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Hard To Hold On To, Laura Kaye (10 cupcakes)

I applaud Laura Kaye for this novella.  A stand-up ovation in fact.  There’s no way in hell that it was easy to tackle a suicidal character, but she did it and she did it well.  Mental health issues are a passion of mine, for good reason, but there is definitely not enough attention paid to this topic.  I really love the fact that Jenna didn’t just “cure” Easy’s issues.  It would have definitely been the (pardon the pun) easy way out and I have respect for Laura for not going that route.  Mental health issues are a real problem, a problem that can take medication, therapy and on-going treatment.  My heart breaks for Easy.  I’ve been where he is.  But you don’t have to have those kind of issues to appreciate this book. Title: Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella Author: Laura Kaye Overall rating: 10 cupcakes...

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Hard As You Can, Laura Kaye (10 cupcakes)

Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink novels are downright fantastic.  Shane and Crystal’s (Sara’s) story is no different, even though I think it was darker than Rixey and Becca’s story.  Crystal’s (Sara’s) past is beyond horrible.  I can’t believe the crap she had to live through.  That was one strong, strong woman.  Holy hell.  Shane’s guilt over his sister was nothing to sneeze at either.  Talk about tortured hero/heroine. I love the fact that we got to catch up on the characters from Hard As It Gets.  In fact, the book starts before HAIG ends.  Shane is taken by Crystal from the very beginning.  Even though she has a “boyfriend” (and believe me, I use the term very, very loosely), she is equally smitten by Shane.  Their relationship progresses incredibly quickly, but that doesn’t take anything away from the story.  I can’t wait to read about Easy and Jenna – next! Title:...

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Review: Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is a 26 year old heroine who for once, isn’t “on the shelf” or “nearly a spinster.” Instead she’s the daughter of a marquess (who may have been mad), and she has a profession. Tobias (Thorn) Dautry is one of the previous hero’s sons. The... Read more »

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Review: Laura Kaye's HARD TO HOLD ON TO pulls the reader in with passion and power - and doesn't let go

As I'm writing this review, I'm still brushing away some tears. First of all, Laura Kaye's novella, HARD TO HOLD ON TO, is amazing. I'm saying that upfront, so if you want to stop reading this now and just hop over to whatever eRetailer you prefer - do. Simply said: Buy this book and read it. The third title in Kaye's Hard Ink series about a now-disbanded Special Forces team is an unbelievably powerful read. The story picks up immediately following the events of Hard As You Can and the rescue of Sara (aka Crystal) Dean's sister, Jenna. If you haven't read Hard As It Gets (book 1) or Hard As You Can (book 2) - do. You could read each of these as stand-alone titles, because Kaye fills in just enough back story to let you know what's going on. But why on earth wouldn't you want to read...

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A Writer’s Brain…

A writer’s brain is a little different from just anyone’s brain. We have an extra chromosome or two in the ‘make it up’ zone of our brain. A writer’s brain is constantly thinking about the next scene in the book, the cover design, a character flaw, etc. You get the picture. Our brains are on overload most of the time. For example: I road with my son to pick up breakfast yesterday. As we headed home with the breakfast and coffee my mind was reeling with storylines. Then the smell of the coffee hit me and my mind went to a whole different storyline. What’s up with that?  Now, I’ve had several stories come into my head that didn’t really pan out. They kind of fizzled out after the first thought. But the problem with that is the story still roams around in my head trying to gain a little...

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Review of WHATEVER IT TAKES (Trust No One #4) by Dixie Lee Brown

"I'd never accuse you of being ungrateful. Shortsighted, maybe. Pigheaded, definitely." - Alex Morgan Whatever it Takes Series: Trust No One # 4 Author: Dixie Lee Brown  Publisher: Avon Impulse Release Date: August 12th, 2014 Source: Publisher for Review Purchase Links: Amazon - B&N - Kobo - iTunes Add to Goodreads Assassin Alex Morgan will do anything to save an innocent life - especially if it means rescuing a child from a hell like the one she endured.  But going undercover as husband and wife, with none other than the disarmingly sexy Detective Nate Sanders, may be a little more togetherness than she can handle. She’s used to working alone, and no man is going to change that - not even a man who makes her heart pound and her defenses crumble with just a touch  Nate has dodged more than a few bullets over the years, but fighting his attraction for Alex...

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Promo & Giveaway: Personal Target by Kay Thomas

Personal Target An Elite Ops Novel By: Kay Thomas Releasing July 29th, 2014 Avon Impulse Blurb AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men working under the radar of most governments. If you have a problem no one else can handle, they can help. A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn't stop his enemies from coming after him—or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law's best friend … a woman from Nick's past. One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she's abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first "customer" arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now, as they race for their lives, passion for each...

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Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye – Release Day Launch + Giveaway

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO HOLD ON TO! HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). And if this novella weren’t hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks’ sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!! Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna ... Read more » The post Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye – Release Day Launch + Giveaway appeared first on Brooke Blogs.

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Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret Review & Blog Tour

Finding Miss McFarland Wallflower Weddings Book Three By: Vivienne Lorret Releasing August 5th, 2014 Avon Romance Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all. Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn’t been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin’s...

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Release Day Launch: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink #2.5)

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye's HARD TO HOLD ON TO!  HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins).  And if this novella weren't hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks' sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!!   Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes | Kobo EXCERPT Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face. “After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said. Propping herself on an elbow,...

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