Beholden by Corinne Michaels #BlogTour #Review @AuthorCMichaels

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Synopsis

Catherine Pope got a second chance at love, only to have it ripped away—again. She should’ve known better.

But she dared to hope.

She refuses to let fate take the reins this time. Catherine decides she’s going to fight.

Jackson Cole risked it all.

He thought this time would be different.

With his loyalties pulling him in two directions—it’s time to make a choice…his past or his future.

Will they be beholden to their fears or will they both fight against their demons and finally find the love they both long for?

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4.5 stars

Beholden by Corinne Michaels is the second book in The Belonging Duet. Beloved was the first book and I highly recommend that you read that one before you read Beholden, if you don’t you will be very confused. Beholden started right where Beloved left off.

Catherine Pope is a woman who is her worst enemy. She found something out about the man of her dreams and then pushed him away. I can honestly say she got on my nerves a little bit. She was miserable and she didn’t want to find out the truth because she was scared of the answers. She also stood by Jackson’s side when he needed her the most.

Jackson Cole had his past he had to live with. He was afraid to tell Catherine because he thought she would leave him. He had to prove to her anyway that he could that he loved her with all his heart. He had to break down the walls that she put up around her heart. He would do anything for her to have her back.   He did just that.

The banter between these two will have you snickering. They had their moments where you would ask yourself. Really, do people really act like that? They were a great couple to be able to see the love grow. Then there were times where I found myself yelling at them in my head. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff they did.

Mark and Ashton were great friends to both Jackson and Catherine. I hope we get to read a book about them. Mark was a standup guy who wouldn’t take anything Jackson had to dish out. They were more than friends, they were like brothers. Ashton was the same way with Catherine. They both grown up together and were best friends and sisters from the very beginning.

This was a great series and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Who doesn’t like a hot, sexy, ex-Navy Seal? Happy reading!

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Corinne is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

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Surviving Broken by Beverly Preston – #Review @BeverlyPreston

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Surviving Broken ~ A Mathews Family Novel
~ Sometimes you have to go through hell to find your heaven ~

Releasing September 29, 2014

Most women have a wish list when it comes to what kind of man they want to date. JC Mathews used a strict set of guidelines as a safety net to keep herself out of trouble and out of love.

On hiatus from the bright lights and speculative gazes of her career in the fashion industry, JC lets her guard down…only to the wrong man. After escaping Italy and the hands of her abuser, she returns to Malibu to recover. The last thing she expects to find is a large, gorgeous intruder swimming naked in her pool.

Reed Rider left Texas and his broken heart behind in order to settle his aunt’s affairs after her death. Seeking refuge from the California heat for a midnight swim in his neighbor’s backyard, he never expects to find a nude silhouette of a long-haired beauty standing at the water’s edge.

As their passion ignites and the pages of JC’s rulebook fade to grey, she unlocks her guarded heart to begin a new chapter in her life. When hidden truths are exposed and secrets unravel, will they survive the threats from their broken pasts?

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5 Emotional Stars

Most of us as young kids remember our grandmothers or mothers making the old granny square blankets. From the first 5 chain stitches to the slip stitch to connect to the 12 double crotchets to start the base of the blanket. We come to see that the base is the most strongest of the stitches but as we go along we make mistakes that we can cover up with just the right amount of flare. But what we don’t see is that the mistakes in the blanket are what makes it stronger and unique.

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Reed-hunky, honest and sweet

J.C-strong, pretty and fearless

J.C. is the woman that everyone girl wants to be like when they grow up. She never takes life for granted she knows what hard-work is about and strives to be the best that she can be. She has the support and love of her family. She loves her family whole heartedly. But what happens when all she knows is stripped away from her? Can she survive or will she crumble? Can the love of her family give her strength? Can she walk away from the fire to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel not to mention a hunky guy with tattoos that makes her heart flutter?

Reed is a man that knows what it feels like to love and lose his heart. He feels like it has been stricken from his body never to return. He is successful, honest and true. But what he yearns for is that lightening kind of love to return. Will this man find happiness the second time around or will he lose it before he even gets to enjoy it? Can he become the savior to a woman with the body of a goddess?

J.C. and Reed’s journey is one that is fun and light hearted. It is slow and building but comes with flaws that can only be seen by the both of them. Reed is carrying around a heavy heart that he is afraid to let J.C. know about in fear that she will walk away before she becomes near. J.C is carrying around a secret that she hopes that will not destroy them before they can even start. Will the secrets that each carry’s with them be the destroying factor or will it be just the amount of light that holds their bond together? This is their special journey that everyone should take when reading this book.

What about Luc? What is the secret that he carry’s? Will he get what is just to him?

Did I mention that the sex within Reed an J.C. is like a meteor striking through the night sky?

To the author: Amazing this book has a lot that should be read by all. There is so much going on in this book that everyone that reads this will see the signs that you have laid out and shows that there are people that care in this world. They are not judgmental if only given the chance. A family’s support is worth just much more. That the love between all is like a granny square after all that is said and done the flaws that we make within the blanket are the ones that combine our love together.

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#1 Bestselling Author, Beverly Preston has been a stay at home mom for 21 years, although she prefers the title Domestic Engineer. Along the way, Beverly worked side by side with her husband Don, the love of her life, designing, building and selling custom homes. As her children begin to venture out on their own, she’s left to shed a tear—for a minute—wonder what’s next in life, and embrace the feeling of empowerment that surely must’ve been wrapped in a present she received on her fortieth birthday.
If Beverly isn’t at home riding her spin bike, you’ll find her spinning richly emotional and sinfully sexy romance stories.

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Brutal by K.S. Adkins – Review

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My name is Venessa Cross.

I’m a Detroit DJ with issues. I know it, my friends know it, and even the enemy knows it.

The problem is, now the Detroit Police Department knows it, too.

I was wrong to think my nighttime activities would go unnoticed. Eventually I wound up on his radar.

He lives for the law, I exist outside of it. I expected the rules to change, but I didn’t expect that one simple handshake would also change… everything else.

When he’s assigned to protect me, he gets a back stage pass to my world.
Now I make him question the very oath he stands for, and I hate myself for it.

I’m convinced I’ll ruin him.
Yet, he wants to save me.

If you thought the streets of Detroit were brutal, you haven’t seen me in action.
Follow me and watch me do what the police can’t: deliver punishment.

My name is Venessa Cross.

I am justice.

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4.5 Brutally Fantastic Stars

Every once in a while, I stumble across a book ad while on cyber space and decide to check it out on a whim. Sometimes it’s disappointing and sometimes I discover a book that ends up taking me by surprise and leaving me speechless. ‘Brutal’ was one of latter ones. I’m pretty sure it will be with me for a long while.

‘Brutal’ was so very different than any other book I’ve read in a long time. From page one I could not put it down and I was ignoring everything around me; friends, work, school. I have to say though; I love when awesome books do that to me. Yet I have to say, this book might not be for everyone; it was dark, raw and was full of violence and aggression. Though, it’s also full of love, friendship and selflessness.

“Who am I, you’re asking yourself. My name is Venessa Cross, and I fight for those who can’t” ~ Venessa Cross

Venessa Cross is one badass chick. I’ve never met another heroine quite like her and I doubt I will anytime soon. She quite literally kicks ass! Growing up, Venessa is your average girl, with a stable family and big dreams for the future. All goes according to plan, until one horrific event changes her life drastically at the age of seventeen. After that, the girl she used to be is forever changed, and she takes the law into her own hands; not only seeking revenge but also keeping the streets of Detroit clean. This however, puts her on the Police Department’s radar, as well as Rogan Black’s. The instant connection between them is palpable from the first moment they meet.

“He’s built like a Buick and everyone know they make one hell of a car.” ~ Venessa Cross

Rogan Black is a detective at the Detroit Police Department and lives for his job. He has had a rough childhood and doesn’t have much of a live for outside of work and his partner is the only friend he seems to have. He’s one strong, but also hard, alpha male. When he meets Venessa, however, he changes. He starts to care about something other than just his job. He is very protective of her in his badass alpha way, sometimes over the top so. I loved the connection that Rogan and Venessa shared. You could see the love they had for each other. Yet, they didn’t expect either one of them to change, but in the end accepted the person the other one is; flaws and all.

“Jesus, we’re beauty and the god damned beast, and I’m one lucky beast.” ~ Rogan Black

I love this story from start to finish and every heartbreaking turn it took. The only thing that has bothered me every now and then during the story were the typos and grammar mistakes. Granted, this is a pet peeve of mine and probably bothers me more than other people. However, this did NOT, in any way, take anything away from the story itself and my immense enjoyment of it. I can recommend this to everyone who likes a badass heroin and a gritty, unconventional story.

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Book Title: Asylum
Author: Lily White
Genre: Erotic/Psychological Thriller
Release Date: November 2014

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Words are funny things.

Their meaning, the pictures they paint in the minds of those that hear them: they’re not always the same and to me at least, that makes them meaningless.

Take for instance the phrase ‘black widow’. Those words conjure the image of a spider, an eight-legged creature with the red imprint of an hourglass on its abdomen.

However, instead of speaking of an arachnid, of the resident of a spindly and dew-laden web, the people who whisper those words are talking about something much different.

They’re talking about me.

From what I’m told, I’m called the Black Widow because no man I’ve ever loved has survived.

Yet, I have no memory of any of it.

My new home leads me to the definition of another vague and meaningless word.

It’s a place where I’m supposed to seek refuge.

A place of retreat and security.

It’s a place where I’m supposed to be kept safe because I’m sick. 

But the definition for this place is wrong and the word becomes meaningless when you’re tucked away and made silent by drugs and pretty white jackets.

My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.

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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. Most of the time she can be found wandering around aimlessly while her mind is stuck in some twisted power play between two characters in her head. You may recognize her in public by the confused expression, random mumbling, and occasional giggle while thinking up a scene. Lily’s favorite things in life are reading, thinking about reading, buying books for reading….and writing. Her other secret pleasure is meeting with her plot editor in public to discuss her books and watching the shocked expressions of the people around her that don’t realize she’s talking about a book. When Lily is not reading, writing, wandering or freaking out innocent bystanders, she’s sleeping.

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Rellik by Teresa Mummert

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Rellik Bentley is to die for.

He can have any woman he wants and they will do anything to be with him. He uses and abuses them like drugs and tosses them out with the trash. The only thing he gives a f*ck about is his music. That is, until Ella Leighton walks into his life and stumbles upon one of his darkest secrets. In the midst of doing damage control, he begins to obsess over the mysterious woman who wants absolutely nothing to do with him.
Rellik won’t take no for an answer.

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I’m not sure what to say. I mean….whoa. Seriously. Just wow. I am speechless and flabbergasted after finishing “Rellik” by Teresa Mummert.
Undoubtedly one of the best books of 2014. It’s different from what I imagined. I expected a typical dark romance but nothing about “Rellik” is typical. This book is extraordinary in every way – the plot, the characters as well as the writing style.
This book captivated me, lured me in and didn’t let me go. I lost sleep over it and was late for work because I couldn’t stop reading. I don’t even know where to start.

From reading the blurb, I expected Rellik to be the world’s biggest jerk with psychopathic tendencies. Instead, I was introduced to a hot-as-sin rockstar that though consumed by darkness, is still more human than he gives himself credit for. Fate has treated him as her own personal punching bag, leaving him broken and void of any happiness or joy. Trying to get through life without being haunted by his memories, he chooses to live an empty life – women, booze and no attachments.
This changes when Ella enters his life. Feeling an inexplicable connection, he can’t help but allow her to get under his skin – not realizing that they have more in common than he could ever imagine. Instead of her frowning upon his thirst for revenge, he finds support from her that he would have never expected.
As easy as it would be to hate the person that is Rellik and the things he does, he makes it hard to see things in black and white. He managed to bring my views of right and wrong out of balance. He totally got under my skin.
The versatility of his character allows him for a lot of depth, making it hard to judge him. He isn’t just a man who was broken and who now enjoys to break others. There is a sweet and caring side to him. He’s a person that is able to give love and be vulnerable once he allows himself to be. But there is always an edge and a darkness to his softer side that makes him intense, fascinating, sexy and enthralling. A perfectly written book boyfriend.

Ella isn’t behind on those qualities in the least. It absolutely thrilled me to see both characters having that type of draw, strength and interesting personalities. None of them was stronger or weaker than the other. Another thing she has in common with Rellik, is that fate hasn’t been kind to her either. But instead of being broken by the horrific experiences in her life, it made her strong, determined and vengeful to the ones that deserve it. No longer allowing herself to be a victim, she fights for herself and stands her ground – not willing to back down until she finds the answers she is searching for and until the ones that wronged her get what they deserve. Being strong doesn’t mean the demons of her past don’t haunt her, forcing her to find ways to cope and not allowing her to open up to anyone or to give her trust.
This changes when Rellik enters her life. The darkness he exudes simultaneously draws her in and pushes her away. But the pull she feels towards him is so strong that she cannot ignore it. Stronger than the fear of trusting him or revealing her true self.

The connection between them is like gasoline to a fire, it is so intense that it made my skin crackle. They both accept each others broken parts without hesitation or second thoughts, also accepting the darkness that each of them carries.
Nothing they do or experience is dull or predictable – the intensity of their personalities mirrored in their actions. For me as a reader there wasn’t a moment to catch my breath, yet it wasn’t too much or over the top. And everytime when I thought I figured everything out, the story revealed another truth that I hadn’t expected or seen coming. There were no hints to give things away which made the shock even bigger. And I absolutely loved it.

The writing style is unique and extraordinarily superb. It is intelligent and eloquent, original and beautiful – full of emotion, intensity and breath-taking metaphors.

And what makes it even better is the fact that not only the main characters and their story are intriguing, but that the supporting characters Phantom, Hangman and Trigger have managed to worm they way into my heart as well. I am secretly – or not so secretly – hoping that maybe they get their own story too. That’d be like Christmas and Easter all at once.

Overall, an amazing and breathtaking read that kept all of me engaged – heart, mind, soul and hormones.

5+ dark and light stars.

And now I need to stalk Teresa Mummert on Goodreads and devour everything else she has written.

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