Loving Kate by Dee Kelly
Katherine Moore has loved Michael Matthews since they were children. She’s also in love with his best friend. After her world was turned upside down, she made an impulsive choice which may have cost her the loves of her life. Now, as she tries to make amends, she has to choose one of them. But how do you choose between two men who love you unconditionally?
Things continue to get even more complicated with the arrival of baby Lucas. In the midst of it all, her college graduation looms on the horizon and her future has never seemed more unclear. When she finally declares which man she can’t live without, he refuses to let Kate back into his heart. Everything seems hopeless until a sudden change of events puts her in day to day contact with the man she loves.
As they both struggle to accept their new circumstances, Kate can’t help but hope this will be their second chance at happily ever after. Will the man of her dreams be able to forgive her or will she finally have to accept that she’s truly lost the love of her life?
Loving Kate is the third and final full-length novel in The Acceptance Series.
Jake Understood by Penelope Ward
From the New York Times bestselling author of Jake Undone, comes a full-length standalone companion novel and sequel.
A different side to the story: Jake’s side.
“We’re getting a new roommate,” they said.
I thought nothing of it...until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis.
It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.
I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasn’t betting on was becoming addicted to her.
But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, she’d be gone.
I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldn’t fall in love.
In Jake Understood, pivotal scenes from Jake Undone are retold from Jake’s point of view combined with all-new material from both the past and present time where Jake Undone left off. It can stand alone but if both books are read, should follow Jake Undone. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Review by Lorena
Penelope has done it again! Another epic read that will stay with me forever!!
I could never, ever be disappointed with any of Penelope's books. Every single one that I have read has a special place in my heart, her writing is phenomenal and I just can't get enough from her. I get so excited every time I find out she's coming out with another book and I was super excited when she told us that she was writing Jake's POV. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I could never ever be disappointed with any of her books. There is just something about her writing that is so captivating. The story lines are so unique and so heartfelt and I love each and every one of her books.
Jake Understood is told in his POV and we get to read versions of him telling the story of what we didn't get to experience in Jake Undone. I loved him in Jake Undone and loved him even more in Jake Understood. Jake and Nina love each other in spite of what tends to get between them. They continue to fight for their love that seems to just keep getting stronger and stronger.
We get taken aback from time to time as Jake is telling his story from when he first met Nina and how things went down, how he fell in love with her instantly. He takes us to an unforgettable journey of how their love blossomed. They need each other just like you need to take your next breath of air to continue living.
You will get lost in the story that will give you the light at the end of the tunnel and his conviction to love Nina.
We get to understand Jake in his version and he's going to make you fall in love with him if you didn't in Jake Undone or you will just fall in love with him even more if you already loved him from Jake Undone.
Five deserving stars!!!
Stepbrother Master by Ava Jackson
Three months trapped on a ranch in remote Montana with my mom’s latest husband … and his dark, brooding son.
I shouldn’t care that my new stepbrother’s talent with ropes goes beyond lassoing stray cattle.
I shouldn’t care that his every look says he wants me … but he’s going to fight it to the bitter end.
I shouldn’t care that as the summer rolls on, my fascination overwhelms my better judgment and now I’m dying to call my stepbrother … Master.
Review by Lorena
I don't know what it is but these Stepbrother books lately have me intrigued because each and everyone that I've read so far has been a bit different. I love the whole forbidden love thing going and I can definitely tell you that I was NOT disappointed with Stepbrother Master. I love reading about these taboo tales. I'm sure every taboo book is different in its own way.
Emma goes to Montana to spend the summer visiting her mother who is going to marry again. She is not happy about this marriage but if it makes her mother happy then it makes her happy.
When Emma gets to the ranch she meets Ford, the sexy as sin cowboy and she immediately feels an attraction to him. She finds out that he will be her stepbrother soon and she knows that he's forbidden.
Ford can't help feeling attracted to Emma the moment he meets her but he feels like she's a spoiled brat and he doesn't care for that type of girl. The problem is, that they both can't help feeling something for each other and plan on exploring where it will take them.
Emma gets all hot and bothered when she happens to accidentally catch Ford in the barn with a woman bound on her knees and he's paddling her. Emma feels like she would like to try that and know how it feels to be bound and spanked. Is it something that she will like and/or can handle?
Will Emma and Ford take that step further and explore and experiment with each other even though they know they shouldn't since they are step siblings?
AGAIN, I loved the story, I thought it was a bit different from the other books I've read about step siblings. I have loved each and every one I've read and this one definitely did not disappoint me.
I was happy to see Emma and Ford get their HEA and I can't wait to read her next book "Stepbrother's Plaything"!
Taz (G-Man 4) by Andrea Smith
My life is finally perfect. My dreams have all come true. I'm where I want to be with the bureau; having the career I've been planning since I did my stint in the military. I'm married to the one and only woman I've ever loved; my heart beats for her alone. Together we've made beautiful babies that I adore. I'm thirty-three years old and I'm complete.
Then one day, it all changes. Slate recruits me for a temporary assignment that is underneath the radar for a reason. The bureau hasn't sanctioned it as a priority, but Slate feels it is because of who is involved: Sue Ellen Reynard. Yeah, remember her?
Our lives were perfect. Taz and I had everything we'd ever hoped for: family, careers and an everlasting devotion to one another. Suddenly nothing is the same. In a single moment, my biggest fear is realized by one phone call from Slate: an 'agent is missing'.
My agent; my Taz . . .
This is just the beginning of our long journey. Will things ever be the same again?
Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
My name is Ally Prince and I've always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.
When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I've ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of 'just' being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.
But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed... And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.
I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world... of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance... I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.
It just never seemed like I would get it.
For the past few years I've thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.
I needed a new beginning.
I wasn't expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn't expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn't expecting to fall for him... heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love...
My real life fairytale come true.
But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul... I just didn't know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.
New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up
That's A Lie by Victoria Klahr
Seth is back.
When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…
Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.
Do I even deserve to be loved?
“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”
I came back for Josie.
I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.
I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.
So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.
**This is book two in the Promises, Promises series, and book one should be read before you read this one. Also, this book is for mature readers (17+), so if you do not like getting turned on or reading hot steamy scenes, this book is NOT for you!**
Review by LORENA
I have to say that these love stories really drive me crazy. The good kind of crazy. There is something that attracts me to these types of stories and they captivate me. I love how the stories evolve and how best of friends become more than just friends -- how their love blossoms and how things or people always seem to get in the way of their happiness and they have to fight mighty hard to be happy.
I felt like I was on a roller coaster reading this book because of all the highs and lows and all the good and bad that came out of this book. Josie has really suffered quite a bit and the thing with her is that she was so confused from time to time. She didn't know if she loved Blake or if she loved Seth. I'll tell you, I've always been on #teamSeth since book one. Something about him captivated me and I just couldn't seem to be on #teamBlake. He always felt like a lying jacka$$. But Josie came around and realized that even though she did fall in love with Blake, her heart always belonged to Seth -- no matter what.
Now Seth had my heart from the beginning. He was the sweetest most gentle guy and for a hot guy with all those tattoo's and piercings, you would think he would be a badass with some attitude problem or something, but nope, he was the most amazing guy ever. I did the happy dance when he came back in this second book and was going to do his damndest to win Josie back and boy did he win her back.
The sex in this series has been unbelievable, hot, hot, hot!! Especially in this second book. I don't understand how people have been complaining that the sex is just too much. If the author knows how to word it and explain it -- then too much sex is not enough sex! I loved every single sex scene from this book and the chemistry between Josie and Seth was just like explosive fireworks!!
I'm happy that they were able to overcome all the bad and even though Josie still has nightmares about what she went through when she was young, Seth has been there for her and has helped her heal little by little, but when it's not one thing it's another that comes back to haunt Josie.
The supporting characters in this book were amazing as well. Brandon might have been Blake's brother but Seth was Brandon's best friend and he watched out for those who he loved. Brandon and Brooke have been amazing and so has Seth's parents along with Josie's dad.
I love everything about this series and I can't wait to get my hands on the third book. I absolutely have to find out what happens next!!! So exciting :)
Loved this series and I totally recommend it. I wouldn't base myself on the mediocre reviews or bad because them people just don't know what they're talking about. This has been a tremendously great journey for Seth and Josie and I want to continue reading this roller coaster of a series!!
From USA Today Best Selling Author Harper Bentley comes all three True Love books together in one boxed set!
True Love, Book 1 - Discovering Us
They wanted forever... but sometimes forever's not that easy.
Ellen has loved Jagger since she was five and he was seven when they kissed through the chain link fence at school. She’s had their wedding planned since she was twelve and is ready for a happily ever after with him, but life just isn't that neat and tidy. Although they lost contact over the years, which broke her heart, during Jag's senior year in high school, sophomore Ellen catches his eye once again and their friendship is back on. When things between them gradually develop into something more, Ellen wants to give herself completely to Jag, but he’s not so sure he wants to risk their relationship in taking things to the next level. When Jag is drafted to the Dodgers as the hot, new pitcher of the team, Ellen decides to go with him, transferring colleges and leaving her friends and family behind. But things get more and more complicated when busy schedules, a slimy agent and a supermodel disrupt their lives, which makes Ellen question whether they’ll ever get their perfect forever.
True Love, Book 2 – Finding Us
They wanted forever... but does forever deserve a second chance?
Jag Jensen and Ellen Love had been best friends their whole lives until he turned thirteen and started noticing girls his own age, but that didn't mean he stopped watching out for eleven-year-old Ellen. By his senior year in high school, baseball had taken the front seat in his life, with a scholarship to college and a pro career looming on the horizon, when sophomore Ellen caught his attention and they struck up their friendship again. Although Ellen wanted more, Jag didn't want to drag her into what he knew would be a crazy life, but love has a way of deciding one's future, and eventually they became a couple. Ellen followed him to California as he began his pro career, but his wild and hectic lifestyle screwed everything up.
Now Jag is lost, realizing he's never been without his best friend in his life. Learning to live without Ellen doesn't settle well with him, so while trying to remain at the top of his career, he also wants to get his girl back, which proves to be more difficult than he thought it'd be. Will Ellen give him another chance or does that sort of thing only happen in the sappy romance novels she always used to read? Jag hopes she's willing to try again as he puts his heart on the line for the woman he knows will always be his forever and a day.
True Love, Book 3 – Finally Us
They wanted forever… but is forever really their destiny?
After several misunderstandings and unsavory characters get in their way, Ellen Love and Jag Jensen have called it quits after nine years of being together. Now they find themselves in places with which they’re not accustomed: Ellen is trying to get used to the idea of dating another man, having never gone out with anyone other than Jag, while Jag is coping with an injury and the loss of baseball, a game he’s played for over twenty years. Neither is sure how to handle their new situation, but they’re dealing.
When a surprise trade lands Jag right back in the middle of things and right back into Ellen’s life, new boyfriend and all, can he keep his cool and try to recover what they once had? Does Ellen still carry a torch for her first love or has she already fallen for her new baseball player, making it too late for them to start again?
The fight is on as Jag goes head-to-head with Ellen’s new love interest as he tries proving to her that their love deserves another shot.
REVIEW BY LORENA
This series really made me one happy reader. I love reading books or series that are about couples being in love since they were children and once they've grown up, their love seems to be stronger and they have to fight for their love to stay strong. This was a very emotional, sad and happy book. It took a while for the happy to come along, but let me tell you....it was well worth it. The author did an exceptional job with this series, it was well written and I can't wait to read more from her. I will cherish this series and I will remember it as being one of my best series by far this year.
Ellen's POV: Jag and Ellen grew up together and always hung out together and were like best friends. Jag was 2 years older than El and was obviously growing up faster and once he became a teenager, well his eyes perked up and started noticing girls. He and El seemed to have drifted apart for several years but El always had him in her heart. But once El became a beautiful young girl, Jag noticed her and realized that he wanted her and he wanted her to be more than just his friend. Things started to develop between them and through this all, Jag was always a gentleman and never pressured El into anything even if she wanted to. He wanted to wait for the right time and that's what he did. They developed a beautiful relationship and once Jag got the offer to go pro, El decided that she wanted to follow him to wherever it was that he got drafted to and that's when their love got tested. People got in the way and rumors started flying. Could El trust Jag and believe that he only had eyes for her? Will Jag fall into temptation or will he be strong enough to be faithful to El?
Both El and Jag suffer somewhat in this book and even though they suffer, they also have their wonderful and great moments. I've fallen in love with this series so far. It breaks my heart to see what these two individuals go through with lies and deceit that gets in the way of their happiness.
Jag's POV: Jag has lost the love of his life due to rumors and lies. He now has to decide if she is the person he loves and if she's worth fighting for. Jagger really works his tail off to try and get El back and it's going to be one hell of a fight to try and convince her that everything that has been said is nothing but lies. He would never in a million years cheat on El because he has never had eyes for anyone but her. El is conflicted and doesn't know if she should believe Jag or if it's best to just stay broken up. Jag goes over and beyond to prove to Ellen that she's it for him and he's never loved anyone but her. Can Jag convince her of his love, can Ellen believe him and take him back?
Jag goes through one hell of a roller coaster in this book trying to prove to Ellen that he loves her and only her and it kills me to see him suffer through this ordeal to try and win Ellen back and have to feel how broken he is and everything he goes through just for this one woman that has stolen his heart since they were children. Jag really takes my breath away and I wish there could be men out in this world like him. I'm sure there are -- but they're hard to find!
Both POV's: This last book really puts their love to the test. After everything they both have been through, can they survive their love? Both Ellen and Jagger really have some serious talking to do in order to make their love survive and make it work. But now that Ellen has a new man in her life, she seems to be confused and doesn't know what she wants. She knows she loves Jag but she's enjoying her new man's company. He showers her with attention and that's the one thing she's always wanted from Jagger. She wanted his attention and his protection. All she craved was Jag. But Jagger was new to the whole fame thing and didn't think about Ellen's feelings and just went with what his agent wanted from him. But Jagger soon realizes that Ellen is not worth losing and he will do whatever it takes to get his girl back and boy does Jag go out with a bang in this book!
I loved the whole dual POV's. Loved that the first book was El's POV, second was Jag's POV and the third book had both POV's. Jagger was a true lover at heart. Not once did he do any harm or wrong and he really, really, really tried hard to please his girl. Jagger had my heart since book one. Things happen and confusion always plays a part in our lives and causes problems, especially when there is no communication. Ellen lacked communication and wasn't straightforward with Jagger in telling him exactly what he was doing wrong with their relationship. It took Jagger a while to figure that out and caused some serious pain and heartache.
Loved, loved this series and I can't express how much I loved both Ellen and Jagger. She was a feisty one that's for sure, and I loved her courage and determination to stand her ground at times. She sure knew how to play the "hard to get" part when she left him the first time, and that's the way to do it. But it tore my heart how they both had to suffer and everything they went through. Jag's courage and determination is what I loved about this series. He would stop at nothing to get Ellen and he fought tooth and nail for her and the things he had to go through to prove his love was true and genuine.
I totally recommend this series, you will fall in love with this series as much as I did ;)
5 golden stars for this series!!
"Sugar, Jules and I had run for our lives. Only our shadows had followed us. And no matter how hard we tried, we couldn't outpace them."
All-around bad boy, and twenty-five-year-old heir to the Jameson fortune, Tommy Jameson, knows three things:
- His family is disappointed in him.
- Overcoming his addictions won't necessarily crush his vices.
- He is wildly in love with Sugar Scarborough, a girl who is dealing with her own addictions and an insatiable need to please.
Danger sends Tommy, Sugar and their friend, Julian Fitzpatrick, a heavily medicated, socially dysfunctional genius, fleeing from Green Willow Recovery Center. Now, together, they will face the outside world and uncover a horrifying mystery while being forced to confront their inner demons.
Lovely Distraction by J.J. Dorn
I met him over five years ago, when I was still going to the University of Tennessee. I was on spring break and having drinks at a local bar called Havens at home in Huntsville. That was the exact moment when my path collided with Jamieson Wellington and my life was forever changed. He was unlike anyone I had ever met before. I knew I would never be able to forget him after that night, nor did I want to. But unfortunately for us, fate was not kind.
Now as I sit on this airplane about to leave for my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I look up to lock eyes with the one person who continuously haunts me, day and night. I fight back a sick feeling in my gut, knowing my life has just forced me to a crossroads. I feel the static electricity in the air between us and I know I’m not strong enough to resist him. I never have been, but this time I have so much more to lose. This time Jamieson may just ruin me completely.