Release Date: March 13, 2020Cover Design: PopKitty DesignPhotographer: Wander AguiarModels: Jacob Cooley & Luke Schaeffer
“Tragedy brought us together, but something stronger made me want to stay.”
Julian was the boy next door. My brother’s best friend, he fit with my family in ways I never could. While he and Rhett went on to play house, I left the only life I knew, desperate for a fresh start.
Until everything changed.
Heartache came along, and the aftermath of my brother’s death was here to stay. I was now face to face with Julian more than I ever wanted to be.
Being around him brought up all my insecurities, forced me to deal with hard truths, and conjured up feelings I had no business entertaining. He wasn’t the man I thought I knew. He was complex and layered, and inherently beautiful in all the ways I’d never noticed.
Not on another person.
Not on another man.
Not until him.
Oh Y’all!! So, I was super excited for this book. I was thinking GAH I mean you can read the blurb and it pretty much sounds like this book is gonna be all kinds of forbidden goodness right? But my friends, this book, this fantastic, beautifully epic book, was beyond any and all expectations I could have ever even imagined. The feelings and emotional journey Marley will send you on with this book is soul-stirring and powerful. The way this book will grab your heart on the first page, AHH😭 I’m just never going to be the same.
Broken-hearted, defeated and devastated. Deacon and Julian have a story that will both decimate and then heal your heart and soul. This is a poignantly powerful story about the love and healing they found in each other. It was about two broken souls recognizing their perfect counterparts in the most unlikely of places, at the most inopportune time. The kind of inevitable love that even though it went against logic and reason, what should and shouldn’t have drawn them to one another bond them in ways neither could have ever expected.
There was something cathartic when they were together, it was as if all was right in the world, it’s why they had to be meant for each other. They way they could tap into what the other so desperately needed at that moment and to be just that.
I’m a firm believer that there is something to be said about the after effects of what happens to you after a book absolutely, utterly wrecks you. That cleansing feeling that only comes after you have bawled and sobbed until your huffing and snotty( not pretty but it happens) But when all is said and done and your author has broken you into a million pieces, you have cried all the tears until you have none left to cry, and she’s put you back together, you sigh and know that everything is as it’s supposed to be. She did it! She broke you, and she put you back together. Now, you do know you won’t be 100 percent the same, because long after these characters will stick with you, because that’s what those types of books do.THIS is one of those books, Deacon and Julian will be here in my heart long after I finished this book. Their story is the ultimate story of where love triumphs all, love wins. Love is EVERYTHING!
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐- I urge you to please take a chance on this book. If you never tried a MM or if MM isn’t your usual genre give this a go. Marley Valentine is a master and you will find yourself so caught up in this amazing love story you won’t care or it won’t matter whether it’s MM or MF it’s just a tragically beautiful love story.
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥-It is hot!! 🔥 There is so much temptation and at first the try to fight it between them, that it can’t help but to be off the charts hot?!?! Yup, so so HOTT!
🌪Cliffhanger Warning- HEA 😍♥️😍
Marley Valentine comes from the future. Living in Sydney, Australia with her family. When she’s not busy writing her own stories, she spends most of her time immersed in the words of her favourite authors.
Blurb:There’s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes.It protects us more than them.I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. I’ve regretted it every day since.He hates me.He torments me.He won’t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince is… a virgin.I signed a contract in my heart’s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he won’t need me.I shouldn’t need him.But he’s my stolen soulmate, and I’m at his mercy.
Oh My God!! I JUST CAN’T. Don’t do me like this Mary Catherine! I’m not alright, my friends! 😭 I need to know what’s happening next , like I need air in my lungs.
Grayson Crowne has broken my heart, he melted my heart, ripped out my heart. I should hate everything about him. He is cruel, controlling, and seems to lack empathy where most people are concerned. But there is so much more to him than what he allows others to see. Underneath the composed layers of cruelty is a good guy worthy of our sweet beautiful Story, I just know he is in there.
However, the Gorgeously Cruel sexy and devious Grayson Crowne somehow still managed to capture the heart of Storybook Hale. She is all that’s beautiful and good in this world, yet life continues to take dump after dump on her. She just wants to do her job and blend into the background, never putting her heart at risk to be crushed again, like it was before by someone in a social class high above her.
Gray really is just awful, but you know there’s a decent guy, whose heart isn’t a frozen block of ice, a sweet gentle and tender guy underneath the horrible top layers. If he would just let Story peel away the layers and unveil the man she knows lies beneath.
Storybook is sassy and ballsy and the perfect one to snap back at Gray. She evokes feelings and emotions in him that bother him on so many different levels.
I love her combative attitude with him. In a world of beautiful people, She has this understated sexiness and sweetness he can’t help but be drawn to. Story knows there is more to Grayson than he allows everyone to see because she has been watching him, fantasizing about him for years. But how many times will she allow him to hurt her before she walks away for good? Or will she allow herself to become a part of history repeating itself?
I love the emotional beat down this book served me! One moment smiles cover my face at the banter between these two characters and then in the next chapter I’m literally devastated at the cruelty one of my loves is enduring! Yes, Yes, Yes!
This is Dark, and Cruel and Angsty and Super Sexy. It’s full of twisted characters, secrets and lies that will have you wanting to chuck your kindle across the room.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐- Dark Romance fans, this for y’all , loves!! This starts off with hawtness!! if you are looking for some sweet, sappy love story that makes your heart go pitter patter, this ain’t it! It has its moments, but mostly you are going to get back and forth banter, heat, frustration, angst. All the amazingness I FLOVE! ♥️🔥♥️🔥
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥-The fact that they fought like hell the way they did not for so long made this so much hotter when they threw down. HOLY god!! 🧨So many times I didn’t know if they were about to fight or well… um you know🤭!🔥🥵🔥
🌪Cliffhanger Warning-🌪🌪Cliffy Baby!! Be ready to set that count down for book two.
🔫 Trigger Warning-This is a dark romance and does have scenes of bullying and cruelty. If you are bothered by things of that nature this may not be the book for you. If you have concerns you can PM for more information.
About the Author:I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide.I wanted to be a marine biologist.An actor.A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49 for that phase).One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus). When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone.These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course
Blurb: There’s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes. It protects us more than them.
I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. I’ve regretted it every day since.
He hates me. He torments me.
He won’t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince is… a virgin.
I signed a contract in my heart’s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he won’t need me.
I shouldn’t need him. But he’s my stolen soulmate, and I’m at his mercy.
About the Author: I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide.
I wanted to be a marine biologist.
A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49 for that phase).
One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus). When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone.
These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
“The wildly talented Jewel E. Ann consistency finds a way to level up. Every book she writes leaves me desperate for more! The Life That Mattered is a must-read.” – Ella James, USA Today bestselling author
The Life That Mattered, an all-new emotional and poignant novel from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!
Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.
The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.
Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.
Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.
Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.
Y’all I’m in tears as I write this.😭 I legit don’t know how on earth I am supposed to function, how in the ever lovin’ world I am supposed to get up every day and adult until I know what happens. Until I know how this plays out. Evelyn “Evie” and Ronin’s story will burrow into your heart ♥️ from the moment they meet and you won’t be able to let them go. EVER!
When we first meet Evelyn she’s on a trip with her best friends Lila and Graham. They are a huge part of her life. Lila whom she has known for most of her life and Graham who she briefly dated in college for like a second before realizing they are better at being best friends. There is such a strong bond and history with them intertwined over the years.
Ronin Alexander is this amazingly gorgeous, world traveling man, a super hero adventurer. A chance encounter over bubble tea and hot buns on his last day in Vancouver before leaving for a new job in Aspen, he meets the beautiful Evie -and later that night Lila and Graham. He knew from the first look across the table in the tea shop, this body soap making scientist would change his life forever. But Ronin was keeping secrets from Evie. From day one he’d been hiding behind secrets and lies to protect her. What happens when the secrets and lies start to pile up? When he has to look back on every decision he’s made would he change anything?
Evelyn’s character was phenomenal. She was so strong. She was in her mid thirties and had her crap together. She was successful and had a really cool business. She has her good friends, her parents. Then she meets this amazing man. Ronin was everything she was missing and didn’t even realize she was missing until she found him. GAH! They were nothing short of spectacular together. Every touch , every kiss, every moment they had was pure magic. I couldn’t have loved this couple more. They are perfect together. I loved their love. I love the way they view the word love. What it meant to them as a couple. You will know what I’m talking about when you read this.
When things began changing I really started to get terrified because I remembered back to the prologue and I’m not gonna lie I’m scared y’all! I have a feeling I’m in for the big D. Yup, DEVASTATION! I wanna beg, borrow and steal, do whatever I can to ensure everything is okay at the end of book two. Because right now I AM NOT OKAY!!
PSA- Check on your book buddies that just finished book one y’all, because we are not okay right now. 😭We need to form a circle of friends and hug it out, let the feelings flow my sisters. 😢😭😢😭
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐⭐️- I’m officially in AWE!! Jewel Ann’s books always do this to me! I know going in I’m gonna get an emotional beat down! ( and she served it to us with a sweet little smile on her face) This was emotional, but it was funny and hot too. It was also so happy and swoony and frustrating. That Cliffy though! GAHHH!
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥- Ronin was the most adorable gentleman and then Alpha AF in the sheets, or the shower or the floor. Holy Hot Dang!Talk about moanin for Ronin! Y’all it was the hottest thing ever! 🔥😍🔥
🌪Cliffhanger Warning- 🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪OMG!! I literally was bawling 😭 my eyes out at this cliffy. I need to know what happens like I need Air in my lungs.
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ExcerptI wasn’t opposed to the occasional drunken one-night stand, but not with Evelyn. We weren’t drunk, and I wasn’t okay with an arbitrary time in the future that I may or may not see her again. “I’ll walk you to your door,” Evelyn said as she turned off her Jeep. “God …” I laughed, shaking my head. “That’s messed up. Now I feel a huge urgency to get my own vehicle. I think I’ll go tomorrow to buy one just so you don’t ever have to walk me to my door again.” She climbed out. “I don’t have to stop at your door. We don’t have to play by the rules of dating. I think we’re past that age. How old are you?” I found her hand and led her to the front door. “Thirty-five.” “I’m thirty-four. Have you ever been married?” We stopped at my door and faced each other. “No. You?” She shook her head. “The rules don’t apply once you’re past thirty.” “The rules?” Evelyn grinned. “The courting shit. The baseball game.” “The baseball game?” My head canted to the side. “Yeah. The sexual bases? First base is kissing. Second base is—” “Yes.” I fished my keys from my pocket. “I’m familiar with the bases.” “Well, I don’t know if you’re a fan of baseball or not, but I am.” I unlocked my door and motioned for her to go inside. She wet her lips and stepped into my condo without an ounce of hesitation. “You’re inviting me in. So you are a fan of baseball.” Not so much. Skiing, football (soccer), rugby, cycling, tennis … but not baseball. However, something told me Evelyn might make me a baseball fan. “Are you sure you’re living here?” She glanced around at the sparse furnishings of my two-bedroom condo. “I never stay in one place long. No need to own much. It’s just that much more to sell or move.” Books. I owned books and a place to sit and read them. My parents didn’t believe in letting Julien and I watch television while we were growing up. Julien embraced art. I embraced fiction—mysteries and sci-fi. “What do you consider not long?” She ran her fingers along the back of my leather recliner before dropping her bag to the floor and slipping off her jacket. “Three to five years is a nice stay.” I tossed my coat onto one of two barstools at my kitchen counter. “Okay. So our marriage will be short.” Her teeth trapped her full bottom lip. “Probably.” I’d dated enough women to know there existed a sequence of events that took place way before the M word should ever be discussed. I’d never reached the point of discussing the M word. Not even with my longest relationship, which lasted two years. Two years and we didn’t talk about marriage. I was out of my realm of experience with Evelyn. We joked about marriage, but who joked about that? Then there was a baseball discussion happening, and I didn’t even like baseball, but I waited with restless anticipation for Evelyn to make her point. Something told me it could be brilliant. “Kenny was a guy I dated my first year in college. He played baseball.” I could not have cared less about this Kenny guy, but he brought her back to the baseball talk, so I folded my arms over my chest, leaned against the counter, and gave her my full attention as she walked in slow circles around my furniture. A predator with calculated moves. Who was I to judge? I walked into her shop that day and basically said we needed to expedite our dating status—laid out my plans to eat dinner with her, close down bars, and sip hot chocolate. “He was a solid hitter. Always got on base, but he never hit a home run. I honestly think he lacked the confidence to go for it. His coaches told him to just get on base, so that’s what he did because that’s what you do when you’re young like that. You spend a lot of time on the bases.” Were we still talking about baseball in the literal sense? “I think once you hit your thirties, no one should judge if you just hit it out of the park your first time up to bat.” Her lips twisted as she stopped in front of me. “The goal is to hit it home. If you can do that, then why the hell not, right?” I thought I understood the metaphor. But if I was wrong, I could get thrown out of the game. “Can I get you a drink?” Evelyn shook her head. My eyes narrowed, studying her for a few seconds. “First base is fine.” She shrugged. Fuck me …
About JewelJewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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“What a thrilling, twisted, and tantalizing tale CoraLee June weaves.A Lovely Obsession is a BANG-UP BOOK that blazes with fire, burns with angst, and bleeds beauty. So INTENSE and INTOXICATING. This tale was my DRUG and I could not take enough hits of this HEADY HIGH. My heart raced the whole time reading. I was UTTERLY ADDICTED to the captivating characters and pulse-pounding plot.” ~Bookalicious Babes
My guardian angel is a devil in disguise.
He hates me. He protects me.
He watches me.
My stalker is obsessed with keeping me safe. He calls me his prettiest debt.
An assassin in the notorious Bullet gang, he uses his empire to control my life. Everything I know is a lie.
What started as a debt turned into something more. What started as regret turned into obsession.
Ambition is his muse and I am his conscience. Our past may bind us together, but his enemies will tear us apart.
My guardian angel is a devil in disguise.
He hates me. He protects me.
And I think I love him.
O-M-G!!!I need book two like ASAP!! I mean everything about this book, starting page one, actually the blurb. I was like “ah hell this ones keeping me up tonight.” Hunter (so appropriately named BTW) and Roe’s story is absolutely unlike ANYTHING else out there right now. It’s dark and raw and twisted. It’s gritty and suspenseful. This book will literally take you from your gut wrenched up in knots to your stomach filled with the flutter of butterflies courtesy of our main hero Hunter.
Hunter and Roe were bound by a connection that started the day she was born. Unbeknownst to her she was Hunter’s obsession, his self imposed debt, keeping her safe was his life’s mission. So from a distance he watched, she was his “prettiest debt” after all, he would do anything and everything to keep her safe. Until one day he had to come out of the shadows.
Hunter was gorgeous, yet mysterious. He was brash and controlling and a bit rough, but immediately on the flip side gentle and caring towards Roe’s safety. He was Alpha AF and brooding. Like you get the feeling he’s this damaged broken man out to get revenge for the past, but you know inside lies a gooey chocolate center that only Roe has the ability to melt. My heart broke for this character.
“Our kiss tasted like salt and sadness.”
Roe’s character is amazing. She’s tough and smart and totally badass, all of which I don’t think she even realizes. She’s this rare gem of a girl. She’s reserved yet wild at the same time. She’s lonely, yet has her pick of the guys if she wants. She wants more from her life but she hasn’t necessarily ever thought she would have more. When she meets Hunter it’s not under great circumstances. She calls him her “stalker.” Yet she’s intrigued by this beautifully terrifying man. He’s such a contradiction.
She doesn’t know if she hates him or wants him from one minute to thenext? She just suspects he’s grappling with those same conflicting emotions. What happens when outside dangers threaten her safety? Can Roe handle the truth when she finds out why Hunter has had this obsession with her for all these years? How will Roe take it when Hunter makes all decisions for both of them?
“You’re releasing me of my debt. I’m releasing you of me.”
I literally ran the gamut of emotions with this book friends. There was so much chemistry and longing between these characters. GAAHH! It was phenomenal the push and pull for so long. The fight they put up. Hells yeah!! This book is packed with suspense and angst too. I was thinking and had so many theories floating around in my head. I kept internally looking around the next corner for what was going to happen next. It was so good, I couldn’t have guessed! Then the cliffhanger and the end!! NOOO this wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Now I need book two like, well yesterday! 🙏🏻Hunter and Roe my heart is devastated right now.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐⭐️- Obsession I’m officially Obsessed. This book was everything but more. It was so full of lies, lies, and more lies. It was full of action. All those secrets led to suspense, angst, and GAH the sex! Man the banter, blood, tears, sexual tension. All the plots for revenge, I felt like I was full of frustration! For so many things at different times. The characters are fantastic and complex and I can’t wait for more! I’m literally on edge from the end of this book!!
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥-OMG! HOLY FREAKIN SEVENTH CIRCLE OF HELL!! I mean like grab your book and chuck your panties at the door to avoid changing them over and over!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
🌪Cliffhanger Warning-🌪🌪CLIFFHANGER! CLIFFY Your heart will not be happy at the end. 😭💔😭
🔫 Trigger Warning-This does have gang-ish/fight scenes that are a little graphic and could be considered triggers for some. If you have concerns you can PM for more information.
Coralee June is an international bestselling romance writer who enjoys engaging projects and developing real, raw, and relatable characters. She is an English major from Texas State University and has had an intense interest in literature since her youth. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys long walks through the ice-cream aisle at her local grocery store.
Are you Puckin’ kidding me!! I knew before I even cracked the first page I was gonna love this book. I mean HELLO! It’s my BTU crew baby! 😍 Hot Hockey players, coven conversations. This entire cast of loyal and amazing friends, really they’re more like actually extended some non-blood family. The bonds between these BFF’s and BFFL’s are not only hilarious and crazy, but sweet and protective and just absolutely perfect!
When you read a love story from one of the BTU crew just know your in for a wild smash up of what feels like a little bit of the best parts of national lampoons anything, the jersey shore, the amazing race, and maybe a bit of the bachelor (cause their dates be bomb y’all.)
IT’S EVERYTHING Y’ALL
Jase and Melody’s story was all I could have hoped for and more. It was sweet and yummy. It gave me goosies. But boy oh boy did it make me fan myself too.🔥 It gave me some drama and some angsty feels. I just predicted we were heading a certain way about ⅔ in and I was worried. (I wasn’t wrong) in my guess. I was just concerned about how this all would play out.
I mean I have loved Jase since Power Play. JD’s twin is a spectacular species to gander at ladies, but he’s also a total sweetheart. He loves his family, his friends and he’s so talented on the ice it’s unreal.
BTW I loved his wooing ways! (Won’t say more but gah!! 😍)
Melody Brighly was a Star. She lit up a room and Jase noticed her right away. Now her upbringing in comparison to Jase’s was polar opposites, but I love how she fell as hard for his family as she did for him. I know the secrets she’d been keeping were weighing on her. Jase worked hard to break down her resistance and they were perfect together. Like mashed taters and gravy.
When the secrets started unfolding, I was as devastated as all the characters were. I cried y’all! These two were precious! I needed them to make it, and the thought of something happening to de-rail that is terrifying. I love how with each chapter we see our H and h both unselfishly sacrifice things for the other out of love. I was on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes, waiting, praying, crossing toes, eyes and fingers. Whatever was necessary in hopes for my babies to work it out!! In tru Alley fashion,(*pause while I drink wine straight from bottle*) she made us sweat it for a minute before bringing us all back together again!!
It was worth it. I would do it to myself all over again! On purpose!!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐- BTU crew is in the house bae-bay!! So this was ah-may-zing!! I flew through because I just couldn’t help myself. These are my people. 😍🔥😍
🔥🔥🔥🔥- Jase is hot beyond all reasoning! Melody and Jase together we’re just over the top flaming hot! 🔥
Holy Cheese Sticks On Pizza Friends!! I plowed through this sizzling sweet story! I loved it! The one-nighter turns to forever love. It’s one of my favorites. Now was it that simple, absolutely not! But that’s what made it so much fun to read about.
Porter and Doris”Dory” first meet when they both have a rare night off. Him from his seven-year-old daughter and Dory from working her multiple jobs. They immediately hit it off and decided to have a one night stand. Neither are looking for any kind of a relationship AT ALL and it’s not like they’re gonna see each other again, right? Of course they have a run-in, the best ever!! Talk about awkward. 😬
What I loved about both Porter and Dory is although both of their paths were a bit different, they both carried emotional scars from growing up. This did help to mold them into the people that they became as adults and they were both wonderful, loving and caring people. It’s just unfortunate that Porter was always looking over his shoulder, or next to him to see if those he cared about had run off and left him yet. It was also sad because anytime anything nice happened for Dory, she was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. 😭
This story is engaging and hot, it’s fast paced and funny. It’s serious and even had some moments that definitely pulled some tears out of me. I got to get some updates and funny times with all my favorites. Foster, Wren, Winston, Drew, and Sully. Sassy little Kyrie, Porter’s daughter stole quite a few of the scenes. Get ready to fall for Porter and Doris. 😍
⭐️⭐️⭐⭐⭐️- GAHHH! I can’t get enough of Teagan Hunter’s writing! That’s all!! It’s just amazing!
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥-Porter and Dory are smokin! Positively on fire!🔥😍🔥
🌪Cliffhanger Warning- HEA!! Yay!! I love it!
Meet Teagan Hunter I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies. Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.
“You still smell the
same, you know. I hate you most days, but I can’t forget how fucking amazing
you smelled.” I brush back her hair with my fingertips, and I can’t miss the
small tremor that runs through her body. I affect her. This is good, and I plan
to use this to my advantage. “Or how good you looked underneath me.” Her
chestnut hair still shines like I remember, and I can easily visualize how it
looks twisted around my fingers. How her cheeks heated up to a nice pink after
I made her come… and don’t get me started on her legs looking like sex in
these heels and how good they would look wrapped around my neck. Fuck. I’m
kidding myself if I say she doesn’t affect me and doesn’t make my dick hard at
the sight of her. Snap out of it Jaxson. Now isn’t the time. “Tell
me I actually meant nothing to you, and I’ll go away.”
Erica is a wife, a
mother of four, and a tequila drinking smart mouth. When she’s not wrangling
her children and trying to keep them alive, she’s writing. She’ll write
anything from sweet stalkers, to forbidden love, to erotica, to rom coms to
young adult because she believes no love story is created equal and every story
deserves to be told. Even the fictional ones. As long as she can dream it,
she’ll write it.
Absolutely Unputdownable! Remarkable! Phenomenal!! Erica is one of my absolute favorite authors. I totally have a fastest one-click finger in the south when it comes to her books. Barely Breathing is my new favorite book of hers (At least until her next one comes out) River and Jax’s story sucked me in from the first paragraph of the prologue and I instantly knew I was in for an emotional ride. I was lucky enough to early read this fantastic book, yet still I keep finding myself going back to certain parts of the book, because I’m not ready to let Jax and River go just yet. That’s how much these characters will stick with you.
From the outside one would think River has it all. She’s gorgeous and engaged to Harry, a successful executive that works for her company. However this marriage will be to a man chosen by her controlling father. River has been suffering under her father’s control. It’s devastating the things this woman has endured. Y’all my heart just hurts to even think about it all.
When her grandfather died leaving her to run the company, pushing her father out of his CEO position. He is livid and put a plan in place to take back control. The loveless arranged marriage to Harry is a part of that plan. She must figure out a way out of this mess and out from under her shady AF father’s thumb. In order to protect Jax, River unselfishly disappears for two years, breaking her own heart while leaving him shocked, devastated and brokenhearted and furious at her. Jax appears back into her life two years later just when she has her plans all figured out flipping her whole world on its side, will River lean on Jax for help or will she forget how to breathe and shut down?
Jax has spent the last two years broken, bitter and twisted up over one that ran away. He doesn’t know why she took off like a thief in the night , but now that he’s got his sights on her again he decides he wants revenge. He wants to punish her and bring a world of hurt her way like she did to him.
Jax is so hot y’all! Like tattoos under a business suit, smokin’ hot in the sack.GAH!! Loves his sister. Yeah! Everything about this guy is super hot. The tension that radiates off him and River. Holy god! 🔥
This book will have you hanging on the edge. Told in dual POV, going between present time and back two years ago to where their story first began. It will have you panting, swooning and fanning yourself one minute as you get caught up in their sweet and romantic whirlwind romance.
Then have you ready to chuck your beloved kindle right at the wall the very next chapter next. ( don’t worry it’s my prized possession so it’s safe. I just screamed obscenities) From one minute to the next you have no clue Wtf is happening?
Prepare yourself my friends… you won’t stop reading, forget adulting or anything else until you’ve devoured every single word. River, Jax and the amazing secondary characters. I absolutely can’t wait for more from this crew. Can a person die of anticipation ?!?! I need Liam’s book, like yesterday. LOL
Barely Breathing is the perfect title…Hell, I was breathless for most of this freakin book. Either panting cause of it’s sheer blissful hotness. I mean double damn!! 🔥😍🔥 or I was holding my breath in suspenseful outrage.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐⭐️- Five Stars… pssh that’s NOT nearly enough. I’m throwing in a sixth one! This story deserves ALL the stars! River and Jax’s story is full of angst and suspense. It’s got tension for days, frustration and heat and revenge. Plus a super hot hero with tattoos and a sexy, sassy heroine and fabulous secondary characters.
🔥🔥🔥🔥- GAAHH!! Jax and River are hotter than the seventh circle of hell my friends. Like the stuff naughty dreams are made of. So sweet dreams 🔥🔥🥵
🌪Cliffhanger Warning- Well earned HEA #Yougethappyending