Closer by Mary Elizabeth

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Closer by Mary Elizabeth

Gabriella Mason is damaged.

Teller Reddy is wrecked.

Misery loves company, and that’s exactly what Ella gets the afternoon her path crosses with Teller’s: the misunderstood premed student who instantly becomes her lifeline when she moves to Los Angeles, an attempt at escaping her heartbreaking past.

In the beginning, Lonely and Defensive complete each other. But in the end, their relationship is like broken glass—cutthroat and jagged.

Calling it off before they kill each other, Ella and Teller decide to “just be friends” despite the intensity that binds them together. It’s a delicate foundation rocked by tragedy, effectively destroying the illusion they’ve so carefully built.

Unable to deny what’s between them any longer, this is what happens when wrecked and damaged collide and close is still not close enough.

This book is…I can’t even find the words. It left me in awe, breathless, exhilarated.

Our story starts in the past. Teller and Gabriella aka Ella are first meeting each other. Ella is starting her first day of college, and Teller is a few years ahead of her. They immediately connect and a romance, and friendship, is born.

This story is really interesting because we go back and forth between the past and the present. Normally, I don’t like that. But for this story, it worked really well. I say this because the author’s writing is extremely dynamic. The way the descriptions are woven into the story truly bring this story to life. One scene, right near the beginning, that stuck with me is when Teller and Ella are on the boardwalk. I could literally smell the alcohol, see the smoke hanging in the air. It was incredible.

So with the story going back and forth in time, we get more of that, but also a more in-depth look at our characters. This friendship has lasted over seven years, and Teller and Ella are extremely explosive throughout.

Teller is intoxicating. It was so easy for me to see how Ella could become addicted to him. I felt addicted to him. He’s this charismatic, sexy, broody guy. But yet he’s so incredibly tender. Even from the beginning, it was clear to me that Teller isn’t showing everyone the side of himself that he shows Ella.

Teller and Ella are both dealing with a lot of issues. Between bad pasts, their own issues…you can see why they keep hesitating with each other. But like anything in life, whats meant to be will find a way. These two keeping flowing back to each other.

This story does in a cliffhanger. Just as Ella and Teller are tortured, so becomes the reader. But with Mary Elizabeth, I know the wait is worth it. I truly don’t think Ella and Teller could be contained to only one book. And this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t like cliffhangers. But for these two, it makes sense.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I am somewhat new to Mary Elizabeth and I could not be more astounded by her talent. This book is showstopping, addictive, and painfully beautiful.

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The Ground Beneath Our Feet by Leslie McAdam

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TAKE THE LEAP

She’s got her feet planted on the ground. He’ll teach her to fly.

Jessica, a curvy, driven, neat freak lawyer, is ecstatic when she finally gets her dream job—even though it’s taking her away from her hometown. When she meets over-the-top, man-mountain Mikey, a fitness buff and veterinarian with a messy life in all senses of the word, she thinks she just walked into the second-most exciting adventure of her life.

His larger-than-life personality fascinates her, but also shakes the foundations of her quiet, introverted self, knocking her off-kilter. It’s a bad idea to let him take her on as a weight-loss client. It’s an even worse idea to get involved with him since he’s her manwhore roommate…and she’s seen him in action.

If they give into their undeniable attraction, is it just a train wreck waiting to happen? Or will their desire fuel a chance at real love?

If you love steamy romance, be sure to check out the fourth standalone in the Giving You series.

Wow. This book was something else. Leslie McAdam knocked this book straight out of the park.

Our story starts with Jessica, who has gotten a dream job offer, but is hesitant to take it. She ends up meeting Mikey through Craigslist as she’s looking for an apartment. When these two meet for the first time, its absolute hilarity.

As a reader, I really felt for Jessica. I think there are definitely parts of my personality that could be Jessica and I really aligned with her character. Jessica hasn’t left home before and she’s nervous but also really insecure about her weight and overall appearance. One thing I loved about this was how the author actually included Jessica’s size (in terms of clothing). I’ve read other books where the main character might be described as curvy or luscious, but I never really know what that means. Knowing Jessica’s size and the struggles she encountered while looking for new clothes, or going to the gym, helped bring her to life for me.

Mikey is just the sweetest guy. Do you ever have friendships with someone and you just connect? You could barely know each other, but somehow, you’re on the same wavelength? That is Mikey and Jessica. They both really bring out the best in each other. Mikey is kind, but also very sincere to Jessica. It’s not ever condescending or patronizing. I think Mikey was one of those characters that, as I got to know him, you could actually see his heart shining through the pages.

The sexual tension in this book is bananas! There is this office scene…oh my lord. I think I am still blushing. Trust me, you will LOVE it.

Mikey and Jessica are both dealing with some very heavy issues. With that said, I loved how the author portrayed heavier topics. It doesn’t overtake the story, and at the same time, the characters don’t just magically heal themselves. Tears are shed, realizations are had. But our characters are still moving forward, and taking things one day at a time.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I absolutely adored it. Mikey and Jessica are so real and heartwarming. Leslie McAdam wrote this book beautifully and I know that I will be re-reading it again and again.

About the Author:

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!). Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

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Crazy for You by Heatherly Bell

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Fallon McQueen needs a date to a wedding…yesterday. The pickings at the speed dating events she’s attended are slim indeed. She has someone very specific in mind…

And then she meets…Santa Claus.

Jack Cooper was simply trying to do a good deed and now he has a hot but crazy blonde asking him to be her date to a destination wedding. 

But if Jack is going to help, they’re going to do it his way…

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So this was my first book from this author but it definitely will not be my last. This book was easily one of the funnest books I’ve ever read. I know that might sound silly, but this book had me captivated throughout.

One thing I truly adored about this book was that the characters did have real issues in their life, but it didn’t overtake the story. For example, Fallon is divorced and she needs the date for her ex-husband’s wedding. I think in some stories, there might be a lot more about the divorce and feeling slighted, but the author doesn’t include that here and I appreciated that.

Jack has lots of issues himself, but again, they don’t overshadow the rest of the story. These things are simply a small part of the character, but not the entire character. I also felt like even though this book is fast-paced, we learn a lot about the characters. We see what makes Fallon and Jack tick. We see how they relax. We see their true feelings on a variety of topics.

I feel like I say this a lot, but Fallon was one of my favorites. I loved her and Jack a ton. I think one of the main things I loved about these characters is that they aren’t that young anymore. They certainly aren’t old, but they are old enough to have a certain amount of confidence and gusto that isn’t necessarily as believable in younger characters. One example of this is when Fallon is asking Jack to go to this wedding with her. She’s barely met him and she just throws it out there.

This book does have a Christmas setting, and I really enjoyed being transported into a Christmas wonderland in the town of Starlight Hill. I always love a small town Christmas environment and this book definitely delivers on that front.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I was captivated within the first couple pages and I could not put this book down. I kept finding myself coming back for more and more. This story maintains depth while keeping things light and fun. An absolute star in the Starlight Hill series.

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Wicked Rush by Kym Grosso

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Wicked Rush by Kym Grosso

Lust. Temptation. Deception.
 
Technology capitalist, Lars Elliott, lives on the edge, savoring the adventure of flirting with death. After rescuing a stranger from a hail of bullets, he resists attraction to the dangerous beauty. Determined to learn her secrets, he draws her into his seductive world of risk taking, pushing her sexual limits. As he unravels the mystery surrounding the lovely doctor, he questions the integrity of those close to him.
 
Caught in a web of lies, marine biologist, Dr. Braelynn Rollins never expected to face off with the tempting CEO who’s haunted her dreams. Deep undercover, she’s committed to revealing clandestine adversaries of the nation and recovering stolen research. Exposed, she’s forced to trust the man who has the power to both destroy and save her. Within his arms, she surrenders control to Lars, submitting to desire, exploring forbidden cravings.
 
Lars and Braelynn heat up southern California as they discover who is friend and who is foe. Spiraling down a journey of lust and revenge, their carnal hunger escalates. As danger and corporate espionage surround them at every turn, Lars must decide if she is as innocent as she claims and if she is worth the rush.
 
 
*Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m ménage and is intended for adult readers only.

I am not joking when I say I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. Kym could have announced it a week ago and I would have been clamoring for it. Kym is EASILY one of my all-time favorite authors ever. I’ve read her Immortals of New Orleans series (SO FREAKING AMAZING) and now she is branching out to Contemporary with the Club Altura series.

So I read “Carnal Risk” and already was in love with Lars. I didn’t even know I could love him more, but then I read Wicked Rush and I am just over the top ready to marry this fictional character. I know this series is new but I think Lars really embodies the Club Altura vibe.

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For those who don’t know, Club Altura is a club that a group of people belong to. Some work together, others do not. But its a group that really lives life, by taking risks, which includes mountain climbing, rock climbing, sky diving, surfing, and also exploring their sexual desires. I normally do not go for erotica, but Kym Grosso just gets it so right. I think its because the characters are actively involved and want to be involved. They are exploring their desires but its not ever done in a crass way.

Lars rescues Braelynn from bullets on the beach, and he can’t stop thinking about her. Braelynn can’t stop thinking about Lars either but she pushes him away in an effort to keep him safe. The web that Braelynn is tangled up in is heartbreaking. She’s extremely intelligent but she is definitely not a spy.

Months pass and Lars finds Braelynn at a charity event that he is attending. The chemistry between them is intense. Initially, I think Lars just wants to play with Braelynn a bit and find out her secret. But once he realizes how far in over her head that she is, his true feelings come out.

There were some aspects of this book I didn’t love, and it was only because I never want anything bad to happen to the characters. With that said, the bad things the characters do experience make sense and are right for the story to advance. So even though some parts made me well up with tears, I also understand why they had to happen.

Would I recommend this book? Obviously. This is Kym Grosso and she is an amazing writer. I would highly recommend this book and entire series.

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Carnal Risk

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Solstice Burn

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Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

 

She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.

 

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