Review: Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan

Flow (Grip, #0.5)Flow by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was the first book in the series to capture my heart- I absolutely loved Grip and Bristol. This series will change you- it was will make you think, it will consume you, it will break your heart, and then it will slowly put it back together until it is finally complete again. I can’t say enough good things about it and I highly recommend you read it!  I will keep it short and sweet, because I don’t want to give too much away.  But start with this book and keep reading until you finish.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Grip (Grip, #1)Grip by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to finally dive into this serious because I have basically heard nothing but great things about it. I don’t know why I even hesitated. It was probably the best decision I have made within the last couple of weeks.
I woke up at 3 am this morning after finishing it and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of those books that is going to stick with me. I will remember where I was when I reading it. I will remember how I felt when I finished it. I’m not even sure at this moment 24 hours later I can properly articulate just how great this book was. I know this review will not even come close to the justice it deserves, but I will try to give you the top 3 reasons why I give it 5++ stars. (I have never actually done that before either!)
1.) It was more than just a romance novel. We all love happy endings. We all read Romance usually for that main reason. This book touched on so much more than just love. It was real, it was raw, and honest. It was a glimpse into an interracial relationship. It was ugly at times. And it was beautiful.
2.) This book made me think. It made me think of when my sons are older and they bring home a girlfriend. How will I act. Will I actually be the loving, open and accepting person I wish to be? I live in the South. Racism is still everywhere. I live 2 miles from where Alton Sterling was shot. I live 2 miles in the other direction of where 5 police officers were killed. How do we make a change? How do we bring unity? It starts with how I raise my sons, what my actions show and how my love touches everyone. All of these thoughts ran through my head because of this “romance novel”
3.) It completely shattered my heart and then put it back together. And as soon as I thought it was whole again, it broke a little more. It was so painful to read at times and at others I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The emotions were so real and although I have never been in something like that it made me want to understand. I cried tears of heartbreak when I read about Bristol listening to why she would never be good enough. I cried tears of joy when she was finally able to express her love.
This book has so much more to offer you. This book was so phenomenal I cant even explain it. It’s an amazing piece of literature and I am so thankful it was put into the universe. I hope I did it enough justice to inspire you to read it. If you have never read a romance series in your life, I would suggest you take the chance or plunge and start with this series. I cant wait to finish Still. And I cant recommend this book enough. Amazing job Kennedy Ryan. 5++ stars!

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Still (Grip, #2)Still by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“One day I’ll wake up and be at the end of this journey, like Mrs. O’Malley, and even after a lifetime with Bristol, I’ll bargain with God for one more day.”

My heart is completely satisfied with the ending of this book. This wasn’t your typical happily ever after conclusion to a story. This was a gut wrenching, soul shattering, but hope giving ending. This book and this series tore me up, spit me out and then put me back together so nicely. It is hard to even put into words how much love I have for this book and series as a whole, but again I will try.

This book touches briefly on organ donation- something that is near to my heart. There is nothing good that comes from a baby dying. And sometimes there is nothing we can do to stop or prevent it from happening. The only good thing that could possibly come out of this or give hope to a family on both sides is organ donation. So thank you Kennedy for touching on this topic. It is something that can help you heal as a grieving parent, it if life changing for the person and family receiving it. Bristol and Grip are so strong and make me love them even more.

This book and series are real life! I couldn’t get enough of them and even a few weeks later I am STILL thinking about them. I can’t get them out of my mind. That’s when you know it’s a good book. That’s when you know the writing was phenomenal. I can’t recommend this book enough and if my high praises haven’t sold you yet, I don’t know what else will!

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Release Blitz + Review: When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons

Title: When Stars Burn Out
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Adult
Release Date: April 22, 2018
Stars die in one of two ways.

So slowly that each layer burning out feels like agony … or suddenly, exploding
into a million pieces before the universe even has a grasp of what is happening.

When Paxton Shaw left Demi Rosen without so much as a goodbye, he stole her
shine in both manners.

Now, eight years later, he’s trying to pull her back into his orbit. The
nation’s most beloved football player, a tight end with a seriously tight end,
has finally realized Demi is the one who got away.

But she’s a different woman than the weak girl who used to come running
whenever he called in the middle of the night. Strong, successful, her life’s
mission being to grant the wishes of children whose flames have all but been

And untouchable, as dark and cold as a midnight sky with no moon in sight.

When one special child forces their star-crossed paths to collide, it’s
impossible to keep the feelings of their past buried. Paxton had been her
Halley’s Comet; the once in a lifetime love that scorched Demi’s heart in the
most spectacular of fashions.

She promised herself she would never make that mistake again. But, how can she
forget the dreams of love she once had, when Paxton wants to make them come

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Author of romance
novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes
sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until
she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and
can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy
through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch
the latest Netflix craze.

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“If it’s written in the stars, then it is fated to happen.”

This is my absolutely favorite book that Carrie has written. I have fallen so completely in love with Pax and Demi that I couldn’t put down the book until I finished it just now.

Pax and Demi knew each other back in their college days, but unfortunately he broke her heart when he decided to pack up and leave one day and not look back. Flash forward to present day and their paths cross again and now that he has a chance to be with “the one that got away,” he isn’t going to let her go.

Pax didn’t just hurt Demi- he crushed her. Even just reading her side of it, I was crushed. That feeling of chasing after a douche bag- yea most of us have been there – so it’s very easy to understand her pain.

Pax has also suffered pain since their last time meeting but that doesn’t mean that Demi should just jump back into old habits. I love how much she holds her ground (and it was annoying in any way – I was super proud that she made him work!)

I love how strong both of the characters are for different reasons – Pax for his physical strength and Demi for her will power and how she tackles her job. The side characters and family members make the book even better and I was definitely laughing throughout the book. Women in romance novels can tend to be too quick to give in or hold out for the most ridiculous reasons. I think Demi held out just right and gave in once it was earned. It was very refreshing!

I am giving this book a 5 star rating because it was well written, the characters were in depth and involved, I was hooked on the story line, my heart exploded from how much I enjoyed and loved the book and I will definitely recommend this to others. Carrie you did a phenomenal job with this heartfelt story. It’s a feel good done right and I sincerely hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Release Blitz: Execution by Lucia Franco

Title: Execution
Series: Off Balance #2
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Forbidden Romance Over 18 years
Publication Date: April 23, 2018
The move to World Cup Academy of Gymnastics is the greatest challenge Adrianna has encountered. Punished for Coach Kova’s overwhelming desires, she’s reeling with resentment while she sits out the first meet of the season. As Adrianna fights to regain her focus, he pushes her body to the extreme, leaving her mentally and physically exhausted.

Kova underestimates Adrianna’s endurance, and gravitates more toward her, despite his internal battle raging within to stay away. They try to disentangle themselves, but the tension between coach and gymnast mounts, engulfing them both in a forbidden world of deception and passion.

The one place where they should never feel alive, is where they find complete absolution. But one slip, one wrong landing, a missed grip, and everything they built can come tumbling down, damaging both their professional and personal lives.

“Tighten up, Adrianna. Squeeze your thighs and butt. Everything needs to be firm so you do not sway. The tighter you hold yourself, the less you fall. You cannot loosen for one second. I do not want to see anything jiggle on you. Keep your focus.” He paused. “By the way, your mother gave me a ring yesterday. Such a lovely woman she is. So caring of her daughter.”
I stopped and looked down at him, letting out a gush of air I hadn’t realized I was holding.
“Uh huh. Start over.”
I ignored him. I couldn’t believe Mom called him. “What did she say?”
“Start over.”
“What did she say, Kova?” I pushed, snapping at him. I probably looked like a psycho to him, but he held firm and wouldn’t speak until I started up again. I huffed under my breath and jumped. Typical Kova. He always had to get his way. My coach was an exasperating man.
“Just that she wanted to know how her precious daughter was doing. I told her you were getting there but still had a long way to go.”
I lowered my eyelids. “Of course you did. What else?”
“She said she was concerned about your diet and wanted to make sure you were eating nutritious meals. She mentioned when you went home for the holidays you let go and ate everything in sight. She wanted to make sure you are not still on that same path. Something about you had to buy new clothes because your old ones did not fit.”
My heartbeat sped up, and my lips parted. The animosity in her words rang like a siren in my head of things she’d said to me that I did wrong in her eyes. Moisture beaded above my top lip. I gripped the jump rope handles tighter, my skin burning against the plastic. I jumped faster and harder.
Kova was still speaking but I only caught the tail end of a few words. I wasn’t processing any of it; all I could focus on was the fact that my mom had called him and fabricated lies and he listened like a good little sheep. She took vindictive to a whole new level and I had to wonder why she was trying in vain to sabotage my gymnastics career. She wanted to ruin me for the sake of ruining me. It was the only plausible reason I could come up with and a side of her I hadn’t yet seen. I was her daughter, she was my mother. I didn’t understand her attitude toward me.
A prickling sting deflated my chest and my breathing grew strenuous. I slowed down until I stopped completely. My arms dropped to my sides, and I stood with one foot positioned slightly in front of the other, staring in a blank trance at nothing but feeling everything.
A muffled cry burst from my lips and I threw the rope to the floor. Kova jerked back. Tears filled my eyes and my heart ached, not because I was sad, I was, but more so because I was so irate and filled with resentment that my own mother would purposely set out to hurt me. I hopped down, formed a fist, and dropped it down on the balance beam as hard as I could. I shoved at the side of it trying to push it over, shoving my weight against it, which could never happen. It was too heavy, but it felt good fighting against something.
“God! I hate her! Hate her with a passion!”
“Hey,” Kova said softly, coming up behind me, but I couldn’t stop.
“I can’t stand her! No matter what I do, it’s never enough. I never over ate anything, and I bought new clothes because I lost weight. Because we had stupid parties she forced me to attend. She is such a liar.” I kept my back to Kova so he wouldn’t see the tears in my eyes. “And you played right into it, making me sound like I’m hopeless, like an amateur who still needs years of work, and even that might not be enough. You gave her exactly what she wanted and she fed off that, I know she did. She has it out for me, always has, always will. Nothing I do will be right for her.”
A fat tear slipped from the corner of my eye, and I walked away. I didn’t take more than a few steps when Kova clutched my arm in his hand.
“Stop,” he said gently. “Ria, I told her you still had a way to go because the truth is I am not ready to let you go yet.”
I didn’t know how to respond to that.
“Just give me a few minutes, Kova.” I yanked my arm away and pushed at his chest. “I’ll be right back.”
Kova grabbed my wrist. “Stop. Listen to me.”
I shook my head. “Please, just let me be for a sec and I’ll be fine.”
“Kova! Just leave me alone!” I screamed.
But he didn’t. Kova pulled me to his chest and I immediately fought against him.
“Get it out,” he said. I shoved at him and cried harder, giving him everything I could. I hated that he was doing this to me and appreciated it at the same time. “Fight harder, hit me if you have to, just get it out.” I struggled between crying and shoving, but Kova didn’t let go, and something in me cracked.
My efforts slowed, and I covered my face and let the tears flow. I poured everything out against his chest. Everything I held in over the past year. From my mom and her backhanded compliments, to the rigorous training I demanded of my body, to the illicit affair I had with my coach. I cried over everything, and he let me.
“Shhh… just let it out,” Kova said, rubbing soothing circles on my back. “It is okay.”
When my cries and hiccups subsided, I sniffled and expelled a huge breath. I felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders and I could breathe again.
Stepping back, Kova tried to lift my chin, but I kept my gaze cemented to the floor. I was too embarrassed. I didn’t like crying to begin with, and I sure as shit didn’t want to show him my tears. Tears showed weakness, and I wasn’t weak.
He tried to lift my chin again, and when I didn’t budge, he sighed and got down on one knee so he was eye level with me.
“Jerk.” A sad chuckle escaped my lips. “You always find a way to get what you want.”

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.
When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.
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Release Blitz: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise



The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!

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The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.

I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.

Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.




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I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

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Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Rochelle Weinstein

Title: Somebody’s Daughter

Genre: Fiction

Author: Rochelle Weinstein


I was sent Somebody’s Daughter by Getred PR in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are mine.

Let me start by saying, I typically stick to the Romance genre, so this book was out of the norm for me and I am so glad that I took a chance on it. Somebody’s daughter was gripping, scary, and eye opening especially given the world we live in today. While I do not have a daughter, I do have two sons and I am positive that the things my parents worried about when I was a kid are not the things I will be worried about with them. I don’t know if me being a parent altered my view on the book, but kids or not every person could stand to read it- bullying and what happened to Zoe could happen to any one of us. We are all human and we all make mistakes. (I just thank the good Lord above there wasn’t Facebook or Youtube around when I was making mine!)

I was a fan of the writing and the story – this story needs to be told. I can’t imagine at 14 having to deal with my consequences. I think it’s important for parents to read it because it gives a scenario or a way to deal with it. Zoe’s actions are so real- they are something that you or I, or friends daughters could do and I think it brought it more to life. While there was a lot of pain to read, confusion at times, and many many heartbreaks, I felt like I needed to keep reading because there has to be a rainbow at the end right?

At times, I did sort of predict what was going to happen, and it was cheesy, but I still feel like this book is worthy of taking a chance on. Overall, I give this book 4 stars because it was a well written story, the characters were so real and so in depth and that it felt like I was reading a journal at times, I enjoyed the book (no matter how many times my heart shattered) and I would recommend it to others. This book releases on 4/17 and I think you should pick it up!

Release Blitz + Giveaway: Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

Check back later in the week for my full review – you won’t want to miss it!

Evan Bishop is your typical hotshot doctor.
Hardass, brooding, and all business.

Instead of working on the family ranch, Evan broke the mold and became an ER doctor.
He’s good with his hands—in more ways than one—smart as a whip and is the definition of God’s gift to women. Being a gentleman is in his Southern roots, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t flawed. Exclusive dating has never been a top priority and his tragic past makes him stay at arm’s length. Deciding to let loose for a wild night, he takes a page from the Bishop brother’s relationship book and hooks up with a mysterious girl he’ll never have to see again, which is perfect for this self-proclaimed bachelor.

Emily Bell is a city girl through and through but is determined to get away from her family and past. All she wants is a fresh start and to make a name for herself in the medical field. No random hookups and no dating coworkers—that’s her new motto after being burned time and again. When she agrees to attend a wedding as a plus-one, she’s soon ditched and left to drink solo—but not for long. Mr. Suit is the ultimate temptation with his Southern charm, messy blond hair, and irresistible sex appeal. Everything about him screams bad news, but he makes her reconsider her rules just for one night.

After all, some rules are made to be broken.

They want the same thing—one night of passion then they’ll go their separate ways. No cuddling afterward. No next day phone calls. No awkward goodbyes. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll be obvious when they report to work on Monday morning.

*A contemporary romance with a little Southern drama. This is book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series. Each book features a different brother and can be read as a complete standalone. HEA guaranteed!*
Not suitable for readers under 18 due to adult language and sexual content.


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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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New Release + Review: Whispers of My Skin

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Desperate times call for desperate measures.

That’s what they say, right?

Well, I guess it must be true because I’m desperate.

And I’m about to take desperate measures.

That’s why I’m standing at his door, preparing to face him. Even though we are no longer what we used to be. Even though he doesn’t love me as he once did.

The girl he loved is no more, she vanished.

So did he.

Both gone with the wind, left behind in the mists of time.

We grew up, moved on.

But just when it seems there’s nothing left between us, there comes a second chance.

A whisper that grows, won’t be ignored, can’t be ignored as it ensnares us, entwines us.

Whispers of love.

Whispers of my skin.


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Whispers of my Skin was a slow burn, friends to lovers book featuring Tara and Joel. They haven’t seen in each other in awhile but as fate would have it, they are back in each others lives. And to make it even better- a true southern Cowboy read – who doesn’t love a cowboy rancher!

I did enjoy this book- the beginning did a great job of leaving just enough intrigue to keep you reading. You have to know what could events could have possibly transpired that has left Tara in the predicament she is in now.

There was a lot of back and forth between the two- I did love when they would get together, but more often than not something ridiculous would happen that would break them apart. I did enjoy the whole story, but I thought could have been told better with less drama. It was a lot to take in, but at the end of the day I was invested in and enjoyed the characters and their story.

I give this book 3.5 stars because It was well organized, it was captivating, I enjoyed the story and I thought the characters were relatable although at times unrealistic. I picture this book best read on a vacation in the mountains sipping on some coffee and looking at the beautiful land. So if that is something you have planned, pick this book up!

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Author, wife, and mother of a girl and a puppy. I love the happily ever after. Believer & dreamer. I live in my own world, sipping Ginger Ale and lime. I’m always plotting my next book, coloring pages and reading.


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