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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

A Heart of Time by Shari J. Ryan

A heart of timeWe start out the book with Hunter and Ellie on the way to the hospital. Ellie is in labor. Once they get there and confirm she’s in labor, things begin to go wrong. First, the baby’s heartrate drops and then Ellie feels as if something is wrong. They take Ellie to the delivery room but have to do an emergency c-section on her so Hunter is kicked out of the room. Finally, a nurse comes out and takes him to the nursery where Olive is getting some extra oxygen since the umbilical cord had been wrapped around her neck.

Hunter barges into the operating room that Ellie was in, in time to hear the doctor call her time of death. This absolutely DEVASTATES him. He begs and pleads with Ellie’s body for her to come back and to no avail. He just had the best and worst day in his life. Flash forward five years.

Olive is five and it’s her first day of Kindergarten. Hunter keeps getting mysterious notes from the recipient of Ellie’s heart that she donated on that fateful day. Both he and Olive always look forward to them. The person is mysterious and always eludes them when they drop the letters off.

When he takes Olive to the bus stop, he ends up breaking down after she’s on the bus. Charlotte, a fellow parent and also neighbor, checks on him and they end up talking until he has to go to work with his brother AJ.

Things quickly get complicated when Ari is thrown into the picture. I just didn’t realize how complicated things would get!


I absolutely LOVED this book. This book will have you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I was crying, sobbing, laughing, mad and happy. I just wanted to reach through my Kindle screen and knock some sense into Charlotte, Hunter and Ari. They all needed it knocked into them. Lol.

The first part of the story where they are in the labor room hits home with me. I was in a similar situation with the cord being wrapped around my daughter’s neck. Had her heart rate not come up when it had, I would have been having an emergency c-section so that part hit real close to home.

I’ve spent some time thinking about this book since I finished it and I would LOVE for there to be a follow up book to follow Lana, Olive and Ashley.

This book is now available on Amazon for 99 cents. 

It is 250 pages.

***I received an ARC of this book***

Sin (No Way Out #1) by Shari Ryan

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Sin is the first book in the No Way Out series by author Shari Ryan. This book was done in a different fashion than I’ve seen books done before. Each chapter was posted on the authors blog one chapter each week. She asked for opinions on what people wanted to happen and then would consider things for the next chapter. She did it this way until it was finished. Book two, Abandoned, is set to release on 12/9/15. It is available for pre-order right now. (I do not believe the author did it the same was as the first book. I believe she wrote the second book on her own.)

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Reece has been locked in a shed for three years. There’s only a small hole for her to reach through to get her food bags. There’s a small hole where light gets in. She likes the light because she’s afraid of the dark. She’s been in the dark for too long and longs for the light. One day, she thinks she’s finally lost it when a boy appears in her shed. He wishes her a happy birthday and then gives her something and leaves. Several days later, he appears when his father is in the shed with her. He ends up getting into a fight with his father. Since there’s about to be a storm with tornadoes, Sin takes Reece and they go into a basement and ride the storm and night out.

The next day, Reece is treated to a bunch of new sights and sounds. And she’s scared to death by a few of them. Which she should be since she’s been locked up for three years with not knowing what was going on in the world outside her shed.

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I liked reading this book. But then again, I like Shari’s books. They can evoke emotions from the reader, whether intentional or unintentional is another story. 😀 Her books will have you laughing, crying and sometimes wondering what is going on in her head to make her think up the things she does. 😀 (Please don’t shoot me. I love your works.)

86 pages

99 cents on Kindle

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Ravel by Shari J Ryan

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What can I say? I love Shari’s work and couldn’t resist cracking open this book. Okay, okay. More like firing up the reading app and reading it than cracking it open. I still have a couple of her books left to read and they’ll be coming up soon in my list of books to read. You’ll always find that by TBR list is extremely long but if I REALLY like an author, their works get bumped to the top of the list.

Daphne is twenty three years old. She lives with her boyfriend whom she wishes she could get away from but she’s scared of him. He is abusive mentally, physically and verbally. Daphne is gone as much as she can be between her ice skating and working at the bar. She often goes to the bar early even when they don’t open for hours. Trent is a grade A asshole who I disliked the entire book. Daphne keeps a journal and writes in it often. (With permission from the author I am adding in a couple journal entries!)

  1. Dear Journal, I’m going to become stronger.   I just hope it’s soon. I’m losing my grip and I’m fearful of what might happen when I let go completely.      -Daphne
  2. Dear Journal, It’s been three years of this.   I’ve stayed with Trent because I wanted to fix him. I’ve stayed with him because he said he wants me and no one else will.   I stay with him because every time I’ve tried to leave, he’s hurt me.    I’m scared. I’ve been scared for too long.      -Daphne

Those are just a couple of the journal entries in Daphne’s journal. They give us a glimpse of what’s going on in her head and where she’s at. It lets us see into her and gauge where she wants to go and what she wants to happen, even if it scares her to death to even think about.

Kemper is a Marine that is back from Afghanistan. The bar that Daphne works at is always busy for an entire week after the men get back from a deployment. Only something seems off about this Marine. He’s just sitting at the bar by himself and not joining the others. Daphne quickly piques his interest and wonders what’s wrong. That’s when he tells her that his brother, Rex, just died over in Afghanistan. He was having a hard time dealing with it since they had shared an apartment together. The bar is BUSY and Daphne is the only one working and is starting to drown under all the order. Kemper used to be a bartender so he goes behind the counter and starts helping, with Daphne being uncomfortable for a few minutes and then accepting the help.

Kemper and Daphne become friends, although neither wants to be just friends. They struggle with their friendship through part of the book before Kemper decides to be “selfless” and tell Daphne that he really can’t be with her because he’ll only hurt her. Only, he’s not the one who has physically hurt her. A couple Marines knock the hell out of Trent when he comes into the bar and realizes that she lied to him about who was there. He ends up hitting her and causing a hell of a bruise and mark on her face. Kemper gets pissed beyond measure and wants to go kill the man who did it to her but he doesn’t know who it was until later when she says the name. (We find out later, towards the end of the book, how Kemper knows Trent and how they used to be connected to each other.)

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This book is awesome. It had me all up in my feelings: laughing, giggling, crying, hating, loving. I just couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one sitting, refusing to give in to sleep last night until I had finished it! Daphne, Kemper, Trent and some others are just like everyday people. Shari brings to light some of the realities that people go through but don’t want others to get involved in or help with: drinking, being abused and being the abuser, loss of friends family and loved ones, the wars that have been going on.

I think that this book should be read by EVERY woman out there and even the men as well. This book will give people hope that there are good people out there that only want the best for someone, even if they’ve only been friends a few days. It shows you that no matter how old or new of a friend you have, there is always someone there to help you in your time of need. Always remember there are people out there that will help you get out of an abusive relationship and somewhere safe.

Just like it’s stated in the book if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please either talk to someone or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They are available 24/7 and will always talk to you and listen.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

$15.95 in Paperback (Trust me. If I had $16, I would be buying this book in paperback in a heartbeat. I loved this book that much!)

**I received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest opinion**

***Sale Alert*** Tag by Shari J Ryan

 

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Author: Shari J. Ryan
264 Pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by Booktrope Editions
Published: November 7, 2014
  
Blurb:
What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak.
But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle.
Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy.
In author Shari J. Ryan’s New Adult novel, TAG, the canyons hold secrets, the waterfalls provide safety, and romance has a pesky way of showing up when you are sweaty and dirty and least expect it.
 
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I’ve been seated among the dozens of other passengers for the past two hours, watching the gate times change a number of times before I see the plane actually arrive. Just as I’m powering my phone down, preparing to board, an awful stench burns my nose from a few inches away. A middle-aged man with greasy black hair and a thick lip-covering mustache who smells exactly like the inside of a port-a-potty has found a reason to sit directly beside me in a row of empty seats. When my eyes unfortunately meet his, he takes the opportunity to speak to me. “Heading to Boston?” he asks. I raise my eyebrows and force a tightlipped smile. I simply follow that with a nod and give him a no shit look. “I heard winter’s coming early this year,” he continues.
“Cool,” I mumble with a sigh. I pull a magazine out of my bag and open it in front of my face, hoping to block my vision of the man’s blackened-stained grin. But it’s only seconds before I’m taken back when his finger sweeps down the bare skin of my collarbone.
“What does that mean?” he asks, pointing to my tattoo.
With a smooth motion, I lay my magazine down onto my lap and place my hand over his, giving him the false notion that I’m a gentle person. I take the opportunity to offer him a slight smile before I twist his forefinger backwards as far as it will go before the expectant snap. “I’m sorry,” I say sweetly. “Did I tell you it was okay to touch me?” I pull down a little harder, and he smiles in response to the pain. But as I hold my hand there, I see the smile begin to fade.
“It’s a free country, chicky,” he sputters as his tongue knocks around between his bare gums.
“Why would you think it’s okay to touch me?” I ask again, keeping my voice calm, yet stern. He licks his lips and looks me up and down, responding with only a look. “Do you go around touching girls half your age because you feel it’s okay?”
He clears his throat and looks around to see who’s watching or listening, but I don’t move my eyes from his. “Why not?” he says, shrugging his bony shoulders. “Besides, you’re definitely asking for it.”
He thinks I’m asking for it? I’m wearing a fucking scoop neck, black long sleeve shirt, jeans, and combat boots. “The only reason it’s okay, is because no one has ever probably told you no. But it occurs to me that after I snap your finger off your hand, you won’t be able to touch people inappropriately anymore, will you?”
He hoots with laughter, dragging in attention he probably shouldn’t want. “You think you could break my finger, little chicklette?”
I pull his finger a little further, and his smile grows. “Ow, stop. You’re hurting me,” he puckers his lips and winks at me.
“Oh, look, it’s your right hand. You a righty?” I turn his hand over and see deep callouses bubbling on his palm. “Yes, you are. So, if I rip this thing off, you wouldn’t miss it, right?” I turn his hand back over and glare into his beady eyes. He’s questioning my words. He’s unsure of my capabilities. And that’s fine. “Sound okay to you? Or are you going to leave and stop touching people?” His smile fades and his eyes widen. I release his hand and offer him a smart-ass smile. “Oh, and the tattoo means death. It’s a Maori Warrior symbol. They used to eat their enemies once they slaughtered them. Cool, huh?”
I see his Adam’s apple struggle to move. He lifts his bag from the ground and nearly trips over his own feet, darting away.
I reopen my magazine to the page I was reading and refocus my attention on an article as I hear a soft chuckle coming from the other side of me. I turn to see who was enjoying the free entertainment and I’m faced with a man who looks to be either a wrestler or in the military–black shaven hair, stiff jaw and bulging muscles on every inch of his arms. His eyes are currently focused on a book, and I suppose he could have been laughing at that, rather than me. But as I question it, his large shamrock green eyes lift and look right at me. A slight grin tugs on the corner of his lips, and he winks so quickly I’m questioning whether it was me who might have blinked. Before I can react, he stands up and walks away.
I swallow hard and refocus my attention on the magazine once more. Stupid attractive man causing a moment of feebleness. I didn’t react, though. He winked at me. I think. And I didn’t make a snide comment or scowl. Weakness.
I let out a few short breaths, regaining my composure. He’s gone. It’s fine.
If you’ve already read TAG, make sure you check out You’re It!
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Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.
When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
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Red Nights by Shari J Ryan

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First off, I want to say thank you to Shari herself and to Becky from Booktrope for providing me with an ARC copy of the book.

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This book was AMAZING. I was glued to the pages from beginning to end. This book will keep you glued from page to page.

The story starts out on a sad note. Felicity’s house is on fire. She can’t see anything and has no sense of direction in how to get out of the house. A fireman ends up saving her while more go into the house and pull out another body – her brother. Her brother ends up dying because of burns and smoke inhalation from the fire. The fire investigators and the police are saying it’s arson. And Felicity is the main suspect in it.

One night, Felicity ends up abandoning her friends apartment and goes to the park. While there, a dog runs up to her and then the dogs owner walks up. They talk a little bit. Several nights in a row, Felicity ends up at the park and runs into the man, Hayes Peyton. One day Felicity and Hayes end up meeting at a Jamaican coffee shop and end up setting up a date for that night.

Things start getting serious between them while Felicity’s life is falling apart because of losing her brother, having to fire her best friend and because of being the main suspect in the arson case. When she unloads on Hayes, he wants to help her prove her innocence. But will the things they find make her look innocent or guilty? Why is she being accused of arson? If she’s innocent, who did it and why? What secret does her best friend Aspen have and eventually reveals to her?

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Like I said above, this book is AMAZING. I have been a fan of Shari’s since I read her first book and I have continued to read her books as well. This book doesn’t disappoint. It has danger, mystery and romance in it. All things that make a great read. You will be glued to the pages from cover to cover and won’t want to quit reading for anything.  Everything that happens in this book is something I could honestly see happening in real life to someone.

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229 pages

$3.99 on Amazon

When Fully Fused (Schasm #3) by Shari J Ryan

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This is the third and final book in the Schasm Series.

Chloe returns in the third book of this series. Alex and Sammy are both in her life in her “dream” world. They have moved multiple times trying to stay away from Franco’s men who keep pursuing them about the locket that Chloe had found in the catacombs under Paris when she drifted one day.

Alex finally wears Chloe down into telling her about the day their son was born in the real world since he wasn’t there for it. In return, Chloe wears Alex down about the necklace. She had Celia watch Sammy and then went to the library. She did some research on the necklace. It had been deemed the “Necklace of Death”. (There is a bit of a back story to the necklace in here that involves some of Chloe’s ancestors).

Alex and Chloe know what they must do. They find Franco in the dream world. Only, Alex doesn’t live much longer after that. Alex knows what he has to do to get Chloe to realize what she must do in the end.

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I’m not giving anymore away about this book. I have read all three and this is by far the best book in the series. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the other two books as well but I think this one was better! It kinda makes you start thinking and it might confuse you some while you read but you eventually realize what is being said and done.

I would HIGHLY recommend reading this entire series by Shari J Ryan.

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360 pages

Fissure Free (Schasm #2) by Shari J Ryan

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This book was read and reviewed as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Fissure Free is the second book in the Schasm series by Shari J Ryan. I absolutely LOVED the first book and LOVED this one as well.

Chloe, Alex and others return from the first book. Things are a lot different in this book. Chloe ends up having premonitions of her future while in her “imaginary” world, as her mother likes to call it. Chloe learns about the existence of her Uncle as well as his other personalities. She also learns about her mother and why her mother is the way she is. It doesn’t excuse her behavior but it does help her understand more.

Chloe begins to remember things from when she was little with the help of Alex and Celia. She also learns some IMPORTANT information. Alex and Celia aren’t figments her imagination created and they aren’t far from her. They never have been.

The ending of this book shocked me but at the same time it didn’t. You could tell by the way things were going on what it was going to lead too.

There are a few MINOR editing things that need done but NOTHING that interferes with the story or makes it difficult to read.

Schasm (Schasm Series #1) by Shari J Ryan

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Chloe Valcourt is nineteen years old. And considered a mental patient. She is able to drift between two worlds: reality and what others perceive as imaginary.  But she knows she likes the imaginary world better. There she is free to be herself, wear what she wants, to be happy. Loved.

In reality her mother controls every aspect of her life. They make weekly trips to the psychiatrist to help her learn to control her drifts. After she ends up injured from one of her drifts, she enters into another reality.

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This is an amazing story. I haven’t read anything like it before and this is an awesome story. I can’t wait to start the second book in this series!

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$2.99 on Kindle

247 pages

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