Exposed by LL Collins

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Exposed by LL Collins

What do you do when all your secrets– and your heart– are exposed?

Natalie Anderson has spent her life being strong for everyone else, always putting herself last. But that has come with a price because the stress and secrets are affecting every part of her life. Looking and acting the part is one thing, but feeling it is another. She knows she’s at a crossroads and she needs to make a change, starting with loosening up and living a little.

Kai Pierson is done being a grunt. He’s finally worked his way up the ladder and he now finds himself a rep at the hottest label, representing the hottest band in all of rock music. He’s living the life…alone, but he’s okay with that. It’s the way it needs to be.

Though they’ve never met in person, they become friends and spend hours talking about life. When the chance to meet arrives, neither of them are ready for how they feel when they see each other for the first time.

But when Natalie’s secrets are exposed, will she be able to put it all behind her and find her own happiness, or will the lies destroy her once and for all?

Welcome to the final act in the Jaded Regret series. Consider this your backstage pass to the show!

This book was unlike I’ve read before. I don’t want to give this as a spoiler, but I do know many people appreciate a trigger warning, so I will say that Natalie very clearly has an eating disorder. I thought the way the author wove this fact into the story was beautiful.

No, I’m not saying the eating disorder is beautiful. What I mean is that as this story is happening, you don’t really realize anything is wrong with Natalie. We don’t see what she looks like. So when she is particular about not liking her photo taken, or sees herself with fat on her stomach…that didn’t strike me as unusual. For me, I also don’t like my photos taken and I know I see things in myself that others don’t. I am not sure if this was the author’s intention, but for all the social media things we see about women’s figures and how women are expected to see themselves, this was one of the first times that I felt bad about how badly I see myself. Seeing Natalie’s behavior and not thinking it was alarming was shocking to me.

When Natalie and Kai finally meet in person, he starts breaking down those walls. My favorite piece of Kai was that he was effortless. When he makes Natalie feel sexy, or good about herself, its not because he has to try and do it. He’s just speaking his heart to her. I also really admired that Kai did the right thing. When he was worried about her, he knew to act on it.

I know that, especially for book bloggers, its easy to say everything is your favorite, or every guy is your book boyfriend. Its hard because there are so many authors out there that write these amazing books for us. But Kai and Natalie are probably one of the most realistic couples I’ve ever read. I feel confident that there are couples like Natalie and Kai all over the world, facing the world together, and having to face their demons while still going through everyday life stresses.

I would absolutely recommend this book. It was an incredible story of love, strength, and having the ability to move on with your life.

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Undeniable: Dom & Gigi by Callie Harper

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Undeniable: Dom & Gigi by Callie Harper

Undeniable (Dom & Gigi)

Dom’s the one she couldn’t have. Gigi’s the one he couldn’t forget.
They haven’t seen each other for four years. He’s been serving in the Special Forces. She’s finished college. They’ve had time to move on. Neither one has.
Now there’s a death threat. Her family’s business has pissed off a drug cartel. Her life’s in danger.

They’re thrown together, on the run. He has to keep her safe. From everyone. Including himself.

NOTE: Undeniable is a standalone hot adult romance. It’s the fifth story in the Beg for It series—which can be read in any order—about the dominant, alpha males in the Kavanaugh family and the strong, sexy women who make them finally meet their match.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CAN START KINDLES ON FIRE! This is not a test!

Holy smokes. You guys. I can’t even with this book. I finished reading it earlier and was trying to find nice, professional ways to say how much I loved it, but I am not coming up with anything that is adequately expressing my feelings. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Insert a ton of curse words to add emphasis to my love.

I could not put this book down once I started. I found Dom and Gigi to be incredibly addicting. When we meet Gigi, she’s 18 (close to 19) and Dom is 23. They have an immediate connection, but she’s a rich girl and he’s the son of a former MC President. This story passes through time as Dom and Gigi ebb and flow through their lives. Even when they try to stay away from each other, they still have one another in the back of their mind.  On paper, they don’t seem like they would go together at all. But both of them are far more than what they seem.

One thing I cannot stop thinking about is how seamlessly Callie Harper incorporated some other genres into this book, without it taking over her story. I will say this because you learn it pretty early on, but Dom is more dominant in the bedroom. He’s also got ties to his dad’s MC. (MC is Motorcycle Club, in case you weren’t sure what it meant). I really loved how the author incorporated these aspects into the story, without making the book be a kinky billionaire or another MC book. I don’t mind those types of books or characters, but I just enjoyed seeing Dom and Gigi being able to handle different aspects of their lives, while still being (somewhat) everyday people.

The sex scenes in this book are insane. I mean, everything was getting blurry and I assume it was from my kindle starting to steam in my hands. Not because it was 4AM and I was reading some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. Dom and Gigi have a really intense physical connection. Dom is clearly more experienced, and Gigi is still learning. What I really liked was how even when it was a sex scene, Dom is still nurturing and loving. He wants to experience these things with Gigi and she wants to experience them with him. I enjoyed seeing both characters actively interested and wanting to explore their sexual desires together.

I could go on and on and on about this book. I liked so many things about it, but if I get further into all my love for it, I’ll end up telling you the entire story. But seriously, go one click this book. Callie Harper manages to incorporate many factors into this story but does so in a harmonious and flawless way.

Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

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Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…

The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.

The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

I’m sure I’ve said this before I really love Halloween and Christmas stories. They always bring me great enjoyment and help me get more into the season. Samantha Chase doesn’t disappoint with this dual holiday story.

The first story, “Mistletoe Between Friends” lets us meet Lily and Cameron, who have been best friends for years. One of my favorite things about Samantha Chase is that she can keep her own formula that I always end up loving, but yet still change up the approach of the story. In this story, Lily and Cameron have both harbored feelings for each other, but neither has acted on it. I appreciated that approach, as opposed to the concept that one or the other just finally grew up and now the other person is really seeing them as attractive.

The second story follows Grace and Riley in “The Snowflake Inn”. Riley’s mom owns the Snowflake Inn and Grace works there. Riley has always had issues with the quaint bed & breakfast, especially since he grew up there and views it very differently than Grace does.

One thing I really admired about this story was that Riley has some different viewpoints on things, but he’s willing to move past them, and when he does, he just does it. He doesn’t boast about it. He handles it. I loved that he acted as a grown man. He didn’t just play games with Grace. And I really appreciated that even as he sees Grace pulling away, he steps up to the plate.

I also admired that we see that Grace has some past family trauma and Riley doesn’t just rush in with a band-aid for her. There are aspects that Riley simply can never understand and I appreciated that Samantha Chase wrote their story that way.

I loved this dual holiday book. In all fairness, I love pretty much anything that Samantha Chase writes, but I think she captures the magic of Christmas and love so elegantly in both stories.