Nine Minutes (Beth Flynn)


On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Nope. There may have been some things in the story that I couldn’t help but feel odd about but all in all I was absorbed.

The prologue was really good. It got me hooked. Your writing for a first novel was good Beth! It wasn’t astonishing to me but it was good. I didn’t feel like there was a certain style and since it was such a quick read maybe that’s what is for the best with this book. Kudos for Beth though. The prologue was killer and sucked me in (how every prologue should be like that in my opinion). However, most of the time I rolled my eyes at Ginny.

I GET that she was emotionally neglected as a child. I get it, I do. But WHY was she so quick to accept her fate? WHY didn’t she try to escape from that motel? I understand that she might have felt “numb” to her position but she seemed to be way too comfortable with the gang and joining them. Where was her fear? 15 years old, come on. Be scared. Struggle. Cry. Give me something.

 photo does-not-get-it_zpsc2150047.gifAlso, important events felt (to me) like they were randomly just thrown all over the storyline. Characters motives seemed to me altered at times. Like, “this is happening now but THIS will happen in the future). DONT tell me an answer or the future in the middle of a book! I think this was intended to create a big shocking (GASP!) feel and although it caused me to do a double take 99% of the time, in the end I found myself questioning if Beth just sat down and wrote this book straight through. this book from start to finish as thoughts. No stopping. No gathering.

A lot happens in this story, some of it is very dark and there are some stellar twists and turns. The ending was alright. While I predicted part of it, there were still surprises. There are still questions. I liked that. I hate that I can’t give you spoilers because my favorite parts and twists would ruin the story for you. I thought the twists were nicely planned. A huge touché moment.

Very nice job, debut novel. NICE!


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I met a boy once.

He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.

I met a girl once.

Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.

Until we reached it.

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Author Information

Claire Contreras

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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Carnage (Lesley Jones)


I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

I haven’t read a book that has screwed me up (mentally and emotionally) so terribly since the Dusty Innocents series. WHAT A DOOSEY. Until I read Carnage. This is the first time I have had a really hard time putting words on here.

My favorite books are the ones that make me feel them and experience them with the characters and there’s no doubt that Carnage hit the nail on the head. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole way through. I held my breath at the end of most of the chapters. I enjoyed some amazing highs and some real shitty lows.

I really feel like Lesley managed to create believable and realistic drama in Carnage. She creates such a story that was intense without falling in to the “I have to make more drama just because!” trap..

 photo That-Was-Bloody-Brilliant-Ronald-Weasley-Gif_zpsb284274e.gifYou think you know the ending of this story, you just know. After everything Georgia and Sean go through you think you have this ending nailed. SPOILER ALERT: YA DONT. Not sorry, you just don’t.

First let me just say that just because this book didn’t make me cry, doesn’t mean that it didn’t wrench my heart just a little bit. There are some scenes that I choked up on and I could feel my anxiety rising. Has anyone figured out that I love angst so bad yet?

All I can really say is that I was seriously expecting this book to be what it was. My advice is to avoid all spoilers at all costs. Go into this blind. Experience what the author intends and just let it happen. Deep breaths and Xanax are a requirement. Not many books can shock me but this one did. I was a crazy mess yelling obscenities at my kindle. I guess I really am crazy.

Amber to Ashes (Gail McHugh)

They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff. 

Amber Moretti’s life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world.

They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high. 

Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought, her every breath.
Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart, her soul.

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.

Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpectedly beautiful yet petrifying ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men.

Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained. 

But one event changes everything, shattering each of their lives…and Amber isn’t sure she can come back from it.

I just love a good angsty freaking love triangle. The messier the better (unless it’s Molly McAdams then spare me). And in this book Gail delivers head strong and bravely. I’m still thinking and processing all of her words. Two whole days later. They have just stuck with me.

The story is written in mostly Amber’s POV but we are blessed with both Ryder and Brock’s POV along the way which I appreciated deeply. Amber, Brock and Ryder are all very complex and flexible characters and their histories make this story and these people easy to understand (which I appreciate in all books). I was able to empathize with them as they tangled and created a massive web of lies and secrets. This is the kind of story that guts you, ruins you, and has you feeling torn and out of place. This book is one that can and will shatter your heart to pieces but leave you wanting and needing more.

The plot was so damn THRILLING. I had questions and scenarios that just kept stirring in my head and it didn’t play out like any of them but I was okay with that because what WAS created was raw emotions. Raw. Emotions. Everywhere. I felt stripped bare and vulnerable.
I am not torn between two men. I have my mind set and my team picked. The relationship between Amber and Brock, Amber and Ryder, Amber, Brock, AND Ryder is lust, insane, complex, funny, twisted, obsessive, passionate, confusing, and intense. They take and take all of each other from each other (if that makes sense).
Amber was okay. She wasn’t so terrible that I DNF. I just learned to cope with her and it turned out to be easier than I thought it would. She wasn’t my fave, but I liked her because of what the boys brought out in her.
Round of applause for that cliffhanger though! I think it will set the sequel up real nice be quite the shit storm.

Hey Gail, that’s what the title of the sequel should be. Shit Storm. Thank me later.

Worthy of Love? (J. Lea)


They say everything happens for a reason. Maybe they are right, but I don`t really agree.

When I was 14, the life I knew, turned upside down. I was devastated.
Every time I looked myself in the mirror, I saw this ugly girl looking at me. Love obviously wasn’t a part of my plan anymore. How could it be?

But then I met him.
And it happened.
Suddenly and without a warning.
I want him.
I crave him.
Every fiber of my being yearns for him.
He is the one who makes my heart sing, and the one who hunts my dreams at night.

But I can never have him.
After all, he is forbidden..


Worthy of Love is about a girl finding love in a world where she feels like she doesn’t quite deserve it or belong. It is about every day struggle and every day events that happen to “normal” people like you and me. This book was a tremendous breath of fresh air for me. The book starts off present day but as we read we get the past/present point of view and build up. I love loved that in this particular book. As you read (if you are anything like me) you could feel your anxiety and your tension building and escalating as each chapter went on. Personally, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stay with present Lori and laugh with her or past Lori and coddle her so hard. Our hero Parker, didn’t just affect Lori he affected me. Deep. So. Damn Deep.

But all good things must obviously come to an end because 30% in. WHY damnit WHY? What makes an author want to play this type of cruel joke on us? Yep, should have seen it coming.

If you thought that was it boy were you wrong! Because 71% in and WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK.

I very much enjoyed the humor. Elias and Lori are comical, hilarious, and so strangely put together that it just works. The same goes with Parker (Plus I LOVE the name Parker).The tone. The tone was so put together and tedious that I was afraid to miss anything. My eyes stayed glued from beginning to end. The characters were real and complex, I didn’t feel like anything was faked or forced. Usually I’m a sucker for smut but forbidden love is my weakness. It is much more angsty and passionate and I love it. And yes, go buy this book when it released.

God Shaped Hole (Tiffanie DeBartolo)


When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.
Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up.
I’d really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that.

Written with the snap, glitter and wit of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, God-Shaped Hole is a memorable, poignant love story that will leave you weeping with laughter. It is told in the wry, vulnerable voice of Beatrice “Trixie” Jordan who replies to a personal ad, “If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world.”

In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent thirty-something writer, a free spirit who is a passionate seeker of life. He possesses his own turn of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie’s off-center vision as they roller coaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance. Along the way they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.

This story will prove so touching you will rush to share it with a friend or loved one or even a stranger.

I have some very strong, mixed feelings about this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I should reread it or if I just wasn’t in the right place but I just can’t put my finger on it.

The book has an amazing start and a spectacular middle but then I really wanted to put it down for a day or two. I didn’t. I read it. But I think the mood or something changed in the book and it just wasn’t for me anymore. I think it’s because I could see what was going to happen. It isn’t a bad book at all. I actually threw it across the room at the end. My husband said “didn’t end up like you wanted it?” NO. NO IT DIDNT.

First, Tiffanie’s writing is fantastic. I felt like the characters had the right mix of humor and tragedy. I was actually an emotional mess, thanks to the unpredictable twist at the end. (Or was it predictable? Idk I questioned it all the way through the book). I love all the moments that Beatrice and Jacob shared. It started out quickly and easily for them and then things just sort of settled nicely all together. I actually do not care for insta love. At all. It’s annoying and redundant. But I even found their fight in the middle of the story amusing. I love that they had the same shared passion and love for life. They kind of just grew on me.

Three stars is what I rated it and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I enjoyed the dynamics and the characters but my husband nailed it. It didn’t end the way that I wanted and my hopes and dreams were crushed but I won’t chalk this up as a bad read or a waste of time.

Inspiring You (Jessica Sorensen)


Ayden knows it’s time to remember what really happened four years ago, so he can help save his sister. With the help of Lyric, he faces his past head on.

But dealing with the truth is difficult.

Will Ayden finally be free of his past so he can move forward to his future?

This won’t be a long review since these books are semi-short but this was a very enjoyable series for me. I loved Ella and Micha and I love how Jessica always carries us off with the other characters in her books so we can see how all of their life (or most of it) plays out. AND WE GET OUR ANSWERS!

I liked this installment and this series.  Like in the previous books, both Ayden and Lyric are such dynamic characters. I appreciated both aspects they brought to this series. They were endearing characters and developed so wonderfully through out the whole series. Ayden was much stronger in this installment and I like that about him. His past is pretty dark and I am glad that he and Lyric could support each other in all of their circumstances.

SHORTEST REVIEW EVER but doesn’t matter. I am excited for Sadie’s story and Fiona’s. That strange girl she is.