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LIFT Auction is LIVE! Plus Anthology Giveaway!

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GingerIt’s LIVE!! The LIFT 4 Autism Auction is open for bidding!

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Win a $25 Winner’s Choice Gift Card in the LIFT Celebration Giveaway!

The Lift 4 Autism Auction is a bookworm’s dream! Featuring hard-to-get, much-sought items from romance favorites like Nicola Yoon, Kristen Ashley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Corinne Michaels, T.M. Frazier, Marie Force and more than 200 others in celebration of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan founded LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance community around autism. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for the autism community. Learn more at kulturecity.org.

Specifically, LIFT 2017 will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

Learn more about the mission of Kulture City and the dangers of wandering in today’s USA Today HEA feature here.

Watch the lifeBOKS video: https://www.facebook.com/AutismOnTheMighty/videos/1591316364511099/

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here:

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Auction Frequently Asked Questions:

http://lift4autism.com/auctionfaq

Find the full Author list here: http://lift4autism.com/contact.

The auction is LIVE until Friday, April 28, 8:00pm.

 

  1. Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign.

DONATE here: bit.ly/LIFT4AutismGIVE

 

  1. Buy LIFT Wear (T-shirts, totes, mugs, etc…)

https://teespring.com/Lift2017

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4. Buy the YA Fantasy Anthology Ever In the After for 99¢

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*All proceeds go to Kulture City!

 

Connect with LIFT!

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NOTE FROM CHRISTINE: I will give away 2 copies of the YA Anthology in support of LIFT here on my blog. Simply watch the lifeBOOKS video and leave me a comment here on the blog with one thing you learned, or one fact the video talked about. I’ll pick two winners randomly on May 05, so you have until May 04 to enter!

Enjoy Her Scottish Mistake

A Perfect Escape Novel by Michele De Winton

Contemporary Romance

Her Scottish Mistake

I read a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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Overall Rating: 3.25 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Janie Milan can’t believe she’s finally in Thailand. It’s a littler earlier than she expected, but she’s been waiting her whole life to get off the beet farm and into the world. When she meets Blaine Galloway, Janie’s first impression is that the hot Scotsman is out of her league. But when Blaine, aka Bevan, goes from seemingly 75% interested in her to 100% interested in her, she knows she has the chance of a lifetime to have a romantic fling on an island resort. When things get a little too real for the vacationing couple, their true characters are revealed.

I like Janie and Blaine together. Blaine makes Janie feel good about herself, gives her confidence and seems to delight in her enthusiasm at seeing the world. Conversely, Janie is excited to have a handsome man treat her like she’s special and Blaine does everything in his limited power to protect Janie, which I find sweet. Really, though, Janie is the one who won me over the most. I like who she is by the end of the novel and I think I’d want to be friends with her if she were a real life person.

For me, there are two primary issues with the novel that prevented me from enjoying it more. The first is that Blaine’s perspective felt distant and emotionless. While I see the appeal of Janie as a character, Blaine’s observations of her didn’t quite synch up with my reading of the scenes. He says that she makes him feel like a better version of himself, which is great, but I’m not sure why he feels like that. It didn’t make sense based on the events of the book.

Second, the pacing of the novel is a bit off for me. It lagged from about 40%-60%. At the beginning I really enjoyed the book and got into it. But then it seemed like it was on a loop, without anything really happening. Once I got past the 60/65% mark, it picked back up again and I was glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed the end.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

I don’t necessarily think it’s worth buying, but I do think it’s worth reading, especially if you enjoy dreaming about or traveling to places like Thailand. The descriptions were great and I was happy to see Thailand the destination, since it seems generally overlooked in the romance genre as a place to go.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid. It is a hilarious book and has some similarities with this one. A famous actress meets a country man, they trade some jokes and some smoldering looks. They don’t go to Thailand though. It’s pretty awesome. You can read my review of the book here.

Her Scottish Mistake

by Michele de Winton
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Aspiring blogger Janie Milan is finally on her dream trip to Thailand. But when an unfortunate piña colada incident lands her in the path of a hot Scotsman, Janie finds herself dying to find out what’s under his kilt. Only the frustratingly sexy man isn’t who he’s pretending to be…

After cutting a deal to keep his brother safe, Scottish heartthrob Blaine Galloway is hiding from the press. But his secret identity starts to slip the second he meets small-town blogger, Janie. Now the press is hot on their heels and Blaine’s life is tumbling into a tabloid-sponsored hell. Coincidence? He’s not so sure.

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ABOUT MICHELE DE WINTON

It’s no wonder that Michele’s first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages as she was a performer long before she got adicted to the page. Being a writer was not what she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’ but then neither was a dancer. Her poor parents. They thought that when she toddled off to law school they’d bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie.
She now writes full time in a studio surrounded by the whisper of wind in the trees and only intermittent interruptions from her young son, husband and hunger pangs. She’s based in New Zealand (land of beaches and hobbits) loves chocolate, yoga, sunshine, her boys and happy endings.

You can get in touch through facebook or twitter or through her website and blog http://www.micheledewinton.com

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Turning Back Release Boost

Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Blurb
I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved
around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the
forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.
Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was
always there for me… Until he wasn’t.
Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there
for me and he never regretted it.
Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself.
Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.
And now he might be the only one I have left.
It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been
so much more. It could’ve been so much better. 

And that’s why I’m turning back.

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Excerpt

“So then
what happened?” Bric asks.
We’re
sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of
the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my
left.
Bric is
still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her
baby seat on my right.
Everything
is familiar—but off.
“Then he
went to bed.”
“What’d you
do?”
“I sat
there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
“What did
you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m
saying is critically important.
“He hate-fucked
me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
“Rochelle,”
Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
“I’m
serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck.
Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try
not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go
check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
“Gone?”
Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
“Just
left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never
texted back.”
“He’s just
mad,” Bric says.
“I know.” I
huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was
worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
“Now he’s
just angry.”
“Right.”
“It’s a
pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
“I realize
that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t
know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want
to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
“No,” Bric
says, like I’m being ridiculous.
“I’m not
being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing
something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing
the same game.”
“He’s mad,
Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
“What does
that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with
me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
Bric rubs
his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley.
She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric
is still thinking.
“I don’t
want an us, Bric.”
He looks me
in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin
getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just
trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out
and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
“He said he
doesn’t trust me.”
“He has a
good reason,” Bric counters.
“I know
that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of
us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this
out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
But as soon
as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one
and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life
that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I
have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias
Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then
some.
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Author Bio
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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Release Blitz, Rookie Moves by Author Shelly Alexander

hosting-rm-blitzNOW LIVE! Rookie Moves A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 2

Bestselling author Shelly Alexander  brings you this fresh new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It’s a fun, flirty, and dirty series of romantic comedies that can be read as STANDALONE novels.

 

If you like smart, gorgeous, dirty talking guys who love bold and bright women, then this is the series for you!

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Add to your TBR shelf on Goodreads.

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“‘Rookie? She’ll be an expert when I’m done teaching her.” –Dex Moore

Smart guys make the best lovers. We’re curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady who piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out.

Lucky SOB that I am, I’ve built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that’s grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I’m a quasi-celebrity. It’s a role I never expected, and out of all three Checkmate partners I’ve somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy.

I don’t mind the smokescreen. I can’t commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don’t keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I’d like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can’t have. And since she’s one of my closest friends and my business partner’s sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

ForePlay (A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 1)

Also on KindleUnlimited

 

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Get Wilde – Book 3 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming May 2017)

 

Sinful Games – Book 4 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming Late Summer 2017)

 

If you prefer your romances sweeter with a touch of steam, try Shelly Alexander’s Red River Series.

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It’s In His Heart Book1

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It’s In His Touch Book 2

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It’s In His Smile  Book 3

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It’s In His Arms Book 4

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GIVEAWAY

3 Great Prizes

1-$50 Southwest Airlines Gift Card Grand Prize

3-Signed Print copies of Foreplay w/ author swag pack (International winners will receive an e-copy of both foreplay and Rookie Moves instead of a print copy and swag.)

 

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ABOUT SHELLY

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A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.

Keep up to date and follow Shelly here:

Website http://shellyalexander.net/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ShellyAlexanderAuthor/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ShellyCAlexande

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12166814.Shelly_Alexander

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Email shelly@shellyalexander.net

200 Twitters Followers


I want to take a second to celebrate a milestone: @loverserially has 200 followers on Twitter. That means over 200 people receive my blog updates and book reviews. My intention in starting this blog was simply to share my love of books and writing. I am so excited to be sharing those things with you. In honor of this milestone, I’d like to do a giveaway. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter, do so and tag in a tweet with the name of an *ebook you’d like to read. If you already follow me on Twitter, then it’s even easier: just tweet me the name of an *ebook you’d like to have. If you don’t have Twitter, then you can simply comment below this blog post. 

Feel free to share if you have a friend who could use a free book. This giveaway is sponsored by me and is in no way connected to Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. One entry per platform. 

Once a winner is selected, you have 5 days to respond to my tweet or comment reply. If I don’t hear from you, then I will randomly select another entry. 

*Please make it an ebook I can gift to you via Amazon or Barnes & Nobles. 

New Release & Giveaway: It’s In His Arms

alexander-itsinhisarms-21918-cv-ft-v2It’s In His Arms (A Red River Valley Novel Book 4)

Lorenda Lawson has built a safe, sheltered life for her two young sons since their father was KIA several years ago. She has a beautiful cottage and a support network of family and friends. No one in Red River suspects that her marriage to Cam was ever less than perfect. Nobody, that is, except the gorgeous ex-SEAL who’s shown up after a long absence: Cam’s notorious twin brother, Mitchell.

Mitchell Lawson was a teenage rebel who fled Red River after the local watering hole burned down, choosing the military over jail. Now he has a new mission: making amends with the town and his sheriff father for his hell-raising days, while resisting the woman he’s always wanted. Between Lorenda’s warmth and sensuality and her boys’ mischievous matchmaking ploys, it won’t be easy.

When a string of fires breaks out, suspicious eyes turn toward Mitchell. Lorenda risks her reputation for his sake—but she’ll need to risk her heart, too, to bring this onetime bad boy home for good.

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New to the series? Get caught up with books 1-3

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Currently on sale for 99cents!

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It’s In His Heart (A Red River Valley Novel Book 1 )

Ella Dennings is furious. Soaking wet, muddy, and furious. All she wants is to enjoy a quiet summer retreat in her Red River Valley cabin. Maybe she can finish healing after the death of her husband, Bradley. Maybe she can even finish writing that third book in her anonymously written bestselling series. But when she arrives at the cabin in a raging rainstorm, who does she find holed up there but Cooper Wells, Bradley’s sexy best friend—a man capable of seducing women within seconds—and a man Ella has never liked.

Coop’s got his own baggage. He’s engulfed in a nasty legal battle, and after selling his home to cover his legal fees, he’s got nowhere to go but the cabin. He and Ella will just have to coexist under one roof…but is their heated animosity boiling over into attraction? And when Ella’s racy new book rocks the sleepy town, will her secret identity spell scandal for both of them?

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It’s In His Touch (A Red River Valley Novel Book 2)

There’s nothing that Angelique Barbetta can’t handle, no illness she can’t recover from, not one item on her outrageous bucket list that she can’t conquer—not even alligator wrestling! But after discovering her fiancé in a less-than-professional position with their perky assistant, even tough-as-nails Angelique needs a break. Her law firm sends her to Red River to work on a case that should be a piece of cake. Until she meets her sexy neighbor Blake Holloway…one of the proprietors who will lose everything if Angelique wins.

On opposite sides of a hostile legal battle—with a pair of Angelique’s silk undies ending up in Blake’s hands—undeniable chemistry swirls between them. As Blake shows Angelique just what Red River has to offer, her heart begins to melt for the people whose businesses make up the soul of the town. Can she put aside her feelings to win the case? Or will he convince her there’s much more at stake than winning—like love?

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Its In His Smile

It’s In His Smile (A Red River Valley Novel Book 3)

Miranda Cruz isn’t just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she’s Red River’s newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who’s disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens to send her dreams up in smoke.

Acclaimed environmental architect Talmadge Oaks returns home to Red River on family business. He plans to get in and get out quickly because a professional catastrophe is waiting back in Washington. When an unforeseen snag keeps him in Red River longer than expected, he finds himself entangled in the renovations of his late grandmother’s Victorian inn. Handy with a hammer, he offers to help the beautiful new owner, but his motives aren’t completely selfless. Will his secret demolish everything they are building? Or can their undeniable passion keep them together?

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Check out Shelly’s new Super Sexy Checkmate Inc. Series

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ForePlay (A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 1)

“She wants to play. Game on.” —Leo Foxx

Giving a woman what she wants is my business. I’ve built a career on it. I mean, is there anything more beautiful than seeing a woman get exactly what she wants, exactly the way she wants it, with exactly the man she wants it from? Nothing I’ve ever seen comes close.

There’s just one little catch. Sometimes women go looking in the wrong places. Sometimes they need a little help figuring out what they want in a man. That’s where I come in. I’ve spent years studying what women want. I mean what they really want.

Sounds like a great job for a guy, right? A dream career. Especially since it’s become so much more. It’s a multimillion-dollar corporation called Checkmate Inc., and I’m the CEO. One of the youngest on record. Except a few feminist groups have gotten the wrong impression and are starting to make noise. Something about how Checkmate helps give guys an unfair advantage over women. And the one woman who can help me can also sink my company to the bottom of the Hudson—and drag me along with it.

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About the Author:

Shelly Alexander is the author of contemporary romances that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, she grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.

Keep up to date and follow me at:

Website: http://shellyalexander.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShellyAlexanderAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShellyCAlexande

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Email: shelly@shellyalexander.net

Instagram: shellycalexander

 

Giveaway:

Enter to win one of the following prizes:

3 – $15 Amazon Gift Cards

3 – Signed Print Copies of IT’S IN HIS TOUCH plus Author Swag Packs

3 – Digital Copies of FOREPLAY – A Checkmate Inc. Novel (Her More Sizzling Series)

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Review & Giveaway of Tijan’s Sustain

Sustain by Tijan

Contemporary Romance

To say thank you to my faithful readers, I have a signed copy of Sustain to give away. Entering this contest is easy. To enter, simply respond to this review—you can give your own opinion, ask a question, or recommend a musically related book. Your chances of winning are relatively good, since this blog is in its first year so give it a try. The contest will be open until Sept. 29, 2016 and I will try and mail the book out to you the following week after I receive your address. Please make sure there is some way I can get ahold of you to let you know you’ve won. Either provide your email in your comment or check back on the blog on Sept. 29 to see who has won. If I can’t reach you in 24 hours, I’ll pick another winner. This will be a random drawing and not based on the “quality” of your comment. One entry per person.

 

Disclaimer: This give-away is in no way sponsored by WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the internet in general. This is also my first give-away so please be patient with me. I will do the best I can to make this fun! The whole point is to interact with those of you who read this blog and help me feel better about myself!

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Brielle’s life hasn’t been easy. She does her day-to-day thing, just trying to survive, but when her boyfriend’s house is raided and she’s taken into the police station for questioning she realizes her life needs to change. Primarily she’s got to break up with her drug-dealing boyfriend. When her twin brother’s band needs her to fill in for a night on the drums, Bri realizes that she’s been missing something important in her life. And while the music pulls her in and beats in her veins, it’s the band’s lead singer, Luke, who sets her on fire.

To be honest, I wanted to like this book more than I did. Brielle sounds amazing with her talent on the drums, her hard-knocks life, and her twin brother, but none of those aspects of her character were fully developed for me. Luke, likewise, seemed like he could be the sexy musician hero worthy of my dreams, but his behavior seemed erratic and inexplicable.

What saved the novel for me was Bri and Luke’s history. They grew up together, were best friends, and the event that tears them apart is a tragedy. They both come from dysfunctional homes so there is some complexity to their relationship that made their relationship interesting to me. While the ending was a little unsatisfying since it all seemed to happily ever after quickly without a true resolution to their conflict, this was a quick and easy read. There was a lot of drama, what with the ex-boyfriend showing up occasionally, an evil cousin, and a music deal, so if you’re into that, then this is a great book.

I want to say this romance is more suited for those in their early 20s, but I also don’t want to pigeonhole readers. The characters felt very young and so I had a harder time relating to them, but the love story between Brielle and Luke spans a lot of years, so I think that’s why it’s not in the New Adult section. In any case, it’s a fun book to pick up if you have some time and want to spend it reading about a strong woman dealing with feelings of guilt regarding the only guy she’s ever loved.

Is it worth buying? ($3.99 Kindle)

I probably wouldn’t buy it, but I did read it for free with Kindle Unlimited. I would recommend borrowing it. It’s a relatively short book at 232 pages so it’s probably better for an inexpensive weekend spent at home reading, than traveling to the bookstore to pick up a paperback copy.

So you might be wondering why I chose this book to give-away. First, I love that Bri is a strong female heroine. While she does slightly crazy things, I like those kind of characters. Two, Tijan is a strong writer and I think she has mass appeal so I thought it’d be great to get something others would like. And three, I’m a tough critic (my average Goodreads score is 3.32) and even though my review is rather mediocre, this is an enjoyable book.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you love women who rock, then you might enjoy Olivia Cunning’s Double Time, the last book in her Sinners on Tour series. I’ve reviewed the entire series on this blog, so you can read more about it here. But just a heads up, this is one steamy story and it lives up to the cliché of sex and rock-n-roll.