THE NIGHT MARK by TIFFANY REISZ :: REVIEW

TBB 5 Star Read
Standalone epic and beautiful time travel love story.

SYNOPSIS

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there’s something worth dying for in the past…

A enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she’s been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

After the death of her beloved husband, Faye cannot escape her grief and most days can barely get out of bed. But when she’s offered a job photographing South Carolina’s coast, she accepts.

In the quaint beach town, she falls in love again when she sees the crumbling yet beautiful lighthouse and becomes obsessed with the legend surrounding The Lady of the Light—the keeper’s daughter who died in a mysterious drowning in 1921. She is drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can’t explain. While visiting it one night, she is struck by a wave and a force impossible to resist drags her into the past—and into a love story that is not her own… Fate is changeable. Broken hearts can mend. But can she love two men separated by a lifetime?

THE NIGHT MARK is available to purchase below
Releasing Tuesday 28th March

          


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

“I will love you and take care of you for the rest of your life.”
“Don’t you mean your life?”
“I meant what I said.”

The Night Mark was an exquisitely beautiful, magical and hypnotic story, and its one we willingly gave ourselves over to. We were intrigued by the mysterious shadow that surrounded the story, captivated by the inhabitants of Bride Island, past and present, and completely swept away by the romance of the story. Love doesn’t beat to the tick of a clock and time has no place when true love takes residence in the heart as we experienced in this a beautiful and sweeping love story that transcended life, death and time.

“Nothing in the world more foolish than dying when a girl like you is in love with him.”

We do enjoy a good bit of mystery with an otherworldly feel, when it’s combined with a heartfelt time travel romance brought to life by this incredible author, it’s bound to be a winner and The Night Mark certainly was that. As tears were shed, we were again reminded why we hold Tiffany Reisz in such high esteem and why we regard her as the consummate storyteller. They say the devil is in the detail and Tiffany Reisz instinctively and cleverly knows how to really transport the reader into her story, so we become a part of the characters journey. From her complex characters, to her wonderful use of analogies and her beautiful descriptive words, nothing is superfluous; every word she writes beguiles the reader.

“Hope is something God gives us. Hope is…….Hope is a bright light on a dark night. If your hope is guiding you into this shore, then this is where you should drop your anchor.”

The Night Mark is set in 2015 and 1921, and the first part story provided a delicious slow build, which allowed for wonderful in depth character development, ensuring we became truly connected with each and every person and their increasing significance to the story that was unfolding.

Drowning in grief after the loss of the love of her life four years earlier, and in a current loveless marriage, Faye accepts an assignment to photograph and chronicle the history for the Lowcountry Preservation Society’s annual calendar, entitled “Journey through Time”. Stuck in limbo, unable to move on from her grief, this assignment provides Faye with an escape she is looking for from her current husband, and, as it turns out, she receives so much more.  What Faye encountered had us believing in fate, miracles, love and second chances.

“To think I spent my whole life believing time only went in one direction…Thought it was a river. Turns out it’s an ocean. Waves come in. Waves go out. Sometimes those waves take us with them.”

The Night Mark delivered the emotion, the passion, the suspense and that precision timed wit we so love from Tiffany Reisz, and again, we found ourselves admiring and loving another one of her heroines. Faye was bold, strong, beautiful and intelligent yet she possessed a softness and vulnerability that made her so easily relatable.

“Once someone loves you that much, loves you more than you deserve, you can’t go back to being loved the normal way.”

The Night Mark was an epic, fascinating and richly detailed love story that was as hauntingly beautiful as it was incredibly romantic. As witty as it was heartbreaking, and delivered with a seamless fluidity and dramatic effect that had us physically clutching our hearts as they raced, broke and soared. Tiffany Reisz wove her way in to our imagination, and let it fly with an entrancing, enthralling and emotionally charged love story that will no doubt be at the of our top favourite reads list for 2017.

“You can’t fight time. And you shouldn’t even if you could. That is a losing battle.”


We also recommend this 5 Star Standalone
THE BOURBON THIEF by TIFFANY REISZ
A sweeping and addictive story of betrayal, revenge and greed


‘Perfection was for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price. A perfect face withered with age. A perfect love died from neglect. Bourbon was a perfect spirit, which was why the angels took so much of it while it aged.’

the bourbon thiefSYNOPSIS

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris. 

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

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TIFFANY REISZ is a TOTALLYBOOKEDBLOG “TOP READ” AUTHOR. 
We’ve read and loved everything this author has written.
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GOODBYE PARADISE (Hello Goodbye #1) by SARINA BOWEN :: REVIEW

Sweet MM Romance

SYNOPSIS
Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

GOODBYE PARADISE is available to purchase below

         


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4 sweet as sugar stars

‘My whole life I’d wanted this impossible thing. And I didn’t know why it was happening now. But it was everything I’d ever wanted.’

What a gorgeous, sweet and lovely story! Whilst it begins with an air of melancholy and emotional upheaval it soon becomes a story of two lads finding themselves and their place in the world after leaving the cult they grew up in. There were moments of sadness as well as joy throughout and when we closed the book after the last page our hearts felt full and we had a smile on our faces.

“A real man does what needs doing. He takes care of the people he loves. You know this instinctively, even though every man in your own life treated you like shit.”

Josh and Caleb are two very different personalities and their place in the cult hierarchy, poles apart hence the treatment they received. Each yearning to escape their own hell in a sanctimonious farce of living. The day comes when this becomes a reality for Josh, as he’s unceremoniously dumped on the side of a road, expelled from a cult where men are aplenty but women are not. Josh has such vulnerability and is certain of only one thing –that- being his overwhelming yet hidden love for Caleb, his friend. A love which in the cult’s eyes is the highest of sins and its members indoctrinated in such manner.

“But it was you who said we were a sin.”

Caleb’s intention to escape the clutches of the cult is fast forwarded when the man who means everything to him is exiled from the compound. The journey of life truly begins when Caleb and Josh find their way ‘home’ to a safe house miles away, where open arms are waiting in the form of another ex-cult member, Maggie.

“When I get to touch you, every awful day we’ve survived seems worth it.”

Josh and Caleb’s story is low angst, adorable and at times so emotional it made us feel all teary but warm and fuzzy inside, melting our hearts, despite the obstacles and tribulations which came their way. We loved every minute of it and have taken these lads to our heart. This is a story of hope and inspiration, love and friendship as well as being and becoming who you truly are.

“You amaze me, that’s all.”

 

 

 


TBB Recommendation

There is a bit of a tie in to this series regarding the cult if you want to check out more, we recommend this series.
Set in Vermont, True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged). This is an MF Series (not MM)

THE TRUE NORTH SERIES by SARINA BOWEN

True North Series (1)

Bittersweet Book One :

                    

Steadfast Book Two

                   

Keepsake Book Three

                    


TBB Recommendation
MM Hockey themed romance

THE HIM SERIES by SARINA BOWEN and ELLE KENNEDY

HIM US

Purchase HIM and US below
Him Book One ::our review |amazon us | amazon uk
US Book Two:: our review |amazon us | amazon uk

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TBB WEEKLY BOOKWORLD ROUND UP :: New Releases, March Upcoming Releases, Sales, Our Latest Reading Recs

We’ve had another fabulous and varied reading week. From Garden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews; a gritty story of love, betrayal and addiction, to Missing Grace by S.L . Scott; a beautifully moving story of everlasting love and a hero whose heart beat for just one woman. We’ve just finished Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen; talk about a sweet MM read. Our hearts were bursting with happiness reading this one. And last but not least, a book we’ve been shouting about.
The Brave Line by Kate Stewart was scorching hot! Had a very sexy, dirty talking alpha male cop, a sassy heroine, suspense and emotion that had us tearing up. Sigh…all the elements we love in a good read!

So grab a coffee or a glass of wine, settle in and check out our latest reading recommendations, the fabulous new releases, take a note of the books still to come our way for March and don’t forget to pick up a fabulous bargain below!

Happy Reading everyone! xo


WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY READING


Releasing 28th February – Check it out below

          


WHAT WE’VE JUST READ


GOODBYE PARADISE by SARINA BOWEN
Sweet MM Romance – Review to come
 “I think you have it all wrong…a real man does what needs doing. He takes care of the people he loves. You know this instinctively, even though ever man in you own life treated you like shit. “

SYNOPSIS

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.
In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.
But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.
It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.
Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.
Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?
Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

GOODBYE PARADISE is available to purchase below

         



 


THE BRAVE LINE by KATE STEWART
Standalone steamy and emotional friends to lovers with sexy alpha hero cop.
“I swear to God, the only thing I want to protect now is you. I’d go to war for you. I’d fight every goddamn battle for you even though you don’t need me to.”

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MISSING GRACE by S.L. SCOTT
A Standalone story of everlasting love and hope
‘Every spare minute that wasn’t dedicated to work, eating or sleeping he spent searching for his love.’

MISSING GRACE is available to purchase below for ONLY 99c/99p

                    


GARDEN OF GOODBYES by FAITH ANDREWS
Standalone – gritty story of love, loss, betrayal and addiction
‘It was her name he whispered when he was so drunk he couldn’t stand. It was her face he saw in his drug-induced dreams. I knew this because it was her name that slipped from his lips when he cried out in agony for someone to save him. It was never me.’

GARDEN OF GOODBYES is available to purchase below

                    



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MARCH 2017 – UPCOMING RELEASES



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THE BRAVE LINE by KATE STEWART :: REVIEW

Standalone steamy and emotional friends to lovers.

SYNOPSIS

She is a five foot seven long list of things he can’t have.

He is a determined cop, desperate to keep his heart sealed behind his badge.

Michelle is a survivor. With a fresh perspective on life, she trades her tragic past in California for the coastal waters of Charleston. Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer.

Rowdy is a newly minted sergeant dedicated to his job, but the life of a Charleston police officer has never been more dangerous. With his need to take order of a city spiraling out of control, the last thing he wants is an entanglement with a mouthy dispatcher. But, there’s just one problem. He can’t get enough of her.

As the heat rises between the unlikely pair, so does the tension.

Three months of summer was all it took to shake their foundations, rattle their walls, and bring them crashing down.

It was lust.

It was love.

It was real.

And it would have been perfect . . . if it wasn’t already over.

Note to reader:
This book has several elements and explores topics that some may consider triggers. For mature audiences only. Explicit sex, violence and language.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Sargent Sexy Stars!

‘It was the man. The man I’d had feelings for almost two years before he’d touched me. The man who made me weak with one look. The man who could control my body with just a breathy whisper. A good man with a good heart who was brave and spent his days protecting others while the world made it hard as hell. He was beautiful and flawed…..’

The Brave Line delivered so many elements we love in a story! Sexy dirty talking protective and possessive alpha hero, sassy heroine who gave him a run for his money, chemistry that was off the charts, steamy scenes that melted our Kindles, a smidgeon of suspense and a decent helping of emotion which had us tearing up, fabulous writing and a story that kept us glued to the spot!

Kate Stewart is a versatile author, we’ve sampled her rom-com and erotica, itching to read something more from her. The Brave Line synopsis hooked us immediately, suiting our current reading mood to a T, and it didn’t disappoint!

“I’m not a hero, period. For anyone.”
“Every time you put on that uniform and do the right thing, you are, no matter what happens.”

Randall Owen Day (Rowdy) is a 32 year old Police Sargent, lured into the Police Force in his youth after a painful and tragic event saw him and his three friends, April, Tyler and Kurt joining the Police to make a difference to the world. Years down the track, that youthful enthusiasm has given way to bitterness and cynicism as life on the streets, the loss of fellow police officers and friends together with an often thankless public have all left Rowdy rather jaded.

Michelle Long is a 29 year old dispatcher with the Charleston Police Department. She’s in the frontline taking calls, worrying about the officers and assisting the public head on. Michelle too is plagued by events of her past that haunt her to this day, though she’s come out tougher and more confident in herself and is a true survivor. Both Michelle and Rowdy deserve a second chance.

‘I would let love rule in my heart and take a piece of my soul, but I would never let its loss destroy all of me.’

Michelle and Rowdy hid a simmering lust fest for nearly two years and it’s only now Rowdy is returning her flirty advances but he wants filthy sex with her -end of- and makes her an offer we *cough cough* she couldn’t refuse…“As soon as I get you alone, I’m going to spread those legs and wrap them around my head and then I’m going to lick everything between them. And then I’m going to come down your throat. I warn you now, though, I’m fucking filthy.” And bloody hell, he sure was, but Michelle is no shrinking violet, she’s a sexual creature and Rowdy’s declaration sends her in a tailspin of want…as it did us!

This story really was a mixed bag. We expected steam, but bloody hell Rowdy and Michelle BURNED UP the pages; we nearly combusted! Then the emotion of the story hit and as it all unfolded with hearts being laid bare, we found ourselves experiencing a torrent of feelings for both these characters who carried painful reminders from their pasts, struggling to break down their walls.

‘She wanted to know me. I loved it. I hated it. I had nothing to offer. I didn’t need commitment, but I wanted her.’

Kate Stewart had our hearts in our mouths when she took us to the frontline with Sargent Day, capturing the heart palpitating minutes when these guys encounter life and death situations each day. She then held our hearts in her hands as Rowdy and Michelle came to grips with their feelings.

“I swear to God, the only thing I want to protect now is you. I’d go to war for you. I’d fight every goddamn battle for you even though you don’t need me to.”

We loved the dialogue between the characters which played such a pivotal role in our connection to them. We were right there with Rowdy and Michelle, learning their past tragedies, their fears, their pain and their flaws, and facing their demons and feelings head on, in real time. It was witnessing these pivotal moments in real time that ensured this story really hit the spot. What a FANTASTIC READ!

“Are you going to worry about me tonight?”

 


Meet some of the characters from The Brave Line in the BALLS IN PLAY Rom-Com Series


ANYTHING BUT MINOR – Book One
Standalone Sports romance/comedy

SYNOPSIS
She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

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MAJOR LOVE – Book Two
Sports romance standalone

Synopsis
“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”
“It was a night I could never forget.”
“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”
“I reminded him it wasn’t.”
“She was everything I was afraid of.”
“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”
“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.
“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”
“And the sex . . .”
“Dear God, the sex . . .”
“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”
“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”
“And you kept it.”
“Hell yes I did.”
“Fuckin’ A.”

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MISSING GRACE by S.L. SCOTT :: REVIEW

A Standalone story of everlasting love and hope

SYNOPSIS

Move on with your life, they said.

Forget her, they said.

But how could Ben Edwards forget the woman who was supposed to be his forever? When Grace Stevens disappeared—without a word, without a trace—she took half his soul with her.

Despite the heartbreak, Ben tried. He tried to take their advice by pursuing his career. He tried to find fulfillment in his work. He tried to find peace. Grace had been the love of his life. Her fingerprints were on every surface of his existence. He had success and wealth. He had everything, except her.

Then fate stepped in one serendipitous night. The hope he’d held on to for three long, agonizing years appeared before him in the form of a picturesque beauty.

Was she real, or an apparition returning to haunt him? He wasn’t sure, but he wouldn’t stop until he found his missing love. Every minute mattered, and he wouldn’t waste a second chance.

MISSING GRACE is available to purchase below for ONLY 99c/99p

          


Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny
**SPOILER-FREE REVIEW**

4 everlasting stars

‘…the search for Grace became an addiction, as he couldn’t believe she would be gone forever.’

We are incredibly aware that it’s easy to spoil this story for other readers so we won’t say anything about the story at all. We hope every reader gets to experience this beautiful story of love, grief, hope and heart-break as the S.L Scott intended. We don’t think we would have enjoyed this book as much as we did if we’d known what would transpire. So please go into this story bind.

‘Every spare minute that wasn’t dedicated to work, eating or sleeping he spent searching for his love.’

We don’t think soul mate romances come much more powerful than Missing Grace. It was overwhelmingly emotional, passionate, frustrating and heart-breaking. It was a reading race against time as we wanted to know what happened and why. We wanted Ben to find his peace, his calm, his happiness and his resolution. We wanted Ben to truly live again and for his heart to once more be whole. As for missing Grace; we teared up at the thought of what happened, fearing the worst. We hoped Ben’s relentless perseverance would pay off, in order to find an answer. We wanted this beautiful couple safe, somehow.

“You were taken from me.”

We pretty much read Missing Grace in one sitting, our emotions took a pounding and we were on tenterhooks worried were this story was going. We had so many questions and never felt truly safe. Once thing we never questioned though was Ben’s incredible love for Grace. Our hearts bled for this man who clearly loved with his entire being, never letting go of a love that would live till the end of time. Ben stole our hearts, completely. He was the heart and soul of this story. A beautiful man who never lost hope.

“Destiny is shaped by choice, not chance.”

 


SEE MORE TBB S.L. SCOTT RECOMMENDED READS

THE RESISTANCE :
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU

THE RECKONING
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU 

THE REDEMPTION :
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU 

 

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