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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
“I knew Reed was a freak.”
How do you spell #BookLove? Why; you spell it Alabama Summers series by J. Daniels of course. Because that’s what happened – we read and we fell in complete love and can’t stop talking about these books. We fell in love with everything. The writing is superb across the series; sexy, passionate, beautiful and incredibly emotional and raw at times. The characters; well there hasn’t been one we haven’t fallen head over heels in love with. This series boasts some of the best heroes and heroines we’ve come across in a long time. Everyone feels like close friends of ours now and they have stolen our hearts. This Author was new to us and we’ve very quickly added J. Daniels to our automatic 1Click list of Authors. After all she brought us our #BamaBoys
‘Hope is a funny thing. Even when you think you have none, it refuses to lie down quietly.’
We were so excited to start Reed’s story. We’ve followed him in the previous two books and he’s an important part of this circle of friends that include Ben & Mia – Tessa & Luke. Reed has taunted and teased us with his exploits and to say we thought his story was going to sizzle was an understatement to what actually transpired. Reed’s passion rolled off the pages as our pulses raced and our skin tingled. This man…..THIS MAN – filthy dirty talking Reed takes some beating in any room at any time, this man knows all the tricks. He does not hold back. Reed consumed us as readers – we’ve actually become as obsessed with him as we became about Ben from the first book in this series. And…guess what? He’s a construction worker; how original and refreshing. How amazingly HOT!
‘I’ve never met a man so self-possessed before. Normally, cockiness isn’t something I find charming. But with Reed, his confidence only adds to what makes him appealing.’
Reed personified power and passion. However, not only that, he was an incredible friend. A loyal compassionate man with a heart of pure gold. A man who’d been hurt so bad he had an innate desire to avoid any romantic attachments for fear of having his heart twisted and broken. That is until Beth.
“I’ve been jealous twice in my entire life. And both times have been with you. It’s confusing. I don’t know how to deal with it.”
Now, Beth is without question one of our favourite heroines of recent reads. She’s beautiful, inside-out and whilst having been dealt a rough hand she’s still smiling. She’s adorable, so entrancing, genuine and down to earth. Beth hugs her kindle – we hug our kindles – ergo this is LOVE.
‘My soul missed her, my body craved her. Sleep evaded me.’
Beth is thrust into an established group of friends but you’d never know and that is what’s also so incredibly brilliant about this series. Nothing feels forced – it flows so beautifully and naturally it’s as if we’re there with them all, following their lives with a different focus from story to story but all-encompassing of all the other characters at the same time.
‘It’s hard to imagine how bad things can be when you’ve never had everything taken away from you.’
Beth inadvertently helps Reed out one night and their journey begins; changing them forever as they make new discoveries about themselves and each other. Their intense want and need. The overwhelming desire and inability to take a breath without the presence of the other. We felt every step of their path; we laughed with them and at them – at their antics. We cried big fat tears at the emotional parts and we felt the feverish moments of animalistic passion that had us desperate for some freezer time to cool ourselves for a bit of a time-out.
‘It’s Reed’s turn to grab my face and kiss me without giving me a choice in it. It’s his turn to reach for my hand, to touch me firsts.’
Sadness and a happy discovery brought our Beth many beautiful moments, a new life – and it brought her Reed. This Author brought it all to us as she highlighted once again the beauty of friendships and love, through new eyes, whilst bringing back the loves and perfection from those past. Perfection!
“Your voice might be my favorite sound.”
We highly recommend this series for readers who loved The Deal By Elle Kennedy!
**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**
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THE ALABAMA SUMMER SERIES by J DANIELS
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J DANIELS’ BOOKS ON OUR TBR’S
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Coming May 2015 – Pre Order not yet available.