Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our ForeverOur Forever by Elena Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read every single book that Elena Matthews has written. She is an author that I will one-click any one of her books without looking at the blurb. Our Forever was fantastic. It made me laugh, cry, and took my heart on a journey that I was not expecting.

Our Forever is a complete standalone. That being said, you quickly realize that Dr Ashton Bailey (from the Looking After You series) and his family play a huge role in this book. I am such a sucker when authors do that. I have insta-love!!! I screamed when I put it all together. I had such mad love for the Looking After You series. It was so nice to revisit the characters in Our Forever.

So I feel like I don't need to do a sum up of Our Forever since Elena Matthews did such a great job with the blurb. I will, however, tell you that this book is a 5 + star book for me for 2016. I loved Drew Greyson instantly! I loved his humor, his ability to go slow with Jo and his love for Jo and her son.

"You are my once-in-a-lifetime, whereas I'm your second chance. It doesn't matter how we found each other or the short amount of time we've been together. All that matters is us. You're my soul mate, my best friend, and I know I'll never have to go without my sugar."
~ Elena Matthews, Our Forever

Jo Donovan is one tough lady. She has been through more than someone her age should have to go through. She lost the love of her life and had to rebuild her world with her son, Junior. Little did she know that when she decided to move to Austin, TX, she would begin her forever.

"I might still be in love with a ghost, but this thing between me and Drew feels instinctual. It feels right. He's bringing me out of myself in ways I haven't been able to imagine since the moment my world turned upside down. I feel like, after all this time, I can finally breathe, and it's revitalizing."
~ Elena Matthews, Our Forever

Drew's tenderness towards Jo was one of the most touching thing that I have read. He understood that Jo would always love her boyfriend, Christopher (who was killed in the line of duty). He was determined to win Jo's heart one step at a time.

"Nothing but baby steps. You have to learn how to walk before you can fly."
~ Elena Matthews, Our Forever

Did I mention that Drew is a singer??? *Swoon* I LOVED the song that he wrote for Jo! The chorus was perfect for them.

"You have to breathe in, breathe on
To see the shadows of light through the darkness.
You have to breathe in, breathe on
To allow your beautiful heart to feel once more.
You have to breathe in, breathe on
Until you find the one who can breathe for you."
~ Elena Matthews, Our Forever

I cannot even tell you how much I loved this book!!! Ok, I could actually go on and on, but I don't think that you would actually like that.... Needless to say, if you have not read a book by Elena Matthews, you are completely missing out. The way that she creates her characters, draws you in, rips your heart apart and then puts it back together again is simply a gift.

Elena, thank you so much for allowing me to read and review Our Forever. Drew and Jo's story is one that will stay with me forever. I want to see these characters later in one of your book. I need to know what becomes of them!!! Please, oh please give us an update, soon!

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Darkest Before DawnDarkest Before Dawn by Stevie J. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Finding Love in the Darkest Places Stars!
Reviewed by Franci Neill


What an amazing journey this book took me on. When I started the Prologue I knew I was going to be gutted on more than one occasion while reading this newest book by Ms. Cole. Talk about starting it off with a BANG!!

Ava and Max are two people that would never cross each other's paths in a normal everyday world. But this isn't your normal everyday world they're living in. Max's world came crashing down on him and his sister one night and it sets the stage for how he and Ava meet. Her abduction and later her conditioning to love Max sets the stage for the rest of her life, although she doesn't it know it at the time.

Ava discovers during her sixty-four days that even in the darkest of situations, when you think the world is coming to an end, love can find you and save you. In this case, it's Max. They didn't plan it nor do I think they wanted it. But when you meet the person that really is your other half, you'll go to any length to keep them in your life.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew it would be a very dark read and I really wasn't sure I would like it. I've never really read anything like it before and I'm not really sure I'll ever read anything like it again. The rawness of the emotions I experienced were eye opening for me. The fact that I enjoyed reading something this dark and gritty surprised me and I'm so glad I took the chance to embark on the journey with Ava and Max.


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    episode-1_against-the-wind-coverEpisode One: AGAINST THE WIND by Rebecca Zanetti As Tate Johnson works to find a balance between his ambitions for political office and the fallout of his brother’s betrayal, Zeke is confronted with his brother Chase’s return home. And while Bryce and Tara Douglas try to hold onto their marriage, Kristin continues to entice Travis into breaking his vows… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU         episode-2_storm-warning-coverEpisode Two: STORM WARNING by Larissa Ione As Joanne Alvarez settles into life without Hector, her children still struggle with the fallout. Marcus confronts the differences between him and Brittany, while Dakota tries to find a new equilibrium. Meanwhile, the Johnson’s grapple with war between two sets of brothers, and Ian Briggs rides into town… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU         episode-3_brave-the-storm-coverEpisode Three: BRAVE THE STORM by Lisa Mondello As Senator Rush’s poll numbers free fall, Marylee tries to drive a wedge between Brittany and Marcus. Across town, Anna Mae and Chase dance toward reconciliation. Ginny longs for Logan, while he fights against Sebastian’s maneuvering. And Hector, newly freed from prison, heads back to Storm… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU         episode-4_lightning-strikes-coverEpisode Four: LIGHTNING STRIKES by Lexi Blake As Ian Briggs begins to fall for Marisol, Joanne and Dillon also grow closer. Joanne’s new confidence spreads to Dakota but Hector’s return upends everything. A public confrontation between Marcus and Hector endangers his relationship with Brittany, and Dakota reverts to form. Meanwhile, the Senator threatens Ginny and the baby… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU         episode-5_fire-and-rain-coverEpisode Five: FIRE AND RAIN by R.K. Lilley As Celeste Salt continues to unravel in the wake of Jacob’s death, Travis grows closer with Kristin. Lacey realizes the error of her ways but is afraid it’s too late for reconciliation with her friends. Marcus and Brittany struggle with the continued fallout of Hector’s return, while Chase and Anna Mae face some hard truths about their past… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU         episode-6_quiet-storm-coverEpisode Six: QUIET STORM by J. Kenner, writing as Julie Kenner As Mallory Alvarez and Luis Moreno grow closer, Lacey longs for forgiveness. Brittany and Marcus have a true meeting of hearts. Meanwhile, Jeffry grapples with his father’s failures and finds solace in unexpected arms. When things take a dangerous turn, Jeffry’s mother and sister, as well as his friends, unite behind him as the Senator threatens his son… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU       episode-7_blinding-rain-coverEpisode Seven: BLINDING RAIN by Elisabeth Naughton As Tate Johnson struggles to deal with his brother’s relationship with Hannah, hope asserts itself in an unexpected way. With the return of Delia Burke, Logan’s old flame, Brittany and Marcus see an opportunity to help their friend. But when the evening takes an unexpected turn, Brittany finds herself doing the last thing she expected—coming face to face with Ginny… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU       episode-8_blue-skies-coverEpisode Eight: BLUE SKIES by Dee Davis As Celeste Salt struggles to pull herself and her family together, Dillon is called to the scene of a domestic dispute where Dakota is forced to face the truth about her father. While the Johnson’s celebrate a big announcement, Ginny is rushed to the hospital where her baby’s father is finally revealed… Amazon US ** Amazon UK ** Amazon CAN ** Amazon AU           rising-storm-season-2-teaser-1    

   

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  rebecca-zanetti-author-imageRebecca Zanetti: New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the USA Today, NY Times, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooksbestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Dark Protectors, The Realm Enforcers, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series. Visit Rebecca Zanetti’s website.  

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larissa-ione-author-imageLarissa Ione: Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe. Visit Larissa Ione’s website.  

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lisa-mondello-author-imageLisa Mondello: New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie’s Baby is a New York TimesBestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012. Visit Lisa Mondello’s website.  

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lexi-blake-newsletter-author-picLexi Blake: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem. Visit Lexi Blake’s website.  

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rk-lilley-author-imageR.K. Lilley: R.K. Lilley is the best selling author of the Up In The Air, and Tristan & Danika, and The Wild Side series. She lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. Visit R.K. Lilley’s website.  

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julie-kenner-author-imageJulie Kenner: Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and, with Rising Storm, small town drama. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries, and her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network. A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. One of her favorite weekend activities is visiting small towns in the Texas Hill Country. Visit Julie Kenner’s website.

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elisabeth-naughton-author-imageElisabeth Naughton: Before topping multiple bestseller lists–including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal–Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Visit Elisabeth Naughton’s website.

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dee-davis-author-imageDee Davis: Bestselling author Dee Davis has a masters degree in public administration. Prior to writing, she served as the director of two associations, wrote award winning PSAs, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, and lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the US Congress. Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Recently she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Romance Writers and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from Romantic Times. In addition, she is Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey Romance Writers and was awarded an Odyssey Medal from Hendrix College. To date, she has written over twenty-five romantic suspense, time travel, and women’s fiction novels and novellas. Among her latest books you’ll find her A-Tac, Liar’s Game, and Last Chance series. She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now resides in an 1802 farmhouse in Connecticut, she still calls Texas home. Visit Dee Davis’ website.

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It was complicated, it was also just the beginning. 
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It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. 
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I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend's sister. 
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Our Forever

by Elena Matthews Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Second Chance, Romance Our Forever ebook

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When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever. Jo Donovan was a true believer of happily ever afters—until her best friend, Christopher, was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that fairy-tale endings existed. Destroying her. Destroying her world. Five years later… Jo finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death. When she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son, Junior, she’s finally given the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking. What she doesn’t know is that the fresh start comes in the form of her sexy neighbor, Drew Greyson. Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually, a spark between them ignites. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive, and she finds herself falling for him. Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will Jo’s pain from losing Christopher stop her from following her heart? Warning: Recommended for ages 18+ due to explicit language and sexual situations.

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OurForever_Elena Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Grey’s Anatomy. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire.

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