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THE FALL UP by ALY MARTINEZ

Standalone Contemporary romance : Music theme. Funny, emotional, sweet and sexy.

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 SYNOPSIS

I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up. 

The Fall Up

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

 “There isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t have demons of some sort. No matter who I end up with, it’s always going to be a struggle…..Levee, I’d like to struggle with you.”

Oh Aly Martinez, we fell up, down and sideways in love with your story. It was so wonderfully written and laden with sweet, sexy, emotional and real moments and thankfully not so heavy on the angst which was exactly what we were in the mood for. Oh be still our book beating hearts!

“I’ll deal with the entire fucking world for you.”

Aly Martinez …….two words…Sam Rivers!!! THANK YOU for sharing this man with us all! Helllooo new book boyfriend! This chain smoking, witty, tattooed, sweet and sexy man who wears his heart on his sleeve would melt our hearts one minute and our knickers the next! He was such a contradiction and the perfect mix of sexy alpha who displayed a vulnerability that melted our hearts.  Oh and when this guy came over all commanding and unleashed his dirty sex talk…..well, we couldn’t help but fall head over heels! Thisguy claims to not be a romantic….well we couldn’t disagree more! This guy puts the ‘ro’ in romance! Swoooooon!

‘She was just a sad girl who liked to write songs. And I was nothing more than a simple guy who was lucky enough to have made her fall in love with him.’

Levee Williams is a pop princess with the world at her feet. She’s talented, wealthy and loved by many but whilst her professional career is on a high, her personal life is freefalling. Levee has lost her way in some regards becoming a shadow of the carefree person she used to be. Levee puts unreasonable demands on herself, is running from her past and feels the pressure of trying to maintain the expectations placed on her.

“Sam, you have no idea what you’re getting into.”
“No one ever does. It’s the beauty of taking risks.”

Levee and Sam were both weighted down by sadness and tragedy from their pasts their reasons for being on that San Francisco bridge that night felt real!  They weren’t written for shock, in fact the feelings they experienced will resonate with a lot of people. Aly Martinez handled it all sensitively and with an injection of humour and witty banter that ensured the story never became too angsty, depressing or bogged down. Just the opposite! Considering the heavy topics, we read The Fall up mostly with big smiles on our faces, lots of giggles and a warm feeling in our hearts!

“I’m going to need you to try really hard to keep it together, Levee. You haven’t seen my six-pack and huge cock, yet.” He smirked.
“You brought beer and chicken?” I feigned excitement.

Levee and Sam’s feelings did move along at a rapid pace and normally this would irritate us, but in this case it didn’t.  We felt the circumstances in which Levee and Sam had already established an intense, strong bond between them which was bound to intensity and flourish at their own pace.

“Don’t let go. No matter what, okay?”
“Never.”

The Fall Up spoke to the romantics in us, it had us welling up and falling in love with two beautiful, troubled yet upbeat characters and delivered everything it promised and…that cover!! The cover artist did a magnificent job of depicting the story beautifully with her incredible talent.

‘It was raining. Isn’t that the way all great love stories start….and also usually end?’

 ❥

THE FALL UP by ALY MARTINEZ
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THE QUEEN: (The White Years #4 – The Original Sinners #8) by TIFFANY REISZ

Series – Must be read in order (See reading order below)
Books that “ inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. “

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The Queen

  SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. 

The time has finally come to keep their promises. 

Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground.

While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren’s collar?

With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It’s the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.

The Queen Collage

Reviewed by Gitte

The stars in the skies are not enough for this book and series!

 ‘The world didn’t often reward those who loved outside the lines.’

I want to reach into my chest and rip out the overwhelmed and beating part of my heart that belongs to Søren, Nora and Kingsley. Then I want to fly thousands of miles and personally show it and hand it over to Tiffany Reisz on bended knees for her to understand just how much I truly feel. What an incredible series – what a passionate journey it’s been.

“I need all of you. Your heart, your soul, your strength, your guts. All of you.”

I wish I’d kept my tears in jars from the first one shed to the last – a sobering realisation of how the written word truly affects the mind, soul and heart. The words making small continuous incisions – making me bleed – making me cry. I don’t know if this was the intention but I can only speak for myself and my exhausted yet devastatingly fulfilled heart.

‘When witnessing a miracle, one should never hurry it along, for it’ll be gone all too soon and who knows when one will see another miracle in one’s lifetime?’

And that readers – is how I feel about this series! I’ve never taken so long to read a book before as I did with The Queen. Knowing this is the end frightened me as well as made me incredibly emotional – consequently – I needed to take several pauses; not wanting to rush nor wanting it to end. However C’est la fin  –  Så er enden nået.

‘Forever and Everything’

Every time I log on to write a review for a book in this series, I struggle. It’s never been an easy feat to do this series any justice nor adequately convey how intense my emotions run whilst reading about my favourite people in the world.  It is what it is – simply put – my favourite series written by an astoundingly brilliant and intelligent Author.

‘Søren was a man of quiet depth, as if he kept a secret second heart locked away in a glass case. It would explain how much he felt and how strongly and yet how rarely such feelings were allowed to escape captivity. ‘

The ranges of emotions run wild in every which direction the characters demand of me – every single time – without fail. My heart has been wholly involved in this journey from the beginning – a journey which must be followed meticulously in the order as intended by its Author.

“I’ll come home, I promise.”

“Please…You take my heart with you.”

“Little One, you are my heart.”

The Queen is yet another master piece where puzzle pieces are revealed with the usual intelligence, wit, sarcasm and passion as its predecessors.  These pieces are then nudged into position through evocative and powerful writing making the overall picture complete with the final piece – ultimately rendering me speechless and breathless at its all-encompassing beauty. It’s stunning. It’s commanding. It’s exquisitely haunting. It’s perfection. This series is a masterpiece.

“How much pain do you want?”

“Hurt me until I forget how much I hurt.”

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**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

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

White Years

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THE GROUND RULES REWRITTEN : THE GROUND RULES TRILOGY by ROYA CARMEN – GUEST REVIEW & EXCLUSIVE WESTON POV

This time…I am making the rules‘  Erotic romance trilogy

We’re so excited to bring you this  EXCLUSIVE WESTON POV!
Rachel fell in love with this series in The Ground Rules and now, she’s head over heels after reading The Ground Rules Rewritten.
After reading our Weston POV, Rach said:
All I can say is Wow!  If I didn’t love Weston enough already reading this just sealed the deal. This moment when Weston caught sight if Mirella for the first time made my heart beat faster and my eyes fill with tears. Just beautiful. I’m feeling emotional now . It answers so many un answered questions. Loved it”

Check out Rachel’s Review and Weston’s POV below! 

Ground Rules Trilogy

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SYNOPSIS

Five simple rules. And it was very simple…until it wasn’t.

It could have been much worse. We weren’t thinking straight and had put everything on the line – risking our marriages. So when Weston ended the arrangement, it was for the best – for all of us. But I was still heartbroken. I thought I’d shatter into a million pieces. I didn’t, I survived. Not only did I survive, I came out stronger and ready to move on with my life.

But then…

Weston reaches out to me. With a few soft words, a gentle touch and a lingering gaze, he crumbles all my efforts.

Neither Gabe nor I want to start this again, and we are determined to fight the temptation. But Weston and Bridget are not taking no for an answer, and the pull between all of us is still so strong.

I tell myself I can handle it this time. This time, I am in the driver’s seat. This time, I am rewriting the ground rules.

CHECK OUR EXCLUSIVE WESTON POV

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In Weston’s words…

 May 19th

The circumstances were ordinary, but the woman was anything but.

I remember every detail. I always remember. Whether this is a curse, or a gift, I’m still not quite sure. The smallest specifics, the most unimportant facts surrounding an event always seem to stick. But these recollections are often devoid of sentiment. I am rarely affected, or thrown by circumstance. I tend to not feel strong emotion. I always remain distant, looking in from the outside.

But on this fateful night at a busy restaurant, I realized there are exceptions. She was the exception.

In truth, I wished to be anywhere but there. But plans had been arranged, and I was without options, unwillingly caught in a corner. If it had been just myself and Bridget, I could have convinced her to forgo the evening – although, not without much effort and cajoling. But we were to meet my good friend Simon and his lovely wife Jennifer… and I am a man who keeps his word and his commitments.

I do everything in my power to please my beautiful perfect wife. I desperately wish for her to remain happy, to stay with me. Unfortunately, she has been pulling away for a while – our marriage has been a struggle these past few years. For the sake of my children, and myself, I can’t let her go.

To that end, I accompany her wherever she wishes, I surprise her with gifts, and essentially let her boundless energy wear me out repeatedly.

I was exhausted. The troubles of the week had worn me out. I felt raw, jagged. All I truly wished for was a quiet night with my children, perhaps popcorn and a family movie. The last place I wanted to find myself was at a busy restaurant. But unlike me, Bridget has always loved the hustle and bustle of the city.

As soon as we walked in, the noise grated my nerves – what seemed like hundreds of simultaneous conversations, kitchen noise, and a hum which was probably only noticed by myself, as I tend to suffer from sensory sensitivity. As Bridget chatted quickly with the maître d’, I inhaled a deep breath, and willed myself to relax a little, as I often need to do.

When I turned around, I saw her.

Her lovely eyes were fixed on me. I looked away instantly, not able to maintain eye contact with this beautiful stranger. But in the fraction of a second I was blessed enough to have, I saw everything. I noticed her dark thick wavy hair, and her big eyes; a soulful dark shade of brown. And those lips, ruby red, full and luscious; the kind of lips that can turn proper respectable men into lunatics – men much like myself. And the curve of her hips in that striking dress…

She stood out from the crowd – like a vision – a shiny spark of color in the otherwise very monochrome room. She reminded me of the silver screen actresses; a modern-day Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall or Vivien Leigh. I admired these women as a child, when my mother and I delighted in classic films. These films are some of the very few fond memories I have of my mother. It was the only time she seemed to enjoy my company; the rare occasion I didn’t seem to press her nerves. All I had to do was remain quiet and enjoy the films with her. I was very good at being quiet. I still am.

She was with a man; good looking and slightly unkempt, a rugged type. Bridget and I took a seat next to them on the banquette as we waited for our table. I did not dare look at her again, but every inch of my being sought to do so. Bridget made polite small talk with the attractive man. I personally, am not one for these kinds of social dances. I only speak when I have something worthy to offer. And I only ask questions when I’m truly curious. I venture out of my comfort zone when I am intrigued. And I was very curious about her.

I finally dared a look in her direction, and I studied her. My gaze travelled from the soft curve of her calf, to the skirt of her pink dress, the swell of her breasts, the profile of her flawless face, and finally to her delicate hands; white as snow, red-tipped. She wore a wedding ring, to my dismay. I was disappointed by the fact that this complete stranger belonged to someone else. I was jealous. The utter ridiculousness of this emotion did not escape me. When she caught my gaze, I instantly recognized that flicker of interest… of awareness. A soft smile and a blush on her cheeks was all I could cling to before she tore her gaze away. My heartbeat sped, taking me completely by surprise.

I don’t usually react in this manner.

I’m told I’m an attractive man. But when I study my reflection in the mirror, I do not see it. All I see is a stiff stance, and an overly serious fellow. But I do often see that glimmer of attraction in the expressions of women around me, be it the barista at my favorite coffee shop, one of my secretaries, or my marketing executive.

I’ve always been indifferent. In this sense, my wife is secure. I’ve only ever touched another woman when my wife has given me the permission to do so. Thus far, there has only been my wife, and two other women. I admire, but I do not necessarily need to touch.

But somehow… I wanted to touch this one. Desperately. Like a child needs to touch everything that glitters.

What if I had my wife’s permission to do so? I mused. Even so, I highly doubted her husband would ever let me lay my hands on his beautiful wife.

My phone rang and jolted me out of my ill-advised reverie. If this beautiful woman, this complete stranger, could read my thoughts, she would be appalled, I admitted to myself.

Simon informed me he and his wife would not join us. Typically, I would have been a little vexed by the cancellation, but I wasn’t. Because the plans Simon had proposed had led me to this moment. I had seen the most captivating woman, and even if I never had a chance to utter a single word to her, the moment had left its mark on me.

I was sure we would be pulled away to our respective tables soon enough, and I would lose sight of her. But then, fate intervened. I believe in fate. I am a very logical man, but somehow I believe in this completely irrational concept. I suppose I’m a romantic – the result of the afore-mentioned classic love stories enjoyed with my mother, I’m sure.

When her husband stood to speak to the maître d’, I noticed how large he was. I estimated he had a few inches and a good forty pounds on me. He seemed like the type of man who could handle himself decently in a brawl. The kind of man who could surely flatten me in a second. His jaw was unshaven and his hair too long. He seemed like a free-spirit, carefree, much like his wife. I could only envy them. For I unfortunately am not carefree – my mind never ceases to work.

And for that reason, despite the fact that I hadn’t even spoken to her, I knew she would consume me for the next few days, until eventually, I would be distracted by work.

I listened carefully as he argued with the maître d’ over a reserved table. Apparently, they didn’t have one. I couldn’t help but smirk a little. I’ve always taken a small pleasure in irresponsible people like him finding themselves in these kinds of situations. I was sure they would leave soon.

But then I heard my beautiful wife say, “I have an idea. You nice folks could have dinner with us,” she suggested.

And my heart ceased to beat. Just for a second, thankfully.

“Our friends have just cancelled on us, and we have a table for four,” she informed them, in her usual cheerful tone. “It seems like fate, doesn’t it?”

Yes… it was fate.

I truly believe this.

The beautiful couple thanked us profusely, seemingly a tad ill-at-ease. They were skittish, understandably – we were complete strangers.

“You two really don’t strike me as sociopaths,” my wife jested.

I spotted a hint of a smile on the beautiful woman’s face when I finally mustered the courage to look at her again. But unfortunately, it was just for a moment and then she was serious once more. And I desperately wanted to see her smile again.

“Well, sociopaths do come in many shapes and sizes,” I added, holding my voice steady. My heart showed its presence as it pounded hard. “But regardless… I think we’ll take our chances and live dangerously.”

The most beautiful smile stretched across her lovely face. And it was for me. Just for me. I savored its unique almost childlike quality. It was inviting, playful and so, so very sweet. But then, she raised her hand to her mouth, and covered it. And I desperately wanted to pull that cruel hand away, and see that intoxicating smile once more.

This was it. This was the moment Mirella stole my heart.

Ground Rules Rewritten
Guest Reviewed by Rachel

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“I’m part of you. I’m right here in your thoughts, in your heart, under every inch of your skin.”

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of this after reading the first book and loving it.

I’m not entirely sure why this book captivates me so much, it’s a taboo subject many people wouldn’t feel comfortable with, a happily married couple drawn into a whole new world, they know it’s wrong and against all the rules of a normal marriage but it’s like an addiction they just can’t fix.

“We both know we don’t truly have each other. This has always been about sharing. She has you. I’m just borrowing you.”

In the first book Mirella and Gabe are swept away into a life style that neither are accustomed to. Weston and Bridget are very wealthy and live a lavish lifestyle, unlike Gabe and Mirella who are just two ordinary people living a completely normal life.

“You’re not fading. I’m afraid you’ll never fade. You’re all I can think about. You’re all I can see.”

Gabe, Mirellas husband loves her so much and they were happy in their marriage until the night they met Weston and Bridget. You ask yourself whilst reading this book if this happened to you would go through with something that could totally ruin your marriage. The moral part of me says NO but the naughty part of me says YES. If Weston were to put his moves on me I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to resist him.

“But for the life of me, Mirella, I swear, if he hurts you, if he makes one false move, I’ll kill the bastard.”

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in book two but it soon becomes apparent very early on that Weston wants Mirella, and this time she’s in charge of the rules.
A very tense and emotional ride throughout, off the charts hotness and I will never look at snorkelling in the same light again.
Gabe, Weston, Gabe, Weston, Gabe, Weston??????? I’m still sitting on the fence with this one; maybe I can be greedy and have both, just like Mirella.

**Rachel reviewed from an ARC copy provided to her by Ardent Prose Promotions**

THE GROUND RULES TRILOGY

 Roya Carmen

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The Ground Rules Book Three : Date To be advised

About the Author

roya

“Steamy romance with a dash of sass.”
Romance writer, mom, book junkie. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing – there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories – and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!

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NUTS : HUDSON VALLEY BOOK ONE by ALICE CLAYTON – REVIEW & FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!!!

Standalone in a series of interconnecting characters. Steamy, sweet and funny romance

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SYNOPSIS

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

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NUTS

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯  Sugar Snap Stars

Well wow – we’re in food porn heaven! What a vivid, sweet and funny romance this was with a dash of steam thrown in. Alice Clayton has a way of making you swoon and laugh in equal measure and this is a true Clayton trademark. We kind of wish this had been a Scratch ‘n Sniff book and not just because of Leo’s nuts….boom! It was erotica for food lovers aplenty.

Food

Orgasms

Food

Sweet

Food

Strong

Orgasms

Oh boy….

Roxie, our heroine is the mistress of the kitchen as a Private Chef. This woman had us salivating over her creations and wishing we could cook or book a ticket to Bailey Falls. Food erotica – is there such a thing? Hell yeah, Alice Clayton made it so! We were so bloody hungry all the way through and had to raid our fridges several times whilst reading.

So, Roxie made her escape to California, away from her hippy Mum and the unavoidable trap of one day ending up taking over the Diner passed through generations. Things end up a bit dicey for our Roxie, so a favour asked by her Mum sees Roxie back in the country living at home and looking after the Diner where she’s gagging to change the menu and put her stamp on things. Roxie was a sweetheart with a fab sense of humour, she really was a country girl at heart and whilst desperate to leave at 18 – coming back after years in California – opened her eyes to the real beauty in life.

‘…when my eyes met his, I felt a powerful urge to ravish. ….And the funny thing is, I felt like he was thinking the same thing.’

Enter, Leo Maxwell and his nuts. Phwoarrrr – we fell in complete love with Farmer boy!! This guy was down to earth despite his family background and we loved his way of life and what he stood for. He too had a great sense of humour as well as that added bonus of being hard working man with a heart of gold.

‘I realized I was in deep trouble. Because this guy was incredible. Because this guy was real and sweet and kind.’

You know those light-hearted stories that have you reading with a perma-grin and a sporadically racing pulse? Well Nuts is just that. It was just so bloody romantic and funny with no unnecessary angst or drama. It just was – and we loved that! Brilliant characters that feel so very real and a storyline that just hit the right spot! It was exactly what we needed! You always know what you’re going to get from Alice Clayton and that is not a bad thing at all!

Now…who the heck do we need to speak to in order to get some of them pies?

We can’t wait for the dark and mysterious Oscar’s story…him and Natalie promise to bring a load of sex and creamy cheese to the table when Cream – Book Two releases next year.

**ARC provided by Gallery Books, with thanks**

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 **OTHER BOOKS WE’VE LOVED BY ALICE**

THE REDHEAD SERIES

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The Unidentified Redhead Book Oneamazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
The Redhead Revealed Book Twoamazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
The Redhead Plays Her Hand  Book Threeamazon us | amazon uk | iBooks

THE COCKTAIL SERIES

Alice Clayton

Wallbanger Book One :  amazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
 Rusty Nailed Book Two amazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
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Screwdrivered Book Four:  amazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
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END OF DAY – BOOK ONE & MIDDLE OF KNIGHT BOOK TWO – THE JACK & JILL SERIES by JEWEL E. ANN

Romance Suspense Series:
Mysterious, quirky, suspenseful, steamy, addictive, unconventional, funny, sad, romantic and fantastic! 

Purchase Jack & Jill Series here
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End of Day

SYNOPSIS – END OF DAYS BOOK ONE

Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.

Four caskets. Two bodies.

Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.

Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.

Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy. 

Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.

**THIS BOOK CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL CONTENT 18+

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SYNOPSIS – MIDDLE OF KNIGHT BOOK TWO

The living seek forgiveness. The dead seek revenge. 

A first love.
A last breath.
A haunting past.

Armed with a sinful past and an equally sinful body, Jackson Knight absolves his vow of celibacy to pursue Sergeant Monaghan’s unsuspecting—older—housekeeper.

Ryn Middleton, on the cusp of turning forty with a snarky daughter, a killer dog, and an abusive ex-husband, finds Jackson’s advances humorous and unbelievable. After intense negotiations including Vera Wang, Ed Sheeran, and sex four times a day, Ryn accepts Jackson’s marriage proposal on their first date. 

What could possibly go wrong? 

While struggling to lay claim to the woman of the dreams he never had, Jackson is forced to deal with a grief-stricken Jillian trying to hold on to her past without letting go of her future—the doctor who took her heart and the Sergeant who gave her a new one. 

Beyond the hope for light, lies the middle of darkness, the illusion of truth, and a haunting past. 

Day Knight

**Spoiler Free for both books**
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte*

✯✯✯✯✯ Bloody Brilliant Stars for both! 

“You tore into my life…into my heart, wrecking all sense of the man I was before you. Being with you is the best part of my day…every day. You think you’re broken, but you’re not. And if you were…it wouldn’t matter. I love every. Single. Piece of you.”

BLOODY HELL!!! These books will EASILY make our Top Ten list this year!!! We can’t express enough how much we loved them! What a series! What characters! What writing! What emotions! This…this was effing fantastic!! It was as though Jewel E Ann had glimpsed into our book hearts, extracted everything we could want in a book and wrote it – because this had EVERYTHING we love and yet it wasn’t overdone. Quite the contrary, we didn’t miss a thing and still we wanted more and felt as though we haven’t come up for air since the turn of the first page.

‘There was nothing worse than feeling dead but still being alive.’

We want to give this author a standing ovation for delivering something out of the box because these books OWNED us for days as we found ourselves not letting go of our Kindles in order to snatch any spare second of reading we could…..we quite literally COULD NOT PUT THESE BOOKS DOWN! Hence why, as soon as we finished End of Day we 1Clicked Middle of the Knight!

“Loving you, Luke…it might be the only thing she knows how to do.”

Hmmm let’s see, how would we describe these books? Well, they’re dark and thrilling, they’re gritty, they’re funny as all hell, the banter is off the wall witty, they’re steamy, they’re full of emotion (we cried a few times throughout), they’re romantic and definitely SWOONY, they’re brilliantly written, full of surprises which had us in a state of euphoria as we couldn’t guess at all where this story was heading. Every turn of the page was a revelation which doesn’t happen to us very often so when it does we’re positively giddy with excitement! We really could picture this book as if we were watching a movie – it was all so beautifully descriptive and vivid!

“It’s too soon.”
“It’s never too soon to take your next breath.”
“He’s not a breath. He’s a step backwards.”

Our text messages pretty much consisted of “I fucking LOVE this book” all the way through!  Whilst the early stages of the book one had us scratching our heads in confusion, this soon made way to copious amounts of excitement, thrills, conspiracy theories, LOTS of SWOONING and a lot of guessing on our part as the author began to unveil Jude and Jessica (Jackson and Jillian’s) past and present.

It’s quite difficult to write a review about the story because really, we wouldn’t want to ruin anything for readers so we’ll mainly talk about our emotions and about how FREAKING excited we were to have found these books! Can you feel our enthusiasm??

“So are you a liar or just a real sick bitch?”
“Depends on the day.”

Every character was unique, fabulous and none felt secondary as they all added so much to the story no matter how small a part they played. Each had their own distinctive voice which guaranteed we never had to guess who was speaking ensuring the story flowed perfectly.

So, thirty two year old twin siblings Jude and Jessica Day have assumed the new identities of Jillian and Jackson Knight in order to save their lives following an incident in their past that slowly comes to light throughout  the story. They’ve been relocated to the kooky little community of Peaceful Woods which mostly consists of aged occupants who are sprightly and funny as all hell.

Sexy and unconventional Jillian and Jackson enter this community like a meteor, bringing their own brand of eccentricity with them. Let’s just say when you picture Jillian collecting her mail….you’ll never view this task as menial ever again! This girl turns collecting the mail into a seductive art form!

‘Masks were sometimes necessary. Jillian had many of them.’

Where do we begin with Jillian and Jackson? These two were bloody hysterical, fascinating and mysterious. Their banter was priceless and although they share a fiercely strong bond – love and protect one another, they’re not above dishing out some very witty insults which had us smiling from ear to ear. The sarcastic and caustic wit appealed to our sense of humours completely.

The story and relationships built at a perfect pace as we learnt through the effortless delivery of past and present switches, the life of Jill and Jack versus the life of Jessica and Jude and their story, their characters, their lives, their losses, their sacrifices were so addictively intriguing, heartbreaking and so completely engrossing!

“But that’s not where the story begins….I was Jessica then…Jessica Day.”

The cool and sexy computer nerd and former player Jackson, who decides to reinvent his philandering way, and who has a penchant for the slightly older ladies wooed us with his unorthodox ways and his ability to speak his mind. Nothing is off limits to Jackson! This guy is the epitome of HOT!

Jillian….where to start with Jillian. Jillian/Jessica has got to be one of our all-time favourite heroines. This sassy, sensual, off the wall, funny and snarky woman was such a contradiction and always kept us on our toes. With her addiction to stationary supplies giving us a good laugh, she could be as hard as nails one minute and soft as butter the next. What this girl had been through and the strength she showed was powerful. She could be as hard as she could be vulnerable. We adored her.

“What if….?
“Shh.”
he kissed her just below her ear then whispered, “No what-ifs. I’ve got this, I’ve got you…I’ll always have you.”

Luke Jones…..OH DEAR GOD! Luke Jones puts the SWOOOO in SWOON! This intelligent, somewhat nerdy, completely sexy, romantic man with a taste for argyle socks…..stole…and we mean…stole our hearts. His sense of humour was drier than the Sahara and we could picture him delivering his wit with a complete dead pan face. This guy!!!! It’s been a while since a hero has had this sort of effect on us and when you meet Dr. Jones, you’ll see why. He was passionate, sweet, commanding and when he loved…oh boy, he loved and we melted! The chemistry between Jessica and Luke was dyyyynamite! We’re still fanning ourselves after some of their scenes!

“You tore into my life…into my heart, wrecking all sense of the man I was before you, Being with you is the best of my day……”

Then there’s AJ, the sexy, grumpy war hero neighbour who seems to be devoid of a sense of humour was such a conflicting character.  The more we dug beneath his grouchy, walled exterior the more we fell in love with him. Beneath the grouchy exterior beat the heart of a beautiful man. Oh AJ, you had us in tears so many times. We fell in love with this hero!

‘She hated Luke for making her love him. She hated Jackson for making her live. She hated AJ for making her care.’

And finally Ryn, a 40 years old single mother who cleans for AJ and whose path crosses with the Knights. Ryn is rediscovering her sexuality after years of living with a man who sought to beat her confidence down any way he could. Her story was tragic yet inspiring too and she too, captured our hearts.

“Fuck forty.”
“I think you just did.”

The main players in the story Jill/Jessica, Jude/Jackson, Luke, AJ and Ryn had us hanging on their every word. Where does each character fit into the story? Oh we’re not going to tell you that! You have to find out for yourselves because that’s the fun of reading right? But what we will tell you that it’s not a love triangle. We will also tell you we met a distinctive cast of characters who we bloody loved! We enjoyed a story that had us on the edge of our seat. We experienced romance that made our hearts explode, we felt passion that had us fanning our Kindles, we encountered mystery that kept us on our toes, we fell for characters who would have us smiling and laughing one minute, confused and scratching our heads the next and even sobbing our hearts out a few times! And to top it all off, we were treated to superb writing that kept us enthralled. In short WE LOVED THESE BOOKS!! If you’re after something different then go 1click immeidately!

“That girl has gone. She died. Let. Her. Go.”

The author advises this series is complex and interconnected and due to the dual plot lines every detail matters and that skimming this book isn’t advised and we couldn’t agree more! This is not your run of the mill simple love story and the hero and heroine are not all smiles and rainbows and that’s exactly why we loved it so much!  It. Was. Different! It. Was. Entertaining! It. Was. Addictive! It was bloody fantastic! It made us feel so many emotions!

‘I felt like a leaf falling from a tree and he was the wind whispering, I’ve got you.’

So leave your thoughts at the door and jump into this one with no preconceived ideas. We did and we are in book heaven. The only downside of this book? The flippin’ HUGE book hangover which is going to be a bitch to get over! Still…it was worth it to experience such fabulous books!

 

THE JACK & JILL SERIES by JEWEL E. ANN

Purchase Jack & Jill Series here
End of Day Book One  :: amazon us | amazon uk
Middle of Knight Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk
Dawn of Forever Pre Order now! Releasing 18th Feb :: amazon us | amazon uk

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