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Review: On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

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When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

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Amy’s Review:

WOW! I don’t even know how to put into the words the emotions I felt while reading On Solid Ground. I mean…. I just don’t have words to convey how I felt. The painful pasts that both Dax and Beck went through tore my heart apart. Then the love I felt being shared between the two was too sweet. Just to have my heart ripped open yet again. It seemed like these poor boys went through one thing after another. Every time they thought there would be a break and things would look up something else happened. I couldn’t put this book down.

This book touches base on a few different things that are difficult in life and even more difficult to write about. I get a little weird when book touch on some subjects because If not written well it can really ruin a book no matter how good it started but I should have know there were no worries with Melissa Collins.

Dax and Beck are to amazing men. Amazing in their own ways and for different reasons but amazing non the less. Though both had different pasts it didn’t stop them from coming together. These two make the perfect couple. The last M/M book I read was by Melissa Collins and I will say that I can’t say this book topped it but it came very close. I loved these two men from the start. Violet was an added extra bonus that made me smile with every scene she was in. The things that poor girl witnessed. My heart broke for her. I couldn’t imagine. But thankfully Dax and Beck were there to help her through it.

This book is a very emotional read. I teared up several times and even had some tears slip out. I couldn’t help it. I was consumed from page one and didn’t want it to end when it did. If you like M/M books then this is definitely one for you.

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Release Day: Hired Gun Serial Four by A.J. Bennett and Julia Crane

Thorne Hollow finds himself once again at the mercy of Kataya’s secrets and lies. With the world on the edge of destruction, he has to decide what is more important—his long dead wife or the fate of humanity.

Hired Gun Serial One is also FREE!

This book is intended for mature audiences. 18+
*****I devoured this hot, paranormal treat and can’t wait for more from A.J. Bennett. ~ Ella James*****
Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Thorne Hollow knows the power he holds over the opposite sex and how to use it.Cast out by the gods thousands of years ago, he roams the earth working as an assassin for The Sicarii, a secret society who protects humans from all of the things that go bump in the night.
Long ago, Thorne made the mistake of falling in love with a human, and her death stripped him bare. Now he is destined to live a life of solitude. One night stands are his way of life … until he meets a mysterious woman whose intriguing power compels him to uncover more about her and the strange magic she wields.

Review: Lexi’s Legacy by Rick H. Veal

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Lexi’s story is one of discovery and growth as a shy and sheltered academic young girl faces the unknowns of an adult world. After receiving her life-long dream of teaching history in a European college, Lexi begins to settle comfortably into adulthood. She is happy and content with her life surrounded by other scholars at the University of Berlin.

When she is suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal cancer, her dream crumbles and her life begins to collapse around her … she shouldn’t be dying at twenty-two … it’s just not right … it’s just not fair. But amid the clouds of hopeless despair, a light begins to shine and a new world suddenly opens to her. Lexi discovers an unexpected cure from an unlikely source and two best friends become eternal friends.

Lexi tells her tale of life, the despair of losing one and the joy of finding another, as she leaves behind her human life and begins her journey into a new immortal life. She recounts the changes that take place as she enters a supernatural world she never knew existed. Lexi discovers there’s much to learn about her new world as she joins Katelyn and James at Whitehall Plantation.

Travel with Lexi as she takes you on an adventure of life changing proportions; watch as she grows and matures into the life of a fledgling vampire. Listen as she tells you about how her life changes … about love … found … lost … and found again.

Lexi’s Legacy is set in the historic cities of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Amy’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!!

I loved Lexi in The Master of Whitehall. She was a strong character in that book that made a lasting impact on me. I was happy to see that the second book was about her and her struggles. In the last book we find that she is dying from cancer with only a few weeks to live and Katelyn offers her the ‘Gift’ so she can continue to live. Thankfully Lexi accepts because if she didn’t I think I would’ve been seriously upset. Through Lexi’s Legacy you learn more about her story after she received the ‘Gift’. At first I was happy for her not only because she got to continue to live but also because she met Mikey. I really liked him until he really made me mad when Lexi confessed to him and he took it completely the wrong way. My heart broke. But I was glad she had Katelyn and everyone at Master of Whitehall. They are truly like a family that can count on each other at anytime.

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Review: The Master of Whitehall by Rick H. Veal

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After the brutal murder of her parents, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern twenty-one year old college senior, faces the prospect of restarting her life. After arriving in Charleston, Katelyn meets James Dubois and soon falls madly in love with him. He is a handsome young widower and wealthy patron of her school with an old world aristocratic bearing. She is deeply intrigued by this mysterious man who lives alone in the beautifully restored colonial plantation of Whitehall Manor.
But James is not the man she thinks he is. Dark secrets begin to come to the surface. Katelyn soon begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. She begins searching her own soul for answers, forcing her to question whether or not to continue their relationship.
Katelyn confronts James with her questions and His confirmation validates her fears that he is indeed the man she fears him to be. His revelations shock her, forcing her to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. She discovers that old folklore and fairy-tales are real in a world where vampires live and love side by side with humans.
Katelyn realizes she must make a choice. Does she continue her relationship with James, becoming a vampire herself and living with him forever, or does she walk away, remain human and live without him … is she really strong enough to make either choice?
The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall is a timeless love story set in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

Amy’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!!

I have to admit when I started this book I didn’t even know it was a paranormal book. I just liked the covers and always wanted to read the famous Master of Whitehall book. After I started and realized it was about vampires I got extremely excited. I love vampires. My favorite paranormal character. The only way to make this book better is to throw in the romance and the extremely hot sex scenes and you got a HIT!
This story is about Katelyn and James. Katelyn who I loved from the beginning went through a very tough and horrible tragedy. Something that could ruin anyone’s life. But even through it all and though it was hard she remained a strong willed and smart girl. I love how strong her character is and how she really thought through everything and made intelligent decisions. I absolutely adored James. I loved him for the start. Not only was he hot but well mannered and considerate. He was there to help Katelyn through a lot before he offered to extend the ‘Gift’ to her. I love these two together. They are so cute and just mesh perfectly. This book was outstanding and I loved every minute of it.

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Review: Dale’s Descent by Rick H. Veal

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Dale’s Descent begins in a small mining town in western Pennsylvania where his mortal life begins and ends. He relates his story in a soulful manner, full of hurt and disappointment as he watches all of his dreams and aspirations suddenly fade away. Dale recounts his story of a young teenager, illegally attacked, turned and kidnapped by a rouge vampire on his sixteenth birthday.

Dale’s journey into darkness begins as he is forced into the life of a creature of the night … compelled to hunt and kill innocent people in order to survive. His tale is one of abuse in the supernatural world. His journey spans decades of personal struggle in his search to find answers to why he was attacked and taken. Finally, left all alone he wanders in a seemingly empty world, a lost boy – unknown and uncared for – searching for a way of escape.

Dale’s Descent is brought to an end with his discovery by the Charleston Coven. He is stunned by the revelation of an immortal life that was his all along when he is brought to Whitehall. He begins to grow and mature with his new found family. He finds happiness and his life changes with the discovery of a teacher, a lover, and ultimately an eternal mate in this story of a boy that was lost and found again.

Dale’s Descent is set in historic Charleston, South Carolina with some portions taking place in New York City.

Amy’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!!

Dale, Dale, Dale.. This poor boy. I was heartbroken when I read about him in The Master of Whitehall. He has easily become one of my favorite characters. Being changed against his will at 16 and kidnapped before being left alone to roam around lost and confused. The things that man had him doing. Sleeping in graves… really? I love Dale to pieces and loved reading his story. I was drawn in from the beginning eager to learn about the lost boy who finds his way. He is so mature regardless of his age because of the experiences he went through. I loved that Charlotte Ann took him under her wing but not only as his teacher but lover too. Dale deserves the HEA. There is so much emotion and love. A book I couldn’t put down.

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Release Day: Wild Violet : The Vi Trilogy #1 (The Gilded Flower Series #7) by Vivian Winslow

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WILD VIOLET by Vivian Winslow
The Vi Trilogy, #1
The Gilded Flower Series, #7
Genre: Erotic Romance

Synopsis

Wild Violet is the first installment of The Vi Trilogy of the Gilded Flower Series. Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of the Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart, and her dark secret is about to be exposed.

In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price.

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Sweat drips down Vi’s chest as they finish the barre work. Despite every window being open, there’s no respite from the heat for the dancers who pack in the two adjoining studios. Even in the summer, the class is full of people trying to keep up their skills for possible auditions, with the exception of Vi who does it because it’s one of the only times she’s able to feel happy and free. She takes in the mix of people as she gulps down her water—men and women, mostly in their twenties, although some teenagers who look like they could be ten years-old, the majority of them beautiful, and all of them with absolutely gorgeous dancer bodies. She tosses her water back into her bag and takes her place in front of the mirror.

“Today, half of you go there,” the instructor says in a thick French accent, making a slicing motion with his arm to divide the class and pointing to the other space. The dancers move obediently. Monsieur Renard appears to be about sixty-five and has perfectly coiffed silver hair that goes well with his perfect posture. Despite being dressed in pants and a collared shirt, he doesn’t have a drop of sweat on him. “The rest of you will be paired off. Pas de deux.”

Vi searches the room for a partner. This isn’t what she signed up for today. She likes M. Renard’s class because he demands perfection and complete control from his dancers. Every position, hip movement and alignment always has to be just right. It forces her to focus, to allow her thoughts and self-doubt to melt away and for those ninety minutes to just be. But it’s too late to leave. She doesn’t back down from a challenge.

“Mademoiselle Rai,” M. Renard points to her. “Why are you not with someone? Or is your partner invisible?” He chuckles and turns to talk to the pianist.

She smiles back and with her hands on her hips says, “Seems no one finds me worthy to be his partner. Perhaps you would like to be my partner, Monsieur Renard.”

He smiles and laughs, revealing yellow teeth stained from cigarettes and coffee. “Mademoiselle Rai, if I were younger, I would have you for a partner and you would not forget that experience.” He approaches her and says, eyeing her up and down, “Malheureusement, my youth is gone and the women along with it.” Not taking his eyes off Vi, he reaches out toward the right with his arm and snaps his fingers. “Monsieur Costas. Dance with Mademoiselle Rai. You are both beautiful. You will fit well together.”

Pointing to the girl who was originally paired with him, M. Renard instructs her, “You go dance with the others.”

Vi glances over at her new partner gliding toward her, ignoring the dirty look from the female dancer.

As soon as he reaches her, he places his hands on her waist and says, “You’re the lucky one who gets to dance with me today.”

She chuckles as she moves her feet and arms into fifth position. “The same can be said of you, Monsieur Costas.”

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“Come have coffee with me,” he says as Vi enters the stairwell. He’s leaning against the wall of the landing, dressed in torn, loose fitting jeans and a half-tucked, casual white button down, with two buttons undone. His beauty can only be regarded as perfectly masculine with dark, chiseled features and lean, ripped muscles. In fact, his entire body is muscle, which is to be expected for a dancer. Yet, there’s an ethereal quality to the man standing before her, the way he walks and carries himself. Vi’s never met anyone like him, which intrigues her. However, he’s so aware of his looks and the effect he has on others that it makes her ambivalent to his charms.

“Too hot for coffee,” she replies quickly as she begins her descent. He follows her down the stairwell and out onto Broadway.

“You can have it iced.”

“No thank you, I’m not interested in having coffee.” The reply is half-hearted because a part of her is curious. Of course she can imagine herself sleeping with him. The image of him taking her on the studio floor had flashed through her mind when his hand brushed her inner thigh as she moved into attitude. It sent a shockwave through her that she couldn’t forget.

“Then we’ll get water. I’ve seen you drink that.”

Vi shakes her head and stops walking. Turning to him she says, “Persistence isn’t a charming quality. It’s creepy and borders on stalking. You should make a woman feel respected, not just desired.”

He grins and puts his hands into his pockets. “So I take it that’s a no to any beverage.”

“You learn fast,” she says, hailing a taxi. Vi knows if she stays near him any longer, she might just sleep with him. One more glance at his fine form confirms that.

He holds the door open for her. “Maybe next time.”

She can sense from his smile that he’s not any easy person to resist, and who is she to pass up what could be an incredibly memorable fuck? It just has to be the way she prefers—on her terms.

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About Vivian Winslow

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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The Dahlia Trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series (Books 3-6) by Vivian Winslow

This is the second part to The Gilded Flower Series.

My reviews for The Gilded Flower Trilogy (The Gilded Flower Series Books 1-3)

Gilded Lily – ReviewAmazon

Calla Lily – ReviewAmazon

Tiger Lily – ReviewAmazon

The Dahlia Trilogy (The Gilded Flower Series Books 3-6)

Blue Dahlia

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New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there’s a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow’s Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron’s free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.

Amy’s Review:

5 STARS!!!!!

This is the second half in The Gilded Flower Series. In the first half you read about Lily, Dahlia’s twin sister. This half of the series is all about Dahlia.

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this trilogy to be finished. I didn’t even want to start this one until all three were out because I knew I would devour them. I love Dahlia. I honestly didn’t know where it would go with this sister. She’s a bit of a wild one. Tiger Lily had ended mentioning Dahlia’s past. I was not expecting what I read. I really wasn’t expecting how it turned out either. I loved Rodrigo and I was sure they would be together through this whole trilogy. Boy was I ever surprised.

I love the start to The Dahlia Trilogy. I started to read Black Dahlia but had to immediately stop to write this so I didn’t get anything mixed up because Black Dahlia starts with a freaking BANG!

Black Dahlia

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Grieving from a tragic loss, a deeply depressed Dahlia retreats with her sister Lily and best friend Vi to a sun-soaked Indonesian paradise to heal. There, she meets soulful surfer Kai, who’s seeking to escape from the demons of his own past. Can the spiritual and physical connection between them put back together the pieces of Dahlia’s shattered heart?

Amy’s Review:

5 STARS!!!!!

OMG! That is the first thought that comes to mind as I finished Black Dahlia. OMG- that didn’t happen. OMG- that didn’t happen either. You get a sucker punch at the beginning. You grieve and want to cry along with Dahlia, and then you start to feel happy for her. Start to move on with her. Then you know what happens.. Another sucker punch that has your emotions running all over the place. This poor girl can’t catch a break. One thing after another.

I loved Shane. He held on for Dahlia a long time and what happened broke my heart into peaces. I didn’t expect it or could I believe that it really happened. Then come Kai. I fell in love with him instantly. I could tell he was going to be a good guy and I even hoped that Dahlia would end up with him. Why oh why didn’t she just stay on the damn island. And then the letter… the letter that ripped Dahlia open all over again. Can this girl ever catch a break?

Red Dahlia

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Having discovered her mother’s and Shane’s devastating betrayal, a determined Dahlia seeks to find what was taken from her and to chart a new life for herself. With the help of Vi’s friend, Englishman Thomas Squires, a dashing and enigmatic clandestine operative, Dahlia chases leads across London and Paris. Will Dahlia be able to right the wrong and allow herself to love again?

Amy’s Review:

5 STAS!!!!!

I can’t get enough of these three girls. Red Dahlia is full of craziness. It’s hard to even put into words what I think without doing some kind of spoiler. I will say that I love Thomas. Even though he was a prick for what he did to Dahlia, I can’t help but to hope he gets the girl he loves. We get more Gustavo in this one. God how I hate him but love his sex scenes. I wish he would just leave Lily alone.

I’m so happy that Dahlia and Rodrigo had their HEA. I was wishing and hoping for that since book one. These two really are a cute couple and to have them back together made the ending that much better. Red Dahlia also sets you up perfectly for the next installments of the series, Vi’s story. Can’t wait for these.

All in all this trilogy was perfect. It kept up with the same suspense, emotions, and hotness as the first three. I can’t wait to see what happens with Vi and how it ends for all three of them.

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