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Scars

By Jaimie Roberts

Synopsis

I had the perfect school, the perfect friends—the perfect life …
At least, that’s what I thought.
But you changed all that.
You are always there … Always watching … Always waiting in the shadows. You send me flowers and messages. You stalk me, trace my every movement…
Until that one day, in a silly game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, when I finally get to feel you—have a taste of you …
It left me wanting more.
One catastrophic day, my wish is granted.
Just past my eighteenth birthday, tragedy strikes and I watch my family die before my eyes.
You are there. You rescue me. You choose my life over my older sister’s, and I hate you for that. I hate you for taking me and imprisoning me. You say it’s for my sake, but I know it’s for your own. You make me see that my life could be much worse without you in it…
You make me see true darkness.
It is in that darkness you make me desperate for your presence, your touch, your caress. You make me need you… You make it impossible for me to live without you… And then, eventually…
You make me fall in love with you.

Secrets will always wound the ones twisted within their web of lies… But the ones I’m tangled in … are deadly.

WARNING: Although this book (overall) is not a dark read, one chapter is an exception, and contains the following triggers: childhood sexual/emotional abuse with some intensity in one particular scene.

Review

Scars is my third book by this author, it is not my favourite as it started dark and then turned sweet however I did enjoy the ending to a point.  I was totally floored by the turn of events with the main characters, I did not see or figure out the surprises or the twist in the story line so well done to the author.  I am though unhappy with the one unresolved secret for Lily and so for me the story is not finished.  I find in the author’s notes a story will be released on Christine that will also feature an update for “J” and Lily.

I love the cover of this, it is definitely “J” to a big “T”.

The main thing I did not like with this story was the way it turned rather sweet and I did feel we got dragged down with all the teenage drama.  I also felt the ending was rushed, it took us forever to get back to that room where we started this story in and I actually wanted to see Lily declare her secret to “J” and to see perhaps how they move forward, it just felt unresolved to me.

Scars has some pretty horrific flashbacks to what happens with “J” and Charlotte, my god what he and his sister go through, I can totally understand wanting revenge, it is a hard few chapters to read.

Scars is an enjoyable story, it was just different to what I expected from the author after reading Deviant and Redemption which I absolutely loved – definitely not as dark and dirty.

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Scars

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Royal Games (The Royals Of Monterra # 3)

By Sariah Wilson

Synopsis

Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.

Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.

Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?

Review

ROYAL GAMES is the third book in The Royals Of Monterra series and after meeting Genesis in the previous book, I was really looking forward to reading her story because she was so nice and sweet.  Sadly, I did not enjoy her story and it was all because of her.

I understand that she was embarrassed at being tricked by Rafe on Marry Me, but I felt she was too fixated on how Rafe “deceived” and “lied” to her during the filming, especially when she knows he was under contract to keep his real identity a secret.  She flat out refused to hear his apology and spent almost the entire book treating him like crap.  I also felt, and I hate to say this, that she was just too stupid to live.  Her life was being threatened, but she refused Rafe’s protection and security because she had pepper spray and had taken self-defence classes.  But then she had a panic attack when a stranger sat down for a meal at her diner, which kind of threw her whole “I can protect myself” claim out the window.  When she was kidnapped and learnt that Rafe was only able to save her life because of a secret tracking device he had planted on her, she got angry.  When he left after she got in a fit and told him to leave, she got angry. When she found out that he paid for her hospital bills, she got angry.  Seriously, there was absolutely no pleasing this woman.  I was frustrated with her by the 30% mark, and her constant whining, complaining and stupid choices did nothing to win me over.

I liked Rafe, who did so many things trying to earn Genesis’ forgiveness and win her heart, but to be honest, I lost a little respect for him because of how much crap he was willing to put up with.  Her behaviour showed that she didn’t deserve him and I wouldn’t have shed a tear if he had just said “screw it” and walked away.

ROYAL GAMES is told only in Genesis’ POV and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  As with the previous two books in this series, there is no sex, not even the behind-the-closed-door stuff.  It includes the occasional flashback to their alone time on Marry Me⎯which was sweet⎯and it comes with a HEA.

Royal Games (The Royals Of Monterra # 3)

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Techy (Devils Souls MC #2)

By LeAnn Ashers

Synopsis

Alisha

My story isn’t a very conventional one. I met my man online, which isn’t a shocking thing nowadays.

I sure didn’t know that he would rescue me from hell.

I had been stuck in hell with no way out. Then Techy swooped in with guns blazing and took me out of there. A knight in shining leather.

I didn’t expect to feel what I feel; that I would fall in love, that I would feel safe and protected.

I had never felt that before.

Until Techy.

Techy is a member of the Devil’s Souls MC, the most notorious MC in Texas. They love hard and fight harder. You mess with their family, hell is something you’d beg for.

Shit hits the fan when someone from my past comes to get what my dead father never gave back to him.

My name is Alisha and this is my story.

Techy

A man is after my woman.

He won’t be a man much longer.

He dares to try and take her from me?

Hell is something he’ll beg for. Because nobody, and I mean nobody, looks in Alisha’s direction in a way I don’t like. If they do? They’ll be eating their teeth.

If you threaten her? Death is an easy way out.

I will do whatever it takes to protect her.

This book has a HEA, with no cheating and a obsessed alpha. If you don’t like instalove this book isn’t for you.

Review

Firstly I love the cover of Techy!

Techy is definitely instalove with plenty of MC drama and action and for me it was too fast and I struggled at times with the flow of the story.  I wanted to stop and savour some moments and we just jumped ahead at times too frequently.

One story that did intrigue me is Vinney, Trey and Lani, now that had me wanting to know more about those three.

I admit have read an obscene amount of MC romance and there were just some situations in this story that just were a little out there.  Some of the scenes with the women and fighting other women and the over the top reactions just wore me down and I became annoyed with them.  Also they are apparently under threat and there is no lock downs, they go out to dinner without protection and I kept wondering at some point it is all going to come undone and then when it does the location is just bizarre when all through the book I hear of all the gadgets protecting the mc club and the tight security.

However I do want to say I loved the beginning when Techy rescues and helps in the recovery of Alisha, he definitely cares and loves her back from an awful physical encounter.  Alisha is a very naive character after being locked away by her father but I did enjoy watching their connection grow in the emotional and physical sense.

This is my second book by this author.

Techy  (Devils Souls MC #2)

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Perfect Imperfections

By J & L Wells

Synopsis

At the age of 27, Natasha is just a few months away from marrying her long-term boyfriend, Josh. Suddenly, he is called out of the country to take over the running of his father’s business. While he’s away, Natasha arranges a surprise wedding present for him – a portrait of herself.

The handsome artist who agrees to paint the portrait is Gabriel Owens, a gifted painter who is partially sighted. He is sarcastic and brash, and Natasha finds herself always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

It turns out that Josh isn’t the perfect fiancé that Natasha believed him to be and she is left reeling, her life in free fall. Does Gabriel have the tenacity and inner strength to pick up the pieces when he himself has so many insecurities and his own life is far from perfect?

Perfect Imperfections is the first book in the Moments series. It’s an emotional story, which can be read as a standalone novel. You won’t find a cliffhanger here, but instead a heartfelt ending that definitely won’t disappoint.

Review

My thoughts are torn on this book, the first half I found slow and dragged for me and yet the second half I loved and thank god for Gabriel as he saved this story for me.

During the first half I did not feel a connection with Tash, her sister was annoying and then her relationship with her fiancé Josh for me was very immature and lacked depth when they had been together for 10 years.  Her thoughts on marriage I did not understand until later on after her moment with her mother so for her to one minute say she felt smothered then be all sulking and missing Josh when he was away on business, I kind of found her annoying.

The story picked up for me when Gabriel enters but I think his time should have been fleshed out more and have less of Tash and her family dramatics which got annoying. Some chapters just did not flow well for me and the speed of the story was not constant it had real dips where I felt I was getting no where in the story having to deal with her sisters drama, her mothers drinking and her dad’s gardening and then we are all of a sudden going too fast and I wanted more detail of Gabriel, Josh and Michelle.  This was Tash’s story and yet all these other characters were to me highjacking the story.

Did not feel an emotional connection to Tash until Josh’s work party where his double cross was revealed and then when she meets Josh that day in her parents house and her secret is revealed. Now onto the time line for that, I was really upset it jumped so far ahead and then her whole story was lightly mentioned in her memory of what happened while she was on the cruise – again I wanted a bit more detail.

Now one section I found riveting was Michelle’s disclosure to Tash at the wedding and then the realisation by Tash of how Josh really acted during her relationship, again I felt this was really pivotal and she does not have a confrontation with Josh?

The Christmas chapter after the wedding was beautiful and very emotional and the recollection with her Nan and her moment of opening her eyes was truly beautiful and well written.  Her family bringing Christmas to her with Gabriel was lovely.

Honestly I think some chapters from Gabriel POV would have helped at significant moments in this story, when she is sitting for wedding portrait, when dad visits him and he races to find her in park, the Christmas after the wedding, I mean it was all Tash and her family drama and it wore me down in the end.  

I loved the ending and it does tie everything up for this stage of their lives. 

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Vanished (A Beautiful Mess Novel)

By T. K. Leigh

Synopsis

Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.

Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…

Before it’s too late.

Review

Vanished is an appropriate title for this novel.  It’s meaning can be taken on so many levels through this read.  On an emotional level, a love that’s vanished replaced with grief. Compassion that’s disappeared replaced with anger and fear.  On a more physical level, loved ones are taken for reasons beyond comprehension.

This novel is split into three different parts.  Part one was definitely the hardest part for me to get through.  I really saw Rayne’s pain.  She grieves for the life that she will never have back and she wants someone to pay for that.  Rayne is a broken woman who now sees a way to help alleviate some of her suffering.  We also got a sense of the man that Alexander has become through the years.

Part two was were the mystery really picked up.  Alexander is on the frantic hunt for his daughter who has been taken.  He is piecing together who and why this is happening.  I loved his relationships with all of family.  And he has a really special bond with his wife.  I also liked his relationship with Agent Moretti.  They have the relationship need to get the job done.

Part three also continues the mystery but also ramped up on the thriller part of the novel.  We get to the real issue of why Alexander’s daughter was taken.  There are actually two twists in this part.  One I saw coming but the second took me by surprise.

This novel deals with deep issues at it’s core.  The first part jumped around a little so I found it a little confusing to start with and I found it extremely dramatic.  Parts two and three I couldn’t put down.  T.K. Leigh has an unique way of writing.  She broke this book up not just by parts but by hours as well. She understands that in a kidnapping every minute counts.   She also conveys emotion in a powerful way.

Vanished

My Rating:  1/2

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Wolf Prey (Wolf Cove #3)

By Nina West

Synopsis

Forced to leave Alaska to run the family farm while her father recovers from a tragic accident, Abbi heads home knowing she has the one thing she wants most again –Henry’s affections. She’s determined to not let anyone get in the way of that again.

But love for Abbi has never been easy.

With an overbearing mother who believes she has the right to approve who her daughter loves, a childhood ex-boyfriend who will do anything to win her back, and a wealthy, handsome boyfriend who always gets what he wants, Abbi soon realizes she may have to make some impossible choices.

WOLF PREY is the third book in the sexy, addictive Wolf Cove Series, and should be read after WOLF BAIT and WOLF BITE.

Review

Firstly, I loved book 1 and 2, the setting in Alaska, the constant sexual chemistry and fantastic characters around Wolf Cove. So I am devastated that Wolf Prey I have not enjoyed, the main reason is that Abbi and Henry’s relationship did not feature in my view as much, I did not feel it developing.  I felt so sorry for Abbi, she was alone and being ambushed at every turn and I felt that Henry left her to the wolves.  He just came in threw money around and then left her to all the judgements.

We were given too much interference by other characters and all their drama, back stabbing, and gossiping – it drove me mad.  I got to the point when Abbi’s mother starting ranting that I began skimming her paragraphs as I was over listening to that woman and her meddling and condescending tone and don’t get me started on Jed’s parents and her school friends.

I lost the passionate connection between Abbi and Henry and when I got to the 80% mark I just knew that there was a book 4 and nothing was going to be resolved in this book – I was frustrated.  Yes there was a declaration at the end but the whole trip to France to me was just an excuse for one particular erotic scene and by this point I was really disappointed with the whole progress of the Wolf Cove story.  I felt the addition of that woman from France just did not make sense to cementing their relationship when at the start of Wolf Prey they discussed and argued over their past dalliances with third parties.  So why bring in a new woman to just torment and give Abbi more to worry over and feel like a useless farm girl?

I did not want to be stuck on a farm for 75% of this book listening to Jed, Abbi’s mother and all the church congregation gossiping.

Where was the “Prey” in this story, I did not feel this, I am so disappointed as this series was one of my highlights from 2016.

Will I read Book 4? Honestly not sure, I think it could be highly explosive considering Henry’s brother is coming back into the story and he provides drama so I will have to wait and see.

Perhaps with time I will want to see just what is in store for Abbi and Henry – so long as they don’t go back to that dam farm.

I really wanted more for Abbi in Wolf Prey.

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Dirty Score (Rough Riders Hockey # 3)

By Skye Jordan

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Synopsis

Rafe “Savage” lives up to his name on the ice and in the bedroom. Forging a legacy as the Rough Riders’ most notorious playboy is easy when the woman he really wants is off limits. Mia’s brother isn’t just Rafe’s best friend, he’s also a teammate. With the Cup in site, Rafe won’t screw with anything that threatens the team’s winning streak. But when Mia comes to town on a mission of her own, one little woman may turn out to be the toughest opponent Rafe’s ever faced.

When it comes to men, Mia is everyone’s best friend. But when it comes to romance, her relationships are destined for failure. With a new job awaiting her on the other side of the country, she’s determined to start fresh. To do that, she needs to let go of this stupid crush once and for all.

Seducing Rafe isn’t just the best option; it’s her only option. Until she discovers he’s been harboring the same feelings. And with his team weeks away from the biggest game of their career, and Mia’s new life waiting, their no strings affair threatens to tear both their worlds apart.

Review

DIRTY SCORE is the third book in the Rough Riders Hockey series and while I enjoyed the first two books in the series, this one was quite the letdown.

As I write this review, I’m trying to think of something nice to say, especially about the characters, but I’m coming up blank.  Rafe and Mia spend almost the entire book pushing and pulling against each other, and it got old real fast.  Tate (Mia’s half-brother and Rafe’s best friend) was bossy, domineering, disrespectful and ultimately unlikeable.  Kilbourne (Rafe’s teammate) was a total dick to everyone and I’m still trying to figure out why he was even in the story or why his teammates never sorted him out.  In regards to the family ties, spending 40% of the story confused as to who Rafe, Mia, Tate and Joe were to each other made my head hurt, until the family tree was finally explained at the 42% mark.

DIRTY SCORE does come with a HEA, but even with an epilogue, I was left without any real resolution as to how Rafe and Mia ended.  Did Mia stay in LA for her job or did she move to DC to be with Rafe?  Did she do the jersey designs on the side of her LA job, or is the jersey gig her sole source of income?  I’m assuming she gave up her LA job to live with Rafe and design her jerseys, but it’s not clarified.  DIRTY SCORE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  Will I read the fourth book in the series?  That will depend on who it’s about.  If it’s about Tate or Kilbourne, I’ll probably end up skipping it.

Dirty Score (Rough Riders Hockey # 3)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Rough Riders Hockey Series

Rush (Austin Arrows # 1)

By Nicole Edwards

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Synopsis

Kingston Rush
Becoming a goaltender in the NHL is the only thing I ever wanted for myself. 
Goal accomplished.
Two years ago, I was the best goalie in the league, for the third time. With our Stanley Cup win, the Austin Arrows were on top of the world. Nothing could possibly bring us down.
Wrong.

Turns out, even when you’re at the top, you can find yourself back at rock bottom. 
But it gets worse.
Not only did the team fall from grace, then I did too. I was accused of something I didn’t do. And now I’m being forced to repair my tarnished reputation.
Only I don’t know how to do that.

When the suggestion is made for me to pull off this ruse for the media, I know what I’m getting into. I also know there’s only one right answer.
But it’s complicated, and I’m not the only one who could get hurt. 
There’s only one major problem.
I can’t say no.

Review

RUSH is the first book in the Austin Arrows series, and the first book I’ve read by Nicole Edwards.  Unfortunately, I found myself struggling to get through this one.  I usually like to read a book fast, but this one took me about three days because it wasn’t keeping my attention and I kept putting it down.  There was a lot of repetition throughout the entire book, which was frustrating.  I also felt the way the characters behaved was not appropriate for their age.  Most of the characters are in their mid-thirties, but the sometimes childish, petty and bitchy way they acted was what I’d expect to see in a YA or NA novel.  Overall, there just seemed to be too much drama.

There were times I liked Kingston and Ellie, and there were times I didn’t.  My favourite parts of the entire story are when Kingston and Ellie text each other.  It was cute, flirty, a little sexy, and most of all, no overthinking.  Just simple conversation.  I think what got me frustrated the most was that they were so afraid to tell the other how they really felt.  Ellie never believed any of the nice things Kingston said about her and thought he was just sleeping with her to kill time.  No way would he risk his friendship with her or her brother just to get some action, but she never thought of it that way.  In regards to Kingston, I thought it was a little creepy that he kept calling Ellie a little girl, especially when they were having sex.  There’s also a good portion of the story dedicated to Ellie’s twelve year old daughter, Bianca, as she searches for her father.  As with Kingston and Ellie, there were times I liked her and times I didn’t.

RUSH is told mostly in Kingston and Ellie’s POV, with a few chapters being told in other characters POVs.  It is a series, but I’m assuming each book could be read as a stand-alone.  Sadly, this one didn’t win me over enough to give the rest of the series a try.

Rush (Austin Arrows # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series #1)

By Christina Lauren

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Synopsis

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate–and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative–completely infuriating–creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules–or outright smash them–if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Review

I downloaded this for Free in iBooks.  I was surprised in that the characters were just so explosive, abrupt and obnoxious and I wondered how in hell they were going to get romantic?

The excessive drama between Bennett and Chloe in the first half of the book I have to admit I did not overly enjoy and it became tiresome and annoying.  Also when they first have sex and he does not use a condom, it did not make sense as he is the CEO, ambitious, smart and stubborn, why on earth did he have unprotected sex?  I mean I love a good boardroom sex scene but even I expected more from Chloe.  Then all the times they continue to have unprotected sex and magically after she just gets dressed, no clean up and she goes back to work no panties?

I loved the ending, it was perfect for me, the emotions and that wonderful moment for Chloe and her professional dreams being realised – it was beautiful.  It was interesting to see Bennett squirm and chase the woman he realised he does love.

San Diego was my most favourite time in the whole story, Bennett and Chloe opening up themselves to both each other and then also the reader.  I finally connected to them and their sex scenes at the hotel were passionate, romantic and sensual.

I actually would have loved to know more about Bennett’s mom, was she in the background manipulating, did the parents always want Bennet and Chloe to end up together.  I know his dad was very angry when they came back from San Diego and what happened to the guy they were setting Chloe up with – I actually cannot remember his name?

Will I be going on with the series? I have read the synopsis of the next few books and am worried they will be more excessive drama – so no.

Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series Book 1)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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Falling into Drew

By Harriet Schultz

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Synopsis

She stumbled. He caught her.
She didn’t know who he was until she saw his face in a magazine.

When New York book editor Kate Porter trips and falls into Drew O’Connor’s arms, she has no idea that the man with the drop-dead looks is an Olympic champion skier, the face of famous luxury brands, and a serial dater of models and actresses. Their attraction is immediate but neither does anything about it. He rides off on his Harley and she returns to her office.

The chemistry between them is undeniable when Drew’s agent brings his reluctant client to Kate’s office a few weeks later to pitch a book about his life. As they move forward, their sexual tension makes it difficult to maintain a professional distance. The relationship quickly heats up, but Drew’s fame, dark past, and a life-changing secret test their feelings for each other.

Review

Drew and Kate are the main characters in this story but I must say I really enjoyed their friends Charles and Liz who would make a great book too. Charles was one character who really grabbed me right from the start and I would love to know more about his family connections.  Charles  and Liz as  supporting characters really helped cement the relationship between Drew and Kate – they were definitely their biggest cheerleaders considering all the obstacles placed in front of them.

The story flowed well, some parts were slow but I was just impatient to find out all their secrets. Drew’s past definitely puts a test on their relationship and not to mention all the girls who just want to get between the sheets with Drew.

Onto the sexual build ups and sex scenes, they were really well written and definitely helped believe Drew and Kate and their physical connections.  I did find Kate really emotional and in some parts she really overreacted considering the length of their relationship.

When Drew’s secret was finally revealed along with the extra OMG moment well that was my favourite part of the book.  Patrick was an interesting addition to the whole story and one I really loved.  Definitely enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first so keep reading it is well worth it in the end and you will not be disappointed.

I also love the cover.

Falling into Drew

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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