Save Me Lost Souls #3 By:Eliza Freed Published: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Forever Romance Source: eARC from publisher for a honest review Add to GoodreadsHere Summary: "You need to be careful with perfection. It's brilliant at hiding its flaws."
Having lost everything she holds dear—and then some—Charlotte O'Brien had almost given up hope. Until an unexpected love opened her heart to the possibility of second chances. But now, will Charlotte be brave enough to take the risk that love be enough to save her wounded soul? The stunning conclusion to Eliza Freed's provocative Lost Souls series.
Forgive Me (Lost Souls #1) My Book Review on Forgive Me Here
"The thing he loves most in the world will kill him. It's only a matter of time . . . "
College student Charlotte O'Brien is lost and she can't find her way home. Devastated by her parents' tragic deaths, she aches for any kind of connection . . . and finds it in a man who is all wrong for her. Jason Leer is a rough-hewn steer wrestler from Oklahoma-and the hottest thing Charlotte has ever laid eyes on. Yet he has his own dark secrets . . .
Burying herself in Jason, Charlotte soon discovers that life doesn't have to be so painful. When they're together their passion eclipses everything-and Charlotte can finally begin to see a way out of the darkness of her past. Fighting for a future with Jason won't be easy, but for the first time since her parents' deaths, this lost soul might have finally found a place that feels like home.
Redeem Me (Lost Souls #2) My Book Review on Redeem Me Here
Charlotte O'Brien desperately needs redemption. Torn apart by her parents' tragic deaths, Charlotte has no one to turn to after she alienates herself from everyone and everything. Fate sends her a lifeline when she runs into a childhood friend. Now all she sees is Noble Sinclair-tall, gorgeous, with a body made for sinning. But Charlotte knows better than anyone how quickly the things you hold dear can be taken away-and though loving Noble feels like it could be her salvation, Charlotte knows it could also destroy her.
Noble Sinclair has always loved Charlotte. Now seeing how far she has fallen, Noble vows to be the man who can make her happy and bring her out of the darkness that has haunted her for far too long. But to save Charlotte, he must make her learn to forgive everyone who has forsaken her . . . starting with herself.
Save Me, was the last book in the Lost Souls Series, and it put me through the emotional wringer. I was a sniveling, red-eyed, puffy-nose mess from this book! Ms. Freed made me feel every emotion that these main characters were going through. I felt anger, frustration, helplessness, and devastation.
In Save Me, Charlotte has fallen in to a happy, comfortable, and committed relationship with Noble. When they are together, they laugh, have, a good time, understand one another, and couldn't be any happier. However, when Charlotte lets herself think of Jason, she still feels love, heartbreak, betrayal, and yearning. When Jason's father, Butch, is diagnosed with stage four Colin Cancer, Jason moves back with his son Jason Jr. "Jay." This causes an upheaval in Charlotte's relationship. All of a sudden, Jason keeps putting himself in close proximity to Charlotte and telling her how much he loves her, and needs her to be with him.
Noble starts becoming insecure, and jealous. He is scared that he is going to lose Charlotte to Jason. Charlotte keeps trying to reassure Noble and tell Jason that they are through, but the more she is around Jason, the more she is tempted by him. Then a horrible tragedy strikes, and Charlotte's life is turned upside down once again.
Save Me was one long roller coaster ride. There were major plot twists in this story, and there were a few that I never saw coming. This story was filled with passion, love, yearning, heart-break, and renewal.
If you enjoy emotional, and angst filled reads, you need to read the Lost Souls Trilogy. I give, Save Me, by Eliza Freed, 5 Addictive, Tragic, Passionate, Pain Filled Stars!!!
“This is going to end soon and I don’t want to be without you. I can’t be.” This cannot be happening. “You don’t love him.”
“Why is it so hard for you to believe that I do? I do love him,” I snap at him. I don’t know how I’m capable of loving anyone after a tour with you, but I love him.
“Because with every cell of my body I know you belong to me. Next to me, on top of me.” I swallow hard at the thought of him beneath me. “Inside of you.”
“I get the picture.”
“And because I know that. Because it’s true. You can’t be in love with him.”
“You didn’t want to pull me away from New York City? You so selflessly fucked Stephanie Harding to make sure I ended up where I belong, but now you’ll have me leave Noble? You are fucked up,” I spit at him.
“If you give us a chance, I will never let you go again. I promise. Annie, you’ve got to give us another chance. You’ve got to know it’s not a life unless we’re together.”
The waitress brings our food and Jason and I just stare at each other. I am baffled. I hate him. I love him. I want him…to leave.
“I want you to go away with me when this is over.”
“What will be left of me? You think it will be enough for you. If I hurt Noble like that, I won’t be the same person. You wouldn’t want me.”
“Impossible,” he scoffs. We sit in silence until he finally takes a bite of his sandwich. I eat a little and stare at my glass of tea. I wish I could be drunk, unconscious actually. I’m no longer capable of living my life. Not this one, at least.
“You’re always sure of everything. Even when you’re wrong you’re sure,” I say,
watching him finish his meal, completely unaffected by his plot to ruin my life, and Noble’s, and probably my brother’s because why should he be exempt from this torture. “I’m never sure of anything. Do you know why?”
Jason looks at me, bracing himself for what’s coming.
“Because the last person I was sure of, I was completely wrong about. I never thought you would be capable of doing what you did. How could you?”
Jason just stares at me, taking every word he deserves.
“How could you put your hands on her? Put your dick in her?” I lower my voice. There’s no need to yell; it’s grotesque without the dramatics.
“I guess you were lying when you said you forgave me,” he says.
“This is what you’re asking me to turn Noble into. A person who no longer believes in anything he’s ever known.”
“What I’m asking has nothing to do with Sinclair. He put himself between us. That’s his problem. He knew I wanted you back the entire time,” Jason says, taking money out and putting it on the table for lunch. “I’m asking you to let yourself be happy. Let yourself believe in me again because I sure as hell know you want to.”
I stand up from the table and start walking. I don’t stop until I get to my car, but as usual Jason is there one step before me, blocking my door.
“You’re making every single day of this nightmare even harder,” I say.
“I think the exact same thing about you. Going home to that house every night.” The cruelty of today continues as Jason leans into me and places his lips on mine and some internal sob caves my chest in and steals my breath. He puts his hands above my head, leaning on the Volvo behind me, and separates my lips with his tongue. And I let him. I let him in, in every way. My blood courses through me and throbs everywhere as I give in to what my hands and my mouth and lips have wanted for months. I wrap my arms around his neck and he pulls me to him.
I pull his hair and my tongue takes over my thoughts.
I pull away from him. His eyes are ravenous. He will take me right here in this parking lot if I let him.
“It doesn’t change a thing,” I croak out. “You knew all of that before my body told you.”
“I did, but now you know it, too,” he says, and takes the keys from me to drive us home.
The ride is long and silent. Betrayal sits between us and contemplates how many lives Jason and Charlotte can ruin, their own apparently not enough for them. I lean my head on the cool window and focus on the sky as the almost full moon rises. It’s not even four o’clock yet. The supermoon will be here in a few days. What lunacy will it bestow upon us?
“I love you, Annie,” Jason says, and I never take my eyes off the moon. I never turn to him or acknowledge he spoke. Through with the talking, done with the truth. Let him know everything. Now I want to know nothing.
About Eliza Freed:
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job. She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It's during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it's completely inappropriate. She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she'd rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story...the more screwed up the better.
Burying Water, #2 by K.A. Tucker Release Date: March 3rd, 2015 Publisher: Atria Books Source: Publisher via NetGalley eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.
The Burying Water Series has been reminiscent of my favorite television show, Law and Order! It's filled with crime, danger, malicious intent, suspense, plot-twists, and dramatic on the edge of your seat type story-telling! This series is perfect for people that are interested in the underbelly of the crime world. I think both of the books in this series would make excellent movies!
In Becoming Rain, we get Luke Boone and Clara Bertelli's story told from their dual perspectives. Luke was a secondary character in Burying Water. He was raised by his Uncle Rust, who was a mentor, role model, and surrogate father figure to Luke. Unfortunately, Rust is a leader of one of the West Coast's largest auto theft rings. He has business ties to the Russian Mafia, and is living large in a luxury filled lifestyle. Luke wants the same lifestyle as his uncle. He has been bidding his time, by following his uncle's orders to work in one of Rust's legitimate businesses, as a car mechanic. When the time is right, Rust promises to bring him in to his business dealings. Luke is excited when Rust informs him that he's finally ready to start getting Luke involved in his business empire.
Clara Bertelli is a young, ambitious, and hard-working police officer. Her dream is to be accepted in to the FBI academy, but without the right connections, it's difficult to be chosen. She is asked to go undercover, and get Luke's trust, so that she can help the FBI take down Rust and everyone involved in his auto theft business. If she is successful in this job, she will get the referral that she needs to get in to the FBI academy. However, what she couldn't imagine was the fact that she would fall in love with Luke Boone, the very man she is hired to betray.
Becoming Rain was a great story! I loved learning about the day in and day out operations of undercover police work. I found it highly fascinating. Equally interesting was learning about the various criminals, their lifestyles, and how they did business. The forbidden attraction and feelings that Clara "Rain" began to develop towards Luke, made for an entertaining and addicting storyline! I found myself hoping that Luke would realize the error of his ways before it was too late, and hopeful that he would get to end up with Clara.
Becoming Rain had many complex layers to the plot. We get Clara and Luke, who are both good-hearted, but make many mistakes; Clara as an undercover police officer, and Luke in his involvement with illegal activities. We get a romance, with a lot of intense chemistry, and evolving feelings, as well as all of the characters and operations involved in both the FBI, and criminal undertakings. All of these elements made for an extremely entertaining read!
I give, Becoming Rain, by K.A. Tucker, 4 Fascinating, Undercover Facade, Chemistry-Charged, Criminal Filled Stars! I'm excited to continue this series, and see who and what the next story, Chasing River, will be about!
I have been anxiously waiting for the release of Becoming Rain from the moment I knew that Luke was going to get his own book. I really loved the role he played in Burying Water. He was a very interesting supporting character in the story. I was curious to see where is decisions of wanting to be more involved in his uncle’s business would lead him. This second installment, in the Burying Water Series, was very different from the first one, but equally intense and packed with unexpected twists.
Becoming Rain is the story of Clara Bertelli and Luke Boone. Luke is finally getting the recognition he deserves at his uncle’s garage. He wants it all. The money, the cars and the power. What he never expected was for lies, secrets and betrayals to take over his life. Clara is an undercover cop who has the mission to bring down a powerful car theft ring. As an undercover cop, she has lived many different situations that have put her life in danger. When she meets Luke Boone she has no idea that not only her life will be in danger, but her heart as well. Luke turns out to be captivating and very different from the person she expected him to be. As days go by, Clara is getting closer to solving the biggest case of her career. Will she be able to walk away from Luke once her mission is accomplished without leaving a piece of her heart behind?
I really enjoyed reading Becoming Rain. It felt like I was reading a different series even if some characters from the previous book made an appearance. I loved seeing Alex and Jesse again! I love these two to pieces!!! This book could be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend both books. K.A. Tucker’s writing style is absolutely breathtaking! You feel everything single emotions that the characters feel. My heart was beating furiously when the time came for Clara and Luke to have ‘’The Confrontation’’. I had an idea that it was going to be very intense, but Oh my God!!! My heart completely broke for Luke! I just wanted to reach inside the book and give him a big hug and whisper words of comfort to him. That was something he never saw coming.
Clara had a very difficult role to play. She mixed business with pleasure and she got burned. She knew that getting close to Luke was dangerous. The more time passed, the more she fell for him. He really got under her skin. She got the chance to see who the real Luke was. That is who she fell in love with. I loved the slow building romance between Clara and Luke. My connection with both these characters was instant. I really felt like I knew these characters by the end of the book. Their life journey was very well explained and reading from both their POV’s was simply amazing! It’s such a wonderful gift to us readers to be able to know exactly how both characters are living their journey. This story was packed with little details and it kept me glued to my seat from beginning to end!
Becoming Rain was a memorable reading escape with amazing characters and it was beautifully written. I’m crossing my fingers that Warner will get his own book. I loved his role in Becoming Rain! He's such a fascinating character!
I give, Becoming Rain, by K.A. Tucker, 4.5 suspenseful, page-turning, complicated, intriguing stars!
About the Author:
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
Slow Burn Driven #5 By: K. Bromberg Published: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Signet Source: Publisher Add to Goodreads GR's Summary:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven series. One Night. That's all it was supposed to be. Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips? No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked.... Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?
The Driven Series has been a whirlwind of passion, depth, memorable characters, and talented story telling. I have rapidly devoured each of these books, always anticipating, and wishing for the next one in the series. I would like to mention that Ms. Bromberg's writing style really stands out to me. She has an elegant and effortless way of telling a story. Her prose are poignant, and her characters are beautifully real. They stand out among the masses, and as a reader, you cannot help but love them, and relate to their humanity. In Slow Burn, we get Haddie Montgomery and Beckett Daniels' story from their alternating view points. Beckett is Colton Donovan's best friend and Haddie is Rylee Thomas' best friend, who are the main characters from the previous books in the Driven Series. In Slow Burn, Haddie and Beckett, move out of Colton and Rylee's shadow, and take center stage. From their story, readers experience a beautiful and emotional addition to an amazing series, that has surpassed my every hope and expectation. Haddie and Beckett have known each other for over a year. However, Beckett is not Haddie's type. She usually goes for bad boys, and Beckett is the epitome of a southern gentlemen. He's good looking, has a great body, and is very charming, but she has never had anything more with him than a friendship. On the night that her best friend ties the knot, Haddie see's Beckett in a different light. She notices him as an attractive man, and she isn't sure what it is, but she is drawn to him. Beckett has always been attracted to Haddie, but has never acted on it. When Haddie and Beckett get intoxicated, their walls come down, and they give in to the temptation of a one night stand. Haddie is dealing with the devastating death of her older sister, Lexi, and has a "no strings" policy when it comes to relationships. However, she cannot stop thinking and daydreaming about Beckett, and the amazing night that they spent together. Beckett wants to pursue a relationship with Haddie. As far as he's concerned she's the full package the "Macallan" of Scotch. Now, he just has to convince Haddie, that she is the one for him. Will he be able to destroy the walls she has erected around her heart, and get her to dismiss her "No Strings," policy? Slow Burn was an emotional story. I cried, my heart broke, and my heart healed. I fell in love with Beckett, a man that was everything that any woman would be lucky to have. Haddie was extremely selfless, and I admired her grit, gumption, and sassy attitude. The passion and heat between Beckett and Haddie was palpable. The frenzy of their desire's blossomed in to a beautiful love, and a breathtaking story. Colton and Rylee were prominent characters in this story, and were great friends to Beckett and Haddie. It was interesting watching the role reversal, and I loved the way they cherished their friendships, and were so loyal and supportive to those they cared about. The next story in the series, Sweet Ache, is going to be Colton's sister, Quinlan's story. She wasn't in Slow Burn, and I missed her. I can't wait to watch her get her happily ever after!
I give Slow Burn, by K. Bromberg, 5 Tantalizing, Toe Curling, Teary-Eyed, Emotion Filled Stars! Slow Burn can be read as a stand alone, although I would highly recommend reading the whole series! It is one of the best Adult Romance Series' that I have read, and stands proudly on my favorite's shelf, where I place the books that I treasure the most, and have strongly impacted my life.
My Favorite Quote:
"I'll pick you every time, Haddie. Scars, inability to have kids, bald, sick, emotional...you're beautiful to me. Every single way. I'll still pick you every goddamn time." ~Beckett
Author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner, who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. Kristy lives in Southern California with her husband and three small children. Her motto is ‘have lap-top, will travel’ because she writes around school drop offs, entertaining her four year old (who is still not in school full time), homework battles, and endless soccer practices. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her with her Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.
Stealing Rose The Fowler Sisters #2 Release Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Bantam Add to GoodreadsHere GR's Summary:
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—the second novel in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts. People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it. Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty. For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now. And maybe I don’t want to.
The Fowler Sisters Series: My Review of Owning Violet Here
Monica Murphy is one of my go to authors when I want a guaranteed great read! I loved her One Week Girlfriend Series, and Billionaire Bachelors Club Series. The Fowler Sisters is another great series that has been a pleasure to read!
In Owning Violet, we got the middle Fowler sister's story. She is the quiet, serious, hard working sister, who has a passion for working up the ranks in the Fleur Cosmetics family business. In Stealing Rose, we get the youngest Fowler sister's story. Rose is unhappy and feels under-appreciated working for the family business in New York. She is use to working hard, and following all of the rules. When she goes to Cannes for a celebration honoring her grandmother, she meets the gorgeous, sexy and mysterious, Caden. The chemistry between them sizzles, but then he abruptly leaves the party.
When Rose decides to get away from her father and the family company, she takes up Violet on her offer to come to the London site of Fleur Cosmetics. She can work when she wants, and take off time whenever she needs. While Rose is in London, she runs in to Caden. They have a blazing hot passionate affair. However, Caden is very secretive, and Rose doesn't know anything about him. As they begin spending a lot of time together, feelings grow, Rose begins to share her life, and while Caden begins to share a little bit with Rose, he still has his secrets. Do Rose and Caden have a future together? Or, will Caden's secret destroy the amazing relationship that they have built with one another?
Stealing Rose was about a sexy and passionate romance. It was sensual, seductive, and filled with long bouts of spontaneous, and erotic love making. It was the a page-turning treat that was easy to get entranced in. I enjoyed having Violet and Ryder, the main characters from the first book, in this sequel. I enjoyed the dynamic amongst the sisters. We get to see the close bond that Rose shares with Violet, as well as how Rose and Lily become closer to one another at the end of the story.
I give, Stealing Rose, by Monica Murphy 4.5 Decadent, Intoxicating, White Hot Passion Filled Stars! I love The Fowler Sisters Series, and am looking forward to reading about Lily, the oldest Fowler sister!
Casting by the Author:
“So he left you? After he kissed you? And you don’t know who he is.” Violet shakes her head. “That’s just odd.” “I know. I never did catch his name.” I tap the edge of my pen against my pursed lips, hating that I know nothing about this man beyond what he tastes like . . . what it feels like to be touched by him. His hands, his finger seared my skin, he imprinted himself on me with the slightest touch, and just thinking about him and what he made me feel leaves me heady with desire. So ridiculous. “Hmm. Have you ever considered that maybe he’s the one who stole that bracelet from the woman at the party?” Violet asks, her expression one of genuine concern. I adore my sister. I really do. She was more like a mother to me since I never knew ours, and Lily couldn’t be bothered with me. But too often, Violet is like an overprotective nanny who won’t let me play on the swing set at the playground. I can’t even appreciate it anymore. It feels too cloying. I hate it. “Why would he spend time with me like that if he’d just stolen a valuable piece of jewelry?” I roll my eyes and drop my pen on top of Violet’s desk so that it rolls back toward me. I snatch it up, tapping it against the edge of her desk so that she sends me an annoyed glare. “Come on, you’re reaching.” “You never know. There were all sorts of unsavory people in Cannes.” Violet mock shudders. “One man tried to hit on me. I had to hold back Ryder for fear he would beat his face in if I let him go.” I love it. Ryder is so possessive of Violet. Not in a creepy, controlling way but in a he-loves-her-so-much-he-can’t-live- without-her way. “Wish I could’ve seen that.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.