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So, I did overreach a bit with my list last week. I didn’t take into account that I was going to take a small break from reading because, like I told Ryan Winfield, he ruined books for me. 🙂 After reading Jane’s Melody, my review is here, I had trouble writing reviews for other books, even though they were great books that under normal circumstances I would be raving about. My reviews were feeling so flat and I didn’t feel like I was giving those books what they deserved. It’s just when you absolutely feel a book, like I did with Jane’s Melody, when it touches you like that, it’s hard to get into another book right away. You’re still kind of absorbing those emotions that the book left you with. You all have to know what I’m talking about, surely you have had a book affect you that way too?
Now that I am back to reading normally, my books for this weekend are:
2011 Breakout Novel — About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he’s hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the “bottom” is just the beginning. With more twists than California’s Highway 1, the intimate narrative follows a young man on a wild month-long ride to the dizzying, drunken heights of Napa Valley excess where he falls fast for his new boss’s intoxicating wife and becomes entangled in a strange threesome affair. But things soon begin to unravel as Trevor is drawn into a secret world of sex and scandal, only to have his lust for success drag him down again through a phantasmagoria of hedonistic hell. “Shocking and unapologetic”, South of Bixby Bridge barrels along with the “frenetic pace of a Hollywood blockbuster,” delivering “poetic prose loaded with images”. With gripping drama, witty dialogue, and sexy, jaw-dropping glimpses into the nouveau-riche underworld of California’s wealthy elite, you won’t be able to put this riveting new novel down. Buckle up and enjoy the read!
ADULT TOPICS (?) FINANCIAL THRILLER (?) CAUTIONARY TALE (?) REDEMPTION QUEST (?)
***If you or anyone you know has struggled with alcohol, drug, or sex addiction, you must read this!
Warning: This novel is an unfiltered account of a young man’s struggle to overcome addictions and it includes some graphic language, descriptive sexual scenes, and adult situations.
I actually started this one last night and am about 35% of the way through. I don’t want to start a review when I haven’t finished the book, so I will say that it is really really good and nothing less than I would expect from Ryan. I’ve cried already. I was nervous about this one because I knew it was going to hit close to home and possibly bring up memories that I don’t want to deal with (I know, blocking them isn’t the most healthy choice, you should deal with them, but I don’t want to yet.), but I’m doing good. There have been a couple of moments that made me flinch and one, like I said, that made me cry, but it wasn’t over anything in my life, it was over Trevor’s. That’s all I’m saying until I get done and post my review.
Next up … I don’t know.
I’ve got 2 I need to read for Tina Pollick that I completely forgot to write down. One is free right now. The other isn’t released yet, so shhhhh.
Fantasies of a Housewife
Free on Smashwords
A collection of short stories, five thousand words maximum, with housewife fantasies as the theme. The stories range from contemporary, erotic and even a little paranormal. If you enjoy the authors, please visit their other published work.
Nulli Para Ora
I think after that I will hit two that I bought when the latest one was released by Rue Volley:
The Bitter End (Golden Crown Series) by Rue Volley
Bethany was born into a world of privilege and has never had to want for anything in her life. Her parents gave her everything but the one thing she desired the most…love. When Bethany’s mother dies, her Father becomes even more distant with the immediate replacement of Bethany’s mother by “Miko”, a woman who has no compassion nor interest in Bethany whatsoever.
On her own and living in a penthouse, a lavish gift from her father, Bethany ignores all responsibility as she lives on a weekly allowance her Father is sure to place into her bank account. With too much time on her hands, Bethany is free to pursue other interests such as a young man she never cared for in school named Ryan Blackwood. Ryan is a male escort for hire and has made his living on pleasuring the higher echelons of New York society women, but when he meets Bethany his game is shifted from one of hunter to one of prey and he will soon find out that she is not the easy target he once imagined.
Their torrid love affair is filled with a painful need to harm each other in every way, including the bedroom. Will Bethany finally receive the love she has always desired or will her lineage doom her forever?
“The Bitter End” is book one in the Golden Crown Series, filled with lust, greed, suspense and murder. Sometimes new beginnings lead only to bitter ends.
The Twin Dragons (Golden Crown Series)
A terrible past will build two things, a bridge to freedom or a gate to hell. Join the Players of The Golden Crown Series in book two as the saga continues.
Reluctantly accepting her fate, Bethany has settled into the role of “Mother” but never that of “Wife”. She feels the looming threat approaching that will leave her alone with Ryan as August and Cas near their 18th birthdays. She has spent years with prescription medication guiding her moods and emotions only to suddenly decide to allow the world to creep back in. She ventures out and finds danger at the hands of what may be her only redemption. This one act sets the chess game in motion as a new man enters their lives and Bethany finds it very hard to resist him. Threatened and fearing rejection, Ryan contacts an old enemy and invites the darkness back in. All the while, August and Cas both harbor dark secrets of their own, navigating a world both Ryan and Beth are not even aware of until it may be too late. Sometimes no matter what you do, the dragon will rise.
What do you have on your TBR list for this weekend? Any awesome new releases that I must see? Link me up with your posts, videos, etc. I’d love to check them out.