A Missing Heart by Shari J Ryan

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Amazon Description: I’ve made mistakes. Some of those mistakes have ruined lives, including my own.

Because of this, my past is something I have kept to myself, so when I found a woman who also wanted her past to remain hidden, it felt like the universe was pushing us together.

It turns out the universe had nothing to do with that.

If a person’s past doesn’t exist, the present may not unravel the way it should.

I found out the hard way, when I learned that my wife is not who I thought she was…living with a past I should know about. Her continuous self-destructive behaviors let me know she clearly has a plan—possibly one I never should have been a part of. I keep trying to save her, but she’s making it hard.

Now, both of our pasts have simultaneously rolled into the spotlight—colliding head-on, and causing the present to come crashing down on top of us.

I learned that since our pasts are part of who we are, they will always be the foundation of our present and our future.

The question I have is, will either of us walk away in one piece?

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AJ and Cammy/Cameron are teenagers. She ends up pregnant with AJ’s child and informs him hours before the birth that she’s giving the baby up for adoption but not by her own choice. Her parents are forcing her to give the baby up. AJ is in the room for the birth. He has no say in the adoption as his name was never listed on anything and Cammy always told everyone she didn’t know whom the father was. She admitted it in the birthing room, one their daughter was born but it was too late. AJ walks out, mad at the world. Cammy is asked by the adoptive parents to name her and she names her Everything, Ever for short. There is a reason she named her this but I’m not going to spoil that part. In order to find out this reason, you’ll just have to grab the book and read it. 🙂 I promise you it is worth the price and definitely worth the time reading this emotion wrenching book.

Things come full circle but there is a LOT of stuff that happens in the thirteen years that Cammy and AJ aren’t talking or friends until she just pops up out of the blue one day.

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A Missing Heart is AJ’s story. If you’ve read A Heart of Time then you’ve already met most of the characters that pop up in this book, except a few who are new. Just like A Heart of Time, A Missing Heart will slay your emotions. While reading this book I was laughing and crying, happy and sad and angry. Shari will put you through an emotional roller coaster with this book but what a wonderful roller coaster it is and definitely one that you should take a ride on.

I love Shari’s books. That’s no secret. She will kill you emotionally while reading a book before pulling all the pieces back together. Definitely give A Missing Heart and A Heart of Time a chance and read them. Read her other works if you love these books. I promise you’ll be addicted like I am!


99 cents on Kindle

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344 pages

Purchased: November 19, 2016

Started: November 19, 2016

Finished: November 20, 2016

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.


99 cents on Kindle

397 pages

Purchase Link: Gabe (Alvarez Security #1)

Purchased: 11-14-2016

Stared: 11-15-2016

Finished: 11-16-2016

*I purchased this book for 99 cents*

Tender by Shai Amit

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Tender is a coming of age novel by author Shai Amit. This book follows the night life of New York, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. It doesn’t clean it up or make it seem more spectacular than what it is. It’s down and dirty and right to the point, describing everything the way it is supposed to be perceived.

The book starts with Eitan taking Arik to a bar. He takes him inside, behind the counter and leaves him there. Arik has no idea what he’s supposed to do and then realizes that he’s supposed to work there. From that moment on, Arik hates Eitan and vows never to talk to him again.

Arik is a bartender. There’s one patron that keeps coming that he is drawn too and can’t explain it. She comes in one night with her friend and he, along with Roy the other bartender, decide they are each taking one of the girls home that night. Without a spoken word, they know who is getting which girl and know that the girls had already decided on who they were going home with as well.

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This book is original. Definitely a book to read if you want to learn about the night life in different cities. There are ups and downs all through this book and it will have you questioning your own life by the time you’re done. These characters are everyday people just like you and I. Definitely a book worth reading in my opinion. In this book we learn of the spirit and how one can destroy it themselves and also how to understand our spirits.

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372 pages

$3.99 Kindle

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

Love in the Vineyards by Nathasha Perets

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This book starts off on a tragic note. James and Susan have known each other for fifteen years. Susan was a beauty who kept getting approached by scouts to become a model or actress but she always show them down. She didn’t want any of that. She knew what she wanted and that was James and a family. James and Susan moved into a small house with their twelve year old daughter, Diana. On this special and tragic day, Susan informs James that she’s pregnant. They’d been trying for several years but had been unsuccessful since Diana until now. They were both elated and wanted to break the news to Diana gently since she was used to being an only child at this point. So they decide to go to her favorite restaurant and tell her after eating. Only they never make it to the restaurant. Their car is struck by an oncoming truck driver. Susan dies while James and Diana live. Diana never does find out what the news was that they wanted to share with her.

Diana starts to take care of her dad. She ends up working three jobs to support his debts which lead to him drinking and gambling all the time. Only his gambling gets him into a TON of trouble with the wrong people. Wanting assurance that he will find a way to repay his debts, they decide they want Diana in exchange for the assurance. This way they know he’ll keep good on his debts to reclaim his daughter.

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This is a beautiful story. It’s about love, revenge and hatred. I loved reading this book. It takes the reader through so many emotions while reading. You’ll be happy, sad, elated, angry. All the emotions the characters feel, you will feel as well. The author evokes these emotions from you from the very first pages. The world that is built is believable while the characters are multi-leveled and well developed. I could definitely see a series being made.

Nathasha Perets is an author that is new to me. I came across her book and the cover drew my attention. I felt that this was going to end up being a romance from it and when I read the description of the book I knew it was one that I would like. The story didn’t disappoint one bit. The only thing I was disappointed with was the length. This could have easily become a three hundred plus page book and still held my attention from beginning to end.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

152 pages

***Purchased 9/16/15 for 99 cents on promo***

Excellence by Raj Davis

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Todd, Ebony and Lee are all teenagers or pre-teen. Their mother died two years before, forcing their father back into their lives. They deal with abuse each and every day not only from school mates but from their father as well. The other kids pick on them all the time. One kid starts a rumor that Todd is doing his sisters. Their father makes them take baths when he gets home and then they are naked the rest of the night.

Todd finally has enough of this and he snaps. He wails on the kid that had started the rumor while Ebony and Lee take on the female bully and her friend. This earns them respect and kids leave them alone from that point on. When their father is called to the school since the fights happened there, they learn of Ebony being a genius.

Flash forward into the future. Todd is working for a drug dealer. The previous week, a rival gang had shot Teflon (the leaders son). Teflon makes it Todds job to find Scorpion and kill him. Teflon learns where Scorpion is and passes the information on Todd. Todd takes a chunk of his money and gives to Lee to pay the bills that their father was ignoring. He then visits Ebony for a while before embarking on his mission.

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This book can hit home on so many levels with so many people. Children losing their parents, bullying, being abused, drug deals, fighting. Each of these elements can be present in each and every one of our lives at some point and time. I liked reading this book because it’s real on different levels. The characters could be everyday people like you and I. The world the author creates could pass for any normal town/city with a ghetto. Definitely an eye opener while reading this book.

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139 pages

Free on Kindle

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

Perfect on Paper (The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson #1) by Maria Murnane

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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Waverly Bryson is supposed to be getting married in two weeks. Her best friends, Mackie and Andie (McKenna and Andrea) are both by her side while trying on her dress. Her fiancee shows up and breaks up with her saying they rushed into it. So she spins into a sort of depression before her friends start to drag her out of it. Her fiancee’s pet name for her has been Honey and she starts writing down these different sentiments that could be on cards.

Waverly works for a marketing company that is sports oriented. She is the main manager over their biggest account. Her and her associate, Kent, are leaving to go to a PR function in Atlanta. There’s a new girl in their division and something just rubs her the wrong way about the new girl. Turns out it was a misjudgment on her part but we don’t learn that until towards the end of the book. (But in Waverly’s defense, the chick does seem to show up at unopportune times and appear to be making trouble but she really isn’t.)

At the event, Waverly meets a cute guy name Jake McIntyre who works with one of the companies represented at the show. But, embarrassing to her as it is, she runs away from him, hoping to not see him again. Instead, she runs into him a few days later at the big celebration party when the super show is over with. And to top it off, he mentions the embarrassing accident that happens. She is already three sheets to the wind after drinking several rookies and ends up hightailing it away from him in order to lose her dinner and the drinks.

She thinks she won’t see him again but he keeps popping up. Waverly ends up deciding to submit her Honey Notes to different card distributors. All of them write back saying they aren’t what they were looking for but she does end up getting a call from one place. Andie had submitted them through her cousin and the place loved them. They call her in for an initial interview to get to know each other and by the end of it, they are working on distribution, creation, press releases, tours, blogs and so much more.

Waverly finally has it all right? Wrong. She doesn’t have the man but she’s working on that. She attends People’s charity auction that they are doing and she is one of the top 50 hottest people on their list to be auctioned off. The auction goes great and she sells for $5,000, half of what the top seller went for. When it comes time for the dates after the auction, her date was called away on an emergency. So they scheduled the date for the next night via the PR lady from People magazine.

She is SHOCKED to see who it turns out to be.

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I absolutely loved reading this book. I was laughing through parts of this and if you read the book, I’m sure you can figure out where. This book is definitely a keeper and I will be rereading it in the future. The other books in the series are going on my wishlist on Amazon to be purchased when I have a chance, hopefully in the NEAR future. (Have I mentioned I have almost 300 books on my wishlists?!)

The characters are hilarious and some of the situations they find themselves in make you wonder about people (even if they are fictional). This book by Maria Murnane was great and I recommend you stop what you’re doing and go get this book. Waverly Bryson and crew will NOT disappoint you!

There is so much going on in this book that what I wrote above doesn’t even cover HALF of it. And no, it’s not a fast paced, one event leads to another, no time to rest kind of book. The events and everything in between flow nicely together and is well thought out and put together.

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353 page

$3.99 on Amazon

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Careful by Randy Anderson

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Book Description:

For two decades Tyler Gibbons has been keeping a secret from his family. At the tender age of sixteen, Tyler embarks on a student exchange program. Sent to the Andean city of Ambato, Ecuador, he finds daily adventure as he tries to fit in at school, connect with his host family, and navigate through a world of beaches, volcanoes, and jungles. But tucked deep inside this year are events so profound, so unexpected, they forever shape the man he will become.

Now, 25 years later, his mother pulls these soaring tales from her son, exposing, for the first time, the source of a deep unhappiness. While these memories contain the wounds of an unresolved past, they also possess the power to heal his painful present.

Thoughtfully crafted and boldly told, Tyler’s journey takes the reader on a wild South American adventure, while illuminating a mother’s unyielding power to heal her child.

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The book starts out with Tyler getting to the hospital when he learns his mother is there. They won’t tell him what is wrong or anything. They just tell him to get there. Tyler arrives at the hospital and his mother wants to hear what happened when he went on a student exchange program when he was 16. He ended up going to Ecuador and she wanted to know what really happened and not the cryptic stuff that he kept telling her.

Tyler begins regailing her with his tale of what happened in Ecuador. She sees through his bullshit almost immediately and tells him to tell her the real story and not to make himself look like a hero. So the tale begins. Tyler was sixteen and was glad to be going somewhere else. But he didn’t think he’d feel as out of place as he did there. He didn’t speak any Spanish. Luckily, there were other students going to Ecuador with him and they were all close to each other.

Tyler and the others are mischievous and it shows in his tales of what happened. I had to laugh at some of the ways the author had Tyler trying to talk in Spanish.

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This was a good book! I honestly liked it. Reading the description, I wasn’t too sure but when I started reading it, it changed my mind. I read this book in a few sittings. I would have preferred to have read it in one but when you have a boisterous 4 year old in the house, that rarely happens unless I read late at night. 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming of age novels.

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On Amazon: $2.99

Forbidden (The Other Brother #1) by Lauren Hawkeye and Tawny Stokes

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This is the first book in the “The Other Brother” series by New York Times bestselling authors Lauren Hawkeye and Tawny Stokes.

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Amazon Description: Simple. The  consummate good girl, this is the word I used to describe my life… until my stepbrother Seth came to live with us. Until that point, I’d been a very good girl… but my older, emotionally blocked stepbrother made me want to do very bad things. With him.  In the course of one night everything changed, and my simple world was torn to shreds. I wanted to hate him. I did hate him. Mostly. But now he’s back. And nothing will ever be simple again.

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I’ve read some other works by Lauren Hawkeye so I wasn’t new to her works. I liked them and hoped that I would like this one as well. And I did.

This book is about Allegra and Seth. Seth’s mother marries Allegra’s father. Seth was living with his father who happened to remarry and he was kicked out that house. He has anger issues and they didn’t want him around the three girls that were being moved in. So he’s shipped off to live with Sam (Allegra’s father, Allegra, Theo (Allegra’s brother) and his mom. Allegra answers the door and he figures her for a babysitter thinking the sister is little. But he quickly realizes that the one who answered the door is Allegra, his new sister.

And he instantly knows he needs to stay away from her. Because he has thoughts about her that he shouldn’t be having. He was staying in the spare room which happened to also be Sam’s office. Sam quickly gets the space above the garage cleared out for Seth to move in there. Things get really heated between Seth and Theo and not for reasons one would think!

One thing leads to another. Seth ends up in jail and Theo ends up in the hospital. That’s the last Allegra sees of Seth until the fateful day when she unwillingly runs into him again.

I liked reading this book. The next part is on my wishlist and I hope to get it soon.

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Price: 99 cents on Kindle

Number of Pages: 99 pages

Price I paid: 99 cents

 

 

Autumn Getaway (Seasons of Love #1) by Jennifer Gracen

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Lydia was going on a small three day “vacation” so that she could attend her best friend, Melanie’s wedding. The catch, everyone wanted to know about her first. She was recently divorced. So recent in fact, it happened three days prior to her arriving at the hotel. And she has a three and a half year old son who is speech impaired.

Lydia left her son with her ex-husband and went on the retreat. As soon as she is standing at the counter checking in, she meets a guy. So, here we go with the instant romance, right? WRONG. It wasn’t an instant romance like most authors do. Sam, the guy, had to work to get Lydia to open up to him and talk to him. It was a gradual liking for Lydia.

But does Sam share her feelings? Why would Sam want anything more than a one night stand? Does Lydia decide to do what her friends want her to do and hook up with Sam while at this wedding celebration weekend?

To find out these answers, and more, please get this book and read it.

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Jennifer Gracen is an author that is new to me. I have never heard of her or read any of her books before. I am glad that I received this book and started to read it.

I can see myself somewhat in Lydia’s situation. Lydia is a character that MANY people could relate too. She is a newly single mom, raising her son mostly on her own. She puts her sons happiness before her own. This fits me and hits home with me because I am a single mother to a daughter and I put her happiness before mine. So I relate to this main character.

All of the characters that Jennifer wrote into this book are believable. I would be hard pressed for others to read this book and not identify, or at least understand, where some of the characters are coming from.

I highly recommend this book. I have the second book in this series and will be reading it as well.

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429 pages in Mobi

 

Straight Curves by Christopher Figueroa

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The story opens with Bruce. He is a child at this point. But he knows he isn’t straight. He is gay. He has known he was different for a while. His father finds him dressed in his mothers dress one day. He beats him with a belt buckle and then locks him in the shed. He leaves him there for a few days with no food or water. His mom sneaks him some salt crackers one night. His father catches her and adds extra days to his punishment.

He is finally released from the shed. His father continues to be a drunk and abuser. One night Bruce decides to stand against his father. He hits his father in the head with a broom stick which knocks him out long enough for him and his mother to get out of the house. His father is arrested and put in jail.

His mother turns into a drunk, just like his father had been. Instead of abusing him physically, she ignores him. Things go wrong from this point for Bruce for a while. Until one day he meets Chris and things seem to turn around.

What all happens in this 146 page story? Plenty. There is a TON that I’m not writing about in here.

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My Personal Opinion:

This was a great book. It gives readers a view into the world of what it’s like to be gay. It also gives you a look that anyone can take advantage of you. I would definitely recommend this book as a must read. It can teach you some lessons whether straight or gay.

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$3.25 on Kindle (I got it free)

146 pages

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