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CHANCE OF RAIN by AMBER LIN

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SYNOPSIS

The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far as it goes.

Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out, no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their steamy past lead to a reunion filled with hot days and long nights.

Soon Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is practically married to this town. If Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Gitte & Jenny : 4.5 Beautiful Romantic Stars

Gitte: See this story right here everyone? This is why I love to read romance. ‘Chance of Rain’ is the epitome of romance, it is the definition of romance. This is the type of story that leaves you with a satisfied heart that’s overflowing with gushy love and warmth and you will swoon and fan yourself as you get caught up in this second chance romance that just makes you feel without any unnecessary angst and drama.

‘I love this town, I loved you, even if it was only puppy love. Why did you leave?’

I loved every single minute I spent reading ‘Chance of Rain’ and was gutted when it ended. I wanted more and pouted for about fifteen minutes as I kept trying to click my kindle pages hoping there was some sort of epilogue somewhere. I wanted an epilogue, I craved one, but that’s because I’m a moaning spoilt reader who fell in love with two beautiful, funny, passionate and brilliantly written characters.

“No place in the world that don’t have storms,…”

Oh and as for Amber Lin, well she was already on my shelf as a favourite Author of mine and yet again she proved just why. Her writing style is beautiful, flawless and so evocative you live and breathe her stories. ‘Chance of Rain’ was sweet and emotional, it was hot and passionate and it had humour. Most of all though, it had that beautiful romance we all crave to escape into.

“Thank you.”

“For what?”

“For being you.”

You felt it too didn’t you Jenny?

Jenny:  You’ve hit the nail on the head G, I felt exactly the same and couldn’t agree more!  Your comment was spot on because this was indeed the epitome of a romance story.  It wasn’t drowning in angst, never felt laden down with drama, yet it had just enough of both to keep me interested and engrossed. Chance of Rain was quite simply a welcome escape and a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I devoured every word and the imagery used by this author in regards to setting and characters made me feel as if I was part of this small town community.

‘Strange that they could see each other so clearly when their own self-doubts were obscured. Strange but also right. Like looking in the mirror and finding what she’d been searching for. ‘

Coming from a city I love to escape in these type of books and this author most definitely transported me there to live every minute of Sawyer and Natalie’s beautifully sweet, touching and sexy story.

Gitte: Natalie and Sawyer were brilliantly written characters, they both had their demons which kept them from grabbing life by the scruff of the neck and from following their desires and true dreams.

‘She didn’t want to be content anymore, stagnant…’ ‘Her whole life was on hold.’

We follow their journey to find their place in life and work through errors of the past carried out by others as well as themselves. It was truly beautiful and both characters were written with such depth and emotion that despite the length of this story I found I completely connected with both Sawyer and Natalie and I fell in love with them and their story! They gave each other strength and both were faced with questioning themselves and their life.

‘She wanted a home and a family, but she also wanted the thrill, the passion. She wanted her husband so hot for her that he came up behind her in the middle of the day to make love. Was that too much to ask?’ – Natalie

I guess you could say both went on a journey of self-realisation aided by lust and love. And let me tell you, the chemistry between Natalie and Sawyer was pretty fierce and whoa….there were freezer moments a plenty, some of the hottest I’ve read!

 ‘Why not enjoy her softness, her strength when he had the chance? He couldn’t imagine her even wanting to stay after seeing first-hand how wrecked he was.’ – Sawyer

Jenny: Yes G and didn’t we love the journey Amber Lin took us on with this story about two wonderful yet flawed characters learning to deal with their pasts which was beautifully written, effortless to read and I really connected to these Sawyer and Natalie. My heart ached for the missed years and misunderstandings shared by these two.  Though there were misunderstandings, they never felt convoluted and everything seemed to flow perfectly.

“It will be okay, I’ve got you.”

Although this was a shortish story…though longer than novella length, it certainly didn’t lack in any department. . Everything was described beautifully, the characters held my heart and the steamy scenes were…..well…..VERY steamy! Goodness….. Pass the ice bucket!

“If it were anyone, it would be you.” 

Yep, I loved this romance about life in a small town, about two people running from their past. Sawyer running and never wanting to relive it and Natalie running yet being grounded by it in the present. It’s about second chance love, moving on, loving and living and about always following your heart.  This is one to add to those TBR’s!

“I don’t want to disappoint you,” he whispered. “I don’t want to let you down.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review 

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Chance of Rain can be pre ordered and will release on 4th November 2013

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Selling Out (The Lost Girls #2) by Amber Lin

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SYNOPSIS

Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. Framed for murder by her pimp and his dirty cops in retaliation, Shelly turns to the one man who could be her salvation: Detective Luke Cameron. She doesn’t know if she can trust him or if he’s just a mirage, but it’s time for her to take a stand. Just one shot, make it count, she’ll fight Ella’s demons—and face her own.

Shelly throws light on the shadows of Chicago’s underworld, challenging everything she knew and the man she’s come to love. Together, a prostitute and a cop fight for truth stronger than secrets, hope deeper than deception, and a bond more enduring than betrayal.

SELLING OUT is available to purchase below
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Reviewed by Gitte: 4.5 Stars 

So I loved Giving it Up which is book #1 in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Shelly’s story in Selling Out as she is such a complex lovable character. I have to say that these books definitely need to be read in order. I found them to be quite dissimilar but then Allie and Shelly are two very different people and this Author’s writing suited both as ultimately her writing style is raw and hard hitting.

Amber Lin has a very unique style and I personally love it.  Her writing highlights that life is not a fairy tale, it is not always wrapped up in pretty bows and sparkle, it can be dark, torturous both physically and mentally.  Innocents are wronged and children are robbed of the childhood they deserve. This is real yet the ugliest reality can turn into something beautiful through hope and desire and the love of a good person and a good person can come in many guises. Surrounding a vulnerable soul can be a hard and tough exterior. The question of morality is all encompassing!

Shelly’s story broke my heart for so many reasons and it certainly shocked me many times. There is tragedy, betrayal of the highest order and the deceptions are a plenty.  Shelly knows no other life than prostitution, pushed into it kept in it by force and fear trying to save others thinking it will ultimately save herself.

Shelly is vulnerable but it is hidden so well under a tough brick wall of nonchalance, a great sense of humour, her sexuality and stark realism. Shelly will confuse and frustrate you but she will take a piece of your heart as well.

Shelly wants to change her life, shrug the dark oppressive cloak of her childhood and past, she is exhausted and weary and the separation between her perceived notion of Luke and herself is overwhelming.

“I know I promised I wouldn’t do it anymore but I am about to go bang assholes for money. I tried to join the regular world, but they didn’t want me. I’m sorry. Don’t hate me. Help me.”

Luke, now where do I start? Despite me being puzzled by him at first; my connection was immediate, I knew there was more to this gorgeous cop who had a big heart, and I knew there was something we hadn’t been made privy to yet; something dark. I fell for him completely and totally got why Shelly was drawn to him, wanted him; saw him as the good to her bad. Luke wants Shelly, but he wants Shelly without the façade; without the games in other words the real Shelly that is buried underneath her profession.

Luke knows they can be together, he has all the pieces, some of which includes his own painful and dark past, yet he is unwilling to share and he is prepared to wait for her. Shelly hasn’t even begun to find her way, to understand, to realise that she deserves the good and the love.

Shelly and Luke’s story is addictive and compelling. This story is emotional, dark, erotic, suspenseful, traumatic and raw. It will have your heart hurting yet you will laugh plenty too. I can highly recommend this series.

I have to just mention that I loved catching up with Allie & Colin as well as Philip. I know I probably shouldn’t like Philip but I do…I want his story!! Oh and Major’s too….

 

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

 

You can check out Giving It Up and Selling Out here

Giving It Up (The Lost Girls 1)

Selling Out (The Lost Girls 2)

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Giving It Up (The Lost Girls #1) – by Amber Lin

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SYNOPSIS

Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way; she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Especially one like Colin, whose criminal past threatens them both.

When her rapist returns, Allie must fight for the man she loves—and her life—hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.


Reviewed by Gitte

Giving It Up is unlike any book I have read in a long while. It’s dark with ‘stripped to the core’ raw emotions. It’s not pretty but it’s honest and it’s REAL! It’s so well written that you feel like you are watching this story as it’s playing out, which considering the content is quite an emotional, scary and thought provoking ride!!

This story is about Allie and Colin. Allie (22) is a single Mum, her daughter being the end result of her rape by a very close friend. She is so emotionally damaged by this experience that once a month she visits a rough club to find a man who for that night only will hurt her in the way she was by her friend. This is in order to validate the rape as her choice for that one night only. To her this initiation makes her feel in control…it is given back to her by the man. Pretty messed up.

Allie broke my heart, the things she went through and the trauma she had to endure..well to see her journey in this book was not only heart breaking but emotionally moving at the same time because her strength and persistence to feel love and be loved, her endurance – all of it so real and human. I wanted her and her daughter to find the safety and love that they truly deserved!

Colin, well he was a dark horse. He didn’t have a voice as such in this story. However, this is where I think Amber Lin is a bit of a writing genius because yes he didn’t have much of a voice – he was silent but his character presence was immense purely through his actions. He came across strong, protective, controlling and frankly kind of crazy at times. He is without doubt a very damaged character; hugely flawed, however his tenderness comes through by his behaviour and the fact that he gives Allie what she needs although hating it speaks louder than words!

I feel that to write anything more will too easily reveal spoilers and I believe that this story should be read without preconceptions.

I want to thank Amber Lin for sending me the ARC of her book and I can honestly say that I cannot wait to read more of her work!

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