Excerpt and Giveaway – WRECK by Stacey Brandon and Karen Bell

Wreck by writing duo Stacey Brandon and Karen Bell is LIVE!! I have all the details for the book below, along with an excerpt and a giveaway where you can win a signed paperback and jewellery!!! 


Kyle can have almost any woman he wants… except the one he wants most. If he falls for his boss’s daughter, it could be the biggest mistake of his life. He’s made more than his fair share. It would ruin his relationship with the man he considers almost a father, and besides, she deserves someone better than him anyway.

Kinleigh knows the minute she sees the bartender in her dad’s bar that they are meant to be together. She’s heard all about his good business head, how trustworthy he is, and how much potential he has… but learning he is also the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on had cinched the deal. She might look sweet and innocent, but looks can be deceiving. She’ll do whatever it takes to show him they belong together.

Can they learn that trusting each other is the only way to find happiness?

Or will they let prejudices destroy their lives?


“Who are you looking for?” Madison asks, as she too scans the room.

“Kyle. Have you seen him?”

“Kyle?” She looks confused and pulls me over to sit in a nearby booth. “I thought you were actively avoiding Kyle?”

“I am. I mean, I was. I mean…” I cover my face with my hands and sigh. “I don’t know what I mean.”

“Well,” she laughs. “That much is obvious. Tell me what’s going on.”

“I don’t know. I’m happy dating Jeremy!”

“Why does that sound like you are trying to convince yourself more than me?” she asks.

“Jeremy is good for me. Kyle has made it well known that he doesn’t want a relationship and I’m not going to be a hook-up, so I need to let him go, once and for all.”


“But… Well, he’s been acting weird lately. He wants to talk. And now my dad is even asking if I’ve talked with Kyle and…”

Madison cocks an eyebrow. “Ronan wants you to talk with Kyle?”

“I know! Weird, right?”

“Extremely. Maybe you should. Maybe it will be just what you need to let him go.”

I smile sadly. “Maybe so.”

“You know…” She lowers her tone, conspiratorially. “Mike and I had issues in the beginning too.”

“Really?” I settle in for a story. “You guys are perfect together! I can’t imagine problems between you two!”

“I was dating his best friend and then…”

“Excuse me!”

Madison and I both jump as we realize someone had walked all the way over to our booth without us noticing.

“We aren’t open yet,” Madison tells the woman.

“I know that,” she says as she hitches her purse strap higher on her shoulder. “I’m looking for Kyle.”

His name makes my head jerk around to face the stranger. She’s attractive with copper-streaked chestnut hair and pretty features, but there is hardness to her face that prevents her from being beautiful. Her skirt is barely long enough to cover the essentials and her white, fitted blouse has only one brave button straining to prevent her abundant chest from escaping.

“Why do you need Kyle?” I ask, too hurriedly, and I see her gaze narrow as she takes in my ponytail and pink sundress before dismissing me with a sneer.

“Who doesn’t need Kyle?” she asks with a laugh that makes acid churn in my stomach.

Madison comes to my rescue. “Well, he isn’t here yet. Care to leave a message?”

The woman drags her gaze away from me. “Sure. Tell him Tats stopped by to see him.”

“Tits? Your name is Tits?” Madison asks with a grin as she stares at the women’s chest with amusement.

“Tats! It’s short for Tatiana.” Her fury is evident, but she’s working to control it. “But tell him there’s no need to call. I’ll see him tomorrow anyway.” With that, she pivots on her dangerously high heels and leaves, not waiting for a reply.

Nausea hits me full force. I’d almost talked myself into believing that Kyle had changed and wanted to talk to me about a real future. I’m a fool.

Madison reaches across the table to squeeze my arm. “Don’t listen to her. You should still talk to Kyle.”

I laugh bitterly. “What’s the point?”


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Cover Reveal – BAD MOMMY by Tarryn Fisher

TARRYN FISHER HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT!!! Yes, you read that right! The incredible Tarryn Fisher has been busy working on her next release, Bad Mommy, which is set to release at some point in 2016 (fingers crossed!!). If you’ve been following Fisher’s Twitter feed, you might have seen some Bad Mommy inspired tweets, and if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, I have the cover and synopsis to reveal!! I am insanely excited to see what Tarryn does with this book. Check it out below.


Almost every day is a very bad day when you’re thirty, your tits are starting to sag, there are lines creeping in around your eyes, and you realize that no one would like you if they actually knew who you really were. Fig Coxbury is fed up with her life: her cheating ex-husband, the excess fat around her waist, and most of all, her loneliness.

When Fig chances upon Jolene Avery, the embodiment of everything she’s ever wanted to be, Fig befriends her out of curiosity.

Fig soon begins to emulate all aspects of Jolene’s life, because when you find someone who knows exactly who they are, you can’t help but want to be just like them.

Or in Fig’s case… become them.

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I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…

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Review – ROMAN CRAZY by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

The first book in The Broads Abroad series by writing duo Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci was a huge 5 star read for me! Check out my review below.



Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.


I am insanely and hopelessly in love with this book. I have such a soft spot for a sexy foreign accent, and I can’t help but swoon over characters such as Marcello from Roman Crazy. To say he was dreamy was a huge understatement; I spent the entire book with my head in the clouds, and it was bliss!!!

I immediately got caught up in Avery’s story, and I absolutely loved every step of the way! It takes two very special authors to co-write a book so flawlessly that you can’t tell where one authors scenes end and the others begin, and that’s exactly what happened in this book. It just flowed so perfectly and was filled with so much humour, heart and heat, that I couldn’t get enough.

Given the chance, I could have read about Avery, Marcello and the gang for another few hundred pages, it was just that good. And I’m not a reader who likes long books. I literally only have one (very minor) complaint, and that’s that there wasn’t an epilogue (a cracking epilogue is my favourite part of a book) set a few years in the future to see where the characters are at, but then I suspect we will be seeing more from Avery and Marcello in the follow up books in this series.

And speaking of the next books in this series…I cannot wait!!! I am so excited to dive back into this world created by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci. Roman Crazy was one heck of an adventure.


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Fifty Shades Darker – Christian’s POV, Poster And Full Trailer

Did you see??? This weekend saw EL James celebrate the birthday of Ana Steele by posting an exclusive excert from what appears to be her upcoming book (currently untitled) which tells Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s POV! (read it here: Birthday Treat)

Monday brought us the first official poster from the 2017 movie (see below) and also a 20 second teaser trailer!! (watch it here: Teaser Trailer)

And finally…today was the day we have ALL been waiting for! The release of the FULL official trailer of Fifty Shades Darker, and it gave me ALL the chills!!! We see Christian trying to win back Ana, Jose’s gallery exhibit, the masquerade ball, our first glimps at Elena, Leila creeping in the shadows, Jack Hyde just basically being a creep, and the helicopter crash which had us all on the edge of our seats during the book!

I have watched this trailer on repeat since it aired, and I cannot wait to see the film next February! If you haven’t seen it yet, or like me, you just want to watch it AGAIN, check out the trailer below. Let me know what you think!!


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Review – AUTHOR ANONYMOUS by EK Blaire

The book everyone has been talking about… Author Anonymous is LIVE.

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imageA TRUE STORY told through the voice of New York Times Bestselling author E.K. Blair.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud.

A woman marked and bound by her own deceit, this is the astounding tale of how one choice knocked her world from its axis forcing her to battle through a year of scandal and betrayal, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.

This is an intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone true story tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.


If you are an active member of the online reading community then I have no doubt you are fully aware of the buzz surrounding Author Anonymous. I have no idea where to start when it comes to this book. Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it. The first 15% did not grab my attention at all (full disclosure, I would even go as far as to say I was bored), but after that, when the real (man, how do I even describe it???) drama/craziness/truth came pouring out, that’s when I became intrigued enough to keep reading and see where the story took me.

I think it’s impossible to go into this story, knowing that it’s a true account, and not try to figure out who it is. After reading the note from Anonymous in the front of the book, I have to say, I stalked EK Blaire’s Instagram account to see if I could work out who it is (hides head in shame) I got a tad obsessed, though I’m still non-the-wiser. This is one tight-lipped secret. And. It. Was. Madness.

It was kind of like a car crash just waiting to happen. Like a domino effect, where each lie and bad choice just made the wreck so much worse, and I could not look away. In all honesty, I hated “Tori” (AKA Anonymous). It might not necessarily be her as a person, but the things she did and said, the choices she made. Or maybe it all amounts to the same thing? I don’t know. But either way, I was not a fan of who she portrayed herself to be. I can see why she would want to remain anonymous, though I have no idea why she felt the need to put this out there?

Maybe because she knew readers wouldn’t be able to resist getting a look into the real and candid world of an author who not only told her story, but also aired other peoples dirty laundry? And therefore knew she could make even more money than she does just off her own books? Because I assume she’s getting a cut of the sales considering it’s her story? And as a lot of readers will be pointing their fingers at various authors, many will come out to publically say they are not Anonymous, giving the book even more publicity.

From the side of EK Blair, I see an exciting chance to tell a sordid story of an author she admires. Have you seen her live videos and videos on her blog where she talks about this book? Her entire face lights up! You can tell she put her all into telling this story, and kind of off-topic but holy heck was this book hot?!?!?!? Now from the side of Anonymous, I see greed and a really crappy person. Sometimes, we wish for stories to be true, in this case, I wish it was fiction.

I know this is a jumble of a review, but my mind is still kind of all over the place when it comes to this book. Author Anonymous really isn’t like anything I’ve read before, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get my head around it all. It was one heck of a crazy ride, but don’t just take my word for it…


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Review – FURIOUS RUSH by SC Stephens

Furious Rush by SC Stephens released earlier this year. Check out my review below!



The first book in a new series by the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels…

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

imageThere were a lot of mixed reviews surrounding the release of this book so it took me a good while before I actually picked it up and dived in, and even then, I was nervous in case I didn’t like what I would read. It was such a great feeling to start reading and find myself swept away with the story of Kenzie and Hayden.

I think the problem most people had with this book was Kenzie; they found her to be annoying, but I don’t agree with that statement at all. She never once annoyed me, and in fact, I really liked her. I loved that she was so accomplished in something which could be considered a “boys sports” and she completely owns it. She doesn’t lose her sexiness or sassiness just because she rides a bike. If anything, to Hayden, riding a bike only amplifies her sexiness.

I also really liked Hayden. Who can resist a bad boy? And when who turns out to be not such a bad guy after all? Even better! I loved the banter and competition between Hayden and Kenzie, and it was so much fun to see their relationship develop throughout the book. I actually miss reading about them!

I wasn’t a huge fan of how the book ended. Had the final scene not happened, then yeah, I would have been really happy, and maybe even given the book an extra half a star, but I felt like it was unnecessary and only added in to cause some last minute drama and shock value. I’m guessing its set up for the next book? I don’t know, but after a great story and an almost great conclusion, I was left a little disappointed in that ending.

Overall I thought Furious Rush was a great first book in a brand new series from SC Stephens, and I look forward to the second book!


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Review – RAVAGE by Tillie Cole

Book 3 in the Scarred Souls series by Tillie Cole is now LIVE!! Check out my review below.


imageThe thrilling third installment of USA Today bestselling author Tillie Cole’s #ScarredSouls series.

Is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors’ hold on him, he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.

As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.
Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.

They both have so much to lose – will they be able to save each other . . . and survive?

imageI love when you can binge-read a series, especially when it’s one like the Scarred Souls series by Tillie Cole, which gives you a tease of the following book at the end of every epilogue. After reading Reap, I dived right in to Ravage without even pausing to take a break. Zoya and Valentin’s story was another great read from this author!

Tillie Cole is known for her dark and gritty romances, and Ravage is no different to what you are used to from this author. Quite a few people have said that Valentin is her darkest, most twisted hero yet, and while yes, he has been put through an insanely crazy and awful life, I have to say that his story didn’t effect me as much as Zaal did in the previous book, Reap.

Nevertheless, as I said, Ravage really was messed up! I don’t think id like to spend a day inside this authors head, that’s for sure! The things she puts these characters through… I have no idea how they make it to the end of the story in one piece, though I suppose they’re never truly free from their demons, as learned from seeing Luka and Zaal.

And speaking of the future crime bosses…I love seeing how their stories evolve and intertwine with each other, all coming together seamlessly. It really makes me excited for what’s to come. They’re an unstoppable bunch and I cant wait for the 4th book in the Scarred Souls series to release next year so we can see what happens next.



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Review – BURN DOWN THE NIGHT by M O’Keefe

What a great run of books I’ve had recently! Burn Down The Night by M O’Keefe was such a great read. Check out my review and buy links below.

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imageA battle for control turns explosive as a beautiful con woman takes a bad-boy biker hostage in this edgy, seductive novel set in the world of Everything I Left Unsaid (“Toe-curlingly sensual.”—Katy Evans) and The Truth About Him (“Absolutely one-click worthy”—J. Kenner).

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

imageThis was such a great read! It was my first book by this author and though it is the third in a series, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything while reading. I could tell that there was more to know about another couple, and I really wanted to know more just to because of my own curiosity and because I could tell there was a good story there, but not knowing did not hamper my enjoyment of Burn Down The Night all!

I will, however, be going back to read the first two books in the series, just because I enjoyed book 3 so much and I’m greedy for more from this world and the characters within it. And speaking of characters…I couldn’t get enough of Max and Olivia AKA Joan; talk about the sexual tension!!! These two were on fire!!! Burn Down The Night was definitely the hottest book I’ve read in a long time!

Olivia/Joan was one hot mess with a thirst for vengeance, and Max was a biker with a bullet wound and a target on his back. Neither of their futures seem very promising, right? I had no idea what would happen until it actually happened, and a lot of chaos ensues between the explosive beginning and the edge of your seat ending, all of which had me completely hooked!

Burn Down The Night is a suspenseful, exciting, and insanely sexy story which I thoroughly enjoyed! Bring on the rest of the series!



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Review, Excerpt and Signed Giveaway – REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde

It’s live!!!! This book is a must read for all Reaper’s fans. Check out my review along with buy links below, a HUGE excerpt from the book, and a giveaway where you could win a SIGNED BOOK!!

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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the “wild and raw”* world of the Reapers MC with the story of Gage and Tinker…

The club comes first.

I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.

Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.

I’m coming for you, Tinker.



It’s always great to be back with the Reaper’s MC, and Reaper’s Fire was one of my favourites of the series. I absolutely loved Gage and Tinker! We were teased with them in a previous book, so I was excited to finally be diving into their story!

So what made Gage and Tinker so special? Well, Gage was your typical drop dead sexy Reaper who you couldn’t possibly say no to (though I hated that he kept lying to her, even though I knew he had to for his cover) and Tinker was so freaking cool and sexy!!

I think she is quite possibly my favourite Reaper Old Lady. She had sass and class in abundance, and she was just as sexy as Gage, with her own super cool style. She was caring, funny, and just plain fabulous! I loved her!!! 

Now, there’s something that happens in the background of this book. It’s not the main storyline, it doesn’t even have anything to do with the Reaper’s, but it’s also spoken about in the author notes, and I love that it was put into the book. I haven’t read any other book that had this happen, and it was done in a way it felt so real, like I was living it. 

It made for quite the edge of your seat adventure, with a fantastic love story thrown in to make it even better! Joanna Wylde has another sure fire hit on her hands for all fans of the highly addicted Reaper’s MC series.


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“I can’t believe how late it is,” Tinker said, yawning, and I realized the movie had ended. Now she stretched upward, the blanket falling to her waist as her boobs pushed forward.
God, how much should a man be expected to take?
I should’ve stayed away from her completely—that’d been the plan—but something had snapped when I’d seen her out in the courtyard. Couldn’t remember the last time I’d met a woman like Tinker. She was smart and sexy and funny, and she worked damned hard to take care of her family and business. Sure, I wanted to fuck her—you’d have to be gay not to—but I respected her, too.
“I should probably get going,” she said, offering me a smile so sweet I wanted to bite her lips. “I like to check on Dad before going to sleep, and I’ve got to be up early in the morning. I’ve got to package orders for the courier tomorrow—if they aren’t ready by two p.m., I’m screwed.”
I considered rolling over on top of her. Pushing her down into the couch cushions, shoving my leg between hers, and showing her what a real man feels like.
“Cooper?” she asked, looking confused. I blinked a couple times, forcing myself to focus on her face.
“I’m going to watch another one,” I told her, because I’m a goddamn masochist. “You sure you’re ready to head out?”
She frowned, and I could almost read her thoughts. Yes, she should leave. But she wanted me as much as I wanted her. And yeah, I realize that makes me sound like an egotistical ass, but this wasn’t my first rodeo. I saw the lust in her eyes, and the way she licked her lips and stared at my mouth. This wasn’t a one-way street, not even close.
“I guess I could stay a little longer,” she whispered. Christ, she was so sweet and soft. I wanted to bite her even more now. Suck that pouty lower lip into my mouth and shove a finger up her ass.
Break her.
You’re one sick fuck.
Why yes. Yes, I am. Thanks for noticing.
I managed to control the urge, catching her hand instead, giving it a friendly squeeze like some kind of pathetic tool. Her fingers tightened on mine, then she pulled away and snuggled back down under the blanket, raising her feet to rest on the coffee table. I grabbed the remote and clicked through the menu.
Tomorrow I’d do my job. I’d fuck Talia and spy on Marsh and look for any kind of weakness that might end this situation, the faster the better. Tonight, though . . . Tonight I’d pretend this wasn’t a waste of time.
Goddamn, but my dick hurt.
The next hour was torture.
Tinker sat next to me, all cute and classy and absolutely refusing to make any kind of eye contact. I don’t know how she felt, but to me the sexual tension hanging in the air was thick and heavy. I kept thinking about her hand in mine—small, but strong. The hand of someone who knew how to work hard. So far as I knew, Talia had never held down a job, let alone supported herself.
The couch shifted, and I glanced over to find Tinker sliding deeper into the cushions, drawing the blanket up to her chin. Our legs were maybe six inches apart. She shifted again, and then her hand bumped mine under the blanket. She jerked it back quickly, and I caught the hint of a flush on her cheeks. That was another thing I liked about her—her skin was so pale that I could see every hint of arousal.
Grabbing her hand, I pulled it over to rest on my thigh. This was a really bad idea, so I pointedly refused to think it through. Her hand tensed at first, then relaxed into my strength. My cock swelled against the fabric of my jeans, just inches from her fingers—it’d be so easy to push her hand toward it, wrap it around my painfully swollen dick, and just go to town.
Tinker’s fingers gave a quick squeeze—almost more of a spasm—and I bit back a groan.
Yeah, okay. Really, really bad idea. I should get off the couch and shut this shit down right now, because I couldn’t afford to blow things with Talia just yet. Instead I found myself leaning toward Tinker, bumping shoulders.
I’d grown a pussy. No other explanation, because I couldn’t figure out why the hell else an adult man would sit holding hands under a damned blanket like a kid.


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Review – SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino

One of the very, very best books of 2016.

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imageWhen a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

imageIf you think letting even a minute go by without reading this book, then you are making a very bad decision. What an incredible book. I can’t even believe it took me so long to read this author, but I am so glad I have finally seen for myself what a talented writer and storyteller Renee Carlino truly is, and I picked one heck of a book in Swear On This Life.

Second chance love stories are one of my favourites, as are friends to lovers, and Swear On This Life is both!! I absolutely loved everything about Emiline, Jase, and their moving story. Everything was so well fleshed out and I was more captivated than I have been in a long time. I started the book one evening and I didn’t put it down again until I finished it in the early hours of the following morning.

It’s so hard to find the right words to say which can convey how special this book is. It’s not just one of the very, very best books of 2016, but it’s one of the very, very best books of all time. A serious favourite! It was that good!! It was so good, in fact, that it’s been a few weeks since I finished Swear On This Life, and I’m still not over it. I still think about it daily, and I know it’s going to be a book I’ll never forget.

If you have a heart which beats that bit faster for the perfect romance, then you must read Swear On This Life.



*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women’s novels and new adult fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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