The Alphabet Game: Part One – A to E by Andie M. Long

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Stella Mulroney is playing a game.  It’s taken her two years but she finally has an interview at Gregory & Sons, the top London law firm that looks after her stepfather’s interests. She plans to discover what her Multi-millionaire Stepdaddy really invests in and bring him down.

Unwittingly, she’s caught the attention of Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Gregory, son of her Stepfather’s top Lawyer.  He wants to know why Stella has such a need for revenge and  would prefer her to channel that fury into a game of his own, ‘The Alphabet Game’.  After all, his is much more fun to play …

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I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Stella Mulroney has one thing on her mind: revenge; that is, until she meets Gabe Gregory, and now, there are two things on her mind.  You can probably guess the other.  The Alphabet Game is the first in the Alpha Series by Andie M. Long.  It was a quick and fun read.  The dialogue is quirky and fun, and it has its schmexy parts as well.

The plot is intriguing, but I was hoping to know more about the characters as the story progressed.  It may be since the book is the first in a series, and also because it’s fairly short, that the development of the characters is still forthcoming as the series progresses.  I did, though, feel like the plot was a bit of a mixture of several different storylines, and it left me a little confused at times about just where the author was heading.

The author and the characters are British, so it took a little extra effort at first to understand the dialogue, but I enjoyed it once I got the hang of the quirky conversations.  There were some mechanical writing issues, but not enough to distract from the story.

I will most likely read the rest of the series because, admittedly, I am intrigued about where the story is going and how it will end.

3-1/2 stars.

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Meet the Author

Andie M Long

Zany, enthusiastic, mum of one who loves escaping in books via writing and reading.  I have written two novels (currently editing) and a novella which is one of a series of four.  I write a blog, ‘The Emergence of the Invisible Writer’ for Word Bohemia. In the past I have freelance interviewed Freya North, Sheila O’Flanagan, Lindsey Kelk, Carrie Jones, Matt Haig, Jill Mansell and Jane Green for Ink Pantry Publishing and have several published short stories and poems.

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Wrecked by Priscilla West – Review

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“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy,  Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

WRECKED
RESCUED (WRECKED BOOK TWO: Coming Early 2014)

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I was excited to read this book.  I love a good story about a sexy underground cage fighter.  This book had me hooked from the very first page.  I will admit. I did start comparing it to other books out there about college underground cage fighters.

How many things can go wrong in someone’s life? Lorrie had several.  Her mother was murdered by her step father and her father took his own life only months after her stepfather’s trial. She seemed to be a walking disaster who was keeping people at their distances.

What college age girl in this day and age wants to go to college and not find the perfect guy?  I don’t know many.  Well, Lorrie was this girl.  Or she thought she was.  Until she found someone who was as broken as she was.

Hunter was her savior more times than I could count.  Sometimes the way he was treated by Lorrie, I often thought to myself why does he stick around?  I found myself asking myself that question all the time.  There were times when I just wanted to yell at her.

Hunter and Lorrie both had their secrets that they didn’t want to share with one another.  They were both afraid that they would hurt each other and their relationship would end.

Lorrie thoughts on Hunter were “He was a walking contradiction: fierce yet tender, strong but damaged”.  He was her rock and shoulder to cry on.

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Priscilla West is the author of the Sandstone Affair and the Surrender series. She likes to write stories with sassy heroines and strong but flawed heroes.

She enjoys: cuddles, men in suits, eskimo kisses, life-sized teddy bears, and eggs over medium.

You can find her at priscillawest.com

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Book Title:  Legal Briefs
Author: N.M. Silber
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 2014

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Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since “the glitter incident” in preschool when they were four. Their friends’ marriage, a mysterious neighbor, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they’ll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to play nicely, will they discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile? Can they manage to date without anyone sustaining injury? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them without killing each other first? Find out in Legal Briefs.

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“Do you have an extra toothbrush?” I called out, heading for the bathroom.

“Use mine.”

“Use yours? That’s kind of gross.”

“Is the thought of my tongue in your mouth gross too? Because that could have an impact on our romantic relationship.” I guess he had a point there.

I went into the bathroom, washed up, did everything else that half a bowl of rum punch and three glasses of water made necessary, and then contemplated his toothbrush. Fuck it, I was going for it. I brushed my teeth and headed for the hall. I saw him lying on the sofa, punching a pillow to soften it up and I wandered in to say goodnight. Okay, and to ogle a little because he had taken his shirt off again and his body was beautiful.

“Goodnight,” I said trying not to stare. I wasn’t succeeding very well and the amused look on his face told me that he had noticed.

“Goodnight,” he said, trying not to look at my boobs, bouncing around jauntily under McGruff the Crime Dog as I moved. He wasn’t succeeding too well either, I might add.

“If you need anything I’ll be in there,” I said glancing off toward his bedroom.

“It’s my apartment, I’m sure I can find whatever I need.” He gave into temptation and let his eyes drop for a moment to my body. “Whatever I need that it would be appropriate for me to have tonight,” he added, sounding frustrated. He grabbed his iPad from the end table, and settled into read.

“What are you reading?” I asked curiously.

“Espionage thriller.”

“Ah, I thought you wanted to read the rest of my…”

“I do, want to read them, but I couldn’t handle that tonight with you here and half naked. I might forget my rules about women who have been drinking to excess. Now go get some sleep, because you’re getting me hard again, and if I practice any more self-love tonight, I might get carpel tunnel.”

“You mean you were…” I must have looked surprised.

“What did you think, I was just really hygienic?”

“I thought maybe you were taking cold showers,” I admitted.

“Hell, no. I don’t waste God’s gifts.”

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On a day like any other, Allyn Sommers went off to work, not knowing that her life was about to be irrevocably and horrifically altered.

Three years later, Allyn is still a prisoner in her own home held captive by harrowing fear. Broken and damaged, Allyn seeks help from someone that fate brought her.

Dr. Dominic Shriver is a psychiatrist who’s drawn to difficult cases. He must push past his own personal battles to help Allyn fight her monsters and nightmares.

Is Dr. Shriver the answer to her healing?

Can Allyn overcome the broken?

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I don’t do ‘normal’.

I’ve found that the more I write, the more I like being different to other authors. I write in first person, and I love to challenge a reader.

I take the normal and switch it around.

For me, I really enjoy getting a reaction from a reader. So if I can evoke an emotion (regardless of if it’s the emotion the reader wants) then I figure that I’ve done my job as an author I want to be.

I really quite revel in taking people out of their comfort zones and pushing them to read something different.
My genre of writing is, well quite frankly, where ever my mind goes. I won’t label myself because I don’t like sticking to one genre.

My goal with writing is just to take people away from whatever is going on in their lives, even if it’s only for a split second.

I’m a go with the flow sort of person and don’t really take a course of action to get where I am going. I live in the moment and don’t usually worry about tomorrow because whatever life is due to bring me, I’ll be happy to accept.

I love my family and friends and will help anyway I can if someone needs it. I really don’t like people that are nasty just because they can be, I don’t believe that’s necessary, I mean life’s hard enough as it is!
I hope you enjoy my books, I’ve had a hoot writing them. There’s more to come…..

Til next time.

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Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann – Review

 

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What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

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I knew Pulled Beneath was going to be different from what I’ve read from author Marni Mann before, because she warned me.  However, let me just give a nod to the similarities first.  This author possesses an amazing gift.  She creates stories so compelling that they draw the reader in until it becomes virtually impossible to tell where the reality of life ends and the fiction of the story begins.

Drew Stevens experiences a devastating loss when she comes home to find her parents – the only family she has – brutally murdered.  While still in the throes of grief over her parents’ untimely death, more disturbing news comes when Drew finds out that her mother’s parents – grandparents she believed died years ago – had only recently passed, creating questions and curiosity about the newly exposed secrets.  Drew travels from her home in Florida to her parents’ home town of Bar Harbor, Maine to settle her grandparents’ estate and search for answers about the lies she’s believed were truths her whole life.  What she finds are just more questions, including ones about her mysterious and devastatingly handsome neighbor, Saint.  As her grief over the loss of her parents and the confusion about her mother’s deceptions begin to compound, Drew’s grief becomes nearly unbearable, and her attempts at dealing with the overwhelming torment of the lies and the loss become extreme and dangerous.

This story explores the heartbreak of grief, in all its facets, through characters that are as complex and real as any I have ever read.  There is no fiction in these characters – the main ones, the supporting ones – they’re all very real, authentic and genuine, and so is their pain.  My heart ached for Drew, and when her coping threatens to take a destructive turn, I was as absolutely immersed in her pain as she was in the waters of Maine.

Pulled Beneath is not high action and drama.  On the contrary, it’s a raw and honest exploration of the human condition – of how deeply destructive the effect of grief can be, even on the strongest of us.  But then, author Marni Mann skillfully takes this devastatingly heartrending story and turns it inside out until it is transformed into a story of survival, and renewal, and finally, of hope.

It is true in life that the most devastating pain gives way to the most beautiful of new beginnings.  It happens when a child is born, and it can also happen when a life ends.  Pulled Beneath is a tragic and sad story of pain and loss, but it is also a beautiful story of resilience and survival, and ultimately, of love.

Five magnificent, inspirational stars.

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Marni Mann Author

A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for Nutella, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.

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