Written In The Scars by Adriana Locke…COVER REVEAL!!

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Photographer: Lauren Perry, Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Model: Ghent Scott
Release Date: October 20, 2016

Blurb

Falling in love is easy.

Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.

And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.

The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.

Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.

Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.

When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.

Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.

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Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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The Sinner by Amanda Stevens 


I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…


I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 


I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. 

I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

I finished this book around 5AM. Then, it took me another two hours before I could stop thinking about the story and how it ended. 

Let me first start by sayin this book is the second in a series. In my opinion, you could read this as a standalone, but I know that I will personally be going back in to read the first book because I enjoyed this one and I think it would help certain aspects of this story make a little more sense. So you don’t have to read the first book, but it might make this story more enjoyable for you. 

I absolutely loved the history in this book. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer, and she is in Ascension, South Carolina, restoring the Seven Gates Cemetary. Amelia Gray has certain gifts, and as she’s restoring the cemetary, she can sense she isn’t alone. This draws her to explore a little more and that’s how our story really begins. 

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone, so I am going to purposely be more vague. 

This story kept me in constant suspense. Just when I thought I had a grasp on the story and the direction, the author tossed in another element. With that said, it wasn’t too complex that I couldn’t understand. I felt the author had a really great pace going, in terms of introducing new aspects of the story, and throwing in new facets that added more depth to the story. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. There is a lot of history imbedded into the story, and I enjoyed watching Amelia Gray using her intelligence and knowledge to gain a better understanding of the mystery and evil that was unfolding. At one point, someone who Amelia is in contact with tells her that someone close to her isn’t what they seem. I think the fact that this message keeps echoing in her mind actually added a lot to the story. The reason I say this is because we get deeper and deeper into this mystery, Amelia is finding out more and more about the other characters in the story. The author really keeps the reader on their toes all the way to the last page of this book. 

When I finally got to the end of the book, I was in complete and utter shock. I did NOT see the ending coming at all. I don’t even know if I was more shocked or spooked senseless by the ending. It was so insane. I remember just sitting awake this morning and just having to sit and think. That is how much this book threw me for a total loop. 

This was my first book from Amanda Stevens and I can’t wait to read more from her. I love a good mystery and this book is easily one of the best I have ever come across. 


Hung by Simone Sowood

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Hung by Simone Sowood

Is a man worth losing everything I’ve ever worked for?

Lawson Heywood is a cocky, dirty-talking prick with enough money to buy a small country. And a man who’s used to getting any woman he wants.

I drew him a picture.

He was so impressed, he cornered me and kissed me. My first real kiss.

With his tattoos, broad shoulders and panty-dropping brown eyes, I thought I’d melt into his arms forever.

Except I can’t get involved with him. It would make me a sell out and ruin my art career once and for all.

Lawson keeps threatening to make me his, but that’s never going to happen. No matter how much my body craves him.

*** A steamy STANDALONE contemporary romance with a hot, dominant alpha. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.***

This book is definitely an insta-love story, just to be up front. I know some readers don’t enjoy that, but for myself, I enjoy a good, fast love story. And Skye and Lawson definitely move quickly!

This story was really sweet, in all honesty. Yes, the sex was off the charts hot, but when we see Lawson really step up to the plate for Skye, that is where the story really shines. Our characters meet for the first time when Skye is Lawson’s waitress and somewhat rescues him from a date with a gold digger. They immediately have chemistry, but not just physically. When Skye assists Lawson with moving his date along, he sees her personality, and that Skye is funny and intelligent.

Then he comes back to see her again. But this time, he kisses her and causes Skye some trouble at work. In more way than one.

As much as I liked this story, there were a couple things that didn’t necessarily jive with me. I wouldn’t say I disliked them, but they did sort of make me scratch my head. The first being how quickly Skye and Lawson have sex (if you’ve read the book, you’ll understand what I mean). The reason I say this is tied into the second thing that didn’t sit right with me: Skye has this intense hatred of wealthy people. Lawson opens up to her about his past but we never find out what her issue is with wealthier people. We know Skye has had a falling out with her parents, but it wasn’t enough (in my opinion) to warrant such a strong hatred for the wealthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The pace moved quickly, and I found myself reading this fairly quickly. Not because I was rushing through but because it just flowed really well. It was easy to want to spend more time with Skye and Lawson. This author is new to me, but I really enjoyed her work and would be more than willing to read more books from her.

No Pink Caddy by Layne Harper

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No Pink Caddy by Layne Harper

How fast can a pink ’57 Cadillac whisk me away from my dead-end life? Because my twenties have been less than what was promised in the college brochure.

Then one day, it happens. Instead of falling in love with my best friend like I was supposed to, I meet a rock star who happens to be a fan of my site, NoPinkCaddy.com. You’d think that would be where the story ended, but it’s actually just the beginning.

How does a southern girl from New Orleans, who just wants to make her own way in the world, merge her life with that of one of the hottest rock stars on the planet? Well, let me tell you, it’s not easy.

This book is recommended for anyone who refuses to take the easy road in life, and those girls who dream of falling in love with a rock star. It’s not all tight jeans and guitar serenades, but hot damn, there are some fun times along the way.

This book…wow. I think it honestly blew my mind. I read it in about 4 hours, give or take. I could not put it down. Be warned: the word “love” will get used a lot in this review. #SorryNotSorry

MK Landry runs her blog, called No Pink Caddy, as a play on her name. Its cooking, mixed with vintage finds, restoration, and her musings on life. I don’t think “love” is a strong enough word for how I felt about MK. I thought the author made so many smart decisions with her characters in this book, but especially MK.

One of the major things I really adored about the characters in this story was that their ages made sense. I know that sounds a little silly, but hear me out. MK is 30 and when she meets rockstar, Johnny Knite, real name Aaron Emerson; he is 38 years old. I think this decision was crucial to the story because we see MK and Aaron go through a lot together. Now yes, some of it is past baggage, but its also about having the life experience of past failures, and the courage to make the right decision for yourself.

Aaron is an addict. There is no way around it. He was addicted to whiskey and cocaine in the past, and he has a bit of an addict’s personality. I thought the author captured that really well in her writing, and I also thought she captured MK’s response to it. MK isn’t used to being around a former addict.

MK’s reaction to Aaron reminded me a bit of that episode in “Sex and the City” where Carrie dates the former alcohol addict. At first, everything seems normal but then when she steps back, Carrie realized that she was just his addiction now. MK doesn’t experience that, but the thought crosses her mind. We also see MK meet Aaron’s daughter, sister, and bandmates. His sister, Grace, basically tells MK that she is just another one of Aaron’s messes and is pretty cruel to MK.

It was hard to see the characters experience that, but at the same time, I felt it made sense and I think that MK needed to see these things. She has her own successful blog, but she hasn’t ever been in love. She doesn’t know what real love is. She knows she wants someone that she feels chemistry with, but until Aaron, she’s never felt that before.

Unfortunately with love, sometimes you have to do what is best for the other person, even if its not the best thing for you. This book is only the first in the ACE series, but it does not end on a cliffhanger at all. So the happy news is that MK and Aaron’s story isn’t anywhere close to being over (thank goodness!). I would recommend this book to anyone, everyone, whoever. It was fantastic. I am beyond happy that I one-clicked this!

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

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Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

There’s no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember 

It’s been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie’s friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who’s recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother. 

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie’s gentle nature is a salve, and her kids’ excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

I absolutely ADORE Christmas books. Halloween too. I just love seeing writers bring these special seasons to life with their words. With that said…I really didn’t love this book.

RaeAnne Thayne does an amazing job bring winter and Christmas to life. Which is why it makes it hard for me to dislike this book. I didn’t hate the book, but it really didn’t captivate me and I found myself somewhat forcing myself to return to it.

I definitely could see the town and characters coming to life as I read Andie and Marshall’s story. What was hard for me was the heaviness of the story. This is only my personal opinion, but I feel like holiday related books should be somewhat lighter. I know we all love a good Christmas miracle, but this book had so much heaviness within in, that I kept getting a bit torn in what direction I should be going.

For example, we see Andie’s history: this includes her husband, Jason, dying in the line of duty as a police officer and then later she is raped and attacked by her husband’s old partner, who is now in prison. Marshall, on the other hand, has just been in a hit and run accident and has a broken leg, and is certain that its an inside job. Then we learn Marshall has more in personal life than anyone in town even knows about.

These aspects didn’t necessarily bother me, but they made the book take on a lot of heaviness. The aspect of Marshall trying to solve his own hit and run case kept turning the story into more of a mystery. Then when the mystery is finally solved…it almost felt a bit rushed. Like it just didn’t make a lot of sense to me. My honest first thought was that the author sort of forgot about solving it and just needed to throw something in there quickly. That was how much it threw me off the way it was “solved”.

Overall, I did like the characters and the way the love between Andie and Marshall came to be. As a side note, there is no sex in this book. There is kissing and definite sexual tension. That didn’t bother me personally, but I know some prefer the steamier scenes so I want to be upfront that you won’t get those in this book.

If you are familiar with this author, I’m sure you would like this book. I would definitely be willing to read another book from this author. Her writing is fantastic and she was able to bring the story to life. I think it just became too many things swirling around and it actually took away from the rest of the good parts of the story.

Dots (Blitz) by Angie Brashears

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Angie M. Brashears
Publication date: October 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

This is a story about two strangers with nothing but grief in common.

Mason is great at connecting dots in other people’s life’s, but not so much in his own. His website, The F#ck it List, is all about connecting sexual requests. Matching never have I ever’s like a pair of socks. Efficiently. All in an effort to raise money for charity. That’s all he wants, to give. Why is that so hard?

Chloe’s in denial, but that’s not going to make the cancer go away. When her doctor gives her an expiration date, she can’t deny it any longer. It’s time to break the news to family and her best friend. She thought she’d have more time. There’s things she needs to say. She needs to be heard, but not by her loved ones. They’ve got enough on their plates with the diagnosis.

Two Months? Not long enough to do anything except…dig the hole.

It’s time.

This is Chloe’s story and how she copes with the end.

Just as there is a song for every occasion, Chloe has a friend for every occasion.

A pity party friend.
A truth friend.
A fixer friend.
And an end friend. Mason.

Mason and Chloe have nothing in common but grief. Two dots, floating in a sea of sorrow.

He’s lost his mother. She’s losing the fight.

When the end is near, is it too late for a new friend?

One woman’s end journey. Even when it’s time to get your affairs in order, it’s never too late for an “end” friend. Someone that will listen? Share your burden, so the family doesn’t have to. Help with the mess she’s created by keeping secrets. Be there for her best friend, a shoulder to cry on when the time comes.

It’s one thing to donate money to a cause.

What about your time, heart and soul? How much should you be expected to give?

If a stranger asked, could you be an end friend?

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EXCERPT:

All your weight, it falls on me. It brings me down.
Truer words have never been spoken. My family and their feelings, that’s the weight of my world on my shoulders right now. How am I supposed to tell my overprotective mother, who freaks out over a sniffle…that, I’m…dying? My brother, Ronny, out doing his job, protecting us, battling on the front lines. Is it fair to distract him from his task at hand? Maybe he gets killed, or maybe his buddy takes a bullet? Why, so I can feel better? What about dad? Thoughts of the man that stuffs a pink can of mace and rape whistle in my stocking every year, and my burden just got heavier. And last but not least, my best friend, Lola. We’ve been the odd couple since the tampon video in fourth grade. Neat as pin, she never has loose ends, never commits to anything, no tangles no mess. That’s where I come in. I’m a friggin mess. Everything I touch gets smudged. Or at least, I’ve been told that, since as far back as I can even remember leaving a mess. Possibly, Lola’s bored with her muted tones life, maybe that’s why she steps into my sunshine and rainbows. Cluttered with dust motes, dancing on sun rays, like spritely fairies. Could be. So, what happens when I tell her I’m taking the sun with me? Some days, I can’t get off this sagging futon. Between the pain, the isolation, the guilt, the secret… I just can’t. I look at the website again. The F#ck It List. A place to put your Never have I ever… and you’ll be matched with the right person for you. I’m not interested in the sexual stuff. I’m so over that, and besides, my boyfriend, well, not boyfriend, stops by twice a week and we’re compatible enough as it is. And he’s another one. I broke up with him, so I wouldn’t have to paste a smile on twice a week and pretend like my world’s not falling apart. I love him, but man, does he need a lot of coddling. I haven’t brought myself to click past the privacy screen. That’s not what I’m interested in. The thing my nurse keeps talking to me about. My chemo nurse, Courtney, whispered to me. “You need someone to talk to, get things off your chest. I know you don’t want to burden your family, Chloe, but who takes your burden?” I shrugged, not really caring one way or the other. “I’ll be dead soon, so who cares? They can bury it with me.” She smacked my hand, the one without the IV. She was the one who had to poke around for an hour to find it, so she was protecting it like gold. But her words were kind. “Just like that. Who do you get to say those things too? You’re too worried about acting normal for your chemo buddy over there.” Em’s on her phone. She hates needles. I do too. “You need someone to hear you and not your cancer, you got me?” Her eyes look so compassionate, so loving I nod. She rests her hand on top of mine. I didn’t realize I was crying. “It’s my first time, I’m still a rookie.” I blubber out. She produces a tissue box from thin air and rubs my hand. “I have a friend; grandson has a website.” She lowers her voice. “It’s like a sex something or other,” then she’s back to full volume, “but that’s just to raise money for charity. I know she said he’s always looking for people with illnesses to help. “I guess my face must look funny, because she feels the need to add, “not like murder or anything like that.” I laugh. “Honestly, I was just wondering when this nausea would start to go away.” She nods, and squeezes my hand. “It doesn’t.” Later, when I’m pumped full of poison, she presents me with a gift bag. It’s got Band-Aids and syringes all over it. “Wow, Courtney how’d you know it was my birthday?” She laughs, “Well it kind of is. It’s your Chemo-day. You’re very first. Congratulations, kiddo, you made it through. Enjoy. Inside is the softest, most luxurious cashmere blanket. Pink, with raised dots. “Very chic, Courtney. I love it!” She hugs me and wraps it around my shoulders. “For the chills,” she whispers in my ear and I nod. She reaches in the bag and takes out a box of masks. “Remember your nadir.” There’s hard candies to suck on, for when my mouths dry. And an oral bag! With a rainbow toothbrush. “Thanks so much, I would’ve never thought of any of this. On the very bottom, a free month membership to Netflix. “For when you can’t make it out, but still want to watch something.” “I’m touched, really.” I use my new blanket, to wipe away a tear. “But I’ll have to read up on the rules, I don’t know a thing about Netflix.” As I leave, in search of my chemo buddy, who I haven’t seen in the last thirty minutes, Courtney calls out to me. “Chloe, did you want me to check on that thing, Mason’s website?” I think about it. I’ve got nothing better to do. “Sure.” That was four months ago. I’ll never see her again, chemo’s done dude. I’ll miss her. But not in the add another brick to the pile way. No, I’ll miss having someone who listens with their whole self. Two dots, connected by Courtney.


Author Bio:

Angie M Brashears is a lover of everything books. When not writing, she’s reading anything she can get her hands on. She grew up in Southern California, and loves the mountains, hiking with her dogs, the beach, and of course, Disneyland! She loves music, and loves singing along to the radio, loud and off-key, performing for anyone unlucky enough to be in the passenger seat.

Angie loves dark and twisted, which she refers to as Dark Ever After books, but is known to read an occasional HEA story as well. When she’s not writing, she working, saving lives. A busy Trauma ER nurse for over twenty years, she gets enough reality in her life, and is always looking for a story to take her away from the harsh reality of Emergency Nursing.

If there’s football on, she sure to have a huge party going on to cheer her team on…Go Patriots!

As a new author, she’d love to hear from you!

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Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

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Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

From the couture clothes, private jets and homes around the globe, I have the best of everything. But looks can be deceiving, and in my family, deception is an art form. So, I bide my time and count the days until I’m free.

Heiress Christina Harcourt lives a life surrounded by the finest this world has to offer. Unfortunately, what she wants most can’t be bought. After losing her mother in a heinous crime, she tries her best to live the life she knows her mother would want for her. But through her family’s hurtful ways, Christina learns the only way to do that, is to leave this life far behind. Everything is going as planned, until she meets him.

Sexy, carefree CJ Whitford is a hard-working, blue collar guy who can’t get the guarded brunette out of his head. So, he takes a chance and rearranges his life to go after the girl he’s falling for. He quickly discovers that Christina’s secrets are as big as her heart. A heart so fragile that all it will take to destroy it is one more lie … his.

Isn’t this cover beautiful? I keep opening it on my iPad and just staring at it. Its stunning. I actually got a message from Heather, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing her new book. This is her debut book and I am really happy that I said yes.

We start out the story, meeting Sara who is in a small town where she works as a waitress and a bartender at night. Then the book flashes back in time…

This is where we meet Christina (aka Sara). You immediately feel for her. I think the author really captured the discomfort that Christina felt so well. I mean, as I was reading it, I could feel myself cringing along with her at certain aspects of her life. You can see why she doesn’t love her life, even with all the wealth that she has. Her family treated her horribly and tried to keep her knocked down at what seemed like every opportunity.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

I enjoyed seeing Christina’s true nature come out. A lot of the story follows Christina working in the pediatric cancer center, and how she uses her famous name and wealth to bring in more donations and make wishes come true for the kids. She does all of this as volunteer work. But she enjoys it and is well loved by everyone there.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

There was very little that I disliked in this book. The one thing that kept nagging at me was whatever happened to Becca and Nicole. They were so cruel to Christina, I kept hoping for some sort of closure on that. With that said, I can also see why Christina would leave them behind and forget them. She wasn’t interested in the society life so losing those relationships really didn’t mean that much to her. Yes, she was hurt but she was smart enough to know they weren’t worth anything in the big picture of her life.

I don’t want to give out any spoilers for the story, so I don’t want to get more into the actual story than that. For a debut novel, this story was fantastic. I thought the characters had a lot of depth. The truth is, this is Christina’s story. Its really her tale that is woven through the pages; between the truths, the lies, the deceit.

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