Finding It All (Finding Happiness In Harmony #1) by Stacey Komosinski

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 30 December 2021
Type: HEA, series
Genre: Small-town Rural Fiction, Clean Wholesome Romance, Friendship Fiction
Author: Stacey Komosinski
Read: 19 April 2021
Shelved: 23 April 2021
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ ½

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Synopsis

Welcome to the Finding Happiness in Harmony series’ first journey celebrating the bonds of friendship, love, and life. This feel-good story of first love and best friends will have you believing you too can find it all.

Twenty-five-year-old Chloe Larson has never had a relationship or been really kissed by someone. After a rough childhood spent hiding a secret and being ridiculed, Chloe believes she’s better off with only friends around her. That way she can’t get hurt or misused. She spends weekends living life to the fullest with her best friends and roommates Gaby and Jess and weekdays proving her worth as a newly promoted reporter. The thing is, she doesn’t have time for anything romantic. But secretly she longs for that special connection with someone.

Chris Sherman is bored of the selfish women who flock to him. Recently out of a relationship, he isn’t looking for love. But everything changes when he meets Chloe Larson. She has a way about her that excites and intrigues him, leaving him desperate to get to know her.

Will they both find the courage to let each other in and experience the joys and pains of love, life, and happiness to find it all?


Review

Finding It All talks about Chloe Larson is a news reporter/writer at Local 9 News station. She loves to bake and write. She shares space with two college friends at Galorston, Texas – Gabriella “Gabby Rodriguez and Jessica “Jess” Taylor. These ladies’ adventures are a lot for one book from family, friendships, disappointments, accomplishments, and love. One of the highlights is meeting Chris Sherman, a principal of Galorston City High School.

The story is mainly from Chloe and Chris’ POV with some multi-POV on the supporting characters. However, it was pleasant to learn about and understand most of the book’s characters. The author seems to have wanted readers to see all the other characters’ situations and bridges to the following books in the series. Although, for my part, I felt that it initially lessened me from connecting with Chloe and Chris’ story until the latter part when it converged in its way. The writing style is clear and straightforward, which I know some readers will love. Descriptions were a lot better for scenes and internal rationalizations.

I liked Chloe, but there were so many hesitations from her side that it got me confused. As readers read on, we discover Chloe’s dark and sad past that would make anyone reconsider even starting anything with anyone. 

While initially, readers will fall hard like Chloe to Chris, he comes with his own “issues” that surprised me. On the surface, he is the perfect man – older, wiser, and knows what he is looking for after meeting Chloe, but his “insecurities” bring about tension and frustrations in the story.

The story may sound predictable, but it is anything BUT. Besides Chloe’s and Chris’ stories, there were other “complex mini-stories” between all the characters that make the whole book more “rounded.” All the character viewpoints are written clearly, though a few sections dragged on a bit longer than needed. The plot is simple enough on the surface, but some heavy topics are mentioned, like mental health and abuse – not only from Chloe but other ladies. It is nice to see these ladies supporting each other, given their random background, personality, and ideologies. I love how the author empowers the girls after their traumatic event. 

I enjoyed the country fairs scenes that Chloe and Chris went through. The author described the events clearly with many things going around and between the couple that It was a special section for me – especially when a “blast from the past” decides to show up a few years too late.

In summary, Finding It All is a sweet country love story. It has a balance of memorable moments of family, friends, and love. The characters did some growing up and self-reflection that ran a bit too sweet to me. It is a debut book with its hurdles of keeping readers interested and going, but maybe it is not for me. I believe many readers will like it and hope you guys gave it a try as I did. The ending turned out a lot better than I hoped, and yes, it is a HEA. Good start for an upcoming new author.

Love was a complex emotion. It brought about all the good and wonderful feelings a human could possibly feel, but it also surfaced a deep fear of losing the precious and delicate love you found.

— Finding It All, Stacey Komosinski

About the Author

Stacey grew up in a small Pennsylvania town strongly influenced by her mother’s passion for reading. She read her first romance novel in her early twenties and hasn’t stopped.
Stacey holds a master’s degree in molecular biology and is employed as a supply chain product leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
She makes the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania her home with her husband, Teddy, and two daughters, Madeline and Anna. 

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Release Blitz: Fade Into you (LA Rock Star Romance Book 4) by Elle Greco

Today we have the release day blitz for Elle Greco’s FADE INTO YOU! Check it out and be sure to get yours today!

Title: Fade Into You
Author: Elle Greco
Series: LA Rock Star Romance
Genre: Rockstar Romance

Synopsis

It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love.

Six years after the cops found Ear Assassins’ lead singer dead of a drug overdose, his widow Lydon Johnson has only just begun to pick up the pieces. Now she finds she’s fast running out of money to support herself and her son. A reality TV show is an unappealing means to an end, but in the interest of keeping a roof over their heads, she signs on. But the producers soon find out, Lydon’s kind of boring for a rock and roll widow.

Vince Davis, lead singer of Anthem, is a rock and roll legend two decades in the making. But when the head of his longtime record label is exposed as the cause of his son’s drug overdose, his attempt to split his band from the label comes with a personal cost that he’s not sure he’s ready to make.

Enter Lydon. Vince has an idea to spice up Lydon’s flailing reality show: pretend to be lovers. Thrust back into a glowing spotlight, can Vince’s amped star power get Anthem out of their contract on his own terms?

The reality TV producers think it’s a match made in rock and roll heaven. What could possibly go wrong?

When you hate the person you are supposed to fall in love with, LOADS.

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Excerpt

Vince flashed his panty-melting grin. “And now we also know that the feelings you have for me scare you.”

“Rubbish,” I snapped. His eyes danced with humor. 

“Seriously, Lydon, I’m scared too.” His hands slid along my thighs. “But it’s worth the risk, don’t you think?”

I closed my eyes. “We can’t let Charlie know. I don’t want him hurt.”

“I’d never hurt Charlie.”

I opened my eyes to see his earnest look. “But you might hurt me, and right now that’s the same thing in his little boy heart.”

He pressed his hand over mine on my chest. “I don’t want to hurt you, Lydon.”

“We don’t go into these things wanting to hurt people. It’s just what happens. It’s a by-product,” I said. My brain flashed to Charlie again. He never knew Chad, so he never experienced that sort of aching loss. His loss was different—more of a sadness around never having a father. If Charlie got close to Vince and lost him… that pain rips through your heart and cuts into your very soul.

Was I willing to take that gamble with Charlie’s heart? Because it wasn’t just my own that was exposed.

“I can’t, Vince. It’s too risky.”

He leaned into me, a hand landing on the mattress by my hip. “Lady Ly, we are halfway there with this reality show. Maybe we should try?”

It was tempting. Vince was right. The sex we had was explosive. It was raw. It felt right.

But it had also been six years since I last got laid, so I couldn’t exactly trust what I felt.

I leaned away from him. “How about we just, you know, scratch the itch every once in a while?”

His head cocked. “Go on. I want to hear this.”

“I mean, we carry on as normal, faking it for the cameras and such. But if we get the urge to, you know…” I paused. “Have intercourse…”

Vince closed his eyes and shook his head. When he opened them again, he pressed his forehead to mine. “So, friends with benefits.”

I stared at his full lips and tamped down the urge to kiss him. “We could call it that, I suppose.”


About the Author

Urban Fantasy lovers will know me as Karen Greco, author of the best-selling Hell’s Belle series. My Contemporary Romance books are written under Elle Greco. (That’s me, to the right, in a Covid 19 self-portrait!)

While the genres are worlds apart, strong female characters are the chain that links all my worlds. These women are magical. They wield wicked weapons. They play a mean drum solo. They fall in love. They rule the boardroom and the bedroom. Whatever they do, they do it with swagger. I love escaping into their badass worlds. I hope you do, too.

My storytelling career began when I forced everyone play “make-believe” with me when I was a kid. That eventually morphed into banging out short stories on my mom’s old manual typewriter. As I got older, I graduated to penning bad poetry, then not terrible plays as a teenager. I studied playwright in college but my career took a detour and I ended up working in journalism and then entertainment publicity, which kept me busy for 20 or so years. A few years ago, I decided to pursue my original passion and a few full-length novels later, here we are.

My “day job” has taken me from gritty rock clubs in The Bowery to glam red carpets for movie premieres and awards shows. My background working with talent (and the suits) in the industry has served me well with the LA Rock Star Romance series.

I love anything spooky and impossible to explain. If you love hanging out in cemeteries, the older the better, I’d totally go on a road trip with you.

I have two rescue dogs, a patient husband, and an awesome kid.

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Cover Reveal: The Control by Elena Monroe

Cover Design: Maria, Steamy Reads

Title: The Control
Series: The 4Horsemen #4
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Dark Forbidden Love Romance
Release Date: May 4, 2021

Synopsis

My demons will ruin whatever is left of her halo.

BOWEN
I was living on borrowed everything: time, feelings, motives, even these stale breaths.
I was expired in every way.
No saving me.
He should have lived instead.
He deserved to squeeze every drop out of life and rub it in my face the way he always did.
I was stuck here as half of a person and Eve expected me to be whole enough to fix her.
We were too shattered to ever be put back together again.
I was her demon. 

EVE
I was wasting every second of every day trying to make time move faster.
I was ready to throw away this life as the Princess of Denmark and go back home where Bowen would be waiting for me. There was no stopping me.
I had been promised to Bowen since our births.
I was determined to save myself for him and only him – my life line.
I may be bruised and broken but that only dirtied up my angel wings.
Nothing he couldn’t handle.
I would always be his angel.

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EXCERPT

I should have given him the truth. Anything but the silence lurking inside my mouth making me mute.

Just as I pulled the band away from his body his grip crushed my small hands so hard I felt myself wince. “We aren’t doing that here… I don’t need your pity,” his words might as well have been venom.

It was well-deserved, my body screamed: use me to bury the pain and my eyes were glazed over in sympathy.

“Bowen…” I was trying to slice through the immediate anger cocooning him when his grip didn’t let up, holding my hands still too tightly.

He looked down on me like I personally insulted him in less redeemable ways. “It doesn’t matter how damaged you are when you look at me like that. It would have been easier to just sit pretty and be the wife I don’t want. No demons except me. Now there is nothing holding me back from making sure that fake halo is replaced with horns.”

Standing up right instead of looking down at me like a silly girl who couldn’t handle his demons, his fists clenched making the wraps get even more taunt around his hands.

My mouth was still gaping open but no syllables or sounds came out. Not one word while I watched him square up to the bag hanging in its place. “You always wanted to match.”

My eyes stung with tears and I felt myself suck in my bottom lip like it was the key to holding back tears.

Hitting a small remote in his pocket music flooded his home gym, too loud to think or talk anymore.

Bowen’s fist drove into the bag over and over making me flinch every time. I pushed him to be someone to me and didn’t take into account how askewed how my expectations were.

My expectations were soul crushing.

My expectations were selfish.

My expectations disregarded trauma altogether.

I mumbled a quick sorry around my trembling bottom lip hoping that would suffice.
Few steps forward and ten back seemed to be the dance with the devil. He promised to fuck my halo into horns and now I felt overwhelmed by the need to be just as broken as him.


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About the Author


Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character’s name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories. 

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with husband, reformed bad boy. 

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Book Review: The Restarting Point by Marci Bolden


Publication date: 27 April 2021
Publisher: Pink Sand Press
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Women’s Divorce Fiction
Type: series
Author: Marci Bolden
Read: 16 April 2021
Shelved: 18 April 2021
Rating: 4/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children, and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.⁣⁣

Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.⁣⁣

While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and new relationships. With the help of family and new found friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a brand new restarting point.⁣

Review

The Restarting Point is the debut book of the series of Chammont Point. It talks about Jade Kelly, a cancer survivor with a new lease on life, and is trying to start to take things slow and savor everything that comes her way. One of these is to take a family vacation to Chammont Point at a cabin by the lake to relive fond family memories. The book starts when Jade is at the cabin assessing everything and alone.

The lake is great for calming the mind when the rest of the world seems to be on fire.

— The Restarting Point, Marci Bolden

This book is my first encounter with the author, and I am pleased with the plot, writing, and characters. I could not put it down once I got all my emotions out as I read it! The story is from the first-person POV – Jade’s. This type of narrative provides an intimacy between the main character and the reader. Although readers will develop deeper connections with Jade as she shows readers everything inside her head, this technique limits readers’ empathizing with the other characters like her family and her new friends in Chammont Point. 

Jade’s new outlook and a second chance in life pushed her to reconnect with her husband and sons and then find a set of unlikely yet beautiful friends in the process. Good thing she did the latter because the secrets and revelations that come out will knock Jade’s world off its axis again. (Hint: this is has nothing to do with her illness.) Crushing news will send Jade further to the brink of “breakdown levels” that will spout the most curious of partnership to two special women who helped her sort things out.

I liked how believable Jade’s character is. She is flawed and broken but tries her best to start picking up her life after a traumatic ordeal. Jade never believed she was without fault with what ultimately happened, but she learns and starts seeing others’ dichotomy – balancing the good and the bad – in their decisions, enabling her to accept how things turned out in the end.

Readers may find the book’s pace slow with its primary focus on Jade’s story and struggles. The story does not leave much room for more character development for the supporting characters. But fear not! Two more books are coming in the series that I believe the rest of the characters will get more “page time” and round out the whole series in the end.

I love the comedic elements injected from the crazy 50s-inspired neighbor, a “chip-off-her-shoulders” woman contractor to a flirtatious outdoor sports rental owner. These characters’ moral support and advice were invaluable in shaping and directing the story to an ending that shows growth and maturity. 

In summary, I recommend The Restarting Point to readers who like second chance themes, exciting and thought-provoking characters, and a slow-build storyline. I “ugly-cried” so often (not less than three times) in the book, mostly during her and her husband’s interactions. This book will make readers look forward to the next of the book series to find out the rest of Jade’s new adventures, including the other quirky characters of Chammont Point.

“You shouldn’t hide them. They saved your life, Jade. Don’t be ashamed of them. Be grateful. Thank them.”

— The Restarting Point, Marci Bolden

About the Author

As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading women’s fiction and romance novels.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of willpower, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”

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Cover Reveal : Midwinter’s Night Prince by May Sage

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Title: Midwinter’s Night Prince
Author: May Sage
Release Date: August 19, 2021

Synopsis:

Seth Stomhale is a monster. A demi-god issued of a royal vampiric line, he wields more power in his fingertips than most can dream of. And none of it can save him from Aveka Primerius.

Enslaved by one of the strongest witches on Earth to protect his family, he’s retained one thread to the outside world.

Her.

Blair was born to be head of the Salem coven, before they realized she was useless. Weak. No one believed in her before Seth.

On the run since he trusted her to protect his soul, she’s alone, battling countless hunters on her trail, hiding from friends and foes alike.

If anyone catches her, the queen could be able to turn Seth into one of her mindless acolytes and bring the world to its knees.

She has to secure Seth’s soul. Even at the cost of her own.

About May Sage:

May Sage is a USA Today Bestselling romance writer dabbling in different genres, although the readers who follow every series know they’re all related.
When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her German Shepherd, her two Savannahs, and her black rescue cat, in England. She loves reading, ballet, running, and cake. Mostly, cake.
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Fool Me Once (Fool Me Series 0.5) by Lizzie Morton

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 11 November 2020
Type: prequel, series
Genre: Sports Romance, Drama
AuthorLizzie Morton
Read: 24 April 2021
Shelved: 24 April 2021
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
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Synopsis

**Sizzling Prequel Novella to Fool Me Twice**

I had it all: the girl, the home, the NFL career. The Life. I was living the dream.
Then I stepped off that goddamn plane. There are a lot of reasons I hate New York. Abby West ending our four-year relationship there has added another.
My life is unravelling one mistake at a time for all the world to see and I’m about to hit rock bottom.
I’m learning the hard way that they’re called secrets for a reason and they should never be told. 

Start the Fool Me Series
Book 1 – Fool Me Once (prequel)
Book 2 – Fool Me Twice – coming soon

Start the Always Series: rock-star second chance romance
Book 1 – Always You
Book 2 – Always Us
Book 3 – Always – coming soon


Review

After reading Book 1 of the Always series, my interest in Michael Becket piqued to see what happens to him after Abby, his now ex-girlfriend. Fool Me Once is a prequel to a new series spin-off. How many books in the series? I have no idea yet but believe me, given this is coming from an author that is recently wrapping up a trilogy in her belt, it might be another trilogy when you start this book – if you are readers who love series.

What readers will read is a different version of Michael from what Abby knows him to be. After the demise of his four-year relationship with Abby West, Michael spiraled into a huge mess, starting with sitting beside a blond woman in economy class on his way back from New York to Florida. 

This story is from Michael’s POV and runs into the worst-case scenarios for celebrities – SCANDALS GALORE! 

Michael’s past and walls set the stage in the first place to avoid such crazy events. But coming from a hard place, he chose the very wrong time to “let loose” and has been suffering the consequences even weeks after one scandal comes. It was like the hydra – cut off one head, two more spouts, and as his publicist tries her hardest to “protect” him, every secret that Michael held dear has been exploited for the world to see. 

The race is on to find the mystery woman, on what happened on his way back home, which he did not make it to his Florida apartment when he woke up somewhere else the day after his flight. If you think the Hangover (the movie) was a lot, this prequel would be jaw-droppingly shocking. 

In summary, I would recommend Fool Me Once for readers of sports romance but will want to also continue with the series. This book was a tough read for me. With an initial impression of a kind and gentle man from one book, Michael’s 180 degrees change was too much in this book. It was a lot of overcompensation on Michael’s side, even for an unfortunate incident that he would take it out to the rest of the world. That was just too much for me. There was much “drama” that also brought about his “carelessness” that I believe brought about what happened if truth be told. 


About the Author

Author Lizzie Morton is an author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in the U.K with her partner and three children.
Previously she has worked as a Personal Trainer and Back Pain Specialist and trained as a Chef at Leeds City College.
Her first novel was originally just a note on her phone but became a full manuscript – released in August 2020.
When she isn’t reading or writing, her favourite things include running, sniffling, and changing nappies.

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Always Us (Always Series #2) by Lizzie Morton

Disclosure: All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 22 February 2021
Type: continuation series, trilogy
Genre: Music/Band, Contemporary Romance, Drama
AuthorLizzie Morton
Read: 23 April 2021
Shelved: 24 April 2021
Rating: 4/ 5 stars 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Synopsis

How long does it take to mend a broken heart? If anyone has the answer, let me know.

It’s been two years since I chose to turn my back on the one that got away. I thought I was doing the best for both of us and it was supposed to help us move forward. Instead, I’m more confused than I’ve ever been before, fighting to forget what it felt like being in his arms.

Now, it’s another summer and another life-changing opportunity. But this time I’m running around Europe, surrounded by Rock Gods. It’s the life most would dream of, but things are never that straightforward.

When I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I’m faced with one of the biggest decisions I’ll ever have to make. Do I follow my head, or my heart?

They say the heart wants what it wants, but my heart wants two people at the same time.

**Always Us is Book 2 in the Always Series. The book is part of a trilogy and is not a standalone.**

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Book 1 – Always You
Book 2 – Always Us
Book 3 – Always : coming soon


Review

Always Us fast-forwards readers to two years after Abby West decides to move to South Africa for a job. She is a successful freelance photographer covering travel and exciting music tours. As it goes, Jake Ross, musician of the band SCARAB and her ex-boyfriend, decides that it’s time to “finally fight” for Abby and found a way for her to cover his European tour. Upon finding Jake’s intentions of having her come back to his life, Abby goes on the fence and keeps her distance while Jake does the total opposite. In helping Abby in getting her mind off her ex-boyfriend, another guy comes into the scene. Dan White, bandleader of another music band – Six Seconds to Barcelona (and part of the tour), has his eyes set on Abby’s attention. What happens next is a summer of whirlwind bus rides, hotel rooms, and “bad decisions” that will bring in the excitement, heartaches, and drama of being in a close-knit group. 

It doesn’t matter how much time goes by, how much of a fight she puts up or how many times she says it’s done. I’ll always be there watching over here, making sure she’s okay and fighting her corner. I walked away once, and it was the worst thing I ever did. I promised myself that I would never, do it again.

— Always Us, Lizzie Morton

Told from both Jake and Abby’s POV with a few flashbacks from Book 1, the story is written well and pulls readers in like behind-the-scenes of touring around Europe to the drama of Jake and Abby’s friends and entourage. Readers can expect sparks, words, and actions to start flying as the complications surrounding Jake and Abby together for a whole summer. With dating two men and ex’s fighting back, there is no shortage of jealousy and manipulations.

I am saying this with love and affection, but Jake is PATHETIC! After what he and Abby went through in the last book, you would think that he would get his head straight and start “changing for the better” for him and Abby. Nope – instead, after the end of the last book, Jake “goes off the rails,” slacks off “to get over Abby,” then demands her to part of his music tour as a way to get her back. Granted that he is trying to “fight for them,” he makes the wrong decisions every time based on his anger, frustrations, and irrational thoughts about how Abby had both their interest at the forefront compared to him.

Abby is another frustrating character. I don’t know who has the luck she has of having men (famous and rich) fall all over her and seeking “real relationships.” She is truly a unique one! I understand her confusion but also had to keep in mind that she is not perfect. She has flaws and made poor decisions like any other human being. She is focused on moving on but couldn’t fathom why she is failing. Well, maybe because her head and heart have not decided on anything yet, or has she? I wished she would own up to what she really wants in the end, but she is afraid of admitting it. She keeps running away from having to decide anything. She later gets a “moment of clarity” from the most unlikely people who made my jaw drop…the words and discussion between that character were brutal but honest.

There is a fantastic and memorable scene nearing the end where Abby does seek her help and “clarity.” This scene comes as somewhat surprising since it hits closer to home. The office space described may leave readers surprised, not shocked if they have read Book 1. I was happy to see this throughout that chapter because of the clarity given to Abby in the end…though the ending is still killing me.

In summary, Always Us is an excellent read for second chance tropes, rock music genre readers like myself. Compared to Book 1, Always Us left me baffled and hanging. This book is a cliffhanger because of the impending things coming. With many things happening – two men are fighting for Abby, more secrets coming out, shifting alliances and unexpected relationships forming, etc. It was a good enough read and worth all the angst, drama, frustration, tears, and other emotions that the author brought out in me. I want to note that the “truth’s backstory” was awful and cruel, but explained why Abby’s and Jake’s predicament. In the end, it isn’t “the truth” that will get readers worked up but something else that happens, which will affect Jake and her futures. Book 3 cannot come fast enough after this ending!

“Whatever this is between you and Abby, it’s as real as it gets, and its messy, because love is. Fight with everything you have left, and when you’re done…fight some more.”

— Always Us, Lizzie Morton

About the Author

Author Lizzie Morton is an author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in the U.K with her partner and three children.
Previously she has worked as a Personal Trainer and Back Pain Specialist and trained as a Chef at Leeds City College.
Her first novel was originally just a note on her phone but became a full manuscript – released in August 2020.
When she isn’t reading or writing, her favourite things include running, sniffling, and changing nappies.

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Book Review: The Lobby (Penelope Harris Mysteries #1.5) by E. W. Cooper

Disclosure: All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: February 26, 2021
Published by: Ink Dog Press 
Type: standalone, prequel series
Genre: Adult, Historical Series, Amateur Sleuth, Mystery/Suspense
Author: E.K. Cooper
Read: 23 April 2021
Shelved: 23 April 2021
Rating: 5/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

Penelope Harris has returned to America decades after she moved to the Far East with her family. Now she’s back and hoping for a fresh start, her speckled past behind her. All she has to do is keep her head down and her nose clean.

A cattle call audition crashes the lobby of her hotel, and a curious Penelope just can’t help being nosy. An actress locked in a meat locker cinches her interest. Can she help a girl in need? Or will the newspapers sniff her out when they realize she’s surfaced in plain sight? 


Review

Note that is book is a prelude to Murder At The Met that I recently reviewed but is a short story of its own. It will help shape the next book but is not a requirement to read it. You can read my review of Book 2 here.

Penelope wounds up helping a fellow actress from having her career destroyed before it even starts. She helps the actress and ends up with a lot more than she bargained for when the “press” caught wind of her. Hopefully, her new friend can clear things up when it all “blows” on her.

In summary, In The Lobby is a great short read. The twist at the end was pretty good and was not as “crazy” as I thought it would be. Readers may be tempted to approach the story as a “complex” one but will indeed be surprised with how “simple” it is in the end. I liked it a lot! It is an excellent read to readers of the series that tells of Penelope’s other exciting adventure in the US after what happened to Shanghai. 


About the Author:

E.W. Cooper, author of the Penelope Harris Mysteries, was ecstatic to learn her debut in the series, The Jade Tiger, was the 2020 Booklife Prize Finalist in Mystery/Thriller. A lifelong fan of classic mysteries and Grand Opera, Ms. Cooper is hard at work on the second book in the Penelope Harris Mystery series, Murder at the Met (April 2021). She lives quietly with her partner, children, three dogs, and one cat in a very noisy house in South Texas.

To learn more about Penelope Harris Mysteries (and the author) go to website and snoop around.

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Cover Reveal: Becoming Wilde! by H.K. Jacobs

H.K. Jacobs is joining us today to share the cover of her new romance, Becoming Wilde! Check it out and be sure to check up with the series today!

Title: Becoming Wilde
Author: H.K. Jacobs
Genre: Women’s Fiction Romance
Release Date: June 13th

Synopsis

Is this the beginning of our epic love story?

Alexandra Wilde’s life is beyond her wildest dreams.  After a tumultuous year, she has returned to Botswana as a full-fledged pediatric ICU doctor and reignites a consuming romance with Ian Devall, the privileged philanthropist who has captured her heart.  Her new position at the hospital is fraught with challenges as saving lives pushes her resourcefulness to the brink.  Meanwhile, her connection with Ian deepens, and she realizes that forging a commitment with him will require a sacrifice she isn’t ready to make.  As she teeters on the precipice of decision, tragedy strikes and sends her into a spiral of grief where she must find hope in adversity…or risk losing everything she has become.          

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About the Author

HK Jacobs is native to a small town in Texas that gave her both wings and roots. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas.  She is a board certified pediatric critical care physician whose passion is traveling the globe caring for seriously ill children in low-middle income countries.  She currently resides in Texas where she continues to balance the many roles in her life—mother, physician, humanitarian, dreamer, and author.

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Book Blitz: The Restarting Point by Marci Bolden





Title: The Restarting Point
Author: Marci Bolden
Series: Chammont Point #1
Publication date: April 27th 2021
Publisher : Pink Sand Press
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Women’s Divorce Fiction

Synopsis

Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.⁣⁣

Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.⁣⁣

While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and new relationships. With the help of family and new found friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a brand new restarting point.⁣

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Excerpt

Jade walked to the banister and rested her hands on the cracked and weathered wood. There wasn’t a single car horn or airplane or siren to be heard. Birds chirped happily, bugs buzzed, and if she listened closely, she could hear the faint sound of water lapping the shore.

Hoping to get a better look at the lake in the distance, she leaned forward and bent at the waist to see under the branches. Her nice, relaxing, meditative breath came to a startling end at the sound of cracking wood. A scream of surprise surged from Jade and echoed around the cove as the banister gave way, sending her hurtling toward the ground.

Like some kind of surreal survival instinct kicking in, her mind flashed to those action movies her sons watched so often. In the seconds between falling through the banister and crashing to the patchy grass below, she decided the only way to come out of this unscathed was to do one of those rolling landing things she’d seen Angelina Jolie do a thousand times on-screen.

Jade managed to get her hands and feet in place, expecting to flip over and somehow land in a pre-sprint pose that would magically absorb the pain. If she were a stunt double in Hollywood, she might have nailed it. Instead, she landed hard, twisting her left ankle and bashing her face into the patchy grass. Since she didn’t roll, or even come close to it, her chest smashed into the ground as hard as her cheek had. The oxygen pushed from her lungs in a painful rush, leaving her in a gasp, and her left ankle instantly started to throb.

She lay there, too stunned to move, trying to figure out exactly where she’d gone wrong with her landing and if anything had been seriously damaged in the process. Damn it. This hadn’t exactly been a stellar start to her vacation. Every attempt at breathing she made felt like a weight pressed on her chest. The wind had been knocked out of her and her ankle hurt like hell, but Jade was certain the only thing broken was her intent to make the best out of this stupid vacation.

“Don’t be dead,” a woman said from what seemed like a million miles away. “Don’t be dead.” Then she said something in a language Jade didn’t understand. She thought it might have been Spanish, but the voice was so far away and the ringing in her ears was so loud, she couldn’t be sure.

Seconds later, someone grabbed Jade’s shoulder and flipped her onto her back. She barely had time to process what was happening before a woman dressed in a blindingly incandescent yellow shirt leaned over her. Firetruck red hair had been curled into victory rolls on top of the woman’s head, making her look like a comic book throwback to the 1940s. The woman’s eyeliner flared out into long wings, and her lipstick matched her hair.

Jade squinted her eyes, mostly out of confusion. Perhaps she’d hit her head harder than she’d realized.

“Don’t worry. I know CPR,” the woman announced and then took a deep breath.

Jade tried to explain that she didn’t need CPR, but she hadn’t caught her breath yet. Her protest came out soundless. Not even a whisper left her lips. However, she swatted the woman’s hand away before she could pinch Jade’s nose.

As Jade attempted to sit, the colorfully dressed woman pushed her back, hands planted hard on her shoulders, and stared into her eyes.

“Don’t move,” the woman warned with a dire tone. “You could have internal bleeding.”

“I don’t,” Jade said, though her words were barely above a breathy hiss.

“You don’t know that,” she insisted.

Jade took another deep, painful breath. Though her diaphragm still wasn’t working right, she got enough air into her to say, “I’m fine. Who are you?”

The woman pressed a hand with long red fingernails to her chest and said, “I live next door. I was on my way over to introduce myself when I saw you fall. You looked like a baby bird testing out your wings. Except they usually fly, you know. You just kind of…” She slapped her hands together to demonstrate Jade’s far from graceful landing.

Jade scowled and turned her attention to her palms.


About the Author

As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading women’s fiction and romance novels.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”

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