Wednesday, October 9, 2013


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A mistake made long ago…
Pain buried so deep…
When Bailey Trent returns home to her small little Ozark mountain town after being away for nearly six years, she knows she’ll face the ghosts of her past. It does not mean she’s prepared to come face to face with the cruelest of those memories.
Darren Cory’s life is a shell of what it once was, and when he’s forced to endure the cause of his agony, hatred abounds quickly. But hating Bailey destroys him too.
Can Darren find a way to move past the pain and forgive the woman he once cared so much for before his anger consumes them both? Or will he drag them into the hell of an unforgiven past.


****The author provided me with an ARC of this book for my honest review****
I am not going to do a recap for two reasons one the synopsis does a good job of it and two I have no idea how to do one without giving away some serious spoilers that would ruin the story for you. I love Elizabeths books I know whenever I sit down to read one of them I'm not moving until I've read the entire thing and most of the time it's going to gut me, Unforgiven was no exception. Bailey made one stupid mistake, she has been paying for it for six years and lost so much, I wanted things to work out for her so badly and every time she was knocked down or hurt it made me cry. Then Darren, poor Darren, yes he was an asshole at times but he was in his own personal hell. His emotional turmoil was just gut wrenching and as much as I wanted to kick him in the balls I also wanted to hug him. While there were plenty of sad angsty moments there were also some seriously hot sex scenes, the author doesn't just focus on the physical aspect the way she writes the scenes the characters emotions in those moments jump off the pages. Unforgiven is not a hearts and flowers easy love story, it's a story that deals with grief, how you deal with it, guilt and how what happens when the person you love makes one mistake that you don't know how to forgive? I loved this book, if I could give it more than five stars I would. 

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A Playboy's Love Affair

What a playboy wants, a playboy gets... Alex St. Jones, black sheep of the famous St. Joneses, is the playboy of playboys whose only love affair is his freedom. He lives by one rule: Enchant them. Seduce them. Leave them. But that's about to change when a midnight temptress stumbles upon him and demands he kiss her. Carly Mitchell wants nothing to do with Alex St. Jones. She hates his good looks, his arrogance. Plus, he won't leave her alone no matter what she does. Most importantly, she hates that she's falling for him. But she's determined not to go down without a fight and to teach him a lesson at that.Alex may have met the one woman he cannot tame, but he doesn't plan on letting that stop him. Will Carly withstand his charms? When two strong personalities collide, sparks are sure to fly.

Alex walked through a stunningly tall garden arbor, admiring the beautiful roses clambering up its sides. He came to a halt at its end, and closed his eyes as he slowly inhaled the tranquility mixed in the rose sweet smelling cool night air. Instinct told him he wasn’t alone, and was glad to see his gut feeling never failed him. His gaze followed a path leading up to a woman in a midnight blue gown, standing under a timeless giant tree a few steps away from him.
“Trying to get away?” the mysterious woman purred, coming out of the shadows with a cat-like walk.
He nodded. His gaze traveled the length of her body, and his hands itched to touch her long chocolate waves resting on her left shoulder.
“I don’t blame you.” She lifted her hand offering him the bottle of wine she’d been drinking from. “Alex St. Jones, is it?” Her moonlit cosmic green eyes met his caramel brown moss.
Alex was sure he’d never crossed paths with this woman before tonight. “And you are?” He puckered his brow in inquiry. He shouldn’t have been surprised to hear she knew who he was, but he was. Alex had yet to meet a woman who claimed she’d never heard of the St. Joneses. He didn’t know whether he owed a “thank you” to his wealthy-as-sin dad or not.
“Carly Mitchell… Are you going to have some wine or should I just do the deed myself?” Her upper lip curled showing straight pearl white teeth. “I certainly don’t mind.”
Alex grabbed the bottle of wine from her and took a long sip. “Who are you trying to get away from?”
“My ex.” Carly rolled her eyes.
“Your ex?” His gaze drifted around them.

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The Derby Girl

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The Derby Girl (Getting Physical, #2)
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Book two of Getting Physical
Roller derby girl Gretchen "Honey Badger" Badgerton lives in the moment, no apologies. Like every woman in Pleasant Park with a pulse, she finds Dr. Jared Fine irresistible, but she's taken by surprise when her unattainable new neighbor asks her out.
On paper, Jared is the perfect man: gorgeous, wealthy and charitable. But his golden image is just that, and opening an upstate practice is a welcome chance to start a new life. When Gretchen stops to help him with a flat tire, he's intrigued by her feisty attitude—and her sexy body art. There's something refreshing about being with a take-charge woman who doesn't expect him to be anything but himself.
Though Gretchen is hesitant to shatter Jared's "bad girl" illusion of her, she has to face facts: she's fallen for the good doctor. She's used to putting everyone else's needs before hers, but as their relationship heats up, can she handle having someone take care of her for a change?
Call back to The Rebound Girl.

**** Carina Press through NetGalley provided me with an ARC of this book for my honest review****
I had never heard of this series before coming across the book on NetGalley. That being said, the minute I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. I have always been a fan of roller derby so a roller derby girl as a heroine? I was excited. A few pages into this book I was completely hooked. Gretchen "Honey Badger" Badgerton was an amazingly smart and complex character, she could be a tough as nails girl in the ring who laughed about bruises, but outside she had a vulnerable side and could have her moments of just being as lost as everyone else. Her eccentricity just made her all the more appealing as she dabbled in various careers and wasn't afraid to try new things. When she stops to "rescue" our hero Jared Fine aka Dr. Fine, renowned plastic surgeon from a flat tire on the side of the road, you immediately know this is not going to be a storybook simple romance. Jared isn't without his own flaws and past, and together they weave an entertaining story line filled with meddling ex's, steam, stereotypes and reality checks. An awesome series that I'm sure to continue!
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Four Weddings and a Werewolf

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To have and to howl…
Logan Black, former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.
Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but hates them. One bit her sister, changing their lives forever. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand.
The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together seems fated, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, these two need more than passion to keep them together.


****Entangled Publishing, LLC through NetGalley gave me an ARC of this book for my honest review.****
Veronica is a wedding planner she believes in loves and is flattered when she starts receiving notes and tokens from a secret admirer. She doesn't know this admirer is really a werewolf stalker, ever since her sister was bitten their lives changed, so while she knows werewolves exist she hates and fears them. Logan is a bodyguard for his wolf pack he doesn't do long term relationships and has no plans to ever marry, but when the two of them get together the chemistry is off the charts. Can Veronica get over her prejudice and fear? Will Logan realize what he is feeling and make the plunge? Can the two of them find her stalker before it's too late? This book was good, yes it was predictable with the hero being so against relationships and heroine being afraid, but the two of them together worked and the sex scenes were hot so while the set up was not very original the book holds your attention and isn't boring. I didn't get that mystery/suspense edge of your seat tension because I figured out who the stalker was the first time he appeared. This isn't a book that really stands out, but it's still a good read with a few cute funny moments thrown in.

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