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Access All Areas (Book #1) by Alice Severin

Jenny 4.5
Gitte    4.5 

Jenny:   Well, we said we needed a book to “wow” us didn’t we Gitte and boy did we stumble upon a beauty!

Gitte:   We really did Jenny. Just wow indeed!!

Jenny:  I have to say upfront though that the Prologue sort of confused me and I was wondering if I was going to get into this book but a few pages later and this book hooked us didn’t it?

Gitte:  Yeah I was a bit confused in the Prologue as well. I felt like I had missed something, I wasn’t sure what was going on, then suddenly the story grabbed me and it did not let go. Even after having finished, it still has my heart beating real fast and I still get the shivers and a tear in my eye when I think of it.

Jenny:   Yep, I had the same feelings at the end too GG.  I thought this book was so beautifully and intelligently written – at times it was like reading a journalism piece from Rolling Stone Magazine and I found prose descriptive but not annoying.  This author certainly has a way with words. The first thing I felt was an affinity with the music and how it introduced us to Lily and Tristan.  That’s what pulled me in immediately.  I loved how the author wove The Clash – (London Calling, White Riot….lord save me!) with Tristan’s band Devised, at the start of the book at the Brit Awards.  It made you feel like you were there and was pure genius!
How Lily felt about the music, how she felt watching these bands, it really spoke to me.  I could feel her connection to the music and she experienced everything I feel when I watch a live band so it wasn’t hard for me to connect to her and the story straight away.

Gitte:  The music is what got to me. I love when it’s music I have a connection to as well as in this case London and the people in the business! I heard it, I saw it; I experienced it. When a story is told as brilliantly and as vividly as this one with such apparent knowledge and intelligence I felt it and got the immediate connection with Lily and Tristan. I love live music…if I don’t go to at least 5 concerts a year as well as local gigs I feel lost, the feeling of it is like a drug. The way the Author described Lily’s reactions to the music, how much and what music means to her…I felt it, because this is me, this is how I feel!

Jenny:  We first pick up the story of Lily meeting Tristan for the first time.  All nerves and insecurities in coming face to face with her idol….not only in Tristan but Mick Jones from The Clash,  backstage after a concert to ask them a few questions for her music blog.   Have I mentioned how much I loved the meshing of reality and fiction here? haha

Gitte:  Hmm I think you did mention it.  The first meeting, yeah you just know something special happened there. We felt what it meant and did to Lily when she met Tristan for the first time. Yet Tristan’s words…I don’t know…I just felt at the time reading it that this random episode was going to mean something to him too.

Jenny:  Now Gitte, Lily isn’t our usual type of heroine is she?  We can’t say much because we wouldn’t want to give anything away but a few things she did surprise me about her and you know what?  I sort of found it quite refreshing.  What about you?

Gitte: I think we have gotten used to a certain type of heroine Jenny, hence the shock factor at some of Lily’s actions. However, I have to say what a fantastic and refreshing change Lily made. I have to say she intrigued me from the start!

Jenny:  Fast forward five years later, with Lily more established as a music journalist, more independent and about to meet Tristan, who is now a big deal in the music world, to conduct an interview.  Lily is quite intense, has put up huge barriers, she comes across as a bit of a loner, gets overwrought, has flaws, insecurities, and has had years of wandering and “not feeling”.  Seeing Tristan again ignites something in her that she can’t explain, even to herself.   Her reaction to him and his music is extreme.  He affects her in a way no one ever has.

Lily:   “I’ve just met the love of my life and lost him all in the space of an hour”

Gitte:   Aww Lily, you fell not just literally, you also fell in lust and love at the same time all those years ago.  Our Lily, who I still haven’t figured out, must have been through something in her past I am sure, resulting in her being so emotionally closed off.  She certainly is intense and seems like such a lost soul who has problems identifying her feelings for what they are or even letting herself feel them. She has convinced herself that love is not important; emotions are not important. They bring pain…and not the pain she will willingly admit to wanting. Perfection, anxiety, hurt and numbness….

“How do people deal with desire?”

Jenny:   Tristan…..what can I say about Triz?? We can’t stop talking about him can we? All Dark eyes, dark hair, beautiful, talented, deep, and over 6ft of brooding alpha, dominant, rock god who just oozes sexuality…..hmmm think it’s safe to say we bloody loved him! *wink,wink*  Tristan was such a puzzle. Just who was Tristan?  From the first time I met him I wanted to know him, know his secrets, know more about him, I wanted to know what made Tristan tick.  Oh yes, this guy had me wanting more!!!

“I let my glance drop down his body, oh my there was a lot of him.  What the hell was I going to do with all that?  He was made for sex, I’d never been this enticed by a man’s body before.”
“He was animal and beautiful, and I felt like I was looking at a work of art.  His beauty was so modern, but there was a whisper of something ancient in his proportions” 
Wow Gitte, I love this author’s writing

Gitte: Yes…sigh…Tristan. I absolutely LOVE this guy!  Hahaha Jenny, that quote is highlighted after I read it more than twice, yeah not going to lie. This Author’s words are mesmerizing at times…a lot of the time! Tristan had me right from the start with his words when he and Lily met for the first time. I immediately thought wow…who is this guy! Yes, he is not only a gorgeous Rock Star…he is intense, each word he speaks has meaning; a meaning hidden within a meaning. I was completely drawn to him, I wanted to know everything I could possible know and I wanted more too; this man is one hot enigma with a painful past!

Jenny: The sexual chemistry between these two?  Seriously, it was tangible!  Tristan and Lily are such passionate, complex and complicated people and getting to know them and experience the intensity between them just had me spellbound.  Yes, these two had me hooked!  There was just something so deep and so intense about them, I had to know more!! And this author unwrapped them so slowly and wonderfully that it was killing me (in a good way!) and I was so immersed in their story I just wanted to race to the end to see how it all unfolded.

Lily:          “My body felt like someone had held it in their hands.  ……….. satisfied and thoroughly   fucked”
Tristan:    “And you make me come insanely hard”

Gitte: Yeah the Author sure knew just how much to give away reeling us in then having us grasp at scraps here and there to satisfy our need to both know and understand. I think it’s safe to say both Lily and Tristan are emotionally messed up. Though; I’d say Lily more so than Tristan. There is no simplicity here. The connection between Tristan and Lily is intense, it is intricate and heavy and you can literally see it and feel it as a reader. What the other means to them differs to begin with. I think they each see what they want to; what they think they need and want. Confusing as it may be to Lily as she is more emotionally closed off from the world except the music. Tristan embodies music which is where he has an advantage on her.

Jenny:   What about the sex scenes??? Geez, w e nearly burnt up the phones discussing these!  They were intense, hot, descriptive and ummm yeah…hot!!  This author can certainly write a sex scene.  Ummm did you delete those texts by the way?  You delete yours and I’ll delete mine.  Deal?

Gitte:   No problem Jenny, consider them deleted! 😉  Oh for all that is HOT…the sex scenes. Shivers, tingles, heavy breathing and a racing heart…yeah that would be me, I am not talking about Lily and Tristan here hahahaha.  Possession, Obsession and control….

“I knew you’d be like this he whispered” …..sigh……

Jenny:   I absolutely loved this book and felt bereft when I got to the last page – I wanted…..no, needed more.  I will say the only thing I didn’t like was Tristan’s nickname for Lily…..that was kind of a ewwww moment for me, but I moved on from it. Have to also point for readers who may not like BDSM that there is a touch of it in this book.
Thankfully the next book will be out around December….roll on Access Restricted I say because I NEED more Tristan and Lily……but definitely MORE Tristan Hunter!    Hello new book boyfriend – we’ll have to share him though Gitte because we can’t fall out over a fictional character 😉

Gitte: You know that moment you hit 85% on your kindle and you think noooo please keep going don’t stop; I am NOT ready to end this journey, I need more…I still don’t understand everything!!  Lily and Tristan have me spellbound…I cannot let them go…I have so many unanswered questions and even though this story does not have a cliff-hanger as such, it leaves you almost grieving that it has ended. I need more Tristan and intriguingly enough I definitely need more Lily! I cannot wait for Access Restricted to land on my kindle! Oh and Jenny…I think Tristan is more than man enough for the both of us!!

THE ACCESS SERIES by ALICE SEVERIN

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Take Me (One Night With Sole Regret #3) by Olivia Cunning :: REVIEW

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SYNOPSIS

She is one woman he should never touch…

Sole Regret’s enigmatic vocalist, Jacob “Shade” Silverton, is a consummate womanizer, but even he knows better than to get involved with one special woman from his past. Mixing friendship and pleasure can only lead to a broken heart, and he’s suffered enough heartache to swear off relationships for a lifetime.

He is one man she has always desired…

Amanda Lange knows all about Shade’s naughty reputation, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to dive into the gorgeous rock star’s arms and his bed. She convinces herself that one night of passion won’t complicate their friendship, but can she convince him of that?

They’re both playing with fire.

Neither of them realized how far one kiss would take them. As the flames of their passion ignite with the intensity of an inferno, will either of them escape the experience without being burned or will both be branded fool enough to take a chance on a relationship that was marked for ruin before it even began?

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Gitte:   Oh wow…this one is definitely my FAVE Sole Regret story so far! I did love Try Me, it was a sexy short read perfectly balanced but didn’t really stir my emotions too much, I wasn’t too keen on Tempt Me, this one seemed more about the nookie not so much about a story. Then came; Take Me.  Now, I was really worried because I did NOT like Shade whatsoever in book 1 and 2. He came across moody, arrogant with a rude and obnoxiousattitude. Well how wrong was I?! He is LUSH…I LOVE him…LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM!!!

Jenny:   Absolutely agree with you about Try Me and Tempt Me Gitte.  They didn’t really grip me as a reader.  I liked them but they were just a read, whereas this book definitely had the emotional factor and gave me the character connection I seemed to miss in the first two.   Take Me is without a doubt my favourite Sole Regret to date and who would have guessed it would be Shade that would win me over.  We really didn’t like him in the first two books did we Gitte?  He was such a dick, but win me over he did – BIG TIME!  I LOVE THIS GUY TOO!!!!!!

Gitte:    Yes, the emotions in Take Me made this one ‘spot on’ for me too.  Reading Shade’s story, he totally redeemed himself, I understood why he acts the way he does and he is definitely my favourite now in this series..by…a…mile!

Jenny:   I really felt the character connection in this book and I loved unravelling Shade’s personality and seeing his defences come down.  I liked what I saw and Shade me in his clutches  from start to finish.

 Gitte:   Yeah I thought Take Me was fab. The characters were explored more; I could connect with them as well. The storyline touched me and it had great banter and seriously the sex factor was HOT! I don’t really want to say too much about his story as these books are so short that saying too much I feel will spoil the reading experience.

Jenny:   I really did love everything about this book….the characters of Shade and Amanda and Julie just stole my heart!  I don’t think I can ever listen to Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith without thinking picturing that wonderful scene.  That was just mesmerising!  Loved it and for me that’s when Shade stole my heart as well.

Gitte:   Shade is the lead singer of Sole Regret and hides behind….you guessed it…his sunnies in order to hide his extremely expressive eyes. Shade (Jacob) umm wow so hot right Jenny?! His story broke my heart, under all that hot raw alpha male exterior lies a huge heart that is breaking because of his circumstances.  But not only is he completely lovable…but this man is totally shaggable too!! The bedroom scene was…just wow…right Jenny?! And his eyes…what is it about his eyes…they had me and I wanted to pull him out the story so I could gaze into them.

Jenny:   Oh he is totally shaggable for sure!!!  And yes! That bedroom scene….whoa!  You betcha that was hot GG!!   I loved exploring the story behind his nickname……..and yes THOSE EYES!  Although I couldn’t see them that didn’t stop me from drowning in them.   I loved Jacob….nice wonderful, yet totally alpha Jacob!  But….oh Shade….sweet baby Jesus Shade!

but I’ve retired Jacob for the evening.  Now it’s time for Shade to come out and play”    and play he did! And play, and play………phew!

Gitte: Amanda is real, honest, funny and so down to earth. She sees Jacob, not Shade the persona and the chemistry and banter between them is fab.  She sees the man; his hurt and want to be there for him.  She has had a thing for him for years, since her sister brought him into their lives and ceases the day when he is back from the tour which is when their journey; their “One Night” begins…

“Amanda’s panties were going to need scuba gear if they got any wetter” – this line cracked me up…totally stealing this one hahaha.

Jenny:   I absolutely adored Amanda and loved that line! I do believe you snorted repeating that line to me lol !  She was strong, funny, sexy, honest and yes, the chemistry between these two just leapt off the pages!  I love the whole best friends to lovers thing and this one is one of my favourites because I really did love and care about these characters.  She was a perfect counter balance to Shade/Jacob and she saw what was beneath the….well Shades!

Ha! There were some great lines in this book weren’t there Gitte?  I loved this one from Amanda too

“She knew he was teasing her, but that didn’t stop parts in her pants from readying themselves for a welcome invasion”

And Shade/Jacob saw her as someone he could relate to and she felt so real to him as well…..he’s used to having women for sex but Amanda reached him on a whole new level

It was refreshing to flirt with a woman who didn’t think it meant she had to fall on his dick with a missle-seeking vagina

Gitte:    So Jenny…I loved this one…my favourite so far…just wish it was longer, I wanted more Shade!!!

Jenny:    For sure Gitte! This one was my favourite too and I definitely wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Shade just yet!   I certainly would have been happy with much more!

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Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon

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SYNOPSIS

On the island where they first met two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks are reunited. Now jaded and broken, Alex and Matt still can’t deny their sizzling connection or the memories of one perfect, uninhibited year together. 

At twenty-two, Matt Tarrington is rich, good-looking and destined to be powerful, but behind that confident exterior lurks a man who resents the life his family thrust upon him. Desperate for an escape, Matt heads to Mirabella Island off the coast of Florida for a year of relaxation and some wild nights with vacationing party-girls. 

Matt never expected to find real passion in the arms of Alex Hunter, a handsome, laid-back local. 

Alex is gay, but closeted. Matt should be completely off limits, but Alex finds the deeply in denial rich boy too tempting to ignore. Especially when a bet has them working together, fighting the heat in the rundown, beachside cafe where Alex sweats for every dollar. 

Their love felt inevitable until youth left them vulnerable to hatred and greed. Now after six years of hating the lies they live, Alex and Matt will have to risk it all for the second chance they both desperately need.

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4 Stars

Gitte:  This right here is pure classic Kele Moon yummy indulgence with emotion and is one of the many reasons why I love this Author!  It’s a story about finding love and the emotional turmoil involved in a rocky journey that will make you melt, *sigh*, squirm in your seat and shed a tear. A story about finding that love in the last place you would look, then losing it because of differences and consequently having to fight to get it back.

Jenny:  I love nothing more than when I hear Kele Moon has a new book coming out because I’ve yet to read something of hers that I don’t like.  Kele’s books are like my reading equivalent of a security blanket lol.  Yes Gitte, this story definitely had all the above!  It had angst, drama, emotion and was sizzling…so yes! I enjoyed this story immensely.

Gitte:   I don’t know about you Jenny, but I got sucked into this story immediately. Kele Moon sure has a way of pulling us in and messing with our emotions, falling in love with her characters then throwing a spanner in the works, bringing us to tears right?! The emotions are so intense throughout this story, it’s written so well, so vividly that I could not put it down. Oh and Jenny did you not think that starting this book with a broken heart was genius, page one and I felt sad already lol?! Though I do have to say that even though I knew the breakup is coming it didn’t affect the journey and it still made me cry when it did happen because Kele Moon made these characters come to life.

Jenny:   I’m right there with you girlfriend!  I was sucked into this story straight away – no easing my way, just bam! I was there!   Kele definitely had me immediately and yes, it definitely had something to do with starting the book from the end – and agree that even though you knew the breakup was coming it in no way interrupted the journey you had getting there.

Gitte: So this book is about Alex and Matt, two guys from families that are as different as night and day. Alex is a local boy to the island of Mirabella who has to work hard to earn every single much needed penny and Matt is a rich boy who spends his summers on the island with his wealthy family. Their story begins with their heartbreak after splitting up years ago and we get thrown back into their past to watch their story unfold from day one when we see them fall in love.  These two gorgeous guys somehow against all odds  fall deeply in love, but circumstances and meddlers leave them so vulnerable to the fear of the future causing that horrible 6 year separation they went through….

Jenny:    Alex and Matt…..can I let out a dreamy sigh here Gitte?

Gitte:   You sure can, and I’m right there with you!!!

Jenny:   This was a simple yet no less emotional read and one that I devoured from start to finish.  The chemistry between Alex and Matt…..wow!!! It was hot! They’re opposites.  They were young and in love and let outside influences seep into their relationship.   Can they move forward and give themselves a second chance at love and happiness?  Oh I loved taking this leap with these boys!

Gitte:    Oh Jenny I thought their story was so sweet, funny, heart breaking and umm yeah HOT!! Hahaha….

Jenny:   It sure was, we loved these guys didn’t we GG!

Gitte:   We sure did!  My favourite moment was the “fishing scene” …. My heart melted!! The scene was so real and really touched me, and Matt’s love for Alex was so intense and inspiring….*sigh*

“You’re better than the beach on a spring day, Matty.”

Jenny:    Oh le sigh………………………..

Gitte:  Right so we have Alex who is a gorgeous cocky, sweet and a very laid back guy.  He saunters through life living day to day, hand to mouth.  

“Alex was 100% team cock and Matt was certainly his kind of conquest.” – OMG Jenny I snorted my coffee at this line hahaha.

Jenny:   Ha! Are we book soul mates or what!! I had that line highlighted so we’ll have to share it – I loved the fishing scene as well.

Gitte:   Alex hides his sexuality behind his friendship with Holly, his best friend. These two are so close that people think they are having a relationship. Alex lets people believe this as he finds it easier to pretend than being subjected to judgement and to prevent his brother finding out.

Jenny:   I loved Holly – she had no filter and I found her a great character and a good counter balance for Alex.  Haha I think only he could tolerate her!

Gitte: Matt is honest, bold says what he thinks. He comes from a rich family and is the heir to a business empire. He starts working for a year in the local diner where Alex works because of a bet. Matt is definitely not sure what team he bats for! Matt is adorable, I loved him!! He has the biggest heart and is so gorgeous!! Seriously I wanted to pick him out my kindle and squeeze him tight!! He is treated so badly by him Mum and then…the heartbreak….I was SOBBING Jenny!!!

“All he knew was he felt alive and sexual in a way he’d never been before this moment. No girl had stared at him like Alex did, predatory and hungry. Just the look in Alex’s whiskey-colored gaze running over him hotly, the flames dancing in their depths like a physical manifestation of the blaze that had risen up between them had Matt willing to go along with anything he asked.” – Matt

Jenny:   I loved Matt as well.  He definitely had a heart the size of Australia that’s for sure!  I really connected with him and the treatment he received just let me heartbroken. Trust me…you weren’t sobbing alone!

Gitte: So yeah I loved this story for so many reasons Jenny, but mostly because of Matty, I’m not going to lie! My only issue is that I wanted more….more of what happened after you know what was resolved…it ended too quickly for me…not enough afters!

Oh and Jenny…funniest quote in this book:

“My mother has been calling all fucking day.” Matt groaned in annoyance. “I finally gave in and just spent the last twenty minutes listening to her bitch about how much I suck.”

“She was bitching about that?” Alex pulled back with a mock look of shock.

“Your sucking is one of my favorite things.”

Jenny:   What a way to end a review!  On that note, there is nothing more I can add and yes, that one was definitely a highlighted quote for me as well.  Love it and loved this book!

STARFISH AND COFFEE by KELE MOON
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Exquisite (Exquisite #1) by Ella Frank

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SYNOPSIS

Her heart was guarded…

Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…

Until he tore down the walls…

Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expects to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.

Almost over night Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose.

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4 Stars Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

Gitte:    So Jenny I thought this was a fab debut novel by Ella Frank.  The story line didn’t immediately grab me the reasons for which I will come back to in a minute; more like it slowly grew on me, then suddenly it had me all warm and fuzzy…much like an unripe peach left out in the hot sun..*wink wink*

Jenny:  haha Gitte! Love it!  Great way to describe how this story unfolded!  It did take a little while for me as well and I’m guessing the same reasons as you but then……..  it had the peaches,  and then it definitely brought the cream…*wink, wink* indeed

Gitte:    Hahahaha yeah sure did! I thought Exquisite was written really well, it came across real and was an authentic portrayal of human emotions.  The story flowed really well and the changes in point of view between Lena and Mason were effortless and not once was I confused as to who was speaking and it definitely made this story so much more emotional having both voices. It also made me fully connect with Mason!

Jenny:  Have to agree with you there.   I thought it was really well written and I connected with Mason immediately.  I’m a fan of dual pov’s so I really did love hearing from Mason and thought his voice added so much to the flow of the story.  Then there was this one scene… …I think you know the one I’m talking about……..go on, try and read my mind!

Gitte:   Let me guess…….it has to be the shower scene!   OMG Jenny how HOT was that shower scene….the visuals wow…That…is….all…!!!

Jenny:   That was beyond hot!  We do love a good shower scene don’t we Gitte and this one was up with the best of them.  Wow!   In fact there were quite a few sizzling moments in this gem of a book!

Gitte:   Overall, to me this was a really refreshing romance because our hero and heroine didn’t immediately fall into bed with each other with instant attraction instead they almost kind of “hated” each other on sight.  Mason found Lena to be bad-tempered and harsh and she thought he was an infuriating Casanova. But despite that, the attraction was there.

Jenny:   Yes, Lena definitely had a preconceived notion of whom and what Mason was and she was a cranky piece of work but somehow they “clicked”.  The sexual tension was palpable that’s for sure.

Gitte:    The banter between them was great, the drama was fab and once we got to the sexy time…umm yeah NICE ONE!! Though Jenny; I have to say what the effing hell was the hair/cock thing all about? I just did not get or understand that one…I re-read it a few times and nope don’t get it and I kind of want to shout eeewwww!!! What was that?

Jenny:   Oh yeah, the sexy times were very sexy indeed, but OMG! Haha!  Gitte – when you rang me asking:  “have you got to the cock/hair thing yet”?  I thought you were joking –  ummm no you weren’t and that part had me perplexed to say the least.

Gitte Right, so we have Mason….our Hero. I loved him! He is a celebrity chef, owner of Exquisite, with a Casanova reputation. He is funny, gorgeous, vulnerable, loving and has an endearing cockiness about him. He was one of the most personable male hero’s I have met in a while, because he was almost attainable if that makes sense? Mason is still looking for “The One”…

“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.”

So our serial dating bachelor Mason is not only a cocky hottie, he has such a huge heart for his family and friends. He melted my heart so many times I lost count…..so our serial dater met Dr. Lena O’Donnell.

Jenny:    I can’t add much else to that GG.  I loved Mason Langley!!!  He was confident, hot, successful, warm, tender, handsome, funny and smart, with an amazing body and had a great ass (what?? well, he did!) And yes, he had room in his heart for everyone.   Really, what’s not to love?   I did enjoy him standing up to Lena.
“So suck it up princess.  Easy, relaxed Mason is gone”……….(go Mason!)

Gitte:   Our heroine Lena is a Paediatric Doctor who has still not come to terms with a tragedy from her past. Since then she has functioned in life, but you couldn’t say she has been ‘living’ it. She has had no real romance or fun. She is an intelligent, lovely girl with a big heart which sadly is covered in armour so thick that she lets nothing in and nothing out in return.

Now Jenny, I think this is where I had a few problems with the story grabbing me at first. I have to be honest here; I didn’t like Lena much to begin with. I understood why she cut herself off, guilt and the pain of bereavement affects us all in different ways. I got that this girl had a heart of gold and the way she was with her friend, her patients made her come across as a funny, loving and a spirited girl at heart. Therefore, to me, her almost icy personality that surfaced at times did not make sense to me and almost put me off her completely. It was downright rude, not a reaction to a situation. I don’t know how to explain it really Jenny but I just didn’t get the intense hot/cold thing she had going at first. Did she redeem herself to me…absolutely!! Her strength and her love and determination won me over.

Jenny:     Yep, I know Lena was also the reason I had a hard time connecting with this book at first.  I did feel sorry for her because of the guilt she was carrying around and the blame she put on herself for her past but she just seemed to be downright mean at times.  Her personality swings were like watching ping pong.   I kept telling Mason (via my Kindle) to run for the hills – she just seemed awful to him..
She definitely did redeem herself and I really warmed to her but have to say that had it not been for Mason being such a great character, she could have stopped me in my tracks at the start of this story because I really wasn’t connecting with her at all, but Ella Frank turned that around she became warmer and more relatable, even sexy and sensual.

Lena:  “I think I just came from just looking at you”

Gitte:    Oh Jenny how amazing was Mason in helping her deal…he is so  determined to knock down that armour of hers, and show her what love and life is all about! LOVE HIM!!! Oh Lena did her best to scare Mason off and push him away but our Mason is nothing but persistent and ummm thorough!!!

Jenny:    Gitte, how many times did we say “I love Mason Langley” (GG:  quite a few actually!) when we were discussing this book?  Mason was a persistent man and he saw something in Lena that she didn’t even see in herself.  How he got her to face her problems and was there for her – oh that man melted my heart.  When he was dealing with his demons?  Oh Mason I wanted to hug you and make it all go away.

Gitte:   So yeah, this story got to me, slow start then suddenly I was hooked and I have to say I loved all the supporting characters too.
It was an emotional journey of love, strength, pain and fighting for the one you love by saving them and showing them how to love and live life again.

Jenny:   Having just returned from Chicago this book was a trip down memory lane for me and I loved relating to the places mentioned in the book.
It really was a good story and had everything you could want …. wonderful characters, a story of fate, hope, love, loss, sorrow and finding the one, your missing other half.   Oh, and the heat factor was way up there!   Yes Gitte, I did love this one.

 

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Just for Now (Seabreeze #4) by Abbi Glines

SYNOPSIS

The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food.

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.

SEABREEZE SERIES BOOKS 1-4 available to purchase below

SEABREEZE BUNDLE available to purchase below
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Reviewed by Gitte

4.5 *very emotional and yummy-licious* Stars

This is a new adult contemporary book.

I absolutely love the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines so I was beyond excited for Preston and Amanda’s story.  Once again Abbi did not disappoint by writing this blinder of a story which had me hooked from the start. The books in this series can be read as stand-alone, however if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to read in order to get to know all the characters and their backgrounds.

I have to say I found this one to be the most emotional book in this series. I was in tears several times following their journey. Preston has been dealt one hell of a bad hand in life and the way he ‘mans’ up and takes responsibility, his protective streak that goes above and beyond what you would or should expect…well my heart hurt so bad and it melted into a puddle on the floor.

Oh and this guy is beyond HOT…yeah true story, but we already knew that right, just thought I’d throw that in there! Also, this book has more ‘sex factor’ (you won’t hear me complaining) than the other books in this series and I thought it was brilliantly balanced with the emotional turmoil making this story spot on and completely un-put-down-able! So yeah if you thought it got hot with Cage…you haven’t met Preston yet.

Now, when I got to a certain point in this story a song was mentioned which is one I happen to love. As soon as I saw that, I turned my iPod on, and listened to it whilst reading.  Let me tell you…if I wasn’t emotional before, listening to this song completely did me in. Whenever a particular emotional scene with Amanda and Preston came up, I was a glutton for punishment and hit play on my iPod. Yeah at times I am a masochist because it made me cry even more! But then I like a good cry in a book.

 

So, we have Preston who is the definition of ‘a player/man-whore’ no getting around that, we know this is a fact, we have followed him from book to book in this series, but you know what, I get it now. His story showed me why…and I got it.  If you have never been shown love, how would you know how to give it or even know how to recognize it to be love when you feel it?  Our Preston is envious of those who have the ability to love and receive love in return. He doesn’t believe he is worth it.

Preston grew up under dire circumstances, with no one to take the brunt of it and no one to look out for him. He is adamant that his younger siblings don’t suffer the same way he did and works hard to make sure they eat and have a roof over their heads. His siblings live with their Mum in a cramped trailer that has seen better days and is actually more like a hole in the ground. Actually to call her “Mum” is an insult because she does not deserve the honour of that title. Can you tell that she got to me? Yeah….if I could have reached into the story I would have grabbed her and slapped some sense into her! Preston hates that they have to live like that and goes above and beyond to try and make sure they have what they need but also making sure they know he is there for them despite having to leave them to it. It breaks his heart….it broke mine! It all comes down to money…so Preston does what he thinks he needs to, in order to make enough to look after them ,as well as himself. The means to which, though questionable, are kind of understandable.

Preston is not proud of himself. He knows exactly what he is doing and he hates it. As to knowing who he is, he has no idea, confused by responsibilities and actions; he has lost himself along the way.

Preston thinks Amanda is way too good for him; the light to his darkness.  An innocent who will be tainted by his ugliness, a beauty and perfection he does not deserve. However, he can’t get her out of his head; out from under his skin.

“I want to be near you. I can’t seem to keep away.” – Preston

Lovely, adorable sweet and loveable Amanda has had it bad for Preston for years, a fact she hides from everyone especially her older brother Marcus who is best mates with Preston.  They hang around in the same crowd and no way would anyone think Preston was good enough for her and she knows that Preston only sees her as the little sister, no matter the effort she puts into making him notice her.

Amanda is quite clued up about Preston’s ‘persona’, she has seen him in action yet she loves him still.  She sees the real Preston underneath; the sadness the hopelessness and despite knowing she deserves more, she can’t leave him alone, she craves him and wants to be there for him; protect him.

Amanda knows what love is. She has a huge heart and knows the value of forgiveness; one of the biggest and hardest gifts you can give to another. Despite Preston giving Amanda whip lash she sticks around, she fights for it. She believes she can teach Preston how to love, how it feels and show him he deserves to be loved for who he is.

Then one night it happens….Preston sees Amanda:

“You need to push me away and send me packing ‘cause I don’t think I can stop this on my own”….”Manda you’re real sweet. Real fucking sweet and I’m not the kind of guy you’re supposed to let get this close”

….and so their emotional journey begins….

“I’m sorry I can’t be who you need me to be” … “I want to change. You make me want to change everything. I just can’t”

“Why are we here, Preston?” – Amanda

“I don’t know. I wanted to come out here to think. It’s where I think best. And I wanted you to be with me.” – Preston

“Did I need her to breathe….

Could I imagine life without her….

Could I be in love with her…..”

I cannot recommend the ‘Sea Breeze’ series highly enough and once again just when I thought Abbi Glines couldn’t top the last book in this series, she goes and does just that!

 

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