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WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by JULIE CROSS

whatever life throws at you

SYNOPSIS

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

Whatever Life throws At You

Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny:  ✯✯✯✯1/2 stars

“You are intimidatingly handsome. I’m just now getting used to looking at you.”
“And you are intimidatingly pretty.”

This standalone coming of age story was so sweet, so cute yet moving and just what I needed at the time. It wasn’t overly angsty, the characters won me over and I was left with a huge smile on my face, feeling all warm and mooshy inside as I became swept up in those heady feelings of first love

Even though I’m not that well versed in the sport of Baseball it didn’t matter because I loved this sports themed romance that stole my heart.  This book made me want to grab a hot dog and check out a game! The banter between Annie and Brody was so much fun, the Facebook status updates had me giggling and the inner voice of Annie was a gem. Yep, I was on a book high through their whole story.

“God, you’re like, the corniest nineteen-year-old in the history of nineteen-year old. I plan on being way cooler when I’m your age.” – Annie

I shared the characters joy, heartache, tears and laughter. Not only that I shared in their happiness, hopefulness, the pain and confusion of two young people feeling love for the first time and it was heart-warming to say the least.

“You trust me, right?” Brody
“I Trust you with some things, just not everything…yet.” Annie
“Good answer.” Brody

Annie Lucas is seventeen, her father Jim has been offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals. Annie is very supportive of Jim’s job opportunity and agrees to move with him. This man has seen his share of pain and Annie is there for him at all times.

Annie’s had to grow up fast and in some respects she showed a maturity beyond her years, but would then show her impulsive youthfulness that would remind me she is a young lady on a road of self-discovery. Sure she made some silly decisions but they were always with the best intentions, though not always with the best executions.

“Everybody’s afraid of something, Annie.” Brody

Jason Brody stole my heart completely. Sure he’s cocky. Who wouldn’t be with the talent he possesses at only 19. After all, he’s young and has a shot at the majors but fitting in with an older, experienced team causes him to feel on the outer despite his natural talent.

This guy was carrying so much baggage from his past. He’d made mistakes and he’s not allowed to forget them as reminders are always there of what a mess he made of his life. Brody had to prove himself to his coaches and his team, and to a degree, himself. Arrrgghh there were times I just wanted to reach through my Kindle and give him a big hug. He broke my heart at times with the way he was treated.

‘No one deserves to be alone at nineteen.’

His feelings for Annie were beautiful and the pair of them had me giggling, swooning and loving every minute I spent with them. Oh and did I mention he speaks the odd bit of Spanish? Yuppers he does! He could speak Spanish to me alllll day!

Together Annie and Jason bring out the best in each other. Brody is the calm to Annie’s exuberance, and Annie gives Brody a much needed confidence boost.  For Brody, years of being told he wouldn’t amount to anything, of feeling useless has had him questioning his ability and his worth as a man.

“All I know is that I want to be the person you and your dad think I am. Maybe even more than I want to be a great pitcher.”

Whatever Life Throws at you was exactly what I needed! It was fun, quirky, moving and so beautifully sweet! I was completely smitten and fell for this book hook, line and sinker! Wonderful. Just wonderful! Grab it! You’ll love it!

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LAST LIGHT (The Night Owl Trilogy #2) by M PIERCE

last light

SYNOPSIS

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead …

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret …


Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.

Last Light

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G✯✯✯1/2 Stars

 “He’s the golden boy, you see? We always forgive him.”

J&G:  There’s no denying it. Night Owl blew us away when we read it last year. It was addictive, passionate and emotional. We were introduced to Matt Sky; an intelligent, rather eccentric character whose actions posed many questions and ensured we hungrily flipped every page as we experienced the intensity and passion of his and Hannah’s relationship. In Night Owl we empathised with the struggles Matt underwent throughout that book and felt and understood his need for anonymity. It was real and raw. His love of his craft, his craving to turn his thoughts and imagination into stories was as important to him as breathing. But it was at a cost.

“You don’t have the fucking patent on pain, Matt. You don’t get to play the tortured genius card.”

M. Pierce’s writing was unique and even spell binding at times. So, to say we were eagerly anticipating Last Light, picking up Hannah and Matt’s story where that heart stopping cliffy left off is an understatement.

And so we delved into Last Light with much enthusiasm and were pleased to find the same metaphorically expressive prose was still evident through most of the story. We fell in love with this authors writing style and that love affair was still present on the whole in Last Light.

‘Whatever else life contains, Matt once said to me, it’s sad because it has to end.’

One of biggest drawbacks in Last Light became our feelings towards Matt. Here was a character who charmed us and who we loved in Night Owl. In that instalment we found him witty, endearing and his dirty mouth wowed us. Yes, he was high maintenance, but we empathised with him and willed him the privacy he so needed.  Sadly in Last Light Matt came across as selfish, whiny and self-centred and annoyed us to the point of distraction at times. We just couldn’t warm to him this time around as we did in Night Owl.

The shining light for us this time round were Nate and Seth, Matt’s brothers. These men completely stole our hearts. In fact, we felt more for these two than we did Matt. We felt so very, very sorry for Seth in Last Light. Here was a vulnerable and honest man who was a casualty of Matt’s game. He was a pawn and so cruelly treated. Nate had our hearts. A beautiful soul who was loyal to a fault and who, due to his uncompromising love for Matt was also a puppet in Matt’s selfishness. Yes we realise this sounds harsh, however, we have to be honest.

“Matt is a master manipulator, Hannah. And you’re not a cruel person, I can tell.”

Hannah, bless her, had our sympathy for most of this story. The young lady really came into her own in Last Light and showed great endurance and strength and we loved her for it. Although she agreed to it, we felt she was coerced into doing Matt’s bidding. It was extremely difficult on Hannah but Matt didn’t appear to shoulder any weight whatsoever and his expressions of guilt at putting Hannah through it all just didn’t feel honest. His words felt hollow and we felt Matt didn’t warrant the loyalty Hannah bestowed on him.  We felt the emotional strain on Hannah throughout the story.

“Let’s not live in the real world.”

For us this book didn’t have the impact that Night Owl did and it absolutely GUTS us to say this, especially after excitedly looking forward to Last Light. The characters voices appeared to have changed somewhat for drama’s sake; some exaggerated even since the previous book which we feel affected our enjoyment of the story and was unnecessary. At times it also felt as if the Author’s voice changed from poetic and metaphorical to almost cheesy and repetitive. It was so transparently conflicting it felt as though ‘outside voices’ were involved. This is not the Author we came to love and it’s such a shame as we LOVE this Authors unique writing. Did Last Light venture into that ‘second book filler trap’ of a trilogy? Sadly, perhaps so.

“You’re so poetic when you want to be. Are you manipulating me, or are you a hopeless romantic? I can never tell.”

We will say that one aspect of this story we found particularly fascinating and very clever was the way M Pierce intrinsically wove real life into her fiction. It had us pondering at what point did reality end and fiction begin? It certainly raised many questions and became quite the lively conversational topic for us both.

“I don’t want to be the sun in your sky. Do you get what I mean? I’m happy being the moon.”

Will we be 1clicking After Dark, the final installment,  the minute it’s live? You bet we will!  We are enjoying this series enough to be invested in these characters, wanting to see their story through to the end. Not to mention we will be craving more of M Pierce’s mesmerising and beautiful prose. We can’t wait and hope we get the M. Pierce back whose writing is so very unique and addictive. Fans of this series will devour Last Light, of that we’ve no doubt, it just didn’t completely work for us this time around.

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the publisher with thanks**

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Purchase Links for THE NIGHT OWL TRILOGY here
(Our Review for Night Owl)

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♥  NIGHT OWL – BOOK ONE
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♥  LAST LIGHT – BOOK TWO
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♥  AFTER DARK – BOOK THREE
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PERFECT CHAOS (Unyielding #1) by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. 

perfect choas

SYNOPSIS

Georgie
I lie to survive.
Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control. 
Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart.

DECK
I kill for a living.
Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.
But that ends now.
I’ve played her game for far too long. Now I think it’s time we play mine.

 ♥

Perfect Chaos

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

 “I’d rather have you for a day than never have you at all.”

G&J: Well, there’s no question; Nashoda Rose has done it again and cemented a place as one of our favourite Authors. She brings such emotion, drama, passion and twisty dark suspense in her stories that we are totally addicted. Our hearts were literally in pain as we read whilst our pulse sky rocketed every time Deck came knocking. Not only that though, the sense of humour and obvious connection between our main characters caused a fantastic banter and had us smiling and laughing. This was brilliantly placed, balancing out the sheer horror and sometimes disturbing scenes.

‘Deck was now part of the darkness inside me I’d never escape from.’

Also, Chaos had a fantastic heroine in Georgie; such a strong, funny and sassy heroine with a real vulnerability too.

‘He was my only weakness and no matter what I did, I couldn’t’ get him out of me. And I’d tried’

Let’s start with Deck though…because wow! We met him in the Tear Asunder series and he’s one mysterious hard arse alpha who epitomises power and has Georgie flirting and teasing him like a woman obsessed. But then she’s loved him since sweet sixteen. The dynamics of their relationship was incredibly believable and inspiring. Nashoda Rose really writes an amazing hero. Deck has a fantastic sense of humour lurking underneath that somewhat tense and serious bad arse exterior. His sense of loyalty is inspirational and his passion, well, it’s off the charts once unleashed on our lucky lucky Georgie.

“She gave me the light to keep coming back. To crawl away from the evil I was surrounded by, the nightmares, the coldness, and she made me human again.”

Georgie is quite the hand full, with her partying, drinking and flirty ways but there’s a lot hidden behind this façade. Secrets waiting to be unravelled. Our hearts bled for this girl and Deck was perfection in bringing her back from the darkness once she let him in.

“Damn it, Georgie, I’m not throwing you away. I’m bringing you back to me.”

This is a spin off series and it’s been noted that it can be read as a standalone. We meet both Deck and Georgie in the Tear Asunder series as well as many of the other characters so our personal opinion is that we would recommend reading that series first to enhance your reading experience. It establishes a fantastic connection; an undercurrent of ongoing storyline if you will. Also; we loved that series and highly recommend it so it’s a win-win anyway!

‘We were all broken in some way. It was how we lived with our broken pieces, which made us who we were. And I just had more broken pieces than most.’

This Author has the formula just right in our opinion. There’s no drama for the sake of it; the characters all have their own identity and purpose and the passion with which she writes is flawless. We were gripped from the onset and could not put this story down for love nor money. It played out like a movie and we were not willing to hit pause. Nashoda Rose slowly but surely builds her story at a pace that gathers momentum as you experience the highs – the lows- the strength of attraction and unfaltering protection. The love and the friendship. Just Brilliant! NOW we want more and can’t wait for Kai & London’s story – we have a feeling it’ll hurt real bad and bring us to our knees! Bring it on! We highly recommend this series for fans of Kristen Ashley; although a lot darker the characters and story will appeal for sure!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author via Netgalley with thanks** 

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THE UNYIELDING SERIES by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding Series

Perfect Chaos Book #1 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Perfect Ruin Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk
Perfect Rage Book #3amazon us | amazon uk

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THE TEAR ASUNDER SERIES
(TB Reviews)
BOXED SET INCLUDES: 
WITH YOU (Prequel Novella), TORN FROM YOU (Book One
OVERWHELMED BY YOU (Book Two)
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OVERWHELMED BY YOU (Tear Asunder #2) by NASHODA ROSE

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you

overwhelmed by you

 SYNOPSIS

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you.

KAT 

I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.

Ream, the lead guitarist of the rock band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot. 
I hate him. 

Until … 

Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he was loud and obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever. 
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s steady confidence that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers. 

Then…

Ream told me he didn’t need a second chance because he was still working on his first.

REAM

Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it, but hated it—until her. She was unfuckinexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past. I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.


*Warning contains violence, sexual content, and coarse language. Some scenes may be triggers. Mature audiences 18+ 

A contemporary romance with lots of angst.

♫´ ♫

Overwhelmed

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

“We’ve just lost our way.”

We’re still trying to piece together our hearts after the heart-breaking roller coaster ride that is Overwhelmed By You. Honestly, our hearts feel like they’ve run a marathon then gone through a spin cycle followed by a pummelling through the words penned by the brilliant Nashoda Rose.

It was almost too much….but not quite. Kat and Ream were bloody brilliant characters which we knew already they were going to be. Both have experienced and are experiencing such heart ache and trauma that left us thinking enough is enough please, just give them the happiness and peace they so truly deserve. Let them learn to love and be loved in return.  Both made us cry in equal measure but Ream; gorgeous – sexy bad arse – loving – fucked up Ream. Our hearts…..seriously his pain was overwhelming. And his heart; his heart is so big! This man both broke and stole ours. What a hero; Nashoda sure knows how to write them!

“I can breathe easily with you…When we were apart…You ever feel like your body is silently screaming?”

Again, we’ve said this before and we’ll say it again; we LOVE this Author’s vivid and flawless writing. The emotion is intense; the darkness eerily shrouds you as you read and unravel a past so haunting and emotionally devastating it takes a pretty strong person to break through this wall of hurt and pain.

“Fire playing with fire only leads to an uncontrollable inferno. You ready for that, Kitkat?”

Kat is sweet, strong and very loving. She’s got a great head on her shoulders yet suffers in silence.  We fell in love with her even more and never faltered as her character strength and vulnerability was spot. In all the drama and darkness her and Ream realised that in order to trust and build on your love truth and revelations play the most important part. Ream and Kat’s journey individually and their relationship wasn’t easy nor was it pretty. It was gritty and raw with violence and terror. It was intensely emotional.

“If I tell you I might lose you.”

“You’ll lose me if you don’t.”

It was brilliant to catch up with the characters again and to get snippets of what’s to come from Deck and Georgie’s story. Deck when he appears steals the show so how can we not move straight on to Perfect Chaos next. This group of friends have fantastic banter and a bond so strong. You feel like you’re a part of this group friends and you want and need them to be happy and safe.

“I belong with you. I belong to you. And I love you.”

Right; we’re on the Nashoda Rose reading train…Perfect Chaos next and we can’t wait for more Deck and to finally get his and Georgie’s story!

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author via Netgalley with thanks**

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THE TEAR ASUNDER SERIES

With You – Prequel (Free)

                     

Torn From You – Book One

                    

Overwhelmed by You – Book Two

                    

Shattered by You Book – Three

                   

Kept From You –  Book Four

                    


TBB also recommends this Spin off Series
THE UNYIELDING SERIES by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding Series

Perfect Chaos Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Perfect Ruin Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk
 Perfect Rage Book #3 – amazon us | amazon uk


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THE KING (The Original Sinners #6) by TIFFANY REISZ

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SYNOPSIS

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a rule of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act of chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s…

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 Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

“I have something to tell you. A story. And I can’t tell you why I’m telling you the story until after the story.”

I’m not really sure what I can possibly say about Tiffany Reisz and her writing which I haven’t said a million times before. She’s one of my all-time favourite Authors and her stories never fail to reduce me into an emotional wreck whilst feeling utterly captivated by her outstanding writing.  Her words amaze, seduce and tickles my every fancy.

Upon finishing The King, I once again felt like I’d run a marathon; my heart and mind completely exhausted. Without doubt there’s nothing quite like this feeling in the world. Reading something so brilliant; so incredibly heartfelt and emotional it’s as if Tiffany Reisz literally touched me with her very words. Some softly; some with such an intense force that my heart’s been marked forever. Yet again.

There’s no-one quite like Kingsley but then I already knew this. The King is magnifique; he’s so much more than the classy pompous intimidating man he portrays so well. Kingsley has such depth and intrigue. Unravelling one layer at a time wow; his striking heart and soul; the way he hurts and his haunted mind. It was emotionally harrowing at times. Kingsley was lost – he feels almost fragile at times which was heart-breaking and overwhelming.

“Jeg elsker dig.”

So we know some of what transpires as The King follows a timeline we’ve been privy to already. We don’t know how or what made it so in respect to the King himself. However; Kingsley has a story to tell; his and to hear this beautiful and commanding man’s voice; feel his emotion and inner most secret thoughts – what an absolute treat to the senses. A man transformed into a King the catalyst being saved by a Priest once more.

“You used to scare me.”

The momentous love Kingsley has for Søren is both devastatingly consuming; all-saving and life inspiring. It’s as important as the next breath.

‘…while the man he loved with all his heart and all his soul and all his body held Kingsley’s very life in his hands. And it was as it should be, Søren holding the power of life and death.’

Being a voyeur to the most sacred of secrets and honest emotion felt like a gift and I wanted to jump into the pages of this story and kneel at Kingsley’s feet. This wicked wicked man with such arrogance and sexual flair for the dominating extravagance.

So much was revealed and some pieces in the longstanding puzzle fell into place in the most sensual; calculating and hauntingly emotional way. The origin and the beginnings of the BDSM club the 8th circle came to be but not without a fight – a betrayal and the affirmation of love and obsession.

‘…it had hurt so much he knew for certain he was alive again, as alive as he’d ever been and more.’

Tiffany Reisz never fails to deliver an absolutely stunning reading experience. There’s quite simply nothing like it. Her characters captivate me; the Lady herself fascinates me. Every time I finish one of her stories I’m already desperate for the next one and every time I begin the next I count myself lucky once more for discovering this brilliant awe inspiring Author.

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author via the publisher with thanks**


**THE ORIGINAL SINNERS SERIES READING ORDER**

THE RED YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and Erotica Writer
TB Series Reviews

Original Sinners

The Siren        : amazon us amazon uk
The Angel       : amazon us | amazon uk
The Prince      : amazon us | amazon uk
The Mistress  : amazon us | amazon uk 

THE WHITE YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, Submissive

White Years

The Saint    : amazon us | amazon uk
The King     : amazon us | amazon uk
The Virgin  : amazon us | amazon uk
*  The Queenamazon us | amazon uk 

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