Almost

Almost

At a freshman party she doesn’t remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she’s better. Over it. Because she is.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she’s back to normal activities, her parents won’t discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.

Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won’t cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.

Almost is a story like none other that I have read. Anne Eliot is telling the story of a girl that, well, nothing happened to. So what the hell is wrong with her?

Why is she unable to sleep?

Why when she falls asleep does she have nightmares that make her wake screaming?

Why do her parents have her wrapped in cotton wool?

Why can’t she socialise?

Why can’t she go off to college? Live the life she was meant to live?

Why has she got no friends?

When nothing happened to her.

But it almost did. And sometimes when something almost happens its worse than when it actually happens. Why? Because then you have a reason to have panic attacks. There is something keeping you awake at night that then terrorises you when you finally fall asleep. Gives you a reason to be afraid of people and lends purpose to keeping yourself hidden from the world. If something had happened to her she would have been able to tell people what it was, talk about it and people would understand. When it’s only almost well then it didn’t really happen. Jess though doesn’t feel quite like that. Read Almost and you will see why.

You will see why Gray Porter has such a huge impact on her life. Why is he so protective of her and why does it matter to him whether or not she is fixed. Most importantly, why can he not let himself fall for her?

Well now, Anne Eliot almost finished me off with this story. I was choked up reading it. When I wasn’t choked up then that was because I was crying. Like I said before sometimes when something almost happens it is worse than when it does. Almost is beautifully written, a story wonderfully told. It is deep and at times it is sorrowful. However at times it is happy and fun and you get glimpses at how Jess could enjoy living if only she could step away from her past. I spent the book hoping that she could just do that and at the same time wondering whether or not Gray Porter was going to make her or break her.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Anyone who has read it has come back and told me how much they loved it and how emotional it made them.

I was actually reminded of it the other day. I have been using the tagline “Boys in books are better”, I knew I read it somewhere but I couldn’t remember where. My friend said “Oh I totally loved that book” to which I replied “What book?” When she said Almost the penny dropped. So Anne Eliot thank you for introducing me to the phrase and I am sorry I stole it 😉

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Something to Prove – Cover Reveal

Something To Prove (eBook)

Something to Prove
The O’Learys
By: Shannyn Schroeder
eKensington
Releasing January 2014

Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business…
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she’s capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she’ll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights…
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?

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Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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The Unexpected Wedding Guest

The unexpected wedding guest

“Surprised to see me?”

Getting caught in her wedding dress by her drop-dead-gorgeous ex-husband is Reese Michael’s worst nightmare. Especially when her perfect-on-paper fiancé then cancels their wedding!

Reese has spent years trying to forget how her marriage to Mason Hicks crashed and burned—yes, their chemistry was incredible, but a girl can’t live on lust alone! And what’s a jilted bride supposed to do when the one man she could never forget is back in her life, as irresistible as ever? Mason might be her own personal brand of Kryptonite, but surely life is meant to be lived a little dangerously…?

OK I have to admit, I have never read a Mills and Boon book. In fact, I would have scoffed at the very idea. You see I remember seeing them lined up on my mums headboard when i was litte, like around 10 – so we are talking 20 years ago here. The covers of damsels in distress or with a swept away look and the hero coming to save the day. Well thats what I remember – as to whether or not the covers actually looked like that I had no idea.

One day out of the blue I got an email from Mills and Boon. They were launching their Modern Tempted line and wanted to know if I would be interested in joining in with the launch. Firstly I did a happy dance, its always a good thing to get acknowledgement for what you do never mind be told that you do it well. Secondly I thought mmmm Mills and Boon. Anyway I am not one to turn down a book. So I said “bring it on”.

I have been meaning to read one for a while, I had actually started but it disappeared from my house mmmm. So today I said “right time to get down to business”. I decided I was going to read Aimee Carson’s book The Unexpected Wedding Guest.

As I said, I wasn’t what to expect. Actually that’s not quite true, I was expecting fluffy, over the top dramatics and airy fairy dialogue. That’s OK though, I am woman enough to admit when I am wrong. I wasn’t just off the mark here, I was off the grid. Apart from the fact that it was published by Mills and Boon it was every bit as good as all the other books I have read. It was gritty, exciting and had a fantastic story line. I don’t know how Aimee did it, perhaps it was just the anticipation but I was heating up when there wasn’t even anything steamy happening in the story line. If anything I thought it would have been raunchier but in fairness that would have made it tacky. It had the perfect balance of romance, angst and steam.

It is short enough in that I read it in a few hours but all the bases were covered. At no point did I feel that it was rushed or that anything had been left out. It’s edgy, sexy, modern and fits perfectly with the way the modern market is heading, especially with the eBook phenomenon. Well done to Harlequin and Mills and Boon for taking this label and while staying true to themselves (or so i’m told) yet embracing what readers want! They have certainly gained a new reader in me!

I also found proof in this book that reading broadens your vocabulary. Aimee taught me a new word that I cannot wait to use. FUBAR. What is FUBAR? I know you are asking because I had to go and ask Aimee, FUBAR = Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. LOVE IT!

I absolutely cannot wait until I get my hands on the next book in the series, Girl Least Likely to Marry

Breaking the Ice

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When routine driven box office assistant Samantha Smith meets the stars of ‘Skating on Broadway’ her life is turned upside down. Immediately attracted to the infamous lead skater Jimmy Lloyd, Samantha does her best to deny her feelings. But when all you can do is burst out laughing and hyperventilate every time you’re under pressure, keeping things under wraps is a hard task. When the future of her beloved Civic Hall is threatened Samantha must rise to the challenge to ensure its survival. Constantly scrutinised and criticised by her zany sister Cleo and her brogue wearing boyfriend Jeremy, can Samantha save her job, save the Civic Hall and stop her panic attacks just long enough to give her away her heart

Breaking the Ice is a book by award winning writer Mandy Baggot. I wasn’t sure about this book before I read it. I hadn’t heard of Mandy before (sorry Mandy) and I had noticed on twitter that someone had tweeted a link to the book as it was free on Kobo that day. I never find the special offers or free books on Kobo for the type of books I read so I went straight in and got it. Usually I do not read a book on a whim, someone I have similar tastes as will recommend it or I will have read about it on another blog but this was just a reflex to seeing the word FREE lol.

Anyway I settled down to read it, keeping an open mind. Well I have to admit, it put a smile on my face :D. Its a really lovely story. Sometimes you just need to sit down and read a romance. I said it recently when writing about something else, you often don’t realise you miss it until you are right back in the middle of it again.

We follow the story of Samantha Smith the shy and retiring box office clerk at the Civic centre, who lets be honest basically runs the place. She meets the star of the ice show ‘Skating on Broadway’, Jimmy Lloyd, who is instantly drawn to her. Only she doesn’t see it. She is chronically shy, has panic attics and absolutely no self esteem. When she learns her beloved civic centre is to close they work together to try and save it. While the pair work together and he breaks down her defenses we learn all is not rosy in jimmy’s life either – will Samantha be able to help him fight his own demons?

Mandy does a great job of making us feel everything that’s going on in Breaking the Ice. She brings us deep into the story and we laugh when they laugh, blush with embarrassment and feel the pain when things don’t go exactly right. I read this story in less than a day, you just don’t feel the time going. The only thing that disappointed me was that it had to end. The sign of a good book!

Mandy shows us that no matter who we are, what we do or whatever our problems are that having faith and believing in yourself really is half the battle!

Sometimes it Lasts

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Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

After waiting for his big break, bad boy Cage York is finally called up to prove his worth in the college baseball arena. But when Cage’s girlfriend, Eva, mourns the sudden loss of her father, it’s not Cage’s comforting arms she runs to, but those of her former fiancé’s twin brother, Jeremy.

Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he’s worthy of Eva’s love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.

Oh boy!!

First of all I must clear up something. I LOVE Abbi Glines‘ books. Like really love them. All of them. I don’t think the woman has written a mediocre story. The reason though that I have never reviewed an Abbi Glines book before is because I was late to the party. So late. Man did I kick myself for that. I kept seeing tweets about her books and several times tweeted her saying I’m finally getting to start your books. She ALWAYS replied. Always. I can’t begin to imagine how many tweets these authors get every day but I am pretty sure she makes an effort to acknowledge them all. Anyway it was a while before I got around to reading them, you know – so many books, so little time and all that. Well not anymore. My to be read pile is HUGE. This book released yesterday and wasn’t even in my to be read pile. Why? It didn’t need to be, it’s a given now, when Abbi releases a book I drop everything and pick it up.

So we all fell in love with Cage way back in Because of Low and were delighted when we got his own story in While it Lasts. The boy is so damn hot one book was never going to be enough and I know I jumped for Joy when I found out we would be getting another healthy dose of Cage in Sometimes it Lasts. Was it worth the wait? YES, HELL YES. I bought it yesterday morning with the intentions of reading it last night. While waiting for the water to heat up to clean the kitchen I was having a cup of coffee and said I would flick through the first few pages. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Huge.” Like I was ever going to put it down again. My children were lucky to be fed never mind my housework completed.

Anyway, right there from the prologue Abbi Glines managed to get me sucked in. Sucked in with tears streaming down my face. Oh yeah, and a tummy full of angst (I am sure it is no coincidence that Abbi is critique partners with another queen of angst and intensity – Elizabeth Reyes!) . When reading the first few chapters all I could think was “how the hell did he manage to screw that up”, especially when we knew Jeremy was waiting there in the wings and now she has his ring on her finger!

The following are my favourite lines in the whole book, I kid you not – I had butterflies and reread it a few times!

Cage shook his head slowly and dropped his hands from his chest. Then he took two long strides to stand in front of me. He leaned down, putting a hand on each side of the rocking chair until his eyes were level with mine and only inches away. “Make no mistake. There will always be an us. You can pretend like what we had never happened. You can ignore your feelings. Hell, baby, you can even marry Jeremy fucking Beasley. But there will always be an us. No one and nothing can change that.”

Eva and Cage are for ‘Always’. OK so they aren’t together but he didn’t ever think that she would be with someone else. She was his and he had to make her see that, no matter the cost.

So it begins. This is an absolute must read for all Abbi Glines fans. If you haven’t read Abbi Glines before then, like me a few months ago, you just have no idea what you are missing. Please go out and get yourself a copy of Breathe, the first book in the Sea Breeze series. There are 5 so you are in for a treat and you never know, by the time you catch up number 6 – Misbehaving will probably be available because this woman is a machine!

As for me I am looking forward to more of my lovely Woods when Simple Perfection comes out next month!

Drake Stevenson – The interview

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An interview with Demon’s Wings Rock Star Drake Stevenson

Who is Drake Stevenson?

Guitarist for Demon’s Wings. Husband to Lana “Angel” Daniel Stevenson. Ex-drunken screw-up.

Now you are not only a Rock God but a television personality. How is that working out for you?

Better than I ever thought. At first it was about having a reason to be closer to Angel. But it has become more than that for me over the last few season of the show. I saw a group of rocker hopefuls, men and women that were struggling to get their foot through the door that had real talent and even potential talent, and I wanted to help them.

You have lived life on the road for more than ten years, then settled in California. How are you finding the change to New York? Is this where you will stay?

The coastal change hasn’t been too much of a hardship for me. Having grown up in Ohio this isn’t so drastic for me.


Is it strange to be living so far apart from those whose pockets you have lived in for your whole life?

Being so far from Emmie, after having spent so many years with her being right beside of me, now that has been something of a challenge to get over. It was like leaving a little piece of myself on the West Coast. But now Angel and I have a condo in California so it has gotten easier for me deal with. We plan on splitting the year up between the two cities.

How have your priorities changed over that last year?

I wouldn’t say they have changed all that much. Angel is and always will be my number one priority. I have just had to expand them to include the new addition to our little family. I’ve stepped back from the band for an indefinite time, just as Jesse has now that he has the twins coming. It doesn’t in any way mean that Demon’s Wings are over! We are all just taking some time to enjoy the lives we have found.

Your life has always been the band and your music, what does the future hold for you now?

The band and music will always be a part of my life, and the future holds a million possibilities for that part of it. But for right now all I can say for sure about my future is that it will involve me, Angel, and our child being a family.

We never thought we would see the day Drake Stevenson with any girl other that Emmie on his arm. She must be one special lady to stop you in your tracks. What does Lana have that no one else has?

I’m not sure exactly what it is that she has. Maybe she was born with the other part of my soul. All I do know is that the moment I laid eyes on her I found the one thing that had been always been missing from my life.

You spent 2 months in rehab. It seems to have had a positive impact, would you be where you are today without it?

Probably not. If I hadn’t gone through the rehab I would have still felt like I didn’t deserve Angel. Plus it forced me to face some things that I had been hiding from for the majority of my life. Not only with myself but with Shane. Rehab brought me closer to my brother.

Shane is here in New York with you. He hasn’t been seen out much. Is there anything you would like to share?

Shane has found a reason to stop all the crap he had spent his whole life doing. He has cleaned up his act and I’m proud of him.

What does the future hold for both you personally and Demon’s Wings?

Personally I am hoping to add a few more kids to our family. As for Demon’s Wings we are still on a break, but knowing Emmie she will have us out on the road in a few years. Probably a summer long tour with four or five buses just to hold all of the kids.

To read my review of The Rocker That Needs Me click HERE and to read my interview with author Terri Anne Browning click HERE

The Rocker that Needs Me

the rocker that needs me

The Demon…

I’ve been fighting my own demons for most of my life. The alcohol seems to numb the pain, but it never makes the nightmares go away. All I want in life is a little peace. When I met my angel it felt like I found it, but there is so much standing between us. Why does she have to be so young…?

The Demon’s Angel…

Meeting Drake was the best thing to ever happen to me. I found my friend, my soul mate. But he lets my age stand between us. There is something that haunts him, and I selfishly want to be the one that helps him conquer his ghosts. If he would just let me in, let me closer, I think I could help him…

Wow!! This is the third book in Terri Anne Browning’s The Rocker Series and I just loved it. Often with books as part of a series and especially one that is going to have as many books in it as this one you can hit a lull around the middle. Did that happen in this case? Hell NO. I think so far this has been my favourite book of the series.

Drake Stevenson is just so complex, we got an inkling of why in the earlier books but we had no idea of the full extent as to what he went through as a child. The only solace he seems to get from it is at the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels. It isn’t really though, all it does is to make him pass out. Everyone is so worried about him, especially Shane. He knows if his brother doesn’t find some peace that the darkness that haunts him is going to kill him.

When that peace turns up in the form of 17 yr old Lana, Drake is tortured. She’s too young, he can’t bring himself to do anything other than have a platonic relationship with her. She has feelings for him but will respect him. The two couldn’t be any closer. When Drake hurts her, really hurts her she decides that she needs to get away from him. If they are to have any chance at being friends she can’t watch him with other women. She packs up and moves to New York to go to college and Drake heads to rehab.

Months later Drake accepts a job on the judging panel of a TV Show that is going to have him living in New York. He needs to have Lana in his life, but can she put the past behind her to have him in hers?

I really am loving all these rock star books and this series is no different. I am glad I had to start at the start and was able to read the three of them back to back, i’m only sorry that I now have to wait for Shane’s story cos I just know it is going to be epic! I read all three of these books in a day and a half. I had to but that’s besides the point. You just want more, all the time. I didn’t crave this much when I was pregnant!

Take a sneak peek for yourself what is going on inside Drake’s head!

My head snapped around at the sound of that voice, and I was sure that my heart stopped in my chest when I met the whiskey colored eyes of an angel. Her long, midnight black hair was pulled back in a ponytail. Her brown-amber eyes were huge in her beautiful face. She had plump lips that were almost bee stung and a nose that was tipped at the end. The angel was tall, her waist long and slender, but she had curves that made my body ache to hold her against me.
This angel was young; I would say no more than twenty-one…Layla introduced the angel. “Lana, this is Jesse and that’s Drake. Guys, this is my seventeen year old sister, Lana.”
Seventeen. Seventeen. SEVENTEEN!
Seven-fucking-teen!
The number bounced around in my already throbbing head, and I thought I was going to go mad from it. No! Not seventeen. She had to be older. I couldn’t be attracted in a seventeen year old girl.
“It’s nice to meet you, Lana,” Jesse said as he stared at the angel.
I was fascinated by the pretty pink that flooded her cheeks. “Yeah, you too,” she murmured and glanced at her sister. “Layla, can you help me with something in the bathroom?”
The sisters left us alone in the living room, and Jesse dropped down on the sofa beside of me. “Dude, you look pale.”
I wasn’t surprised. I think I had actually felt the color drain from my face when Layla had said the word seventeen. I felt sick to my stomach for an entirely different reason than the ones that I had woken up to.

Lucky me, I got to not only interview not only Terri Anne Browning but Drake Stevenson as well!
For Terri’s interview click HERE and click HERE for Drake’s 🙂

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