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*I HIGHLYYYY recommend reading the Addicted AND Calloway Sisters Series. NOTHING comes close to the magic that are these books!*

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A short review of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher – 4 Stars

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You know why I liked this book?

Yearning.

There was so much yearning. And I eat that shit up.

Even though the heroine was a complete narcissist and I wanted to put her and the hero in a choke hold at times, I still really enjoyed this.

I didn’t completely understand Yara. I didn’t get why she did half of the things she did.

But what I did know?

When I had to put this down, I wanted to pick it back up. I wanted to see where this was all going. I speed-read through the last half because I NEEDED to see how everything would turn out. And despite their flaws, I loved David and Yara together. Their banter and flirting was comical and sweet and towards the end they really made hurt and feel for them both.

And I don’t know why but this part:

“I’m back. Find me.”

…just killed me. I had the biggest fucking smile on my face. (I know those 4 words won’t make much sense to those who haven’t read this, but those who did know exactly what part I am referring to.)

So because of all of this, this one was a winner.

Some of my fav quotes:

“I’d stared up at the sky and thought about how I didn’t believe anymore—not in God or his creation. Definitely not in love. She’d come as a thief in the night and taken it all away. How could a person do that? How could they have so much power?”

“So tell me, David Lisey, what’s the meaning of love? Enlighten me.” For a moment I think he’s not going to answer me. He stares down into his drink thoughtfully and when he looks up, his eyes are soft, sincere. “I’ve thought a lot about that, actually. It’s when you can’t get someone out. They crawl inside you and they just live there for the rest of your life.”

 “How can you still love me after what I did?” I ask him. His chin is dipped down to his chest and he seems to be in deep thought after having confessed that to me. “I never loved you for what you did or didn’t do,” he says. “That’s not what love is.”

“I’m just a simple man who fell in love with a complex woman.”

 

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TRUST by Kylie Scott – Now Live!

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez –              2.5 Stars

Another book where I just don’t seem to understand the hype.

I don’t want to get into too many details about the plot because if people do decide to read this, I don’t want to spoil anything. I read a few reviews after I finished this book and most reviews seem to have the same idea; it’s best to go into this story blind.

While this had some well written and very emotional parts, I didn’t connect with it the way other reviewers seem to have. I didn’t sob and my heart did not pound. Maybe because I felt Charlotte and Porter’s relationship was too deep too fast for my liking. Insta love/lust just isn’t my thing. Maybe because I found the whole “light/dark” bit really repetitive.

But I think my biggest issue was the fact that I was expecting my jaw to hit the floor from the “crazy ending” I kept seeing everyone reference. However, I guessed the plot twist very early on so I wasn’t surprised or shocked at all. I actually told myself my guess was probably wrong because it was just way too obvious. In all honesty, I found the lead up to the plot twist a little blasé, and was hoping the “crazy” ending would save the story for me. And while I’m sure it will make for an interesting story line for book 2, I think the fact that I knew where this was going all along made it hard for me to be truly blown away.

I know everyone loves this author’s writing, but for me her stories tend to lack that “wow” factor I am always looking for.

All in all an okay read but underwhelming for me.

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Today we are sharing the release for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez. It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited!

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie – ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 5 HUGE STARS

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*brain error recognition*
*too happy to even properly form words*
*too emotional I feel like flying above the sky*

HOW AM I EVEN GOING TO REVIEW THIS?!?!? *INHALES, EXHALES* okay, okay. Let me try to express my love for this. (WARNING: FAN-GIRLING AND GUSHING IS COMING YOUR WAY)

Not to be dramatic, but like, this is the best book ever. Really. This may be my FAVORITE by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so alive after finishing a book.

This was UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE. I’m talking bring the kindle with you to pee, to eat, to cook type of ‘can’t put it down.’

I’m going to try give a short summary on these characters so anyone who hasn’t read the Addicted Series series has some background information – but without spoiling too much on this book or the Addicted Series.

Maximoff Hale, in his words: 22 year old CEO of a nonprofit charity, one-time philosophy major, competitive swimmer, son of a sex addict mother and recovering alcoholic father, and the steadfast older brother to three and cousin to eleven.

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He’s wealthy. He’s head strong. He adores his family. He’s known all around the world because of his parents and relatives. He’s so famous, in fact, he’s had a 24/7 bodyguard his whole life.

“Our fame burns. And burns. None of us need to stoke the flames for it to stay lit. And me—fame is my friend and foe. It’s a part of me. A tangible thing that lives inside of me. This is the only life I’ve ever lived. It’s the only life I know.”

Enter Farrow Keene: 27 year old, tattooed, Yale graduate known as the “rule breaker” in Maximoff’s family’s security force and his new bodyguard.

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Fun fact: Maximoff has had a crush on Farrow since his teen years. So when he learns that Farrow is going to be with him from sun up to sun down, he isn’t too thrilled. They BOTH know doing anything with a bodyguard or client is off limits, but they aren’t so sure they can ignore and resist the feelings they have.

“His know-it-all smile fucking kills me, and I swear he’s one second from saying, do you like that? And I think, too damn much.”

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“My gaze latches intensely onto his. And his brown eyes plaster onto my green. So strongly that I’m drop-dead positive we’re forcing ourselves not to look lower. Not to our lips, not to our bodies. Not to any forbidden place that’d cause disaster. I try to master restraint, but my eyes say what my mouth can’t. Kiss me.”

Take the already mounting sexual tension from their past, plus the fact that these two spend almost ALL of their time together, and what you get is one HOT AS HELL forbidden love story.

“I’m watched and observed all the time. By strangers. By cameramen. By people. And never, never have I come undone. Until now, until his eyes feel like hands, and I want them all over me.”

And the banter between these two was so freaking entertaining:

“Wow,” Farrow breathes, “I rocked your teenage world, didn’t I?”
I flash him an annoyed smile. “I’m limp now. Thank you for that.”
Farrow glances at the hard outline in my jeans. “Your erection says you’re a fucking liar.”

Guess who’s going to re-read this over and OVER until the next book is out.
Clue: It’s me.

“I’m hooked by the way he’s staring deeply at me. Like I’m a fantasy. Like I’m something made of heaven and stars that he’s dreamt of—and I never thought to ask what a celebrity who could have anyone in the fucking world fantasizes about. And I wonder how long it’s been me.”

But to be serious for a moment here, these authors are a force to be reckoned with. 13 books later, and I have LOVED and given every single one of them 5 stars. Do you understand what that means for a picky reader like me?? No one creates characters as unique as they do, no one writes stories as original as their stories, and NEVER do I feel so immediately connected to a book than when I start one of theirs. In a book world that has cliché after cliché, re-used story-line after re-used story-line, they ALWAYS STAND OUT in the best way.

This was EVERYTHING. Funny, INSANELY romantic, SCORCHING HOT, intense, and completely addictive. These girls know how to write a book that hooks you from page one and does not let go until the very end. And even once you’re done, you’ll want to re-read this again and again just to capture those feelings one more time.

And kudos to Krista & Becca for making this story completely unpredictable and something that totally exceeded all of my expectations.

*side note (wow I really can’t shut up about this book, can I? If you’re still reading this review – I adore you) – the side characters in this are out of this world entertaining. Fans of the Addicted Series will LOVE getting to see all of the beloved characters again, and everyone will without a doubt fall head over heels for the group of bodyguards. (I’m already calling dibs on Thatcher. Italian and an alpha bodyguard? MINE!)

Damaged Like Us is OUT NOW!!!!!!

*While Damaged Like Us is a spin-off of the Addicted Series, it can 100% be read without reading the Addicted Series first (even though I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND reading the Addicted Series – it is one of my ALL TIME favs! There is NO other NA Romance series that tops it!) 

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Cover Reveal! THE DARKEST SUNRISE DUET by Aly Martinez ❤

Look at these gorgeous covers for The Darkest Sunrise Duet by Aly Martinez! The first book in this contemporary romance duet will be released on July 13th! Be sure to follow Aly’s newsletter to be notified when the books are up for pre-order.

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1) 

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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DAMAGED LIKE US IS FREAKING HERE!! Giveaway, excerpt, and teaser!

MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK IS FINALLY HERE! 

I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER for this book! If you haven’t read Krista & Becca Ritchie yet – START NOW! They are some of my all time favorite authors and I’ve yet to read a book from them that wasn’t 5 STARS! Damaged Like Us is a spin off of the Addicted Series (click here here and here to read some of my fan-girling moments =D) but can be read as a complete stand alone!


Damaged Like Us

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Like Us #1
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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EXCERPT:

Maximoff Hale POV

“Number twelve.” I nod to the list.

He eyes me for a long moment before focusing on the paper. “It says that you’re not used to letting other people behind the wheel.” It actually says I always drive.

I glance at him once, then back to the road. “I didn’t realize that you can’t read.” I switch lanes.

I can almost feel his smile stretch. “Always a precious smartass.” I hear him flip a page. “You have a typo on number thirty-two.”

He called me precious. What the fuck does that even mean? Precious. I have to let it go, but the word scrolls across my gaze like a tickertape banner. “What typo?”

“You forgot a comma.”

I let out an irritated groan. “This isn’t a term paper. Don’t critique my grammar.”

Farrow kicks up one of his shoes on my seat. Balancing his forearm on his knee. Then he bites the staple off and spits it out. I tense and try to watch him and the road simultaneously.

He has a very particular way he moves his hands. They shift with meticulousness and care. A sort of accuracy that belongs to surgeons and someone equipped to disassemble and reassemble a gun blindfolded.

I’ve imagined those hands on me too many times to count. Don’t fucking restart now. I’m trying not to, but having him this close, the NC-17 fantasies vie to breach the surface. Heat blankets my skin and tries to grip my cock.

Thumbing through the papers, Farrow tells me, “You’re about to miss our exit.”

“Shit.”


 

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – LOVED. IT.

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – 5 Stars

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Let me introduce you to the most emotional book you will read this year.

Bad Romance is one of the most unique-gut wrenching-emotional-OMG I CAN’T PUT THIS DOWN-well written-Am I crying? Yep I’m crying again- books you will read.

Heather’s writing in this is just … absurd. In the best possible way. If you don’t read YA, she, my friends, is the author that will change your mind.

This is like an incredible mix of Dusty Innocents + It Ends With Us.

Bad Romance starts at the end – told from the heroine Grace’s POV, the story reads like a letter to her boyfriend Gavin as she tells him about her difficult home life, what it was like to meet him, fall for him, and shows him and the reader piece by piece how the end of their destructive relationship comes to be. Her voice is incredibly relatable, surprisingly witty, and her hindsight about what she’s realized and the parallels to her home life are just done so brilliantly.

“A year from now I’ll be screaming Fuck you, FUCK YOU into a pillow because I won’t have the guts to say the words to your face. But right now, a boy is staring at me from the end of the hall and even though he doesn’t say a word, he’s claimed me. I’m new territory and you’ve planted your flag.”

I just want to point out I loathe those preachy types of reviews where people talk about the effects a book will have on the world or the importance of the theme it’s portraying. I’m just..I’m not one of those reviewers. Read what you want. Take from it what you want. But I will be preachy in this review. Because I honestly think this is one of the most powerful and encouraging books I have ever read. You may not get this if you’ve never had a Gavin of your own. But that’s okay. This is still something everyone should read.

“Maybe the only way you really know you love someone is if they can break you with a single sentence.”

I was literally sucked into this story from the very first sentence. I felt like I was living this tale with Grace. I was there when her parents treated her like she was unlovable. I felt what she felt when Gavin came along. When he finally noticed her, swept her off her feet and made her feel like she was worthy of love. When he said those sweet lines that must have made her heart flutter and face smile so bright. Those lines that made MY heart flutter and cheeks hurt. I fell for him right alongside her, and my heart was crushed with hers when it all went downhill. And I think because from the very start we all know how this is going to end, the fall was that much harder. And the emotions this book pulls from you are just that much stronger. I honestly had to stop a few times and just collect myself because of the emotions this was making me feel.

This book is tough. It’s poignant and painful and will resonate and stay with you for a very long time. I am telling you now it’s going to crush you just a little.

This story is told in such a brilliant way that you cannot help but be enraptured from start to end. Simply outstanding and HIGHLY recommended.

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Review: Sustained by Emma Chase <3

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Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase – 5 Stars!

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My cheeks still hurt from all the smiling, LAUGHING, and swooning I did while I read this story. I am convinced Emma Chase can not write a bad book!

Jake is a defense attorney who likes very little drama in his life. He likes order. He likes routine. He has everything planned out regarding his career and has no room for love or relationships.

Chelsea is a sweet, selfless, 26 year old grad student with a heart of gold who learns she is now the legal guardian to her six nieces and nephews.

After Jake has a rather funny first encounter with one of Chelsea’s nephews, Jake and Chelsea meet and hit it off rather quickly. Without much thought or effort, Jake falls into their routine and becomes a part of this new family and finds himself completely sucked into all their chaos. Between piano lessons, One Direction concerts, Mommy & Me Classes, he becomes fiercely overprotective of this clan. The scenes with the kids either had me laughing so hard or tearing up from the sweetness overload.

“We need to add a piano teacher to the list.’ Rosaleen tells her aunt as we walk into the kitchen.
“What do you mean? You have a piano teacher.”
“Not anymore.” The seven-year-old shrugs.
Chelsea turns suspicious eyes on me.
And I have no guilt at all. “That guy shouldn’t be teaching children. Sadistic son of a bitch.”
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“He hit my knuckles with the ruler ‘cause I messed up.”
“Exhibit A,” I interrupt. “What kind of sick fuck could hit her?” I motion to Rosaleen’s joyously precious face. “Rory? He’s another story. Her? No way.”
Rosaleen continues. “So Jake went out to his car and came back in with baseball bat. Monsier La Rue asked him what he was doing and Jake told him, “You hit that kid’s knuckles again, I’m gonna hit you with this.’ ”
Chelsea turns to me, her head tilted and jaw slack.
I admit nothing.
“So…he fired us,” Rosaleen concludes.
I nudge her with my elbow and offer her a carrot “We fired him.”

She pops it in her mouth while a smile.

Jake and Chelsea’s relationship develops naturally (thankfully no insta-love) and their attraction to each other develops into a more meaningful relationship.

“Is that what you want?” she asks quietly. “Do you want me?”
I lose myself in those clear blue eyes. Endless and cerulean, like tropical seas. And my voice is barely a whisper. “All the time. I can’t remember not wanting you anymore.”

But of course with any relationship comes some drama. Jake finds himself re-assessing what he’s always wanted in life and trying to figure out if he can play the family-man role.

I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it.

And dare I say, I think Drew Evans has some competition. I didn’t think Emma could ever top that hunk, but Jake is so FREAKING swoon worthy you will instantly fall in love with him.

As always, Emma nailed the male prospective, wrote hysterical laugh out loud scenes, and of course added in a few steamy, sexy moments.
I absolutely loved how quick-witted and adorable the kids were. I loved the dialogue and the sweet, heartwarming moments. I loved how natural Jake was with all the kids and how easily he found it was to care for them like they were his own.

If you are looking for a quick, light-hearted, ADORABLY SWEET, romantic read, this is it my friends!

*While Sustained is the second book in the Legal Briefs series, each book can be read as a standalone*

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