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Review: For You by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 21, 2020 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: For You by Kristen AshleyReviewer: Casee
For You by Kristen Ashley
Series: The 'Burg #1
Also in this series: Hold On
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 14, 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: First & Third Person
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 535
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

Librarian's note: Alternate cover edition of ASIN B004S81POK.

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

Wow. This book is long. It took me three weeks to read it because it just went on and on. When I was halfway through it, I couldn’t believe that I was only halfway. It just dragged on and on. I liked it, but it was way too long.

Alec Colton has loved February Owens for what seems like his entire life. That’s why he was devastated when she broke up with him, seemingly for no reason. Not only did she break up with him, she married someone else then disappeared. Twenty two years after she left him, Feb is back in the ‘Burg. Colton avoids her as best he can, but that proves to be impossible when someone starts murdering people close to Feb. No matter what happened between the two, Colton will always protect Feb. Whether she wants his protection or not.

Feb was devastated when she was forced to break up with Colton. What was even worse is he acted like he didn’t know why. That sends her running. Right into the arms of her soon-to-be ex-husband. Although they don’t stay married long, Feb knew it was a mistake. The only man she wants is Colton, even with how he betrayed her.

When the murderer escalates and seems to be fixed on Feb’s lovers, past and present, Colton moves Feb into his house where he can better protect her. Colton doesn’t know if having her move in is the best or worst idea that he’s ever had. What Colton does realize is that after rekindling their relationship, he’s not letting her go. The murderer has other plans. No one is going to be with Feb but him.

Like I said, this book was pretty long. I skimmed some, read some, but mostly read. I really love reunion stories and this was definitely that. I’m really looking forward to reading this series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The ‘Burg

three-half-stars


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What Are You Reading? (513)

Posted January 17, 2020 by Casee in Features | 4 Comments

Casee: I haven’t been reading much this past week. I finished up At Peace by Kristen Ashley which I enjoyed. I can’t decide what to read next. I keep going from Release by Aly Martinez or Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan.

I’m listening to Dirty Love by Meghan March. Or I was listening to it. I haven’t been in the mood for audiobooks this week. I’m just off when it comes to reading.

Holly: I’m finally reading a book, y’all! Tracy turned me on to a new author. I’m listening to and reading Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen. It’s a Steampunk-lite, Gothic novel and I’m loving it. I plan to continue on with this series.

Rowena: Hey guys, Happy Friday! I didn’t get a whole bunch of books read this week but I’m still reading every single day and I’ll take that as a win. I finished up The Witness by Nora Roberts, which I really enjoyed. I really liked the heroine, Abigail Lowery and thought that the hero, Brooks Gleason was an excellent match for her. It’s going to make for an interesting book discussion at book club on Monday and I’m looking forward to it. After that, I read Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones and that was a short but fun read that I really enjoyed. I need to read more black romances.

Right now, I’m finishing The Kissing Game by Marie Harte and I’m going to be honest, I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I don’t have much left to read but I’m not all that hopeful that things are going to make a drastic turn so I’m struggling with trying to decide if I should even bother reading it or not. The author’s writing style just isn’t for me. Hmm.

My next read is going to be The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa and I hope I like that one. Fingers crossed.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Sunday Spotlight: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn Pappano

Posted January 5, 2020 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 16 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

This is one of my favorite books to reread during the holidays. It’s a book about second chances at life and love. Ross and Maggie were college sweethearts and were deeply in love. This book tells the story of how success in life doesn’t always improve a relationship. In this case it actually hurts it. It’s apparent that fate decides that Ross and Maggie aren’t quite done. The small town of Bethlehem works it’s magic and these two slowly find their way back to each other. This book makes me laugh, get teary, and sigh every time I read it. It’s a must read anytime of the year, but much more enjoyable during the holiday season.

Sunday Spotlight: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn PappanoSome Enchanted Season (Bethlehem, #2) by Marilyn Pappano
Series: Bethlehem #2
Also in this series: Some Enchanted Season (Bethlehem, #2)
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: December 1, 1998
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 374
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Sometimes miracles do happen.

When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over.  But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything.

Now another Christmas approaches.  While Maggie hasn't regained all her memory, she's ready to test her strength at home--with Ross as her only companion.  Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she's living a lie.

Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him.  She couldn't know he's feeling the same regrets, the same heartache...or that he fears the return of her memory.  What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year?

It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple.  But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen....

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Excerpt

She wiped her eyes and gave a great sigh. “Oh, Ross, if I don’t laugh, I’ll have to cry, and I’ve cried enough tears in my life.”

He didn’t want to know—honest, he didn’t—but the question slipped out anyway. “When?”

In an instant, she became utterly serious. “Nights when you were in the office. Weeks when you were out of town. Years when you were out of reach. A woman can’t watch her husband create a life for himself with no room for her without shedding a few tears.”

“I—I’m sorry. I didn’t know …”

“Maybe not about the tears, but you knew you were moving me out of your life. You just didn’t care.” She spoke matter-of-factly, as if she had long ago accepted that fact. Before the acceptance, though, there must have been heartache and disillusionment, because she, at least, had tried to make things work.

That was more than he could say for himself.

She tried her burger and shrugged. “It’s not too bad. I’ve had worse. I’ve cooked worse.” After another bite she said, “All those dinner parties I planned for you … What was wrong with them?”

“Nothing. The food was great. You were always great. They were fine.”

“Then why did you take them away from me? Why did you suddenly insist on having them catered?”

Sliding onto the stool beside her, he thought back to when he’d made that decision. He tried to remember what her response was. Had she been resistant, or had she quietly, meekly, gone along? Had she been grateful to be freed of so much responsibility, or had she felt rejected?

That last was easy enough to answer. Why did you take them away? wasn’t the question of a grateful woman.

“It was a status thing,” he said at last. “A way of subtly pointing out that we could afford such extravagances.” Seeking to ease his own discomfort, he said, “You never enjoyed those parties anyway—not the hours of planning or the days of shopping or even the cooking. What did it matter to you if someone else did it?”

“Because it was one less way you needed me. You’re right. I didn’t particularly enjoy the parties. But I liked doing them for you. I liked feeling that I had someplace in your life besides bed.” Suddenly she grinned. “But I have to admit, whatever problems were building between us, the sex was still great. I was always grace—grateful—that you never replaced me there. But you weren’t that type. All those times you were gone, all that distance between us, I always knew that there would never be another woman. That counted for a lot.”

The chill that hit Ross was guilt laced with shame. It made his lungs tight and filled his ears with a rushing that distorted her words as she continued to talk. She sounded so confident, so certain that she could trust him at least on that score, but she was wrong. Her gratitude was misplaced, because for one brief, unforgivable time, he’d been exactly that type. He had betrayed her and himself for a few hours’ pleasure, and in the process he had almost destroyed her.

Now he was betraying her again, because even as she hoped and prayed for her missing memories to return, he prayed that she would never remember.

God forgive him.

Because Maggie wouldn’t.

Bethlehem

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About Marilyn Pappano

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Born in Oklahoma, Marilyn Pappano followed her career-Navy husband across the southern United States for fifteen years, living in California, the Carolinas, Alabama and Georgia -- all locations she's used regularly in her novels. Her first book, WITHIN REACH, was published by Silhouette Books in 1987, and she's gone on to sell about eighty books to Silhouette, Harlequin, Warner, Bantam, Dell and Forever Romance. She's made bestseller lists, won every major award in the romance genre, and seen a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie made from her novel, SEASON FOR MIRACLES. Marilyn writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is best known for her richly-textured characterization. Her current publishers are Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Forever Romance, where she's using her experience as a military spouse and mother in her new Tallgrass books, a series about a group of best friends and military widows who help each other grieve, live and learn to love again.


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What Are You Reading? (511)

Posted January 3, 2020 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

Casee: This has been a strong reading week for me. I finished four books. For You by Kristen Ashley, Wife by Penelope Sky, The Fall of Legend by Meghan March, and You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley. I think I’m going to start At Peace by Kristen Ashley today, which is the second book in her ‘Burg series. I’m hoping it’s a faster read than For You.

I’m going to start listening to House of Scarlett by Meghan Meghan March today. Her books are easy and quick listens, which I really like.

Rowena: It’s been a strong reading week for me. Stronger than I’ve had in months, tbh. I read three books this week and have already started my fourth. I finished 2019 out with a read of The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan, and that book was such a great read even with the messed up ending. It was a lot more political than I like my romances but Kennedy Ryan is such a great writer that I was still invested in the story, the romance, and hell, even the political stuff. It was just a damn good romance. After that, my first read of the year was Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue and that was another fun read for me. I need to read more of Melissa Blue’s books because I enjoyed this short but fun romance. I just finished reading Grand Theft N.Y.E. by Katrina Jackson and that was another fun romance. I didn’t know that criminal con artists were my thing but Kat Jackson did her thing with Robert and Cleo’s book. It was another short but fun read and I need to read more of her books too.

I need to jump back into my review pile so right now, I’m reading The One for You by Roni Loren and so far, it’s pretty good. I’ll let you guys know next week how that story turns out for me.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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WTF Cover Saturday (340)

Posted December 28, 2019 by Casee in Features | 3 Comments

Today we bring to you the last WTF Cover of 2019. It had to be a memorable one and I think this one takes the cake. I do have a question about this cover. Does she have four boobs?

This one is burned in my brain. As I hope it’s burned in yours.


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