FIGHTING SILENCE (On The Ropes Book One) by ALY MARTINEZ

Fighting Silence

SYNOPSIS

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

 ♥ 

Fighting Silence

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“Leave the window open..”

As everyone knows who follows TB, we love a friends to lovers romance especially following their emotional journey. Fighting Silence was just that; emotional – a believable and profound friendship which became an addiction in order to breathe in many respects. For us there was a real refreshing shift in this one which saw an incredibly strong heroine who loved and fought for those who meant something to her no matter how big the fight. She knew her heart belonged to her friend and she refused to deny that.

“We’re family, right? Well, family watches out for each other.”

Then we had a hero who had this innate and real fear that the hope and the beauty he felt too lucky to have in his otherwise ‘ugly’ life was somehow – a dream in reality – waiting to shatter and be taken away from him. He felt worthless and undeserving of this beauty and the light she shone on him.

‘I’d happily give up every noise in the world if I could just keep her laugh. But my life didn’t work that way.’

Our hero and heroine’s escape is – each other – in a place where their ‘lives’ can’t reach them nor the outside world – it becomes a fantasy from reality. A hopeful beautiful place where as youngsters they find in each other comfort, love and happiness.

‘I knew I’d loved Till years ago, but this was more. I needed him in order to function on a basic level.’

We loved how these two characters grew and faced obstacles no one should have to see or be a part of. The struggles Till faced whilst trying to look after his brothers at such an early age were overwhelming and we completely understood his apprehension and fear as the friendship between him and Eliza developed and love and passion entered their friendship. This is where the angst and heartfelt emotion began to play out as Till struggled to overcome his irrational fears and balance his life and the reality he ultimately faced.

“No more, Till. I love you, but I’m sick of living in your fantasy. My door will always be open for you.”

We did have a couple of issues whilst reading; one being the jumping from one scene to the next – one timeframe to another. It felt quite stilted and certain emotional milestones in Till and Eliza’s relationship lost their impact and emotional significance as a result. It felt quite rushed which was such a shame.

“Open your eyes, Till. I’m sick of letting the Earth spin under my feet while you circle around me.”

“I’m ready to let us go.”

The other was that as our characters grew older their thought processes seemed quite naïve and almost frozen as childlike which seemed a disservice to two beautiful characters who should have – would have grown as the story progressed.

However, saying that we absolutely loved the raw emotion from the beautiful writing and definitely recommend this story. We can’t wait to read more by this Author and we’re eagerly awaiting Flint’s book! THAT promises to be heart-breaking, compulsive reading!

‘He was the only thing I’d ever had that I honestly thought I couldn’t live without. Till Page was my soulmate on every level.’

**ARC provided by the author, with thanks, for an honest review**

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Stay tuned for more
ON THE ROPES…….

FIGHTING SHADOWS-
Flint’s book is coming 30th June

FIGHTING FOREVER
Coming October 2015

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COVER REVEAL for UNTAMED (A Thoughtless Novel #4) by S C STEPHENS

WOW!!!

Would you just look at THIS COVER!!

WE think we just fell madly in love with Griffin and can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Griffin and Anna’s book will be entertaining!
He’s the guy that drives us crazy, yet always makes us laugh…when we’re not cringing that it!  Haha

Are your ready for………………

UNTAMED 

by

S C STEPHENS

Release Date: 3rd November

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 SYNOPSIS

Griffin Hancock is tired of being stuck behind Kellan Kyle’s spotlight.

He’s the best, the main event, and everyone should know it. He has Anna, and his beautiful daughter Gibson, and to hell with the rest of them.

A new venture presents itself, and Griffin decides this is his chance. When he tells the band about his new side gig, they are less than supportive. Undaunted by their criticism, Griffin decides to take matters into his own hands.

Packing up his family, he leaves Seattle behind and returns to L.A. to break out on his own.

But success isn’t as easy as Griffin thought it would be, and he soon finds that the phrase ‘You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’, is all too true.

 ♫  ♫

THE THOUGHTFUL SERIES by S C STEPHENS

Thoughtless Series

❥ THOUGHTLESS BOOK ONE
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❥ THOUGHTFUL – BOOK #1.5
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❥ EFFORTLESS BOOK TWO
(Our Review)
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❥ RECKLESS BOOK THREE
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 UNTAMED – A THOUGHTLESS NOVEL #4
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 ♫  ♫

About the author:

SC

S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.
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COVER REVEAL – MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by TAYLOR JENKINS REID

‘What if everything that is possible actually happens?’

We’re so excited about this summer’s release of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s third novel,

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE 

After falling in love with this authors previous works, this will be high on our 1Click list for July.

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE is a Standalone story which will release on 7th July 2015.

 ♥ ♥ 

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Maybe in another life

 SYNOPSIS

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

 It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.

Hannah hesitates.

What happens if she leaves with Gabby?

What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

 In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

OTHER BOOKS BY TAYLOR

AFTER I DO 
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After I Do

SYNOPSIS

From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as “moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching”—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

FOREVER INTERRUPTED
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Dakota Johnson
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Forever Inerrupted

SYNOPSIS

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on 

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THE DEAL (Off Campus Book #1) by ELLE KENNEDY – REVIEW & EXCERPT

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy - 24th Feb
SYNOPSIS

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy… 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

´´♥´

The Deal

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯  Stars

“I’m broken, and I wanted you to fix me.”

BOOK LOVE! We haven’t wiped these happy dopey grins off our faces since finishing The Deal and yep, we were well and truly in book heaven from start to finish and everything in between!!!

If you’ve read the synopsis and thinking to yourself ‘oh I’ve read this type of story before‘, then think again because Elle Kennedy managed to make this NA story feel refreshing and new.

This author has such a beautiful fluidity to her writing, we couldn’t help but get be swept away in her words. The Deal was delivered with sweetness, emotion, heartache, tonnes of humour  all wrapped up in a heart-warming story that had us in fits of giggles one minute, welling up the next and melting in a swoon worthy puddle throughout.

‘Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.’

We were thrilled this author chose to tell Garrett and Hannah’s story in dual POV as each character’s voice brought a new depth to the story and their inner monologues were priceless and these two characters were ADORABLE! One thing we really loved was that Elle Kennedy gave us a bloke’s pov that actually sounded like…well, a bloke as often it’s difficult to differentiate between the two. Not so in this case. Hannah and Garrett both had such distinctive voices that allowed us to completely lose ourselves in their story.

“Exactly how old is your penis?”
“He’s twenty, like me…but he’s way more mature than I am.”

Hannah is smart, sassy and beautiful, not to mention cute and a bit goofy with a vulnerability that utterly endeared her to us. Hannah isn’t one of the ‘cool’ kids but in our eyes, she was pretty bloody spectacular. Having lived through something horrific it is testament to this young lady that she is as level headed and caring as she is. We loved her!

“You won’t let anything bad happen to me, will you, Garrett?”

Garrett Graham….let’s just pause a minute to remind ourselves of everything we loved about this cocky, smart, loyal, gorgeous (just ask him, he’ll happily tell you haha!) beautiful soul of a man who strives to live up to the constant pressure of being the son of Hockey legend Phil Graham. Garrett stole our hearts. The secrets that lay behind his happy go lucky façade broke our hearts!

“When I’m on the ice, it’s the only time I feel….alive….”

There wasn’t anything we didn’t love about The Deal. The banter between Hannah and Garrett was brilliant and Garrett’s consternation over Hannah’s questionable music tastes had us grinning from ear to ear.

“How do you feel about Lynyrd Skynyrd? Or do you only like bands where the guys coordinate their outfits?” – Garrett

The chemistry sizzled – the backstories were heartbreaking on both sides but the author didn’t dwell on these, instead she delivered them with heartfelt emotion and warmth, while entertaining the reader with some of the wittiest banter we’ve read. The humour didn’t detract from the emotion of the story and the emotion didn’t weigh down the flow of the story either. In fact, it was all balanced beautifully.

“Trust me, the pressure I put on myself is nothing compared to what I had to deal with growing up.”

But you don’t want to hear us go on about it. Grab this book for yourselves and be prepared to lose yourself for a while. We can’t think of a better escape. The Deal can be read as a Standalone but you can bet we’ll be coming back for more!

**ARC copy provided by Omnific Publishing in exchange for an honest review**

 ´♥´♥´♥

THE DEAL – OFF CAMPUS BOOK ONE
(Can be read as a Standalone but we’ll be coming back for MORE!)
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The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy - 24th Feb

 THE MISTAKE – THE DEAL BOOK TWO
Coming Spring 2015

´´♥´


​EXCERPTFROM
‘THE DEAL by ELLE KENNEDY’

 

“Wellsy, wait up.”

She looks over her shoulder, frowning deeply. “For the love of God, I’m not tutoring 

“Sure you are.” I shrug. “I just need to figure out what you want in return.”

Hannah whirls around like a dark-haired tornado. “I want to not tutor you. That’s what I 

want.”

“All right, so it’s obvious you’re not interested in money,” I muse as if she hasn’t spoken. 

“Has to be something else then.” I mull it over for a beat. “Booze? Weed?”

“No, and no, and get lost.”

She starts walking again, her white sneakers slapping the sidewalk as she marches toward 

the gravel lot at the side of the diner. She makes a beeline for the silver Toyota hatchback parked 

right next to my Jeep.

“Okay then. I guess you’re not into party favors.”

I follow her to the driver’s side, but she completely ignores me as she unlocks the door 

and tosses her purse into the passenger seat.

“How about a date?” I offer.

That gets her attention. She straightens up like someone shoved a metal rod up her spine, 

then swivels her head in astonishment. “What?”

“Ah. I’ve got your attention.”

“No, you’ve got my disgust. You actually think I want to go out with you?”

“Everyone wants to go out with me.”

She bursts out laughing.

Maybe I should feel insulted by the response, but I like the sound of her laughter. It’s got 

a musical quality to it, a husky pitch that tickles my ears.

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire 

yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

“Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank 

the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

She snorts. “Uh-huh. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Perfect, but I’m not interested 

in dating you.”

“I think you’re misunderstanding, Wellsy. I’m not looking to make a love connection 

with you. I know you’re not into me. If it makes you feel better, I’m not into you either.”

“That does make me feel better. I was starting to worry I might actually be your type, and 

that’s too terrifying to even contemplate.”

When she tries to duck into the car, I curl my fingers over the doorframe to keep it open. 

“I’m talking about image,” I clarify.

“Image,” she echoes.

“Yeah. Do you think you’d be the first girl who went out with me to boost her 

popularity? Happens all the time.”

Hannah laughs again. “I’m perfectly content with my current rung on the social ladder, 

but thanks so much for offering to ‘boost my popularity.’ You’re a prince, Garrett. Really.”

Frustration scrambles up my throat. “What’ll it take to change your mind?”

“Nothing. You’re wasting your time.” She shakes her head, looking as frustrated as I feel. 

“You know, if you take all the effort you’re using to harass me and channel it to your studies, 

you’d get an A-plus-plus-plus on that midterm.”

She shoves my hand out of the way, slides into the driver’s seat, and shuts the door. A 

second later, the engine roars to life, and I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t stepped back in time, she 

would’ve run right over my foot.

 

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THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE by RACHEL HIGGINSON

The five stages

SYNOPSIS

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance.
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s

The 5 Stages of falling in Love

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars 

“I can’t take anymore heartbreak.”
“Then it’s a good thing I’m not going to break your heart.”

The 5 Stages of Falling in Love was as heart-warming as it was heart wrenching. The prologue was one of the saddest and most beautifully moving passages we’ve read and we truly felt every word, every moment and we felt it hard. What a way for this author to bring us into her story.

‘Grief doesn’t get easier with each stage. Grief becomes harder, more difficult to face, more consuming with each breath I take. I am adrift in a sea of confusion.  I am lost in a desert of heartache.’

Liz is a young woman in her early 30’s with four children, left widowed and adrift after losing the one and only love of her life. Liz is forced to deal with the grief of losing her husband, her soulmate, all whilst remaining buoyant enough to be support and confidante to her children. Despite drowning in her own grief, Liz had to be strong and attempt to ease the grief and confusion enveloping her children.

How do you move on after experiencing a soul searing love and a completely heartbreaking loss?

‘Sometimes love didn’t make sense. And that was okay.’

A bright light in Liz’s otherwise dull existence is her new neighbour Ben Tyler. An upbeat, eternal bachelor who takes a shine to Liz, enjoying her company and he in turn offers Liz an outlet to share her thoughts and escape her misery. We have to say, the introduction between Liz and Ben was hilarious! This was such a sweet and funny scene and on that note we have to say, this author wrote these children beautifully. They felt real, vulnerable and they completely touched our hearts.

“Is that why Ben is here…..did Daddy send Ben to take care of us?”

As Liz goes through her stages of grief you desperately will her to come out the other end and open her heart to Ben, but the road isn’t an easy one. Along with grief, there is the feeling of guilt for wanting to move on, for experiencing feelings Liz thinks she shouldn’t feel.

‘Our feelings for each other didn’t start as a seed, they started as an ocean.’

The 5 Stages of falling In Love is tragic yet so beautifully hopeful. There were times our sympathies tended to lie with Ben as, in this character, the author wrote such an endearingly wonderful man, that when he hurt, we hurt and these moments sometimes had us disconnecting from Liz. Her actions often felt unfair, though we did understand the conflicting feelings she was experiencing.

‘Ben wasn’t the answer to all of my problems. He might have eased the burden, be he didn’t take them away.’

There were a few times, particularly towards the end, where we felt as though we were being told, rather than shown the story, we would have also loved more ‘afters’ as we felt it ended a little abruptly.

But that said, if you’re looking for a beautiful, emotional and story of grief, love, hope and love, then this standalone read is a certainly recommended to satisfy feelings.

  ♥ 

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