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Jane's Harmony by Ryan Winfield ~ ARC and Audiobook #Review


Title: Jane's Harmony
Author: Ryan Winfield
Series: Jane's Melody #2
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher, audiobook purchased on my own

Synopsis:
Starting over is hard to do.

That’s what forty-year-old Jane McKinney learns when she quits her job, sells her home, and leaves Seattle behind to start a new life and pursue the man she loves in Austin. After the death of her daughter, Melody, Jane never thought she would find happiness again – until she met Caleb Cummings. Sensitive, loving, and mature beyond his years, Caleb is a handsome young musician struggling to make ends meet. But when his fortunes take an unexpected and drastic turn for the better, Jane is left wondering where exactly she fits in.

Can you ever leave the past behind? Jane must now decide if she really is willing to commit to a new beginning with Caleb – or if some wounds are just too deep to ever truly mend.


Audiobook

Publisher: Ryan Winfield
Narrated by Emily Beresford


Five Stars

“It was as if their hearts beat a rhythm that rhymed, their souls strolling together forever in some place beyond space and time, step for step, humming a sweet tune of hope, her voice and his, a harmony neither could deny.”

Jane’s Harmony is a beautiful sequel to Jane’s Melody! It begins shortly after where the first book ended with Jane and Caleb in Austin. While Caleb is doing his best to get his music out there, Jane comes up with an idea to help get him into the spotlight. Suddenly, Caleb’s journey as a musician spins into a whole new and unexpected trajectory.

While I felt Jane’s Melody was more Jane’s story. Jane’s Harmony tells equally both Caleb’s and Jane’s journey both as individuals and as a couple. Gosh, I really do love Jane and Caleb as a couple! Ryan Winfield writes them so connected and having such a strong bond. Even when they struggle emotionally, their love for one another doesn’t waiver. They have an insatiable appetite for each other, too! Mr. Winfield doesn’t hold back the heat at all. When Caleb is in the mood, it doesn’t matter when, where or how…just sayin’!

This story very much reflects the next phase in Jane and Caleb’s lives. It surrounds making new friends, missing old friends, and loving your best friend. It surrounds beautiful music and pursuing lifelong dreams. Melody is never far from Jane’s mind, and she must finally make peace with what happened in the past now more than ever. Just when I thought I was going to get away without shedding a tear, Mr. Winfield had to include a scene that twisted my heart so. The more I think about this story after reading, the more I love it. “For lovers everywhere” is what the dedication says, and that is truly who this book is written for.

~ Audiobook ~

I both read this book and listened to the audiobook. This was my first time listening to this narrator, and it took me a while to get used to her voice, especially the voice she used for Caleb. In my mind I guess he sounds different, but that’s just me. In the end, I liked her narration. Overall, I think the audiobook is a pretty decent option.


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About the author:
Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller "Jane's Melody: A Novel", "South of Bixby Bridge", and "The Park Service Trilogy". I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you.

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones Audiobook #Review

Title: Sixth Grave On the Edge
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Source: Purchased

Synopsis:
Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. (Bumper Sticker)

Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She's a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who's known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he's dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes' childhood happens to land into her lap, she can't help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can't get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the 12 Beasts of Hell are unleashed....


Audiobook
Macmillan Audio
Narrated by Lorelei King

Five Stars

“A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar.” ~ Charley

LOL, I gotta love how this book begins! As a huge fan of this series, especially on audiobook, I am once again thoroughly entertained with the latest installment of the Charley Davidson series.

What I LOVED:
The “Get Cookie laid” plan. Awww! I love Cookie! She deserves some love, doesn’t she? I think the person Ms. Jones paired her with is perfect, and hopefully we’ll see a little more of where things go with them in the next book.

As the series progresses, there are certain characters that just really stick with you. Mr. Wong got a smidge more page time. Was that a tease of more to come with him? My interest is definitely piqued! I loved the character development for Quentin, Amber, and Angel. The friendship between Quentin and Amber makes me smile. I know they’re still young, but Cookie better brace herself since Amber is growing up so quickly. Quentin…poor kid! I think he got pretty traumatized in this book. Then there is Angel.  He made me giggle in one moment and then cry at his backstory.

Speaking of backstories, more of Reyes’ history is exposed…holy hell!!!

I heart Charley! Can I be her when I grow up? I mean, she gets to be with Reyes Alexander Farrow!!! Thud! Now before I talk about Charley and Reyes, I wanted to mention that I love the crossing over moments she experiences, which are always so different. When the dead cross over through Charley she sees images of their lives.  The dead girl’s story in this book just absolutely broke my heart into pieces. I think it’s one of Jones’ most powerful experiences she’s written for Charley.

I’m so addicted to Charley and Reyes! Once again Jones kicks it up a notch between them. Their scenes will keep you on the edge and make you want to splash cold water on yourself! There's still so much more of their story to tell, and I'm excited and curious of where things are heading. Again, like the previous book, the ending on this one makes me salivate for more, more, more!

There really wasn’t anything I didn’t love except that now I have to wait for the next book.

Did you know that the print version of this book has an extra bonus chapter? I listened to this book, but I happened to be at the library one day and couldn’t resist checking out this bonus chapter. It’s one of the steamy scenes in Sixth Grave on the Edge in Reyes’ POV! If you’re a Reyes fan like me, you will find this bonus chapter absolutely delicious! As for the audiobook, I adored it! I continue to find Lorelei King’s narration of this series to be simply amazing!

To both Darynda Jones and Lorelei King:  Thank you for another wild and crazy and touching installment! #impressed


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Charley Davidson Series
Book 1.5 novella: For I Have Sinned
Book 5.5 novella: Shimmer
Book 5.6 novella: Glow
Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body (October 2014)

About the author:
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

#ReleaseBlitz & #Review ~ Lead (Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott

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Synopsis
Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic rock star romance series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play. As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.   Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.  
 
4.5 Stars

Verbally sparring with Jimmy was fast becoming more fun than I’d had with most other men naked. Which was sad. Real sad.

I’m actually shocked to say this, but I think this is my favorite of the Stage Dive Series…so far. David stole my heart in the first book and Mal made me laugh. But Jimmy? Oh, Jimmy. He surprised me most of all.

He was such a dichotomy of good and evil, beautiful and bad.

Jimmy is the sexy front man of Stage Dive. We got snippets of Jimmy’s character throughout the first two books and can easily conclude that he’s pretty much an asshole. He’s not a very easy person to be around, especially now that he’s trying to beat his drug and alcohol addiction. The one person who continuously stands up to him as well as supports him is his assistant Lena.

Lena didn’t know what to expect when she took on the job as Jimmy’s assistant, especially when the biggest part of her job is to be his sobriety companion. It’s not easy to keep your sanity when your boss is constantly an asshole, but Lena has lasted longer keeping Jimmy on the straight and narrow than any of his last assistants. But things get more complicated…

“Why not? I see it as a win-win situation. I get to release some of my frustration and you get to release any lingering feelings messing with your head. We fuck, we see we don’t have chemistry, we move on. Or even better, everything falls apart like it normally does and you’re happy just going back to being friends. What do you say?” ~ Jimmy

When Lena starts developing feelings for Jimmy, she knows that she has to keep a safe distance, but Jimmy definitely doesn’t make it easy. Whether or not he wants to admit it, but Jimmy likes having her around. In a way, Lena keeps him grounded. Lena tries not to read into Jimmy’s reasoning as to why he wants her around, especially when he makes it perfectly clear that he doesn’t do love

“I’m sorry. I don’t want anybody else. You’re my everything, Lena. I’ve never felt this way about anyone. I need you to know that. You gotta understand that, okay?”
I just stared at him, transfixed.
“Say something,” her urged.
“Jimmy, that’s love.”

This book had a different feel than the first two books. It definitely had its hot and steamy moments, but I think this book had more of a story to it, if that makes any sense. I loved Jimmy and Lena. Jimmy was brooding, sexy, and had a soft spot for his curvy, smart and sexy assistant. But what made me a fan of this couple is that they developed their relationship first through respect, patience, understanding and friendship; making their connection a little more close. I loved these two!!

I hate waking up without you and I worry constantly that you’re okay, that you’ve got everything you need. Look, the truth is, I’m all about you, Lena. You’re my best friend. You’re my girl.
Excerpt
“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?” “Nope.” “You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis. “Yes. I haven’t seen it.” Can’t find it anywhere…” “And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.” “Sure you haven’t seen it?” “For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low. I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth. He frowned. “No.” “That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?” “Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything. “Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better. “Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.” Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?” “Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.” “I’m not!”  

The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
Stage Dive Series
Lick (Stage Dive #1)
Play (Stage Dive #2)
Lead (Stage Dive, #3)
Coming January 6th, 2015
Deep (Stage Dive #4)
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About Kylie Scott
Kylie Scott
Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ The Prisoner: A Christian Walker Novella (Replacement #1.5) by Rachael Wade

Release date: July 26th
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***THE PRISONER IS AN ADDITION TO THE REPLACEMENT. IT IS A STAND-ALONE NOVELLA INTENDED TO BE READ AFTER THE REPLACEMENT.

My name is Christian Walker, and Elise Duchamp is my drug of choice.

No matter how hard I try to break the habit, it’s a lost cause. Okay, maybe I haven’t really tried to quit this particular habit. All I can think about is owning her. Making her mine. Can you really blame me? With that sinful body, luscious mouth, and wicked tongue, she’s every man’s dream, and she knows it.

No one is immune to her charm, not even me, a man who has everything—a beautiful wife, an office with a view, and more money than most people can spend in one lifetime. Only I know how to make her toes curl. Only I know her body better than the other men she screws in her free time. None of them can compare to me.

But the joke is on me. I’m the prisoner.

The one who will never compare to him. The one man who makes me see red. His name is stored in her cell phone. It’s the first one she calls out to, the first one she cries for when all hell breaks loose. Ryder Jacobson.

The name makes me cringe.

She loves him, and I love her. In my own way, I always will. But the bad guy doesn’t always belong with the bad girl. Sometimes the bad girl needs a good man to believe in her, to give her that final push toward ultimate transformation. I wish I was that good man. That I could be her happily ever after. I guess that’s the thing about prisoners, though. They’re left alone with their torment, and in the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.
4.75-5 Stars


This is Christian Walker's book, people! CHRISTIAN's!! 

Sigh...

**Possible spoilers**


“I like what I like. It might be flashy, but it’s what I want. Make no mistake,” I give her hand a firm but gentle squeeze, “same old can be a good thing. When it’s good, it never grows dull.” 

While reading the Replacement back in November, I fell in love, well rather, in lust with Christian Walker. No, he wasn’t the main Hero in that book, but his persona was very hard to ignore. He was sexy, hot and insanely Alpha. I wanted more of him and wanted him happy. So when I heard the author was going to do a novella involving my beloved Christian, I couldn’t wait. In this novella, his soul is stripped bare and standing before us is a man walking a thin line between lust and love.

She’s the epitome of true female sexuality – the stripped down, raw, honest kind. Every woman wants to get fucked in an alleyway like a three-dollar hooker. They might not all admit it, but the truth is they love getting dirty. Dirty equates with desire. Desire means reckless abandon. And every woman, nun and porn star alike, loves to be immersed in desire. Everyone wants to be wanted. 

If you didn’t already know, this novella is an elaboration of Christian’s time with Elise and not of him finding love after her. We watch as his struggling marriage crumble, while his obsession with Elise grow. We also witness the inevitable downfall of their arrangement/relationship. My heart broke even more for him. Will he ever find happiness? 

She’s the perfect angel for me – just as dirty, just as daring. 

A few points of caution before picking this up:

~ This is not a standalone and must be read after you read the Replacement, otherwise you might be lost. 
~ If you have read Elise’s story but not a fan of Christian, then this story might rub you the wrong way only because we see Elise more with Christian than of her and Ryder. With that said, I can safely say that this book was insanely HOT, like, video-camera-and-multiple-partners-type of HOT! Damn!
~ Lastly, there really isn’t a happy ending, per se, but more a of hope for happiness for my beloved Christian. 

I loved this novella, even though we all know he doesn’t get the girl. I just wanted a little more of Christian Walker and I’m forever thankful that Ms. Wade decided to give us just that.
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*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
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ABOUT RACHAEL
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade
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