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Ripples

By Aleatha Romig

Synopsis

Ripples: A Consequences Stand-alone Novel

You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter…imagine telling him the unimaginable…

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed.

“You might not know me. I’m the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I’m not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I’m not spoiled. I’m also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don’t know their past, and that doesn’t matter. I know what I’ve seen—two people devoted to one another.

I don’t believe that I’ll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I’m not even looking for it.

I’m looking for an escape…from my life as a Rawlings…from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name.

I don’t find what I’m seeking…it finds me. Or should I say…he finds me.

This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know—any of us—that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born.”

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~Dalai Lama

Ripples (Unabridged Version) is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel.

Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters. 

Review

Ripples left me wanting so much more for Nat and Dexter. The author notes at the end, let’s hope these characters keep talking so we can continue on the journey.  I loved this story of Claire and Tony’s younger daughter.  She is so like Claire in personality, it gave me the shivers.  I had not read the shorter version so this was a totally new romance for me!

The pace was perfect and the jumping of time in the hidden room was spot on.  Natalie’s experience was so much more intense than her mother’s so it was great to have a totally different feel, this was dark.  The way Dexter manipulates and conditions Natalie is frightening and yet left me aching for so much more. There are many clues woven from the Rawlings history into this story and it had me shaking my head wondering where we were going to be taken.

Unfortunately, I found myself hating Nichol in this story due to her lack of compassion for her sister. Underestimated as the younger child, I loved Natalie immediately.  It is going to be interesting if we are going to get behind the façade of Nichol and her hardness, what are her issues?

What I wanted more of was the conversations between Tony and Dexter, what happened in the study when they first meet.    The moments that Claire and Natalie have made my heart hurt for a mother’s love, that Claire knew in herself that things were not as they seem for her youngest.

I do hope we get more stories around the children of Tony & Claire, I want to see where Natalie and Dexter are going to be taken, how is Tony going to make Dexter see the Consequences of his actions?

Finally, again Phil is my hero as he always was when we first meet him in “Truth”, he has an undying love for all things Claire in such a protective way, including now her babies.

The ending of Ripples leaves me with more questions than answers.

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Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

Review

Jagged is the shortest of this series or it felt like it for me as I did not want to leave Ham and Zara.  It also was a change of pace at there was no dramas and mystery or serial killers like in the first four books.

I actually really enjoyed this couple and how it was all about them reconnecting and moving forward.

This of all the books was the one where I could not understand Ham’s reluctance to say those three words.  When the author finally reveals his story it was a moment where my heart broke for that man.

Zara had a sad past and I loved Zander and his introduction to the story.  So much of Zara and her sister had me in tears and Zara was such a headstrong and stubborn women.

Nina again returns to the series in all her lawyer awesomeness which I loved.  I also admit I have not read February’s story which explains why I was unsure of who Ham was in the beginning.  Lots of returning characters from Gnaw Bone like Arlene, Cotton, and Max provided humour and meddling moments.

Again, some may not love this as much as the first four books but it is a beautiful second chance romance.  Jagged was two past lovers reuniting and moving forward and being easy.

My favourite moment was on the dance floor at the end, what a way to finished a love story – perfection – so happy for Ham

Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

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Going Hard (Steele Ridge #2)

By Kelsey Browning

Synopsis

Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.

When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?

Review

Going Hard is Griff’s story and I loved his romantic connection with Carlie and what a secret she has for him.

My favorite moments was when everyone finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together with Carlie’s big secret.  Aubrey was a beautiful character for me and I hope she continues on in the other stories for the other brothers. I thought the emotions showed by Aubrey and Carlie were well played out by the author. Griff reaction to the secret helped me connect to him.

One brother who stood out for me was Britt as he really intrigues me, he is a very closed book.

I actually had the whole mystery component pegged down to two characters and was totally wrong!  This part of the story was interesting and helped connect the brothers back together when they went into protection mode.

This story does flow well and kept me engaged between the family reconnecting and also solving the town issues.  At times I did think there were so many characters and I was just keeping up with who was who.

Griff’s mother was simply beautiful in engaging with Aubrey and starting to build family connections.

I am already looking forward to reading the next installment, however, I have to stop myself jumping to favourite characters as all the books are available.

The author ended this story really well and I hope we get to see a wedding and more babies for these two long lost lovers.

Going Hard (Steele Ridge #2)

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Steel Ridge: The Beginning (Steel Ridge #1)

By Kelsey Browning

Synopsis

PREQUEL

Four Determined Brothers ~ One Broken Town ~ A Mountain of Secrets

The Steele brothers have a problem.

A big one.

In his own way, each is slowly dying inside.

Grif is jaded.

Reid is unsettled.

Britt is restless.

Jonah is bored.

But what none of them realize is their loyalty to their hometown will force them to decide between the life they each thought they wanted and a love they can’t live without.

In The Beginning, the Steele brothers go all-in to save their small-town from bankruptcy, and readers will catch their first glimpse of Grif and Carlie Beth, Reid and Brynne, and Britt and Miranda. And let’s not forget the baby brother billionaire, Jonah, who has secrets of his own.

The Beginning is a 10,000-word prequel to the Steele Ridge series, including full-length titles Going Hard, Living Fast, and Loving Deep. 

Review

Steele Ridge  is a prequel novel for the entire Steel Ridge series.

The story is very fast flowing and at times I became a little confused.   You get to quickly meet a few of the women who are going to form romantic relationships with the brothers.

The Steele brothers also have two sisters and one is a twin and I  am very intrigued with their secrets.  It must have been interesting growing up with four overbearing brothers.  Their mother made an immediate impact on me with her love of her sons.

Griff is the first brother to have a story and I am looking forward to reading his romantic reunion story.

One of the brothers I really loved was Jonah and how he wanted to save the town.  It is going to be interesting to following the whole story of Steele Ridge.

This prequel just gives you enough to want to buy the next book in the Steele Ridge series being  Going Hard.

Steele Ridge: The Beginning

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Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)

By Laura Kaye

Synopsis

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her…

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.

Review

Ride Wild was a wonderfully romantic story around creating a new family.

My favourite characters were, in fact, the two youngest being Sam and Ben, they simply stole my heart.  The way they interacted with Cora was really intricate to Slider opening his own heart. The affection and devotion the two young brothers had for Cora was just beautiful and provided great humour too.

Slider was hard to connect to at the start but once he opened his heart well he became the man he should have been.  His path to forgiving himself for the past and be able to move forward provided a great story.

Whilst I have not read the first two of this series it does not matter, this is Cora and Slider’s romantic story and it was perfect.  There are some heat filled passionate moments that are enjoyable but it was their emotional connection I loved.

Ride Wild was paced well and kept me entertained and also included some mystery and suspense towards the end.  I enjoyed following the MC club welcome Slider back to the group.

The way the author ended the story was lovely and I was left with no questions as to their future.

Quote:  “I see you,” he said. “Always.”

Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)

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Falling Fast

.By Aurora Rose Reynolds

Synopsis

Colton Allyster is relieved to be back home. After a year of rehabilitation, losing his career as a Marine along with his fiancé, he’s had to learn quickly what’s really important. Colton grew up wanting to serve his country. Managing his parents’ biker bar was never part of his plan, but after meeting Gia Caro, he’s beginning to think that’s exactly where he’s meant to be.

Ever since Gia Caro arrived in the small, sleepy town of Ruby Falls, Tennessee, her life has spiraled out of control. Between losing her grandmother a little more each day to dementia, and her hot boss’s constant attention, her once quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore.

After weeks of sidestepping Colton, things get out of hand, and before Gia knows what’s happening, she’s spending her nights in his bed and her mornings in his kitchen. And as he cleans out drawers and makes room in his closet, she starts to wonder if she’s falling too fast. 

Review

Colton and Gia had great chemistry from the first moment they meet and they definitely fell fast for each other.

Gia’s story with her grandmother was heartwarming and provides lots of emotional heart-wrenching moments as she cares for her.

Colton’s family are wonderful supporting characters and I loved their time at the cabin.

The romantic story has a slow and steady build-up.  We then we get an amazing sexual chemistry between the two main characters.

As soon as I picked this up I literally just kept reading and did not want to leave these characters.

There is some drama with an ex-girlfriend that provides some dramatic turns but we still get the HEA.

Colton is sexy, dominant and very alpha but so respectful.  When he calls her baby well it hits all the right places.  I could have read so many more chapters on this beautiful couple.

Quote:  “Opening my eyes back up, I can’t see much through the tears clouding my vision, but I don’t need to see anything, since I’m feeling everything”

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Hurricane (Heaven Hill Generations #1)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

We finally get our happily ever after…..

Remington “Remy” Sawyer

For most of my life I’ve been the person who lived with the hand he was dealt. Not much in my life have I had a say in. Birthed by parents I don’t talk to, I was raised by the only person who ever cared for me – my brother, Cash. Under his guidance, I’ve become the person I am today.

Productive member of society, and patched brother in the Heaven Hill MC.

I don’t want for anything, other than Tatum Walker.

We had a shot, and we both screwed it up……massively.

Tatum “Tate” Walker

Being the daughter of the President of the Heaven Hill MC is a burden, but one I’ll face every day with pride. It’s hard for me to know what people like me for. Is it my personality, my looks, or are they trying to get close to the Club? There’s one person I’ve never doubted.

Remington Sawyer.

A year ago we had one night of almost passion – that ended with me walking away in tears – and him walking away in anger.

Some time away from each other has given us perspective. Now, instead of the storm of chaos that was our one attempt at a relationship, we’re both ready for calm.

And nothing, they say, is as calm – as the eye of a Hurricane.

Review

I have not read any Heaven Hill books but I could easily follow all the characters introduced and did not get confused.  Although perhaps I would have connected easier if I had?

I admit I liked Remy as a character more than Tate, he was definitely more mature however Tate slowly grew on me by the end.

This is a romance around two young people who after a misunderstanding reconnect and move forward together for a second chance at having a relationship.  The moments at the cabin were my favourite and they really do talk to each other and admit mistakes.

It was at times a bit too slow for me and I was waiting for some action which we did get from Remy’s parents.  The build-up of waiting for them to finally admit their enduring love for each other was satisfying at the end.

I really loved how all the adults supported these two young characters.  There is not much MC drama in this and it purely centers around these two young people.

This had a very different feel from other books by the author I have read.

Hurricane is an easy read without any unnecessary drama and is a sweet romance.

Quote:  “I didn’t know lonely until I had you and lost you”

Hurricane (Heaven Hill Generations #1)

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Most of All You

By Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts. 

Review

Most of All You is a heartbreaking but incredibly uplifting story of finding love and forging ahead. Gabe & Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those.

Chapter 23 simply shattered me, when we learn fully of Gambit, Racer, Shadow, Lemon Fair, Lady Eloise – talk about arrow straight through my heart. I could not breathe once I realised the full significance of these pieces of Gabe’s puzzle. As I remember this moment I have tears in my eyes.

Gabe and Ellie both tell us their stories which entwine amongst each others recovery to be open to love. Both had stories of their youth being taken from them and losing family.

The first 30% of this book is incredibly hard to read. It is depressing to watch Ellie and how she accepts her life. My favourite part of this whole journey was Gabe showing her she is capable and entitled to a better life.

“The man who’d loved me enough to wait for me to love myself”

The last 30% is my favourite, so much repair and new love and life. The way Ellie on her own starts to rebuild her life is amazing and gave me pure joy.

So many wonderful moments in this story where I would highlight paragraphs of beautiful words.

I wanted to scream, cry, yell, curse but then I laughed, held hope and ultimately fell in love with this dynamic couple.

Chloe at first I did not like, I was like a protective shield wanting Ellie to have it all. The turn of events for Chloe was surprising for me. Dominic who is Gabe’s brother well at the start I understood his reservations and I loved how his character grew over the story and how his shell also opened from his guilt.

The passionate and emotional scenes and slow build up for Gabe and Ellie was just perfect for me, it was believable.

Gabe and his sculpting, it was like we were watching not only him sculpt William, he was cracking away at not only his shell but Ellie’s too. Gabe and Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those, it gives me joy and reminds me why I read romance books.

“I don’t create beauty, Eloise, I just reveal what’s already there”

 

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In Pieces

By Danielle Pearl

Synopsis

Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago. As soon as David March learned his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.

Review

In Pieces is a friend to lovers college romance that has some incredibly emotional and intense moments. Both Bethy and David tell this love story which helps you to connect.

As a reader, you can easily follow their inner thoughts and feelings.

Firstly, I loved David, the poor guy has loved Bea since childhood.  The constant battle he wages with himself will have you pulling your hair out about his unconditional love.  At times I really wanted this story to move quickly as I became frustrated as I wanted Bea to realize David’s love.

The beginning has Bea and her sadness with her young story.  Even as we near the end of In Pieces we are still finding out her secrets.  I am openly advising I hated her brother and his meddling ways in her life.  I became frustrated with her family and to see her stand up for herself was brilliant.  Bea is a strong character and it was wonderful watching her grow.

Supporting characters provide humour and friendship along with some interesting secrets.  An interesting character was Brody, however, I admit I had sneaking suspicions and was pleasantly surprised and happy.

The romantic and sexual moments for David and Bea are beautiful in more ways than one.

Bea & David are friends first and become lovers and we do get a beautiful ending and I am left fully satisfied.

Quote:  “I know, beautiful girl, because I’ve always known”

In Pieces

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The Longing (Dogs of Fire: Wolfpack #2)

By Piper Davenport

Synopsis

She wants only him…
For as long as she can remember, Poppy has loved only one man. Devon Wallace has been her knight in shining leather ever since he rescued her from a date gone wrong. She can’t envision a future without him, but she’s convinced he still thinks of her as the pesky twelve-year-old who used to follow him around.

He can have anyone but her…
Devon “Sparky” Wallace has spent the better part of a decade trying to keep his hands off his uncle’s step-daughter, Poppy, and living by the code of the brotherhood. He’s not about to break the rules, no matter how much he fantasizes about the sexiest woman on the planet.

But when her connection to him puts her life in jeopardy, he must figure out a way to save her without breaking the club’s code, even if that means losing her forever.

Review

Firstly, love the cover of The Longing, I can imagine this being Devon!

The Longing is the romance story of Poppy and Devon and it is a fast paced sexy and humorous journey.  I admit that upon finishing this I picked up and re-read Hatch and Masie’s love story where we first met Poppy as a strong-willed young twelve-year-old.

Again I am drawn to the incredible bond between Hatch (Stand In Dad) and Poppy, it is full of strength and love.  When she first met Hatch as a twelve-year-old to now being a young adult, it is simply beautiful to read.

Another favourite component was Poppy and Grace, still friends all these years and I would love for Grace to find her MC boyfriend.

During Poppy and Devon’s emerging love story is a dramatic turn of events for the MC club and Poppy is drawn into the danger.  This component of the story definitely kept me captivated and turning the pages.  The flow of the story is perfect and I simply loved the epilogue.

Quote:  “Unless it’s bad”, she countered. “Unless what’s bad?” “Sex”, she said, and licked her lips. “If you suck in bed, I’m out”

The Longing (Dogs of Fire: Wolfpack #2)

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