Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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Author: E.K. Blair
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Based on a True Story

Rating: Unrated – Explanation in review.

Synopsis:

*An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit.

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy.

This is a stand-alone tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

*Based on a true story.


I’m going to start out by apologizing for this review. It is going to be one giant rant. That can’t be helped, so I’m sorry. I’m also going to warn that if you’re not into books with cheating, this one definitely isn’t for you. The entire focus of Author Anonymous is cheating. There’s nothing happy in it either, so if you’re looking for a dark but uplifting romance this isn’t it.

Let’s start with what I actually liked about this book. E.K. Blair deserves 5 stars for her writing. It’s dark, gritty, and unapologetic. I applaud her for being able to portray the characters the way she did. Their actions and thoughts were hard to read, so they had to be hard to write.

Now for the rant…

I wanted to DNF this book so badly. I basically had to force myself to read it. It was morally disturbing to me. I hated the main character Tori. I hated her thoughts, her actions, her truths. Nothing about what she did was okay. I don’t care what her reasons were. I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been married for 10 years, so I can understand some of her complaints about her marriage but nothing excuses her from the choices she made. I try not to be judgemental, but I’m judging here. She knew what she was doing the entire time. It was intentional. She knew she was hurting everyone around her and did it anyway.

It’s hard to explain my thoughts about the male characters in this “love triangle” without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it simple. I hated Alec. I didn’t trust anything about him. He was just as horrible as Tori. Landon was okay. He wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he wasn’t really malicious either. I understood why he did what he did and I was okay with it for the most part. I also want to point out that Landon said something about 40% in that I really agree with when it comes to cheating.

Obviously, reading Author Anonymous was a struggle for me. I was so looking forward to getting to the end and being able to come to terms with what this book had dealt me. I thought I was getting what I wanted until E.K. Blair did something I was not expecting. I don’t know whether to be pissed off at her or call her a genius. Considering how I felt about the story, I’d probably lean towards pissed off. If I hadn’t been reading this book on my Kindle, I would have thrown it at the wall or, better yet, burnt it!

I seriously hope the real Tori is never revealed. I don’t want to know who she is. I have to admit it took guts for her to ask E.K. Blair to write her story and put it out there. Although, now that I think about it, it seems like an attention-getting scheme.

Ugh. So how do I give Author Anonymous a rating? On one hand, the writing was brilliant. If it wasn’t based on a true story, I might have thought E.K. Blair was super creative for coming up with such a frustrating story and character. I do want to explore her other books. On the other hand, I hated this book the entire time I was reading it (except for maybe one or two chapters) partly because I knew it was based on a true story. I really did want to DNF it. I thought maybe I could come up with a middle ground rating, but I didn’t feel like any rating could properly portray my feelings. I guess that means I’m leaving it unrated. I will say that I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library. I think I would have been angry if I had spent money on a book that was so infuriating.

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Review: Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Series: Taking Shots, #3
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

I just met the girl of my dreams. Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss. Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right? The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.


If you read my blog at all, you know I’m a sucker for a new adult hockey romance with a shirtless guy on the cover. Add in a forbidden romance with a teammate’s younger sister on a blurb and that ups my excitement two-fold. So now you know I was super-duper excited to read Crazy Pucking Love  — especially because I’ve never had the chance to read anything by Cindi Madsen before. I’m so happy to have found her hockey romance series!

Crazy Pucking Love was so well written. I really enjoyed the dual points of view. It made Megan and Dane feel like real people. I adored them both. Their thoughts and feelings reminded me so much of being a college student. I could easily empathize with their doubts and concerns. I loved the way their relationship began and how it progressed throughout the story. Underneath all of their fears, they had such a strong emotional connection and amazingly hot chemistry. The ups and downs they went through made their journey so much more meaningful.

My only issue with Crazy Pucking Love was the characters’ back stories. I liked them, but they were never clearly presented. There were so many layers to what Megan and Dane had experienced in their pasts. Bits and pieces were given away, but I never felt like I got the whole story. Their histories either a) deserved more time than they got or b) needed to less complex.

Overall, Crazy Pucking Love was an entertaining hockey romance. I loved the entire cast of characters and I’m really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books in the series. I would definitely recommend Crazy Pucking Love to college hockey romance fans.

Review: Play by Piper Lawson

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Author: Piper Lawson
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Victory Editing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms.
I mean, video games.

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.


Play is the first book I’ve read by Piper Lawson, but it won’t be my last. I was really pleased with this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. A financial executive and a video game creator didn’t exactly scream scorching love story to me, but I was intrigued by the enemies to lovers aspect of it so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did because the writing was great and the story was so much fun.

Normally I’m a dual point of view girl when it comes to my romances, but I loved that this story was told solely in Payton’s point of view. I loved what a strong female character she was. Payton went after what she wanted professionally and personally. I loved that she stood up for herself and didn’t back down from what she believed in. It was really refreshing to read. With her narration, I didn’t feel like I needed Max’s side of things Adding his point of view would have just complicated the story and taken away from all the cool things going on in Payton’s mind. She was actually really funny!

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max. He was a super hot nerd with a super sexy piercing. (That dang barbel! I don’t know why I found it so drool worthy, but I did.) His back story and his job added so many great situations to the book. He was the perfect match for Payton.They had amazing chemistry and some super sexy moments together. It was so much fun to watch their romance unfold. It was so lusty and kind of a slow-burn sort of thing.

I enjoyed Play a lot and found it to be a fun new adult romance with a unique storyline. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy an office romance that’s kind of “out of the box”.

Review: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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Author: S.C. Stephens
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received this book from Forever via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…


To completely honest, this isn’t the first book I’ve tried to read by S.C. Stephens. I tried to read Thoughtful, but I couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t the writing. The writing was great. It was the subject matter. I had a hard time with the love triangle in that one. That being said, I was very excited to get to read Furious Rush because I did like her writing and wanted a chance to experience it without a love triangle getting in my way.

Furious Rush was different from other sports romances I’ve read. It revolved around the world of motorcycle racing and was written from Kenzie’s point of view. I wasn’t sure how that would go at first. My husband watches motorcycle racing and I find it a little boring. Furious Rush wasn’t boring, though. It was exhilarating! The racing aspect of the story made everything feel fast-paced and risky. It also helped create a really cool forbidden love storyline that I loved.

Hayden and Kenzie’s relationship started out as a love-hate kind of thing. They had amazing chemistry off and on the track. I could feel the intensity of it every time they were around each other. Both of them had a lot to lose, and it amplified their connection. It was fun to experience Kenzie trying to hold back her feelings and do what was expected of her. She was a tough girl and wanted to be seen as an equal to the guys, but she also had a softer side. I really respected the way she dealt with her father. Hayden was a surprise. The way he came across in the first chapter wasn’t necessarily who he was. I liked getting to know his character and what drove him as the book went on. Hayden was actually a very decent and good guy.

The supporting characters in Furious Rush were great. They were all part of the racing world and added so much to the story. I especially loved Kenzie’s friends Miles and Nikki. (I would love to read a book about either of them!)  The only character I didn’t get was Felicia, but I feel like she’s going to be explained in the next book in the series, or at least I hope so.

My only complaint about Furious Rush was the last 1/4 of the book. It took a turn I didn’t expect and I still can’t decide if I like. The ending was also a little abrupt. It felt like it could have been a cliffhanger or just “The End”. If it’s a cliffhanger, I’m really interested in seeing what comes next. If it’s “The End” of Kenzie’s story, I feel like I’m missing something. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the blurb of book 2 is. 😉

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Furious Rush. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in S.C. Stephens’ world of motorcycle racing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Put Me On Edge

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween Related Freebie. I am not a fan of scary novels but I do read thrillers every once in a while, so I decided to go with Ten Books That Put Me On Edge.


1. The Weight of Blood
by Laura McHugh

2. Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn

3. Those Girls
by Chevy Stevens

4. Delicate Monsters
by Stephanie Kuehn

5. Mud Vein
by Tarryn Fisher

6. One Kick
by Chelsea Cain

7. In the Woods
by Tana French

8. Bone Dust White
by  Karin Salvalaggio

9. Hannibal
by Thomas Harris

10. Jagger
by Heather C. Leigh

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Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

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Author: Elizabeth O’Roark
Publication Date: March 12, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“That girl isn’t just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She’s trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She’s the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more.
And the last thing I need right now is more trouble.”

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her.
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.


I was told by other bloggers that I would love this book. I knew it had to be a great new adult novel, but I had no idea what I was in store for. Waking Olivia was amazing! It left me  wondering why I haven’t heard of author Elizabeth O’Roark before?!?!

Elizabeth O’Roark’s writing was exceptional. The emotions in this book were so palpable and intense. I felt fear, loathing, anger, nervousness, sadness, happiness, love, hope. It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time. I felt like I was in the story! And the plot. It was so complex! Waking Olivia wasn’t just another romance. It had a darker, thriller side to it. It was so cool. I also have to throw in the fact that the running theme in this book actually worked. It’s very rare to find a book where running as part of the plot feels natural. It did here.

I loved the main characters in Waking Olivia. Neither of them was perfect, which made them feel all the more real. They were both so complex and compelling, especially Olivia. She was haunted by her past and could barely function in the present. She came across as a hard person, so getting to know what was deep inside her was rewarding. I had such hope for her. Will may not have initially been happy with his new trouble-making track star, but I loved the fire Olivia brought to his life. Being around her showed who he really was. He may have been the sexy track coach, but he was also a compassionate human being.

I’m not a big fan of student-teacher/coach relationship, so I was originally worried I wouldn’t enjoy the forbidden romance between Olivia and Will. I shouldn’t have worried, though. I loved Will and Olivia’s connection. The relationship between them and their situation didn’t have a truly forbidden feel. They were so close in age (even if Will seemed so much more mature) and it felt more like a workplace romance than a student-teacher one. I do have to admit that the secrecy of their relationship did set me on edge several times, but I loved Will and Olivia together. They completed each other in a very special way.

One of the things I loved most about Waking Olivia was the last few chapters. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the entire story. I was so addicted to it that if I could have forced myself to stay awake any longer, I would have read it in one sitting. But there was something so special about the ending. Where some authors would have ended the story, Elizabeth O’Roark continued it. She made it a true story of healing. I felt like I got a well thought out and possible conclusion for Olivia. I really loved that.

If you’re a new adult fan or just a romance fan in general, you really need to read Waking Olivia. It’s an awesome experience that you don’t want to miss. (You can find it as one of NetGalley’s Read Now books.)

Release Week Review & Giveaway: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

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THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR
Author: Jessica Lemmon        
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2
On Sale: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD
eBook:  $5.99 USD
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SYNOPSIS:

It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

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Note: I received an ARC from Forever via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Every time I read a novel by Jessica Lemmon I fall deeper in love with her writing. Her contemporary romances are so fresh and fun. She’s quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance reads. Needless to say, I was excited to get to read The Billionaire Next Door. I really enjoyed The Billionaire Bachelor, the first book in the series, and I was looking forward to getting to know Reese’s younger brother, Tag.

In The Billionaire Next Door, bartender Rachel Foster’s life has hit an all-time low. The only bright spot is being paid a bunch of money to dog sit by one of her regular customers. She can’t complain about getting to stay in an amazing apartment — especially when one of her neighbors is sexy Tag.

Tag Crane is known to be many things. A one woman kind of guy isn’t one of them. But when gorgeous and smart Rachel moves into his building, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. The more they spend time together, the more he realizes that maybe he’s done with his playboy ways.

This story was so stinking cute! Seriously. There was so much I loved about it! The writing was fun and witty. I loved the plot and how everything unfolded. Jessica Lemmon had a fresh take on the playboy billionaire theme and that made it exciting to read.

I adored Tag and Rachel. Tag was everything I hoped he would be after getting to know him a little bit in The Billionaire Bachelor. He was fun-loving and handsome, but he was also intelligent and nice. Rachel was that girl you can’t help but love. She was a great friend, smart and just an overall nice person. I loved her drive and determination. Together, they were magic! The chemistry between these two was off the charts sexy. Tag and Rachel just fit so perfectly together.

Honestly, there’s nothing to complain about with The Billionaire Next Door. I absolutely loved reading it, and I would highly recommend it to readers who love a great contemporary romance. It’s definitely one of my favorites so far this year. Now that I’ve finished The Billionaire Next Door, I can’t to get to know Eli, the third Crane brother!

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EXCERPT:

“Why is it you look like you’re thinking something sinister?” he asked, that eyebrow arcing higher. “And don’t lie to me, Dimples. I have a sixth sense.” She watched his slow smile, white teeth appearing as his trimmed beard parted. Her nether regions buzzed like she’d sat on a vibrating phone.

“I’m surprised . . .” she started, feeling daring. Must be the Kona coffee.

“Because?”

“Because I expected you to induct me into the Mile High Club by now. This is my first private flight.” She looked at him through her lashes, her coy smile in place.

Tag wore an all-out grin, which made her inordinately pleased. Where she was concerned, he wasn’t immune. And she liked that. A lot.

“Excuse me.” Smoothly, he shut his laptop, stood, and walked from cabin to cockpit.

Okay. That was interesting. She hadn’t expected him to leave. Maybe she didn’t have the same power over him as he had over her.

She turned to look out the window, but the nighttime landscape was nothing but blackness. She imagined a sea of clouds and blue skies once the sun rose, anticipating being someplace where the high was above freezing. She wondered what the temperature was on—

“Let’s go.” Her hand was snatched a moment later as Tag pulled her out of her seat and led her to the bedroom.

“Wait,” she said through her laughter as she hustled after him. “What are you doing?”

In the bedroom, he released her, closed the door, and whipped off his shirt. She gasped, her eyes eating up his tanned muscles and bulky arms.

“Making you a member.” He caught the back of her head in his hand and kissed her. She melted beneath his touch. She was hopelessly attracted to him. Just an absolute goner.

When she caught a breath of air, she said, “Where did you go?”

“Told the pilot to take the long way.”

“There’s a longer way to Hawaii?”

“There is now.”

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The Billionaire Bachelor, #1
The Billionaire Next Door, #2
The Bastard Billionaire, #3

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Review: Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand

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Series: Hot Scots, #1
Author: Anna Durand
Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Publisher: Jacobsville Books
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Feisty American. Hot Scot. Passion Ignites.
Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night of sizzling sex, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can’t resist his offer to enjoy one month of sex and companionship with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?
Dangerous in a Kilt is an award-winning romance and the first book in the Hot Scots series. Upcoming books will feature Lachlan’s equally hot brothers.


Dangerous in a Kilt is the first book in erotic romance writer Anna Durand’s new series Hot Scots. In Dangerous in a Kilt, Erica Teague is reeling with the knowledge she’s going to jail for something her seedy ex did. Erica is looking to escape her thoughts for the night by looking for a casual hook up. It couldn’t work out more perfectly when she ends up in hot Scot Lachlan MacTaggart’s arms. What was meant to be a one night stand quickly turns into an agreement of one month of delightfully naughty sex without any emotional entanglement. Keeping their personal lives separate from their affair becomes harder the more time they spend together.

This book was such a fun and dramatic read! The fun was in all of the witty banter and super sultry scenes. I loved all the Scottish words Lachlan mixed into his sentences and could imagine his sexy accent in my mind. I didn’t blame Erica for lusting after his hot body and smooth words. He was almost too hot to handle!

The drama came with all of the secrets Erica and Lachlan were keeping from each other while attempting to keep things casual. The way they navigated around their secrets was so much fun to read. I already knew Erica’s, but I enjoyed guessing as to what was going on in Lachlan’s life. Plus, keeping things casual created a fun drama all of its own.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen added to the story was Lachlan’s point of view. I loved knowing what was going on in Erica’s head and I think knowing what Lachlan was thinking and his secrets might have added even more fun.

Dangerous in a Kilt was an entertaining erotic romance. I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy erotic romances with a side of humor and a touch of mystery.

Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

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Series: True North, #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There’s a first time for everything.
Lark Wainright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.


This review is **SPOILER FREE**.

I need to say one thing before I start my review of Keepsake:

2016 is Sarina Bowen’s year!

I’ve always loved her books, but this year’s releases have all quickly become some of my favorite romance novels ever. Keepsake is definitely one of those books.

Keepsake is the third book in the True North series. You don’t have to read the books in order to enjoy the story, but it does help for character history. For readers of the series, I would classify Keepsake as a combination of Bittersweet and Steadfast. It takes readers back to the fun of Bittersweet‘s Shipley Farm where they get to reconnect with all of their favorite characters, but it also carries an emotional punch and touches on deeper aspects of life like Steadfast.

In Keepsake, farm hand Zach’s contentedly quiet life is forever changed when former wild child Lark comes to stay at Shipley Farm. Zach knows Lark is trying to recover from a horrible experience and that he should give her space to heal, but his intense attraction to her makes that impossible.

Lark may be beautiful and outgoing on the outside, but her insides are wracked with turmoil and guilt. The only comfort she’s been able to find since returning home has been on the Shipley Farm, in Zach’s arms. He, too, understands what it’s like to try to find peace. But Zach’s comfort may not be enough to save Lark or their relationship from the memories that haunt her.

Keepsake was mesmerizing. The amazing characters, gorgeous Vermont setting, and emotional plot made it impossible to put down. It was such a beautiful story. The minute I finished reading it, I wanted to pick it up and start all over again. I loved it that much!

I couldn’t get enough of Zach. I loved reading his point of view. His calming demeanor and quiet ways were so appealing. I adored the care, concern and sweetness he showed Lark. He was probably the kindest and most respectable book boyfriend I’ve ever read. Plus, he was so sexy! I wasn’t expecting that based on his past, but I guess I should have been!

Lark was pretty amazing, too. She was one of those characters who inspires me to live life to the fullest. She had an abundance of emotional baggage she was dealing with in Keepsake, but the strength that kept her going was very admirable. Her journey to mental wellness was one I imagine many people will identify with.

Keepsake was one of those romances that was more than just a romance. It was an inspirational story filled with love, hope and forgiveness. I would highly recommend reading it and the rest of the True North series. I know it will be a while until the next book in the series is released, but I can’t wait to find out what’s next for my favorite Vermonters.