Review ❤ 53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar

“What good is love if you don’t show it?”

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53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar – 4 Stars

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To be entirely honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. If you read the blurb and the author’s review, you’ll know this book centers around an affair. And I think I put off reading this for so long because I absolutely despise anything to do with cheating. I have read a few books in the past with cheating and did NOT enjoy them. But this book was NOT one of those books.

“You just see what you can’t have,” I reply.
“Maybe. Or maybe I’ve carried you with me for so long, there’s no room for anyone else.”

Leylah did the impossible – She actually made me LIKE all of the characters in this book. And that’s what I want to focus on in this review. I didn’t hate any one. No anger towards any of them. Did I always agree with some of their choices? No. But Leylah wrote this in such a way you just can’t help but sympathize and yearn for everyone that was involved.

“I wait for guilt to set in. I wait for self-loathing to roll in. I wait for my feet to carry me to the door. But when his lips graze mine, whisper soft, I know this is what I’ve been waiting for. How long have I thought about this? How many weeks? Months? Years? His lips on mine. Like this. My fingers running through his hair. Like this.”

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“Who can resist to be disrobed so? With lips and tongue and lover’s breath.”

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You would think I would have some choice words for the man who goes after a woman that is married. But as much as I tried, as much as I thought I would, I NEVER once hated Troy. I loved his character, in fact. I rooted for him and Shayda to be together even though I knew what they were doing was wrong. But like everything in life, nothing is black and white and neither was their lives, their choices, or their affair.

“I want to share every sunrise and every sunset and every second in between with you. I want your laughter and your breath and your blood and your bones. You’re the one thing that centers my soul. I may circle the whole world, but you’ll always be home.”

If you’re like me and haven’t picked this up because of the touchy premise, I promise you this is this book that will change your mind on the topic.

Leylah’s writing is beautiful and vivid, the story was heartbreaking and messy and touching and emotional, and I can most definitely see why this book is marked as a favorite among so many book friends. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves emotional reads!


 

Press play below! This song – Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy – reminds me so much of Troy and Shayda ❤

Happy Release Day! ❤ Royally Matched by Emma Chase is live!

Royally Matched by Emma Chase is live! To read my review, click here

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Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

 

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EXCERPT

Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.

“I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”

My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.

“I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”

She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.

Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.

It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.

I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.

But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.

“Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”

“I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”

I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”

She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.

“Show me.”

Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.

I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.

There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Feature Friday: #MonsterInHisEyes by JM Darhower

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Today’s feature: Monster In His Eyes Series by JM Darhower:

                              

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“Tell me,” I whisper, running my tongue along the shell of her ear. “Tell me how you want it to be. Tell me what you need from me.”
I’ll give her anything.
I’ll tear my fucking chest open with my bare hands, rip out my heart and hand it to her, if that’s what she needs.
All she has to do is tell me.
All she has to do is ask.
She could bark out a million demands, and I would work myself to the death making them all happen, but instead she merely whispers, “I want you to love me.”
So I do.
I love her.

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Tempted by the evil beside me, the original sin..my forbidden fruit. I took a bite of her on a whim and realized, despite what the world led me to believe, she wasn’t rotten to the core. He wants me to toss her aside, throw her away, let her decay into the ground where he thinks she’s meant to be, but I’m not sure anything else could sustain me.
I drank from the Holy Grail.
He’s not taking that away.

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If those quotes alone don’t make you want to read this series, there is something wrong with you and we can’t be friends.

JK.

Not really.

If you haven’t read this amazing series by my favorite freaking author, READ THEM!

Head on over to my Facebook page, for a giveaway to win an eBook copy of book 1 – Monster In His Eyes!

In love with Royally Matched by Emma Chase!

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Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase – 5 Stars

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Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco: Playboy. Wild child. Next in line to the throne of Wessco.

Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum: Book nerd. Shy, quiet, and sometimes timid. Prefers to stay out of the spotlight.

These two together? PERFECTION!!!!!

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After reading about Henry in Royally Screwed, words could not describe how excited I was to learn he would be getting a book of his own. He is HYSTERICAL, sarcastic, and his “I don’t really give a shit attitude” is SO entertaining. Now in line for the throne, Henry is thrust into politics and responsibilities he does not want.

“But I’ve never been very good at doing what I’m told. It’s a problem. Or a reflex. If they say left, I go right. If they say sit, I jump. If they say behave, I get drunk and spend the weekend screwing all three of the Archbishop’s triplet nieces. They were nice girls. I wonder what they’re doing this Friday?”

So what does he do?

He signs up for a reality TV show called “Royally Matched” where 20 single women will date him in hopes to marry and become his future Queen. Henry knows damn well he most likely won’t be getting serious with any of these gals, and this show will most likely piss the Queen off, but being the nuisance he is, he does it anyway.

Sarah tags along with her sister who is one of the contestants on the show. And the instant she meets Henry, his flirtatious nature comes out.

“And what about you? Is there any wild in you, Teet-bottom?”
My cheeks go up in flames. “Not even a little. I’m the boring one. The good one.”
His teeth scrape his lower lip and it looks . . . naughty.
“Corrupting the good ones is my favorite pastime.”
Oh yes, definitely a Willoughby. I hug my book to my chest. “I’m not corruptible.”
His smile broadens. “Good. I like a challenge.”

And even though there are 20 girls clawing for his attention, Henry can’t seem to get sweet Sarah out of his mind.

“I could show her what dirty really looks like.”

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Now let me stop here and just say this: Emma Chase should forever be dubbed the Queen of Romance after this book. I have loved every hero she has ever written, but something about this smooth talking man had me weak in the knees.

But now . . . now it makes sense. Because I would give up a crown for her. I would give up my name, my title—I would trade my country, forfeit my birthright, lie, kill, cheat, and steal, for this. For her.

A smile never left my face while reading this. And I felt the constant need to fan myself.

When he reaches the bed, he wraps his hand around my ankle and jerks me down to the edge. “I’ve been thinking about this all day.”
It’s only when I speak that I realize I’m breathless. “About what?”
And the man who will be my king sinks to his knees before me. “About tasting you. I’m going to lick you until my tongue gives out. Any objections?”
Oh God . . . His lips slide into an adorably crooked half-smile.
“Speechless, love? Was it something I said?”

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You want a feel-good romance packed with emotion, humor, and steam? Emma Chase is your gal. You want a steamy and passionate read that will also have you cracking up? Royally Matched is the book.

I adore this woman’s writing, and will forever be a fan of the stories she creates. Her characters are one of a kind, and her writing makes you fall in love with love.

Royally Matched is out February 21st!

Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2) by JM Darhower – PERFECTION!

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Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2) by JM Darhower – 5 STARS!

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If I thought I loved Lorenzo while reading Menace, nothing, and I MEAN NOTHING, could have prepared me for what I felt for him while reading this.

There really isn’t much I can say about Grievous without revealing major plot points from book 1 or spoiling everything from this book. But I can say Grievous picks up right where Menace leaves off.

I can say this book is filled with action, revenge, crazy twists and turns, and some scenes that were so emotional there was no way I wasn’t going to wind up sobbing on the floor like a child.

I can say Lorenzo is SO much more than he first appears. He’s emotional and thoughtful and passionate and even though he sometimes can’t find the right words to say, he’s perfect just the way he is.

“Whenever I close my eyes, I see her. Scarlet.
I see her smiling. I see her crying. I hear her laughter flowing through me, sending chills down my spine. The sound of her moaning creeps through my bloodstream, the face she makes in the throes of passion, the pulse that spurs it on. Whatever it is I’m feeling, I want it to stop. I want it to go away. I want to stop fucking seeing her every time I blink. I want to stop fucking thinking about her every time I pause to take a deep breath. She’s like an infection that’s settling into my chest. I would rip out my own organs if I thought it might purge her from my system.”

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I can say Scarlet is hands down one of my all time favorite heroines.

And I can also say the ending was SO GODDAMN PERFECT I went back and read it 3 times.

For the love of everything good and holy, please tell me there will be more from them. Please JM? I’ll even buy you a Buster of your own. I need to read about them for the rest of time. I don’t want their story to end!!!!! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish.

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddman toxic every touch is just too much.”

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This was the perfect mix of dark and sexy and surprisingly romantic. JM just has this way of storytelling that grabs you and doesn’t let go. She also creates the most unique characters you can’t help but love even though you know you shouldn’t. This woman never disappoints. I am itching and anxiously waiting for whatever comes next for her! She will forever be one of my top favorite authors.

Grievous is out February 6th!