Graceful Scars (Savannah Stewart) 

Graceful, the word itself was instilled into Tegan Carter’s head at an early age, but anymore she feels far from graceful. When her world is turned upside down she finds herself spiraling into the darkness without any light in sight, until Talon Fisher walks into her life. 

Trying to find herself again, Tegan is faced with a dilemma she doesn’t want to encounter. But will her scars keep her from allowing herself a second chance at a normal life, or will she continue to free fall into the darkness?

Solid 3.5 read for me. This was a clean, straight to the point read. It wasn’t sloppy and it was well put together. I really enjoyed this read especially since it’s not what I would read most of the time.

I didn’t feel totally connected to Tegan but that was okay. I loved Zoey and I wish I knew more about Tegan’s best friend.

I really felt the connection between Tegan and Talon though (the two main characters. How awesome is his name?) I liked how patient and gentle Talon was of Tegan. Despite her struggles.

This story is an empowering tale of recovery, finding inner strength and the power of love to heal. My only warning for you guys is that’s it’s an emotional read. There could be some triggers as well. There’s two sets of people battling their inner demons and past.

Tight (Alessandra Torre)

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t got laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret. The issue is her. The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead. The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

Let me begin with saying, I auto buy anything from this author and that won’t change. I always feel like I’m in for a ride with her. Her writing is good, it flows, and she knows how to describe things in such a way that’s not boring or repetitive.

“The word tight has twenty two different meanings but my favorite is Webster’s fifth-bond which cannot be broken.” 

The twist I didn’t see coming exactly how it turned out. The main character’s flaws were foreshadowed pretty much throughout the book that when you see what happened to lead to the next thing, you’re not surprised.

So along with the Brett and Riley storyline, there is a third person added to the story – Kitten. What we don’t know is who the identity of Kitten is. We don’t learn much about her. Her story is interwoven in-between the flash back-story of Brett & Riley’s. Who is she and what happened to her?

The concept of the story itself was unique and I do give props to Alessandra for keeping me semi guessing. But I had issues with the main characters themselves. I liked their chemistry but I never clicked with them. It never ends well when you don’t jive with a books main character.

For those of you wanting to read this, I say go for it. It was dark and mysterious but not my favorite Alessandra book. It was an entertaining read that was pretty weak when compared to any of the other darker books I’ve read.


Restless Waters (Jessica Park)


A storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.

Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.

With Chris, she shares a staggering romance that kicks heartbreak’s ass.

With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship, one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.

Now Sabin is the one left drowning and struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s biggest challenge ever.

I got drowned and resuscitated in Left Drowning and as soon as Jessica surprise released this book I snatched it up. It’s no surprise that she basically just threw me in the ocean and made me grapple with my own feelings while reading it. I’ve always been a huge fan and Jessica is always one of my go to authors so my expectations were a little high for this book. I’m sure it was so hard for her to write such a gripping sequel to a book that was so emotional and gripping.

Restless Waters is told entirely from Blythe’s POV even though the main focus is on Sabin. I struggled with this aspect of the book, to be honest and I was hoping for more of Sabin’s POV but it didn’t kill the book vibe for me.
My favorite part of the book was how it explored the tension between Chris, Blythe and Sabin. There’s no question that Chris and Blythe have a fateful love. But we can’t help but notice the connection that Sabin and Blythe have as well. It was apparent from the moment he first stole her coffee at the beginning of Left Drowning (sighhhh). Jessica leaves no question unanswered.

I think that if you read and loved Left Drowning you would love Restless Waters just as much. With the history of these people, there is a lot of healing that still remains and we get a lot of closure for these characters. Jessica writes nothing that is sugar coated. It’s all real and raw. You feel connected and you feel emotions that hurt so good to feel.

* it’s really weird I don’t have any graphics but my phone is strange when I try to post my posts on here.

Hollywood Dirt (Alessandra Torre)


Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

Sometimes authors get GREAT promotional teams. They hype up books and pimp the hell out of them. I think this was a victim. This book is a product of too much hype and too much promotion. I bought the book anyways. I received an ARC to review also. I want to start off by saying that I am a huge Alessandra Torre fan. I loved her when she was A. Torre and I love her sexy and mysterious writing. This book, however is not her best and I wasn’t impressed.

The story didn’t make much sense to me. Well it did but it didn’t. The chapters were short and they made me feel like I was missing some big picture or even a small detail. The narrative POV’s weren’t consistent. The writing was not typical A. Torre fashion, and it took me some time to get used to this kind of writing. I get that different is good and most authors like to get out of their comfort zone, but in this case, I didn’t really like it, not when it made me feel disconnected to the characters and it made me feel a bit lost.

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There was great potential for this story. I liked the banter in their relationship and I liked the heroine’s stubborn attitude. It reminded me of me. HA! I liked how Cole interacted with Cocky. I live in the south and although I wouldn’t write about it quite like Alessandra did some of it she nailed on the head. It’s always fun learning about what others think the south is like.

There was a lot of talk of the people in the town not liking the heroine (what WAS her name again? Summer, yes.) but there was actually zero interaction between her and these people to bring the point across. I don’t remember her ever dealing with the public.

And the plot twist….REALLY? She did that? THAT was the secret?
All in all, I didn’t like the book. I wanted to, I really did, but I just couldn’t. I like A. Torre and I like her other books tremendously. Maybe I just read it on a wrong time, or my mood and head wasn’t in it. I did just finish a huge saga that left a pretty big indention in me. Who knows? I guess I had way too high expectations all of yall’s hype did good. I think my standards were way to high compared to her other books and I hate that.

The best things in this book to me were the chicken, no I’m sorry the rooster and Brian DeLuca’s ability to make his wife have an orgasm three times before breakfast. It just wasn’t a great read for me, so stick a fork in me.

The Summer Garden (Paullina Simons)

The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them–and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.

The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

What the hell do I do with my life now? For the past month I have been so engrossed in these books, now that they are over I have no idea what to do with myself. The Summer Garden is the final book in the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. This final book (in my opinion) was set to a completely different pace than the first ones. In both the Bronze Horseman and Tatianna and Alexander there was love, betrayal, tragedy and hope all set against the backdrop of WWII. But in the Summer Garden, their story continues with their life after the war and it really delves into the characters and their day to day relationship. The author gives a very realistic portrayal of post war marriage and the obstacles they must overcome with their wartime past, inner demons, and outer conflicts. Also with adjusting to life outside of Russia.

Since I was so invested in this book and in their relationship, it was really painful and heartbreaking to read it and it felt very REAL to me. Their closeness and intensity became very frigid. It felt like all of the tension could be cut with a butter knife. Their relationship had conquered the violent woes of war so when they begin a new life in the quiet of everyday trifles, everything comes apart. Why does it fall apart? What happened?

“That’s the chasm. You go through something that changes you. You see things you can’t unsee. Then you are sleepwalking through your actual life, shell-shocked.”

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“I love you, I’m blind for you. I’m sick with you. Everything that happened to us, everything is because I crossed the street for you. I worship you. You know that through and through. The way I hold you, the way I touch you, my hands on you, God, me inside you, all the things I can’t say during the daylight… Tatiana, Tania, Tatiasha, love, do you feel me?” 

As I got closer to end of this book my chest started to get heavy. My stomach had butterflies. And my palms were getting sweating. I felt an abundance of feelings. This book just encompassed me SO MUCH. I felt like I was in a vortex and I couldn’t get out. It is realistic, it is emotional, it is full of pain, full of healing, which is just an on going theme I’ve accepted. It’s not afraid to reach to the depth of you soul. Paullina holds nothing back in this one. She writes about human beings after all of their hurt and all of their struggle. But now that I’m finished I feel like I have just lost two best friends…

…Until we meet again, Shura and Tania….
A kickass ending to a kickass saga.

I wanted to include some pictures that I got from my friend, Nicole, who’s pinterest board is immaculate.

The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3) by Paullina Simons —: “what would you like to play, Captain? Marco Polo?” “How about Little Red Riding Tania?” he says, all teeth. “Okey-dokey.” Making her voice high high high, she says gamely, batting her eyes, “Oh, Captain, what big arms you have...” “All the better to hold you with, my dear.” He squeezes her wet body to him. “Oh, Captain, what big hands you have...” “All the better to grab you with, my dear.” He grabs her behind and presses into her. “Oh, my, Captain! What a—”: The birth of Charles Gordon Pasha. The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons. The Bronze Horseman series.:

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Fade to Red Release FINALLY. (Willow Aster)


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Isn’t it so pretty?! I can’t wait for my paper back version!


Dancing in pop superstar Beckham Woods’ entourage was the last thing Roxie wanted. Her life with little Leo was blissfully ordinary; she didn’t have time for the drama that stirring up old memories would surely cause.

But when Roxie took a spot on an international tour with Woods and rock icon Ian Sterling, the lure of financial security and her passion for dance pulled her into an emotional storm that threatened to spin out of control and hurt the ones she loved most.

Just as she began to adjust to her new life, it became apparent that danger was in the shadows, waiting for a chance to move…

***Fade to Red is a standalone novel featuring characters from True Love Story.***

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Tatiana & Alexander (Paullina Simons)


The Bridge to Holy Cross is a powerful story of love and hope — a passionate and epic love story from the Russian-born author of The Bronze Horseman. The world at war …two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero of the Soviet Union, has been arrested by Stalin’s infamous secret police and is awaiting imminent death as a traitor and a spy. Tatiana begins her new life in America. In wartime New York City she finds work, friends and a life beyond her dreams. However, her grief is inescapable and she keeps hearing Alexander calling out to her. Meanwhile, Alexander faces the greatest danger he’s ever known. An American trapped in Russia since adolescence, he has been serving in the Red Army and posing as a Soviet citizen to protect himself. For him, Russia’s war is not over, and both victory and defeat will mean certain death. As the Second World War moves into its final violent phase, Tatiana and Alexander are surrounded by the ghosts of their past and each other. They must struggle against destiny and despair as they find themselves in the fight of their lives. A master of the historical epic, Paullina Simons takes us on a journey across continents, time, and the entire breadth of human emotion, to create a heartrendingly beautiful love story that will live on long after the final page is turned.

Okay, where do I start? God it was beautiful, heartbreaking, and captivating. It was…it was….

 “Tatiana, you were my only life force. You have no idea how hard I tried to get to you again. I gave myself up to the enemy, to the Germans for you. I got shot at for you and beaten for you and betrayed for you and convicted for you. All I wanted was to see you again. That you came back to me, it’s everything, Tatia. Don’t you understand? The rest is nothing to me.”

First things first: this book was so much more emotionally riveting than the first book (in my opinion). After the sobfest of an ending I encountered in The Bronze Horseman, all I really wanted was for Tatiana and Alexander to quickly find their way back to each other but SURPRISE, nothing comes easy to these two. I wanted to cry every time Tania and Shura’s thoughts drifted to each other. Guys, this is what angst was like in the 1940’s. I am just so sure of it. I loved seeing Tania and Shura apart. I loved seeing how they adjusted and even how they grew into themselves. It was so real to me.

“He dreamed of Tatiana, and when he woke up, he thought of Tatiana. Dreams and reality were mingled. Alexander didn’t know where the nightmare ended and real life began.”

We can just chalk this up as my feelings were really all over the place with this book. I really liked the fact that true to its title ‘Tatiana and Alexander’. This book really focused on them and only them. We got their back stories, what they’ve been through before they met each other and once they finally met each other, and then of course all their struggles afterwards. How awesome is that?

“Ask yourself these three questions and you will know who you are:
What do you believe in?
What do you hope for?
What do you love?”

Once again this is a story of hope, love, and survival. It’s about longing and pain. Their enduring love is everything. Thoughts of Larezevo and benches and ice cream and white dresses with red roses and potato counters and blueberries and medals and Orbeli… it’s everything they grasp to keep going, keep loving, and to keep their hope alive. I am just in awe at the brilliant writing and the story of true love that stands all of time. It’s the most unforgettable series I have encountered in a long time.