and will eventually get.

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Jacob Plummer is a journalist. A well respected one. He isn’t tied down with any family and no real friends so the newspaper he works for sends him all over the world. At present he is in  Munich, Germany. He is there to cover the unveiling of a device created by Dr. Lindsay Godwin that is going to help solve the energy crisis. Or so everyone believes.

On the morning of the revealing, Jacob is in his hotel room still. He is woken up by a huge blast. Looking out the window he sees nothing but wouldn’t see anything anyways because of how high up in the hotel he is. He tries calling down to the lobby with no answer. There is no news on the tv, only static. He decides to go investigating. Leaving his room, he goes down to the lobby and is creeped out. There are people lying dead all over the place. And it’s much the same when he goes outside.

There’s no one moving or breathing.  If he weren’t seeing things with his own eyes, he would believe they were all just napping peacefully and were going to pop up at any second. He starts shouting and is surprised. There is no echo and no other sounds around. He finally sees a body, and I say body because it wasn’t a living human but the body was moving. The body is covered in bite marks. He dubs this body as Flaky. Flaky ends up taking a chunk out of his cheek.

Jacob runs and locks himself in a convenience stores bathroom after having grabbed some first aid supplies. There hasn’t been enough time that the chunk and surrounding skin should be dead, but they are. He puts a ton of antiseptic ointment in the crater, packs it full of gauze and covers it. He leaves the convenience store and starts following some feet patterns in the falling ash.

This is all in the first chapter or two! There is no way I could describe even HALF of the stuff going on in this book without making this post a book itself. I HIGHLY suggest getting this book and reading it.

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As we should all know by now, I LOVE zombie books. I’ve read this one before but with having the other books in the series now, I wanted to reread it. I had forgotten some of the things that happen in the book until I read it again! It wasn’t a disappointment the first time I read it and nor the second time.

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Amazon Price: $2.99

I Paid: FREE

328 pages

Link to buy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LGTRX0/

Targeted to Kill (Men of the Badge #1) by Riley McKissack

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Becca Jefferson is a grade school teacher. She has group meetings once a week for the girls at the school to stay late, eat pizza and have a good time. One of her students doesn’t get picked up by her parents and can’t be reached on the phone. So Becca does the right thing and drives the girl home.

She hurries back to her house as it’s later than it normally is and she’s worried about Barley, her dog. She takes him for a walk as soon as she gets home and ends up kidnapped. Before all this though, there is a prison break. Mick Hampton, an undercover FBI agent, and three other felons break out of prison. They leave the safety of the ambulance and get in a backup SUV. Before leaving town, Rowdy the leader, has one more thing he has to do. Guess what it is?

Yep, that’s right. Kidnap Becca. But the thing is Becca and Mick have history together. They used to be a couple before Tess, Becca’s twin, was killed in the line of fire. She was Mick’s partner in the field and he couldn’t deal with what he thought Becca was thinking when she saw him. So he left.

Mick realizes it’s Becca because Barley was brought with her. He just hopes she has enough sense not to blow his cover. This was a REALLY big case that they were working on. He had to find the ones at the top of the chain.

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This was a great book. It was not short on action or adventure at all. Each page led you directly to the other without wanting to take a break or do anything else until you finished all of the pages. I would highly recommend this one.

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Free right now on Kindle. Normally 99 cents

262 pages

A Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess #1) by T.K Leigh

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Meet Olivia. She’s in her late twenties. She works at a health/wellness club in a building in Boston. One night she goes out for drinks with her girlfriends and ends up breaking up with the guy she had been sleeping with. One thing to understand is that Olivia does NOT do relationships. They always end up with broken hearts and she doesn’t want any more of a broken heart than what she has already.

Everyone she’s ever loved has left her. Her mother, her father, her childhood best friend, her uncle, everyone. When she was six years old, her mother packed her up in a hurry. When her father arrived, they climbed in the vehicle and left with him. He was a CIA operative. On the highway, a vehicle behind them slams into them and they end up in a guardrail.

She’s pulled out of the vehicle by her childhood best friend and placed in another vehicle. And then he’s knocked out by the butt of a gun to the back of the head after he promises her he’ll always keep her safe. But she doesn’t remember any of her life before this and she doesn’t remember most of the incident.

But when she meets Alexander Burnham, some memories start coming back while she’s asleep. Alexander saves her from Simon, the one she broke up with the same night that she went to the bar with her girlfriends. Alexander doesn’t deal with relationships either. He’s always been in love with his childhood best friend who everyone says died. But he KNOWS in his heart that she’s not dead. He’s been looking for her for all these years.

Running into Olivia, he knows that she’s his best friend from all those years ago. But it doesn’t appear she remembers him or anything that happened. He doesn’t want to tell her what happened. He knows that something is going on and someone is after her. The question is why. He makes it his mission to try and get close to her and figure everything out so he can try and save her and save himself.

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This is a great book. I’ve had it on my wishlist for a long time and this morning when I checked it, it was free. So I hurried to buy it and I sat down to read it. This was NOT a disappointing book in the least. I absolutely love it. This book has love, heart-ache, romance and erotica in it. It is an awesome story that one should read if they like romances.

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