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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The Revolution by S.L. Scott

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The Revolution by S.L. Scott

A brand new full-length SEXY as SIN Rock Star STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling Author of The Resistance.

My world was rock solid.

Until I saw her.

Lara Kessler showed up as if heaven sent her to me, and suddenly my priorities changed. Love is funny like that. One minute you’re living the dream, then BAM! Half my soul shows up backstage wearing a purple shirt and sexy skin-tight jeans, making me realize what I’ve been missing all along. Loving her means exposing a life I’ve tried to bury.

My heart had lost its beat.

Until I saw him.

Kaz Fabian caught my attention the moment I laid eyes on him. Love is funny like that. The famous guitarist was every woman’s fantasy–great face, chiseled jaw, cut biceps. The rock star was pure sex on and off stage, but his charm and charisma won me over. Loving him means burdening him with a life I’ve tried to leave behind.

With her future dim and his past in the spotlight, can they overcome their fate or will they just be another tragic love story?

This book is the latest from S.L. Scott, whom I absolutely adore. This is, technically, a standalone, but has characters from the Hard to Resist series. So you can read this by itself and everything will make sense, but you could also read the Hard to Resist series and get the other characters’ stories too. Which is something I intend to do.

I really don’t know what it is exactly, but rock star books are some of my favorites. This book is no different. Lara and Kaz have met before, but the timing has never been right for them. But things start to change as the opportunity to spend more time together joins these two together.

I really liked Kaz. I think my favorite aspect of his character is that he showed Lara he cared with his actions. Even when he was hurt or not sure where her head was at, he made sure that his actions reflected his feelings for her. At one point in the book, you start to see the big picture for Kaz and how he is working towards the life he wants. I truly admired that in his character. I also liked that he just does these things. He doesn’t need to consult with his friends before he acts. He follows what is in his heart.

I will be transparent here and say Lara was not my favorite character. With that said, based on the situations she encounters in the book, I felt her character was written correctly. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I will say that Lara does have an ex-boyfriend that she is dealing with.

I think Lara acts as a lot of women would have in her situation. So while I didn’t necessarily love her character, I do think she acted like a lot of women probably do. For that, I gained a lot of respect for the author. I think its easy, as a reader, to look at a character and be frustrated that they did one thing vs another. But this book takes on very real issues and sheds light on them. I thought that was truly invaluable. It made me see things differently than I originally did.

I would recommend this book. I loved seeing Lara and Kaz come together, despite the many road blocks that are in their way. Their story actually reminded me of a quote I heard once before, that with the right person, life can be restful. I think Lara and Kaz are the epitome of that quote. No matter what was going on, they could come together and everything would become better for them.