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💟 To love and be loved in return is everything❣️ 💞

📚 Bonded with Ezra 📚

TITLE: Bonded with Ezra
AUTHOR:  Love Belvin
PUBLISHER: MKT Publishing
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Ferocious 

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He devised a specific road map of how they’d carry out their covenant—without input from her. She determined she needed to chart a new course in order to stay true to herself.

Perhaps Ezra has been wrong about his gift from above. Maybe Lex has bitten off more than she can chew. At this fork in the road will they continue their detour, or will they find middle ground and a covenant that keeps them bonded for life?

Disclaimer: This series is for mature audiences ONLY. There are three installments to the “Love Unaccounted” series. This installment is a full-length novel that contains profanity, erotica, acts of bondage, domination, and violence. If you do not like dark, racy romance between your pages this book is not for you.

 


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REVIEW:

What is Love?  Love is a variety of complex feelings, states, and emotions that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can relate to a sensation of a strong attraction and personal attachment. Love is an interchangeable word, capable of being used as a noun or verb.

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Lex and Ezra are back, but not quite.  When we left off in book two, Lex’s personal demons had come back to life from the past like a Mack truck barreling down the center of her life.  What ensued afterward, shattered the standing covenant she had with Ezra. Fast forward, Book 3, starts off with the feral Ezra storming into his therapist office.

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In this book, we meet Ezra the man, outside of all the roles he plays.  This book opens the doorway to the man that has shielded himself away from the one thing that could carry him when he needs it the most.  Ezra has to come to term with those things.  His life is so compartmentalized that he doesn’t realize until it’s nearly too late that he cannot close off his heart from his most prized possession…  prince stroke chin

Speaking of possession, the Beast, claims Lex, devours Lex, can’t get enough of Lex…but Let’s be frank, can we be frank…Lex needs more.  Leaving Ezra is one of the hardest things, Harlem World has ever done.  Truly she’s at a crossroads, not only for herself but for those who depend on her and her well being.  Lex more than anything needs to see and feel the covenant between her and Ezra.  Will her wish be granted, her desires filled?

It’s no secret anymore, that although I loved the first book I hated the ending.  I was livid after falling for the duo and then for it to end the way it did, but I digress.  The author came back with ferocity in the following book and all was forgiven.  This book took you to the brink of delirium, tossed you with moments of despondency, engulfed you with vibrant exuberance, and wrapped it all up in love.  The evolution of a man. Ezra is now fully that MAN!!! I highly recommend this series!

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R.I.P. Prince

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🎭Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair. 💔

📚  Never say Never 📚

TITLE:  Never say Never
AUTHOR:  Victoria Christopher Murray
PUBLISHER: Touchstone
SERIES: No 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Tempestuous 

51UZ5XTQ2fL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel, a passionate and dangerous love affair threatens to destroy both a marriage and a friendship.

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever.

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .


REVIEW:

Can best friends form a bond closer than sisters?  Miriam, Emily and MicheleLee all met in college and their bond became like sisters from another mother.  Each of the ladies took a different path in life, Miriam: a stay-at-home mother of three boys (married to Chauncey best friend of Jamal), Emily: a well-known Child Psychologist, gave up her heritage when she married Jamal, and MicheleLee: lives the single and loving it life as t.v. journalist.

Chauncey and Jamal have been best friends since grade school.  There’s nothing the two wouldn’t do for each other.  They eventually met and married their college sweethearts, who are also best friends.

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The sudden death of Chauncey changes everything for friends.  How will they survive this loss?  Will the grief of losing a husband, brother and friend bring them closer together or catapult them into a dire set of circumstances?

 

This multicultural story of emotion, romance, loss, sorrow and grief will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The author takes us on an engaging ride, slipping in flashbacks that show the bond of sisters and brothers in the story.  Not only does this book tackle broken relationships it also explores the art of forgiveness.  Can you forgive those who’ve broken the sacred bond of trust?  Dive in and find out.

💔 You were very happy before, you’ll be happy after…eventually. ❣️

📚 After You by JoJo Moyes 📚

 

TITLE:  After You
AUTHOR:  JoJo Moyes
PUBLISHER: Pamela Dorman Books
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Sentimental with a twist

“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald

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How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


 

REVIEW:

How do you follow-up Me Before You, the impassioned story about Louisa Clark, the quirky caregiver and her quadriplegic patient, Will Traynor?  Many were left emotionally drained and unable to function for a day or two afterward.   What type of comeback could possibly follow the love Louisa experienced when she fell for Will Traynor?  Impossible right?

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Fueled with just as much emotion as Me Before You, After You takes you on a journey into the life of Louisa Clark, her family, the Traynors and a host of others that cross paths with the kooky Louisa. But life after death is never the same, and this is no different.  Louisa tries to go on living after Will, she travels to Paris, attempts to do all the things she promised.  Eventually, she moves to London, buys a flat and exists.  Her life isn’t the same, it’s been forever changed by Will Traynor.  She’s not the person she used to be before him and she’s not the person she was after falling for him.  She’s lost and searching for herself and her Happily Ever After.

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What happens after you are gone, do you love ones move on with life, rejuvenate and live blissfully only reminiscing on the good times and memories.  Moyes weaves in the intricate parts of the after in the Traynor family.  Life does move on but not without the bumps and bruises of those you’ve lost still present.

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Living life doesn’t always follow a plan and for Louisa, that plan has never been mapped out.  Her non-existent life, after Will suddenly takes a strange turn of events that I didn’t see coming. With this turn of events, not only is her life affected but also the lives of those around her.  Will she choose the right path to her happily ever after, or does that even exist?

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Unexpected plot twist gives this book a different emotional feel.  It’s not Me Before You.  Within this story, Moyes expands her writing style and gives her best effort to reveal life after death. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others.  If you haven’t read Me Before You, be sure to check it out before the movie hits theaters this summer.

💐 Every night the sun sets, only to rise again in the morning. 💞

📚 Latter Rain Series: No Pain, No Gain 📚

TITLE: No Pain, No Gain 
AUTHOR:  Adrienne Thompson
PUBLISHER: Pink Cashmere Publishing
SERIES: YES
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enchanting 

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Rochelle Warrior is tired of living the life of a single mother and soon hatches a plan to solve her problem. But will love find its way into the equation?


 

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REVIEW: 

Welcome to Hyacinth Manor, where reservations are invitation only….

The gang is back Ms. Rosa, Dee-Dee, Ms. Dorcas and Rochelle.  This time, Room Ten weaves it magic on one of its own.  Rochelle has been a single mother for 15 years, and her love life has been empty nearly as long. Recently her dreams and memories have taken the lead in her life.  She’s remembering things she wants to forget.  After unknowingly ending up in Room Ten one night, Rochelle decides to embrace the fact that love is what she needs and she silently prays that Room Ten works it’s magic on her.

Before Rochelle can focus too much on her love life or lack thereof; she has to get her son Justin back under control.  Raising a son is tough for any woman but raising him alone is much worse.  After being called to the principal’s office to deal with yet another incident with Justin, Rochelle reconnects with a former boyfriend, Principal Vance Washington.  Seeing Vance again, makes Rochelle think that just maybe he’s the answer to her dreams.  Loneliness can drive you into the arms of not actually meant for you.

Dealing with Justin’s issues are deeper than Rochelle ever imagined.  Suddenly she’s thrust back into the life of the man she never wanted to see again or did she?

This is the second book in the Latter Rain series by the author.  Once again the author tackles issues not often dealt with in fiction.  Single parents often take on more burdens than they should in an effort to make sure their child has everything that they need.  I’ve enjoyed each book so far, and each book could be read alone.  There are many more things I’d like to say but you’ll have to grab a copy instead.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading book three of the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

💞Love isn’t something you find, Love is something that finds you 💖

📚 After the Pain 📚

 

TITLE:  After the Pain: Latter Rain Series book 1
AUTHOR:  Adrienne Thompson
PUBLISHER:  Pink Cashmere Publishing, LLC
SERIES: YES 
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Captivating 

 

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Barely grasping on to her sanity due to past trauma and unhappiness, LaVonda Ingram leaves her home in search of peace and finds it in the love of a beautiful man. But will she be able to hold on to the healing and peace his love provides?

This is book one of the Latter Rain series–stories of women over forty finding love.

 

 

 

 


 

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REVIEW:

Sometimes we have to deal with the hand we’re given, but for LaVonda Ingram, that hand has overflowed.  Beginning with the sudden loss of her mother, LaVonda has dealt with many issues surrounding a disorder that many tend to overlook.  Depression is a serious illness that affects over 40 Million people in the U.S. alone.  Kudo’s to the author for starting with a serious issue and dealing with it in a realistic manner.

 

Welcome to Hyacinth Manor, where reservations are by invitation only.  After giving into a round of depression and slight mental lapse, LaVonda is sent to a mental facility to deal with her depression.  She knows all too well what to do to appease people so she released and returns home.  One night after, she’s ready to leave.  With no destination in mind, she winds up at Hyacinth Manor.

Upon her arrival at Hyacinth Manor, the owner/clerk takes one look at her and knows exactly where she belongs,  Room Ten.  Believing in the power of love and healing, Ms. Rosa sees that LaVonda is in need of both.

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This was another great read by this author.  I’ve read a few of her books and she never ceases to fail me.  She takes a tough issue and tackles it head on.  On another note, I thought I’d previously left this review until I got a notification to review the book from Amazon, lol.

🎭 Reading give us someplace to go when you have to stay where you are 🌟

🎧 A book is a gift you can open again and again 📚

Generally, I don’t review the books I listen to nightly on audio, but this has been a slow reading week for me.  So I thought I’d share some of my listens/reads from the week.  I’m not writing reviews for them, however, I have rated them all on Goodreads.  Below includes the synopsis and link to purchase, maybe you’ll find something you like as well.  ~L

 

TI16139598TLE:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
AUTHOR:  Katie Alender
PUBLISHER: Point
SERIES: No 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Suspenseful 

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Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.


 

51oWcFXgZuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE: Moth to a Flame
AUTHOR:  Ashley Antoinette
PUBLISHER:  Urban Books
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hard-Knocks living

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In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


 

12813630TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Vampire/Dystopian 

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

TITLE: I am the New Black
AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan and Anthony Bozza
PUBLISHER: Speigel & Grau
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enlightening

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The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.

When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father’s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martinand Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.


 

 

30371TITLE: Temperatures Rising
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
SERIES: NO
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Seductive 

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Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people—including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it’s for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she’s not about to let him get the better of her—no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island’s new luxury resort, Scout’s ready for a little recreation—though being kidnapped and shot isn’t on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal’s need to help her people—and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island’s volcano—and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart….

💔 I’ll love you forever, even when I can’t 🎭

📚 Confess 📚

 

TITLE: CONFESS 
AUTHOR:  Colleen Hoover
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
SERIES: NO
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Emotional 

 


Winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

51oCQfBKSdL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

 


 

REVIEW:

Confess starts out with 15-year-old Auburn and her first love, Adam. I’m not going to dwell on this as it’s a very heart wrenching introduction.  The first ten pages are what pull you into the story.

Confess revolves around the main character, Auburn Reed. Auburn has recently moved to Dallas, Texas from Portland, Oregon. Auburn hate’s being in Dallas the place doesn’t really appeal to her at all; she lives with a quirky roommate and works as a hair stylist at her roommate’s salon. While walking home from work one day and thinking about how she needs to find a second job, she walks past Confess, a local art studio.

Walking home from work one evening, she notices that there is a help wanted sign on the window and ends up working the art show that night, hosted by the artist and owner Owen Mason Gentry. They’re connected in the middle.

They are both immediately attracted to each other, but Auburn is very cautious about getting involved with anyone. Regardless of her best efforts, they become entangled in each other’s lives. They both have secrets from their past and present that threaten to keep them apart and destroy everything they desire.

This story alternates back and forth between Auburn and Owen’s point of view. With Owen my heart hurt.  It’s one thing to carry guilt around for yourself but when you’re also carrying your parent’s issues it’s even more heartbreaking.  Owen endured more than his fair share.  When I read the last chapter, I did like that the author finally answered all of my questions about the characters and tied the whole story together.  However, it was too neat and tidy and felt a bit rushed in regards to answering for everything that has taken place.  This was my first read from this author but it won’t be the last. love couples romantic distance long distance relationship

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