ARC Review: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

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Release Date: October 10, 2017

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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Simon Pulse 

+++ Trigger warnings for sexual assault, violence, general skin-crawling misogynist ideologies and vulgarity

This book has no rating because it is without a doubt the most difficult book I’ve ever had to rate in my history of being a reviewer. Interpret and make your own judgments about what you think my rating of the book is based solely on this review and nothing as limited as a star rating. 

The Nowhere Girls is a battle cry, an ode, a bittersweet mourning, and a rage-inducing awakening. This book is more than necessary, it should be required reading for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or political leanings. Here’s the thing, The Nowhere Girls reads a little Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The Breakfast Club mixed with profound, contemporary questions about society and feminism. At times it feels like your run-of-the-mill coming of age story split in various POVs and as someone who generally loathes coming of age, it lagged for me, despite the eye-opening questions and they way it made me think (which is what marks great, life-changing books for me). I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters, which with so many POVs and an US POV that had the voices of several girls, it’s puzzling that none of them resonated with me. Not that the characters weren’t defined. They were more than multi-dimensional, they practically screamed from the pages with their unique and interesting personalities and their determination to succeed. 

I absolutely dislike the synopsis for this book. It makes the story seem like something it’s not-a revenge plot or some weird, let’s get back ALL THE MALES story. This is far from that. It’s an exploration of what it means to be female in our society and then breaks that down further into all the ways that sexuality, race, and choice intersect with that. 

Here is a list of the many important and critical pieces of what it means to be female that this book discusses in its short number of pages:

  • No means no. 
  • Why we think that if you’re dating someone and they force you that it’s not rape. 
  • How saying yes is a choice and it can be an empowering one. 
  • That girls should not be afraid of their sexuality or that they enjoy sex. 
  • The double standard of “boys will be boys” but a girl who actively explores her sexuality and enjoys being sexual is a slut. 
  • Trans girls and whether they feel they have or can find a place in feminist culture. Transitioning girls and the same sort of questions. 
  • How girls who are known “sluts” are ignored when they “cry rape,” how women are treated differently and their allegations taken less seriously if they’re a certain “type” of girl or from the wrong “side of the tracks.”
  • Differing perspectives on virginity. 
  • Why a sex strike is problematic. 
  • Why we think that if we’re drunk and we say no and are ignored, that it’s our “fault.” 
  • The many many reasons that women fail to report their assault.
  • The many levels of fear women face every single day that men do not ever consider. 
  • Why we feel the need to pass judgment on other girls. 
  • Small town mentality. 
  • Privilege and “getting away with it.” 
  • And many, many more. 

I can’t even count the number of times I found myself nodding at the scenarios discussed, all the many feelings and experiences females go through in every encounter they have with males and even other girls. So much of this book made me remember and reflect and that is the reason WHY I put a trigger warning on this apart from the constant references to rapes and assaults and the feelings associated with these events well after they occurred (because how can anyone forget? This is another thing that’s discussed). 

I was also so angry after I read this. Angry that women have to deal with any of this stuff. Angry that men think they have the right. Angry at all the misogynistic, horrible, and derogatory ways that women are looked at as possessions or to be used and discarded. It’s sickening. 

I feel like I should say that you need to be in the right frame of mind to read this without completely losing it. That if you don’t want to be ragey and heartsick and possibly triggered to put this aside until you’re ready but at the same time, this book is cathartic. It lets you voice everything you didn’t know you needed to say through the proxy of these characters. In a way that is both enlightening and lifts the weight off your shoulders. 

One of the worst and most heartbreaking moments in this book for me is when one of the girls says that she didn’t know she could or was allowed to say no. Holy crap that pretty much knocked the air out of  my lungs. It is so hard to be female. You very well might cry several times and at the end, you might not feel satisfied, but you will feel invigorated and fellowship with every female you see afterwards and that itself is a gift. 

Read, read some more, and for the love of Pumpkin Spice use that reading to inspire change in yourself and in the world. 

Jordan

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Review: Use Somebody-Riley Jean

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“‘Time to wake up,’ he nudged me gently. 

‘Nuh-uh, you wake down.’

He chuckled. ‘Come on Rosie. Do you know what time it is?’

‘Yes! It’s snuggle o’clock!’

‘It’s five-thirty, you adorable girl, you.’

‘No. Snuggle. O’clock.” I held up a lazily closed fist. ‘Or you’ll have to deal with this.'”

cooltext1889161239 copy“I could see it in his eyes—he wanted to be the prince who rode up on his horse and saved the day. But I was no princess, and my Prince Charming had come and gone. I couldn’t survive losing another to dragon’s fire. Or to my own poisonous touch.”

Reeling from a traumatic and heart-shattering night, Scarlett Rossi escapes back to her hometown, a place that never changes, though nothing about her is the same. The new Scar is fierce. Untouchable. And resolved to bury the twisted nightmares of that horrible night… the night when everything was stolen from her… the night that divided her life into two: before him, and after.

When do-gooder Vance Holloway makes it his personal mission to cheer up the new girl at work, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Scarlett’s tough shell and spicy attitude doesn’t fool him. He knows deep down, that sweet, innocent smile still exists, and he’ll stop at nothing to prove it. Patience, persistence, and a little ice cream pay off. Slowly they become friends. Then best friends. Then more. Only one problem: he was never supposed to fall in love.

So begins an explosive tryst of pull and resistance, between one worthy white knight, and the damsel who doesn’t want to be saved. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak, but can their friendship survive a compromise?

If Vance is so determined to break down these walls, he’ll have to learn—just as she did—that when it comes to things like trust and love, there are always consequences.

Because the last man that she loved swore to protect her, then paid with his life. And took with him a piece of her soul.

Now Scarlett must decide if true strength means guarding her heart, or surrendering to it once more. One final secret remains: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood?

An emotional journey of mystery, redemption, and epic romance. Complete stand alone with 250K words. Recommended for mature readers due to some heavy material.

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***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author.

+++Contains Triggers: Sexual assault, suicide, violence, mature themes. 

When I picked up Use Somebody I was expecting a wistful contemporary about lost love and the reckless risks we take with our hearts. I never expected a saga of lust, longing, and mistakes.Use Somebody is a massive, gut-wrenching look into the agony of failed love, and the salvation gained through opening your heart up again. Brutal, real, and honest, Scarlett is a girl that anyone can relate to.

PROS:

  • Scarlett is jaded, hurt, and has serious trust issues. Her past is like a dagger to the heart. Raw, horrific, and made of pain. The Scarlett of the past was a sweet little pushover, who went along with her friends and shoved her own opinions to the side. She took harsh criticism from her friends and felt so much smaller than she was. It was agony watching such a beautiful, kind person get beat down by the people that she called friends. There was a bright innocence to old Scarlett that felt like happiness and light. The transition to Scarlett after was a total shock. Everything that Scarlett once was is cast off for this Scar persona with dark hair and funky style. The chip on her shoulder is gigantic. Scar doesn’t know who she is anymore, if the girl in the mirror is the real her or the Scarlett of the past is still lurking beneath the surface. As Scar struggles to find a balance and battles with depression and twisted memories, she learns to give into her emotions that she bottled up for so long. It’s bittersweet and heart-warming to see her let down her defenses, to give love a chance. There are moments of self-destruction and darkness that eats away at her soul. You’ll want to reach out and hug her, to push her into Vance’s arms but at the same time, apprehension reigns. Like Scarlett, knowing her past, it’s impossible to trust. As Scar makes mistakes and her choices get hazy, fierce loyalty for this sad, searching girl takes over. I adored both Scar and Scarlett. Scar’s guilt cripples her. Her PTSD is nearly debilitating when it strikes and seeing the trauma might be too much for some readers. 
  • Mystery propels the plot forward. The shifts to the past serve as triggers and broken memories that leave you questioning everything. Nothing is what it seems and why the truth comes out, it’s darker and more shocking than anything I could have imagined. 
  • The style is perfect. It reads almost like a diary and with the flashback scenes, you get this wonderful multifaceted and multidimensional look at Scar’s deepest fears. You’ll feel like you know her on a personal level.
  • Vance is delectable. He’s playful and a little annoying. He jokes around and will do anything to make Scar smile. He’s made of joy and determination. With a soft side that is borderline teddy bear, Vance is a sweetheart with insane amounts of compassion. Though his past is full of heartache as well, he doesn’t show it. Vance lives in the now and it’s incredible attractive. The way he treats Scar with utmost respect and squeaks by her defenses make him irresistible. 
  • Scar and Vance together are MAGIC. The chemistry is explosive and passionate. Plus, there are scenes were they are sugar sweet together, it’s so cheesy but adorbs. 
  • Ricky. OMG I love Ricky. There’s a rough, ragged, damaged soul lurking behind the legend. Underneath it all is a sweet, if violent and very scary guy. A bad boy with a marshmallow center for the right girl. The way he welcomes Scar into his world is uplifting. It lets you see a side of him that he doesn’t show to the outside world, a side that is broken but hopeful. It’s hard to know where Ricky stands but his adoration for Scar is clear. 

CONS:

  • The female relationships were somewhat stereotypical and a bit of a mess. They flashed hot and cold, were a crazy downward spiral of gossip and betrayal. While the drama was definitely a plus and granted insight into Scarlett’s past, the anger and outrage about Scarlett’s love life was heavy and the comments were immature for college girls. Why Scarlett even associated with them was unclear other than that she was clinging to a past she wanted to forget. It didn’t add up.

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ARC Review: Dylan-S. Kline

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Dylan (Book 2 of the Fianna Fail Series)-S. Kline

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Released: March 8th

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Contains graphic sex, drug use, violence, and adult situations. Not recommended for anyone under 18.

This is a continuation series picking up from the end of book one.

“This is what life is all about. This is the place where all of our troubles are put to rest. This is my family. It’s not traditional, but it’s mine, and I will do everything in my power to protect what’s mine. Down to my last breath.”

Dylan Trent is more than just the main drug dealer for the organization known as Fianna Fail. He is also Troy Donovan’s childhood best friend.

Six months after Marcus’s betrayal, and Callie is still in hiding. The whole of the organization is on the hunt for revenge.

But what happens when a broken girl suffering abuse at the hands of her drug addicted mother and step-father entwines herself in Dylan’s world?

Meet Raven Colt. One girl who holds too many secrets for her eighteen years of age.

As their world collides will they rise above, or shatter under the pressure? Find out in book 2 of the Fianna Fail series.

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“Are you going to the fight this weekend? I know Trisha will be there, and I won’t even lie and say I don’t want you to be there.” Dylan’s words make my heart stop and my palms start to sweat. Say no, Raven! You can’t be close to him like this!

“Yeah, I’ll be there.” What? That’s the opposite of no, Raven!

Dylan’s smile is so bright it rivals every star I’ve ever seen. I can’t look away. It’s not one thing in particular about him that pulls me in, it’s everything. How could anyone not want to be close to him? How could I not want to be close to him?

“I’m still not sleeping with you.” I say it just as the door swings open, and an extremely disheveled Trisha and Ethan stumble in. I look at them briefly before I shift my gaze back to Dylan.

His expression is amused as he brings a hand up to run soft fingers over the skin of my cheek. I tense from head-to-toe, but if he notices he doesn’t say anything about it.

“I still haven’t asked.” His words are only loud enough for me to hear, but when I look back at Trisha she is smiling like a kid in a candy store, and I know it’s because of our close proximity.

“Let’s go, man, we have things to take care of.” Ethan’s words seem to snap Dylan out of whatever trance he had been in.

He stands, and my eyes follow his movements until my head is tipping back just to see his face towering above me.

“See you ladies this weekend.” He winks at me, gives a slight wave to Trisha, and then follows Ethan out of the room.

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***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and in participation with this tour.

+++TRIGGER WARNING+++ 

PROS:

  • This story does contain triggers. Sexual abuse/rape of a minor. The emotions associated with these scenes as experienced by the protagonist are overwhelming and heartbreaking. Some scenes are more graphic than others. S. Kline does a great job capturing the fear and the moments when Raven collapsed into herself and disassociated with the rape to save herself mentally. The signs of PTSD are poignant and make Raven’s everyday life a constant battle between terror and memory, hope and romance.
  • Dylan is a major playboy. He’s gruff, uber masculine, hyper sexual and uses the f-word more than I thought possible. He’s a playful, cocky tease one moment and a predator seeking out his prey in the form of gorgeous, skanky women. Dylan’s lines are full of innuendo and graphic dirty talk that will make even the most lascivious blush. He knows what he wants and states it in a provocative, honest manner. Despite Dylan’s hit it and quit in mentally of one night stands, lots of alcohol and quite a few joints, he’s a big, gushy sweetheart. He’s got a past that haunts him but never breaks him, a boyish charm that wins over all the ladies (well, that and his delicious body), a mother son bond that is so pure it will make your heart melt and the way his is with Raven and Harper-a gigantic guard dog. Dylan is forgiving, takes no BS, he listens and understands with very little questioning. He accepts and loves with an open heart and mind. Dylan is so many things, BA, violent, stoner, player but he’s also super loyal, loving, compassionate, and sacrifices his needs for those he loves and respects.
  • Raven is a beautifully broken soul. She’s scarred and scared. A victim of a horrific past that continuously haunts her, Raven is trying to overcome the memories of her trauma, one that disgusts and debilitates her when it comes to other men. The fiery, confident girl Raven buried to survive is not gone but lying just beneath the surface and when she rises from the ashes of her past, she’s fierce, strong, and a genuinely good person. Raven has lived with horror so sickening and the repercussions of a twisted molester that left her damaged mentally towards men. Raven doesn’t know how to trust men and even when she’s attracted to Dylan she fights it. She feels as though she is baggage that no man will ever want to take on, that she’s soiled and it’s gut-wrenching to read. Raven is gorgeous inside and out, throughout the story your heart will ache for what she has lost and what she thinks she doesn’t deserve. Raven is a shoulder to cry on, the rock that holds people up when they feel like they’re falling apart, and like Dylan, she can’t hold in the truth, she wears her heart on her sleeve.
  • Steven in the most repulsive human being. His words are almost worse than his actions. The threats he makes, the possessive way her marks, hurts, and claims Raven is disgusting and absolutely despicable. It kills me how complacent people can be, how they can turn a blind eye to something so obvious or just not care. There were a lot of things to hope for in this story but my greatest was that Steven got what was coming to him. S. Kline got his smarmy, vindictive, sadistic personality down pat and OMG you’ll want to tear him apart.
  • Dylan and Raven are PERFECT for each other. A balance of heady lust and curiosity, their attraction builds into something much more potent. They’re scorching hot together. The chemistry is off the charts. Some scenes are avert your eyes, blush-worthy bliss. Graphic, passionate, and all out sexy. That dirty talk. You will have chills.
  • The secondary characters have strong personalities. Most are memorable, wonderful people who have always got Dylan and Raven’s back. 

CONS:

  • Dylan’s infatuation with Raven escalated at an unbelievable pace that sometimes felt rushed but never dishonest. The romance builds in an explosion of raw lust and genuine emotion that reads as beautifully sappy and oh so sexy. The L-word hit hard and fast, so quick that it was startling and had me questioning whether it was indeed love or that Dylan was simply captivated by the first woman who rejected him.
  • For someone who doesn’t often read mob stories, references to the group and scenes that happened in a previous book (I was unaware this was a series and I’m gathering this is book 2) were confusing and tripped me up. I found myself going back to skim and see if I missed something.
  • Violent scenes including the Irish brothers were cut off and shortened. There are leaps from one scene to the next that were lacking transition.
  • An unexpected escape left me puzzled. How? There were no answers and because there was no explanation, it seemed as though it was randomly inserted for extra drama.

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Kline is a stay-at-home wife, and mother of three. She was born and raised in small town Indiana. She spent three years working at a state psychiatric facility, was married at eighteen, and is now accomplishing her life-time dream of becoming a writer.

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Troy Book 1 of the Fianna Fáil Series

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Troy Donovan has it all; respect, legacy, and women. Men envy him, and women just want to be with him. All women except for Kaci Quinn.

Kaci made the mistake of falling for Troy once when she was twelve. After finding him making out with her cousin she vowed never to fall for his games again.

But how will they handle fate throwing them together as Troy tries to prove himself to the organization by avenging his mother’s murder? Not to mention the news of an unwanted pregnancy. Will desire bring them closer than ever, or will fate tear them apart for good?

“I was a powerful man by birth. My life chosen before I’d taken my first breath, it was a blessing and a curse. Fianna Fáil owned Palms, Florida. Half the cops were on our payroll, and the other half weren’t brave enough to stand against us.”

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Cover Reveal: ReCap-Danielle Pearl

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Pre-sale: Monday December 15th ReCap will be FREE the entire week!

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Rory and Sam fell in love in NORMAL, and we all fell in love right along with them. Now see it all unfold through Sam’s eyes, and learn just how the new girl with anxiety issues stole the heart of the gorgeous heartthrob, and turned his world upside down.

For those of you who have not read NORMAL:

SYNOPSIS

It’s the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That’s what I’m counting on.

A year ago, Aurora “Rory” Pine was just a normal teenage girl – just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.

But this isn’t a year ago.

Rory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that’s easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There’s a witness – and a gorgeous one at that.

Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn’t ignore.

But Sam has issues too, and Rory’s past won’t just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they’re lucky – love. This is not a flowery romance – not for the faint of heart.

Click here for my review –> Normal Review (5 Stars)

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Review & Giveaway: Rose of Thorne-Mia Michelle

Book: Rose of Thorne (Rose of Thorne, #1)
Author: Mia Michelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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   When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
   Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
   Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
   Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
   Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?
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4/5 Stars
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review 
This book does contain triggers: sexual assault, abuse, violence.
PROS:
  • The structure of this story is amazingly well done. The way it’s set up, letting the reader into multiple minds and revealing secrets hidden from the main characters does wonders for adding suspense and foreboding. The tension is high and continues to mount, you keep waiting for the final axe to drop on their happiness because, as the reader, you know it’s inevitable buy even with this knowledge, the hope for a happily ever after is overwhelming.
  • Sebastian is a mouth-wateringly sexy CEO with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a playboy with a habit of using women for his desires them tossing them to the curb the same night. He’s brazen, animalistic, and hyper-sexual. Be ready to blush at his raunchy thoughts, they’re beyond steamy and irresistible. Sebastian is haunted by his past and immensely selfish. He wants what he wants and he always gets it. He loves a good conquest and everything in life has come easy to him. Yet, he’s left psychologically scarred by a mistake from his past, so much so that he can’t escape and despite how much he wants to punish himself, he is a decent human being that deserves happiness.
  • Sebastian and Skylar are fire and ice. One moment they’re hot and bothered, the next they’re pushing each other away in bursts of anger and heated words. Sebastian is enamored with Skylar, she becomes his world, his everything, and the sheer extent of his emotions is breathtaking. His love knows no bounds and even when it kills him, he resists temptation because he knows he’ll break her. He’s always doing sweet, thoughtful things for Skylar because he is enchanted by her smile. He aims to light up her world and make her forget the nightmares of her past. He’s also one of those delicious men who crowd space in an almost predatory way but he makes Skylar feel safe and protected.
  • The sex scenes are complex moments of passion and giving. They’re aggressive, sweltering throes of sexual tension mixed with slow, sensual love making.
  • Marie, the bakery owner, is hilarious. She’s that saucy, perverse older woman who is constantly winking and making jokes. Plus, her creation will leave you hungry for pastry. 
  • Lucas is a sweetheart. He’s charming, lovable, playful, and always attentive. He soothes and delights Skylar, and despite his tainted sexual past, is quite the romantic. Some of his thoughts will leave you breathless and eager for his next section.
  • While this is a sinfully sexy romance, there are many dark, disturbing elements. Skylar’s assaults are horrific. Every single incident is a devastating, violent, and extremely detailed encounter. There’s no telling is Skylar will make it out alive. The descriptions of the physical assault are enough to stick in your thoughts for some time. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more scared for a character.
  • Trevor and Brandon are sick, disgusting human beings. Their lascivious and disturbed thoughts on women and what they want to do to Skylar are nauseating and graphic. The blunt way they talk about scarring and ruining her made me feel physically sick. Mia Michelle perfectly captures the psychotic and twisted minds of these men. The anxiety escalates throughout and despite Skylar’s bliss, you know the worst is to come and it’s heartbreaking.
  • Skylar is courageous, ambitious, and an all around genuinely great person. She works herself to the bone to support her sister, after every traumatic, horrible thing that happens to her, she picks herself up and remains strong for her little sister. It’s remarkable that she can even function after some of these incidents, let alone start to thrive. Skylar’s hopes and dreams are as beautiful and pure as she is, she thirsts for love and has so much to give. Truly, Skylar is a model for recovery and rebirth. Her smiles dazzle and bewitch, she has the world wrapped around her finger and takes no notice, she’s that modest. Her emotions are complex and conflicted. Her attraction to both Lucas and Sebastian is a source of agony and yearning.
  • If you’re looking for something more than just a tasty CEO romance, something with emotional carnage and devastating secrets, pick this up now.
CONS:
  • Some of the sexual phrasing was noticeably repetitive, especially in terms of self stimulation. 
  • There were a few typos.
  • Elements of the plot seemed to fizzle out and felt almost random. The incident with the guy in the nightclub Jaxx. There was a totally creepy and semi-sadistic section told from his perspective that hinted at future assault that added serious tension. There was a feeling that Skylar would never be safe, that someone would always be the hunter and she, the vulnerable, unsuspecting prey. On top of that, for a character that is so close to her sister, Sophie, practically like a second mother, her presence is largely absent and you could feel the void. I would have loved to see more sisterly bonding or at least small interactions to establish and confirm their relationship. There was more bonding with the bakery lady than her own sister or even best friend, Kylie.
  • Everyone is weirdly obsessed with Skylar and it’s unrealistic. It’s not simply that she’s extremely attractive, it’s a psychologically crippling need to be with her, so much that it almost feels toxic and dangerous for both parties.
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Mia fell in love with the literary world and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.  She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required).
 
Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and swimming.   In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals.   She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door.
Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband and their 2 beautiful young children.

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