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HEAVY SECRETS BY ELLE AYCART

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 SYNOPSIS

Christy Sheridan has come a long way from the physical and emotional wreck she used to be. She’s made Alden her home and is happily engaged to a man who loves and accepts her for who she is, curves, quirks, and geekiness included. Life is good. Until mommy dearest blows into town to “help” her clueless daughter seal the deal. 

Cole Bowen is experiencing a world of firsts: first time in love, first engagement, first Valentine’s, first in-laws. He’s found the woman of his dreams, so he figured dealing with Martha Sheridan was a small price to pay. That is before his monster-in-law plants herself in their home and inside Christy’s head, stirring up old demons and destroying her newly regained self-esteem. And while his hands are full with trying to neutralize their meddlesome guest, a mysterious phone call turns his world upside down.

With ghosts from the past resurfacing and threatening to tear Cole and Christy apart, can they make it to the wedding they both so desperately want, or will heavy secrets send their relationship to the breaking point?

 ♥ 

Heavy Secrets

Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“She was magnificent. The love of my life.”

Short, sweet and hot – Elle Aycart comes back with a companion novella featuring Cole and Christy our beloved couple from Heavy Issues. I absolutely loved this couple and remember how touching Christy’s story was and how the dominant and controlling Cole made me cry with his childhood memories and struggles which made him come across almost arrogant and rude.

‘He used to hate intimacy. Used to feel suffocated. Now? Now he didn’t seem to be able to breathe without Christy nearby.’

I welcomed them back into my life and read with a smile on my face as we also get to catch up with the other Bowen brothers and their pregnant wives. A reunion if you will. However, this story is Cole’s and Christy’s and old demons resurface for both culminating into a problematic time for our passionate couple.

“Don’t let me fuck this up,” he begged, his voice breaking. “Please.”

Body issue is a terrible thing to live with and it doesn’t help when those you love and hold dear assert their low opinion on you, continuously grinding that self-esteem into the ground. Our Christy still suffers but you can see and feel her strength simmering beneath the surface growing and waiting to be unleashed into a permanent residence. Love her to bits!

As for Cole; this stoic man who doesn’t suffer fools gladly is softening from the Christy effect, the love of his life. Old habits are hard to break though and that emotional barrier is still there. Sure a few layers have been knocked off but it soon rebuilds when a name from the past reinserts itself into his present with a shock to the system.

‘She demanded surrender and intimacy at a level that scared the living shit out of him, but being without her terrified him even more.’

So, Elle Aycart sets a little ‘something something’ up very nicely in a story full of passion, laughs and emotion. If you’re a fan of this Author already, you’ll love Heavy Secrets. If Elle Aycart is new to you go start at the beginning with James – filthy mouth – Bowen & Tate’s story in More than Meets the Ink (Bowen #1). You’ll fall in love with both this Author as well as her Bowen Brothers!

“What do my poor bros have to do for Valentine’s Day so that their Steak and BJ Day a month from now won’t degrade into a handy and a hamburger?”

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

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Bowen Brothers

MORE THAN MEETS THE INK 
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HEAVY ISSUES – BOOK TWO
Can be read as standalone
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INKED EVER AFTER – BOOK #2.5
Companion to More Than Meets the Ink
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TO THE MAX – BOOK THREE 
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HEAVY SECRETS 
Companion to Heavy Issues
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JACKED UP 
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Inked Ever After (Bowen #2.5) by Elle Aycart

inked ever after

SYNOPSIS

Tattooed bad boy James Bowen is about to marry the love of his life. Everything would be perfect if it wasn’t for the tiny detail that his bride-to-be is freaking out big time. And trying to hide it from him.

Tate Cooper is losing it. She loves James with all her heart and wants to be married to him; it’s the getting married that’s killing her. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother,and totally overwhelmed by the wedding arrangements, she’s in full emotional meltdown. But James deserves a happy bride, not a high-maintenance, sorrow-filled, guilt-stricken one, and, by God, she’s going to give him that, even if she has to paste on a smile and fake it till she makes it.

James doesn’t know whether to be amused or pissed. He understands she’s running scared, but there is no way in hell he’s going to allow this to continue; he’s going to push her to confront her fears until she happily embraces their ever after.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte  – 4 Stars

Jenny:  This novella needs to come with a warning:  Read whilst sitting in fridge! Ummm….so….gulp…dirty talking James Bowen is back and oh my, hasn’t he ramped up that naughty mouth of his quite the notch since we last spent time with him Gitte? We first met James in Inked Ever After and his dirty talk was pretty hot, then along came Cole Bowen and I thought he was the king of the dirty talkers….but James is baaaaack and wow! I need a minute…..*fans self*

Gitte: James ‘filthy mouth’ Bowen is indeed back and wow…*fanning myself* too…he is so amazingly HOT!! Sure thing Jenny, this novella should definitely come with a warning. Fridge? More like Freezer….

Jenny:  Yep, you’re spot on…freezer it is! This was such a good companion to the Bowen Brothers series and it does compliment the series.  What is there to say about dirty talking (have I mentioned this?) alpha, possessive, hot as hell James Bowen that we haven’t already said before?  Yep, he’s still as alpha and possessive as ever and even more so with his impending marriage to Tate, the love of his life just moments away.

Tate Cooper is deeply in love (and lust) with James, and can’t wait to marry him, but why is she freaking out at the prospect of the big day looming?  Tate has past issues she is still carrying around. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother and feeling completely overwhelmed with everything going on around her.  She is trying to be as happy as she can, hiding her grief, fears and panic attacks from James and he’s giving here space…to a degree.

James, in true James style lets her….well….to put it James’ way “fuck her way out of it” and my, oh my doesn’t he do that well….extremely well it must be said.

He certainly knows how to get her mind off troublesome thoughts, but he knows she’s just masking her issues and at some point they are going to need to confront and sort out the problems plaguing them before the big day.

He needs to think of a way to get Tate to face here fears head on and he decides enough is enough (not sex, ‘cause there would NEVER be enough of that for the insatiable James) and he is going to get his woman to trust him enough to open up and let him help her and to give into him heart and soul.

Gitte: I LOVED catching up with James and Tate in this well written and addictive novella. I pretty much inhaled every word…and not only the filth that came out of James’ mouth hahaha, seriously this guy is LUSH!! No, what I especially loved about this story is to be reminded of how possessive James is, how passionately he loves and how fiercely protective he is of Tate. He would literally do anything for his woman and there is nothing he wouldn’t do to make her feel safe, happy and loved.  He wants his big wedding day, he want to do everything right by Tate.

James knows Tate is weighed down by emotional turmoil. She is indeed hiding something and James goes above and beyond for his woman to get to the bottom of it and make her feel comfortable enough to open up to him. Now, I had a few issues with Tate from More than Meets the Ink and I was worried that this would continue into this one. Well it did for about a few pages in then I understood and she brought tears to my eyes. James is such an amazing man who enables the trust and the faith.

Jenny:  Tate does have to learn to let James in. All the way.  She has given her heart but he wants more and she has to learn to lean on him. Being a born protector he is overwhelmed with the need to protect this woman with every breath he takes. I loved seeing these two come together and become one. How they had to learn together along the way and grow with each other.

As Tate deals with her insecurities and grief, and James finally gets her to open up you know that these two will be okay. Theirs is a love that runs deep. They will prevail. I loved this novella and I loved sharing this time with James and Tate. I can’t wait for more in the Bowen Brothers series.  Yep, love this author’s work!

Gitte: It is not often we get to share a journey with a couple; the ups and downs, only to fall right back in with them and feel that feeling all over again coupled with angst and heightened emotions as to what obstacles may or may not be thrown at them before they reach their happily ever after.

Well, this Author did just that and I have to say, she is without a doubt becoming one of my favourite Authors and I cannot wait for ‘Jack & Elle’s?’ story and of course ‘Max and x’s?’ Bring it on….

Oh and just an FYI….. Elle Aycart….is now a firm favourite!!

 

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Bowen Brothers

MORE THAN MEETS THE INK 
Can be read as standalone
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HEAVY ISSUES – BOOK TWO
Can be read as standalone
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INKED EVER AFTER – BOOK #2.5
Companion to More Than Meets the Ink
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TO THE MAX – BOOK THREE 
Can be read as standalone
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HEAVY SECRETS 
Companion to Heavy Issues
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JACKED UP 
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jacked up

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More than Meets the Ink (Bowen #1) – by Elle Aycart

more than meets the ink

 

SYNOPSIS

Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order — tattoos and attitude included — which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate’s not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she’s on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With her dad and brother gone, Tate is left to deal with the family restaurant, which is fast going down the drain. Her employees are acting out, her boyfriend has bailed out, and her very own private stalker is emailing her to death with lovely threats of doom, fire, and dismemberment. So yeah, maybe a little holiday fling is in order. Strictly sex though, and no follow-up whatsoever.

She hadn’t counted on her take-charge holiday fling having an opinion of his own and stubbornly sticking around, before and after the sex, making himself at home in her life. There is definitely more to James than meets her prejudiced eye, and even if she’s not ready to look deeper, James isn’t prepared to permit her not to.

✯✯✯✯

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

4.5 Stars!

I Love Love LOVED this story !!! I couldn’t put it down..you wouldn’t want to put it down..it had the amazing, sexy, gorgeous, tattooed, dirty talker James in it!!!!! He was almost too perfect..but then fictional characters can be just that can’t they?!!!

BIG SIGH …. ♥ ♥ James ♥ ♥ …

Right I digress…

James and Tate’s story is an intense love story about two passionate people who are marked by heartbreak, grief and loss who find in each other what they are missing and set upon a journey of healing and self discovery!

Tate is mourning the tragic death of her brother and father, she has shoved that in a drawer to open later but it marks her every decision and thought process – she has a need to be in control at all times. She is struggling to keep her family’s Italian restaurant open and Aidan the man she thought she loved has abandoned her just when she needed him the most.

Tate’s Mum is in a retirement home in Florida and whilst visiting her from Boston she meets ♥James♥ (also from Boston)who is there visiting his Dad. Tate immediately has James down to be the ultimate tattooed alpha bad boy to stay away from…but she succumbs to his charms and agrees to a quick holiday “sex-mance”…Yeah right like that was ever going to work!!! I have to admit that Tate really got on my nerves by the end – BIG time…but I got the reasons for why and what motivated it and she redeemed herself!

James has his own past and hang ups so is fine with the whole “no strings attached” although he isn’t happy with how Tate has painted him as a “black hole wrapped up in fancy, frilly giftwrap” – Tate

Tate does her best to push James away when she realizes that actually he wants more. But ♥James♥ gorgeous, funny, HOT, protective bad boy James isn’t going anywhere!!! I absolutely and completely head over heels fell for James..did I already tell you that??!! Well I did!!!

This book was gripping, it was funny, it was emotional and umm it was very very naughty and yummy!!! I LOVED it!!!!

Purchase THE BOWEN BROTHERS by ELLE AYECART below

Bowen Brothers

MORE THAN MEETS THE INK 
Can be read as standalone
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HEAVY ISSUES – BOOK TWO
Can be read as standalone
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INKED EVER AFTER – BOOK #2.5
Companion to More Than Meets the Ink
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TO THE MAX – BOOK THREE 
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HEAVY SECRETS 
Companion to Heavy Issues
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JACKED UP 
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Heavy Issues (Bowen #2) – by Elle Aycart

Heavy Issues

SYNOPSIS

Steering clear of relationships has never been difficult for demolitions expert Cole Bowen, but now, with his brother’s engagement sending the female population into full-blown hysterics and the town of Alden’s month-long festivities helping along, he finds himself in hell. When he discovers Alden’s new resident and the object of all his wet dreams, Christine Sheridan, has sworn off relationships and is going to hire a gigolo to get professionally laid, he decides to kill two birds with one stone.

Christy is so not drinking again. Thanks to José Cuervo she has her friends signing her up for stud conventions and Cole frigging Bowen offering sex in exchange of fake dates, which is so out of the question it isn’t even funny. She knows the domineering man will push her boundaries, and after battling all her life with self-esteem issues, she isn’t ready for that. Too bad he won’t take no for an answer.

Cole is determined to strip away all of her defenses but refuses to lower his ever-present walls, so when Christy realizes she wants more, she’s left with only two options; walk away or crack his shield and risk her heart in the process. 

♥ ♥ ♥

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Heavy Issues is the second Bowen brothers book and in this one we get ♥♥Cole’s♥♥ story. Before I start I want to do a bit of gushing!! I am so excited to have found Elle Aycart!! She completely hooked me with More than Meets the Ink which gave us James(♥sigh♥)& Tate’s story but now with Heavy Issues she has completely cemented a place as one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to read more of her work!! E. Aycart can certainly write one amazing Fab-U-Licious yummy, funny and heart breaking story that’s for sure. I cannot recommend her or this series highly enough..It’s a MUST READ !!

Heavy Issues is so REAL, funny, and well written. Yes, it has A LOT of steamy yumminess in it but it is ultimately a beautiful love story that highlights the importance of self-acceptance and giving ALL of yourself to the right person when he or she comes along. Some serious issues were dealt with by E. Aycart but in a very well written and sensitive manner in between the hilarious banter and dialogue!!

This story has two damaged people who have grown to be who they are due to issues in their pasts. They have both erected thick walls around themselves in fear of getting hurt and to avoid disappointment and showing vulnerability.

We have Cole who’s Mum deserted him and his family when he was a young child leaving him literally begging on his knees for her to stay. This heartbreaking moment affected him deeply and left him with a very negative view of relationships and women:

Women left. That’s what they did, that’s who they were…” – Cole

Cole was extremely intense..it was all about control (not always necessarily in a good way but wow also in a very yummy way ;0).

“Haven’t you figured it out already babe?..When it comes to sex, I like to run the show. I’m a control freak” – Cole

The reason for his need to always have the upper hand and needing to assert distance is made clear and is completely understandable. Let me tell you though..Cole..well he is(despite his issues and his blunt sometimes rude remarks) perfection personified!! How on earth does it get better than him and his no nonsense and very dirty mouth!! A highly sexual possessive alpha male yet funny and so attentive and understanding of Christy’s negative body image…

“You had some issues and you learned how to deal with them. I’m ok with that. I don’t see why what you told me should in any way change my mind about f**king you” – Cole (yep he doesn’t mince his words!! LOL..)

So yeah I am lost for words because E. Aycart sure knows how to write a good man what with James and now Cole..as readers we have been spoilt!!!

Christy comes with her own issues too, that again stem from her messed up relationship with her Mum and her childhood. She was absolutely adorable, very intelligent yet psychologically damaged by her emotional eating problem. Her self-esteem is virtually non-existent! She drove me crazy at times, it was almost too much..but I completely got it and wanted to pick her out my kindle and cuddle her to pieces!!

So…Cole and Christy’s journey begins when he overhears her drunken chants to her friends on how she needs a man but purely for sex after a disastrous engagement to an ex she caught cheating. Without spoiling anything, Cole volunteers himself in exchange for a “pretend dating” arrangement…heaven forbid anyone should use the term “relationship”..(See there’s only 2 available Bowen brothers left and the women of Alden circle them like crazy wanting to be the next chosen one).

“I’m very attracted to you so it won’t be a burden to f*ck you. Not by a long shot” – Cole

Now, Cole is very demanding and as established earlier a control freak so he lays down the ground rules for this “arrangement”, to the letter…in a hilarious way at times..all I’ll say here is “ladyscaping”!!

Cole and Christy’s relationship was off the charts in intensity!! Their journey of letting go of the past, opening up to another person wholeheartedly and realizing how to say “I love you” well it was pretty amazing and HOT!!

“You are safe with me” – Christy♥♥

“Yeah I am baby” – Cole♥♥

♥ ♥ ♥

THE BOWEN BROTHERS by ELLE AYECART

Bowen Brothers

MORE THAN MEETS THE INK 
Can be read as standalone
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HEAVY ISSUES – BOOK TWO
Can be read as standalone
Amazon us || Amazon uk

INKED EVER AFTER – BOOK #2.5
Companion to More Than Meets the Ink
Amazon us || Amazon uk

TO THE MAX – BOOK THREE 
Can be read as standalone
Amazon us || Amazon uk

HEAVY SECRETS 
Companion to Heavy Issues
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