Friday, April 20, 2018

COVER REVEAL of Decide to Hope by June Converse




An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together?

For 950 days, Kathleen Conners has struggled with that choice. Behind a scarf and sunglasses, she hides from the world, from herself, from The Event, from any future with anyone.

After receiving a box of letters from his deceased mother, Matt Nelson is shoved from his predictable, controlled life to a secluded beach in North Carolina. While trying to understand his mother's intent, he discovers Kathleen.

Matt must choose whether to follow the path his mother orchestrated or rescue the woman who has captured his heart. When the only person Kathleen blames more than herself reappears, can Matt be the strength Kathleen needs to create a new life, or will he be forced to walk away if she decides the climb is too great?

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Author Bio:
June happily resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Sodapop.  They have two wonderful adult children and two grandchildren.  She is an enthusiastic exerciser and an accomplished cook.  She and her husband enjoy hiking with Sodapop, traveling, scuba diving, trying new restaurants, concerts, and whatever other adventures they can find.  Reading and a constant desire to learn keeps her busy too. 

A trauma survivor who struggles with mental illness, June is continuously reaching for hope like the characters in her books.  She openly discusses her personal struggles on her blog, JuneConverse.com

Decide to Hope is her first novel and relies a great deal on her own experience with trauma, choices, recovery and hope.  If you’d like to discuss trauma, coping and recovery, contact her at JuneConverse.com or DecideToHope.com



REVIEW of Who She Is by Diane Byington

Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC


In the fall of 1967, Faye Smith’s family moves to Florida to work in the orange groves, and she has to start a new school… again. She tries out for the track team, knowing her mother would never approve because of Faye’s epilepsy.

When Faye discovers she has a talent for distance running, she and her friend Francie decide to enter the Boston Marathon, even though women aren’t allowed to compete. Desperate to climb out of the rut of poverty, Faye is determined to take part and win a college scholarship.

After the school bully tries to run her down with his car, a strange memory surfaces—a scene Faye doesn’t recognize. Her parents insist that it’s a symptom of her epilepsy, but Faye thinks they might be lying, especially when it keeps happening. To get her life on the right path, she’ll need to figure out what her parents are hiding and never lose sight of the finish line.

My Thoughts…

In reading the description I was thinking I was reading a book about women’s rights.   While that could be a great story I felt this was more a story of a young girl, a teenager girl, finding out what her life really is.      Faye has lived a rough life with her vagabond parents.   They work odd jobs, can’t stay in one place, and are not very loving to their daughter.   I put their attitude towards their daughter being brought on by their rough lives, but as the story goes on I knew there was more to it.    

There are two storylines surrounding Faye.   The story of Faye trying to break into the running world as a woman is the first part.   She wants to run on the school track team and run the Boston Marathon both of which are male only.   I loved seeing her work hard and reach goals that have been out of the reach of most women.     The second storyline is who Faye really is.   There are so many clues as to who she is, who she could be, and who she wants to be.      This storyline was interesting to read but it was also easy to put the clues together.    I had it figured out before the author reveals it to the readers.  

 I found myself really enjoying reading about a strong, young woman who is still a teenager and she is also able to defend herself, do what is right for herself, and find herself.      This is a great book for anyone who loves women in sports and loves a female who isn’t afraid to push boundaries. 

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About the Author

Diane Byington has been a tenured college professor, yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and executive coach. Also, she raised goats for fiber and once took a job cooking hot dogs for a NASCAR event. She still enjoys spinning and weaving, but she hasn’t eaten a hot dog or watched a car race since.

Besides reading and writing, Diane loves to hike, kayak, and photograph sunsets. She and her husband divide their time between Boulder, Colorado, and the small Central Florida town they discovered while doing research for her novel.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

COVER REVEAL of The CSA Case Files Series by Kennedy Layne

We’re so excited to reveal the brand new covers for all seven books in Kennedy Layne’s CSA Case Files Series! Check them out below and be sure to grab your copies of this incredible, suspenseful series!

 

About the CSA Case Files Series

Crest Security Agency (CSA) is run by Gavin Crest, a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He has personally selected his own former military team members, both men and women, to configure a seamless Special Operations Capable (SOC) unit. Working together on investigations, domestically and abroad, each team member will find their niche in life and love. Follow along as Kennedy Layne conveys each of their stories as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense...
 

About Captured Innocence (CSA Case Files #1)

Be captivated by this USA Today Bestseller and drawn into a world filled with passion and intrigue!
When former Marine, Connor Ortega, was ordered into the offices of Crest Security Agency on a Saturday morning, he didn't expect the latest case to hit so close to home. A submissive has been murdered in a particularly vicious manner and to bring her killer to justice, he must go undercover. Not hard to do considering he's already part of the BDSM lifestyle.
Lauren Bailey, a local vendor of bejeweled erotic implements, lives vicariously through her clients due to her fear of bondage. When Connor's dominant side can't resist trying to ease her anxieties, she accepts his proposal and agrees to his one stipulation...keep things casual.
When the killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to rethink their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren's heart?
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About SINFUL RESURRECTION (CSA Case Files #2)

The USA Today Bestselling series continues with a breathless tale of sin, intrigue, and love...
Sins of the past have been resurrected, predetermining their path to love. Can they overcome the treacherous obstacles set before them?
Jax Christensen likes his life just the way it is. He has his work, his club, and the occasional naked submissive to take his mind off everything else. He doesn't talk about the past, as there is no point in reminiscing about things that cannot be altered. His chest has an empty hole where his heart used to be, but he's grown accustomed to the constant pain. It's become the only thing that reminds Jax that he's alive.
Emily Weiss has never forgotten the one and only man she's ever loved. She's hidden for two long years in an attempt to protect Jax and herself, desperate to try and stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. She has information that could destroy the United Nations. Unfortunately, they want to eliminate her first. Emily's exhausted and wants more than anything to feel safe once more. That was how she felt in Jax's strong arms and she longs to be there again.
When Jax sees that Emily has risen from the grave, his heart and soul are full of anger and regret. He'll never forgive her lies and deception. He will, however, keep her safe. He hates her for what she's done, but he doesn't want her death on his conscience. He'll protect her and then walk away.
Secrets are revealed and the danger is more sinister and deadly than anyone could have guessed. Jax and Emily are forced on the run and the passion they once felt for one another burns even hotter and brighter the second time around. Jax doesn't know how he'll walk away this time or if he even wants to. Emily is determined to expose a high-level official within the United Nations and walk away unscathed. She wants a second chance with her first love -- even if it kills her.
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About RENEWED FAITH (CSA Case Files #3)

Is it possible to renew one's faith in love? Find out as the CSA Case Files series continues with another gripping tale of passion and intrigue...
Injury ended former Marine Kevin Dreier's enlistment much too soon, leaving him with unwanted pins and screws in his right leg to serve as a constant reminder of what he'd lost. Being a team member of Crest Security Agency, however, gives him a sense of purpose and accomplishment. The determination that makes him good at his job is the same drive he'll need to win over the woman he wants in his life.
Taking charge of her destiny, Elle Reyes has spent the last year working hard to make something of herself. She's found a reputable place to live, saved a little money, and even secured a managing position at a club. She's finally safe, content, and in need of nothing more, but she knows she wouldn't have been able to turn her life around without Kevin's assistance.
When Kevin loses a family member, Elle is convinced this is her chance of returning a favor and repaying a debt. Accompanying him to visit his family and offer support, she is faced with the reality that warm and loving homes are real. She's torn between what she knows to be the truth and the tempting hope that something more exists.
Upon their return, Kevin's current case crosses paths with Elle's past. Secrets and lies encircle them as a killer ups the stakes in a cat and mouse game meant for only one winner. When time runs out, Kevin intends to be the last man standing -- in life and love.
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About CAMPAIGN OF FAITH (CSA Case Files #4)

Political campaigns don't always go as planned...
Lach McKinnon, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader, was involved in a highly publicized and politically sensitive mission that went critically wrong. He has always taken responsibility for the three lives lost, though he keeps his guilt locked away. Becoming a team member of CSA has relieved him of similar assignments, however things haven't really been mundane.
Phoebe Dunaway is a United States Senator's daughter. She can be relied on to do what is expected of her. From raising her sister after their mother died to overseeing her mother's legacy foundation, Phoebe has steadfastly been the responsible one in the family. Now aiding her father in his quest for the presidency, she finally realizes that ignoring her own needs might not be in her best interests.
Lach is given a VIP Personal Security Detail -- protect Phoebe from a potential threat against her father's bid for the White House. That's easier said than done when the attraction between them sets the path of the campaign down one of blazing desire. Unexpected danger lurks around every corner and Lach must face his past demons if he has any hope of keeping Phoebe safe.
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About INTERNAL TEMPTATION (CSA Case Files #5)

USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne returns with a spellbinding tale of passion and intrigue...
An unexpected love...
Ethan Chambers is a devoted bachelor working for the Crest Security Agency team. After watching love make casualties of most of his team members, he vows not to fall victim to the same fate. That all changes when his best friend finagles her way into his dreams. Now, he can't look at Taryn without thinking of her beneath him.
A mission in peril...
Taryn Sisal's life has become complicated with a capital C. Her newly discovered half-sister has been murdered, and now Taryn is the target of the same merciless killer. She is grateful that her best friend, Ethan Chambers, is by her side -- until he decides to change the rules with a passionate kiss she cannot forget.
A dangerous passion...
On the trail of finally apprehending the team's target, Taryn must also confront the mounting desire between her and Ethan. His resolve for their newfound relationship chips away at her crumbling defenses, but old fears are her nemesis. Are they willing to risk their friendship for a chance at something more -- or will the decision be taken out of their hands by a bullet with her name engraved on its full metal jacket?
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About RADIANT SURRENDER (CSA Case Files #6)

USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne delivers a riveting story about love evolving from the darkness...
The darkness within...
Gavin Crest has always pushed himself to the limit. After twenty-three years as a Marine Master Sergeant, he built his security agency from the ground up. He also has a predilection for the darker side of sex. He's done it all--except the one woman he can't have, an innocent who deserves more than a man whose soul is tainted with darkness.
Becomes his only ray of sunshine...
Jessie Miller has worked for Gavin Crest for years--and loved him nearly that long. She offered herself to him, body and soul. When he refused, she walked away, head held high and vowing to cut him from her heart. So why is Gavin on her doorstep, insisting that she trust him with her life?
And leads him into the light...
After a cold-blooded killer who's threatened his team members proves the FBI has enough evidence to put Jessie in jail for the rest of her life, Crest has no choice but to save her. Once he's with her, he can't keep his hands off her. As passion rises and a killer closes in, he'll have to prove her innocence, protect her, and risk his heart forever...before it's too late.
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About REDEEM MY HEART (CSA Case Files #7)

USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne has concluded the CSA Case Files series with a redemption story unlike any other...
Nightmares of the past...
Ryland had lived his life as the world's most sought-after assassin by numerous clandestine government agencies. He's been the best of the best while not making apologies for the contracts he's executed. That was all taken from him when his obscured past was exposed by the malicious actions of a former employer, forcing him into an early retirement.
Dreams of the future...
Fallon Canna was a gifted profiler for the FBI with one goal--to figure out what made Travis Bowers tick. It had become an obsession to unravel why a promising young Marine had turned into a skilled killer for hire. Her fixation becomes personal when a piece of classified information crosses her desk that just might shed light on why Travis Bowers became known as the notorious Ryland.
Restoring reality...
Ryland has done his best to blend in with society, but it's a punishment worse than death. He's been passing the time of his seclusion with visions of a beautiful blonde who only wants inside of his mind, so he's skeptical when Fallon suddenly appears in his kitchen in the dead of night. He's more than willing to see where their attraction takes them, but there's an unspoken inquiry in those blue eyes of hers that could only end in heartbreak--because a woman can't redeem a man who doesn't have a soul.
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About Kennedy Layne

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers--find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com.

EXCERPT REVEAL of Lie to Me by Natasha Preston

 

We are so excited to be sharing an excerpt from #1 New York Times bestselling author Natasha Preston's LIE TO ME with you today. LIE TO ME, a new standalone contemporary romance, will be released on all platforms on April 23.

 


About LIE TO ME

At nineteen, Savannah Dean escaped her family, leaving behind a note and the people who caused her so much pain. Now, she lives on her own and keeps to herself. At nineteen, Kent Lawson’s girlfriend betrayed him, leaving him behind with a broken heart and a whole lot of mistrust in women. Now, he lives on his own and shares himself with nearly every pretty thing that walks by but only for one night. When Savannah and Kent meet, they can’t stand each other. Kent knows she’s hiding something, and he despises liars. Add LIE TO ME to your Goodreads TBR here!    

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Wednesday rolls around way too fast. I have a whole evening with Savannah. It’s been really nice these past four days that she’s been out of my life. Yet, the whole time, I’ve been craving the way we snip at each other.
I need help.
I cut my engine outside her building and look up. Apparently, she lives up on the first floor and faces out toward the road.
Is she looking at me right now?
Why I feel the need to get out and buzz her apartment, I don’t know, but somehow, I find myself getting out of the car and walking toward the building. I stop at the front door, realising that Heidi told me what floor Savannah is on but not the number. Or she might have told me, and I just didn’t listen.
This is a great start.
I’m about to call my sister when I see Savannah through the glass, walking down the stairs to ground level.
Fuck me.
Has she always looked like that?
She’s wearing a pair of dark blue skinny jeans and a grey off-the-shoulder shirt, but she looks sexier than any other woman I’ve ever seen in a little dress.
Why don’t I like her again?
Her steely eyes, looking even more prominent with the colour of her top, warily eye me. Our last encounter wasn’t exactly pleasant.
She opens the door and smiles. “Hi, Kent.”
My back stiffens. “Savannah.”
“Are you sure you don’t mind taking me tonight? I can Uber.”
And there it is. This is why she fucking bothers me so much. I feel like telling her to call a fucking Uber then. She always sounds so unsure of herself, like every tiny thing a person does for her is some massive inconvenience. Why?
“It’s fine,” I spit.
She folds her arms, carefully because her fractured arm hasn’t healed. It does take away a little of the dramatic flair she was going for. “Do you need to take a nap before we go?”
“What?”
“You’re cranky.”
“You’re too polite.”
“Being polite is a bad thing?”
I flex my jaw. “Yes.”
“Fine. Get in the car, and take me.”
The intent behind her words is clear; however, I hear it completely different and laugh.
She rolls her eyes. “Don’t be a knobhead, Kent. Take me to your parents’ house, I mean.”
“Knobhead. I’ve not heard that one in a while.”
Savannah takes another long breath. “I really don’t know why I thought accepting a lift from you would be a good idea. In fact, I didn’t. I stillthink it’s a bad idea.”
“You always follow through with bad ideas?”
“Tonight, I am.”
Fuck yeah. I love this fighting side of her. It’s like, when I rile her up enough, the cover slips, revealing the real Savannah. I’m not sure if she’s hiding something the way Freya was.
“You should work on that. I don’t do anything I don’t want to.”
She tilts her head to the side, fire and determination in her eyes. “Oh, you wanted me to come tonight? And you wanted to be the one to pick me up?”
“You’re hot when you’re angry, Savannah.”
Actually, she’s hot all the time. It’s just, right now, she’s the whole package.
“You always use bullshit like that to deflect from someone calling you out?”
“You’re the first woman to call me out.”
“Why doesn’t that surprise me?” she mutters.
“Do you want to argue on your doorstep all night or get to my parents’ for dinner? I’m cool with either, just checking to see which way you’re leaning.”
She drops her arms, one still bound tightly in a splint. “I’m hungry.”
“Excellent, let’s go then.”
 

About NATASHA PRESTON

UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.

REVIEW of The Family Gathering (Sullivan's Crossing #3) by Robyn Carr


Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Mira Books


Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted. 

My Thoughts…

I am a Robyn Carr fan.   When I pick up one of her books I know that I am going to find a good romance story with wonderful, realistic characters.    The Family Gathering is exactly that and more.   I found a book with an amazingly unique and fun family, a storyline that I lost myself in, and a series that I am looking forward to more from.  

The Family Gathering is a book with a lot going on.    The main story is Dakota’s return to Sullivan’s Crossing and his trying to find his new normal.     He has to adjust to having family around, having friends, and living a civilian life.   In addition to Dakota’s story, the reader gets to catch up with his siblings and where they are in their lives.    There were a few times that I felt like I was lost in the secondary stories and there was too much going on.  

While there are tough subjects touched on within this story such as divorce, stalking, adoption, and mental illness this is a romance story.   If you love a good story as much as I do pick up this book and meet the wonderful people of Sullivan Crossing.  

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SALES BLITZ & GIVEAWAY of Strange Tango by Michelle Dayton


STRANGE TANGO by Michelle Dayton Sales Blitz!




We are excited to announce that STRANGE TANGO is currently on sale for only $.99! Don’t miss out on this quick and sexy read. Snag up your copy today!

The first in the series of novellas, STRANGE TANGO by Michelle Dayton, follows the story of Adam, a professional jewel thief and Jess, a brilliant technologist and disgraced whistleblower. Find out what happens when they must work together on a diamond heist, despite the fact that they’re on opposite sides of the law. Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and the In Death series by JD Robb will love this light and sexy story featuring a bad guys with a heart of gold.


Synopsis:

Adam Patrick Henry, professional jewel thief, knows an amateur—and a cheap wig—when he sees one. The mysterious woman across the room is far from a pro, but her good instincts might come in handy on his next job. He could use a partner, and if that partner happens to be irresistible, all the better.  
Jessica Hughes has a long way to climb—and a whole lot to prove—before she's back where she belongs. A cruel setup cost Jessica her job and her reputation, and she's not opposed to a disguise and some underhanded tactics if it means getting her life back. But she's no thief, not really, and teaming up with a gorgeous stranger who's clearly up to no good might prove more dangerous than it's worth.  
Working a job this big could give Adam and Jessica everything they've ever wanted—if their rocky partnership lasts long enough to carry it off. 
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Praise for STRANGE TANGO

 Fun, with well-written moments of adrenaline, danger, and suspense” —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“The main characters, Jess and Adam, have great chemistry with an adventurous plotline that had me turning the pages so quickly, I couldn't put it down until the last page.” —Amazon Reviewer

“A fast paced, witty, and sexy story with smart, warm hearted characters. An exciting read that's fun from start to finish.” —Amazon Reviewer

This novella is a great read for fans of fast-paced romantic spy caper suspense. You don’t see many computer hacker/programmer heroines, so I was happy for the change of pace. I also loved the complexity of the corruption conspiracy the hero and heroine find themselves embroiled in. Typical Chicago. Despite its short length, this story kept me guessing. The ending is sweet, though not what you would expect. Definitely recommend.” —Amazon Reviewer


STRANGE TANGO Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Michelle Dayton

Jessica Hughes couldn’t remember the last time she’d been so physically uncomfortable. The wig from hell was so itchy her eyes were watering with the effort not to scratch her head. The sequins from the stupid dress were poking her in the armpit like tiny little daggers. None of the reviews on Rent the Runway had mentioned that fun detail. The sexy pink pumps that RTR recommended as an accompaniment to the dress looked great, but they also pinched her toes and heels. She was going to have feet full of blisters tomorrow.
                And maintaining a British accent was a lot more difficult than she expected.
                Luckily, the idiot she was dancing with had quite a bit to drink with dinner and didn’t seem to notice how she kept repeating words like “brilliant” and “fancy” and “fortnight” in their conversation.
                Now if only she could distract him enough to get his keycard out of his pocket.
She glanced over his shoulder at the clock on the wall. In five minutes the speeches would begin and he would be up on the stage for a half hour. That was her window. Unfortunately, she was running out of ideas on how to pull the keycard out of his front pocket without getting grabby. Uck.
He picked just that moment to run his sweaty hands down her mostly bare back and pat her on the bottom. She was lucky that her face was over his shoulder so he couldn’t see her suppress a gag. Luckily, she recovered quickly and gave an approving squeak. So gross. I just let Jerome Taft touch my ass.
Oh, how the mighty had fallen. Six months ago she’d been a star. The youngest VP in the history of the University. The boss of Jerome’s entire department. Thank goodness they’d never actually met in person. The University had three campuses across Chicagoland and he’d worked at the suburban campus. While she’d been VP, his reputation had been less than stellar. She remembered that in last year’s performance review, his manager had labeled him “eager for advancement but unwilling to put in the hard work required.” In other words, he liked to complain about his lack of authority while he sat around playing on the Internet all day. Exactly the opposite kind of employee she wanted in her department.
And now she was dressed like a pricey call girl and letting him grope her. She felt like crying. Or slapping him in the face.
Pull it together, Jess. Focus on the goal. He’s a necessary evil for tonight.
She glanced around the dance floor to make sure that no other members of her old department had decided to dance. For those who didn’t know her well, she was confident that her disguise was good. Tonight she didn’t look anything like Ignatius University’s disgraced former Vice President of Technology. The one who’d been led out of the building by security officers last October.
No, tonight she was a skinny, tan, tarty, blonde Brit. But there were a few people in the ballroom who had known her for years. If one of them got a good look at her face…well, that could be trouble.
Luckily, the dance floor was still safe. It was crowded with couples, but no one she recognized. The band finished “As Time Goes By” and transitioned to “At Last.” She sighed. She loved that stupid, sappy song. Trying to distract herself from Jerome’s hands and the ticking clock, she closed her eyes and counted backward from ten.
When she opened her eyes, a tall man with brown hair was staring right at her.
About five feet away, he danced with a brunette in a purple dress. For a moment, his open stare convinced her that she’d been recognized. Her pulse raced, and she started to sweat. But, no. After meeting his eyes for ten seconds, she knew she’d never met him before. Because, good God, she would have remembered this one. Wow. He was about 6’3” with broad shoulders and wavy hair. His eyes were a vivid bright blue.
The brunette said something to him, and he broke eye contact with Jess to look down at her. Jess kept on staring. She’d been looking for a distraction and this potent combo of Tom Hiddleston and Gerard Butler had given her just that. Men dancing in tuxedos didn’t usually look so…masculine.
He looked back up at her and their eyes locked again as the female singer of the band crooned the lyrics to “At Last.” Inwardly, Jess snorted. Probably every woman in the room looked at that guy and heard Etta James singing “At Last.”




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About Michelle Dayton:

There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage

REVIEW of Somebody's Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein


Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing



Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.

Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.

As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage, a family, and friendships forever.

My Thoughts….

This is a story on social media and how one picture, one text, one video can change the life of not only the person/people in the video but the family of that person also.     I found this story so realistic to the teenage world today.    One video was take of sweet 15 year old Zoe and her whole world was changed.   Her school life was extremely tough with all the peer judgment.   Her home life was hard due to her parents, father especially, not know how to deal with it.    Everything she did or thought was called into question.     At the end of this drama it was amazing to see the family and their friends come together stronger than they started.

The characters in this story are so real.     The mother trying to be understanding, the father wanting to control the situation, the sister just wanting to protect, and the person videoed (I want to say victim but she wasn’t portrayed as such) not knowing who to trust.       I could see this happening to many families and having the same reactions as this family.     The mother is the hero.   She doesn’t give up on anyone, she doesn’t accept that there is no way back from this, and she never stops loving her family.    

The side story didn’t seem to add as much to the story as I thought it might.   The secret the mother holds onto adds a small twist but doesn’t change my feelings towards the book.  With or without the side story this is an eye-opening, conversation starting, and heart breaking/heartwarming story.    I think it is a great read for a young adult as it can teach a life lesson and a good read for parents so their eyes are opened as to the world of teenage texting and videoing.    

Somebody’s Daughter is not a WOW book, but it is a book that will make you take stock of your life, appreciate the little things, and maybe understand your children a little better.

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