Friday, September 23, 2016

New Release Review | The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

Title: The Silent Waters
Series: Romance Elements #3
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Romance
 Release Date: September 22, 2016 


Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone.)

This one is now sitting on my top favorites of the year and holding a very special place in my heart.

It all started with a rocket ship night light. This novel started on a high. Often times, in my past reading experiences, I’ve found that when the narrative is from a child’s perspective there’s a bit of a disconnect in the youth’s voice. The words don’t match up to what a child would really say, for example. In this case however, the narrative was authentic and consistent all the way through. We meet Maggie as a young child and we see her growing up at the most pivotal times. Each age presented was on point.

There was an abundance of adorableness between and from young Brooks and Maggie May, you can’t help but react with giggles and aww’s. I felt the trepidation Maggie had as she pulled into her new home, and I felt it the instant she connected with her new mom. Then there’s a sudden shift in the novel and in that life-changing scene, everything blurred and was obscured in darkness. Finding that connection to Maggie early on in the story allowed for that crucial scene to come alive and have so much power behind every word and emotion she felt in that moment and thereafter.

Told through the dual perspectives of Brooks and Maggie was very enlightening. Being mute, there’s so many things that Maggie doesn’t express with words and sometimes can’t or won’t express physically. Having her inner thoughts relayed was so helpful in sensing her intense emotions. Brooks, as well, couldn’t always reveal his feelings in light of Maggie’s unknown and delicate situation. He was so good at communicating with her nonverbally, that I sometimes forgot she didn’t speak at all.

Their friendship was one of immense strength, and we see the pull from the very beginning. They were bonded in ways not many people have the opportunity to experience, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The authenticity of the characters and overall story development did well to keep a steady flow from start to finish. Every word depicting vivid imagery and emotion was so addicting, it made it very difficult to set down the book. Tears of joy, love, sorrow…it was all there and it was pure magic.

I appreciate and value what this author can create. Her elegant prose was written with such heartfelt precision and raw originality. There are very few romance authors who can write with this level of eloquence and not have to rely on sex scenes to portray a passionate love story. Brittainy C. Cherry is a wordsmith, and I highly recommend everyone read this book and all of her backlist titles. 

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Release : Between Clouds and Stars by Sharlyn G. Branson

Title: Between Clouds and Stars
Author: Sharlyn G. Branson
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2016

My life is perfect. I have money, power, good looks and countless women ready to do anything to get their hands on me, and my rather large package. My business brings in billions every year and my airline has the fastest airplanes in the world. In short, I have everything a man can dream of. Or so I thought until I met Estelle Klide.

The second I saw her, I decided to make her mine.

Her body was sinfully sexy. She had amazing, mesmerizing indigo eyes. Her sweet scent was the epitome of temptation and evoked images of wild, animalistic sex in my mind.

I couldn’t help but fall for her – hard. Letting her slip through my fingers was not an option.

In involving myself with her, I entered waters I’d never thought I’d have to swim in. I set off on a journey filled with mystery, fear and a lot of love.

The only thing that threatened to ruin this paradise and destroy everything, was her ex-husband, who turned out to be a real monster.

Free in Kindle Unlimited

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Let's have a quickie . . . with audio | MINUTE REVIEWS {3}

Touchdown | London Bound

I hate him, but I want him…
I hate the emotional blackmail that my mom gives me for not being with Sebastian, the guy my mom wanted me to marry. I never wanted him. But if I don’t, my mom will end her relationship with me. 

I am only interested in the quarterback who I cheered for on the sidelines, even though I hate his guts. Regardless, I can’t deny what my body and heart desired. But we are about to graduate and go our separate ways. What am I going to do? 

I’ve always loved her, but I’m poorer than she knows...
Playing my last year in college as the star quarterback people thought I was, it was bittersweet. I hope I get drafted into the NFL to be able to help pay my family back for all they’ve done, and get them out of that trailer. But that would mean being far from Alexa. 

She was the cheerleader I always wanted by my side. But man, she could be so stuck up sometimes! That was until our friends locked us up in the dorm and wouldn’t let us leave til we sorted things out. I have no idea what will happen next… 

The voice of the characters sounded young, naive, and a bit immature. These characters are in the process of finishing up their final months of college and getting ready to go into the real world. At that stage in life, I expect a higher level of maturity than what was displayed here. 

The plot was very bland with nothing attention-grabbing or making it worth while to invest in the story or characters. There was a disconnect from the characters and all the sudden “requirements” of a romance novel. It all seemed too forced.

The epilogue was jam-packed with HEA’s and it was a bombardment of eye roll inducing information.
Overall, this book was a quick read for a lazy afternoon, but nothing to write home about.

As far as the audio goes, it was absolutely awful. There was constant skipping which led to words getting cut out, random pauses, and delays in the audio. There were also moments of low volume and then sudden high volume that was irritating. The narrator herself lacked emotion and cadence to her narrative. All of that really ruined the flow of the story and the listening experience as a whole.

If you want to check this book out, I highly suggest reading this book instead of listening to the audio version.

Random thought: Why is the subtitle, A “Bad Boy” Sports Romance? Martin wasn’t a bad boy. Like, at all. He was sweet and gentlemanly, and smart. No kind of bad was involved whatsoever. 

Roxy Sinclaire writes steamy, suspenseful romantic stories as the main genre, and this includes a variety of different topics. Some of these include dark romances, action packed romances, mafia romances, and many more. She currently works in customer relations in New York City, but is trying to fulfill her passion in writing and eventually have her dream job become a reality.

When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can't get any more pathetic. 

She's done with men. 
She doesn't need them. 
She especially doesn't need their muscular thighs. 
No siree, she's going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive "Theo" who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub. 

Keep telling yourself that, Lez..... 

Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she'll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he's managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned. 

He wants more. 
She wants to run. 
But he can’t seem to let her go. 
Both of them have a past—and neither want to share. 
How can love possibly survive in darkness? 

London Bound was filled with humor, romance, pain and heart. I unfortunately couldn’t get into the heart of the story. This can be read as a standalone, which is how I read it. Based on my experience however, I’d recommend reading the first two books prior so that you get all the in-depth history of these characters. I think it would have given me a better connection to all the characters in general. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t much care for any of them.

Theo was charming and kind, but he held a pain within that kept him prisoner to those emotions. He was quite endearing, and the patience he had with Leslie certainly upped his likability. 

Leslie was extremely exasperating. She had a troubled past which held her back and caused her to be so guarded, but it still made her so unlikable for me. While Theo was being a sweetheart, she kept turning him down harshly. At one point, she no longer deserved his attention in my opinion. She was rude and annoyingly immature. No matter what she had been through, it didn’t excuse her behavior. Rejection after rejection wore me down.

I really enjoyed the British dialect and it was an obvious necessity with the story being set in London, but it wasn’t always on point. There were quite a few incorrect uses of slang words and terms. Because of this, certain scenes didn’t have the correct atmosphere and didn’t get the same result as it was likely intended to have.

Nevertheless, this was a sweet and heartwarming story with strong friendships and a positive message about taking chances in life.

Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, and miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. Amy is a lover of all things British and her award-nominated romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series, is centered around Americans in London. It's emotional and self-deprecating with lots of humor sprinkled in. 
On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle. 

*These audiobooks were provided to me via Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author/narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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