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Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

Fisher's LightFisher’s Light by Tara Sivec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amanda
WOW! This book blew me away. This was a book about true love, forgiveness, and second chances. Lucy and Fisher met as young kids; as teenagers they fell in love and got married. Fisher was a Marine that had served five tours overseas, and Lucy ran the inn on Fisher Island.
When Fisher returned, suffering from a severe case of PTSD, he had a full blown panic attack and all hell broke loose. This book was full of ups and downs. It gave some insight into what a lot of our soldiers went through when they came home from war. Lucy and Fisher’s love story was not perfect. In this book, we got to see their struggles, their highs and lows.
I will give warning: reading this book, you will need a box of tissues.
Lucy in the sky full of diamonds.
5+ Stars

Teresa
I don’t even know where to start…I love Tara’s writing, she never ceases to amaze me with the words that come out of her. Fisher’s Light was no exception. The bond that Lucy and Fisher had was unbreakable, even though neither realized it.
Being raised in a military family, I understood how hard it was for Lucy. On the flip side, I got where Fisher was coming from in the need to serve his country and his brothers. The thing that killed me though, was he felt she was made of glass and he wouldn’t/couldn’t open up and share what was going on with her. It never had to be graphic detail, but his wife was there for him, but he didn’t give her a chance.
I felt as though the time apart after their divorce they both did a lot of maturing. They needed the time away from one another to grow on their own. Yes, I know they had years apart when he was deployed but that wasn’t the same. Lucy needed to mature, realize she could be her own person and do things for herself, as hard as they might be. Fisher needed to sort through his own crap to be the man he needed to be.
In the end Fisher saw the light, Lucy.
5+ stars!
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Missing Pieces by Meredith Tate

Missing PiecesMissing Pieces by Meredith Tate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC in return for an honest review

Wow! Let me first start by saying this book starts off a little slowly, but it picks up its pace pretty fast. Don’t give me on this little gem!

This book asks the reader a basic question: what happens when your whole life is planned out for you? I mean, what if by the age of 6, you already know who the person is that you’re expected to marry? Or even something that should be a simple rite of childhood—such as creating the friends of your choice—is taken away from you because your playmates have been pre-determined?

In this book you’ll meet Trace Bailey and Piren Allston. They’re two best friends that should have never been friends to begin with. They fall in love with each other at a young age, against all rules that they’ve had created for them. But what should they do? Ignore their desires and follow the life they have laid out for them, or be banished to the outskirts of town to be together?

Trace and Piren have to fight for their love, but who are they fighting against? This is a great book and I recommend that you read to find out the answers to these life changing questions; you can thank me later.

Amanda: 4 stars!

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Do Not Disturb by A. R. Torre

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Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

1. Don’t leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don’t kill anyone.

The rules were simple. I broke them.
Now, I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.
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Once Pure (Shattered Past #3) by Cecy Robson

This was reviewed by Susan our guest reviewer.
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I KNEW IT! I knew I’d absolutely LOVE Sofia and Killian’s book! When we met them in the first book in this series, I just knew they had a remarkable story, and they did.

While this was a bit angsty (which I love) because you know they’re both hiding something BIG, it really was a sweet love story. Killian and Sofia have known each other since they were children, and have loved each other almost as long. However, Killian was two years older than Sofia and grew up into adulthood without her and Sofia had something tragic happen to her, beyond the abuse her father dished out on a regular basis and she’s suffered for it for years. Killian has blamed himself for it. When they finally get together, Killian doesn’t just love her. He teaches her to be stronger and brave. Notice I say STRONGER, not strong. Sofia was strong to withstand the life she had in the first place. Killian helped her realize her inner strength and how to project it outward. By the end of the book, Sofia is no longer the shy scared person we met in book one. AND THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!

The epilogue from Killian’s point of view was the perfect ending to this. But then I turned the page and saw that Cecy Robson is writing more in this series and I nearly died from happiness 🙂 Is it too much to hope that Finn gets a book? Or maybe Curran? Or Sol? Needless to say, whoever Cecy writes about next, I’ll be reading it 🙂

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Susan
5 Stars

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Alarm by Shay Savage

Alarm
by Shay Savage
It is on sale this week for $2.99. Run and get it.
Chloe’s life is safe and comfortable. Meeting a tall, dark stranger covered in tattoos is not in her plans. Bad boys just aren’t her type, even if they gorgeous and built like a brick wall. The alarms in her head warn that Aiden Hunter is definitely on the list of men her mother told her to avoid, but she doesn’t listen.

Still, she finds herself drawn to Aiden and the excitement she is missing in her own life. He fills her days with thrills and danger, and her nights with passion she’s never experienced before. Even though she knows he’s hiding something from her, Chloe pushes away her concerns and dives into this new way of living.

Near the beach in Miami, Aiden teaches her to live life to the fullest as Chloe battles the internal warning bells that tell her to be wary. By the time she realizes her fears may be justified, it’s too late.

Aiden’s past is catching up to him, but is he the hunter or the hunted?

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Alarm By Shay Savage

AlarmAlarm by Shay Savage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Teresa
ARC provided by LJ Anderson on behalf of Shay Savage in return for an honest review.

I laughed, I cried and then I laughed again….Knowing Shay like I do, I see her quirks in Chloe. This always made me giggle….talking to Wonder Woman, and Buffy? Really Chloe?

Being inside Chloe’s mind was hilarious and yet disturbing….always think before you speak, you might hurt someone’s feelings. I loved it….

Chloe lives a normal, *cough* boring life….that is until she literally walks in Aiden Hunter. He’s not her normal type of guy, he built, has tattoos, and isn’t very forthcoming about his own life. Chloe lives in her own mind….and never takes chances, until Aiden comes along.

Chloe learned to live, and Aiden learned to let go….as my child would say this story was amazeballs. I couldn’t out it down from the moment I started. I’m a huge Savage fan, and it’s not often she writes from a woman’s point of view. She did this one a huge justice, I swear every story I read I say it’s my favorite by her….this one being no different. 5 Plus Stars

Amanda

ARC provided by author for honest review. First let me start by saying I read this book in one day. Once I started I could not put it down. I loved Chloe. She was shy and lived in a bubble. The she met Adien,and every thing changes. He makes her grow and think outside of her bubble. Knowing Shay I love how she adds things from her own life. This story will have you laughing your butt off and at some point have you in tears. Great job.
5 Plus Stars

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Need By KI Lynn and N. Isabelle Blanco

Need (Need, #1)Need by K.I. Lynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Thoughts on Kira?

Teresa: We met her as a small girl and watched her grow into a teenager. She did stupid things, just like we all had. Did she annoy me? Absolutely. Did I blame her for the things she did? Not one freaking bit. I actually grew to respect her. I didn’t always like her decisions, but Kira did what she felt was best for her at the time.

I don’t know yet whether she’s going to regret the choices she has made. My heart breaks for her, because in some twisted surreal world, I think I would’ve done the same. Imagine the one boy you truly love is practically taken away from you; someone you can never love according to society. Why? All because of a marriage certificate. And you can’t turn off your heart…it loves who it loves.

Amanda: Kira grew up running around with her brother and their best friend. So it only made sense she would fall in love with her friend. She wore her heart on her sleeve and she was not afraid to show it.

I completely understood where she was coming from and why she did what she did. Being in love for the first time is a real bitch and it will make people do crazy things.

Thoughts on Brayden?

Teresa: I liked him then I hated him. He made me want to smack him. I get why Brayden wouldn’t share his feelings but, at the same time, Kira was supposed to be one of your best friends. He wanted to date her, so shouldn’t he be able to talk to her?

Boys are so stupid, and seem to think with the head between their legs and not the one on their shoulders.

I felt like the worst mistake he made was Amanda, and when he realized the consequences of his actions, it was too late. He couldn’t take it back; when he wanted Kira, she wouldn’t have anything to do with him. Dumbass, what did you think was going to happen?

Amanda: Brayden was your typical boy, always thinking with the wrong head. When he found out what he wanted his dad’s plans changed everything for him. So what did he do? He went back to thinking with the wrong head again! But when he pulls it back out of his ass, I fell in love with him.

What we loved about the book!

Teresa: I love angst, love it. So of course I loved the angst fest that is K.I. Lynn & N. Isabella Blanco. They can write it like no other, and have completely blown me away. I wanted to scream and curse at Kira, Brayden, K.I. and N. Isabelle multiple times.

To me a good story and author is when you feel what the characters feel. I felt this pain, felt the love and the frustration that Kira and Brayden both went through. I can’t wait for the next book, I barely put this one down once I picked it up.

Amanda: I loved the connection with the characters. This book just sucked me right in. My heart broke for Brayden and Kira. I wanted to yell and scream at the both of them multiple times throughout this book.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Teresa: Amanda, I just didn’t like her. I could have done without her, but I realize she’s a necessary evil.

Amanda: The only thing I didn’t like was Brayden breaking our hearts, but I am sure in the next book he will make it up to his kitty.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 stars!

Amanda: 5+ stars!

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Blindfolded Innocence

Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence, #1)Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Julia?

Teresa: At first I thought Julia was a complete square; a goody two shoes that felt she was above everyone else. The more time she spent with Brad, the more I really started to like her.

I felt as though Julia started to let her hair down and began to live. I mean, she still had her judgmental moments but, at the same time, I respected the fact that she didn’t expect anything from him. She knew where she stood with him, or I should have said, where she thought she stood.

Amanda: Julia is all about her internship and school, other than that, she really does not have a life outside of her self-imposed boundries. She has never really experienced living. After she meets Brad her whole world is turned upside down.

Thoughts on Brad?

Teresa: He was a complete asshole in some respects, but yet in others he was completely honest. Whether you agreed with him or not, he’d tell you what he thought and where he stood.

Brad made no apologies for the person he was and I loved that. He was honest with himself and Julia on what he wanted and she was open to it. She embraced their relationship to find out if was something she wanted.

Amanda: Brad drove me crazy. He wanted Julia but then chose not to, only to decide he didn’t want anyone else to have her. Brad was all over the place; he said it best when he said, “I take what I want and I don’t take no for an answer.” And that was what he did.

What we loved about the book!

Teresa: I figured the boy would get the girl, just not in the manner he did. Alessandra always takes me by surprise, I never know what twists or turns she will take. I actually grew to really love Brad and Julia. I’m anxious to see how Broward is going to handle it all.

Amanda: I will say I was a little shocked with the end out this book. I knew there would be a twist but that was not what I was expecting. I really liked that this book was not predictable and I didn’t see things coming.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Teresa: I can’t say I didn’t like anything about this book. I’m anxious to read the next one.

Amanda: There isn’t anything that I didn’t like about this book. I can just say that Brad gave me whiplash with his moods.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 stars!

Amanda: 4 stars!

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Beautiful Ink By Nicole Reed

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Thoughts on Helen aka Keller?

Teresa: My heart broke for her because she lost everything that she cared about. She was so naive, and really had no one to go to or confide in. Even as she went from Helen to Keller, she still couldn’t let her guard down.

Amanda: Helen was a broken girl that had everything in her life taken from her. I loved watching her grow in to Keller and finding her own way in the world

Thoughts on Vin?

Teresa: I loved that he was persistent with Keller. He never gave up, and even though he had his own secrets he never pressured her to give hers away. Vin made her laugh and love, something she never experienced before.

Amanda: He seemed to be the perfect guy. Vin was hot, restored houses, and he made Keller laugh which she has not done in years.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved this book, even though it was not what I thought it would be. I loved watching Keller grow and make her life better than it was growing up. I loved that she didn’t just stand by and let people tell her what she had to do.

Teresa: I loved the past and present telling of the story to make it all come together.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: There was nothing I didn’t like about this book. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Teresa: I want to say the end, and how she went with Luke after he apologized. Part of me loved that—she loved him—the other thought was that, realistically, would you go with someone who did that to you that fast?

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 4 stars!

Amanda: 5 stars!

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Isolated By Shay Savage

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Thoughts on Evan Arden?

Teresa: I loved Evan Arden. He was a complete ass, but in the end I wanted what was best for Lia. He was psychotic, irritable, but sexy all at the same time.

I honestly got why he did things the way he did. Did I like it? Hell no, he made me want to smack him. I had dreamed of whacking him throughout this whole series.

Amanda: Having met Evan (TST) in real life, I could see him saying things and acting the way he did in this book. He was a badass dude.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I really enjoyed getting to see more of Evan. I did learn new things that I didn’t know from his other books, so that was cool.

Teresa: I loved knowing what happened after the competition, and how Evan got off the island. His internal monologue cracked me up; he rationalized every thought. Nothing got past him.

Finding things out that I never knew, I was shocked to say the least. I never saw this coming. I truly believed Evan was happy about it, or as happy as he gets about things.

The way Shay left it makes me both happy and sad. I can’t say too much or I’ll give it away. The way her mind works with twists and plots, I think it would be interesting and scary to be inside her mind for a day.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: This book left me wanting more. I can’t wait to get more of Evan.

Teresa: It was short, and I was left wanting more. I’m sure it will come in due time, but until then, I’ve got my own imagination.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 stars!

Amanda: 5 stars!

Shay Savage Information
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Twitter – @savage7289
Blog – http://shaysavage.blogspot.com/

Bio:
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also and loves soccer in any and all forms – especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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