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This is book about young love. Sparrow Fisher is young and inexperienced. Until she meets Ian Sterling, that is.

Ian is a somewhat famous musician that Sparrow has felt drawn to even before they actually met. Their relationship has all of the ups and downs of real relationships, especially familiar to anyone that has ever gone through a long-distance relationship.

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At times, the relationship is challenged and the characters are forced to ask the question-is true love enough?

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So, I should say that I had high expectations for this book considering all of the rave reviews I read prior to reading it myself. With that being said, I found it rather slow from the start…

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Finally, the story started to pick up when Sparrow moves to New York and finds some trouble in the name of Asher (another famous person in the music industry). This part of the story really drew me in and I thought it would play a much bigger role in the story than it did but it kind of got swept under the rug, for the most part.

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Towards the end of the book, something strange happens. It was like all of a sudden the story was being written in fast-forward. Everything seemed very rushed and I wasnt a fan. I think this is why it took me so long to finish the book.

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Some things I liked:

I liked that Ian had an adorable nickname for Sparrow- ‘little bird’

“Little Bird, our love has been hard-earned from the very beginning. It is more precious to me than anything on earth. I can’t just let go of it. And I won’t stop fighting for it.” ~ Ian

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I liked the friendship dynamic between Sparrow and Tessa (her best friend and college roommate).

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This:

“Books,” I say firmly. “I’m crazy about books.”
He laughs. “Okay. That’s cool.”
“I like to read them and write them,” I say shyly.
Hello, my name is Sparrow and I am a nerd.”

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I will say that Willow Aster is a great writer and I think she has a lot of potential to write some really great love stories. I just didn’t connect with this one as much as I had anticipated. Better luck next time I guess…

I give this 2.5 stars

Conversation….OVER

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Wow! It has been a crazy busy past couple of weeks.  My best friend got married; it was beautiful. I graduated, finally (and I am available as a freelance Communications Consultant now)…and best news yet, I finally am able to dedicate some more time to reading for fun.

New review coming later on tonight for True Love Story by Willow Aster.

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Nikki B:

Words to live and write by…

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By Stacey J. Haseleu

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What you write directly affects your reputation.  Although this statement seems pretty obvious, you would be surprised how many people think they can somehow get away with ineffective communication just because they’re writing and not speaking.

Working in the corporate world for the first 8 years of my professional career taught me a few things about communication.  One of those lessons is that people seem to become more brave and less careful when they communicate through writing than when they talk on the phone or face to face.

I would argue that effective written communication has more of an impact on your professional image in this day and age than verbal communication does for the following 5 reasons:

  1. Digital media is permanent; it can’t be “taken back.”  In the age of e-mails, text messaging, and “tweets” as the new tools for communicating important thoughts and ideas, people have become lazy.  They feel like they…

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I am SUCH a bad book reviewer! I have been swamped with last minute assignments for school, but good news is…I graduate in less than a week! So frakkin excited.

But on to more important news, like what am I reading?!

I’m still finishing True Love Story by Willow Aster. I hope to be done tonight or tomorrow.

And I’m also starting a new ARC kindly provided to me by Netgalley.
Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins.
I cannot wait!

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*ARC kindly provided by NetGalley and Premier Digital Publishing for an honest review*

OMG OMG OMG!!! This book BLEW my socks off…and my shirt… and my pants…

There really aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how unbelievably sexy this book was.

Please allow me to introduce you to William Maddox Lambourne and Catherine “Cat” Kelly. They are both gorgeous in their own right but William…Oh EM GEE!

“That face-those eyes. He had dark brown hair, wavy and thick and tousled. It was sexy hair. The kind of hair a man sports after he’s been rolling around in bed.”

I am picturing Chris Pine here, mostly for his strikingly sexy blue grey eyes MEOW

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Cat was smokin hot as well!

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Cat is a photographer that is going through a tough time in her life after to loss of her first husband Jace.

William is a billionaire food aficionado and is obsessed with getting Cat into his bed…and into his heart.

I have heard people say that this book is like 50 Shades of Grey but it is OH SO MUCH MORE! There is a lot of character development and it really makes William and Cat more relatable. I loved the relationship between Cat and her best friend Beckett…reminded me of my friendship with my best guy friend.

The scene with Cat, William and the pain au chocolat will go down in infamy as the number one fantasy that will keep recurring in my dreams…

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And I shall never look at a kitchen floor the same way again!ladiesaroused

There are so many parts of this story I loved, EVEN the cliffhanger ending (I cannot wait for the next book in the series!)

Some of my favs:

“What kind of burglar turned on the lights and cooked dinner? Dropping my bags at the door, I walked and arrowed for the kitchen. I stepped inside and halted because he was there.”

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“‘That’s the last time you’ll open your mouth to another man’, he said, his voice husky and seductive. I couldn’t stop the tremor of pleasure that raced through me at his sey tone. ‘From now on, I’m the only man that feeds you.’ My skin where his breath touched it fired in response, and I squirmed in my seat. His closeness and his voice turned me on, but I didn’t appreciate his warning. Who the hell did he think he was? Did other women tolerate this sort of behavior?”

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“I lifted the gift from the box and stood, allowing the floor-length silk dress to cascade to the floor. “Oh, Beckett.” I sighed. No one had ever given me surprise gifts, and no one had ever given me something like this”

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“‘Every girl, and some guys, I know would love to be in your shoes. Youre Julia-fucking-Roberts in Pretty Woman. But prettier, of course. You are William Maddox Lambourne’s girlfriend.’ Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The comparison resonated. And the real question remained-was I the princess or the whore?”

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This book was seriously sexy, deliciously hot and over-the-top AH-MAZING!

Highly recommended for my fans of erotic romance!

5 out out 5 stars!!!

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This is the first book in the Not Quite Series.

Jessica “Jessie” Mann is a waitress and single mother to an adorable little boy named Danny. She is struggling to make ends meet and wants to provide a secure life for Danny. She is determined to find a man with money…

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Jack Morrison is the son of a hotel tycoon and is tired of meeting women who are only after his fame and fortune.

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It seems fate has plans for Jack and Jessie.

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When they first meet Jessie thinks Jack is nothing more than a carefree dreamer. Exactly the kind of man she shouldnt be attracted to; a man like that can’t provide the kind of life Jessie wants for her son. Jack is in no hurry to spill his secret wealth either.

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Both Jessie and Jack are forced to question what each other really wants in love and in life and together they end up finding more than they bargained for. In love, you can’t buy affections and you can’t hide from fate. Sometimes destiny has a way with making sure we get out of our own heads and find our path to true happiness.

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This book was a very fast read and I honestly adored it. Jack is the cowboy we all dream about, with enough money to provide a comfortable life.

JUSTIFIED: Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens. CR: Frank Ockenfels III / FX

                                                    (I just love Timothy Olyphant!)

Where do I sign up?!

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Jessie is hardworking and loves her son to the point that she is willing to sacrifice love for money. She is giving and funny and beautiful.

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However, the course of true love will not be easy. There are ups and downs in the story and oh-so-many times when I clutched my chest thinking, this is too freakin cute!

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This book has a happy ending and I honestly cannot wait for the next installment to read about Jacks sister.

One of my favorite parts of the book:

Jack was too much of a gentleman, too nice a guy. He respected her wishes even if he didn’t believe in them. The man of the hour stepped closer to her, took his finger, and lifted her chin so they looked at each other. “We are friends, Jessie.” “Really, Jack. That’s what we are…friends?” “Of course.” “Just friends. Are you saying that if I took my clothes off right now and offered myself to you, you wouldn’t take me up on it?” The words first widened Jack’s eyes. A hot current of need flashed on his face; the effect shot molten heat straight to her core. Then those sparkling gray eyes narrowed. “I’m not a saint, Jessie, and you know how I feel about you.” His husky voiced confirmed what his expression had already said. “Friends don’t sleep with friends.” Her words were weak. “Say the word, and I’ll turn this friendship into a relationship faster than a rattlesnake can strike his prey.” He would, she knew he would. The fire in his gaze said more than any of his words could. “To what end, Jack?” Jessie pulled away from him, felt tears sting her eyes.

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I highly recommend this book and I am anxiously awaiting the second installment!

5 out of 5 stars!

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Holy hell… I LOVE THIS BOOK! I felt the need to get that out-of-the-way right in the beginning.

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This book is a short 232-page read but OMG is it filled with all kinds of sexy…

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Makenna James, accountant, is having a downright horrible day…and things are about to get even worse.

Caden Grayson is completely terrified of dark and confined spaces.

Makenna, getting ready to leave her office for the day, makes her way to the elevator. She is extremely distracted and stumbles into the elevator. She catches a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on the hand of the man who catches her…

JUST AS THE LIGHTS GO OUT

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 Caden and Makenna are forced to fight the fear of being in the dark confined space. They must talk to one another in order to stay calm because neither one of them knows how long they will be in this elevator.

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So what happens when you’re stuck in the dark and only have your instincts to go on? What happens when you take physical attraction out of the equation? Caden and Makenna end up finding out more than just what they have in common. They find a passion, they find each others hearts…in darkness.

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This book was fantastic!  I loved every single second of it!

The fact that Makenna was forced to think about what it means to be attracted to someone was brilliant. I have often found myself attracted to certain people in terms of personality, but yet the physical attraction just wasnt there.

That’s why this story is so fantastic. Laura Kaye takes that part out of the mix.

Luckily for Makenna, Caden is plenty sexy. Tattoos and piercing…

YES PLEASE!!!

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Some of my favorites from the book:

“Tell me, Red, you gotta say it out loud. I can’t see your face or your eyes, and I don’t want to make any mistakes here.”

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“He crowded right up into her space, pressed his body against hers—trapping her against the glass of the door behind her, plunged his hands into her hair until he was cupping the nape of her neck, and devoured her lips with his.” 

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I highly recommend this short but sweet, sexy yet sensual, all-around good time novella to my ladies that are fans of romance.

5 out of 5 stars, as if you had to ask!

 This is a review for book one of the Crossfire Series.

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Meet Eva and Gideon, or as I like to call them “Christian Grey and Ana Steele-Part Two). For those of you that don’t know what in the hell I am talking about, read my review for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY!!!!

For all of the fans of the Fifty Shades series, this is the book for you. There is a commonly known fact about the world of horror movies; they usually follow the same kind of script when it comes to developing content. It seems that this trend is now carrying over into the world o’ books.

 The Recipe for an Erotic Romance by Nikki B

  1. Take one submissive woman, preferably with emotional trauma in her past
  2. Insert one devastatingly handsome billionaire, preferably with his own helicopter, plane or limo
  3. Add a heavy cup of BDSM
  4. Sprinkle in some insecurities and emotional baggage
  5. Mix well with sexual innuendo
  6. Finally, top off with true love

Sylvia Day, in my opinion, is a much better writer than E.L. James. The editing in the book is MUCH better and we’re not forced to read about anyones “inner goddess” (I swear to God, if I see that term again, I will spontaneously combust).

Eva is a 24-year old woman with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Gideon Cross is a billionaire and also a survivor.

Together, they will learn what is means to let go and let love. They must learn how to not only heal themselves but learn how to heal together.

I really enjoyed this book…like REALLY enjoyed it!

Gideon Cross is über hot…

“I had never seen hair that purely black.  It was glossy and slightly long, the ends drifting over his collar.  That sexy length was the crowning touch of bad boy hotness over the successful businessman, like whipped cream topping on a hot fudge brownie sundae.  As my mother would say, only rogues and raiders had hair like that.”

I’m picturing something like this….

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Eva…let me be perfectly honest…I LOVE her!  She gives me butterflies, possibly because I pictured Candice Accola the entire time

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They don’t get much cuter than this, do they?!  Ok, I need to move on now or else I’m going to start drooling…
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Gideon and Eva are attracted to each other from their first meeting. They both want each other and must battle their own demons and the demons in each other in order to build a relationship. It is a beautiful story of love built from mutual tragedy. I can’t say enough good things about this book so let me just leave you with this…
Some of my very favorite lines from the book:
“He was the kind of guy that made a woman want to rip his shirt open and watch the buttons scatter along with her inhibitions.” 
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“You forget who submits, Eva,” he said gruffly. “I’ve given up control for you. I’ve bent and adjusted for you. I’ll do anything to keep you and make you happy. But I can’t be tamed or topped. Don’t mistake indulgence for weakness.” 
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“I love you, Gideon.”
“God.” He looked at me with something that resembled disgust. Whether it was directed at me or himself, I didn’t know. “How can you say that?”
“Because it’s the truth.”
“You just see this”—he gestured at himself with a wave of his hand. “You’re not seeing the fucked-up, broken mess inside.”
I inhaled sharply. “You can say that to me? When you know I’m fucked up and broken, too?” 
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“I’ve told you before,” he said huskily. “I’ll take you however I can get you.”
“Whatever. Don’t think I don’t know you’re topping from the bottom.”
His mouth curved with unapologetic amusement.” 
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Do yourself a favor, take a break, relax, grab a glass of wine and enjoy this book. It is hot, it is funny, it is just what you need right now! 
I give this a 5 out of 5 stars!
On and ps…the series just got picked up for TV :))))))) I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it! I’m totally fangirling out!
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Alexa McKenzie, a woman after my own heart… An owner of a bookstore and desperate to save her family home…

Nicholas Ryan, a billionaire on the verge of inheriting his father’s corporation…

The only catch is, in order for Nick to inherit the company, he must be married; and Nick doesnt believe in marriage.

Alexa needs money and Nick needs a wife. What are a girl and boy supposed to do?!

Luckily for both Alexa and Nick, they are old childhood friends and decide that they will get married and solve both of their problems once and for all. The deal states, no sex…no entanglements.

WTF?!

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So anyways…moving on…

I anticipated that this book would be cliché from beginning to end; that the story would jump from page one to hot and heavy on page two… BUTTTTTT

I hate to say it, it was kind of slow for me. I ended up spending most of the book looking like this

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but THEN, something exciting happened…

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Oh wait…nevermind.  Jennifer Probst has a talent for building up to that moment when they would finally realize they love each other, and then pulling the rug out from under you. Leaves you wanting and sexually frustrated!

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This happens a few times. Nick and Ryan are just about to hook up and something else happens to interrupt them!

For the LOVE!!!  Can’t they just hook up already?!

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Then finally, the clouds part, the sun rises, and all of my prayers are answered… Nick and Alexa realize how much they mean to each other

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The book ends on an odd note, with more of the focus on Nick’s sister and another character from the story, but it was meant to build up to a second installment in this series. I haven’t yet read the second book, but its on the list.

This book had me all over the place in terms of emotions. Bored. Happy. Frustrated. Laughing. More Laughing. Smiling.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Hell, at this rate she’d end up in the mental institution by the end of the year. Cause: Celibacy.”

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“I’m tired of females who order a salad, then look as if they deserve a medal. A good meal is a gift.”

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“I suck at it? You’re acting like this is some stupid play you’ve put together for the neighbors. This is real life, and I’m doing the best I can.” “My plays were not stupid. We made a lot of money in admission tickets. I thought Annie was excellent.” He snorted. “You can’t even sing and you cast yourself as Annie.” “You’re still pissed because I wouldn’t let you play Daddy Warbucks.” He plowed ten fingers through his hair and made a noise deep in his throat. “How the hell do you get me on these ridiculous subjects?”

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“The breath whooshed out of her lungs and she swayed as her feet cut out on her. She expected a precise, controlled kiss to calmly show her mother they were lovers. Instead she got hot testosterone and raw sexual energy. She got warm lips melded over hers. His teeth nipped. His tongue burrowed in- side and plunged in and out with sheer command, bending her back over his arm to take every last drop of her resolve.”

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Overall, this book started off kind of slow but I am happy that it did. It really built up the excitement and anticipation. There were many parts of the book that had me laughing out loud (particularly the scenes involving the fish and the dogs).

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.