{Cover Reveal} Rome by Jay Crownover…FINAL Puzzle Piece!

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Book Description

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

About the Author

Jay Crownover is the bestselling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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{Cover Reveal} Rome by Jay Crownover…Puzzle Piece #1

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About the Author

Jay Crownover is the bestselling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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{Blog Tour: Review} Striking by Lila Felix & Rachel Higginson

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Title: Striking

Series: Forged in Fire #1

Author: Lila Felix & Rachel Higginson

Release Date: September 1, 2013

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source: e-ARC (provided by author/publisher as part of blog tour and in exchange for honest review)

Book Description

Can two hearts be forged into one?

Cami Montgomery stole a car and smashed it into the front of a building in upscale Beverly Hills after a lousy date with the epitome of sleaze balls. The worst part, her parents are following through on threats after this latest plea for attention. Banished from her L.A. paradise and plunged into the Appalachian Mountains with her industrious aunt and uncle, Cami is about to find out how precious life really is.

Stockton Wright has been thrust into a hard life. He sacrifices everything to give his family and community what they need. He’s exhausted from life and work—and he’s only twenty four. What he needs is some change, and some sunshine. Even he will agree to that. He just doesn’t expect to find it in a stuck up, pompous, entitled Californian.

Cami bursts into Stockton’s life like wildfire, consuming all his thoughts and tangling him in her web. What starts out as a contentious rivalry evolves into a desire neither of them expected. When hammer meets metal, will they crack under pressure or be forged as one?

Cami and Stockton might just end up being exactly what the other one needs, but first their love will have to be drawn out in fire.

Review

If you’ve visited this blog before, you should already know this: If Lila writes it, I shall read it! And I shall love it! So it stands that if Lila joins forces with an author my peers have always praised but whom I’ve yet to read myself, I know I am in for an incredible treat and will now have another author to stalk. Well, Lila, thanks so much for putting Rachel on my radar! I have no clue who is responsible for which parts and/or characters in this book. And I really do not care to know, because it was all wonderful and fantastic. The characterization, the inner and spoken dialogue, the emotions – all of it was just so wonderfully executed. This was a phenomenal series debut, and I could not be more excited to be kicking off this blog tour! And…go!

Oh, Stockton! There is so much going on with this guy, it was like solving a riddle sometimes. Skilled craftsman, familial patriarch, community benefactor…the list goes on. Let me make clear that I find Stockton entirely swoon-worthy. Even with that whole uneven arm size thing that apparently seems to suit him perfectly. But I did not feel this way the exact moment I encountered him in the story. It felt a bit difficult to understand him in the beginning. He is more haunted by his loss than we truly understand when this story begins. He is resigned to the life he has inherited. He seems to take pride in the legacy that he carries on, but much of what he does in the day-to-day seems out of routine and obligation. And sometimes, he’s a bit of a crab. He certainly has an ugly streak that he lets loose a time or two. But he is a good man, as Cami often proclaims with conviction. And in her, he finds a cause and a reason to not necessarily be a better man but to wear that badge more openly, more intently, and with more pride. But it’s not an easy road for Stockton. He’s lived in a cloud of regret and remorse for so long, it’s almost as though he cannot let it go. Cami is certainly a lot of motivation for Stockton to drag himself out of the pit, but she is not enough. I like that the fixing that he needs done ultimately comes down to his own choices. But, for me, it takes this full circle revolution for me to swoon at his whole self.

And Cami? Well, Stockton is right when he says that the girl has got moxie. I’m sure I was not the only one who probably wanted to flick Cami in the forehead for being such a snotty pain in the butt when we first meet her. It’s so interesting to read characters like this because no one could blame you for outright disliking them. Or writing them off as entirely hopeless. For a considerable stretch, I didn’t know if I was going to reach a point where I even found Cami passingly tolerable. In the end, Cami evolves into one of my favorite types of heroines, while she remained completely true to herself throughout the process. Cami’s flaws are numerous and widely judged when we first meet her. Cami is not graced with the faith or encouragement of anyone around her. But, in the deepest parts of her heart and mind, she wants to be a better person. While on the surface, it might seems that she simply learned her lesson because hard work was forced upon her, I think we can clearly see that Cami does nothing she does not want to. Sure, she learned to work hard, she develops compassion, and she matures thanks to the environment and the circumstances. But I believe most of this occurs simply because she wills it, because she wants to believe there is a better way and that she is capable of being and doing better. What I particularly love is that her growing love for Stockton does not weaken her resolve. She is even forced to question and possibly abandon what she has with him if it will threaten the progress she’s made for herself. No matter what your initial thoughts on Cami, it would be hard to maintain that she does not earn respect from everyone, including herself, by the close of this story. And that’s the kind of heroine I always love to encounter.

There was something about the wooing in this story that just made me sigh contentedly. As a single woman who forever aches for her book boyfriends to spring from the pages, I am forever ruined by the vision of a man winning his woman night after night as he sits outside her bedroom window and simply gets to know her. With a screen creating a physical barrier! Now don’t get me wrong, I would not ever claim to turn my nose at a hot and heavy, lust-addled pursuit. But any woman who says she wants a man to know her body before her heart and her mind is a liar. It was refreshing and sweet to read these parts of the book. For Stockton, it reinforces that he was raised right and he knows how to treat a woman with respect and dignity. For Cami, it reinforces that she deserves to be won and treated like a prize to be earned with care and affection. Stockton and Cami are not made out to be complete innocents, but I enjoyed that their pasts did not dictate the way they came to know each other. And it has no bearing on the significance and care with which they approach their relationship with one another.

I enjoyed both the setting and side characters in the story. Perhaps it’s because I am from a small town where everyone seems to know everyone else, where secrets are common knowledge, and where members of the community take care of another, but I always love a rural setting. Sure, there is a bit of piousness and sanctimoniousness that makes you want to simultaneously roll your eyes and stick your tongue out at a few people. But I love the sense of good, hardworking people who always look out for each other and just know how to enjoy the simple things. Someone will always treat you like the daughter or sister they never had. People will always tells you when your parents would be proud (or ashamed) of you. And there is always a legacy that you follow, and, if you’re lucky, one you create. For Stockton, I felt that this was slowly taken for granted, perhaps even seen as a burden, but it was no less ingrained. But Cami, who has never known this type of life, is forever imprinted with the good in it, the sense of home that cannot be ignored as it starts to take root within her.

I absolutely loved the story of Stockton and Cami. Forged in Fire is quite a befitting name for this series, because they both certainly go through it in their own way. And they are each other’s prize on the other side of it. I’m left with no doubt that either couldn’t endure whatever life throws their way, but I certainly know together they are formidable. Lila and Rachel have certainly set a wonderful tone for what I’m sure will be an incredible series. And it will be maddening anticipation for each installment here on out, I can assure you!

Why did Striking leave me {Book} Hungover? Because there’s just always something about a city girl and a country boy that I cannot resist.

5 Hearts

 

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About the Authors

09.01.2013 - Striking - Felix Author PhotoLila Felix made the decision to write a book after being encouraged by friends. She is a stay at home mom to three wild children and three boisterous dogs and her high school sweetheart husband encourages her daily. Between writing books, she loves to read and watch sappy 80′s movies. Favorite things: ice cream, anything purple, roller derby and any kind of music she can get her hands on. If you’re looking for her, try looking in the swamp, she’s probably duct taping something under the shade of a Cypress tree.

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09.01.2013 - Striking - Higginson Author PhotoRachel Higginson was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But came back home to marry her high school sweetheart and now spends her days raising her big family. In those few spare moments she has, she is either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction.

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{Cover Reveal} Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

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Title: Four Years Later

Series: Drew + Fable #4

Author: Monica Murphy

Release Date: February 2014

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Bantam

Book Description

Guilt. That is all I ever feel when I think about my mom. Now she’s back in my life, always wanting something. Having her around makes it so easy for me to fall into those bad habits that get me into trouble. Skipping class, smoking weed, fooling around with girls that mean nothing to me…I’m messing up. The last thing I need is my sister on my case.
So I keep my mom’s return a secret. But promising I’ll get my grades back up on my own isn’t enough. Fable makes me see a tutor. And Chelsea is the smartest girl I’ve ever met. She’s definitely not my type but there’s something about her that I’m drawn to. She’s sweet, she’s shy and she seems completely immune to my usual moves.
Chelsea has her own secrets and she’s not talking. Like I have any room to judge. How can I get her to open up to me? And will I ever be able to convince her that what we have could be something real?

About the Author

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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.

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{Blog Tour: Spotlight} Canary by Rachele Alpine + {Giveaway}

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Title: Canary

Author: Rachele Alpine

Release Date: August 1, 2013

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Medallion Press

Book Description

Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

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About the Author

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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{Cover Reveal} Freeing by E.K. Blair

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Title: Freeing

Series: Fading #1.5

Author: E.K. Blair

Release Date: September 13, 2013

Genre(s): New Adult, Coming of Age

Publisher: E.K. Blair

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FREEING: a companion novel to the USA Today bestseller, Fading.
Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he’s discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is—gay.

Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn’t realize that he’s still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he’s fought hard to bury.

To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase’s moment of truth. But he’ll need Mark to lead him there.

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{Blog Tour: Review} Fixed On You by Laurelin Paige + {Giveaway}

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Title: Fixed on You

Series: Fixed #1

Author: Laurelin Paige

Release Date: June 24, 2013

Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Mandevilla Press

Source: e-ARC (provided by author/publisher as part of blog tour and in exchange for honest review)

Book Description

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.

Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

Review

You’re gonna have to give me a moment here as I fan the flush that breaks out across my skin whenever I think of this book! Just a few more seconds… Okay, I think I’m back to normal and can form coherent sentences once more. Oh, but wait, now I’m thinking about that other scene that I wasn’t even just thinking about. And we’re firmly back at square one. It can’t be denied; the steam factor in this book kinda short circuits may brain. Makes me space out and lose focus on the world in front of me in favor of what I can imagine Alayna and Hudson can stir up together.

This story was much more than a pleasant surprise. Admittedly, the gazillionaire mogul/unworldly ingenue (whose seductive vixen lies just below the surface) is assumed to have already been mastered. Those who dare emulate it have a tall order to fill and, sadly, are not always up to the challenge. It can be a testy landscape to navigate, giving the audience something that stands apart and claims its own seat at the table at which more than can be accomodated want representation. Well, none of these need deter Ms. Paige, because the woman didn’t just take her seat at the table. She had a gold nameplate sewn into the headrest and then kicked her feet up…just because she could!

The premise here is quite an interesting one. There is, of course, an intense sexual attraction. There is, of course, an arrangement. But I was not expecting that the proposition would entail these two aspects being dealt with seperately. I’m quite used to both being handled in the same…transaction, if you will. But you need only meet Hudson briefly to understand that he is a man who knows how to compartmentalize. And it’s not too far into the story that we understand why he views his proposed relationship with Alayna as nothing out of the ordinary. But with what we learn of Alayna and her past, it’s almost impossible to ignore the blinking neon “DISASTER” warning that hovers each time they interact.

Hudson Pierce immediately establishes dominance in Alayna’s life…whether by his recent takeover of the club she hopes to one day manage, his assured and persistent handling of all matters, his overt sex appeal that is all too distracting, or his newfound place of residence in all of her wandering thoughts. His presence is wholy encapsulating. He’s incredibly smart, savvy, and focused on his pursuits, in and out of the boardroom. I think there was mention that he’s also, somewhat, mildly attractive in the face and body. But surely, that would be overkill and I would not be able to take this character seriously. Been there, done that, returned the shirt. Again, no cause for concern here. Whatever might seem familiar about Hudson Pierce soon feels like nothing more than a weak imprint by characterizations whose names cannot even be remembered. He is certified, 100% his own character. He cuts his own mold. And it is perhaps this feat by the author that makes everything Hudson does and says so significant. His words and actions resonated so deeply in nearly every scene. Like, “Girl, get out of the way. He’s clearly talking to me!” resonated! It was impossible not to be drawn to or become invested in his character. Alayna never had a chance, poor girl.

On the subject of Alayna, reading the synopsis really did not prepare me for the reality of her past. I got to the proverbial slap in the face before I realized that all of her concerns regarding a relationship, of any sort, with Hudson were founded in a very taboo history. That could easily repeat itself. Like I said, it was the slap in the face before I realized how serious this situation really was. Until that point, I was taking the warnings kinda tongue in cheek. I mean, what she was hinting at is not normal behavior. But, I suppose, if you’re concerned about your involvement with another person, how serious it could become, and some of the potential pitfalls, you could tend to exaggerate certain tendencies. You can be a little bit harsh and judgmental of yourself. So. Not. The. Case. Suffice it to say, I can probably write a whole other post on why I was so reluctant to acknowledge the truth that Alayna was trying to convey. I’d be particularly interested in hearing from other readers who had the same reaction I did, not taking serious the warnings until it felt like the only thing on the page.

But hers is not the only dark past. Hers is not the only sense of resignation. Hers is not the only abandonment of the hope for redemption. Hudson comes with his own set of issues that he has used to define his relationships throughout adulthood. They are starkly contrasted in many ways, but not in one of the most significant regards. They both have compulsions that have been uncontrollable and have led to havoc in the past. Seeing through both their attraction and their arrangement quickly, but not surprisingly, leads to blurred lines. Neither of them anticipates exactly how their assumed roles actually manifest. While one sees themself through their demons to discover that growth and healing are truly within their grasp, the other flounders as they experience change for the better but are unwilling to trust it. It takes a leap of faith by both parties. But if what we’ve seen so far is any indication, we can assume it’s a leap worth taking.

This story does not end on the assumption of happily ever after. There are some deep-rooted issues, as individuals and as a couple, that Alayna and Hudson are facing. By the end of the story, the foundation is barely setting as they decide to embark on the maybe of it all. But there is no sense that all is resolved or that it will be without its tests. There will be more to this story, but we are not left with a pointless cliffhanger. We are left with a hopeful, if cautious, ”let’s wait and see.” And that, I can totally respect. I will be picking up the next book in this series. And if you haven’t picked up Fixed On You, you should remedy that as quickly as possible! You won’t regret it!

Why did Fixed on You leave me {Book} Hungover? Because, I didn’t know it yet, but I totally needed a new master of the boardroom to edge his way into my life and show me who’s boss…and Hudson totally delivered!

5 Hearts

 

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About the Author

Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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{Review + Giveaway} Buying Thyme by T.J. Hamilton

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Title: Buying Thyme

Series: Thyme #1

Author: TJ Hamilton

Release Date: April 17, 2013

Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary Romance w/a dash of Suspense

Source: e-ARC (provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review)

Book Description

Miranda is a high-class escort at the most prestigious escort Agency in Sydney, Australia. Her Madam, Miss Stephanie commands the highest standard from her working girls and has taught Miranda the very best in the art of seducing men. Although it was never the life Miranda imagined for herself, she makes more than a decent living from it and always seems to be in demand from the Agency’s top clients.

American-born Joe Tench is one of Sydney’s most prominent businessmen, owning the majority of the nightlife in Sydney and across the country, but there is a dark side to Joe Tench. He is a regular client of Miranda’s, he is also demanding, dominating and hard to handle. Miranda finds herself falling for Joe Tench’s sudden unfamiliar, yet enticing charm. Until she meets Tom Smythe, heir to a wealthy mining company, and amongst the top ten wealthiest families in Australia. The two develop a strong friendship after a chance meeting.

Miranda is caught between her feelings for these two very different men until a personal tragedy sees Miranda embark on a journey of discovery… and into a world she finds difficult to escape from.

Review

“Everything’s for sale in a city that sells sex.”

This was quite an intriguing read. It may be the world’s oldest profession, but prostitution is certainly not the most revered. And for that, though it may be a given reality in the underbelly of society both privileged and not, we do not treat it or its involved parties as subjects whose stories go beyond their bedroom proclivities. I have to nod my head at anyone who dares to cast light on the world of a high class escort beyond the physical and/or moral implications.

If you read TJ’s bio, you will learn that she was once a cop. I went into reading Buying Thyme with that knowledge and often found myself wondering if and how those experiences colored her style of writing. I found her prose to be very descriptive, giving as much detail as possible of the setting or the goings on which made reading of her Sydney and its characters incredibly vivid and robust. She balanced that style with what I felt were brief, but still significant, glimpses into Miranda’s background, motivations, and values. Even though we’re privy to many of her observations and opinions on the day-to-day, there’s a constant sense that Miranda is and shall remain largely a mystery. I don’t typically like to feel so in-the-dark when it comes to my heroines, but I reminded myself that Miranda’s secrets have always meant her survival while on the clock and her privacy while off the clock.

At this juncture, though, we are introduced to a Miranda who starts to questions exactly why she is still in the game. In some ways, Miranda has simply learned to go through the motions. She knows her clients, manipulating each one to maximize their satisfaction and pleasure. She keeps her distance, allowing them the fantasy they pay for while maintaining the boundaries a transactional relationship necessitates. Outside of the agency, she lives a fairly comfortable life where she can separate herself from her night time duties and live in relative peace.

So why do a few seemingly routine encounters cause her to question whether she wants, or is even deserving, of a life beyond the confines of the agency? Two clients, one long-standing, the other new to the roster, take center stage in Miranda’s life. In both cases, the brief moments of normality she spends with each man seem to inspire in Miranda hope for a different life. On the surface, Joe Tench and Tom Smythe could not be more different from each other. Here, too, I had the unshakeable sense that Miranda (and we) knew far less than what appears on the page.

As Miranda is confronted with a tragic loss in the wake of some suspicious stirrings concerning one of these men, she learns too late that her safety, and perhaps her life, are in danger. But is she willing to take the risk to find out the truth? And with one man posing such a huge threat, can the other possibly save and protect her? The answer to that question provides no comfort, and Miranda is forced to look out for herself. I do not want to spoil any of the major action that happens at this point, as I believe it will be pivotal to the entire series. But I think it must be said that even when Miranda feels she has escaped the danger nipping at her heels, the reality of the situation comes crashing down soon after. And she is left with an impossible decision to save herself or find the truth.

Buying Thyme is the first in a three-part series, but I was happy that this book did not leave me with a frustrating or unsatisfactory cliffhanger. Rather, it left me needing to absorb and process the revelations made in the final pages. And more importantly, I needed the reprieve to sort out my feelings on the story and its characters up to this point. I’m not entirely certain of my feelings for the characters going into the next installment, but I can say without a doubt, Mrs. Hamilton still holds my intrigue. So I look forward to the release of Making Thyme, set to release in October.

Why did Buying Thyme leave me {Book} Hungover? Because I was surprised by which character turned out to be the most disappointing, and I want to know if that person can be redeemed.

4 Hearts

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Here are ten randoms to know about me:

  1. I have 2 kids & 2 cats (but they’re all my babies!).

  2. My husband is a model & has even worked with David Gandy! True Story!!

  3. I grew up in the Outback in a town with 1200 people.

  4. I represented Australia as a sprinter when I was a kid.

  5. I worked as a cop in Sydney’s equivalent to the Bronx.

  6. I played the cello for almost 10 years (definitely random!).

  7. I have a massive tattoo of a Saratoga Fish down the right side of my ribs (Over 20 hours of work… ouchies!)

  8. I am a qualified Personal Trainer.

  9. I love to cook & make some mean Lamb Shanks in winter!

  10. I can surf (well haven’t for a few years but it’s like riding a bike right?)

Okay, so I know I sound like a total tom-boy but believe me, I am as feminie as they come… I just like to break as many stereotypes as possible! ;)

 

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About the Author

08.05.13 - Hamilton - Author PhotoTJ Hamilton is a former cop turned writer. TJ uses her experiences over the years of working the streets of Sydney as a tough cop to now write sexy stories of mystery and intrigue. Her first love, the city of Sydney, is a perfect base for her stories and she loves using actual locations to add a little realism to her books. TJ’s sits back to enjoy her time as a devoted momma and wifey to a handsome model, and spends her days re-living the action packed life she may have once had through her fictional characters.

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