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FISHER’S LIGHT by TARA SIVEC

Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec

SYNOPSIS

Fisher,
I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.
Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

Fishers Light

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“You’re my light, Lucy. You are always the light in my darkness..”

The prologue and first chapter of Fisher’s Light was indeed haunting and sad. Catching a glimpse inside the very troubled and confused mind of Jefferson Fisher was heartbreaking, causing us to well up and reach for the tissues in readiness for the sob fest we expected to follow as we delved into Lucy and Fisher’s story of love, pain, loss and second chances.

‘I remember every moment I’ve kissed this man.’

We meet Lucy and Fisher,  two people, desperately in love who have lost their way and lost themselves in the process who try to find their way back to one another and are taken through past/present switches. By telling the story in alternative pov’s we were afforded the opportunity to hear both Lucy and Fisher’s account of the events that led to the dissolution of their marriage, telling of the pain and heartache they both felt and of the love they shared.

“You make everything perfect, Lucy. You’re my light and my life and all I need is your love to guide me home, not matter where I go.”

There were moments in Fisher’s Light that were pure emotion where we experienced the heartache this couple endured. Through Fishers words we understood his despair and self-hatred, through Lucy’s voice we gleamed an understanding of the confusion and pain she was experiencing.

“Sometimes there are important things to fight for right here at home.”

Notice how we said ‘we understood’ and not ‘we felt‘ their emotions. This is because, despite how beautiful and wonderfully written this story was, we didn’t quite experience the gut wrenching emotion we had anticipated in Fisher’s Light.

After discussing our feelings, we came to the conclusion this could be a case of reader preference.  We are both very much ‘show us, don’t tell us’ readers and have that desperate need to live in the moment with the characters. We need to walk in their shoes, and become a part of their story. This enables us to feel their heartbreak and their joy firsthand.

In the case of Fisher’s Light, despite there being some truly beautiful and heartfelt moments throughout, there were times we felt as though we were spectators in their story rather than participants. We wanted to be present in some of the most pivotal moments that transpired rather than read about them. To connect to them, we had to live them and at times it felt we were being told  ‘this happened or that happened’.  In the latter part of the book there were a couple of drama points added to the story that felt unwarranted, a bit silly and not befitting the overall emotional and touching tone of the story.

Tara Sivec is a without doubt a wonderfully versatile and extremely talented author and we did enjoy Fisher’s Light.  There were certainly some memorable moments we loved . Tara would elicit such strong conflicting thoughts between alternating pov’s which she executed beautifully.  Upon hearing Lucy’s account of events, we would become enraged at Fisher for his treatment of her, only to switch to utmost compassion for Fisher upon hearing his account.

“We took vows – for better or for worse. Why did you think that I couldn’t handle the worse? Or that I wouldn’t want to?”

How do you find your way back to the one you love, the one who owns your heart? Well, Lucy and Fishers story is one that’s told with love. We really did enjoy this story but found it didn’t deliver the gut wrenching emotional pull we had anticipated.  Readers will take Fisher and Lucy’s story to their hearts. You’ll find yourselves cheering for this couple and hoping they find the happiness they so rightly deserve, just as we did.

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

FISHER’S LIGHT by TARA SIVEC
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Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec

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BURNED by TARA SIVEC

Burned

SYNOPSIS

Erotic Romance

Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.

´♥ ´♥ ´♥

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4.5 Sizzling stars! 

“You were my fire Collin. I lost the desire to play with it when you left.”

Jenny:  Wow! What a steamy read Gitte? Tara Sivec is such a fantastic and versatile author who never fails to surprise us with what she has in store but WOW! I don’t think I was quite prepared for the HEAT level in this book! And will you ever look gym equipment in the same light? HOT!

I really liked Finnley. She seemed such a together girl and I couldn’t for the life of me fathom why she spent so long with Jordan because that guy did not possess one redeeming quality. Collin was the boy who broke her heart in High School and for Collin; Finnley was the one that got away.

“Lee, you’ve always known me. You’re the only who ever really has.”

Years later and Collin is now a smoking hot, dirty talking, sex on legs firefighter – I needed him to come and extinguish my Kindle a time or two! Oh lordy!  Finnley and Collin meet up and find they have sexual chemistry in abundance with Collin awakening a sexual desire and confidence in Finnley that had lain dormant for years! The pages didn’t just sizzle, they ignited!

“You make me want things I haven’t thought about in years. You make me dream things I never thought possible.”

I thoroughly enjoyed Burned, I loved the characters and I couldn’t put it down! Tara Sivec’s first foray into Romance Erotica certainly delivered with the right amount of drama and heat, and I want more! There was one small issue for me and it was in regards to Collin. I would have liked to have know more about and felt as though I needed to gleam some sort of an insight into what made Collin tick, and specifically what he had been up to for the last 17 years. There was a point when it seemed as though he was going to open up and explain his past to Finnley but unfortunately nothing eventuated. Having said that it didn’t diminish my feelings for him in any way. I loved him and I loved this book!!

Gitte: Firstly, I agree lock stock and smoking bass pounding speaker; Tara Sivec can write anything. Oh and do it well, I might add! This was a fire cracker of a story with heat, passion and drama. No question, the gym nookie scene is one of the hottest I’ve ever read, Jenny and I just couldn’t resist. I had to stick on some Nine Inch Nails and went to sit on the washing machine at full spin and re-read that scene. Hmm okay two of those are true one is not….

‘The look in Collin’s eyes as he continues to turn up the bass tells me he is definitely going to fuck me like an animal right now. And he’ll make me love every dirty minute of it.’

Tara wrote two fantastic characters in Collin and Finnley, I thought. They were mature, no nonsense and extremely lovable characters. There was no unnecessary angst – the drama was well written and thrilling. Actually, I have to say I think Tara Sivec is a fantastic Author; her writing is flawless and I always find myself sat reading losing all sense of time or even place which whilst reading Burned you might want to bear in mind. I’m talking internal combustion which may occur at the least opportune time.

“You make me feel alive for the first time in years and that scares the hell out of me.”

My only niggle which I have to agree with you Jenny, is that there wasn’t enough back story on Collin to fully understand how he ended up where we found him and what he’d been through in the missing seventeen years. The focus seemed mainly on Finnley which despite having Collin’s POV became more dominant. This was the only issue I had really. Yes it was a fabulously scorching story but I needed more  from the missing years. Overall though, I really loved it and want more of where this came from!

J&G:  This erotic romance told of second chance love, of finding that spark to your flame, seeking the person who ignites a heat in you not only physically but emotionally. If you like your romance with plenty of HEAT then be sure to grab this one! Warning: Sit by the freezer when reading!

**ARC Provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

BURNED by TARA SIVEC
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A Beautiful Lie (Playing With Fire #1) by T E Sivec

a beautiful lie

SYNOPSIS

USA Today Best Seller.

The Playing With Fire Series will include 4 books. Some of the characters will reappear in the books, but each book can be read as a stand alone.

He saw her first, but his friend made the move.

She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.

They love, they crave, they lie.

Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other’s joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend’s life is tragically cut short, it’s up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth – no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets – some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.

What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

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Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny:  4.5 stars

I have to honest and say  when I initially picked this book up I went into it with reservations.  Not about T E Sivec’s (Tara Sivec) talent because I had loved her Chocolate Series and know she can write wonderful characters and engaging stories, but this book about Navy Seals, which has suspense, romance and drama was such a departure from her previous work I did wonder how she was going to pull it off.

Well  how misplaced were those concerns and how clueless was I to ever question if she could do this! There is no doubt in my mind that this author nailed this genre! This book had it all.  It was intriguing, romantic, suspenseful and not only that but this felt like more than a story, this book was like an adventure on pages and it was a journey I was on all the way!

The story does build quite slowly at first while we’re introduced to the main characters Annabelle (Parker), Garrett (be still my book boyfriend heart!) and Milo and acquire background detail on their story. Three friends who are as close as friends could get.  These three have an unbreakable bond.  They’ve shared and experienced so much together and you really feel the camaraderie between them.

I loved the characters of Parker and Garrett instantly.  I connected with them and I was invested in these two from the very first page.   I liked Milo, but he didn’t have the same pull for me that the other two did.

I know the third person writing can be a distraction for some people but I never felt it in this book at all.  I felt the moments and I loved the switch between Parker and Garrett which allowed me to see both sides of the story and therefore feel an all round connection with what was going on around them.

Parker has to be up there as one of my favourite book heroines.  This girl has it all.  She’s confident, kick ass, full of personality,  is strong yet incredibly vulnerable at same time.  There are times I just wanted to give her a big.  This girl really does get put through the wringer.  What a wonderfully refreshing female character Parker was.

I loved the way the story unfolded, I loved the flashbacks which gave us glimpses into their pasts and I was left positively  gasping in parts due to the pure suspense of the story.  Talk about getting the adrenaline pumping!  I have to be honest and say I haven’t read many suspense stories, but if this is anything to go by I need to venture out more because this one definitely kept me on my toes.

I was there every step of the way, I went everywhere they went, I saw it through their eyes and I felt  everything they felt and at times it left me breathless!

I was astounded at the level of detail T E Sivec brought to this book.  It floored me how realistic the scenarios were that played out before my eyes.  I’m guessing a lot of research went into writing this story.

Be sure to dust off a spot on the book boyfriend shelf ladies because Garrett McCarthy is going to steal your heart!   This alpha, hot Navy Seal definitely had me fanning myself on more than a few occasions.  If I was ever caught in a dangerous situation this is the guy I want by my side.  Oh hell, even if I wasn’t in a dangerous situation I’d want Garret beside me!

Did I forget to mention the steam factor in this book?  Yep, it’s pretty steamy that’s for sure, but the sex scenes aren’t contrived and felt real.  They were passionate, romantic and hot indeed with the chemistry and sexual tension making me anticipate every moment.

As I said before, this story is a slow burner and I urge you to hang on and strap yourself in because once it takes flight you will eventually be taken on a ride through some intense, suspenseful, emotional, dramatic and passionate scenes, in a story that I hope will bring as much to you as it did me.

The conclusion was perfect, the epilogue was beautiful and I even shed a few tears.  All in all this was an enjoyable reading experience.

 

ARC supplied for an honest review

A BEAUTIFUL LIE by TARA SIVEC
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Troubles and Treats (Chocolate Lovers #3) by Tara Sivec

troubles and treatsGitte: 4 stars
Jenny 4 Stars

Jenny:    We originally met Jenny and Drew in the first two books in Tara Sivec’s Chocolate series and at the end of Futures and Frostings and GG we both said….these two have to get their own book and lucky for us they did.

Gitte:     Drew and Jenny are the kinky couple whose story I was really looking forward to! Drew with his crude sense of humour, extreme sexual appetite and statement T-Shirts and Jenny with her rubber moulded vagina and crazy grasp of words and sayings.

Jenny:    These two are crazy.  Funny crazy and I love them.  They are a match made in kink heaven with matching sexual appetites and an off the wall relationship that just works so well.  They have no shame and doesn’t that make for a great story!

Gitte:   So the story is basically a simple one, one everyone with kids can relate to….

Children = Death of spontaneous and adventurous sex life!

“I love you too, vagina. I miss you like a hooker misses her virginity. True story. Why have you done me wrong, Boo? Why is there such a distance between us? Remember when we used to hang out every day? Now I barely see you once a month. You’ve changed, vagina. I hate to say this, but you have. You’re a different person now, and it’s like I don’t even know you. I thought maybe you were hanging around with a different crowd of people and they influenced you against me. Maybe we’re just growing apart. I don’t want to lose you, vagina! I need you like I need air to breathe and football on Sundays. I just can’t quit you, vagina!” – Drew

Drew is confused; he wants Juicy Jenny back but has no clue how to go about this or even why little Drew has been exiled.  Jenny thinks she has a deformed vagina that may just swallow Drew up upon insertion added to the fact that she is bloody knackered! Cue the story of just about any new parents!

“When was the last time you guys had sex?” Claire asks Jenny

“Um, what day is it today?”

“It’s Saturday,” Claire answers.

“Last year.”

In Troubles and Treats we have jumped six years since our last visit with Drew and Jenny to a few months after the birth of their second child, Billy and we join them mid sexual shenanigans drought. Drew’s means for ham shanks were hilarious!

“Aside from the fact that I’ve watched every single YouPorn video ever made twice, I’ve also read every story on Erotica dot com and when I started reading the stories just to see how they ended instead of for the sex scenes, I knew I was in deep shit” – Drew

Jenny:  Oh GG to see these two cope with a post children dry spell really is so funny – even though you feel sorry for them, my god they cope with it in the most entertaining way.  Don’t think I’ll ever think of a sex swing in the same light again!  There is miscommunication, mispronounced words….oh Jenny I do love your mispronunciations!  And in typical Tara Sivec way, it is all dealt with in a very  funny typical Drew and Jenny manner.

Gitte: I have to say my two favourite scenes were the stalking and the vibrator race. I literally laughed till it became painful, ugly and quite frankly embarrassing. Drew and Jenny’s story told through situational comedy with no frills or dressing!

“I pooped on the police and killed an ambulance. Bring Handcuffs” – Jenny

“Uh, honey. I think we may have gotten the rules of the race a little mixed up.” – Drew

Jenny:  The vibrator scene cracked us up didn’t it?  It was a classic. Loved it and we definitely had a good laugh about it.  For me though the scene that floored me was the tent scene at the concert for reasons that you know GG – because that scene really happened during an Avett Bros concert in Chicago.  I can neither confirm nor deny that I was the Australian girl in question.  I have to say that I was impressed with how Tara wove that into the story like it was meant to be there.

Gitte:  I thought everyone played a fab role yet again and it was like being amongst friends…bloody crazy ones that you wish you had in your life on a daily basis! So yeah I absolutely thought Drew and Jenny’s story was the Dog’s Bollox!!

Jenny:   You’re so right Gitte.  Every character plays each other off so well and they really are people we’d love to meet and party with aren’t they?  I have to say that whilst Seductions & Snacks will always be my favourite in this series this book did give me some good laughs and I really did enjoy it.

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Futures & Frosting by Tara Sivec

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well…….it is “Mad Monday” so we decided to do something different.   We thought we’d do a  joint audio review (well, more like a discussion……sorry, we got a bit carried away…….whoopsie! ) of Futures & Frosting.

Please don’t judge!!

 

 

 

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