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UNCHARTED (An On The Island Novella #1.5) by TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES

ON THE ISLAND by TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES
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UNCHARTED – ON THE ISLAND COMPANION NOVELLA
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 **NOTE: This is a companion novella to On The Island. On The Island should be read before reading Uncharted.

SYNOPSIS

Tracey Garvis Graves – and Anna and T.J. – return in this companion novella to the New York Times bestseller On the Island

When twenty-three-year-old dot-com millionaire Owen Sparks walked away from his charmed life, he had one goal in mind: get as far away as possible from the people who resented his success, or had their hand out for a piece of it. A remote uncharted island halfway around the world seemed like a perfectly logical place to get away from it all. 

Calia Reed wasn’t part of Owen’s plans. The beautiful British girl – on holiday in the Maldives with her brother, James – made Owen wonder if getting away from it all might be a lot more enjoyable with a carefree girl who didn’t know anything about the life he left behind. 

But Owen had no idea how much his carefully detailed plans would go awry. Nor did he realize that a decision he made would have such a catastrophic effect on two passengers who boarded a plane in Chicago. 

And when Owen shows up at Anna and T.J.’s door with an incredible story to tell, everyone involved will learn just how much their lives are intertwined. 

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: I was so excited to read Uncharted and get some answers to the secrets ‘The Island’ held…like a jigsaw puzzle, by the end I felt satisfied that we had reached the end and gotten full closure. We needed this book and it didn’t disappoint.

This story is mainly about Owen, the previous ‘tenant’ of the Island. Owen’s at a cross roads in his life, at such a young age, and needs to cut all ties and spend some time with himself to clear his head and his heart of all the ‘rubbish’ that comes from life. Albeit it a charmed and successful life, what really matters, has gotten lost along the way and Owen wants to set things right. Owen wants to get away from everything and everyone so where better than a deserted island?!

Owen wants to be reminded that: “When you have nothing, everything feels like something.” He decides that being on his own on unblemished land is the perfect life for him.

“I guess I’ll stay here until I have a good enough reason to go someplace else.”

Owen is an integral player of a history shared with T.J and Anna. Owen feels enormous guilt and he needs to go visit them to apologise and explain. It is through this gesture that we find out exactly who ‘bones’ is and what really happened before they came to be there.

The diary entries and the story telling is captivating. We hear a story of solitude, love and tragedy which deeply impacted the rescue of T.J and Anna albeit unbeknownst and unintentional.

“I hope you are here to un-break my heart…I’ve been waiting so long for you to come and find me.”

The lives of Owen, T.J and Anna really is entwined and a past event sparked a consequence of heart-breaking isolation and despair.

“We’ve gone down the ‘if – only road’ and we decided a long time ago that there was no sense in dwelling on things we couldn’t change.”

Uncharted is Owen’s story first and foremost yet we do get to hear from T.J and Anna and get a glimpse into what their life is like now. I have loved them since reading The Island so I devoured every word by this brilliant Author. And Owen….what a man, I completely felt for him, admired him and understood him. This fab novella brought me as much closure as it did the characters.

“….There’s nothing I love more than a good happy ending.”

What did you think Jenny?

Jenny : Gitte, I too was thrilled when I heard Tracey Garvis-Graves was writing this book.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and to be honest I was perfectly happy with where we left T.J. and Ann in “On the Island” and content to leave them to live their lives so I was very intrigued to see where this book would take us.

I’m so happy we were treated to an “extension” of OTI, a different story if you like,  and listening to Owen recant his story was like taking a trip back in time to the Island with him. Uncharted fulfilled its promise to me to fill in the missing pieces and Owen answered those niggling questions that were present in OTI. I was always a little inquisitive as to just who and how had those bones been left, and exactly what the story was behind them.

“You’d be surprised what people can do when they have no other choice….”

I really did enjoy Uncharted because it offered me something new. Whilst Owen’s life did indeed intertwine with T.J. and Anna’s, it was learning the story behind the mystery that had me completely absorbed in Owen’s tale. Not to mention that I was overjoyed that I also got to catch up with two of my favourite characters again, even if it was in little snippets, to know that they were all okay and happy.

“The man sitting next to me on this couch is my equal, my confidant. The love of my life. He is strong in every sense of the word.”

The story Owen weaves is as sad as it is beautiful, it’s heart-breaking and moving and Uncharted is a must for every fan of On The Island.  It really is a companion novella in every sense of the word.  Revisiting these characters felt so special.  Hearing Owen’s story entranced me and only heightened the wonderful feelings I had experienced whilst reading On The Island over a year ago.  Uncharted served to remind me of why On The Island still remains one of my favourite books to this day and why I simply adore this author’s work.

“Then what happened?” “Then I kissed her like my life depended on it.”

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TRAGIC (Rook & Ronin #1) by J.A. Huss

SYNOPSIS

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny Well, didn’t this one turn out to be a surprise?  And to think I originally assumed this was going to be a quick, light read between books.  How wrong I was! This book was so much more. Great characters, engaging story, sexual chemistry and yep, I enjoyed it immensely!

Rook Walsh is a survivor.  She has broken the cycle of abuse, moved to Denver and vowed to never again allow anyone, except herself, control her life.

Hers hasn’t been an easy life. In and out of foster care, making unwise choices, running scared and basically surviving a day to day existence.  Never being afforded the opportunity to live and enjoy life

“If I wanted to change my life then I’d have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me….”

Rook is determined to make something of herself and boy did I love that this girl had forthrightness, tenacity and strength, yet had somehow managed to maintain an innocence and softness, despite her past. Yes, I was enamoured by her.

Fate steps in and puts her in the path of Antoine Chaput, a renowned photographer who immediately sees her as the face of a modelling campaign called Tragic.  Rook recognises her beauty could be her asset and her way to a better life, yet she certainly wasn’t vain, just the opposite. Rook realises she has to grab this second chance no matter what and intends to the best of it while she can.

“Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it’s true. So I’m gonna grab this second chance with everything I’ve got and I’m gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit.”

It is there crosses paths with Ronin (be still my beating heart) Flynn.  I just loved this guy and I know you will too!  I sense there is so much more to learn about Ronin. Although there appears to be something Ronin is hiding, I never felt he wasn’t sincere in his intentions towards Rook. I can’t wait to spend more time delving deeper into Ronin in future books!

“In the few seconds we twined our gaze together I heard myself ask him to kiss me in a million ways in my thoughts….

I totally understand you there Rook!  Ronin is everything her ex wasn’t. He’s kind, patient, protective but Rook has her insecurities, is hell bent on guarding her heart but Ronin has other ideas.

“Ronin Flynn, you might undo me.”

Ronin intends to break down her walls and let him in but Rook intends to fiercely guard her new found independence, yet she feels such a connection to this man and ignoring her heart maybe harder than she thought.

Gitte: I love when a book surprises me and this one really did. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading the story of Rook and Ronin and I loved that we got to hear both voices. Yet again, here’s another refreshing read that will sweep you up and keep you hooked on the great story and well written characters. This Author pulled a blinder here and I’m so excited about the next book in this series!

Right, so I loved Rook. She was a breath of fresh air as far as damaged young heroines go, having been a victim of abuse and controlled imprisonment. She’s had a horrible childhood and early adulthood. Yet for someone who’s been through so much she’s incredibly strong and level-headed.

“She is wrecked…But she’s not down yet. The look on her face is defiant.”Ronin

She knows life can throw everything it damn pleases at you and that you need to look after yourself and make your own life. So she grabs it by the balls when given a surprising opportunity from out of no-where. One day you can be in luck and everything falls at your feet; the next day it can all be taken away.

I admired and respected this character no end, she’s under no illusions in life. Rook really got to me and I still haven’t been able to let her go completely.

“You’re not like others Rook. You’re calm and quiet, and a bit tragic…” Ronin

 “Now I’m homeless, jobless, and broke. But at least I’m not scared and at least I’m not broken and at least I’m not letting people who know nothing about me dictate who and what I am.”Rook

ENOUGH SAID!!

As for Ronin, well I defy anyone not to fall hook, line and sinker for this guy. He portrays something at complete odds with who he really is and what he wants out of life. This gorgeous bloke … well I fell in love!

Ronin is a pretty complicated character too, yet at no point in this story did he make me doubt him nor his intentions.

“…I think about her huddled form in the hallway….She was scared. I make a mental note not to scare her. Ever…” Ronin

Ronin is patient, understanding, protective and yeah he ‘gets’ Rook completely.

“Antoine wants to shoot her, I want to keep her. Antoine wants to take pictures of her gorgeous body and her fragile face, but I want to peel away her layers and see what’s underneath. Antoine wants to make her famous and I want to hide her away in my room, under the covers, under me.” – Ronin

The connection between Rook and Ronin was intense and so very believable. The humour, heat and banter between them were brilliant and honest. The issues were real; trust, independence, desire, control and passion.

Rook needs to find her place in life and she isn’t looking for any bonds or relationships to or with other people. She can count on no one to change her life, she realises only she can do this. Rook has never been shown or taught trust and love, so no wonder she doubts everyone and everything.

“What are you thinking about, if you don’t mind me asking?” – Ronin

Just how funny life can be. How things can change in a moment and how you never know when that moment will come.” – Rook

The courage and desperation interwoven in this book was enticing and made for addictive reading. I could literally feel it as I read. I loved this Author’s style of writing; it definitely swept me away into the lives of Ronin and Rook and I was left wanting more!

“Why are you kissing me?” – Rook

“Because I can’t stop myself. And because I’m the only one who knows you, and you’re just Rook, the girl who appeared out of nowhere. But tomorrow you’ll be the face of TRAGIC. And I don’t think you’re tragic at all, Rook.” – Ronin

Jenny:  Ronin is also a model and the scenes between Rook and Ronin during the photo sessions were off the charts steamy.  The air was palpable and it really was as if you were there, front row witnessing the exchanges. You really could imagine the photographs these two produce. HOT is an understatement!!!

“Oh Miss Walsh, I plan on doing many more things to you tonight, but most of all, when I finally get you back to my apartment and into my bed, I plan on making you whimper into my neck, begging me to make you come.”

But it’s not just behind the camera where these two sizzle and connect. They have electricity between them that’s tangible, a gravitation towards one another that can’t be denied. It’s felt in every scene, yet there is tenderness between them that will captivate you.

“I’ll do what I want. And staying away from her isn’t even in the top million things I want to do with that girl.”

Ronin must earn Rook’s trust; try to convince her he can be good for her. It is through these scenes, where we see Rook’s defences being demolished, that this book really shone through for me.  I felt it, I lived it and I ached for Rook and her past.

“I’m not going to ask, because I know you’ve got things you’re not about to reveal to me….”

I was completely engrossed in this book.  Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.  The connection between Rook and Ronin was believable. It didn’t feel rushed and even though it only covered a short time span this wasn’t an insta love. Rook is carrying baggage and this girl needs to sort her life before she can sort out her heart.

“I think you overestimate me, Ronin. It wasn’t courage, it was desperation and fear.”

I loved the banter between Ronin and Rook – the Gidget references had me in fits.  This story is told with emotion, passion, humor and feeling. There is so much I need to know! I need more Rook and Ronin…like…yesterday!  Loved it!

“Miss Walsh,” I whisper, “you’ve wiped my mind of everything right now.”

 Jenny: 4.5 Stars
Gitte: 4.5 Stars

 

THE COMPLETE READING ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

**We’ve noted how the characters interconnect through each series**

ROOK AND RONIN SERIES
The Rook & Ronin, Ford and Spencer Series must be read in order
*It is in this series you will be introduced to Spencer and Ford. who appear or are mentioned throughout future books (and have their spin off books**
Our Reviews 

rook and ronin books

✦ TRAGIC
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✦ MANIC
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✦ PANIC
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FORD and SPENCER SPINOFF SERIES 
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ford and spencer books

THE FORD SERIES
It is in this series you will be introduced to Merc and Sasha
who will appear in future books.

✦ SLACK – FORD BOOK ONE  

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 TAUT – FORD BOOK TWO 
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SPENCER SERIES
James (The Coming for You Series) and Merc (Meet Me in the Dark)
are referenced in this series

✦ BOMB 
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 GUNS 
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THE DIRTY, DARK & DEADLY SERIES
This series shows pretty much all the characters making an appearance and will give you an insight into Nick and Sasha’s story for Wasted Lust and another character, Jax, who will appear in very briefly in 3,2,1 but feature heavily in Wasted Lust. 
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Come series
 COME – BOOK ONE
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 COME BACK – BOOK TWO
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 COMING FOR YOU – BOOK THREE
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MEET ME IN THE DARK by J A HUSS
Classed as a Standalone, this is Merc and Sydneys story – Sasha is also a part of this story. We recommend reading all the books – at least the Dirty, Dark & Deadly Series before reading this book. 
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Meet Me In The Dark by J A Huss

 THREE, TWO, ONE 
You will briefly meet Jax who will appear in Wasted Lust – this book will run parallel to Wasted Lust and we recommend reading before Wasted Lust.
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WASTED LUST by JA HUSS
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This book is set two years after Meet Me in the Dark and runs parallel to 3,2,1.
Sasha, Nick and Jax appear in this book and story lines are tied up.
Although noted as a standalone we STRONGLY recommend reading all the books as characters from previous books and series interconnect through Wasted Lust.
For this reason we feel your emotional pull to the story will be that much stronger and your connection to the story that much more intense ensuring a heightened reading experience when you are heavily invested in the characters and their stories. 

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LICK (Stage Dive #1) by KYLIE SCOTT

Standalone/Series

 

SYNOPSIS

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny:  First thing I have to say is…I bloody loved this book Gitte!  I didn’t come up for air until I finished and I really can’t stop gushing about Lick! It encapsulated everything I love about reading… Escaping. Immersing. Enjoying. Relishing. Loving.

Evelyn and David’s story was told with humour, emotion, passion, heat (holy hell, was there heat – still fanning self here!), lots of fun and a whole lot of feeling. It really did have it all. Add hot rock star David Ferris into the mix, not to mention a heroine who is so real and wonderful, who never once grated on my nerves, and well…is it any wonder Lick was an absolute winner for me.  What about you Gitte?

Gitte: Oh did I ever Jenny….I LOVED this book!!! I read it in one sitting and was loathed to put it down for the interruption of real life.  It was fan-bloody-tastic. It was different, completely real and believable as well as passionate and emotional. It was intense and intriguing too. Hmmm I don’t think I have enough words….I’ve run out.  So I’ll just say it’s a must buy and read NOW kind of book! You will NOT regret adding this one to your tbr…..

Jenny: You’re spot on there Gitte!  There really aren’t enough words to describe how much we both loved this one! So, you’re in Vegas with your bestie, only to wake up the next morning with a rock the size of Texas on your finger,  and discover you’re now married to one of rocks hottest properties.

“Ev?”
“Did you somehow happen to get married while we were away?”

What do you do when you’re suddenly thrust into the limelight and every part of your life is up for public scrutiny and to make matters worse, you have no recollection of how you got there or what exactly went on the night before? Even more confusing is the realisation that your husband may remember everything. Well, that’s the premise of this story but to put it as simply as that would be doing Lick an injustice because this book was so much more!

What would you do?  Well, to Evelyn the first thought is annulment and together Ev and David set out to do just that.  However, somewhere along the way they feel a connection and surmise that maybe, just maybe, they could make something of this marriage and both decide to give it a shot. But being together isn’t going to be easy.  Can two virtual strangers learn about each other’s needs, wants and insecurities, test each others resolve and make a marriage work?

“You don’t want me to lie and say everything’s always fucking unicorns and rainbows, do you?”

It certainly does make for some entertaining, interesting, engaging and emotional reading.  Not to mention the freaking heat factor was off the charts. Ev and David certainly hit it up a notch in the sexual chemistry stakes and they had passion by the truckload! These two may just be my new favourite rock star couple! I adored them both!  What about you Gitte? Did you just adore these two?

Gitte: I seriously loved how this story started and how it played out. It was so unique, the whole concept, the setting and how it was written. It was brilliant, the characters were so well written too and Evelyn is one of those rare heroines that I loved and connected with so much. At no point did she annoy me, frustrate me or ‘pee’ me off. I thought she was funny, sweet and her emotions and reactions were so real.

The lifestyle she’s thrown into is so far removed from anything she knows so to see her character develop and grow after that one drunken crazy night in Vegas made for addictive reading. Oh and how many of us would love this dilemma…do you stay married to a gorgous talented and famous rock star or not despite him being a virtual stranger? Well Ev’s best mate Lauren has a very strong opinion as one of the bands biggest fans:

“Whatever happens, do not break up the band!!!”

I was confused and right there with Evelyn, thinking ‘what the….. ?‘ I think I would’ve stayed though…I mean wow David, hmmm yeah maybe I’d have been a bit sceptical too if I had no memory whatsoever of my wedding day and night. But no doubt, new book boyfriend alert indeed!! YES, Ev and David are on top of that rock star pedestal right now as #1 no question. Loved them.

“Let me get this straight, you don’t remember anything?”David

“No….What did we do last night?” Evelyn

“We got fucking married.” David

David married Ev fully aware of what was happening. I loved the emotion of the commitment and his feelings from that one night in Vegas. This guy is a Rock God and all the stereotypical things that go hand in hand with this status. Yet underneath, there’s that appealing vulnerability and uncertainty that just pulls at your heart. Our Ev saw that and the fact that she is a rational down to earth, no nonsense girl, she sees and understands him and calls a spade a spade. So refreshingly addictive I just loved their relationship and how they had that one night and worked to make it real and mean something….something they would both remember!

“No he said….It’s not fair that I remember and you don’t Evelyn.” – David

“I’d hate you for forgetting all this when it’s meant everything to me.” – Ev

Evelyn is drawn to David…the man not the rock star. She’s not overly interested or impressed with the fame and the crazy world that leaves her feeling slightly insecure and helpless.

“I hated him and I loved him. There didn’t seem to be any difference.”Ev

It’s the insanely strong connection and attraction to David that this ‘normal’ girl can’t get over.

“You asked me this morning in the car if I thought you were scary. The answer is yes. You scare me shitless. I don’t know what I’m doing here. But I hate the thought of leaving you.” Ev

This story had everything. It made me laugh, sigh with the sweet and passionate romance and oh so many tender moments. My emotions were all over the place throughout this crazy addictive journey! Love this book….Love this Author!!

“We’ll both screw up, Ev. That’s a given. We just gotta be patient with each other.” – David

“What I am is the luckiest fucking girl in the world.” – Ev

Jenny:  Practically every character in this book endeared themselves to me in some way and I can’t wait to hear more about the secondary characters in future books, but let me tell you about David Ferris.  David Ferris…..sigh……he’s most definitely been added to the book boyfriend shelf….front and centre at that!

“There wasn’t enough room in me for all the feelings he inspired.”

This guy was the whole package. Yeah sure, he’s the famous, hot as hell, tattooed guitarist/songwriter for Stage Dive but there was so much more to him.  David, the man was warm, passionate, sensitive, admitted his faults and well, I just loved him! David wasn’t just hot, this man had substance. He may have had issues, trust being a big one, but he owned them and he dealt with them.

“Do you trust me?”
“I’m getting there Ev. Just…..give me time.”

To David, Ev is a like balm to his soul. She is never afraid to speak her mind, says it like it is, wears her heart on her sleeve and lets David know exactly where she’s at and to David ,this woman is a revelation.

“Yes”. He said simply. “I like you the way you are, blurting out whatever shit crosses your mind. Not trying to play me, or use me. You’re just…..being with me…….”

Evelyn has issues she has carried from her past and to me David felt like her missing piece.  As if they were two pieces that, together, made a whole. I loved their barbs, I loved how Evelyn was never intimidated by David or his status and I loved how, despite their differences and the situation they found themselves in, they were able to give each other strength.

Ev was tenacious and I loved her spirit, heart and wit. Everything about her was so normal, so real and I absolutely adored her.

“My eyes, my mouth, breasts: he couldn’t seem to decide what fascinated him the most.”

This book stole my heart.  The actions and reactions of the characters felt natural, they never felt forced, and the way the author delivered this story was so refreshing. Yes, I completely devoured every word.

“Can you feel what we’re doing here? We’re building something.”

Kylie Scott didn’t just tell me a story.  She put me IN the story and that’s just about the best experience any passionate reader can have!   Lick was everything I could have hoped for and more. It had it all. Romance, drama, angst, humour, emotion and….in case I didn’t mention….HEAT 😉  Cancel all plans and order takeaway, because I’ll tell you now, once you start Lick, you won’t be able to put it down!  I know I couldn’t! I loved it. I need more!!!

Jenny: 5 Stars
Gitte: 5 Stars

Arc supplied by author in exchange for an honest review

STAGE DIVE SERIES by KYLIE SCOTT 
Meet David, Mal, Jimmy and Ben
EACH CAN BE READ AS A STANDLONE

stage dive series

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LEO’S CHANCE (Sign of Love #2) by MIA SHERIDAN

leo's chance

 

SYNOPSIS

The follow-up to Leo, the USA Today bestselling novel by Mia Sheridan.

Does everyone deserve a second chance? Even someone who lies and deceives to get it?

Do we all have a second chance coming? Even if we play a part in our own destruction?

How hard would you fight to have a second chance at love? A second chance at life? Another chance to tell your own story?

Every love story has two sides. Evie told hers. This time it’s Leo’s chance

leo collage

Review by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: So, how excited were we Jenny, to finally get to hear Leo’s voice on what happened to him; the strength of his feelings, his emotions and life during the missing years. Also, his reaction when he sees Evie again eight years later. It truly was an emotional and heart-breaking journey.

“Emotions came slamming back, making it feel like it was only yesterday that I had kissed her on our roof, and told her to wait for me and that I would wait for her, love her forever. But I had failed.”

I loved Leo already but this instalment just made me love him even more. Yes a lot of the story is repeated from Leo’s POV which surprised me slightly.  However, we do get an insight, through flashbacks, into his life with his adoptive parents, his struggles and how he faced them with the help of the amazing Dr. Fox.

And wow the epilogue told by Evie rocked, I cried! Second chance love is always sweet though isn’t it…?

The moment they meet again….in his voice.  I felt every single word as he struggled on the inside; the moment so big and so touching. So overwhelming.

“My heart starts beating faster. I can’t mess this up. I’ve come so far and now the only girl I’ve ever loved is right in front of me. And she might hate my fucking guts.”

If there was ever any doubt in book #1 about Leo’s love for Evie, then hearing his voice express just  how deep his love for her runs, and has done, since they were kids….Well….the strength of his emotions are so intense and real they’ll make your heart melt.

“My Evie, my heart, my savior. My lion tamer.”

“You are my dream.”

“My Evie. So sweet. My Evie. Mine.”

I do love Mia’s writing style, it’s flawless and sweeps you up and carries you through the story in an addictive flow. I want to stress though that you do need to read Leo first before moving onto Leo’s Chance.

“I choose you. I choose you, Leo. Always.”

What did you think Jenny?

Jenny: Gitte, we were certainly over the moon when we heard this book was in the works. I was so looking forward to hearing from Leo himself and was hoping he would fill in the missing blanks from Evie’s story and Mia Sheridan didn’t disappoint in that regard. This author made us feel everything  Leo went through.

“I didn’t know it was possible to hold your breath for eight years, but apparently, it is.”

Leo’s voice certainly exposed the pain, loss and heartache he endured in those missing years and you really did get to experience the despair he felt over leaving Evie. It was beautifully handled and I devoured every moment.

Their first meeting. I held my breath. Even though I knew what to expect, that first meeting just took my breath away.  I felt the yearning, the want in Leo’s voice as he restrained himself from being close to Evie.

“After years and years of pining  for her so intensely, she was right in front of me, and yet she was still a thousand miles away.”

Whilst yes, I did find a few of the interactions a bit repetitive from the previous book, there was plenty of substance in Leo’s Chance to allow the reader experience a new journey of sorts.

The scenes between Leo and Evie, whilst we did know what to expect, nonetheless they felt new and raw hearing them from Leo’s perspective.  It did bring a new level of emotion to the story that’s for sure. Did it still knock you for six Gitte despite knowing what the reveals would be?

“It’s as if all my emotions for her are in living color now and coursing through my body at light speed. I’m home.”

Gitte:  I have to say that even though I knew the ‘reveals’ and twists from book #1, many of them have stayed with me so they still had such an impact. The scene I was most waiting for was ‘the tattoo scene’, I wanted to know how, why and what Leo felt and I inhaled every word. To me, this is one of the most emotional and poignant moment from their time apart.

“And as the needle plunged in and out of my skin, I relished the pain. I deserved the pain. The physical pain made the emotional agony take a backseat and I finally felt a peace that day that I hadn’t felt in a long time.”

The ‘Who do you hate?’ scene with Dr. Fox blew my mind; I got goose bumps and felt every bit of the emotion that literally rolled off the pages.  It was utterly heart-breaking and incredibly tense and emotional.

“We all deserve a second chance, don’t we?”

“You’re worth fighting for.”

Leo’s Chance truly was a powerful, raw and heart breaking ride yet the hope, love and passion shone through it.

“Despite all the pain that we had endured to be where we are, in the end, love won.”

Jenny:  The scenes with Dr Fox were so insightful, so powerful and so heartbreaking. This was written extremely well  allowed to experience so much of what made Leo tick. Oh Gitte, the “who do you hate?” scene. My god, every word and every emotion was felt completely in that scene and seemed to come from somewhere so deep.  Honestly, I held my breath and had to have a moment. One of the most powerful and devastating scenes I’ve read. That scene absolutely packed a punch and the feelings it solicited within me were incomparable.

“She is my air, my reason for existence, the only thing that matters to me in this life or any other.”

Yes, Leo’s Chance did contain a bit of repetition from Leo but it most certainly did not drag this book down at all as the flashbacks we got from Leo through past experiences and the raw emotion felt from him when he met up with Evie, together with the intensity of his feelings managed to bring the reader something new in this very moving account of Leo’s life.

“..the risk of looking like a fool is a hell of a lot better than living with regret.”

This book is a must for readers who loved Leo.

“That look will forever be etched into my soul. That is the look of my Evie surviving.”

Gitte: 4 Stars
Jenny: 4 Stars

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THE SIGN OF LOVE SERIES 

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                                                  LEO – A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL

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SYNOPSIS

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

LEO
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LEO’S CHANCE – A COMPANION NOVEL TO LEO

                                       

            SYNOPSIS

Does everyone deserve a second chance? Even someone who lies and deceives to get it?

Do we all have a second chance coming? Even if we play a part in our own destruction?

How hard would you fight to have a second chance at love? A second chance at life? Another chance to tell your own story?

Every love story has two sides. Evie told hers. This time it’s Leo’s chance.

LEO’S CHANCE
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STINGER – A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL

SYNOPSIS

Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…

Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her… 

When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet…

STINGER 
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ARCHER’S VOICE 

A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL

SYNOPSIS

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

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BECOMING CALDER by MIA SHERIDAN

 SYNOPSIS

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places… From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

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Finding EdenFINDING EDEN – A SIGN OF LOVE COMPANION NOVEL TO BECOMING CALDER

SYNOPSIS

Finding Eden is the continuation, and conclusion, to Becoming Calder.


When the world as you know it has ended, when all that you love has been washed away, where do you find strength? 

When the new world you’ve stepped into is as isolating as the last, when your heart is broken, and your future is unclear, where do you find hope? 

Finding Eden is a story of strength, discovery, forgiveness, and undying love. It is about believing in your destiny and following the path that leads to peace.

THIS IS THE SECOND PART, AND CONCLUSION, IN A TWO-PARTSIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS (BECOMING CALDER SHOULD BE READ FIRST). New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Kyland by Mia SheridanKYLAND – A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL

SYNOPSIS

Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. 

KYLAND 
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BLACK HEART (Cursed Hearts #1) by R.L. MATHEWSON

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SYNOPSIS

There was something seriously wrong with Marty. That was the only explanation that she could come up with. Why else would she feel this way for the biggest SOB in town? Granted, he was also the hottest man in town, but he was also arrogant, callous, and determined to drive her away even as he drove her crazy with his touch. She should just walk away from him and probably would if it wasn’t for this connection that she’d always had with him that kept making her want more with the one man that couldn’t give her anything more than heartache.

He should have left and never looked back when he’d decided to finally do the right thing and push Marty out of his life, but instead he stuck around to torture himself by staying close to the one woman that he could never allow himself to have. She deserved better than him, better than the tortured existence that he led and better than the horrifying future that waited for him.

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This Author is one of my favourites as she writes stories that have the perfect combination of humour, romance and great characters. She rarely disappoints and I always enjoy her stories. As a reader you know what you’re going to get as R.L Mathewson does ‘just what it says on the tin’. She’ll make you laugh, swoon and fall in love.

Black Heart is a journey into the paranormal. Ghosts in fact. Now I’m not normally an avid reader of this type of paranormal so for me to enjoy this story, seeing as it had ghosts in it, well it’s a testament to the brilliance of this Author.  Because enjoy it…..I did.

This story is book #1 in a series so expect a slow introduction and a fleshing out of many characters. Oh and there are lots of them, besides our hero and heroine….but they are gorgeous, cocky, hilarious and Irish so it’s all good!

Our main characters Tristan and Marty have known each other pretty much forever.

“He was her hero, the one she went to when she skinned her knees and the one she yelled for whenever she got stuck up in a tree. He always came for her. Always.” – Marty

As per normal with this Author’s characters, there’s a strong connection, a past and a wanting heart. This is no exception and their story truly is heart-warming yet heart-breaking at the same time. Their story is also magical, funny and frustrating.

Tristan is one hell of a cocky, funny and at times maddening guy. Yet he’s totally lovable. He’s a gorgeous bad arse cop. Not only that though, as we move along in the story, he shows a vulnerability that’ll make your heart melt. This despite being known as a “cold bastard.” 

“He was handsome, quiet and easy going, well as long as you didn’t get on his bad side.” – Marty

As for Marty, I really liked her. She is refreshingly down to earth, intelligent, sweet yet slightly naïve. She knows what she wants and she has no real fear trying to get it.

“After all these years he thought he’d grown immune to her and this goddamn connection that he felt with her….” – Tristan 

The storyline of Black Heart is packed full of twists and surprises. As I was reading, I will admit to being confused at times and thinking what?! But once I got a few answers and learnt the how’s and the why’s my doubts and questions were answered. In particular, I questioned aspects of Tristan and Marty’s relationship and their actions which brought them to the moment they admitted their feelings. It all came together and the way in which it did surprised me as it was wrapped in mystery and intrigue.

“…I didn’t want to spend one more minute on this earth without you Marty..” – Tristan

Certain scenes in this story broke my heart and they all centre round Tristan’s past. I would have liked to have seen and known more of Tristan and Marty both individually and together before the answers came. Especially them as a couple which I thought was a tad rushed.

“..Are you still going to be an asshole?” – Marty 

“Yes, he said….but you can kick my ass if I step out of line…” – Tristan

As for the laughs….well between Tristan and his Therapist and Tristan and his ‘mate’ Shayne well I was in absolute stitches!

Is this one of my favourite books by this Author…Sadly no. However, I laughed, I fell in love and I felt emotional so that makes it a good read for me. Black Heart really is chock a block with humour, suspense and romance and I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series.

Gitte : 4 Stars

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